Monday's soccer news starts with the second-legs of the second round of 2022 Concacaf World Cup qualifying. This is the home and away series that sets the remaining spots in the Octagonal final round. The USMNT is waiting on the result of Saint Kitts and Nevis vs El Salvador to determine their opening qualifier, with El Salvador already up 4-0 before Tuesday's deciding leg in San Salvador. At . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 11, 2021) US Soccer Players - The first word that comes to mind with the 2021 class for the National Soccer Hall of Fame is "finally." For a pair of the figures announced as inductees on Wednesday, there's no other word that better captures the feeling. The wait has been long, but finally, their time has come. The list read: Christie Pearce Rampone, Steve . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 11, 2021) US Soccer Players - Before Sunday's Concacaf Nations League final, the last time the USMNT played Mexico was in September of 2019. That was a high-profile friendly at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Back then, coach Gregg Berhalter insisted on building play out of the back despite El Tri's fierce high press. The result was a 3-0 Mexico win keyed by . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the return of Major League Soccer after the Nations League break for all of one game. In a push for interest against EURO 2020 and the Copa America. Mexico vs Honduras, and Canada in World Cup qualifying on the 12 and 15, it's only Sporting Kansas City vs Austin this weekend. It's a Western Conference match-up between 2nd-place and 11th, with Austin remaining on . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with the USMNT's 4-0 shutout of Costa Rica in Utah. The next time we'll see a version of the USMNT like this one, World Cup qualifying points will be on the line. With that in mind, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter made significant changes while stressing the offense in the last game of the Nations League window. With trophy in hand, the USMNT looked dangerous from the . . .
The USMNT closed out the Nations League section of the summer schedule with a 4-0 friendly win over Costa Rica at Rio Tinto Stadium on June 9. Costa Rica was the semifinals that the USMNT didn't play, rounding out the first part of the summer schedule with four games, three wins, and the Nations League trophy. The USMNT will now regroup for next month's Gold Cup. Brenden Aaronson opened the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 9, 2021) US Soccer Players - When the Mexican national team played the US in the Concacaf Nations League final on Sunday, it may have seemed natural that the LA Galaxy and LAFC's biggest name attacking players would be in the El Tri squad. For good reasons too. Carlos Vela, a former MLS Most Valuable Player, is one of the most talented players in the league. . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 9, 2021) US Soccer Players - On Sunday night in Denver, the USMNT showed proof that things have changed. Against a motivated Mexico, they won a regional rivalry and a trophy. They did it with a new look squad showing that head coach Gregg Berhalter's tactics can work under pressure. Berhalter's group is as close to a "new team" as any continuously operating . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with the latest example of racist abuse directed at a professional soccer player on social media. This time, it was USMNT and KRC Genk defender Mark McKenzie. Just two days after winning the Concacaf Nations League, McKenzie shared an example of what he sees on social media. His own comment read "the amount of racial abuse and personal attacks on myself and family . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jun 8, 2021) US Soccer Players - It's easy enough to look at the squads fielded by the United States and Mexico to determine the value of the Nations League. Both opted for their best available players, with Mexico coach Tata Martino making some tough decisions but otherwise going with his take on first choice. That sent a clear message about prioritizing the first leg of the . . .