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 . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 29, 2021) US Soccer Players - On the same night that the New England Revolution set a new record for points in an MLS regular season, another club was setting an ignominious mark of its own 900 miles away. FC Cincinnati, the third-year MLS franchise with a sparkling new stadium and an engaged, enthusiastic fan base with which to fill it, fell to Nashville 6-3. . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 6, 2021) US Soccer Players - Ruled as we are by our devices, one of the habits of modern life is the update. You know how this goes. Your phone or computer tells you there's an update that needs to be installed and that the process requires a restart. Even though the process usually only takes a few minutes, it always feels interminable. And there's always a . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 14, 2021) US Soccer Players - The great soccer minds of history never quite answered just how long a coach should get before it's fair to judge them on their record. Almost everyone agrees that coaches need a season. No one is quite sure how quickly a club should jettison its field boss if things go bad in the beginning or middle of a campaign. Barely five . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with another trophy for a USMNT player in Europe. Gio Reyna subbed on in stoppage time for Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 win over RB Leipzig in the DFB Pokal final. Jadon Sancho put Dortmund up in the 5th minute with Erling Haaland making it 2-0 in the 28th. Sancho added a goal in first-half stoppage time. Leipzig's Dani Olmo scored in the 71st with Haaland scored again in . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 13, 2021) US Soccer Players - On Sunday, FC Cincinnati will occupy the brightest spotlight for the debut of its brand-new home, TQL Stadium. The visit from star-studded Inter Miami is available nationwide on FOX. That's priceless exposure for FCC and its glittering $250 million venue in the city's West End. With a full roof, intimate sight-lines, all the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 5, 2021) US Soccer Players - Panic rarely makes things better. By its very nature, the word conveys an emotional response to a problem. Letting emotions loose without hanging onto some modicum of logic tends to lead to rash decisions. Rash decisions upend plans, restart processes, and end progress before it has a chance to begin. It's usually best to avoid . . .