By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 7, 2021) US Soccer Players - Gabriel Heinze's team was losing, miles from home, and there was nothing more he could do about it. Atlanta United's Concacaf Champions League dream was evaporating. The Philadelphia Union frittered away the minutes in their quarterfinal second-leg match at Subaru Park, up 3-1 on aggregate thanks to their stunning three-goal away . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 7, 2021) US Soccer Players - Just three weeks into his first season as head coach at any level, while leading a team brand new to Major League Soccer, Josh Wolff is already ahead of the curve. Expansion teams aren't supposed to win two of their first three matches. They certainly aren't supposed to do that when all of the games are on the road. Wolff is the . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the Europa League semifinals. Bryan Reynolds wasn't in the squad for Roma, who beat Manchester United 3-2 at home but exited 8-5 on aggregate. Down a goal on the night from the 39th minute, Edin Dzeko equalized for Roma in the 57th. Bryan Cristante gave Roma the lead in the 60th with United equalizing in the 60th. An own-goal made it 3-2 Roma in the 83rd minute. . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with the other team with a USMNT player making it through to the 2021-22 Champions League final. Christian Pulisic subbed on in the 67th minute of Chelsea's 2-0 home shutout of Real Madrid. Chelsea advanced 3-1 on aggregate. Timo Werner scored in the 28th minute with Mason Mount doubling the lead in the 85th. Pulisic assisted on the Mount goal. Edouard Mendy kept the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 5, 2021) US Soccer Players - Not too long ago, the LA Galaxy was the undisputed king of Los Angeles soccer. When Chivas USA joined MLS in 2005, the club had some competition for that abstract title. That was short-lived as the Galaxy dominated its intra-stadium rivals until Chivas USA folded after the 2014 season. Four years later, the Galaxy had another local . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 5, 2021) US Soccer Players - Panic rarely makes things better. By its very nature, the word conveys an emotional response to a problem. Letting emotions loose without hanging onto some modicum of logic tends to lead to rash decisions. Rash decisions upend plans, restart processes, and end progress before it has a chance to begin. It's usually best to avoid . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with Manchester City advancing to the 2020-21 Champions League final. Zack Steffen was on the bench for City's 2-0 home shutout of PSG, taking the series 4-1 on aggregate. With sleet on the field, Manchester City took the lead through an 11th minute Riyad Mahrez goal. Mahrez scored again in the 63rd. PSG's Angel Di Maria saw red in the 69th minute. Ederson didn't . . .
By J Hutcherson (May 4, 2021) US Soccer Players - One of the obvious issues with any concept of a super league is who gets left out. The quick demise of The Super League means we never learned the names of the remaining clubs. We don't know who might have been enticed by a new version of European soccer. Bayern Munich and PSG were quick to distance themselves. So was AS Roma, releasing a statement . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with Manchester City trying to see off PSG at home in the Champions League semifinals. The 2-1 first-leg lead and the away goals certainly help. Manchester City is coming off of a 2-0 shutout at Crystal Palace, not exactly the best indicator of what might happen at the Emirates Stadium. Palace's tendency to give up the bulk of possession held, with Manchester City . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 3, 2021) US Soccer Players – There's no place like home. That's what a young Dorothy in the film "The Wizard of Oz" repeated to herself as she attempted to return to Kansas. In soccer, like in sports generally, playing at home and before your own fans has been considered a positive. In the pandemic era, home-field advantage and supporters have taken on a whole . . .