By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 12, 2019) US Soccer Players - A bigger, more ambitious tournament, at least one new opponent, and a bevy of highly familiar ones await the USMNT this summer as they defend their Gold Cup title. This year’s remodeled event is 33% larger and takes place across three countries instead of just one. Costa Rica and Jamaica will each host a group-stage . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 8, 2019) US Soccer Players – The USMNT has gotten 2019 off to a strong start. The Gregg Berhalter era has brought with it wins, optimism, and depth at various positions. The aim this year will be winning the Gold Cup. While the US enters the tournament as one of the favorites, what about the region’s other contenders? With the Gold Cup draw set for Wednesday, . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 20, 2019) US Soccer Players - The World Cup is the most important tournament in soccer. It is the pinnacle of the international game. It stands above all of the other tournaments on the soccer calendar. That doesn't downplay the importance of those other tournaments. They're important and necessary in the build-up to and preparation for the World Cup. Well, until . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 11, 2018) US Soccer Players – With the United States missing out on the World Cup, the focus shifts to a new coach, the Fall friendlies, and games that count in 2019. The next stop on the road to rebuilding is next summer’s Gold Cup. This is a tournament that has traditionally allowed the USMNT to assert itself as a regional power, test players, and create a . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 28, 2018) US Soccer Players - Every two years, CONCACAF trots out the Gold Cup tournament and tries to showcase the best the confederation has to offer. And every two years, the showcase comes short as the tournament always leaves room for improvement. For the first time, though, those improvements may actually happen. The Gold Cup could take steps toward . . .
The soccer news starts with Arsenal following up their 3-0 League Cup final loss to Manchester City on Sunday by preparing to play Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday. That quirk of overlapping schedules would appear to mean problems for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "When you lose a game like that everything is questioned - the players, the team, the personalities,” Wenger said. . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 31, 2017) US Soccer Players – You would never think we were in the midst of any sort of a summer break with all the soccer played in July. Europe’s major domestic competitions may be in the midst of preseason, but friendlies between top clubs kept interest going. Domestically, there was MLS and the Gold Cup to keep fans glued to their TVs. With high-profile . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT are Gold Cup champions for a sixth time. It’s an accomplishment to celebrate, regardless of the misgivings surrounding this tournament. That much was clear to see on the faces of US players young and old as they hoisted CONCACAF’s hulking hardware at Levi’s Stadium late Wednesday night. For Jordan Morris, it marks the . . .
There was a trophy to play for at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on Wednesday. Jaamica faced an early issue when their goalkeeper and captain Andre Blake suffered a hand injury. Blake had to sub out in the 22nd minute with backup Dwayne Miller replacing him. Jamaica almost made it out of the half with the game scoreless. Jozy Altidore put the USMNT up in the 45th minute from a free . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jul 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - Peace and tranquility is a myth, at least within the Mexican national team’s coaching ranks. Disarray is harmony. Pandemonium and lawlessness is Mexico’s peace and order. Mexico national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio is under heavy fire in Mexico for the obvious reasons. Mexico after all crashed out in the semifinals of two separate . . .