By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 24, 2021) US Soccer Players – There is no doubt that things have changed for the American soccer player. The professionalization of the youth and academy systems over the past decade has resulted in a plethora of young talent. That talent is now playing across a variety of European leagues every weekend and midweek in the Champions League. We've set a limit . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 17, 2021) US Soccer Players – The MLS season is still young, but we're already seeing some trends emerge. A year after the pandemic upended the start of the 2020 season, Major League Soccer is experiencing that sense of normalcy the world so much craves. Well, at least in some markets. There's nothing normal about the Canadian teams playing home games in the US . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 10, 2021) US Soccer Players – Soccer is a game that lasts 90 minutes plus stoppage time. It's one of the things that makes the game different compared to the vast majority of sports that see the clock countdown to zero. MLS experimented with that concept early on in the league's history. The countdown clock and no stoppage time would join the shootout in the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 3, 2021) US Soccer Players – There's no place like home. That's what a young Dorothy in the film "The Wizard of Oz" repeated to herself as she attempted to return to Kansas. In soccer, like in sports generally, playing at home and before your own fans has been considered a positive. In the pandemic era, home-field advantage and supporters have taken on a whole . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 26, 2021) US Soccer Players – Soccer has grown in immense popularity in this country over the last few decades thanks to a confluence of factors. The 1994 World Cup, the creation of MLS, and leagues around the world becoming more accessible have helped turn more Americans into fans of the world game. Television was, and remains, key for Major League Soccer's . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 19, 2021) US Soccer Players – It was the type of technology that was going to forever change the game. It was going to end all debates and usher in an era of fairness. Like all new technologies and innovations, the promises are often bigger than the realities. The widespread use of the video assistant referee, commonly known as VAR, over the past two years gets . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 12, 2021) US Soccer Players – The start of a new MLS season brings with it plenty of questions and speculation. What a new season also brings with it is speculation over tactics and formations. How does a team win in MLS in 2021? That's the question coaches are trying to unlock heading into Friday's season opener. In MLS, there's another question that may be . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 5, 2021) US Soccer Players – The Concacaf Champions League is back. Reworked schedules mean that this year's tournament is closer to the beginning of the MLS season. That may or may not help MLS teams this season. With more money and deeper rosters, Liga MX clubs added to that edge by already being in season. This time around, they've been in season even . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 29, 2021) US Soccer Players – There was nothing normal about the 2020 season for Major League Soccer. Getting as close to normal as possible is now the challenge for MLS this season. The pandemic continues, but lower infection rates and more vaccinations point to better times ahead. For MLS, that journey starts on April 17. The regular season runs through . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 22, 2021) US Soccer Players – It has become an annual rite of passage in MLS. A new team prepares to enter the league each winter, signing players and marketing itself to a new city. The aim is to sell tickets and be competitive enough to make the playoffs. It's exactly what Austin FC has been doing as they prepare to kick off the 2021 season on April 17 on the . . .