By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - You, the super-engaged, 24/7, all-in, totally consumed (and consuming) soccer fan might not know it, but what it means to be a fan is changing. It’s changing rapidly, and not in subtle ways. The advent of on-demand sources of entertainment have flipped the traditional paradigms. That’s a fancy way of saying that younger . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - By almost any fair measure, the start to Atlanta United’s inaugural season has been a rousing success. On the field and in the stands, Arthur Blank’s new MLS entry has met the lofty aspirations they set for themselves in the build-up to 2017. A combination of ambition and a willingness to spend money means Atlanta is the model for . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - Nature abhors a vacuum. So, it seems, do American soccer’s ample supply of investors and opportunists. By virtue of US Soccer’s decision to sanction both the USL and NASL as Division II for the 2017 season, there is now a vacuum at the third level of the American soccer pyramid. A status occupied by the USL from 2011 through 2016 . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - The battle for one of the four - or maybe five - available expansion spots in Major League Soccer is largely about the financial clout of the ownership group. That includes building a soccer stadium. Those two factors will guide the league's choices more than anything else. Get the cash, get the stadium, and you're probably a good . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - The World Cup is coming to America. Maybe. Mostly, America... maybe. If you widen the definition of “America” beyond its usual connotation of the United States, to include the North American nations of Canada and Mexico, than the World Cup is still coming to America. Maybe, but rather than “mostly”, it would be maybe, in . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - Let’s start with what we know. Nothing indicates an imminent MLS arrival for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite a few sporadic reports to the contrary, the solid reporting says that the striker’s future remains uncertain. Maybe Ibrahimovic will sign a new contract with Manchester United. Maybe one of the other ambitious young leagues . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - Everything, at least as it related to the potential for MLS to put down roots in a city with the richest soccer history of any in America, came down to Tuesday. Tuesday was local election day in Missouri. A day when the citizens of cities, towns, and counties across the state went to the ballot box to decide issues ranging from who . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 31, 2017) US Soccer Players - The picture for the expanded 48-team World Cup is starting to come into focus. FIFA released their proposal for dividing the places for the tournament on Thursday. The increase in the number of participants means some confederations stand to see a significant bump in representation in 11 years time. Since FIFA has never reduced the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy announced on Tuesday that 24-year old midfielder Sebastian Lletget would miss the next 4-6 months. He needs surgery to fix a broken bone in his foot. Lletget picked up the injury while on duty with the USMNT, for whom he made his competitive debut on Friday night against Honduras. Lletget scored the opening goal in . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 24, 2017) US Soccer Players - It’s not that Bruce Arena’s semi-regular musings on the state of American soccer didn’t matter while he was leading the LA Galaxy. He won three MLS Cup titles, two Supporters Shields, and fully cemented his place as the greatest American soccer coach. It’s just that it didn’t have the same sort of weight it does now. When a coach . . .