The soccer news starts with MLS not content to try and copy an old idea in professional soccer. Teams play each other home and away, and that's the extent of the season. Instead, MLS is going with a new system in 2020 that will see some teams not play each other at all. In a league with 26 teams and 34 games, MLS is favoring its conferences. Inter Miami officially joined the Eastern Conference . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 2, 2019) US Soccer Players – Thierry Henry is back in MLS. This time, it's with a suit and tie. Named the new head coach of the Montreal Impact just last month, his hiring is about injecting some newfound energy and optimism to a team that has lacked both for much of the past decade. For Henry, the Montreal job is a second chance at coaching under relatively . . .
The soccer news starts with Chelsea in manager Frank Lampard's first season in charge at the club. Chelsea's ambitions are obvious, a once champion that now has to push past other contenders in pursuit of their old expectations. It's a team that can look at their current 4th-place and expect more, certainly at home against a team in the bottom half of the table. Instead, it was Chelsea losing 1-0 . . .
The roundup of USMNT players in Europe and Mexico obviously starts in South Korea. A yellow card accumulation suspension kept Mix Diskerud out of the final game of the season with the K League title on the line at home to Pohang Steelers. With Joenbuk chasing Ulsan, a draw or a win would see the title go to Diskerud's club. Suprising no one that follows him on Twitter, Diskerud responded to his . . .
The soccer news starts with Eintracht Frankfurt beating Arsenal in London in Europa League Group F. After losing 3-0 at home to Arsenal in the opening game of the group, Eintracht won 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Timmy Chandler was on the bench for Eintracht, going 1-0 down in first-half stoppage time. Daichi Kamada equalized in the 55th and scored in the 64th. "Arsenal were much better than us . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 27, 2019) US Soccer Players - The holiday season looms, and another eventful year of American soccer nears its conclusion. It's a good time to take stock and seek a wider, deeper perspective. By and large, 2019 was a time of transition for the USMNT. After more than a year of treading water without a permanent head coach, the program pushed forward under . . .
The soccer news starts with Group H in the Champions League. Christian Pulisic scored in Chelsea's 2-2 draw at Valencia. Falling behind in the 40th minute, Mateo Kovacic equalized for Chelsea in the 41st. Pulisic put them up in the 50th on a goalmouth scramble that needed VAR. Valencia equalized in the 82nd minute. Chelsea is home to Lille on December 10 to close out group stage play. "I’m happy . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 27, 2019) US Soccer Players - With the Liga MX regular season sprint complete, eight teams will play for the Apertura 2019 championship. Club America is the headliner, taking their spot in the limelight as always. America is trying to add to its already crowded mantle with yet another piece of hardware. Mexico's other big clubs didn't bother to make an . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 27, 2019) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer's player acquisition system is what marks the path to the start of the 2020 season. MLS is the world's foremost producer of player acquisition mechanisms. It's a function of the league's salary budget system and byzantine team roster rules. Almost everybody else follows a brutally simple process. Find the . . .
The soccer news starts with Ethan Horvath on the bench for Club Brugge's 1-1 draw at Galatasaray in Champions League Group A. The point keeps Club Brugge in 3rd-place, a point ahead of Galatasaray with one game remaining. Club Brugge can finish no higher, with 3rd-place moving to the Europa League. They finish the Group A schedule at home to Real Madrid on December 11. Falling behind in the 11th . . .