By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - Since its inception, MLS has tried to become a stronger league. They've loosened the constraints of single-entity, spent more on players, and increased the number of teams. That's widened and diversified the level of competition found within the league. MLS is a far better league now than it was even a decade ago, but the work is far . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 10, 2018) US Soccer Players - The San Jose Earthquakes have, if nothing else, been a predictable club. Since the Earthquakes’ resurrection in 2008, the team has delved back to its early days to try and plow forward. Frank Yallop and Dominic Kinnear each returned to the club to coach the team as did former player Chris Leitch. So it comes as a surprise then that . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS is certainly a crazy league. The best team in the league heading into the final month is a team that sits in 5th-place in the Western Conference table. The hottest team in the league is out of the Eastern Conference playoffs, for now. If those two teams, Seattle and DC, keep playing the way they have been for the better part of . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 3, 2018) US Soccer Players - After the LA Galaxy’s second consecutive 3-0 victory, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a message for the rest of MLS. “We’re a threat for every team if we play like this,” Ibrahimovic said after the Galaxy beat Vancouver. “I bet you whatever you want, nobody wants to get us in the playoffs because we are dangerous if we do what we do like we . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 26, 2018) US Soccer Players - When the LA Galaxy landed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the move generated excitement and wonder. LA welcomed the world-renowned striker with open arms as the club and the city embraced the self-proclaimed Lion. While the Galaxy hasn't recovered its former glory, Zlatan has been as amazing as advertised. In just 23 games, Ibrahimovic has . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - With summer yielding to fall, both Major League Soccer and Liga MX clubs are in heated battles down the stretch of their respective seasons. MLS clubs are jockeying for position and trying to survive. About 16 teams have a realistic chance of reaching the playoffs with a few others hanging around, which means most of the league is . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 12, 2018) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy’s 2018 season appeared to be in shambles after the club’s 6-2 loss at Real Salt Lake on September 1. The playoffs were slipping out of reach as the Galaxy’s hold on a spot loosened significantly. With the rest of the conference gaining points, the Galaxy looked destined to slide into 8th-place and lay there until . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 6, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS has been around for more than 20 years now. That's long enough for the league's record book to matter. This isn't a new league anymore. Records do fall, but they also last. In August, Atlanta’s Josef Martinez is the league’s newest goal king, Seattle set a league record for most consecutive wins, and Real Salt Lake became the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 5, 2018) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy took one on the chin in the club’s first outing of September, falling by 6-2 at Real Salt Lake to open the month. The result does not inspire confidence, nor does it lead to much hope and positivity. Yet the Galaxy is still in the midst of the MLS playoff hunt. The club has more than just a pulse remaining. There is a . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 29, 2018) US Soccer Players - When LAFC began constructing the roster for its first-ever MLS campaign, the club fortified the defense first and foremost. Upon completion of the MLS expansion draft in December, LAFC had its first-ever center back pairing. The new club landed veteran defender Laurent Ciman after dealing away two expansion draft selections to . . .