By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - It’s become something of a biannual holiday among hardcore fans and other MLS observers, and it arrived this week: The MLS Players Union’s public release of its members’ salary information. “The salary drop,” as it’s informally dubbed, spawns a litany of chatter and media content. We see pieces containing various combinations of . . .
When the tax authorities come calling to seize information and make arrests, it's never a good day at the office. That was the scenario for West Ham United and Newcastle United yesterday, calling into question how both clubs conduct their businesses. The Independent's Jack de Menzes has some of the details on the accusations the clubs now face. Namely, "suspected income tax and National Insurance . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - You, the super-engaged, 24/7, all-in, totally consumed (and consuming) soccer fan might not know it, but what it means to be a fan is changing. It’s changing rapidly, and not in subtle ways. The advent of on-demand sources of entertainment have flipped the traditional paradigms. That’s a fancy way of saying that younger . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Bruce Arena’s long and successful career with the LA Galaxy ended at the end of 2016, a coveted job vacancy emerged. Guiding the league’s most successful club seems like the job to have in MLS. Sure, the Galaxy struggled in 2016 but with a slew of new players heading to the club, deep finances and the wonderful setting that is . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with Timmy Chandler's Eintracht advancing to the DFB Pokal final. Eintracht knocked out Borussia Gladbach on penalties. Eintracht took the lead on the road when Taleb Tawatha scored in the 15th minute. Jonas Hofmann equalized for Gladbach in first-half stoppage time. It took eight rounds of penalties to decide the winner, with Eintracht advancing 7-6. Gladbach's . . .
Newcastle United won on Monday, returning to the Premier League in 2017-18 after a season in the Championship. Brighton was already in, with the automatic promotion places now accounted for. DeAndre Yedlin was on the bench for Newcastle United in their 4-1 win over PNE. Ayoze Perez opened the scoring in the 7th minute at St James' Park. PNE equalized in the 14th. Christian Atsu put Newcastle up . . .
By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (Apr 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – The New York Red Bulls, despite strides made in recent years transforming into an MLS Cup contender, is a team always seemingly in crisis mode. That normally starts early in the season. They usually go on to finish among the top in the Eastern Conference, but the old problem persists of crashing out in the playoffs. The club is . . .
If you designed an optimal Premier League, it would be tough to exclude Newcastle United. The biggest club from the biggest city in England's North East makes the same kind of sense as adding Aston Villa, the biggest club in the second biggest metropolitan area in the country. As we all know, English soccer doesn't work that way. Clubs have to earn their league standing. Newcastle is currently . . .
Week 8 of the 2017 MLS season saw USMNT player Darlington Nagbe take a starring role in Portland's 2-1 win over Vancouver. Nagbe opened the scoring in the 18th minute at Providence Park, assisting on Darren Mattocks's goal in the 40th. Fredy Montero pulled a goal back for Vancouver in the 59th minute. “I’m just trying to make a play," Nagbe said of his goal. "At the time, it called for me to take . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - By almost any fair measure, the start to Atlanta United’s inaugural season has been a rousing success. On the field and in the stands, Arthur Blank’s new MLS entry has met the lofty aspirations they set for themselves in the build-up to 2017. A combination of ambition and a willingness to spend money means Atlanta is the model for . . .