Friday's soccer news starts with FIFA announcing the 16 stadiums that will host games during the 2026 World Cup. Toronto's BMO Field and Vancouver's BC Place for Canada, Guadalajara's Estadio Akron, Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, and Monterrey's Estadio BBVA Bancomer for Mexico, and Arlington's AT&T Stadium (Dallas), Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, East Rutherford's MetLife Stadium (New . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (June 15, 2022) US Soccer Players - Big-name players coming to Major League Soccer, particularly to Los Angeles, are not uncommon. Every season seems to add to a list that includes icons of the game. It's no surprise that these big names have normally been attacking players. Goals and goalscorers, after all, sell tickets and create a buzz. LAFC is trying to make a . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 25, 2022) US Soccer Players - In the evolution of all things Los Angeles soccer, the LA Galaxy vs LAFC rivalry has progressed nicely. Four years in, and the teams have already put on show after show. Each time they play, there's the feeling that more than bragging rights are on the line. One or the other would like to make it clear that they are the soccer kings . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 27, 2022) US Soccer Players - While the matchdays have yet to hit double digits, there seems to be little debate over the best team in Major League Soccer. At 6-1-1, LAFC sits atop both the Western Conference and the Supporters' Shield standings. The record matches the fast start LAFC had in what became a dominant 2019 regular season. This team, though, is . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 11, 2022) US Soccer Players – MLS coaches have gotten more tactically savvy in recent years. With better players come better tactics, and MLS teams have experimented with a wide variety of formations. Whether it's playing with three in the back or relying increasingly on intricate passing, MLS coaches aren't afraid to push the tactical envelope this . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 28, 2022) US Soccer Players – It's just a month into the MLS season, and narratives are already beginning to emerge. In a league known for not exactly being predictable week-to-week, the expectation is that it takes time for the season to come into focus. The initial weeks are normally about teams trying to make some obvious points, but plenty fade as the . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the top of the Western Conference with three teams undefeated. LAFC and Real Salt Lake both have 10 points with LAFC ahead on a tiebreaker. 3rd-place Minnesota is on eight points, trading a win for a loss. That none of them are on a dozen points might resonate more if it wasn't the same situation at the top of the Eastern Conference. MLS remains a week-by-week . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 16, 2022) US Soccer Players - New York City FC survived its Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal series against Comunicaciones of Guatemala. Only CF Montreal lost their first-leg, with New England and Seattle both carrying three-goal leads into their deciding games. MLS should expect greater representation than just its defending champion in the final four. The . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 23, 2022) US Soccer Players - Once again, it's not a good time to be a middling team in the greater Los Angeles area. LA pro soccer is obligated to step up and challenge for a championship in 2022. This town demands it. The Super Bowl is fresh on Angelenos' minds. Just a couple of weeks ago, the LA Rams hosted the Super Bowl and won it in dramatic fashion. The . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 3, 2022) US Soccer Players - Is it easier to succeed when there are no expectations or high expectations? Aim at nothing, get nothing or shoot for the moon and settle for landing among the stars? LAFC's 2022 campaign will be a testament to which approach is better. With manageable expectations, LAFC hit the ground running upon joining MLS in 2018. Everything . . .