The USMNT opens its Nations League schedule on Friday night (7pm ET - FS1), playing Cuba at Audi Field in DC. There are plenty of opinions about Concacaf's newest tournament, most of them asking if it really benefits the elite teams in the region. For Concacaf, part of the point is obligating all of its members to play games that count in what were friendly windows. In the latest era of the FIFA . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 10, 2019) US Soccer Players - Focus, grind, progress, get the job done. That's the short version of the USMNT's outlook as they prepare to kick off the first edition of the Concacaf Nations League. The United States is training in quiet isolation at George Mason University in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC this week ahead of their Nations . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 9, 2019) US Soccer Players - Concacaf nations traditionally are not strong. That is no secret. Every four years, the world gets a reminder of the relative strength of the confederation. Only two Concacaf teams have reached a World Cup quarterfinal in the last eight World Cups. A Concacaf nation has never won the World Cup, and the prospects of that happening are . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 9, 2019) US Soccer Players - The Chicago Fire is making moves. The club is leaving a perfectly good soccer-specific stadium for an oversized American football venue that is, for lack of a better way of saying it, in a better part of town. Which is to say that they're returning to Chicago proper from the village of Bridgeview. Though the Fire isn't an original . . .
The soccer news starts with Orlando City going into the off season minus head coach James O'Connor. Orlando announced the decision on Monday, now seeking their fourth full-time coach since joining the league in 2015. Over that time, the club has yet to make the playoffs. That makes it hard to avoid yet another rebuild tag after yet another disappointing season. Just like last year, the club . . .
The soccer news starts with last year's MLS champions. Atlanta United didn't win the East in 2018, finishing second to the New York Red Bulls who also won the Supporters' Shield. That meant a bye under the old system, with Atlanta waiting on the winner of the NYCFC vs Philadelphia knockout round game. NYCFC advanced, losing 1-0 to Atlanta at Yankee Stadium and 3-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 7, 2019) US Soccer Players – The October international window is interesting for the USMNT. The United States prepares to take on Cuba and Canada in a pair of games that feel like friendlies, but count for something thanks to the Nations League. As the team prepares for these games, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter has to examine what the new competition means for . . .
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The 2019 MLS regular season concluded on Sunday with all games starting simultaneously on Decision Day. Atlanta United finished in 2nd-place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 home win over New England who finish 7th. Darlington Nagbe put Atlanta up in the 3rd minute with Cristian Penilla equalizing in the 8th. Josef Martinez put Atlanta up for good in the 49th and assisted on Julian Gressel's . . .
The roundup of USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts in the Premier League with Christian Pulisic subbing on in the 80th minute for Chelsea's 4-1 win at Southampton. Tammy Abraham put Chelsea up in the 17th minute with Mason Mount scoring in the 24th. Southampton pulled a goal back in the 30th with N'Golo Kante making it 4-1 in the 40th. Michy Batshuayi finished off the Chelsea goals in the . . .