It's easy to look at DC United on the field and ask questions, but it's also easy to overlook where this club was prior to last season. Eastern Conference champions in 2014 and conference semifinalists a year later, they exited the 2016 playoffs in the knockout round. It's a solid point in MLS that losing in the knockout round isn't enough to salvage a season. It's also worth pointing out that . . .
It was good news for John Brooks and Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga relegation playoff. They keep their spot in the Bundesliga after beating Holstein Kiel 1-0 on the night and 4-1 over two legs. The result might not have the same ridiculous money attached to it as winning promotion to the Premier League, but the object is the same. Topflight status for any club is something they can't afford to . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with what's left for USMNT players in Europe and Mexico. Namely, trophies for Jorge Villafana in Mexico and Timmy Chandler in Germany. Villafana subbed on in the 55th for Santos Laguna, winning the 2018 Clausura title in Liga MX. They drew 1-1 at Toluca to lift the trophy 3-2 on aggregate. Julio Furch scored for Santos in the 10th minute with Toluca equalizing on the . . .
The weekend schedule for Week 13 of the 2018 MLS season started on Friday night with Toronto FC beating Orlando City 2-1 at BMO Field. Playing without Seb Giovinco due to a red card suspension and Jozy Altidore recovering from foot surgery, Toronto took the lead from a Jay Chapman goal in the 63rd. Orlando's Cristian Higuita equalized in the 73rd. Ryan Telfer scored Toronto's winner in the 87th . . .
USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan named 22 players to the roster that plays Bolivia on Memorial Day. That game is set for Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA at 6:30pm ET on May 28. FS1 will carry the game. “As I’ve talked about throughout this process, the theme is to offer opportunity to this younger generation of talented players that have potential down the road with the program," Sarachan . . .
The finals of the FA Cup and DFB Pokal are on the weekend soccer TV schedule, with Timmy Chandler's Eintracht playing for a trophy. It's also the finale of the 2017-18 Serie A season with Juventus already champions but the relegation places uncertain. MLS has a game on national TV on Saturday with Portland hosting LAFC. As always with national TV, check your local listings to make sure your . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - To some, they’re known as “5v2s” or “4v1s.” To others, it’s “piggy in the middle” or simply “keepaway.” But in the modern era sculpted by the philosophy and excellence of Spanish soccer, they have come to be dubbed by that country’s name for the exercise: “rondos.” What for years was once widely seen in American soccer as a . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with what's becoming a recurring theme for the 2018 MLS season. Will the Seattle Sounders or Toronto FC become the first of the MLS Cup finalists to turn things around? 12 weeks into the season, Seattle is in last place in the Western Conference and Toronto is 10th in the East. There are very good reasons for both teams' situations, but there's also the expectation that . . .
The soccer news starts with a problem for how the sport is covered on both sides of the Atlantic. The daily churn of what passes for news can downplay major issues for the sport. Right now, that issue is the countdown not for the decision on who will host the 2026 World Cup or even the start of this summer's World Cup itself. Instead, it's FIFA trying to push through plans to revamp the Club World . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer and Mexico’s World Cup rosters have had little to do with one another over the years. In the coming weeks that history could change three times over. Three MLS players are part of Mexico’s 28-man provisional World Cup 2018 roster. Health permitting, all of them stand to survive the cuts once manager Juan Carlos . . .