By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 26, 2018) US Soccer Players - Wednesday night marked the finale of the 2018 Concacaf Champions League. Chivas de Guadalajara edged Toronto FC for the title in a gut-wrenching second-leg decided by penalty kicks. Trailing 2-1 from the first-leg, the reigning MLS champs played the second-leg without a specialist center back due to injuries. Michael Bradley and . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Apr 26, 2018) US Soccer Players - Last week, we looked at the growing conference imbalance in MLS. Due to population centers and ownership wealth, the Eastern Conference is quickly dwarfing the quality level of its more even-keeled Western neighbors. The Mississippi River has always been a convenient way to break the country up geographically. However, in a league . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 25, 2018) US Soccer Players - For all the excitement and attention that the greatest new thing in Los Angeles causes, rarely does it apply to stadiums. There's a simple reason for that. The last time a new open-air stadium opened for business in LA was more than 50 years ago. LAFC is changing that. Major League Soccer’s newest club will officially christen Banc . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 25, 2018) US Soccer Players - There aren't many things that tie Arsenal Football Club to Major League Soccer. Even Stan Kroenke, investor/operator of the Colorado Rapids in addition to majority shareholder at Arsenal, doesn’t mean much on the field or in the stands. The Rapids and Gunners have that link in the boardroom and nowhere else of consequence. Two key . . .
NYCFC took their league leading record on the road on Sunday, losing to Portland 3-0. That result comes on the heels of plenty of praise for NYCFC this season and rumors linking their coach Patrick Vieira with the soon-to-be open Arsenal job. One game doesn't make a season, certainly not in MLS. However, NYCFC goes from obviously the best team in the league to perhaps the best team in the league . . .
Week 8 of the 2018 MLS season started with Sporting Kansas City shutting out Vancouver 6-0 on Friday. Johnny Russell opened the scoring in the 10th minute at Children's Mercy Stadium, doubling the lead in the 16th. Jimmy Medranda made it 3-0 in the 30th. Vancouver went a man down in the 40th with a red card to Yordy Reyna for violent conduct. Russell finished off his hat-trick in the 48th with . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 20, 2018) US Soccer Players - It’s not often that you see an American player make his top-flight professional debut at age 29. It’s even rarer for a player to arrive at that milestone via a path like Jimmy Maurer’s. A supplemental draft pick of the New York Red Bulls way back in 2011 after a solid NCAA career at South Carolina, the Georgia native didn’t get . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Apr 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - After years of relatively balanced conferences in MLS, the past 16 months have seen the East stand head and shoulders above its Western counterpart. Nearly every list of Supporters' Shield or MLS Cup projections focuses on teams in the East, with few true contenders across the Mississippi. In my latest Power Rankings, the top five . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - The Concacaf Champions League final is at the halfway point. The drama will only ramp up in one week’s time when Toronto FC visits Chivas de Guadalajara for the decisive finale. While this matchup is not a USMNT vs Mexico tilt, the MLS vs Liga MX pairing has brought forward plenty of emotions on all sides of the US border. In fact, . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - Let’s start this discussion about the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer by putting aside three teams: NYCFC, Atlanta United, and Toronto FC. That's the elite of both the Eastern Conference and MLS. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who disagrees that those teams belong at the top. Two other teams might deserve inclusion . . .