By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 21, 2019) US Soccer Players - After the USMNT's one-sided 7-0 Concacaf Nations League win over Cuba at Audi Field last month, Michael Bradley was asked for his opinion on the confederation's new tournament. The veteran midfielder was honest in his assessment. "Not a huge fan, at all," he admitted. "You want to play on as many days as possible against the . . .
The soccer news starts with the return of club soccer after the November international break, specifically that unpredictable Bundesliga table. Gladbach is still top with 25 points from 11 games. Three teams are chasing them four points back. That group has RB Leipzig in 2nd-place, Bayern Munich in 3rd, and Freiburg in 4th. Hoffenheim is a point behind them in 5th with 6th-place Borussia Dortmund . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 20, 2019) US Soccer Players - In 2004, MLS was a much different league. There were all of 10 teams playing in the league then, and the still-fledgling league was very much in flux. There were legitimate questions regarding the sustainability of the league and whether the team could support more than 10 teams. Enter Jorge Vergara. Despite attendance and support . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 20, 2019) US Soccer Players - The United States beat Cuba on Tuesday in the Nations League, bringing to a close its 2019 schedule. The scoreline was 4-0, though that number doesn't say much about the team or its performance. The conditions at Truman Bodden Sports Complex only amplified the disparity. It was one of those games that could be viewed both as a . . .
The soccer news starts with that established Premier League truism that a big name club requires an equally big name manager. That only partly explains Spurs deciding to put their future in the hands of Jose Mourinho. It's easy to point at 14th-place after a dozen games for Spurs calling time on Mauricio Pochettino, but only three points separates 14th from 5th. It wasn't lost on anybody that . . .
In an odd environment in the Cayman Islands in front of a tiny crowd, the USMNT advanced to the Concacaf Nations League knockout round with a 4-0 win over Cuba. Josh Sargent got credit for the opening goal less than a minute into the game, with a scrum in front of the net ending with the ball crossing the line. Jordan Morris doubled the lead in the 26th minute. Morris scored again in the 39th . . .
The USMNT is back in action in the Concacaf Nations League on Tuesday at Cuba in the Cayman Islands (7:30pm ET - FS1). Cuba is using the Truman Bodden Stadium after their regular home stadium failed to pass a Concacaf inspection. Due to the three teams per group setup, Cuba didn't play on the last matchday of the October window or the first date in November. Their last game in the Nations League . . .
The soccer news starts with the Montreal Impact officially introducing new coach Thierry Henry. It's an interesting move for a team that finished 9th in the Eastern Conference and fired a coach. Add in the Champions League for 2020, and it's a difficult job trying to rebuild in Montreal regardless of how many years a coach has working in this league. Henry has exactly zero, leaning on his playing . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 18, 2019) US Soccer Players – Moments after the Seattle Sounders lifted MLS Cup, that was also the official start to the offseason. The upcoming Expansion Draft will be the focal point once again this month, a process that culminates with the SuperDraft in January. In this case, it's Nashville SC and Inter Miami that are looking to build competitive rosters . . .
The USMNT put themselves in position to advance from Nations League A, Group A with a 4-1 win over Canada in Orlando. Canada is still top of the table with 9 points to the USMNT's 6, but this was Canada's final game. The USMNT concludes the Group A schedule at Cuba in the Cayman Islands on Tuesday (7:30pm ET - FS1). A win against Cuba would send the USMNT through to the semifinal round. Jordan . . .