By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 14, 2022) US Soccer Players - If FC Cincinnati's visit to Philadelphia to take on the Union in the Eastern Conference semifinals was a popcorn flick penned by a screenwriter at a big studio, the student-teacher trope would be central to the story. The match-up of the 5th-seed and the conference's top team provides two different student-teacher dynamics. That's . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 5, 2022) US Soccer Players - The choice for the 2022 Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year Award in Major League Soccer may seem obvious. It's just that the choice is not always the same, depending on who you happen to ask. The 2022 MLS season delivered exceptional campaigns by a handful of teams. Some of those met or slightly exceeded expectations. Some far . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 26, 2022) US Soccer Players – Winning the MLS Cup is all about timing. The regular season is long, and often parts of it may seem insignificant. In reality, every game counts if you want to clinch a playoff spot in the end. Consistency is key, but so is peaking at just the right time. That time to peak is now, both for teams who've already clinched a spot . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 31, 2022) US Soccer Players - Matt Miazga spent six years on a soccer sojourn across the island of Great Britain and the continent of Europe. Following a multi-million dollar transfer from the New York Red Bulls in 2016 to English powerhouse Chelsea, Miazga found himself featuring for clubs in the Netherlands, France, England, and Spain. His career is a vibrant . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with Europa Conference League third round qualifying first-legs and Kenny Saief subbing out in the 77th minute of Neftchi's 2-1 home win over Rapid Vienna in the main path. Ataa Jaber opened the scoring for Neftchi in the 44th and Saief doubled the lead in the 60th. Rapid Vienna pulled a goal back five minutes into stoppage time. Sam Vines's Royal Antwerp won 3-1 at . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2022) US Soccer Players - While there's a semantic argument about how many suggest a trend, Major League Soccer's 2022 season arrived with several coaches getting their first chance in charge of a topflight team. Whether or not this is a turn in who clubs consider for their open coaching jobs, the opportunities were clearly there. Taking them were long-time . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2022) US Soccer Players - When Chris Albright arrived at FC Cincinnati in October of 2021 as the club's new general manager, his challenge was daunting. Albright represented the third attempt by FCC to get its soccer leadership right. Following three straight seasons of last-place finishes, the club finally secured someone with deep MLS experience to turn . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 5, 2022) US Soccer Players - For a while there, it was easy to judge Major League Soccer teams against one another. With an even number of clubs this season thanks to the addition of Charlotte, the league's weekend schedules had balance. Twenty-eight teams playing fourteen games in a given week means the season creeps along at an equitable clip. When everyone . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 16, 2022) US Soccer Players - It seems strange to say after just three weeks of the new season, but FC Cincinnati's first win of 2022 was a long time coming. That's how it feels when you haven't won a game in 180 days. FC Cincinnati's 2-1 win over Orlando City in Florida on Saturday ended a losing streak the likes of which MLS had never seen. In the process, . . .
The soccer news starts with a new coach for FC Cincinnati. Philadelphia Union assistant Pat Noonan takes the job with the club looking to rebuild after another last-place finish. He had been with Philadelphia since the 2018 season and previously worked as an assistant with Bruce Arena at the LA Galaxy and USMNT. "We are proud to introduce Pat as the new head coach of FC Cincinnati," Cincinnati . . .