The USMNT didn't lose in Portugal on Tuesday, drawing 1-1 in a game that asked plenty of questions from a transitional roster. For the most part, interim coach Dave Sarachan and the players had answers. CJ Sapong showed he could convert a strong MLS season into quality play at international level. Weston McKennie scored on his USMNT debut. Portugal's goal was the result of a goalkeeping error, . . .
The USMNT returned to action on Tuesday, drawing 1-1 with Portugal in Leiria. In a game that served as a fundraiser for victims of the recent forest fires in the region, it was the visitors taking advantage early. Weston McKennie opened the scoring in the 21st minute with CJ Sapong assisting. McKennie and Tyler Adams made their debuts with the full USMNT as starters. With the USMNT producing . . .
The USMNT is in action later today at Portugal (3:45pm ET - FS1). The pressure on this transitional group of USMNT players may be as much internal as external. All involved know the stakes as the program pushes forward after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Interim coach Dave Sarachan has made it clear that he understands his situation, looking at this window as an opportunity to put . . .
We're all well aware of the circumstances. Not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. USMNT coach Bruce Arena resigning. His assistant Dave Sarachan taking over on an interim basis. The US Soccer presidential election cycle delaying a quick decision. Availability of coaching candidates perhaps carrying that into this World Cup summer. The pressure from fans to show that the program can revive itself . . .
The USMNT returns to action against Portugal in an international friendly on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. ESPN2 has Germany playing France, England vs Brazil is on Fox Deportes, and there are World Cup qualifiers in Africa and Europe. Portugal vs USMNT at 3:45pm on FS1. A transitional version of the USMNT under interim coach Dave Sarachan have spent just over a week training in Lisbon. Sarachan . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – "Interim" is a tag no coach likes to have. It means the job is temporary. There is nothing about it that says you will get the job. That’s not a lot of motivation when trying to guide a team. That goes for either club or country. That’s the situation for Dave Sarachan, tasked with guiding the USMNT for the remainder of the year. . . .
Italy plays Sweden in Milan later today trailing 1-0 in their World Cup qualifying playoff. Italy is the latest team facing an uphill scenario for this summer's tournament. For some, think Argentina, it worked out. For others, think the USMNT, it didn't. For fans of the tournament, and there are plenty all over the world, Italy belongs in every World Cup. That means close to nothing on the field. . . .
The NASL season concludes on Sunday when the SF Deltas host the NY Cosmos for the championship. The league's courtroom battle to maintain their second division status is paramount to their future, but there's still the 2017 champion to decide. There's also plenty of World Cup qualifying options from CAF and UEFA on the weekend schedule along with the US Women in action. SF Deltas vs NY Cosmos at . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - Fifteen years and five months after the shock World Cup win over Portugal that launched the program into a bold new century, a dramatically revamped USMNT squad has gathered in Lisbon this week ahead of a rematch that marks both the beginning and end of an era. The 3-2 defeat of Luis Vigo and the heavily favored Portuguese side . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the Austin, Texas city council passing a resolution to help find a city-owned site for a relocated Columbus Crew. The Austin American-Statesman's Kevin Lyttle has the details. Key to what Austin is doing is not committing city money to building a stadium and not limiting the potential relocated club to only the Crew. That last bit might rankle MLS fans in other . . .