By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 11, 2018) US Soccer Players – With the United States missing out on the World Cup, the focus shifts to a new coach, the Fall friendlies, and games that count in 2019. The next stop on the road to rebuilding is next summer’s Gold Cup. This is a tournament that has traditionally allowed the USMNT to assert itself as a regional power, test players, and create a . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jun 5, 2018) US Soccer Players - The biggest question in world soccer right now isn't who will host the 2026 World Cup. It's not if the World Cup will expand to 48 teams a cycle early in Qatar. It's not even what might happen in Russia. It's whether or not FIFA is overreaching. It's hard to downplay FIFA's recent moves. They've pushed through a World Cup expansion that may start . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - Twice, Liga MX clubs have gone to Toronto’s BMO Field in search of a result in CONCACAF Champions League play this year. Twice, Liga MX clubs have left with a difficult result. Toronto FC seems destined for a spot in the Concacaf Champions League final, an accomplishment the club would obtain at Liga MX’s expense. So does that . . .
Credit Club America coach Miguel Herrera for doing his part to add to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League story. Herrera took time out prior to the semifinal first-leg in Toronto to let anyone interested know his opinion on the Liga MX vs MLS comparison. Not at all surprising, he favors Liga MX across the board, with the belief that the correct Liga MX comparison is with the European leagues. . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 2, 2018) US Soccer Players – The Concacaf Champions League resumes this week with the first-legs of the semifinals. It’s also the resumption of the MLS vs Liga MX story, one that almost always favors Mexico. While the other Champions League will be getting most of the attention this week, it’s in Concacaf where MLS teams will once again try to stop a Liga MX . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - Every decade or so, the bigwigs at MLS and Liga MX think it is a good idea to join forces and present a new-look product to the masses. And without fail, the new-look product wears away fairly quickly without much fanfare. Later this year, the brand-new Campeones Cup will commence as Toronto FC will host either Apertura 2017 champs . . .
The soccer news starts with two MLS teams advancing to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals with a chance for a third. The New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC knocked out Liga MX clubs to take their places on opposite sides of the semifinal bracket. It's a safe assumption that Toronto will be playing Club America, already up 4-0 over Tauro. New York waits on the winner of the Seattle vs . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 9, 2018) US Soccer Players - “ES INSOLTING & UNACCEPTABOL” the headline of Mexico’s sport daily Record screamed on Thursday morning. That's the response when Liga MX teams lose against MLS sides in the first-legs of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals. The words are a reference to a politician’s speech about the infamous border wall idea, turned for . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Mar 8, 2018) US Soccer Players - Facing off against a Liga MX side in the Concacaf Champions League is never an easy ask for MLS teams. Doing so in Mexico is even more intimidating. So, with his New York Red Bulls lining up on Club Tijuana’s home turf, it seemed as if Luis Robles was going to need a total headstand to help keep his team in the running. And boy, did . . .
The soccer news starts with Concacaf insisting on a new spelling for the confederation's acronym and MLS teams winning two more first-legs against Liga MX teams in the Champions League. Both of those things didn't seem likely this time yesterday. Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders join the New York Red Bulls in carrying first-leg leads into next week's quarterfinal finales. The difference is that . . .