By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 25, 2020) US Soccer Players - When Sebastian Saucedo opted to leave Real Salt Lake in December, the move raised eyebrows. It was not that another MLS Homegrown Player was opting for greener pastures abroad. Such moves are commonplace and will only continue as the league grows. What drew attention to Saucedo's exit was his destination. Unlike looking to head . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 11, 2020) US Soccer Players - Five Major League Soccer clubs started their seasons early in 2020 thanks to the Concacaf Champions League. The price of chasing international glory for four American teams and one Canadian team is a more urgent preseason training period and a lot more stress as the schedule begins. Now, with the regular season underway, the . . .
The roundup of USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts in the Bundesliga. Alfredo Morales subbed out in the 67th minute for Fortuna Dusseldorf in their 2-0 win at Freiburg. Andre Hoffmann scored in the 37th minute with Erik Thommy doubling the lead in the 61st. The result has Fortuna 16th in the table holding the relegation playoff place two points and -2 in goal differential from safety. "It . . .
By J Hutcherson (Feb 18, 2020) US Soccer Players - For better or worse, part of the job of a confederation is to run championships for its region. The history of Concacaf's efforts for club and country are stories of relevance, issues, money, and if we're being honest, relevance all over again. The club version, in particular, is a story of trying to force meaning on a competition that may not . . .
The roundup of USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts with Duane Holmes subbing out in the Derby County's 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield Town. Holmes subbed out in the 29th minute with an ankle injury. Derby's Tom Lawrence scored in the 61st minute with Huddersfield equalizing in the 81st. "With Holmes, it is an ankle issue," Derby County manager Phillip Cocu said. "He got a kick and then . . .
Timmy Chandler is turning into the unlikely offensive threat for Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring again in the roundup of USMNT players in Europe and Mexico. Down a goal from the 78th, Chandler equalized three minutes into stoppage time for Eintracht's 1-1 draw at Alfredo Morales's Fortuna Dusseldorf. "It was certainly a lucky point," Eintracht coach Adi Hutter said. "I’m happy with how it ended but . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with Major League Soccer's great white whale, aka the Concacaf Champions League. While it might be worth arguing over the importance of the regional tournament, there's no doubt it's a priority for the league. Their attempt to end run it with the Leagues Cup and the Campeones Cup only shows how important competing with Liga MX is to MLS. It doesn't matter which MLS club . . .
The soccer news starts with the return of Liga MX on Friday and the start of the 2020 Clausura. The Apertura didn't end until late last month due to Monterrey's Club World Cup commitments, and the reigning Liga MX champions are the likeliest choice to repeat. Not at all surprising is that the team they beat on penalties on December 29 is right there with them. Club America is always the team to . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 19, 2019) US Soccer Players - At the international level, Mexico has yet to break through on the world's biggest stage. El Tri has done well to reach the World Cup and get out of the group stage consistently but cannot get past that phase. At the club level, Mexico has earned that reputation as well. The latest big-stage failure came in Qatar on Wednesday. . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 11, 2019) US Soccer Players - When star Mexican striker Alan Pulido decided to leave Chivas Guadalajara, he had plenty of options at his disposal. Pulido had suitors both domestically and abroad. With Europe already in his past, he had his pick of places to go. Somehow, he chose Middle America. It may seem like an odd choice, but Pulido's move to Sporting Kansas . . .