MLS is Back ran into problem on Sunday morning, with positive COVID-19 tests postponing Toronto vs DC United. Shortly before the scheduled start of the game at 9am ET, MLS announced that the game would move to a later date. Each team had a player test positive, with ESPN's Tom Marshall later reporting that secondary tests for both players came back negative. The game happened 24 hours later with . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 10, 2020) US Soccer Players - Because it feels like decades rather than months, it's easy to forget that Major League Soccer rolled out the "MLS Is Back" branding way back in February ahead of the league's 25th season. "MLS IS BACK" read the press releases trumpeting a quarter-century of existence. Simple as it was, the slogan avoided the cringy, pun-centric . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the MLS is Back tournament. New England beat Montreal 1-0 with Gustavo Bou scoring in the 59th minute. Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner kept the clean sheet with two saves, denying Montreal a late equalizer. “It was a great save," New England coach Bruce Arena said. "What a crime it would have been if we walked off this field with one point today. I thought we . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 9, 2020) US Soccer Players - As promised, MLS is back. Despite an escalating COVID-19 outbreak across Florida, the loss of two participating teams to the virus, and logistical and organizational challenges, the league resumed its 2020 season a Disney's Wide World of Sports complex on Wednesday night as Orlando City edged Inter Miami 2-1. Barely 12 hours . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with Major League Soccer. The MLS is Back tournament officially began with a powerful show of support for Black Players for Change. Orlando City scored in stoppage time to beat Inter Miami 2-1 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Juan Agudelo scored for Inter in the 47th minute. A lengthy amount of time to tend to Andres Reyes's injury meant both teams continued . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jul 8, 2020) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer has officially returned with the MLS Is Back Tournament underway this week. There are plenty of reminders that this is far from an ideal return to the playing fields. All games will be in Orlando with teams sequestered and only leaving their hotels to play and train. The matches will feature no supporters and start . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with the last piece of the 2019-20 Bundesliga season falling into place. Werder Bremen beat Heidenheim on the away goals rule after drawing 2-2 in the second-leg of their relegation playoff series. The result keeps Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. Josh Sargent's Werder Bremen entered the second-leg at Heidenheim after drawing 0-0 at home. An own-goal put Werder up in . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 6, 2020) US Soccer Players – Major League Soccer is finally back. That's a phrase American fans have wanted to hear for months. The return of soccer becomes a reality on Wednesday with what the league is helpfully calling the MLS is Back Tournament. While the other major sports have yet to return to play, pro soccer is embracing its role as a trailblazer in . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the roundup of USMNT players in Europe starts in the Premier League. Christian Pulisic's Chelsea shutout Watford 3-0 at home. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 28th minute with Willian converting a 43rd minute penalty set up by Pulisic. Ross Barkley scored in stoppage time. "I feel really confident in my game right now," Pulisic said. "I'm happy I can be on . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 3, 2020) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer's pandemic shutdown rendered the league's primary transfer window effectively useless. While sports around the globe sat idle and no clear plan for a return-to-play existed, MLS clubs lacked the impetus and the information to sign new players. Even if they could bring in new talent with travel restrictions and . . .