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 Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - It was a unique moment in the modern history of American soccer. Rarely has a team below the MLS level had the chance to play an established MLS name in a match with something significant on the line. Never before has that lower division team benefited from a sold out crowd bigger than all but a few first division clubs could . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with the Colorado Rapids using that unfortunate MLS euphemism that means they've fired the coach. The Rapids "parted ways" with Pablo Mastroeni, drawing a line underneath a poor record this season and a previous regime no longer running the show in Commerce City. “We would like to thank Pablo for his contributions to this organization, both as a player and as head . . .
By J Hutcherson (Aug 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - There are some obvious things we can all safely assume when it comes to American soccer. MLS will expand as long as there are people willing to pay the expansion fee. Foreign stars will normally say very nice things about the quality of American soccer. Somewhere on the internet someone is arguing about promotion and relegation for US club soccer. . . .
The transfer window isn't riding an all-time high in popularity anywhere in world soccer. FIFPro, the international players union, is challenging it under European labor law. Clubs across Europe are wondering if we're in the middle of an inflated period they'll regret sooner than later. Now, the Premier League is considering ending it early next season to match with the start of their league . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 14, 2017) US Soccer Players – The long, hot summer of preseason friendlies and nonsensical curtain-raiser Super Cup matches has finally given way to the start of the domestic season across most of Europe’s five major domestic leagues. With France and England already underway, with Germany, Italy and Spain soon to follow, it’s time to take stock of Americans . . .
It's always a shame when someone has to roll a statement back that should resonate without any disclaimers. Spurs defender Danny Rose got himself into trouble for saying he would leave the club in order to win trophies. More to the point, a club that doesn't match the ambition of elite players is an issue for a short career. There's more to it with both Spurs and Rose, but the point remains. If a . . .
Week 23 of the 2017 MLS season started with business as usual for Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders. The Sounders shutout Sporting KC 1-0 at home. Dempsey scored the game's only goal in the 36th minute with Jordan Morris assisting. Stefan Frei made three saves to keep the clean sheet, his fourth in a row. “I’ll address it in the sense that when we made that announcement in the locker room, . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - MLS closed its summer transfer window with a bang this week. Several current and former USMNT players found themselves at the center of the action. The process offered up a timely snapshot of the many and nuanced ways in which the domestic league both fosters and frustrates this country's players. For the players, it can be a . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - The close of the Major League Soccer transfer window brought a flurry of activity. Perhaps for the first time ever, deadline day in America’s top division was rife with enough intrigue to keep fans engaged all the way up to the midnight eastern cutoff. Among the bigger deals to go down were the transfer of USMNT player Paul Arriola . . .