By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 14, 2018) US Soccer Players – England’s Championship may very well be one of the most-competitive second division leagues in the world. That's certainly backed up by attendance figures. England's second-tier normally averages over 20k a game, the kind of support normally associated with topflight leagues. It's also home to USMNT players taking part in a league . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 7, 2018) US Soccer Players – Walk around Philadelphia and it's hard not to notice that this is a city with a very proud sports past and present. Those two time frames don’t often work when discussing success. You can see it in those ubiquitous red Phillies caps to people donning 76ers gear near the Wells Fargo Center in time for tip-off. Even fictional sports . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 30, 2018) US Soccer Players – The Hudson River derby, possibly for the first time in its young history, will feature two teams playing in prime form. While the New York Red Bulls have dominated this rivalry since it started in 2015, NYCFC has looked strong in the past two years. That leads us to this season, where both the Red Bulls and NYCFC are playing like . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 23, 2018) US Soccer Players – Much of this country’s soccer history finds its roots among the wave of immigrants who came to the United States. These newcomers had dreams of a better future, but never forgot where they came from. In many cases, they brought with them the love and passion for the world’s most popular game. A great example of this was the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – SAN JOSE, CA (Apr 16, 2018) US Soccer Players – MLS is loaded with rivalries. Some are intra-city, others regional. For example, the newest one to take the league by storm – LA Galaxy vs LAFC – is certain to entertain given how intense the first edition of “El Trafico” proved to be. Then there’s the league’s unique business structure, relocation, and expansion that adds an extra . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 9, 2018) US Soccer Players – We may be just over a month into the 2018 MLS season, but it has already produced several milestones. From record-breaking goals to how the league’s newcomers are faring, the season is already telling its story. MLS may very well be the most unpredictable domestic competition in the world. While some use that to disparage it, fans . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 2, 2018) US Soccer Players – The Concacaf Champions League resumes this week with the first-legs of the semifinals. It’s also the resumption of the MLS vs Liga MX story, one that almost always favors Mexico. While the other Champions League will be getting most of the attention this week, it’s in Concacaf where MLS teams will once again try to stop a Liga MX . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 26, 2018) US Soccer Players – When it comes to pro team sports, North Carolina is known for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, and the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. Then there’s college basketball, the hallmark of the state going back decades. Many people are working to add the world’s game to the rich tapestry of sports North Carolina is . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 19, 2018) US Soccer Players – The City of Brotherly Love has long been a hotbed for soccer. The Philadelphia German Americans, a member of the American Soccer League, would come to represent the city for decades. They’re one of many teams to emerge from Pennsylvania nearly a century ago that helped lay the foundation for the growth of the game in this . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 12, 2018) US Soccer Players – Tyler Adams is turning into an MLS star at just age 19. After his first full season in Major League Soccer, Adams already looks like a veteran player on a New York Red Bulls roster dominated by youth. The pressure for Adams to succeed is tremendous. He’s resolute on helping the Red Bulls win an MLS Cup and become a regular . . .