The soccer news starts with Portland's lopsided loss at LAFC and a disappointing draw for Atlanta United at home against FC Cincinnati. Both of last season's finalists already face questions about their approach. The only answer for that is winning games, but that's not getting any easier in MLS. For Portland, giving up four goals is an MLS cliche, but it doesn't takeaway from expectations . . .
Minnesota shutout San Jose 3-0 at Avaya Stadium. Darwin Quintero opened the scoring with a 49th minute penalty. Miguel Ibarra made it 2-0 in the 52nd with an own-goal finishing off the scoring in the 75th minute. Vito Mannone kept the clean sheet with four saves.Week 2 of the 2019 MLS season saw something that's been unlikely so far in Minnesota United's history. They've won two in a row to start . . .
The roundup of the USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts in the Bundesliga with goals for Christian Pulisic and Andrew Wooten. Christian Pulisic subbed on in the 78th minute for Borussia Dortmund, triggering a late comeback to turn one point into three in the 3-1 home win over Stuttgart. Marco Reus put Dortmund up from the penalty spot int he 62nd with Stuttgart equalizing in the 71st. . . .
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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 8, 2019) US Soccer Players - Gregg Berhalter provided another glimpse of his work and thought processes this week as he addressed media at a press conference in Houston, site of the second of the USMNT’s two matches later this month. The USMNT plays Ecuador on March 21 in Orlando and Chile at BBVA Compass Stadium five days later. It’s the first group he’ll . . .
The United States National Soccer Team Players Association fully supports the efforts of the US Women's National Team Players to achieve equal pay. Specifically, we are committed to the concept of a revenue-sharing model to address the US Soccer Federation's "market realities" and find a way towards fair compensation. An equal division of revenue attributable to the MNT and WNT programs is our . . .
The soccer news starts with another quandary for European soccer. How did one of the biggest clubs in the world end up a Champions League underdog story? Manchester United knocking out PSG was almost a feel good story about a plucky overachiever pushing past the moneyed aristocracy. Somehow, we're talking about Manchester United. “It’s the Champions League," Manchester United interim manager Ole . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 6, 2019) US Soccer Players - The first MLS Power Rankings of the year can be tricky. Teams are starting from scratch, and yet they are not. It is not fair to rank teams based on their results from 2018, but it is difficult to know which offseason acquisitions will pay off and which ones will not. Throw in the fact that every team has already played one league . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 6, 2019) US Soccer Players - When the LA Galaxy pulled the trigger on a major transfer in the summer of 2015, it looked like a bit of game-changer. In August 2015, the Galaxy acquired Giovani Dos Santos from Villarreal. It took a hefty transfer fee, but LA looked to have landed the eventual heir to Robbie Keane’s attacking throne. With that move, the Galaxy did . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 6, 2019) US Soccer Players - While every single MLS club made changes to its roster in the offseason, some turned over the personnel list more than others for 2019. For a few, the winter was not just about signing a few potential starters and adding to depth, but by the acquisition of high-priced talent. Despite the impact of Targeted Allocation Money and the . . .