By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 16, 2019) US Soccer Players - It's awards season in Major League Soccer. With the regular season wrapped up and the playoffs looming, the league has begun handing out individual recognition for the best of 2019. First up, the Rookie of the Year Award. Colorado's Andre Shinyashiki took home the trophy for the best first-year professional player in the league . . .
The soccer news starts with the San Jose Earthquakes' situation as their 2019 season concluded on Sunday. Reports had their coach Matias Almeyda considering a move to Liga MX after one season in MLS. Instead, Almeyda confirmed that he will be staying with San Jose. "There's no need any more clarification," Almeyda said during a press conference. "Although the season is finished just yet, we need . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 9, 2019) US Soccer Players - The Chicago Fire is making moves. The club is leaving a perfectly good soccer-specific stadium for an oversized American football venue that is, for lack of a better way of saying it, in a better part of town. Which is to say that they're returning to Chicago proper from the village of Bridgeview. Though the Fire isn't an original . . .
The soccer news starts with Orlando City going into the off season minus head coach James O'Connor. Orlando announced the decision on Monday, now seeking their fourth full-time coach since joining the league in 2015. Over that time, the club has yet to make the playoffs. That makes it hard to avoid yet another rebuild tag after yet another disappointing season. Just like last year, the club . . .
The soccer news starts with last year's MLS champions. Atlanta United didn't win the East in 2018, finishing second to the New York Red Bulls who also won the Supporters' Shield. That meant a bye under the old system, with Atlanta waiting on the winner of the NYCFC vs Philadelphia knockout round game. NYCFC advanced, losing 1-0 to Atlanta at Yankee Stadium and 3-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta . . .
The 2019 MLS regular season concluded on Sunday with all games starting simultaneously on Decision Day. Atlanta United finished in 2nd-place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 home win over New England who finish 7th. Darlington Nagbe put Atlanta up in the 3rd minute with Cristian Penilla equalizing in the 8th. Josef Martinez put Atlanta up for good in the 49th and assisted on Julian Gressel's . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 4, 2019) US Soccer Players - Last week, Real Salt Lake marked the 10-year anniversary of their underdog 2009 MLS Cup win. The club honored the members of that squad during their game against the LA Galaxy. One face was a particularly welcome sight for the home fans. Javier Morales, the Argentinean playmaker whose creativity and class powered the . . .
The soccer news starts with Sunday's Decision Day in MLS, with the regular season coming to a close. For all of the playoff teams, what happens next has to wait. The decision to reset the playoffs and the schedule means there's now the international window to contend with. Whatever momentum a team might have to close out the regular season, the next game won't happen until October 19 or 20. For . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 3, 2019) US Soccer Players - The playoffs are almost upon us. There is one matchday left in the regular season that will determine the final rankings of the bottom half of this table. Everything else will be left up to the postseason finish of most clubs. If form holds, LAFC will host NYCFC for MLS Cup. Of course, form never seems to hold in this league. Upsets . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 2, 2019) US Soccer Players - With one match left to go in the 2019 regular season, the LA Galaxy has a playoff berth secure for the first since 2016. Much has changed across the league since then. LAFC and Atlanta United had yet to debut. The league was at 20 teams. Toronto FC and Seattle hadn't gotten to an MLS Cup before 2016, let alone win one. The MLS Best XI . . .