By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 30, 2022) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer's weekend schedule will deliver the 33rd game of the season for 24 of its 28 teams. Among that group are teams already eliminated from playoff contention, some still mathematically alive but facing a steep uphill battle for a playoff place, clubs on the precipice of confirming a postseason berth, and a small . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 26, 2022) US Soccer Players – Winning the MLS Cup is all about timing. The regular season is long, and often parts of it may seem insignificant. In reality, every game counts if you want to clinch a playoff spot in the end. Consistency is key, but so is peaking at just the right time. That time to peak is now, both for teams who've already clinched a spot . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 8, 2022) US Soccer Players - It was a cup final matchup worthy of a Hollywood script writer. A fierce, plucky underdog from the USL Championship, only the second lower-division side to advance this far in this century, still stung by its acceptance and subsequent removal from MLS expansion. A well-supported favorite and host with a history of underachievement . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with Orlando and Sacramento advancing to play in the US Open Cup final on September 7 at Exploria Stadium. Orlando came back to knock out the Red Bulls 5-1 at home, with New York taking the lead from a Lewis Morgan goal a minute into first-half stoppage time. Orlando's Cesar Araujo equalized three minutes later in first-half stoppage time and Mauricio Pereyra put City . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with Christian Ramirez scoring for Aberdeen in their 5-0 win at Stirling Albion in the Scottish League Cup, group A. Vicente Besuijen put Aberdeen up in the 11th minute with Ramirez making it 2-0 in the 24th. Aberdeen's Matty Kennedy scored in the 31st and Ross McCrorie added a goal in the 41st. Besuijen scored again in the 43rd minute. "There was some good . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 5, 2022) US Soccer Players - For a while there, it was easy to judge Major League Soccer teams against one another. With an even number of clubs this season thanks to the addition of Charlotte, the league's weekend schedules had balance. Twenty-eight teams playing fourteen games in a given week means the season creeps along at an equitable clip. When everyone . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 5, 2022) US Soccer Players - In Major League, math is complicated. More to the point, MLS makes its math complicated with a long list of rules and regulations that dictate the way clubs can spend their money. Nothing is simple. In most of the soccer world, any money made from player transfers is immediately available for spending on whatever a club might . . .
By J Hutcherson (Aug 31, 2021) US Soccer Players - We're at the point of the 2021 Major League Soccer season where it should be easier to separate the top clubs from the rest. Going into round 23 of the schedule, New England has a 14-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference table. It's Orlando City and Nashville tied on points behind them, both on 35 points and with Orlando holding the . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with the compacted schedule already catching up with Major League Soccer. After drawing 0-0 at Austin on Saturday, San Jose continued on a road swing to Orlando last night that turned into a 5-0 loss. As much as that scoreline flatters the home team, it also speaks to the travel demands and potential fatigue on teams even after most of them had a two-week . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2021) US Soccer Players - On the list of differences between Major League Soccer and pretty much all other leagues is how they define club ownership. Though the term has fallen out of casual use, MLS has investor/operators rather than traditional owners. That's one of the hallmarks of a single-entity league put in place to limit financial competition for . . .