We start the MLS Week 20 review with DC United playing at home for the first time this season. After two "home" games earlier this year at borrowed stadiums, DC United opened Audi Field in week 20 with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. The game also marked the debut of designated player Wayne Rooney. Yamil Asad scored the first goal at Audi Field, putting DC up in the 27th minute. Paul . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 13, 2018) US Soccer Players - This week brought a news item that might once have dominated the American soccer conversation for days at a time. Jesse Marsch leaving the New York Red Bulls to take up a new challenge as an assistant to Ralf Rangnick at RB Leipzig, RBNY’s Bundesliga sibling club. US coaches working abroad at high levels in the professional game . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jul 13, 2018) US Soccer Players - Cresting the hill that is the halfway point of the MLS season doesn’t generally reveal much. There’s still so much left to play for, and the secondary transfer window has only just opened. Even as clubs scramble to reinforce their squads during the signing period, they also must navigate crucial games in the heat of the summer. By . . .
The soccer news starts with MLS action. NYCFC shutout Montreal 3-0 at Yankee Stadium. Jesus Medina put NYCFC up in the 60th minute and assisted on Ronald Matarrita's goal in the 65th. Matarrita assisted on Jonathan Lewis's goal in the 76th. Sean Johnson didn't need to make a save for the clean sheet with NYCFC outshooting Montreal 23 to 3 and putting 7 on goal to Montreal's 0. In the other MLS . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jul 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - The World Cup offered MLS teams a bit of downtime. A couple of weekends without league matches meant teams could focus on sorting out their issues, helping new players get acclimated to their teams, and work on getting ready for the summer and a push toward the playoffs. For the LA Galaxy and LAFC, the break also meant sending some . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jul 6, 2018) US Soccer Players - It’s not often that a new era begins for soccer clubs in the middle of a season, though it happens more often in MLS than in most leagues around the world. The schedule played in the United States and Canada means that summer can bring big changes, even with teams already good, bad, or in-between. Usually, MLS-style big changes, the . . .
DC United held their ribbon-cutting event to officially let everybody know that Audi Field is ready for its first MLS game. United's nice new home opens on Saturday when they host Vancouver, and with it the club sets new expectations. Those start immediately, with DC United needing to turn their back-loaded home schedule into points. Once again, the unbalanced schedule creates a slight opening . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 9, 2018) US Soccer Players – Look closely at how much New York City FC’s defense has improved in recent years and you’ll discover that one of the reasons involves goalkeeper Sean Johnson. In just his second season with NYCFC, Johnson has helped push the team to new heights. The 29-year-old shot-stopper had spent his entire career for the Chicago Fire, the team . . .
Week 19 of the 2018 MLS season resumed with Atlanta shutting out Philadelphia 2-0 on the road. Josef Martinez converted a 58th minute penalty and had the second assist on Hector Villalba's goal in the 76th. Brad Guzan made three saves to keep the clean sheet. "It was very important, a big bounce back game for us," Atlanta defender Michael Parkhurst said. "We have talked about how we do not want . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jul 6, 2018) US Soccer Players - It’s understandable if you’re a little behind on Major League Soccer’s Miami project, led by David Beckham. The four-year lag between Beckham making the announcement of his intention to bring the league back to South Florida and the official announcement that Miami will be an MLS expansion city at some point in the near, but . . .