By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 6, 2021) US Soccer Players - We've lost many things during the pandemic. Nights out, large family gatherings, eating restaurant food inside. For kids across the country, that list included going to school. Even those kids who are getting in-person instruction in some measure have seen other parts of the school experience sacrificed because of the virus. Far . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with Seattle advancing in the Western Conference playoffs. The Sounders knocked out FC Dallas 1-0 at home from a 49th minute Seattle goalkeeper Shane O'Neill goal. Stefan Frei kept the clean sheet without having to make a save. "Very very pleased for Shane," Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said. "He's worked hard all year long. We actually practiced that set piece and . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 17, 2020) US Soccer Players – The MLS regular season officially returned with two teams we hadn't seen play since March, FC Dallas and Nashville SC. Major League Soccer dropped both teams from the MLS is Back Tournament after players tested positive for the coronavirus. Missing out on the three group stage games that also counted in the league standings, they . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 5, 2020) US Soccer Players - While the rest of Major League Soccer played its way through an impromptu and unprecedented tournament in Orlando, two clubs watched from home. Now that MLS Is Back is down to the final four teams and will wrap up with a championship game next week, those two clubs, FC Dallas and Nashville SC, can move on from "what if" to what . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 22, 2020) US Soccer Players - Luchi Gonzalez lives on the bright side. Talking to FC Dallas's head coach, even amid a shutdown of the sport he loves, is an exercise in receiving positivity. No one could call the current situation, both in soccer and in society, "good." Yet for Gonzalez, even living in quarantine for the last two-and-a-half months had its . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 8, 2020) US Soccer Players - The ranks of Major League Soccer MVP award winners are rife with international names. Over the league's 24 seasons of existence, only seven Americans took home the honor. The last came back in 2013 when Mike Magee beat out the Galaxy's Robbie Keane and Montreal's Marco Di Vaio. Considering the league's humble beginnings and the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 5, 2020) US Soccer Players - No team had more players in the USMNT January camp than FC Dallas. Head coach Gregg Berhalter brought in a group of young players for two reasons. First was the standard audition for new talent. Second, to better prepare a group of U-23 players for the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament in March. Berhalter made a point of . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 29, 2020) US Soccer Players - The deals professional sports franchise owners and government leaders make to build stadiums vary from the egregious to the nearly passable. Rare is the stadium built only with private funds. Even in those cases where an owner foots the bill, there's bound to be some public element to the deal. Stadiums require infrastructure and . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 3, 2019) US Soccer Players - FC Dallas's commitment to developing talent through its academy system is, for the leadership at the club, a matter of philosophy. From club president Clark Hunt down to the coaches in the youth teams, FC Dallas fosters a culture built on a belief that developing good soccer players and playing them at the senior level is the right . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Feb 27, 2019) US Soccer Players - After an offseason of rampant change, the 2019 Major League Soccer season arrives with more unanswered questions than perhaps any in league history. With the league now at 24 teams, that should mean more movement of players and coaches than ever before. The coaches will be a particular focus in 2019. Six teams made changes at the . . .