By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - FC Cincinnati isn’t going to wait around for permission to get started on preparing for their first MLS season. Never mind that the club is in the midst of a historic second-division campaign with the USL playoffs yet to come or that they won’t officially be on the infamous MLS allocation order until the second week of December. . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 12, 2018) US Soccer Players - The United States Men’s National Team is in a weird place. A year out from losing to Trinidad & Tobago and missing out on the 2018 World Cup, one of CONCACAF leading nations is trying to figure out how to regain it’s lost prestige. During the October FIFA window, the Americans are playing friendlies against Colombia and Peru . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 10, 2018) US Soccer Players - It’s expansion season in American soccer because every season is expansion season in American soccer. The game in the United States is experiencing a boom period when it comes to adding new professional soccer clubs. Those new professional soccer clubs need names, logos, and colors. There’s really nothing more important to the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 5, 2018) US Soccer Players - After 162 games played across six months, the Major League Baseball season comes down to a single game for four teams across the two leagues. It’s called the Wild Card Game and it’s a do-or-die, winner-moves-on, 9-inning or more competition that can end an otherwise successful year in the span of a few hours. It’s intense and . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 3, 2018) US Soccer Players - Among the collection of fresh faces in the USMNT roster is a pair of MLS fullbacks getting their first looks with the senior squad. One is a homegrown product of one of Major League Soccer’s more renowned academy setups barely into his 20s. The other is former college soccer player who built his career over several stops in American . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 28, 2018) US Soccer Players - This is the season of delusion for some MLS clubs. The tail end of the regular season, fraught and tense, full of opportunity but equally drenched in peril, has a particular way of revealing who teams really are. Making the MLS playoffs in the fifth or sixth position almost always comes down to the last few weeks of the season. . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 26, 2018) US Soccer Players - To call Carl Robinson’s nearly five years on the job as the head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps anything but “fraught” would be to avoid the overarching theme of his run there. Robinson is no longer the head coach in Vancouver as of Tuesday. In a surprisingly wordy statement posted to their website, the Whitecaps announced that . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 21, 2018) US Soccer Players - Midweek games in the thick of the MLS playoff chase wouldn’t seem to be the type to deliver wild, end-to-end action. That’s exactly what two Wednesday night games did. A third provided a bit of a surprise, ending one of the league’s most remarkable winning streaks. The MLS schedule pitted three Eastern Conference teams traveling . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - The San Jose Earthquakes are the latest MLS team who will be looking for a new head coach come winter. San Jose relieved first-year boss Mikael Stahre of his duties on Monday with just six games to go in the 2018 MLS regular season. Assistant Steve Ralston will serve as the interim head coach for the balance of the campaign. After . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - Orlando City head coach James O’Connor paid his dues to earn his shot at the highest level of soccer in the United States. After ending his playing career with the USL version of Orlando City where he also served as an assistant, he moved to USL expansion team Louisville City as the top man. In three-plus seasons in Kentucky, . . .