Wednesday's soccer news starts with the latest example of racist abuse directed at a professional soccer player on social media. This time, it was USMNT and KRC Genk defender Mark McKenzie. Just two days after winning the Concacaf Nations League, McKenzie shared an example of what he sees on social media. His own comment read "the amount of racial abuse and personal attacks on myself and family . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jun 8, 2021) US Soccer Players - It's easy enough to look at the squads fielded by the United States and Mexico to determine the value of the Nations League. Both opted for their best available players, with Mexico coach Tata Martino making some tough decisions but otherwise going with his take on first choice. That sent a clear message about prioritizing the first leg of the . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with the USMNT finishing out this run of games with a Wednesday friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium. While adding a friendly at the end of the Nations League run against a fellow semifinalist might seem strange, it's part of USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter's acclimatization plan for World Cup qualifying. The games will come quickly starting in September, and the time is now . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 7, 2021) US Soccer Players – The Concacaf Nations League Finals, the first stop along the long summer road of international matches for the USMNT, concluded Sunday with a thrilling US win against Mexico in extra time. Winning the Nations League gave the USA's new generation a trophy and a victory against their biggest rival. The USMNT's European-based . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the USMNT making a major statement in Concacaf by winning the Nations League. It wasn't easy for the USMNT, needing two comebacks and an injury requiring a goalkeeping change but the result was making history as the first Nations League winners. As Charlie Davies said on the CBS Sports Network coverage, "this is a start." With that in mind, here are three takeaways . . .
The USMNT lifted the first Concacaf Nations League trophy, beating Mexico 3-2 in extra time. The win required working through giving up an early goal, a goalkeeper switch, getting a late penalty through instant replay, and saving a late Mexico penalty. It was an interesting start at Empower Field in Denver. Mexico opened the scoring just over a minute into the game when Jesus Corona took full . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 4, 2021) US Soccer Players - "That's what the national team is. It's unpredictable. You don't know what players are coming in, you don't know the form that the players are going to be coming in at, who's playing more with their teams than who aren't, who's injured, who's not. It's always constantly changing." That was an observation from Clint Dempsey in a . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the USMNT advancing to Sunday's Nations League final against Mexico (Sunday, 9pm ET - CBS Sports Network. There's no denying the importance of this new competition for Gregg Berhalter and his squad. Berhalter prioritized it through his squad rotation, bringing in top players for a compacted training camp and plenty of travel. The idea was to mimic what US Soccer's . . .
The USMNT needed a late goal from Jordan Siebatcheu to advance to the Nations League final. Siebatcheu subbed on in the 78th minute, scoring in the 89th. The win comes in the first game that counts the USMNT played since the November 2019 international window. They advance to face the winner of Mexico vs Costa Rica in Sunday's final. Honduras put on a strong showing against the United States. . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with the USMNT trying to advance in the Concacaf Nations League. The USMNT plays Honduras later tonight at Empower Field in Denver (7:30pm ET - Univision and Paramount+) with a spot in the final on the line. It's been a long wait to bring the first Nations League to a conclusion, with Concacaf moving the final four to the March international window and then to June. . . .