By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 22, 2023) US Soccer Players - Soccer is a team sport. Teams win games. Teams make the playoffs. Teams win championships. Still, individuals make up those teams, and without great individual performances, success can be elusive. The teams that achieve the most are almost always led by stars rising to a challenge. This is especially true in Major League . . .
Jason Kreis, Kenny Cooper, Jesus Ferreira, and 18 goals in Dallas
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 14, 2022) US Soccer Players - With a pair of goals four minutes apart against LAFC on Saturday, FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira etched his name in the Texas club’s history books. Ferreira’s total of 18 goals for the season equals the record for the team known by two names in its 27-year history: the Dallas Burn and FC Dallas. The club was the Burn when Jason . . .
What’s working for FC Dallas in 2022
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 17, 2022) US Soccer Players - When FC Dallas executed a trade on the penultimate day of the MLS secondary transfer window with the New England Revolution for USMNT midfielder Sebastian Lletget, eyebrows everywhere moved slightly upward. Lletget had only joined the Revolution in the winter, the subject of a significant outlay by Bruce Arena's team. The move . . .
DFB Pokal wins for Union Berlin and Eintracht, Seattle vs Dallas
Tuesday's soccer news starts with Jordan Pefok scoring in Union Berlin's 2-1 win at Chemnitzer in the DFB Pokal. Trailing from the 62nd minute, Pefok equalized in the 64th to force extra time. Union Berlin's Kevin Behrens scored in the 114th minute with Pefok subbing out in the 105th. Timmy Chandler subbed on in the 67th minute of Eintracht's 4-0 win at Magdeburg. Daichi Kamada put Eintracht up . . .
FC Dallas reasserts its status
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2022) US Soccer Players - If the end of the 2021 Major League Soccer regular season didn't represent an existential crisis for FC Dallas, it presented questions trending in that direction. The club's reputation as the country's best developer of soccer talent was well-won through years of work. FC Dallas committed money and attention to creating a structure . . .
Homegrowns vs hardware: FC Dallas go again
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 10, 2022) US Soccer Players - On the surface, the USMNT's recently-completed winter World Cup qualifying window was a triumphant one for FC Dallas. Five of the club's academy products (Kellyn Acosta, Reggie Cannon, Jesus Ferreira, Weston McKennie, and Ricardo Pepi) took the field in last week's 3-0 win over Honduras in Minnesota, four of them as starters. . . .
FC Dallas and Orlando City after major transfers
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 5, 2022) US Soccer Players - In Major League, math is complicated. More to the point, MLS makes its math complicated with a long list of rules and regulations that dictate the way clubs can spend their money. Nothing is simple. In most of the soccer world, any money made from player transfers is immediately available for spending on whatever a club might . . .
Goal for Musah in Valencia win
Friday's soccer news starts with Yunus Musah scoring in Valencia's 3-0 win at Utrillas in the first round of the Copa del Rey. Marcos de Sousa opened the scoring in the 27th minute. Valencia failed to convert a penalty in the 52nd, but Musah scored from the rebound. Koba Koindredi scored Valencia's third goal in the 70th minute. Valencia is at Arenteiro on December 15 in the second round. "You . . .
A big year goes south for MLS in Texas
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 22, 2021) US Soccer Players - Under Major League Soccer's forgiving postseason structure, every instance of elimination from playoff contention is a sobering milestone. Still, it feels quite different when confirmation of that status is certain well before Decision Day. Such was the case for FC Dallas on Wednesday night. In a playoff-race six-pointer, they . . .
Ricardo Pepi pushes forward
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 10, 2021) US Soccer Players - It was just yesterday that USMNT and FC Dallas striker Ricardo Pepi was a precocious talent emerging from the Texas border town of El Paso. Okay, so “yesterday” is a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Pepi’s rise from local kid with potential to national team star happened so quickly that most of us just missed it. While some . . .