By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 13, 2022) US Soccer Players - During his record-setting run with the LA Galaxy, head coach Bruce Arena prioritized winning MLS Cups. That may sound simplistic since that's the situation every coach in the league, but it's different when putting together a dynasty capable of doing just that. As Arena was quick to point out back then, part of that focus was due . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2022) US Soccer Players - When Chris Albright arrived at FC Cincinnati in October of 2021 as the club's new general manager, his challenge was daunting. Albright represented the third attempt by FCC to get its soccer leadership right. Following three straight seasons of last-place finishes, the club finally secured someone with deep MLS experience to turn . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 6, 2022) US Soccer Players - No late dramatic collapse. No bad luck. No questionable referring decisions. No wasted chances. No hearts in throats. No twist of fate to undo rounds of advancement at the final hurdle, preventing a breakthrough achievement for a club and a league. In the end, no doubt and no curse. If we’re being accurate, no one called Major . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2022) US Soccer Players - This May might as well be called moving month in Major League Soccer. The league kicked off at the end of February, meaning May will be the third full month of play for the 2022 season. Believe it or not, the schedule is close to one-third complete. So the time to say "it's still early" is rapidly slipping away. March and April . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 29, 2022) US Soccer Players - With apologies to Albert King and Tennessee's other music mecca, Nashville SC was born under a bad sign. Unlike the protagonist of King's famous blues song, Major League Soccer's 26th franchise didn't let a bad start keep it down. Despite entering the top division of soccer in North America during one of the most trying seasons in . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 27, 2022) US Soccer Players - There aren't many places the Seattle Sounders haven't been before. Back in the heyday of the NASL, the Sounders were a fixture of a soccer revival notable for big crowds and big names. Seattle's soccer team played for two titles and had the honor of opening the Kingdome with more than 58,000 in attendance in 1976 against Pele and . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 22, 2022) US Soccer Players - On Tuesday night, the Columbus Crew's quest to win the 2022 US Open Cup came to a disappointing end. The Crew fell 2-1 to Detroit City FC, a club newly added to the USL Championship after a remarkable journey from an amateur summer league to the second tier of American soccer. The backdrop, featuring DCFC's rowdy and smoke-loving . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 20, 2022) US Soccer Players - Inter Miami didn't have much going for it when the 2022 Major League Soccer season began. Off the field, the club was mired in a years-long struggle to push through a stadium plan on the western side of the city it nominally represents. On it, the club was reeling from an 11th-place finish in the Eastern Conference. Add to that the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 15, 2022) US Soccer Players - The Philadelphia Union stands alone going into the seventh full weekend of the 2022 MLS season. Jim Curtin's Eastern Conference outfit is the lone remaining unbeaten team heading into a weekend match-up with Toronto FC at BMO Field on Saturday. Philadelphia's success is most often attributed to its smart, team-focused approach . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 13, 2022) US Soccer Players - Forget the top of the table. In Major League Soccer, the action is in the middle. It makes sense if you think about it. By design, the league gives us precisely that. It's a long regular season that delivers the most intrigue at the playoff line. Finishing first is fine and comes with a shiny plate if you end the season with the . . .