Thursday's soccer news starts with the beginning of the Nations League era in Europe. UEFA's attempt to make more games count begins today and with it pressure to change the friendly system all over the world. It's no small project, with the league system a new idea in soccer. ESPN's Simon Kuper explains the importance of a global Nations League. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy explains the money . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 5, 2018) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy took one on the chin in the club’s first outing of September, falling by 6-2 at Real Salt Lake to open the month. The result does not inspire confidence, nor does it lead to much hope and positivity. Yet the Galaxy is still in the midst of the MLS playoff hunt. The club has more than just a pulse remaining. There is a . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 5, 2018) US Soccer Players - Toronto FC was going to be a dynasty. At least, Toronto FC had all the ingredients to start a dynasty after back-to-back Eastern Conference titles and an MLS Cup in 2017. Praise flowed in the direction of the owners MLSE, club president Bill Manning, and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko as the one-time laughingstock established . . .
The soccer news starts with Miami's MLS expansion team getting a name. The team will begin play in 2020 as Club Internacional de Futbol Miami, or Inter Miami for short. The club also announced a motto: "‘Libertas, Unitas, Fortuna’. In a press statement, Miami MLS president of football operations David Beckham said, "Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami is a name that celebrates the incredible . . .
MLS Week 27 resumed in Seattle with the Sounders coming back to beat Sporting KC 3-1. Diego Rubio put Sporting up in the 2nd minute with Raul Ruidaz equalizing in the 12th. An own-goal put Seattle up for good in the 52nd with Nicolas Lodeiro converting a penalty four minutes later. Seattle finished a man down with a red card to Chad Marshall in the 81st minute for a serious foul. “If there was a . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 31, 2018) US Soccer Players - The Philadelphia Union grabbed three crucial points towards MLS playoff qualification with a 2-0 victory over DC United at Audi Field on Wednesday night. The win was the club’s fourth in a row, widening a 10-point gap between the Union and 7th-place New England. It greatly improves Philadelphia’s chances of making the . . .
. . .
The 2004 MLS SuperDraft took place in Charlotte, NC as part of the annual NSCAA Convention. In an atrium, the media waited for Freddy Adu to officially join DC United. That was the headline act, but it was the rest of that draft that ended up resonating for the USMNT. Chad Marshall went 2nd. Clarence Goodson went 7th. With the 8th pick, the New England Revolution selected Furman University . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 29, 2018) US Soccer Players - When LAFC began constructing the roster for its first-ever MLS campaign, the club fortified the defense first and foremost. Upon completion of the MLS expansion draft in December, LAFC had its first-ever center back pairing. The new club landed veteran defender Laurent Ciman after dealing away two expansion draft selections to . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 29, 2018) US Soccer Players - Laurent Ciman scored the first-ever goal in Banc of California Stadium history back on April 21. The center back hit a hard, low free-kick that Seattle’s Stefan Frei fumbled into his net. LAFC would go on to win the game, creating an indelible memory for the capacity crowd in the venue and for all of the new fans of Major League . . .