By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 30, 2020) US Soccer Players – The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a halt. With people forced to stay home because of the contagion and life as normal interrupted, sports leagues have also come to a stop. Where does that leave these leagues once the virus subsides and life gets back to normal? It is difficult to predict the future, although the . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the International Olympic Committee officially rescheduling the Tokyo games from July 23 through August 8, 2021. Concacaf is the only region that has yet to qualify teams for the men's soccer tournament. "These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organization of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 25, 2020) US Soccer Players - Branding a soccer club in the modern American soccer landscape is an unenviable task. Getting it right might mean a huge wave of interest and the kind of viral marketing success that can turn soccer from after-thought in a market to the "it" team everyone wants to support. Getting it wrong means missing out on a potential group of . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 27, 2020) US Soccer Players - If Gary Walker was looking for new and different challenges when he left Manchester United to join FC Cincinnati, he's certainly gotten them. After more than a decade as a strength and conditioning coach with the English giants, Walker moved across the Atlantic a year ago to head up FCC's sports performance department. It was a . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the ongoing problem that is trying to predict the short-term future of professional soccer. Each day that passes without an obvious end to the stay at home policies now in place in countries all over the world only adds to the discussions about the eventual return to normal. The expectation is of a date that counts, but that doesn't seem reasonable right now. In . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with more on the economics of suspended seasons. European soccer is in a situation where there may or may not be a hard June 30 deadline to complete the current seasons, with leagues and governing bodies reportedly considering options past that point. Finishing the 2019-20 season appears to be a priority across European soccer, pushing against the scenarios that have . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 25, 2020) US Soccer Players - When Sebastian Saucedo opted to leave Real Salt Lake in December, the move raised eyebrows. It was not that another MLS Homegrown Player was opting for greener pastures abroad. Such moves are commonplace and will only continue as the league grows. What drew attention to Saucedo's exit was his destination. Unlike looking to head . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 25, 2020) US Soccer Players - Despite the aborted start to Major League Soccer's 25th season, there's data to go on when looking at how the landmark campaign might play out. Two games aren't much. Still, if it's possible to impress in just 180 minutes of soccer, there are a few candidates for the most promising teams of 2020. Predicting how a season might go . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with another issue once the games resume. How does the transfer window work if leagues need more time to complete the current season? According to a report from The Telegraph's Mike McGrath FIFA may address that by keeping the summer window open until January. Though individual leagues determine when their transfer windows open and close, the thought is that an . . .
The 1977 Cosmos normally get the nod as the best version of that club and, by extension, the best team in the history of the North American Soccer League. The NASL existed in a different era for the sport. Watching footage should reveal a few things. More time and space on the ball, legal back passes to reset through the goalkeeper, and the 35-yard offside rule used by the NASL. Those combine to . . .