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, . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 26, 2020) US Soccer Players - For most of the previous decade-plus, the Western Conference was Major League Soccer's dominant conference. Eight consecutive Western Conference teams won MLS Cup, from Real Salt Lake's 2009 championship team through the 2017 Seattle Sounders. Toronto FC and Atlanta United won consecutive titles for the Eastern Conference, but the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 19, 2019) US Soccer Players - At the international level, Mexico has yet to break through on the world's biggest stage. El Tri has done well to reach the World Cup and get out of the group stage consistently but cannot get past that phase. At the club level, Mexico has earned that reputation as well. The latest big-stage failure came in Qatar on Wednesday. . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 11, 2019) US Soccer Players - When star Mexican striker Alan Pulido decided to leave Chivas Guadalajara, he had plenty of options at his disposal. Pulido had suitors both domestically and abroad. With Europe already in his past, he had his pick of places to go. Somehow, he chose Middle America. It may seem like an odd choice, but Pulido's move to Sporting Kansas . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 5, 2019) US Soccer Players - The 2019 Major League Soccer season has been over for a bit now, with Seattle beating Toronto FC to lift the MLS Cup early last month. With the offseason already in full swing and two new clubs on the horizon, the focus has begun to shift to the start of a new decade and a continuation of the league's unofficial expansion era. Before . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 4, 2019) US Soccer Players - Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez is open to moving to a new club. According to reports, Hernandez would be willing to move somewhere due to his decrease in playing time in Spain with Sevilla. Hernandez's best move would be to move west across the Atlantic Ocean. The further west he goes, the more his playing time would increase. However, . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 27, 2019) US Soccer Players - With the Liga MX regular season sprint complete, eight teams will play for the Apertura 2019 championship. Club America is the headliner, taking their spot in the limelight as always. America is trying to add to its already crowded mantle with yet another piece of hardware. Mexico's other big clubs didn't bother to make an . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 20, 2019) US Soccer Players - In 2004, MLS was a much different league. There were all of 10 teams playing in the league then, and the still-fledgling league was very much in flux. There were legitimate questions regarding the sustainability of the league and whether the team could support more than 10 teams. Enter Jorge Vergara. Despite attendance and support . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 13, 2019) US Soccer Players - The final MLS match of the 21st century's second decade played out on Sunday in Seattle. When the Sounders toppled Toronto FC in the 2019 MLS Cup, they also put the 2010s to rest. Next season ushers in a new decade full of new teams and new challenges. It is anyone's guess who the team of the 2020s will be. It could be a team that . . .