By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 4, 2020) US Soccer Players - No team ever makes it through a season without some of its players missing significant time due to injury. Injuries are part of the deal across the length of a 34-game season plus playoffs. The best any team can hope is that the injury bug doesn't hit a crucial player. When stars do go down for an extended period of time, it can . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 19, 2020) US Soccer Players - Pressure is a function of the schedule, except when it isn't. For coaches headed into the 2020 season with expectations already in place, it's possible to be under the gun even before the games begin. The real heat will come with the matches that count, but not every job is created equal. History is a burden and a . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with the latest installment of an old story for MLS teams in the Concacaf Champions League. The team that dominated the regular season in 2019 didn't find success playing in Mexico. LAFC lost the first-leg of their Champions League round of 16 series 2-0 at Club Leon. Jean Meneses put Leon up in the 21st minute with Angel Mena scoring in the 88th. William Yarbrough . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 3, 2020) US Soccer Players – A new Major League Soccer season starts in four weeks. With preseason in full swing, coaches are testing new tactics as teams buy and sell players. For Nashville SC and Inter Miami, it's their MLS debuts. Expansion teams have typically had a tough go at it in North American sports. In MLS, the gold standard remains the Chicago . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 22, 2020) US Soccer Players - Now that all 26 MLS clubs are underway with preseason camp, it's worth taking stock of where they are right now. Late winter is the season of perpetual hope. MLS works hard to make sure no group of fans is without some reason to believe that their beloved side might make a surprise run to a final in any given year. The odds of a . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 27, 2019) US Soccer Players - Year one under a new head coach is often an exercise in balancing excitement and expectation with the reality on the ground. No coach can remake a team in his image in the short time frame of a single offseason. For coaches who don't step into a job until later in the winter, the challenge is significant. The Major League Soccer . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 16, 2019) US Soccer Players – The close of a calendar year is often a time for reflection. It is also a time to look ahead to the new year and what 2020 may have in store for all of us. For MLS, the big question is how will teams navigate player signings, preseason, and the Concacaf Champions League as a new MLS season approaches. While MLS is unpredictable, . . .
The soccer news starts with another conference final upset. 4th-place Toronto FC knocked out 2nd-place Atlanta United 2-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Toronto advances to play at Seattle in the 2019 MLS Cup final on November 10 (3pm ET - ABC). Toronto and Seattle met in the 2016 and 2017 MLS Cups, both held at BM Field. Seattle won in 2016 on penalties after finishing scoreless and Toronto completed . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 30, 2019) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer doesn't have titans. Even the David vs Goliath narrative is an overreach because no MLS team truly merits the label of "Goliath" relative to any other MLS team. The traditional, non-specific designations used so casually in Europe like "big club" and "small club" won't work in a single-entity league. It's not . . .
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 . . .