By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 14, 2019) US Soccer Players – Playoff fever has certainly gripped New York. With the brisk fall weather this month comes another season where baseball fans hope their beloved Yankees can win yet another World Series. At the same time, both NYCFC and the Red Bulls are in the playoffs. While the intersecting of baseball and soccer is rare, it’s not entirely . . .
The soccer news starts with last year's MLS champions. Atlanta United didn't win the East in 2018, finishing second to the New York Red Bulls who also won the Supporters' Shield. That meant a bye under the old system, with Atlanta waiting on the winner of the NYCFC vs Philadelphia knockout round game. NYCFC advanced, losing 1-0 to Atlanta at Yankee Stadium and 3-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta . . .
The 2019 MLS regular season concluded on Sunday with all games starting simultaneously on Decision Day. Atlanta United finished in 2nd-place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 home win over New England who finish 7th. Darlington Nagbe put Atlanta up in the 3rd minute with Cristian Penilla equalizing in the 8th. Josef Martinez put Atlanta up for good in the 49th and assisted on Julian Gressel's . . .
The soccer news starts with Sunday's Decision Day in MLS, with the regular season coming to a close. For all of the playoff teams, what happens next has to wait. The decision to reset the playoffs and the schedule means there's now the international window to contend with. Whatever momentum a team might have to close out the regular season, the next game won't happen until October 19 or 20. For . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 2, 2019) US Soccer Players - With one match left to go in the 2019 regular season, the LA Galaxy has a playoff berth secure for the first since 2016. Much has changed across the league since then. LAFC and Atlanta United had yet to debut. The league was at 20 teams. Toronto FC and Seattle hadn't gotten to an MLS Cup before 2016, let alone win one. The MLS Best XI . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 2, 2019) US Soccer Players - Sometimes the metaphors are too easy. Too obvious, even. It doesn't seem right when there's no so little effort required. The most obvious metaphor for the Colorado Rapids 2019 season is right there in their name. "Rapids". As in the rushing water of a stream or river, the kind that brave or foolhardy hobbyists sometimes like to . . .
The soccer news starts with DC United's Decision Day scenario. DC enters the final day of the 2019 MLS regular season in 4th-place, unable to finish any higher but capable of falling to 6th. That's the difference between hosting the 4th vs 5th playoff game, being the away team in that game, or facing the 3rd-place team away. The spot is DC's to lose, considering that they're home to last place FC . . .
The soccer news starts with what we don't know with a week left in the 2019 MLS regular season. In the Eastern Conference, it's the order of the playoff teams. NYCFC won the East in week 30, somewhat of a foregone conclusion. New England took the last playoff spot but could end up finishing a spot higher. The Revs can't pass the Red Bulls since New York holds the total wins tiebreaker. New . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 27, 2019) US Soccer Players - The thing about bubbles is that they aren't particularly stable. Every bubble rides the edge between existence and the decided lack of existing at all. One moment it's there, the next, it's gone. Sitting on the bubble, in the common parlance of sports, is never a good thing. It means that your chances to qualify for the . . .
The soccer news starts with two games remaining in the season and all but one playoff spot spoken for in the Eastern Conference. New England is in 7th place on 42 points, still capable of moving up in the standings but well aware that they need to see off 8th-place Chicago four points behind them. 9th-place Montreal is five points out of that final playoff spot with 10th-place Orlando City still . . .