By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 9, 2019) US Soccer Players - Concacaf nations traditionally are not strong. That is no secret. Every four years, the world gets a reminder of the relative strength of the confederation. Only two Concacaf teams have reached a World Cup quarterfinal in the last eight World Cups. A Concacaf nation has never won the World Cup, and the prospects of that happening are . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 11, 2019) US Soccer Players - Everything was going just fine for Mexico and coach Tata Martino. Entering Tuesday’s matchup against Argentina, Mexico had gone 10-0-1 in Martino’s first 11 games in charge. Even that draw was a win on penalties during the Gold Cup. All of that came to a sudden and jarring halt. In a span of 16 minutes during the first-half, . . .
The soccer news starts with the conundrum for the USMNT's technical staff. Gregg Berhalter is coach in part because of his plans to produce a distinct identity through tactics and strategy for this team. His plans were never about putting together a best available eleven in each window and allowing them to play to their strengths. Against Mexico on Friday night, sticking to that plan turned into a . . .
The USMNT vs Mexico rivalry resumed on Friday at MetLife Stadium with Mexico recording a 3-0 win. Mexico benefited from the return of their first choice attacking players with Chicharito Hernandez opening the scoring in the 21st minute. Erick Gutierrez doubled the lead in the 78th minute with Uriel Antuna making it 3-0 in the 82nd. Josh Sargent had an 88th minute penalty saved by Mexico goalkeeper . . .
The soccer news starts with USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter and Mexico coach Tata Martino making an old point ahead of Friday night's friendly at MetLife Stadium (8:30pm - FS1). Berhalter started by favoring Mexico in a comparison of the state of the two country's soccer. Shocked looks, Martino agreed with Berhalter's assessment. However much weight you want to put on words like "slightly" and "a . . .
The USMNT returns to action on Friday (8:30pm - FS1) in an international friendly against Mexico at MetLife Stadium. For the USMNT, it's another opportunity in the region's biggest rivalry in an NFL stadium. Both teams are preparing to navigate the Nations League, a competition that just yesterday moved the finals from the March international window to June's. There's not a lot of unfamiliarity . . .
The soccer news starts with Mexico lifting the 2019 Gold Cup after beating the USMNT 1-0 in Chicago. The game hinged on Jonathan dos Santos's goal in the 73rd minute. The USMNT had its chances, coming close to taking the lead in the first-half. It's the 8th Gold Cup title for Mexico, giving them momentum in their latest era under Tata Martino. Here's what we saw from the 2019 Gold Cup final. Shot . . .
The 2019 Gold Cup ended at Chicago's Soldier Field on Sunday with Mexico lifting the trophy in a 1-0 win over the USMNT. Jonathan dos Santos scored the game's only goal in the 73rd minute with Guillermo Ochoa keeping the clean sheet. Christian Pulisic won the best young player award for the tournament with the USMNT winning the Fair Play award. The USMNT will reconvene for the September . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 5, 2019) US Soccer Players - When the USMNT play Mexico, it’s not just a game, it’s an event. The biggest soccer event in North America, in fact. This is the occasion that players and fans on both sides of the border, not to mention advertisers and television executives, crave. Thanks to El Tri’s narrow semifinal win over Haiti and the USMNT’s . . .
The USMNT plays Mexico in the final of the 2019 Gold Cup on Sunday (9pm ET - FS1) with plenty of questions for both teams to try to answer. It's been an interesting Gold Cup, getting to the likeliest conclusion of the two big North American nations playing each other for the trophy. How both got there wasn't as straightforward as expected. Here are three things to look for on Sunday. Points to . . .