Wednesday's soccer news starts with Costa Rica beating New Zealand 1-0 in Doha to advance to the 2022 World Cup. Joel Campbell scored the game's only goal in the 3rd minute with Keylor Nevas making four saves to keep the clean sheet. Costa Rica becomes the fourth Concacaf team to advance and will play Spain, Japan, and Germany in group E. Concacaf last won a playoff in 2015 when Mexico knocked out . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jun 14, 2022) US Soccer Players - On Monday, the International Football Association Board officially made five substitutes an option for any "top level competition," along with increasing the bench from 12 to 15 players. Neither of these moves were exactly surprising, but they underline issues for the contemporary game. In an era where players, officials, pundits, and fans are . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the situation in the Eastern Conference for the teams currently in 3rd through 8th-place. Three points separate all of them, creating a situation where any slip could have a team the odd one out in the playoff picture. Right now, that's Atlanta United in 8th-place on 36 points. With Major League Soccer's unbalanced schedule, this is normally where we'd spend time . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with the Champions League where Tyler Adams's RB Leipzig lost 6-3 at Manchester City. Nathan Ake put City up in the 16th and an own-goal doubled the lead in the 28th. Christopher Nkunku pulled a goal back for Leipzig, but a first-half stoppage time penalty from Riyad Mahrez made it 3-1 City. Nkunku scored again in the 51st. City's Jack Grealish added a fourth goal in . . .
By J Hutcherson (Aug 24, 2021) US Soccer Players - We're already well into an era of change across world soccer. From the Nations League concept started in Europe and embraced by Concacaf to World Cup expansion to FIFA's delayed Club World Cup revamp. UEFA alone has now added a third European club competition with yet another Champions League revamp looming. Last month, CAF made a new African . . .
By J Hutcherson (Aug 3, 2021) US Soccer Players - If there's a takeaway in this era of Nations Leagues and compacted schedules, it's that whatever just happened only counts for so long. The Concacaf Nations League ended a little over a month before the Gold Cup began. Now it's World Cup qualifying set to start on September 2. What's already clear is that success in this region is even more of a . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with the USMNT learning its opponent in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinals. Jamaica finished 2nd in group C and will play the United States on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium (9:30pm - FS1). Costa Rica won the group with a 1-0 shutout of Jamaica at Exploria Stadium and will play Canada in the quarterfinals. Bryan Ruiz scored the game's only goal in the 53rd . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 16, 2021) US Soccer Players - With Thursday's second match night of group B in the books, we're now halfway through the 2021 Gold Cup round-robin stage. The outlines of the knockout bracket are taking enough shape for some general observations can be made about the latest edition of Concacaf's top tournament. Here's four. Issues for Cinderella teams It's a . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with Concacaf taking another step towards the Gold Cup that starts on July 10. We now know the preliminary rosters for the participating teams, which tells us next to nothing since they could include a maximum of 60 players. In the press release announcing a whole lot of players potentially participating in the 2021 Gold Cup, Concacaf specified that "The final 23-player . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with Concacaf continuing the 2021 Gold Cup schedule rollout. We now know the other venues. Concacaf previously announced that Las Vegas's Allegiant Stadium would host the final and Inter Miami's Fort Lauderdale stadium is the site for the preliminary rounds. Add to that group AT&T Stadium in Arlington, BBVA Stadium and NRG Stadium in Houston, the Cotton Bowl in . . .