By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 1, 2021) US Soccer Players - This year was supposed to have been the year of the LA Galaxy. Maybe not the year the storied MLS club returned to its former glory, but certainly the year the club made strides toward that end after several down seasons. After all, everything was seemingly in place for such a breakthrough. They hired an MLS Cup-winning coach to guide . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 25, 2021) US Soccer Players - While most of the United States gears down for one of the country's major holidays, it's a full work week across Lake Ontario at Toronto FC, and a busy one at that. The Reds concluded their 2021 campaign with a 1-0 loss to CF Montreal in Sunday's Canadian Championship final, following a second-from-bottom finish in the MLS . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 24, 2021) US Soccer Players - LAFC's 2021 season did not go nearly as planned. What was supposed to be a continuation of their successful beginning in MLS turned into something else entirely. After a 2020 season where they finished 7th and exited in the opening round of the playoffs, LAFC struggled to be a factor in the Western Conference. Eventually missing out . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with USMNT and New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner adding to his standout season for club and country. Already a Gold Cup winner, All-Star game MVP, and helping the Revolution set the regular season points record, Turner won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award. He joins active USMNT goalkeepers Zack Steffen (2018 with the Crew), Bill Hamid (2014 with DC . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 10, 2021) US Soccer Players - If Los Angeles wants to be the center of the MLS universe, it's going to need more from both of its teams. After the Covid-19 pandemic upended the 2020 season, things were set to return to normal. It was a fair expectation that would include LAFC and the LA Galaxy returning to their winning ways. LAFC, of course, dominated the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 10, 2021) US Soccer Players - Decision Day 2021 is in the books. On the final day of the MLS regular season, a few clubs rose to the occasion. A few others crumbled in the face of a challenge. Playoff positions changed hands, with the league now ready to begin its frenzied sprint through the postseason and the MLS Cup final on December 12. For the clubs that . . .
By J Hutcherson (Nov 9, 2021) US Soccer Players - The 2021 version of Decision Day played out with 5th through 7th-place at issue in both conferences. As far down as 10th-place in the East and 9th in the West could've ridden a confluence of results to make the playoffs. As it turns out, 5th through 7th stayed the same in the East, with Real Salt Lake passing the LA Galaxy for 7th in the West. . . .
Colorado gets the first Thanksgiving playoff game in Major League Soccer, waiting on the winner of Portland vs Minnesota. Major League Soccer choosing to put a game on a holiday most associated with the National Football League is an interesting move in theory. In practice, it brings MLS into direct competition with the NFL's Raiders vs Cowboys filling the same 4:30pm ET timeslot. Since Fox is . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 8, 2021) US Soccer Players – It's playoff time in Major League Soccer. Well, it would be except for the international break and MLS not yet announcing the schedule. That slight pause in the action aside, Decision Day delivered in 2021. It put a cap on an interesting regular season where only one club ended up separating itself from the rest. Sunday's final day . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with a relatively straightforward question. With Major League Soccer now waiting on the playoffs to start, what counts as the biggest Decision Day shock result? Colorado moving from 3rd to 1st in the West relied on the Rapids beating LAFC, a team still in position to make the playoffs but not in the top seven when the games began. Though the 5-2 score was something, . . .