By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jun 8, 2018) US Soccer Players - The New York Red Bulls added to their bag of bragging rights against NYCFC with a 4-0 win in the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup on Wednesday night. With both teams playing second-choice lineups in a competition with rules regarding the use of foreign players, it was the Jersey side that got the best of their city rivals. Former Red . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jun 6, 2018) US Soccer Players - Target Allocation Money has, on the whole, been good for Major League Soccer. The league's new budget mechanism allows clubs to bridge the gap in the MLS talent pool between Designated Players with their seven-figure salaries and the lower level players often making closer to $100,000 a year. To say that it has been successful at . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jun 1, 2018) US Soccer Players - There are higher profile teams in MLS than the Montreal Impact. Record-breaking crowds in Atlanta. Significant spending in Toronto. The big stage of New York. High-profile signings in LA. New stadiums in several places. All of those things and others serve to make Montreal something of an afterthought in a constantly changing . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 30, 2018) US Soccer Players - It only took six or so more months than originally planned, but Cincinnati finally has its MLS expansion team. Major League Soccer and city dignitaries gathered at an Over-the-Rhine brewery on Tuesday night to officially announce Cincinnati as the 24th MLS club. We've seen several years of excellent attendance for the USL club . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 25, 2018) US Soccer Players - The Cinderellas are arriving at the US Open Cup ball in full regalia as the venerable, yet underappreciated, the tournament moves on to the Fourth Round. Wednesday night’s third round delivered a handful of upsets and set the stage for the David versus Goliath matchups that can make the competition so compelling. The Fourth Round is . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 23, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS carries with it a sort of institutional hierarchy. The league’s modern explosion of supporter-driven passion, big crowds, and accelerating spending means that for most, the first things that spring to mind are new. It's the atmosphere at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the play of Atlanta United with its cadre of South Americans. The . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - Here’s what we know about NYCFC midway through May of the 2018 season, the club’s fourth MLS campaign: The team is good, perhaps even good enough to win an MLS Cup this season. The organization is willing to spend money to put a quality product on the field. Head coach Patrick Vieira has a philosophy that makes his . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - The winter between the 2017 and 2018 seasons was flush with high profiles moves for a number of established players in Major League Soccer. New resources for clubs opened up the market and led to many of them dropping significant amounts of allocation money on big-name players. With a host of teams now one-third through their . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - How do you solve a problem like suffering from a lack of mainstream attention in your home market despite being one of the most successful clubs in MLS history? How do you solve a problem like catching up to your competition quickly when you’ve spent the better part of the last decade spending as little money on your product as . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 9, 2018) US Soccer Players - It’s that time of year again, when the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing their songs, and the US Open Cup is upon us. The first round of the 105th edition of America’s oldest knockout soccer tournament got underway with a single game on Tuesday night and continues with 25 games on Wednesday. As is always the case in the . . .