By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 18, 2019) US Soccer Players - The new year always arrives with new possibilities. Whatever the arbitrary nature of the calendar, society tunes to the start of January and the sense of promise it conveys. It’s easy to imagine things getting better when a fresh 12 months stretch out ahead of you. Even without a raft of resolutions, it’s a start of optimism. Every . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 16, 2019) US Soccer Players - As encores go, 2019 figures to be a difficult one for DC United. The club didn’t lift the MLS Cup in 2018, but expectations will rise dramatically in the new year. United’s late-season run to the MLS Cup playoffs and the energy that it inspired in the newly opened Audi Field are tough acts to follow. This is a period of transition . . .
The soccer news starts with MLS officially announcing Austin FC will join the league in 2021. As everybody with even a moderate interest in MLS already knows, Austin was going to be the new home of the relocated Columbus Crew. Instead, Crew supporters pushed for a new investor/operator, with the team remaining in place. Former Crew investor/operator Precourt Sports Ventures is now the . . .
The soccer news starts with Atlanta United officially introducing new coach Frank de Boer to the media. As expected, the mood was upbeat with de Boer saying all of the right things about the club. Easy enough when the club in question is the defending MLS champion. De Boer's job role is clear. He can't allow the club to noticeably drop off from last season's form. That he could be doing that . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 11, 2019) US Soccer Players - A famous movie maker once opined that 80 percent of life is just showing up. Sometimes the most striking way to make a statement, however, is not showing up at all. That’s what the Philadelphia Union did this week. It’s no secret that the MLS SuperDraft has steadily drifted towards the periphery of Major League Soccer’s player . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 11, 2019) US Soccer Players - The list of leading candidates for the next MLS expansion franchise might need another adjustment. On Thursday, USL club Indy Eleven relaunched stadium talk in that city with an audacious plan that includes a 20,000-seat soccer venue. The proposed $550 project will include business and residential components in addition to the . . .
The soccer news starts with the Philadelphia Union's intriguing approach to the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. They opted out entirely, trading all five of their picks to expansion club FC Cincinnati in return for an immediate $150k in general allocation money and the potential for $50k more. FC Cincinnati now enters the draft with 10 picks. Whether or not this was good business for either team is the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 9, 2019) US Soccer Players - The city of Los Angeles is the home of smog. A blanket of unsightly gray air drapes over LA and its surrounding metropolitan area. Getting rid of it is not likely to happen soon or easily. However, around Carson, some 12 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, the poor-quality air has given way. Specifically around Dignity Health Sports . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 9, 2019) US Soccer Players - Osvaldo Alonso is out-of-contract after 10 years manning the midfield for the Seattle Sounders. The likelihood is very high that the Cuban will move on this winter, departing Seattle and landing in another MLS lineup for the 2019 season. To lean on a well-worn cliche, it’s truly the end of an era. The mechanics of the Sounders . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 7, 2019) US Soccer Players – The curtain on the 2019 MLS season unofficially opens this Friday with the SuperDraft. Although an influx of younger players continue to stream into the league without entering the draft, the MLS SuperDraft remains a major source of talent for Major League Soccer. Despite being secondary to the academy system, many college . . .