By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 5, 2022) US Soccer Players – What soccer games did you watch this Labor Day weekend? If you're anything like me, you watched all or some of at least half a dozen games. The Premier League, Bundesliga, and Serie A were on during various times in my home. So was MLS. It really was a glorious way to mark the unofficial end of summer. American fans have so many . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 29, 2022) US Soccer Players – The summer months have seen trends and story-lines emerge in Major League Soccer, but one thing is now certain. September is the time for teams to reach top form ahead of the playoffs. It's the time where squandered points back in June could come to haunt a team down the stretch. It's also when teams need to put together winning . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 22, 2022) US Soccer Players – The upcoming September friendlies for the USMNT against Japan and Saudi Arabia will be the final chance to see the team ahead of its World Cup opener versus Wales. It's also a great time to scout the USMNT's group-stage opponents and what we might expect from a formidable trio of nations. The World Cup is really two tournaments. . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 15, 2022) US Soccer Players – Like most of us, former USMNT midfielder-turned-TV commentator Stu Holden is anxiously awaiting the start of the 2022 World Cup. Less than 100 days away, Holden will be working the tournament in Qatar as Fox Sports' lead match analyst for soccer. As a player, Holden was on the US roster at the 2010 World Cup, finishing his USMNT . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 8, 2022) US Soccer Players – Another European club season is already upon us, even if it feels like it crept up on everyone, starting sooner to accommodate the lengthy break in November and December for the World Cup. As has been the case for several years now, Americans will play a major role for clubs across the continent. While several Americans already . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 1, 2022) US Soccer Players – While top American talent playing in Europe isn't new, signing with clubs in the higher echelons of Italian soccer is a more recent development. That adds Italy to the mix of preferred landing spots for USMNT players in Europe. Particularly a club now in the soccer-mad country's highly competitive second division. Italy's Serie . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 25, 2022) US Soccer Players – The MLS season is past the halfway mark, and things are getting even more interesting in 2022. Los Angeles FC and Toronto FC have made roster moves since the summer transfer window opened, the Canadian club in need of reinforcements after a slow start. LAFC looks like heavy favorites for the Supporters' Shield and to go all the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 18, 2022) US Soccer Players – We interrupt your focus on MLS and preseason tours this summer with talk about the upcoming World Cup. The tournament, now just four months away, remains on the horizon as fans around the world await the start of Qatar 2022. For those with an eye on Concacaf, the confederation will have four representatives at the tournament in the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 11, 2022) US Soccer Players – Sporting Kansas City and its fans have experienced an interesting few months, about more than Sporting's position in the Western Conference table. The recent announcement that Arrowhead Stadium would be one of 11 US venues to host games at the 2026 World Cup was an indication that Kansas City is now a world-class soccer market. . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 27, 2022) US Soccer Players – After the pandemic suspended the regular European preseason touring schedule, the summer of soccer has returned to the United States. While Major League Soccer offers games that count, the summer touring schedule provides the opportunity to see some of the biggest clubs in the world here rather than there. In a summer with no major . . .