By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - It doesn’t seem to matter who’s in charge of the most storied name in American soccer. The New York Cosmos are always a lightning rod. Maybe there’s something about the brand itself that attracts the iconoclast. These figures who see the Cosmos as a means to rocking the proverbial American soccer boat. In their 70s heyday, the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced their Week 2 decisions on Wednesday afternoon. The release, as is too often the case, was highly anticipated. This particular week it was the expectation that the DisCo would address a pair of high profile fouls in the match between the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers. Galaxy defender Jelle . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Andrea Pirlo is many things. Fashion icon. Wine connoisseur. New Yorker. Soccer legend. What he is not is an expert on the business of Major League Soccer, or how the way MLS operates affects its ability to compete in the larger soccer world. It’s important to keep that in mind when parsing Pirlo’s recent comments to Gazzetta dello . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - San Jose Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli wasn’t a typical choice for the job when his new club hired him to replace John Doyle in January. Fioranelli joined the Quakes from Roma, where he was part of management team that oversaw player scouting, player development, match analysis, and recruitment. Prior to Roma, . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - What a scene. A wall of soccer fanatics clad head-to-toe in purple, 4,000-strong, filled one end of stadium built purposely for the sport of soccer in the United States. They stood throughout the match, chanting, singing, and imploring for every second of the 90 minutes between the referee’s blows of his whistle as their beloved . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 3, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT plays El Salvador at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in control of its route to the U-20 World Cup. Tab Ramos’s team started the tournament slowly with a 1-0 loss to 10-man Panama. They turned things around by taking care of business against two minnows and beating Mexico in a competitive match at the U-20 level for the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - The theme of Monday afternoon’s festivities beneath a gray sky in the small corner of the District of Columbia known as Southwest was, for lack of a more poetic description, gleeful surprise. Ecstatic shock, even. To a person, the gathered participants and onlookers at the ceremonial groundbreaking for what will soon by Audi Field, . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 24, 2017) US Soccer Players - In 2015, the Colorado Rapids finished last in the Western Conference. They won just 9 games and missed the playoffs. The 37 points they earned across 34 matches tied them for 18th-place in a 20-team league. Their head coach, club legend Pablo Mastroeni, suffered through his first year as a coach, forced into the role when Oscar . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - The usual response when I tell people that I went to seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools is something along the lines of “That must have been hard.” For most people, the idea of changing schools every few years sounds scary and challenging and they simply can’t imagine what it must have been like . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - On Thursday, February 16, the New York Red Bulls finally made official what everyone in Major League Soccer had known for weeks. Via a terse 300-word statement, the team Ali Curtis helped to two first-place finishes and a Supporters' Shield in two seasons on the job announced that they had “mutually parted ways” with their . . .