By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 24, 2020) US Soccer Players – This season marks the fifth year of the Hudson River derby. If not for the pandemic putting the season on hold, the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC would be preparing to play each other this coming Sunday at Yankee Stadium. A frozen schedule means looking back at the rivalry's past and it's importance to MLS. If anything, . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 22, 2020) US Soccer Players - Luchi Gonzalez lives on the bright side. Talking to FC Dallas's head coach, even amid a shutdown of the sport he loves, is an exercise in receiving positivity. No one could call the current situation, both in soccer and in society, "good." Yet for Gonzalez, even living in quarantine for the last two-and-a-half months had its . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with a new coach for FC Cincinnati. The MLS club announced the hiring of former Dutch international Jaap Stam after parting ways with Ron Jans in February. Yoann Damet has been serving as interim coach, his second stint in that role. Stam resigned as coach of Feyenoord in October. "I strongly believe that Jaap can lead us through our next phase, to our new stadium, and . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 20, 2020) US Soccer Players - Inactivity and what might have been scenarios have dominated the MLS landscape since mid-March. With the league shutting down due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, that is all fans and observers have. Leagues are negotiating with players, facilities, and state and local authorities trying to come up with safe ways to resume. MLS got . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 20, 2020) US Soccer Players - Most soccer cultures take their older generations for granted. The deeper the history of the game in a given place, the greater the number of former players who influenced the sport in their post-playing lives. The matriculation of retired players into positions that impact the game in the places they come from is so natural as to . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with MLS and Liga MX officially canceling the 2020 MLS All-Star Game, Leagues Cup, and Campeones Cup. For the first time, Liga MX was going to field its own all-star team to play the MLS all-stars at Banc of California Stadium. MLS will use the same venue in 2021 and wants to keep MLS vs Liga MX in place. This was the second edition of the Nations League, with the . . .
By J Hutcherson (May 19, 2020) US Soccer Players - Back in 2001, the Miami Fusion entered the MLS playoffs with momentum. They were the Supporters' Shield winners, tied on points with fellow class of '98 expansion club Chicago. Though there were rumors that the league was in financial trouble and potentially considering contraction, Miami wasn't at the top of that list. They were a team looking to . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 18, 2020) US Soccer Players – The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on sports leagues around the world. National lockdowns have put a pause on Europe's domestic leagues, while stay-at-home orders across the United States also means that no sports leagues are allowed to take place. Some are starting to wonder whether sports in North America will . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 15, 2020) US Soccer Players - Multiple reports this week outlined the near future for MLS. The proposal is to resume match play next month with all 26 teams in a quarantined setting in Orlando, Florida. So we now know more or less how Major League Soccer is hoping to get its 2020 season back underway after its coronavirus suspension. The plan to gather over . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 15, 2020) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer's calendar has never been particularly consistent. Back when the league launched in 1996, MLS was a 10-team competition that started its schedule in the first week of April and crowned a champion by the end of October. Twenty years later, America's top division played a season that stretched across ten months. . . .