By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 23, 2022) US Soccer Players - As American soccer rivalries go, there aren't many with more history than the California Clasico. The match-up of the Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes goes back to the earliest days of MLS, a standard bearer for the league. In MLS's early years, Los Angeles versus San Jose was a battle of perennial cup contenders. The . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with things to consider in advance of the USMNT playing Japan in Dusseldorf tomorrow morning (8:25am ET - ESPN2). The situation for the teams outside of Europe is playing games that have to count as coaches work on figuring out World Cup rosters. For USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter, that once again puts the focus on the best personnel for his tactical plans to . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 21, 2022) US Soccer Players - When MLS teams look back on their seasons after the 34-game grind that pushed everyone to their physical and mental limits, they'll undoubtedly point to a few key moments as crucial to their finish. Comeback wins always get a little extra love. Late goals to salvage points will seem bigger if the playoffs beckon and bittersweet if . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with one version of getting the club games in during the international break. FC Cincinnati plays Chivas and Nashville hosts Club America tomorrow night with Real Salt Lake playing Atlas on Thursday as part of the abbreviated version of the Leagues Cup, the Leagues Cup Showcase. Cincinnati entered the break in 6th-place in the Eastern Conference, tied on points with . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 19, 2022) US Soccer Players – Ismail Elfath has been an MLS referee for the past decade. He has been a FIFA referee since 2016. He has a resume that includes an Under-20 World Cup, Gold Cup, Summer Olympics and the Africa Cup of Nations. He will be adding the World Cup to that list come November. Born in Morocco, Elfath moved to the United States at age 18. . . .
The MLS week 32 roundup starts with NYCFC shutting out the Red Bulls 2-0 at Yankee Stadium. Alexander Callens scored in the 1st minute and Santiago Rodriguez doubled the lead in the 23rd. NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson made one save to keep the clean sheet. "I knew the game was going to go this way," NYCFC interim coach Nick Cushing said. "We played some really good football, but we also showed . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 16, 2022) US Soccer Players - The math is starting to matter. For more than seven months, weeks rolled by full of MLS games that everyone involved knew were important but lacked a certain desperate feeling. It takes 34 matches to complete an MLS season, and with seven MLS Cup playoff berths on offer in each conference, it's difficult to gin up too much anxiety . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with the rest of the midweek MLS schedule and Atlanta United winning 1-0 at Orlando City. Thiago Almada scored in the 72nd with Atlanta goalkeeper Raul Gudino making three saves to keep the clean sheet. "Perfect timing," Atlanta coach Gonzalo Pineda said. "I think it's very good, I mean, more than those stats of second victory, second victory on the road. It's the . . .
By Luis Bueno - RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 14, 2022) US Soccer Players - LAFC has been dominant most of the 2022 season. The Western Conference leaders carried a four-match winning streak into August and promptly ripped off three more wins by a combined 10-1. After the club's seventh consecutive win, LAFC sat on 57 points and seemed well on its way to a Supporters' Shield and entering the playoffs as the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 14, 2022) US Soccer Players - With a pair of goals four minutes apart against LAFC on Saturday, FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira etched his name in the Texas club’s history books. Ferreira’s total of 18 goals for the season equals the record for the team known by two names in its 27-year history: the Dallas Burn and FC Dallas. The club was the Burn when Jason . . .