By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Nov 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - In world soccer, few scheduling quirks draw more ire than a double-game week. It's standard practice in Europe for teams in the Champions League and Europa League. Add in domestic cup responsibilities, and it stretches even the clubs with massive budgets. Move that to MLS, and it's a tough ask for any team. MLS operates with a . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - The sprint that is the Liga MX regular season ended over the weekend. That included a derby that determined the regular season winner with Monterrey beating Tigres 2-0. Teams like Atlas and Leon wrapped up playoff births. Others like Lobos BUAP and Necaxa squandered their tickets to the postseason. The Liguilla marches on in an . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - The challenge for the Columbus Crew at home in the first-leg of the Eastern Conference final against top-seeded Toronto FC was obvious. The suspensions of Toronto's Jozy Altidore (red card) and Seb Giovinco (yellow card accumulation) sent a clear message to Columbus. Take advantage now. Without Giovinco and Altidore, TFC had all . . .
It was an interesting night for Real Madrid in the Champions League. Spurs beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 meant the London team wins the group. Real Madrid's 6-0 over APOEL means 2nd-place with a game remaining. Given Real Madrid's issues with their offense weren't an issue for the fifth game in Group H, but what that means for their superstars is still an open question. Goal.com's Sacha Pisani . . .
Spurs beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday. The result means Spurs wins Group H and Dortmund can finish no higher than 3rd-place. Hanging onto 3rd-place and the Europa League qualifying spot was made a bit easier by APOEL losing 6-0 at home to Real Madrid. Group H concludes on December 6 with Real Madrid hosting Borussia Dortmund and Spurs home to APOEL. Borussia Dortmund . . .
The Champions League returns later today with six points left up for grabs in the groups. Only in Group B have both teams already advanced to the knockout round. That's PSG with the best record of any team at 12 points and a +17 goal difference and Bayern Munich three points back. The Europa League spot is still in question with Celtic three points ahead of Anderlecht. With only one USMNT player . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – The MLS playoffs version of the Final Four finally kicks off Tuesday. We’re used to the upset story in the MLS playoffs, a competition where the tag of “favorite” seldom counts for much. From the Houston Dynamo knocking out the Portland Timbers and the Columbus Crew getting past NYCFC, 2017 is showing once again that anything can . . .
It's Liguilla time in Liga MX. The 2017 Apertura season came to a close over the weekend with Monterrey clinching the title with 37 points from 17 games. Tigres finished in 2nd-place with 32, losing to local rivals Monterrey on the final day of the season. Club America took 3rd-place with 30 points. Morelia finished in front of Toluca with both teams at 29 points. Cruz Azul took 6th with 27 . . .
The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico returned to action over the weekend following the November international break. We start in the Premier League where DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United lost 4-1 at Manchester United. Yeldon assisted on Dwight Gayle's opener in the 14th minute. Manchester United equalized in the 37th and went ahead for good in first-half stoppage time. Danny Williams . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - I’ve experienced a wide range of emotions during USMNT games over the past few years, both as a journalistic observer and from the perspective of a soccer-enamored American. Tuesday’s friendly draw with Portugal handed me a new one. A conflicted mix of intrigue, bewilderment, and uneasiness. On the field, the part that should . . .