By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 29, 2016) US Soccer Players – There are some years that are considered watershed moments in American soccer. Some, like 1989, the year the USMNT qualified for its first World Cup in 40 years, clearly stand out. Then there’s 1994, the year the US hosted the World Cup. And there’s 2002 when the USMNT reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup. The year few . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 8, 2015) US Soccer Players – The Rose Bowl is a storied venue. Typically used for college football, the stadium has also hosted some of the greatest futbol games in history. Known as “America's Stadium,” the Rose Bowl is a national landmark. The Rose Bowl remains the only venue to stage an Olympic gold medal soccer match, a World Cup final, and an MLS . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 5, 2015) US Soccer Players – The USMNT is no stranger to playing in big games. Throughout it's history, the National Team has been placed in a position where it had to earn a victory. The "must-win" match comes up every so often - a game on the final day of World Cup Qualifying, a Confederations Cup knockout match, and even a decisive game in the first round of . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 8, 2015) US Soccer Players – This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the 1990 World Cup final between West Germany and Argentina. The 1-0 win unleashed jubilation among the German players and left Diego Maradona in tears. Although that game, and the tournament as a whole, is widely maligned for its lack of scoring, what Italia '90 really meant was the end of . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 26, 2014) US Soccer Players – Just days after failing to make the USMNT World Cup roster, Landon Donovan achieved a major feat on Sunday night. Donovan passed Jeff Cunningham to become the MLS all-time goal scoring leader. His two-goal performance in the LA Galaxy’s 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Union put him at 136 career goals. Donovan already holds . . .
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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 5, 2013) US Soccer Players – In this series, we’ve spent US Soccer's Centennial looking at the standout moments for the Men’s National Team. Above all, were the times the US National Team overcame a high-caliber opponent: England in 1950, Colombia in '94, Argentina in '95, Brazil in '98 and Portugal in 2002. The one win that defines the current US team – . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 14, 2013) US Soccer Players – The 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan will go down as the tournament with the most shock results. Although Brazil won the World Cup against Germany, a game between two traditional titans, the third-place match featured co-hosts South Korea and Turkey, two surprise teams. Then there was the United States. The USMNT . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sept 9, 2013) US Soccer Players – The USA and Mexico meet again on Tuesday night in Columbus. Mention those two teams and that city and 2001 immediately comes to mind. The phrase “Dos a Cero” was born as a result. That's Spanish for 2-0. As in the final score when the USA defeated Mexico that year. The score line, forever etched into the memories of National Team . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 15, 2013) US Soccer Players – For the USA, the 1998 World Cup had been a colossal failure. The gains made in '94 were extinguished with the last place finish in France that included going 0-3. There was nowhere to go but up for the National Team. The 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship held in New Zealand, offered American youngsters, those poised to someday play . . .