Interim USMNT coach Dave Sarachan announced the 22 player roster for the March 27 friendly against Paraguay in Cary, NC. Sarachan's selections focus on young players mainly from European clubs. "This match once again represents an opportunity for some new faces," Sarachan said in a press statement. "The roster has an average age under 24, so for the most part this is a group of younger players . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS might be a league of parity, but three weeks into the season not all games are even. A few might have more to teach us than others. Injuries, midweek games for Concacaf Champions League participants, and unusual conditions will play a role in the results and how we parse them. Here is a look at four games have the most potential . . .
The soccer news starts with Borussia Dortmund exiting the Europa League. Christian Pulisic wasn't in the squad due to illness for Dortmund's 0-0 draw at Red Bull Salzburg with Salzburg advancing 2-1 on aggregate. The result means no USMNT players are left in the European competitions this season. "The first half was appalling," Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoger said. "We had not adjusted . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 15, 2018) US Soccer Players - Leaving college early or bypassing it altogether to turn pro is today a commonplace decision for elite young soccer players in the United States. It was a bit more of a gamble when Kevin Hartman did it in early 1997, just a few months shy of completing his bachelor’s degree. The LA Galaxy drafted Hartman with the second-to-last . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Mar 15, 2018) US Soccer Players - As a freshly-minted 22-year-old, Major League Soccer is understandably still figuring out its place in this big world. No league in professional sports has seen so much of a transitionary period in the past 5-10 years as MLS. In 2008, the Houston Dynamo failed to win a historic MLS Cup three-peat, falling short in the first round . . .
The soccer news starts with the Seattle Sounders crashing out of the 2018 Concacaf Champions League at the semifinal stage. Carrying a 1-0 advantage into the away leg against Chivas, Seattle lost 3-0 on the night with Chivas advancing 3-1 on aggregate. Oswaldo Alanis put Chivas up in the 50th minute with Javier Lopez scoring in the 55th. Jose Godinez added a third goal in the 80th minute. Seattle . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - Every decade or so, the bigwigs at MLS and Liga MX think it is a good idea to join forces and present a new-look product to the masses. And without fail, the new-look product wears away fairly quickly without much fanfare. Later this year, the brand-new Campeones Cup will commence as Toronto FC will host either Apertura 2017 champs . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - Traditionally speaking, it doesn’t take much to derail an MLS season. A decided lack of depth beyond the first 11-14 players on the roster meant that losing even one or two starters for protracted periods of time could lead to a string of bad results. The safety net in Major League Soccer is significant thanks to six playoff spots . . .
The soccer news starts with two MLS teams advancing to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals with a chance for a third. The New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC knocked out Liga MX clubs to take their places on opposite sides of the semifinal bracket. It's a safe assumption that Toronto will be playing Club America, already up 4-0 over Tauro. New York waits on the winner of the Seattle vs . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 13, 2018) US Soccer Players - On a clear day, it's easy to play count the stadiums as you fly in or out of London's Heathrow airport. There are a lot of them in that city, all built with territory in mind. Even the rugby stadiums and the cricket ovals mark space. Twickenham is rugby. St John's Wood and Kennington are cricket. Yet, it's soccer that divides up the capital. A . . .