By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - By almost any fair measure, the start to Atlanta United’s inaugural season has been a rousing success. On the field and in the stands, Arthur Blank’s new MLS entry has met the lofty aspirations they set for themselves in the build-up to 2017. A combination of ambition and a willingness to spend money means Atlanta is the model for . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with a bizarre twist to an equally bizarre incident. AP's Frank Jordans reports that the motivation behind the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund bus prior to their home game in the Champions League last week wasn't terrorism. Instead, it was an attempt by the perpetrator to lower the stock price of the soccer club. Borussia Dortmund is a publicly traded club, a . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - Last weekend I returned to the city of my birth to take in the final few days of the Dallas Cup and Generation Adidas Cup. Both are among the most prominent and talent-laden tournaments on the American youth soccer calendar. In the process I got a snapshot of both the progress made and the lingering shortcomings in the efforts to . . .
By J Hutcherson (Apr 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - There's a long tradition in professional sports in trying to figure out how the owners make their money. In America, the focus shifted from owners solely committed to their club to entrepreneurs and corporations with a variety of interests. Sometimes, that includes a variety of teams. The National Football League used to have strict rules about . . .
In a series that won't be remembered for what happened on the field, Borussia Dortmund exited the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage. Dortmund lost 3-1 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate. Monaco opened the scoring in the 3rd minute at Stade Louis II, adding a second goal in the 17th. Marco Reus scored for Dortmund in the 48th. Monaco scored again in the 81st minute. Christian Pulisic . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Dan Kennedy retired last week, a link between MLS and Chivas USA’s history died. After all, nobody embodied the defunct club more than Kennedy. Earlier this decade, Kennedy was one of the top goalkeepers in the league. When the lights shut off on the failure that was Chivas USA, it was Kennedy who could say that no one else did . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - Nature abhors a vacuum. So, it seems, do American soccer’s ample supply of investors and opportunists. By virtue of US Soccer’s decision to sanction both the USL and NASL as Division II for the 2017 season, there is now a vacuum at the third level of the American soccer pyramid. A status occupied by the USL from 2011 through 2016 . . .
The officiating took over the story in Real Madrid's win over Bayern Munich in the quarterfinal round of the Champions League. Rather than Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick in the 4-2 win on the night, it was how many of Real's goals were offside. Two clearly, changing the complexion of the game. "We played like men and showed that we’re worthy of playing for FC Bayern," Thomas Muller said. "It was a . . .
It's the second-legs of the Champions League quarterfinals on Fox Sports. Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund are a goal down in their series with Monaco on FS2. On FS1, Barcelona tries to stage another unlikely comeback at home against Juventus. Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund at 2:45pm on Fox Sports 1 in the Champions League quarterfinals. Monaco won the rescheduled game at Dortmund 3-2 last . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with a new manager in Birmingham City. With Jonathan Spector long gone from the club, it's worth asking why there's interest. Simple. Birmingham City is in relegation trouble. That led the club to a simple solution for their problems. Change managers. Birmingham City announced the departure of Gianfranco Zola, replacing him with Harry Redknapp. Any fan of English . . .