Wednesday's soccer news starts with ESPN's Austin Lindberg reporting that Major League Soccer would be reopening its collective bargaining agreement with the players. In a statement, the MLSPA confirmed that the league "intends to invoke the Force Majeure clause in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. "This action sets in motion a process that could result in the league and its owners abandoning . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with more from the Premier League as they continue their annual tradition of getting the games in over the holidays. Christian Pulisic's Chelsea drew 1-1 at home with Aston Villa. Olivier Giroud put Chelsea up in the 34th minute with Anwar El Ghazi equalizing in the 50th. "It’s a draw, against a good team, and the performance was good," Chelsea coach Frank Lampard . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 28, 2020) US Soccer Players – 2020 was an unprecedented year loaded with obstacles, rescheduled games, and health protocols. Even when soccer came back, it wasn't the same. Tournaments played in bubbles, no fans allowed into stadiums, and piped in crowd noise became common this year. Despite all of this, enough of the games continued to create a new normal. . . .
The soccer news starts with the USMNT players in action over the holiday weekend. Owen Otasowie subbed on in the 83rd minute for Wolverhampton in their 1-1 home draw with Spurs in the Premier League. Wolverhampton fell behind in the opening minute with Romain Saiss equalizing in the 86th. "Sometimes you cannot expect how things happen in the first minute," Wolverhampton coach Nuno Espirito Santo . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 24, 2020) US Soccer Players - From a deadly global pandemic and widespread economic suffering to political dysfunction and police killings, 2020 visited plenty of pain on MLS players, just like the rest of the world. One silver lining amid that woe was the founding of Black Players for Change. BPC officially launched on Juneteenth, a date rich with historic . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with goals for USMNT players in Europe. Timothy Weah opened the scoring in Lille's 3-2 win at Montpellier in the 23rd minute. Montpellier leveled the score in the 57th with Lille's Nanitamo Ikone converting a 68th minute penalty. Montpellier equalized in the 70th. Burak Yilmaz put Lille ahead for good in the 86th minute. Weah subbed out in the 68th minute. Lille is in . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 23, 2020) US Soccer Players - If nothing else, fans in Atlanta can feel like they're back to their old selves. That's what the hiring of Gabriel Heinze as the club's new coach does for a fan base that quickly embraced a specific style of soccer. Heinze's arrival returns Atlanta United to something much closer to the team's earliest days when Atlanta made the . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with USMNT and Real Salt Lake player Kyle Beckerman announcing that 2020 was his final season in professional soccer. Beckerman played in the 2014 World Cup and was part of the 2013 Gold Cup winning squad. At league level, he won the 2009 MLS Cup with Real Salt Lake and was a six-time all-star over his 21 seasons. "I want to thank all the fans from Miami Fusion, . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 21, 2020) US Soccer Players – Soccer jerseys can be iconic or ugly, classic or colorful, and oftentimes attempts at triggering nostalgia. Aside from the built-in market of fans that will buy whatever their team is wearing, jersey sales are the real metric of what people like and what they don't. A nice infographic explaining why this shirt is special only goes . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with LAFC advancing to the final of the 2020 Concacaf Champions League. LAFC came back to beat Club America 3-1 on Saturday night with an energized performance from Carlos Vela. Club America took the lead in the 11th minute. A confrontation in first-half stoppage time saw LAFC's Equard Atuesta exit early with a red card. Carlos Vela responded early in the second-half . . .