By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - The numbers don’t lie, as they say. Orlando City’s 2018 MLS season is the stuff of history, but not the good kind. With two games remaining on the club’s regular season schedule the Lions have already set a new standard for defensive frailty. Through 32 matches Orlando has conceded 72 goals, besting the previous ignominious mark of . . .
The soccer news starts with the pressure on some of the super clubs as the European club seasons resume. Namely, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Manchester United. All three need to convince their fans that things will change and quickly. If not, they need to change things internally. Bayern Munich attempted to get out in front of that. DW's Matt Pearson has Bayern Munich executives unhappy with . . .
The soccer news starts in MLS with Seattle beating Orlando 2-1 on the road. Victor Rodriguez put the Sounders up in the 3rd minute and assisted on Handwalla Bwana's goal in the 13th. Dom Dwyer pulled a goal back for Orlando in the 57th. DC United shutout Toronto FC 1-0 at Audi Field. Wayne Rooney scored in the 18th minute and Bill Hamid made four saves to keep the clean sheet. The day after . . .
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 . . .
The USMNT's 1-1 draw with Peru showed what a young team might be capable of doing in games that count. Holding on when they didn't have a lot of the possession in the first-half, the USMNT attack came together in the second. The USMNT's goal was from a set piece and benefitted from a deflection, but it was the result of sustained pressure. The USMNT realized they needed to take the game to Peru . . .
The USMNT finished out the October international window drawing 1-1 with Peru at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Peru dominated possession in the first-half, but couldn't find a goal. The USMNT took advantage early in the second-half with Jose Sargent getting a deflection and a goal in in the 49th minute. Peru's Andy Polo hit the bar in the 75th and Edison Flores equalized in the 86th . . .
The soccer news starts with an obvious point about the Nations League. It's going to take more than UEFA adding it to the schedule to make the games count. Everybody involved has to buy in. That's the challenge for any new competition, something that the Nations League is already struggling with at some levels. For all the upside when two big teams meet in League A, there's leagues B through D to . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 15, 2018) US Soccer Players - There's one obvious problem North American soccer faces when it comes to identifying and developing players. It's the sheer size and scope of the United States and Canada. These are the second- and third-largest countries on earth, with a combined population of more than 360 million. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 million of . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 15, 2018) US Soccer Players – Though the New York Cosmos defined the NASL era for many, there was another club that put together multiple championship runs. Some 800 miles west of the bright lights of New York, the Chicago Sting made their case as the team of the early 80s. Besides the Cosmos, the Chicago Sting is the only NASL franchise to win multiple Soccer . . .
The soccer news starts with the USMNT's second game in the October window. They play Peru in East Hartford on Tuesday (7:30pm ET - ESPN) with another opportunity for players to show how they fit in Dave Sarachan's system. In the 4-2 loss to Colombia in Tampa last Thursday, that system asked too much of the backline against a creative Colombia attack. It's a somewhat similar situation with Peru, a . . .