By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 20, 2019) US Soccer Players - "Intense optimism and excitement." "Some of the most exciting and inspiring team news in more than a decade." "A moment of celebration for the Chicago Fire community the likes of which haven't been experienced for quite some time." It's not all that often that a soccer club makes a move that prompts its largest supporters' group . . .
The soccer news starts with the Chicago Fire announced that Joe Mansueto is now the club's investor/operator. Mansueto had a minority stake in the club before buying out Andrew Hauptman. The change in investor/operator comes as the club plans to move back to Soldier Field next season while considering a rebranding and name change. "I joined Andrew as a partner because he developed a tremendous . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 2, 2019) US Soccer Players - MLS commissioner Don Garber's talking points around the 2019 MLS All-Star Game mostly gleamed with positivity. Major League Soccer is growing by leaps and bounds, adding two teams in 2020 and another in 2021. An announcement of two new teams appears to be in the works. By the time the next World Cup rolls around, the top division . . .
MLS had one team advance on the opening night of the 2019 Leagues Cup alongside one overarching issue. Both the Chicago Fire and the LA Galaxy tested their depth against first choice Liga MX competition and for the Galaxy the gambit worked. Chicago lost 2-0 to Cruz Azul in front of an announced crowd of 14.213 at SeatGeek Stadium. Roberto Alvarado scored in the 43rd minute with Elias Hernandez . . .
The soccer news starts with the Chicago Fire making at least one step in their attempt to reestablish themselves in their local market official. The club announced a deal with the village of Bridgeview to play games elsewhere in the Chicagoland area. Reports have the team returning to Soldier Field and potentially rebranding for the 2020 MLS season. Bridgeview gets $5m to develop the area around . . .
The soccer news starts with MLS action. NYCFC shutout Montreal 3-0 at Yankee Stadium. Jesus Medina put NYCFC up in the 60th minute and assisted on Ronald Matarrita's goal in the 65th. Matarrita assisted on Jonathan Lewis's goal in the 76th. Sean Johnson didn't need to make a save for the clean sheet with NYCFC outshooting Montreal 23 to 3 and putting 7 on goal to Montreal's 0. In the other MLS . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 26, 2018) US Soccer Players – The start of a new MLS season means predictions. There are some easy ones to make. Toronto FC repeating as MLS Cup champions tops that list. Atlanta United turning into a title contender is also an easy option. Then there’s LAFC, and things get complicated. Can the latest MLS expansion team compete in year one amid all the hype and . . .
By J Hutcherson (Feb 6, 2018) US Soccer Players - It's easy enough to point out the obvious when it comes to stalled MLS clubs. They're teams where the big announcements turn into yet another issue. Where whatever is the latest version of a tired fan base wait to be underwhelmed. That kind of lead in might apply to more than a few MLS teams, but the working example is the Chicago Fire. Why . . .
The USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina friendly didn't produce any goals and it also didn't produce any long-term issues. The USMNT ends January camp just like it started, waiting on decisions beyond the control of the players in the squad. US Soccer still needs a president, the USMNT still needs a new coach. Once those two things are in place, player decisions and tactics will once again be the . . .
The soccer news starts with the January FIFA Rankings. The USMNT fell one spot to 25th in a month where there was no movement in the top 14. The USMNT played no games over the ranking period. Germany spends another month in the top spot in the FIFA Rankings, ahead of Brazil in 2nd and Portugal in 3rd-place. Argentina and Belgium round out the top five. Mexico is the top team in CONCACAF, down a . . .