By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 20, 2018) US Soccer Players - It’s not often that you see an American player make his top-flight professional debut at age 29. It’s even rarer for a player to arrive at that milestone via a path like Jimmy Maurer’s. A supplemental draft pick of the New York Red Bulls way back in 2011 after a solid NCAA career at South Carolina, the Georgia native didn’t get . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS might be a league of parity, but three weeks into the season not all games are even. A few might have more to teach us than others. Injuries, midweek games for Concacaf Champions League participants, and unusual conditions will play a role in the results and how we parse them. Here is a look at four games have the most potential . . .
The soccer news starts with a missed opportunity for MLS. The 2018 CONCACAF Champions League may have a new format, but for FC Dallas it was a familiar MLS story. Trailing 1-0 from the away leg at Tauro, Dallas returned to Frisco with the series in the balance. A 3-2 win at Toyota Stadium means Tauro advances on the away goals rule 3-3 on aggregate. That puts a Panamanian club into the . . .
The soccer news starts in the CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 with USMNT player Rubio Rubin making his debut for Tijuana in their 1-0 win at Motagua. Rubin subbed on in the 53rd minute, picking up a yellow card in stoppage time. Ignacio Rivero scored the game's only goal in the 71st minute with Manuel Lajud keeping the clean sheet. Michael Orozco was on the bench for Tijuana. Also in the . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Feb 15, 2018) US Soccer Players - There’s a well-worn assumption that the key to becoming a successful soccer team lies in spending months, even years, training together and forming a core starting lineup. Sometimes, this comes in the form of off-field team building, like Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner leading the then-Championship side to a remote Swedish island . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Feb 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS clubs partnering with famous European outfits is not a new phenomenon. Attempts to link up with the established elite in Europe has long been part of the chase to advance the MLS version of the game. Before MLS was a decade old, it wasn't unusual to see announcements that teams were linking up with European counterparts to . . .
By Clemente Lisi – DALLAS TX (Oct 30, 2017) US Soccer Players – MLS teams are currently playing for a championship. Will Toronto FC replicate the success it achieved during the regular season? Can the Seattle Sounders repeat as champions? Will a surprise team, like the New York Red Bulls or Columbus Crew, emerge from the brackets? While the debate rages over which team can go all the way, another . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer has a problem on its hands, one that may lead to a resolution without precedent in the modern history of top level professional sports in America. How the league handles the problem could have a major impact on the playoff race in both conferences. That's in addition to the league's reputation as a serious arbiter . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - Once again, Major League Soccer has manipulated its schedule to bring us a round of games thick with rivalries. The weekend has a sponsor. The league's marketing department is opening up the throttle in a bid for attention. While MLS is clearly the biggest professional soccer league in the country, it nevertheless struggles to . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the scores. The Liga MX Clausura final opened with Tigres coming back against Chivas to draw 2-2. Tigres fell behind at home to an Alan Pulido goal in the 23rd minute. Rodolfo Pizarro doubled Chivas's lead in the 42nd. Andre Pierre Gignac scored for Tigres in the 85th and equalized three minutes later. There's no away goals rule in the final series, so the . . .