By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 13, 2019) US Soccer Players - The fourth round of the 2019 US Open Cup unfolded this week. It's traditionally one of the most followed phase of the tournament, when MLS teams enter to mix it up with lower-division sides. Except that this year there wasn't all that much mixing, considering that MLS teams are just 21 of the 84 teams in all who are taking . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 13, 2019) US Soccer Players - With MLS shutting down for the Concacaf Gold Cup, its teams are still involved in meaningful matches. The US Open Cup kicked off the fourth round this week as MLS teams entered play. This presents an opportunity for one of LA's MLS teams to step up and take on the challenge of winning a trophy. LAFC and the LA Galaxy are in a battle . . .
More MLS teams exited the US Open Cup in the fourth round. Wednesday's games started with NYCFC shutting out NCFC 4-0 at Belson Stadium. An own-goal opened the scoring in the 25th minute with Jesus Medina doubling the lead in first-half stoppage time. Keaton Parks scored in the 52nd and 76th minutes. NYCFC goalkeeper Brad Stover kept the clean sheet with seven saves. DC United came back to knock . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2019) US Soccer Players - It's not every season that Major League Soccer teams get a multiple-week break in the middle of their schedule. It's only every other season when Concacaf holds its continental championship. The first time MLS halted league play for the international tournament was 2017, an 11-day pause. In 2019, the break is technically only . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 10, 2019) US Soccer Players – MLS teams have been here before. It happens every year in late spring/early summer whenever a major international tournament is on the schedule. MLS takes a break, but even then there are player absences that can cost teams in the short and long term. Missing players due to international duty means MLS coaches will need to . . .
MLS played a short schedule over the weekend, with most of the league starting the Gold Cup group stage break early. On Friday night, Toronto FC and Sporting KC drew 2-2 at BMO Field. Felipe Gutierrez converted a 25th minute penalty to put Sporting KC up with Nick DeLeon equalizing in the 43rd. Gutierrez converted a second penalty in the 73rd minute with Jordan Hamilton equalizing five minutes . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (June 7, 2019) US Soccer Players - Let's start with a question: What is Philadelphia? An important city on the Eastern seaboard. The fourth largest television market in the country. A professional sports hotbed, with teams bearing the city's name in the NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, and of course, Major League Soccer. The home to the Union. When it comes to . . .
The soccer news starts with the UEFA Nations League. The Netherlands knocked out England 3-1 in extra time. The Dutch advance to play Portugal in Sunday's final while England meets Switzerland in the 3rd-place game. England took the lead through a Marcus Rashford penalty in the 32nd minute with Matthijs de Ligt equalizing in the 73rd. That 1-1 score held through regulation. A 97th minute own-goal . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 6, 2019) US Soccer Players - Injuries, transfers, and international duty are threatening to change what we know about the league so far and these rankings. Teams like Columbus and FC Dallas have been hit hard by player movement of one kind or another, but it's a league-wide issue. Through it all, LAFC seems rather unaffected. LAFC is still the league's premier . . .
Update: Djordje Mihailovic replaces Duane Holmes due to injury. Tyler Adams is out of the Gold Cup squad with a groin injury. Reggie Cannon is added to the roster. The soccer news starts with the announcement of the USMNT's 2019 Gold Cup roster. USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter picked 13 players without previous Gold Cup experience. That includes Christian Pulisic who has never played in . . .