By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - The 2017 MLS playoffs lurch back into action on Tuesday. Columbus hosts Toronto and the Seattle Sounders visit Houston in the first-legs of the two conference finals. It will be 16 days since the last playoff game. That lull robs the postseason of momentum. No team benefits from more than two weeks of preparation. At some point, . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - The last time the USMNT played a game under circumstances similar to those of their 1-1 draw with Portugal in Leiria, no single player on the gameday roster was alive. The last time the USMNT played a game like this, the man who coached the team on Tuesday was a 32-year old assistant coach under Bruce Arena at the University of . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 3, 2017) US Soccer Players - We're in the midst of the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs. The best teams in the league battle it out for supremacy on fields from Cascadia to New York City. Meanwhile, a quieter, much less fun process is unfolding in all of the cities left out of the postseason party. In places like Washington DC, Foxborough, and Chester, the painful march . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - With apologies to the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Houston Dynamo, there’s really no argument that the most intriguing possible matchup for the Western Conference final in this year’s Major League Soccer playoffs is of the Cascadia rivalry variety. The Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers not only despise each other with the heat . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - Every team is the protagonist in its own individual story. Usually those stories are about on-the-field exploits, like winning streaks or runs of bad form. Occasionally, off-the-field events can add to or change the direction of a team’s story. A soccer team doesn’t exist in a vacuum, after all. Teams are subject to outside . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 25, 2017) US Soccer Players - The first round of the MLS Cup playoffs is a pressure packed exercise in knockout tournament soccer. There is no second-leg, no opportunity to overcome a poor performance, a missed chance, or a lapse in concentration. Four teams will see their seasons come to a crashing end on Wednesday and Thursday night, putting a significant . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - You can almost hear the strings swell and the drums boom. Decision Day is nearly upon us. Major League Soccer’s branding for the final day of the regular season works on most levels. Decisions are coming based on the results of the round of games all happening on Sunday at 4pm ET. The timing of the slate of matches is intentional . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - Robert F Kennedy Memorial Stadium opened on October 5, 1961 when it hosted a National Football League game between Washington and the New York Giants. Originally called "DC Stadium", the city renamend it for Kennedy in 1968, a year after his death. In fact, the President of the United States, Robert’s brother John, was in attendance . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - Unlike the Eastern Conference, the Western Conference of MLS possesses a bit of intrigue with two weeks to go in the regular season. In the East, the only thing left to learn is the seeding of the six teams who have already locked in their playoff position. In the West, only Vancouver has officially booked a place in the postseason . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - A day ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Panama (7pm ET - ESPN2) that could make or break his team’s chances of making next year’s tournament in Russia, USMNT coach Bruce Arena exuded the kind of casual confidence that has come to define his coaching style in a long and successful career. Arena's sarcastic wit can’t obscure . . .