By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 25, 2018) US Soccer Players - For all the excitement and attention that the greatest new thing in Los Angeles causes, rarely does it apply to stadiums. There's a simple reason for that. The last time a new open-air stadium opened for business in LA was more than 50 years ago. LAFC is changing that. Major League Soccer’s newest club will officially christen Banc . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - The Concacaf Champions League final is at the halfway point. The drama will only ramp up in one week’s time when Toronto FC visits Chivas de Guadalajara for the decisive finale. While this matchup is not a USMNT vs Mexico tilt, the MLS vs Liga MX pairing has brought forward plenty of emotions on all sides of the US border. In fact, . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - Champions are by nature superior to the competition. Some champions become legendary and even others immortalized. The LA Galaxy teams that won consecutive MLS Cup championships earlier this decade had the look of immortals. The 2011 MLS Cup winners lead the conversation for the best team in MLS history. They did it again in . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - Twice, Liga MX clubs have gone to Toronto’s BMO Field in search of a result in CONCACAF Champions League play this year. Twice, Liga MX clubs have left with a difficult result. Toronto FC seems destined for a spot in the Concacaf Champions League final, an accomplishment the club would obtain at Liga MX’s expense. So does that . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 28, 2018) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy have long been pursuing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and now that the club finally landed him the team is trying to get him in the lineup as soon as possible. Ibrahimovic could conceivably arrive in Los Angeles one day and then play in a league game the next. The Galaxy want to ramp up the speculation, excitement and curiosity . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 21, 2018) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy underwent an offseason of change and transformation, making moves that promised a return to playoff contention and grandeur in MLS. The front office rebuilt the backline and goalkeeper positions, beefed up the midfield, and transformed the attack. With a core of high-salaried players to build on, positivity was a part . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - Every decade or so, the bigwigs at MLS and Liga MX think it is a good idea to join forces and present a new-look product to the masses. And without fail, the new-look product wears away fairly quickly without much fanfare. Later this year, the brand-new Campeones Cup will commence as Toronto FC will host either Apertura 2017 champs . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 7, 2018) US Soccer Players - Los Angeles is atop MLS once more. The city was a dominant force in MLS’s opening weekend, and it's already clear that LA will remain there for all of 2018. Well, maybe. LAFC opened its existence with a thrilling 1-0 win at Seattle while the LA Galaxy took care of Portland by 2-1 at StubHub Center later in the day. Two matches and . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 28, 2018) US Soccer Players - Every two years, CONCACAF trots out the Gold Cup tournament and tries to showcase the best the confederation has to offer. And every two years, the showcase comes short as the tournament always leaves room for improvement. For the first time, though, those improvements may actually happen. The Gold Cup could take steps toward . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 21, 2018) US Soccer Players - It’s time to pay attention to the CONCACAF Champions League. The confederation’s most important club competition is new again for 2018, keeping the top leagues out of the group stage which now operates as a separate feeder competition. That's something easily missed, highlighting a major problem with the tournament. Getting . . .