By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Bruce Arena’s long and successful career with the LA Galaxy ended at the end of 2016, a coveted job vacancy emerged. Guiding the league’s most successful club seems like the job to have in MLS. Sure, the Galaxy struggled in 2016 but with a slew of new players heading to the club, deep finances and the wonderful setting that is . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Dan Kennedy retired last week, a link between MLS and Chivas USA’s history died. After all, nobody embodied the defunct club more than Kennedy. Earlier this decade, Kennedy was one of the top goalkeepers in the league. When the lights shut off on the failure that was Chivas USA, it was Kennedy who could say that no one else did . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Diego Maradona paraded the World Cup trophy around Estadio Azteca after the 1986 World Cup final, it seemed like that would close the book on Mexico’s participation as World Cup hosts. It would've been quite the ending. Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 in what was a thrilling end to an intense and memorable tournament that . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - When the LA Galaxy hired Curt Onalfo as coach, the move seemed to be a reassuring one. The club valued stability. Having someone who knew the ins and outs of the LA Galaxy was seemingly a smart move. The offseason coaching shakeup that led to Bruce Arena vacating the post and Onalfo’s subsequent hire seemed to take the focus off some . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Most years, CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is anything but routine for Mexico. More often than not, Mexico has struggled during the qualification phase, struggles that often necessitate a coaching change and roster overhaul. This is not one of those years. Through four games, Mexico sits atop the Hexagonal table having gained 10 of . . .
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 . . .