The US National Soccer Team Players Association joins with the rest of American soccer in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Sigi Schmid. The former coach of UCLA, the LA Galaxy, the Columbus Crew, the Seattle Sounders, and the Galaxy again, Schmid has the all-time wins record for an MLS coach. His teams won three College Cups, five US Open Cups, and two MLS Cups. He joined the National . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - He came, he saw, he conquered, he left. From the moment he joined Atlanta United, Gerardo “Tata” Martino was already one of the biggest names ever to coach in Major League Soccer. Some insiders quietly wondered, however, whether he’d get a handle on the league’s myriad quirks, or wind up a curiosity, another asterisked figure in . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 10, 2018) US Soccer Players – It was a season of records for Atlanta United. The newly-crowned MLS champions, in just their second year of existence, emerged as a truly unstoppable train. That's thanks in large part to the scoring pace of Josef Martinez. The league’s MVP this season, Martinez easily surpassed the MLS regular-season scoring record 31 goals in 34 . . .
The soccer news starts with the MLS champions Atlanta United and runners-up Portland Timbers. For the technical staffs on both teams, there wasn't a lot of time for either of them to celebrate or wonder what they might've done differently. By Sunday, they were announcing the players they're keeping for the 2019 MLS season. The league moves on, with Sunday a half-day trade window where moves . . .
By J Hutcherson (Dec 8, 2018) US Soccer Players - We’re well into the era of Atlanta United making anything they touch look like it belongs to a different league. Their fans going with an MLS 3.0 tifo shortly before the start of the game was equal parts mission statement as creativity. Atlanta lifted the 2018 MLS Cup after beating Portland 2-0 on Saturday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Josef . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 7, 2018) US Soccer Players - There’s no rule that says a championship game must have a favorite and underdog. It’s quite possible that two teams can arrive at a final equally matched, on paper or in reality. That takes away the need for the tried-and-true narrative that one team is the obvious choice to win while the other is fighting an uphill battle. It . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 6, 2018) US Soccer Players - Only two teams are left standing in what has been an entertaining and memorable 2018 MLS season. Atlanta United will host the Portland Timbers as one team will lock down immortality while the other will rue the day for years to come. The final will culminate a month-long march that has had moments of drama and surprise. While only a . . .
By J Hutcherson (Dec 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - When Atlanta United hosts the Portland Timbers on Saturday (8pm ET - Fox) there's more at play than just the 2018 MLS Cup. That game should help set the tone for the offseason all over the league, with clubs looking at what worked for the two finalists and what they can take and adapt for their teams. In a league still under single-entity, . . .
USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams is officially a member of Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. The New York Red Bulls announced that they completed the transfer on Sunday. Adams becomes available for RB Leipzig in January. "I’d like to thank everyone at the organization, coaches, staff, my teammates and the supporters,” Adams said in a press statement. “I’ve worn a New York Red Bulls shirt for eight years, . . .
The 2018 MLS Cup is set. Atlanta won the Eastern Conference final 3-1 on aggregate, losing 1-0 on the night to the New York Red Bulls. In the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers came back to take the series 3-2 on the night and by the same score on aggregate. Atlanta will host the 2018 MLS Cup on December 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (8pm ET - Fox). In the East, the Red Bulls trailed 3-0 going . . .