By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - It’s become something of a biannual holiday among hardcore fans and other MLS observers, and it arrived this week: The MLS Players Union’s public release of its members’ salary information. “The salary drop,” as it’s informally dubbed, spawns a litany of chatter and media content. We see pieces containing various combinations of . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Bruce Arena’s long and successful career with the LA Galaxy ended at the end of 2016, a coveted job vacancy emerged. Guiding the league’s most successful club seems like the job to have in MLS. Sure, the Galaxy struggled in 2016 but with a slew of new players heading to the club, deep finances and the wonderful setting that is . . .
By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (Apr 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – The New York Red Bulls, despite strides made in recent years transforming into an MLS Cup contender, is a team always seemingly in crisis mode. That normally starts early in the season. They usually go on to finish among the top in the Eastern Conference, but the old problem persists of crashing out in the playoffs. The club is . . .
Week 8 of the 2017 MLS season saw USMNT player Darlington Nagbe take a starring role in Portland's 2-1 win over Vancouver. Nagbe opened the scoring in the 18th minute at Providence Park, assisting on Darren Mattocks's goal in the 40th. Fredy Montero pulled a goal back for Vancouver in the 59th minute. “I’m just trying to make a play," Nagbe said of his goal. "At the time, it called for me to take . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - By almost any fair measure, the start to Atlanta United’s inaugural season has been a rousing success. On the field and in the stands, Arthur Blank’s new MLS entry has met the lofty aspirations they set for themselves in the build-up to 2017. A combination of ambition and a willingness to spend money means Atlanta is the model for . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Dan Kennedy retired last week, a link between MLS and Chivas USA’s history died. After all, nobody embodied the defunct club more than Kennedy. Earlier this decade, Kennedy was one of the top goalkeepers in the league. When the lights shut off on the failure that was Chivas USA, it was Kennedy who could say that no one else did . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was 17 years ago that the Los Angeles Galaxy won the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. It’s also the last time an MLS team lifted the trophy as the best club in the region. Since then, the tournament – rebranded the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008 – has seen 15 winners. The last 11 champions have all hailed from Mexico. This . . .
Week 7 of the 2017 MLS season saw a packed Friday and Saturday schedule due to the Easter holiday. The weekend opened with a goal of the year candidate from NYCFC's David Villa. With NYCFC up 1-0 at Philadelphia from a 52nd minute Jack Harrison goal, Villa found the back of the net from 50 yards in stoppage time. NYCFC won 2-0. "I had a feeling," Harrison said about Villa's goal. "I looked at it . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - The battle for one of the four - or maybe five - available expansion spots in Major League Soccer is largely about the financial clout of the ownership group. That includes building a soccer stadium. Those two factors will guide the league's choices more than anything else. Get the cash, get the stadium, and you're probably a good . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 10, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was a decade ago that David Beckham left Real Madrid and signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy, ushering in the era of the Designated Player for MLS. The move shown a global spotlight on Major League Soccer at the time, while sparking a surge in jersey sales and unprecedented growth in attendance. Everywhere the Galaxy played, fans . . .