By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - DC United signing English superstar Wayne Rooney generated more than a little bit of doubt among American soccer watchers. Several European stars have made the jump to Major League Soccer and treated their time in North America as semi-retirement. The big paycheck and the cushy lifestyle, perhaps combined with the differences in . . .
La Liga begins their 2018-19 season later today and Serie A starts on Saturday, with two more of Europe's big leagues debuting. In La Liga, it's a similar story with the big three. Barcelona is defending champions with last year's 2nd-place finisher Atletico and 3rd-place Real Madrid trying to change that. As many have pointed out since Wednesday, Atletico's Super Cup win over Real Madrid seems . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 10, 2018) US Soccer Players - With a 7-4 vote to approve a proposed soccer stadium plan for Precourt Sports Ventures, owners of the Columbus Crew, the Austin City Council may have opened an unsettling new chapter in the history of Major League Soccer on Wednesday. You’ve heard a lot about new eras in MLS over the past 10 years or so, most of it positive. The . . .
The soccer news starts with the announcement that Spain's La Liga will play games that count in North America. The league announced a deal on Thursday with Relevant Sports to stage La Liga games in the US and Canada over the next 15 years. Various outlets are reporting that the first game could happen this season, possibly in Miami. Relevant Sports promotes the International Champions Cup and . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 15, 2018) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy is in the midst of what is the club’s most important week of the season. After having climbed into playoff contention, this week presented an opportunity to solidify that stance. On August 11, the Galaxy was set to host two beatable opponents in a four-day span before a trip north to try and keep another contending team . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 15, 2018) US Soccer Players - As deadlines go in American soccer, the one that comes Wednesday isn’t like to get much attention outside of a very small cadre of nerdy soccer wonks. It’s not a transfer deadline. It won’t deliver immediate clarification on a rule or roster. For all intents and purposes, it doesn’t even apply to roughly 50 professional soccer clubs . . .
Week 25 of the 2018 MLS season started on Tuesday with the La Galaxy and Colorado Rapids drawing 2-2 at StubHub Center. Ashley Cole opened the scoring for LA in the 59th minute with Edgar Castillo equalizing in the 74th. Sebastian Lletget put LA in front in the 78th with Niki Jackson equalizing in the 82nd. LA outshot the Rapids 13 to 11 putting 5 on goal to Colorado's 4. The game marked the 150th . . .
By J Hutcherson (Aug 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup doesn't officially start anything. It's not the kickoff for either of Europe's club tournaments, both well into qualifying at this point. UEFA's Champions League couldn't even get out of the way for the World Cup, playing games while that tournament was still underway in Russia. The domestic leagues in Europe stagger . . .
The soccer news starts by asking which team could shake up the Eastern Conference standings in MLS? Only a point separates the top three, with Atlanta in 1st-place with 48 points from 24 games. The Red Bulls are tied on points with 3rd-place NYCFC, but have the lead on total wins 15 to 14 and goal difference +22 to +17. Total wins is the first tiebreaker in MLS, but the more important stat right . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 13, 2018) US Soccer Players – MLS is often overlooked, even mocked, for its defending. In a league where backlines are often maligned and strikers soak up all the attention, it isn’t easy not to notice that some of the league’s best players can be defenders. Among this elite group is Sporting Kansas City center back Ike Opara. The 29-year-old defender is one . . .