By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 13, 2019) US Soccer Players - With MLS shutting down for the Concacaf Gold Cup, its teams are still involved in meaningful matches. The US Open Cup kicked off the fourth round this week as MLS teams entered play. This presents an opportunity for one of LA's MLS teams to step up and take on the challenge of winning a trophy. LAFC and the LA Galaxy are in a battle . . .
More MLS teams exited the US Open Cup in the fourth round. Wednesday's games started with NYCFC shutting out NCFC 4-0 at Belson Stadium. An own-goal opened the scoring in the 25th minute with Jesus Medina doubling the lead in first-half stoppage time. Keaton Parks scored in the 52nd and 76th minutes. NYCFC goalkeeper Brad Stover kept the clean sheet with seven saves. DC United came back to knock . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2019) US Soccer Players - It's not every season that Major League Soccer teams get a multiple-week break in the middle of their schedule. It's only every other season when Concacaf holds its continental championship. The first time MLS halted league play for the international tournament was 2017, an 11-day pause. In 2019, the break is technically only . . .
The soccer news starts with the latest version of what most would see as an old situation. FIFA's mandate to grow the game however their membership sees fit pushing up against what the fans of the game might want. The conclusion of UEFA's Nations League suggested that this is a tournament some fans might want. At least fans of the teams that advanced to the semifinals. What that isn't is a broader . . .
The soccer news starts with the instant replay problem. The 2019 Gold Cup isn't using the video assistant referee system, saving us from at least some of the angst now associated with instant replay. As a system, it's already caused enough issues to make most of us wonder why we ever thought it was a good idea. Call it a global beta test, but the current version is the kind of thing that will only . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 10, 2019) US Soccer Players – MLS teams have been here before. It happens every year in late spring/early summer whenever a major international tournament is on the schedule. MLS takes a break, but even then there are player absences that can cost teams in the short and long term. Missing players due to international duty means MLS coaches will need to . . .
The soccer news starts with the USMNT losing both of their Gold Cup warm-up friendlies and raising a lot of issues for fans and pundits. Namely, if this is coach Gregg Berhalter's plan for the Gold Cup, how will things change this quickly? It's a fair question, but so is asking what the friendly results might have looked like with his first choice lineup. Berhalter's lineups were part of his . . .
The USMNT continued their 2019 Gold Cup preparations in Cincinnati on Sunday playing Venezuela at Nippert Stadium. With Venezuela working towards the Copa America, they took an early led against the USMNT winning 3-0. The USMNT travels to Minneapolis for their Gold Cup opener against Guyana next Tuesday (10pm ET - FS1). Venezuela's Salomon Rondon opened the scoring in the 16th minute with . . .
MLS played a short schedule over the weekend, with most of the league starting the Gold Cup group stage break early. On Friday night, Toronto FC and Sporting KC drew 2-2 at BMO Field. Felipe Gutierrez converted a 25th minute penalty to put Sporting KC up with Nick DeLeon equalizing in the 43rd. Gutierrez converted a second penalty in the 73rd minute with Jordan Hamilton equalizing five minutes . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (June 7, 2019) US Soccer Players - Let's start with a question: What is Philadelphia? An important city on the Eastern seaboard. The fourth largest television market in the country. A professional sports hotbed, with teams bearing the city's name in the NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, and of course, Major League Soccer. The home to the Union. When it comes to . . .