By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 26, 2018) US Soccer Players – When it comes to pro team sports, North Carolina is known for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, and the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. Then there’s college basketball, the hallmark of the state going back decades. Many people are working to add the world’s game to the rich tapestry of sports North Carolina is . . .
The soccer news starts with what now seems like an old story in MLS. Where will a team find land and concessions to build a nice new stadium somewhere in the greater metro area? DC United spent over a decade trying to answer that question, eventually ending up on the right side of the District line to satisfy the latest incarnation of MLS. That's playing within the city limits, preferably near . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 26, 2018) US Soccer Players – The start of a new MLS season means predictions. There are some easy ones to make. Toronto FC repeating as MLS Cup champions tops that list. Atlanta United turning into a title contender is also an easy option. Then there’s LAFC, and things get complicated. Can the latest MLS expansion team compete in year one amid all the hype and . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Feb 22, 2018) US Soccer Players - It was going to take something special to keep FC Cincinnati’s incomparable momentum moving forward. In 2016, the USL side kicked off in front of record-obliterating crowds at Nippert Stadium. In 2017, they shocked MLS side Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup and forced New York Red Bulls into extra time in the tournament’s semifinal. . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 5, 2018) US Soccer Players – Many North American cities are lining up to put on their best faces to win the soccer expansion sweepstakes. The recent addition of Miami, spearheaded by David Beckham, brings to fruition a promise MLS had made years ago. Further down the soccer pyramid, leagues such as the USL and NPSL have also added teams on a minor-league level . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with MLS expansion. Miami is now officially an MLS team while we wait on details like the name, badge, and colors. We do know that 2020 really is the start date, with Miami joining the league along with… uhm… Nashville? We've yet to get a start date for Nashville. They might be joining in 2019 and they also don't have a name, badge, or colors. The other half of their . . .
MLS announced on Monday that Miami is officially an MLS expansion city. The David Beckham led bid includes building a soccer-specific stadium within Miami's city limits. The team will begin MLS play in 2020 according to reports, but the announcement didn't confirm that or any details about the team including a name. “Our mission to bring an MLS club to Miami is now complete, and we are deeply . . .
Trying to preview January USMNT friendlies always leans on the same broad topics. Inexperienced players getting time at full international level. Assessing those players in a lineup that might not feature many regular members of the squad. The strength of the opponent in a game played outside of a FIFA calendar window. That's still true this January against Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it's . . .
The soccer news starts with reports out of Miami suggesting that David Beckham's expansion bid is finally coming to fruition. MLS is now expected to officially announce Miami as an expansion team on Monday. The team would play its first MLS season in 2020. Since this is MLS in Miami, there's already another story running parallel with the wait on the official announcement. Where will the team . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - Three years ago Major League Soccer changed their logo. The progressive “brand identity” was built in particular around three stars arrayed in the upper left corner. The league let us know that the stars “represent the pillars of our brand: For Club, For Country, For Community.” It was an admirable concept that tried to . . .