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 . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 11, 2021) US Soccer Players - Before Sunday's Concacaf Nations League final, the last time the USMNT played Mexico was in September of 2019. That was a high-profile friendly at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Back then, coach Gregg Berhalter insisted on building play out of the back despite El Tri's fierce high press. The result was a 3-0 Mexico win keyed by . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 9, 2021) US Soccer Players - On Sunday night in Denver, the USMNT showed proof that things have changed. Against a motivated Mexico, they won a regional rivalry and a trophy. They did it with a new look squad showing that head coach Gregg Berhalter's tactics can work under pressure. Berhalter's group is as close to a "new team" as any continuously operating . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jun 8, 2021) US Soccer Players - It's easy enough to look at the squads fielded by the United States and Mexico to determine the value of the Nations League. Both opted for their best available players, with Mexico coach Tata Martino making some tough decisions but otherwise going with his take on first choice. That sent a clear message about prioritizing the first leg of the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 7, 2021) US Soccer Players – The Concacaf Nations League Finals, the first stop along the long summer road of international matches for the USMNT, concluded Sunday with a thrilling US win against Mexico in extra time. Winning the Nations League gave the USA's new generation a trophy and a victory against their biggest rival. The USMNT's European-based . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the USMNT making a major statement in Concacaf by winning the Nations League. It wasn't easy for the USMNT, needing two comebacks and an injury requiring a goalkeeping change but the result was making history as the first Nations League winners. As Charlie Davies said on the CBS Sports Network coverage, "this is a start." With that in mind, here are three takeaways . . .
The USMNT lifted the first Concacaf Nations League trophy, beating Mexico 3-2 in extra time. The win required working through giving up an early goal, a goalkeeper switch, getting a late penalty through instant replay, and saving a late Mexico penalty. It was an interesting start at Empower Field in Denver. Mexico opened the scoring just over a minute into the game when Jesus Corona took full . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the USMNT advancing to Sunday's Nations League final against Mexico (Sunday, 9pm ET - CBS Sports Network. There's no denying the importance of this new competition for Gregg Berhalter and his squad. Berhalter prioritized it through his squad rotation, bringing in top players for a compacted training camp and plenty of travel. The idea was to mimic what US Soccer's . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with the USMNT trying to advance in the Concacaf Nations League. The USMNT plays Honduras later tonight at Empower Field in Denver (7:30pm ET - Univision and Paramount+) with a spot in the final on the line. It's been a long wait to bring the first Nations League to a conclusion, with Concacaf moving the final four to the March international window and then to June. . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 31, 2021) US Soccer Players – The summer is back to being busy. With the pandemic halting the action last summer, confederation championships in Europe and South America move to 2021 along with the Gold Cup. Four Concacaf nations have it even busier, starting this week with the Nations League final four. With the conclusion of that tournament delayed and . . .