By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 1, 2016) US Soccer Players - Here we are again. The USMNT just finished a major international tournament marked by a series of spirited, committed performances that still weren't quite enough to reach the summit. For the next few weeks, the rest of us will grope for clarity about what it all means. Wins over Paraguay and Ecuador reminded us of what's . . .
The Bundesliga schedule came out today with the fun starting the last week in August. Depending on what you read, Germany's top-flight was either a rousing success on Fox or just changing the channel to see a league that wasn't hurting for coverage in the United States. Then again, depending on what you're reading, there's few things older Erica soccer fans seem to like more than reminiscing about . . .
Though it was overshadowed by the ongoing Euro 2016 festivities in France, it's the time of year for the European leagues to release their schedules. It's no secret that this means to get as many games as possible on weekends, with all involved realizing that's the best time for pro soccer. That might seem strange considering the biggest games on the European calendar, the ones in the Champions . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jun 27, 2016) US Soccer Players - The next time we see the USMNT it will be in a game with no excuses. An away World Cup qualifier against a CONCACAF minnow is three more points. It draws a line between anything that did or didn't happen at the Copa Centenario with the resumption of the schedule that leads to Russia 2018. It's been a long time since the USMNT has had a summer to . . .
There were trophies and tears at the Copa Centenario final on Sunday. The big trophy went to Chile, who beat Argentina on penalties to take the title. Peru also swept the individual honors with Alexis Sanchez winning the Golden Ball as tournament MVP, Eduardo Vargas getting the Golden Boot as leading scorer with six goals, and Claudio Bravo taking the Golden Glove as top goalkeeper. Argentina had . . .
By Clemente Lisi – EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (Jun 27, 2016) US Soccer Players - Whether Argentina will ever lift a trophy again is not the gauge of how great this team is, but rather a referendum on Lionel Messi’s greatness. A player who has won everything with his club Barcelona and nothing at senior level for his country, Messi entered the Copa America Centenario final against Chile looking to silence . . .
The USMNT finished 4th in the Copa Centenario, losing the 3rd-place game to Colombia 1-0. Carlos Bacca slid into the ball and deflected it into the net in the 31st minute for the game's only goal. Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina recorded the shutout. The USMNT exits the tournament wondering what it takes to score against Colombia, with several strong chances to get a goal. Colombia also had . . .
The USMNT plays its final game at the Copa Centenario, a rematch against Colombia for 3rd-place on Saturday. The Copa Centenario final is on Sunday with Chile playing Argentina at MetLife Stadium. Also on the schedule, Euro 2016 moves to the knockout rounds. USMNT vs Colombia at 9pm on FX on Saturday. Both teams are playing for the consolation prize, and it's a safe assumption that they'll also . . .
“The most important thing is the ball. When you have it, you can do so many things. When you don’t have it, you can only do one... You have to go chase it.” – Hugo Perez, USMNT 1984-1994, U-15 National Team coach 2012-2014 By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 24, 2016) US Soccer Players - The USMNT got a beating by Argentina in Houston on Tuesday night, as anyone who took part in it readily . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 24, 2016) US Soccer Players - How do you ask a team that was just humbled on their own turf by the best player in the world to play in a consolation game that has questionable value to everyone involved? How do you guarantee that the participants will take it seriously, and not just go through the motions? How, once the game is finished and third-place awarded, . . .