By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - The CONCACAF Hexagonal will culminate over the next week. Come Tuesday evening, three national teams will be making plans for Russian accommodations. Another team will eye Asia for their own passage. Two will be left wondering what could have been. Intensity and passion will take over the region over that span. Anticipation and . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy and LAFC will not play an official match until sometime in 2018 but their first competition will begin as soon as this season is over.The Galaxy will miss the playoffs this season, the first time since 2008 that a Galaxy season will finish without a postseason appearance. To remedy that, the club will likely rebuild and . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy has had unparalleled success in MLS, but with that success there has also been heartbreak. The Galaxy’s loss in MLS Cup 96 was a gut punch. The loss in the 99 final deflating. The MLS Cup 2001 loss stung. The club’s 4-0 defeat to Toronto FC on the weekend may have been the worst loss in club history. Not only did the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - In their last two games, the LA Galaxy has compiled four points on the strength of a home win and road draw. While that is not exactly a torrid pace, it does account for the longest unbeaten run the Galaxy has had since mid-June. Part of the Galaxy’s success has been Gyasi Zardes. The beleaguered striker has scored a goal in each of . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Mexico played at Costa Rica in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier, the match itself was a bit anticlimactic for the visitors. Mexico had already wrapped up a berth in Russia 2018 the match prior and a lopsided result either way would not have made a difference. Still, the match was significant for one of El Tri’s key players. Giovani . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - There’s something to say for tranquility. For once, Mexico is not flailing about in World Cup qualifying. There are no imminent sackings or roster shake-ups. Mexico only needs one positive result in the next few days to book passage to Russia 2018. And yet, there is no enthusiasm surrounding the team. Rather, the excitement scale is . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you build it, so the saying goes, they will come. In Major League Soccer’s early days, the league created its own spin to that - if you load your rosters with them, they will come, where “them” meant players from an ethnic group and “they” were fans of that same group. When it came to Mexican soccer players in Los Angeles, “they” . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - Soccer is cyclical. Dynasties build and then they crumble and from the ruins can be rebuilt once more. The LA Galaxy is a testament to that, having gone through the highest of highs to the abyss before skyrocketing once more. Climbing out of the hole the team dug for itself about a decade ago took some doing, but the team may not be . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - For expansion MLS clubs, first impressions are important. The first impression set by the other Los Angeles expansion club engrossed that club and stuck to it like a ball and chain and haunted it until its demise. The first impression LA’s newest Major League Soccer club gives off, specifically with its newest signing, will lead in . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 2, 2017) US Soccer Players - Following a legend is always difficult. No matter how good of a job the next coach does, the shadows cast are too long to overcome and the shoes left behind are too big to fill. Curt Onalfo learned that the hard way. Onalfo did not make it through his first summer on the job with the LA Galaxy. The MLS club sacked him following five . . .