By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - For all the pressure and fear associated with World Cup qualifying, there is a rather simple formula for CONCACAF teams seeking entry to the world’s biggest sporting spectacle. Take care of business at home. It’s a tried-and-true formula, really. Win at home, steal a few points from away games, and start dreaming. Mexico has mostly . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - It’s not often that soccer serves up a historic, life-altering, history-making and possibly changing matchup. While soccer still has not served that one up quite yet in CONCACAF Champions League play, there may be just such a matchup waiting around the corner. FC Dallas and Tigres UANL are one step away from playing in what would be . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - The year before a World Cup is The year before a World Cup is typically an important year for CONCACAF teams. High on the list of priorities is qualifying for the World Cup. Somewhere down below for one CONCACAF nation is the Confederations Cup, which gives that team the chance to play in the same venues and in the same country as . . .
By Luis Bueno – CARSON, CA (Mar 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - Change is inevitable with any soccer club. For the nine years that Bruce Arena was in charge with the LA Galaxy that rule did not quite seem to apply. With Arena making a surprise return to his old job as USMNT coach, things changed quickly for the Galaxy following the 2016 season. Most of it has been positive, with a different approach . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - Anyone who has ever had a sibling knows what it is like to either get tormented or be the tormentor in a rivalry. The older sibling teases, incites, challenges, tussles, wrestles, and inevitably wins what was always a mismatch. Older sibling wins any time, any place. Such is the case in CONCACAF. As the Champions League knockout . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Not too long ago, the question facing the LA Galaxy’s preseason MLS Cup chances centered on their opponents. It was the common question. Is there anyone as strong as the Galaxy who will contend for MLS Cup? With four MLS Cup appearances in a six-year span, it was also a legitimate one. In the post-Bruce Arena era, though, that . . .
By Luis Bueno – CARSON, CA (Feb 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - In a game that meant nothing, the Galaxy moved everything forward. The Galaxy played the first match in the post-Bruce Arena era on Tuesday, hosting Liga MX side Tijuana in a friendly at StubHub Center. While the result itself was forgettable, a 1-1 draw, the Galaxy showed that there will indeed be life after Arena. The Galaxy will have . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - For years the LA Galaxy focused on building its brand. Name-player signings, subsequent jersey sales, and overseas trips helped push their brand, so much so that at times it seemed that took precedence over on-the-field success. Re-establishing a winning tradition though only helped to increase the brand and bring some legitimacy to . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 25, 2016) US Soccer Players - Change struck the Galaxy like a hammer. Never has the club undergone such a massive change from the end of one season to the start of the next. That start, of course, is still more than one month away. To get from now to then will require quite a bit of work. The Galaxy kicked off its preseason this week with a slew of questions, . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 18, 2016) US Soccer Players - With the StubHub Center field as its background, Los Angeles’ newest sports entity spoke about winning games and capturing the hearts of Angelinos everywhere. It all sounded nice but we have seen this movie before, and it did not end well. The Chargers and StubHub Center will be as effective a partnership as former tenant Chivas USA . . .