By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - The MLS offseason drips with intrigue over international signings in a manner previously unseen in its more than two decades of existence. Rumors abound, a function of a new influx of cash infiltrating the league through big money ownership and initiatives created to expand the power of the salary budget. While tracking the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - Orlando City striker Cyle Larin is still Orlando City striker Cyle Larin, no matter what the Twitter account of Turkish champions Besiktas might say. Of that, at least Orlando City is certain. Whether Besiktas accepts Orlando City’s version of the truth is still, as of yet, unknown. What Besiktas’s Twitter account said on Saturday . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 12, 2018) US Soccer Players - Christian Lucatero was supposed to be the Houston Dynamo academy’s proof-of-concept. By most accounts the best player to ever come out of the club’s nascent developmental system, Lucatero was local, Hispanic, and talented, a trio of traits that would serve the reputation of the system well. When signed to a Homegrown Player contract . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 10, 2018) US Soccer Players - The USMNT reboot inches forward just a bit more with the arrival of the annual January camp. There's nothing settled for the program, but a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina at the end of the month provides an opportunity to introduce new young players. Whatever focus there should still be on mistakes made in the past, there’s a . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 5, 2018) US Soccer Players - For the second time in two days, one of Major League Soccer’s premier creative players found himself changing teams in an offseason that has not been short on surprise transactions. On Tuesday, the New York Red Bulls shipped Sacha Kljestan to Orlando City in a trade that moved the two-time MLS assist leader and $150,000 of allocation . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 3, 2018) US Soccer Players - It's the start of 2018, and it might already be crunch time for the new coaching hires in MLS. There's no time like the present for pressure, with clubs already making major moves. MLS teams turned over their sideline bosses at a greater rate than ever before in 2017. The expectations are high for those new hires. Regular season . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - By now, you’ve heard the somewhat surprising news that the New York Red Bulls are actively shopping playmaker Sacha Kljestan. By the time you read this, Kljestan could be a member of LAFC, Minnesota United, Orlando City, or some other MLS team. Even if Kljestan is still technically a Red Bull when the new year rolls around, it seems . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - The word “trend” in a modern context suggests something ephemeral. Even if the shift of direction eventually morphs into the status quo, the initial push towards establishing it can only happen once. Trends aren’t fads, but they also aren’t exactly accepted as permanent from the outset, either. It’s with that definition of “trend” . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer descended upon Nashville on Wednesday where they announced the 24th franchise. The mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry, the governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, and the lead investor in Nashville’s MLS bid, John Ingram, joined MLS commissioner Don Garber in celebrating the news that first division professional soccer . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - Toronto FC just made history over the course of the 2017 MLS season. Toronto became the first Canadian MLS team to life the MLS Cup, part of a triple haul of trophies. They also set the MLS record for most points earned in a season. The Reds outscored every one over the course of 34 games while giving up the second fewest goals . . .