By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 13, 2020) US Soccer Players - When the 2020 MLS schedule was first released, players and fans alike circled several games on the calendar. Undoubtedly inside those circles were those teams' rivals. Nothing builds the excitement like playing against teams that fans love to hate. MLS scheduling takes into account these feelings and puts these games together in a . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 6, 2020) US Soccer Players - It wasn't that long ago that MLS fans and pundits were making predictions ahead of the 2020 season. Would Seattle defend its title, or would LAFC get its championship? Would the LA Galaxy return to form? With the 30-goal mark no longer insurmountable, would someone set a new goal-scoring record? What nobody could've predicted was that . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 29, 2020) US Soccer Players - Everyone loves a new toy. What better joy than getting that new gadget, gaming system or television and putting it to immediate use. After countless hours of use, it's difficult to imagine how life was before this new thing became an instant fixture. It's a different emotion to get a new toy and have it kept safely behind lock and . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 22, 2020) US Soccer Players - Life in a COVID-19 world is constantly changing. The global pandemic has brought the planet to a grinding halt and, with it, sports. Short of war, the sports world has typically been immune to what ails the world faces. This novel coronavirus, though, has forced the world to change its script. Schools and businesses have shut down. . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 15, 2020) US Soccer Players - Economic setbacks have certainly hit North American soccer clubs during the COVID-19 global pandemic. With no games on the schedule, no fans are attending matches nor watching on television. That means there is no revenue coming in as the stadiums sit idle. Losses seem particularly difficult for lower-division clubs who have to fight . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 8, 2020) US Soccer Players - This was supposed to be LA's year in MLS. Los Angeles FC already had a great spotlight due to last season's success. The LA Galaxy meanwhile went from one superstar to another. The clubs were not only going to grab the spotlight within Major League Soccer but were also poised to dig further into the city's sports landscape. Then life . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 25, 2020) US Soccer Players - The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust much fear and uncertainty upon the entire globe. The near-global shutdown has affected nearly every corner of the planet. Mostly stuck at home, we're watching businesses and educational establishments try to reinvent themselves or formulate possible solutions on how to stay afloat during this . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 25, 2020) US Soccer Players - When Sebastian Saucedo opted to leave Real Salt Lake in December, the move raised eyebrows. It was not that another MLS Homegrown Player was opting for greener pastures abroad. Such moves are commonplace and will only continue as the league grows. What drew attention to Saucedo's exit was his destination. Unlike looking to head . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 11, 2020) US Soccer Players - As far as regular seasons go, there is no better one in league history than LAFC's 2019 campaign. In its second year of existence, LAFC dazzled and amazed the rest of the league and was mostly unstoppable on its way to the Supporters' Shield. Of course, the Seattle Sounders proved to be the club's kryptonite, dashing LAFC's hopes of . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 4, 2020) US Soccer Players - Two new teams came into MLS this year, but neither figures to be as successful as recent expansion sides LAFC and Atlanta United. Both sides will try not to flop like FC Cincinnati did in its first season a year ago. The Power Rankings expand to 26 teams with the additions of Inter Miami FC and Nashville SC. In this first edition, . . .