By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Feb 15, 2018) US Soccer Players - It was going to take something special to keep FC Cincinnati’s incomparable momentum moving forward. In 2016, the USL side kicked off in front of record-obliterating crowds at Nippert Stadium. In 2017, they shocked MLS side Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup and forced New York Red Bulls into extra time in the tournament’s semifinal. . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Feb 15, 2018) US Soccer Players - There’s a well-worn assumption that the key to becoming a successful soccer team lies in spending months, even years, training together and forming a core starting lineup. Sometimes, this comes in the form of off-field team building, like Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner leading the then-Championship side to a remote Swedish island . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Feb 8, 2018) US Soccer Players - Last month marked the five-year anniversary of the partnership between MLS and USL. The move integrated the MLS reserve teams into USL Pro, then a quaint 13-team operation, allowing for the reserve players to face better opposition on a regular basis. It’s been a mixed bag of results for the “MLS2” teams. In 2017, 10 USL clubs were . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Feb 1, 2018) US Soccer Players - A month out from the start of the 2018 MLS regular season, the flurry of transactions hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. We’ve already seen some highs and lows across the league. Montreal swapped loanee Blerim Dzemaili for a permanent transfer of Bologna’s Saphir Taider. Atlanta United set an incoming transfer fee record by . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 25, 2018) US Soccer Players - On January 8, the North American Soccer League (NASL) announced that it was championing the concept of playing the game in winter in the US. Mired in a multiple-year-long question of its vitality, the NASL found itself stripped of its second-division sanctioning by the US Soccer Federation. Seven years in, the league had a choice . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - On Friday, all 23 MLS teams will convene in Philadelphia for the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. This marks the 19th iteration of the MLS SuperDraft, where a record 92 selections will be made. Don’t be fooled by the increasing number of picks. There are still legitimate discussions to be had about the merits of the draft as teams lean more . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - It’s safe to say that Christian Ramirez has had to earn every opportunity he’s gotten in his career thus far. The son of two Colombian immigrants, Ramirez was born in California and spent ages one through seven in Colombia, the oldest of four kids. His family settled into a two-bedroom apartment, dreaming of finding a better . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - In many ways, 2017 was the most eventful year for Major League Soccer thus far. For the first time in nearly a decade, the East was the dominant conference of the two. Trade announcements included the amount of allocation money swapping hands, allowing for more detailed analysis of these moves. Between the Gold Cup and World Cup . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Dec 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - Few teams have had a busier first month of the MLS offseason than Orlando City. Desperate to make the postseason in their fourth year, the Lions were bound to see a massive change in personal. Original face of the franchise Kaka hung up his boots, regulars like Antonio Nocerino, Giles Barnes, and Dillon Powers were shown the door. . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Dec 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - On Wednesday, Major League Soccer confirmed that Nashville would be joining the league as an expansion side. The announcement concludes a year-long formal pursuit for the Music City. At first, Nashville seemed like a total longshot to get the nod. Bids from Sacramento, Saint Louis, and San Diego seemed far more promising. While . . .