By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 23, 2019) US Soccer Players - Many metaphors might work for a discussion about the relationship between Wayne Rooney and DC United at the moment. It is a breakup, after all. Though Rooney will stay with United until the end of the season before returning to England to join Derby County, it does feel like a "divorced people sharing a house" . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 21, 2019) US Soccer Players - Don Garber's whistle-stop expansion tour was in St Louis on Tuesday. The MLS commissioner announced that the city will be home to the newest addition to the ever-growing list of teams. If you're counting at home, this is lucky number 28. The as-yet-unnamed club begins play in 2022. That launch date that gives the ownership in St . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 16, 2019) US Soccer Players - For the Campeones Cup, the old adage "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" doesn't hold true. It turns out, at least with one-off games between the champions of Major League Soccer and Liga MX, it's possible to reboot everyone's thinking. On Wednesday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 14, 2019) US Soccer Players - The MLS coaching merry-go-round doesn't stop. Not even long enough to write a story about the state of the MLS coaching merry-go-round. Between the conception of this piece and its execution, the Houston Dynamo announced that they had "parted ways" with head coach Wilmer Cabrera. Cabrera is the fifth MLS head coach to lose his . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 9, 2019) US Soccer Players - From its origin as a ten-team startup competition organized with a unique single-entity business structure, MLS has grown to 24 teams in 22 markets with 18 purpose-built stadiums. Through that run, the league tries to balance the need to grow against managing risk. By design, MLS is about navigating the choppy economic waters of . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 7, 2019) US Soccer Players - There is no argument that the biggest bombshell of Major League Soccer's secondary transfer window was Wayne Rooney. DC's striker announced that he's leaving to join Derby County of the English Championship as a player/coach. Since that move won't happen until January, it doesn't count as a summer transfer window move. The . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 2, 2019) US Soccer Players - MLS commissioner Don Garber's talking points around the 2019 MLS All-Star Game mostly gleamed with positivity. Major League Soccer is growing by leaps and bounds, adding two teams in 2020 and another in 2021. An announcement of two new teams appears to be in the works. By the time the next World Cup rolls around, the top division . . .
By Jason Davis – ORLANDO, FL (Jul 31, 2019) US Soccer Players - For most, the MLS All-Star Game is little more than an exercise in partner service and a chance to throw a few parties. It's an exhibition. By definition, that limits its importance. Don't try to draw any serious conclusions from whatever happens when the MLS All-Stars face off against Atletico Madrid in Orlando on Wednesday night. . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 24, 2019) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer's move to condense the 2019 schedule and finish the MLS Cup playoffs ahead of the November might have unintended, but completely foreseeable, consequences when it comes to summer signings. It only makes sense. The shorter calendar means that the secondary transfer window will have less of an impact on the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 19, 2019) US Soccer Players - The Portland Timbers are in the midst of a difficult season, depending on how you define "difficult". There's no objective way to judge the degree of difficulty for a given MLS season. Even if we attempted to create one, we'd first have to agree on which factors matter most in the assessment. What tops the list? The vagaries . . .