By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 24, 2017) US Soccer Players - There is no greater club in Mexico than Club Deportivo Guadalajara, known more commonly as Chivas. At least, that’s what their supporters say. Chivas indeed have a storied history. Famous for their red-and-white striped jerseys, Chivas is the only team in Mexico to use only Mexican-born players and, more recently, players of Mexican . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - Earlier this week, Mexico released its roster for upcoming friendly matches against Croatia in Los Angeles on May 27 and Ireland in New Jersey five days later. One name not on the list was the LA Galaxy’s Giovani Dos Santos. Perhaps that was not surprising. The Galaxy play at San Jose on May 27 and at DC United on June 3, two . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - The sprint that is Liga MX’s Clausura regular season finished Sunday when Santos and Toluca drew 2-2. The result means the same two teams meet in the playoffs. While the regular season was hotly contested, the postseason will ramp that up quite a few notches. The playoffs will deliver four quality series in Tigres vs Monterrey (Wed . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 3, 2017) US Soccer Players - In the early days of MLS, the league pandered quite a bit. The strategy in the mid-1990s seemed simple. Bring in players from certain countries and fans/citizens of those countries residing in MLS towns would turn out en masse to watch them play. For every Raul Diaz Arce and Carlos Valderrama who indicated that was the correct . . .
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 . . .