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 . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer has a problem on its hands, one that may lead to a resolution without precedent in the modern history of top level professional sports in America. How the league handles the problem could have a major impact on the playoff race in both conferences. That's in addition to the league's reputation as a serious arbiter . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - A few thoughts on the MLS season coming out of a heavy midweek schedule and into a weekend that will reshuffle the playoff picture before it’s done. The Golden Boot With a pair of goals against the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night, Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic moved into a tie with Portland’s Diego Valeri for the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 27 2017) US Soccer Players - New York City Football Club exists on the idea that New York City itself needed a soccer club. If you prefer a slightly more cynical take, then just flip that idea over. NYCFC exists on the idea that MLS needed a team in New York City itself. Either way, the key to the gambit was tying the new franchise to the city. The Red Bulls . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 22 2017) US Soccer Players - At least two MLS team and perhaps more will enter the offseason on the hunt for new head coaches. The New England Revolution’s dismissal of Jay Heaps opens up another job this winter to go along with the Colorado Rapids vacancy. That one is already the subject of rumors linking at least five different men with the position formerly . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 20 2017) US Soccer Players - The fifth coaching casualty of the 2017 MLS season fell on Monday evening when the New England Revolution fired Jay Heaps. Heaps was on the job for all or parts of six seasons. A former Revolution player, he took over for longtime coacj Steve Nicol after the 2011 campaign, moving from the broadcast booth to do so. The height of . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Before there can be any confusion on the matter, let’s first establish that it’s not all that difficult for a game with a 7-0 score line to stand out. Blowouts of that magnitude are rare in the sport, as a rule. Seven goals conceded represents such a complete capitulation in the modern professional game that it always draws . . .