The soccer news starts with MLS action. NYCFC shutout Montreal 3-0 at Yankee Stadium. Jesus Medina put NYCFC up in the 60th minute and assisted on Ronald Matarrita's goal in the 65th. Matarrita assisted on Jonathan Lewis's goal in the 76th. Sean Johnson didn't need to make a save for the clean sheet with NYCFC outshooting Montreal 23 to 3 and putting 7 on goal to Montreal's 0. In the other MLS . . .
Earnie Stewart was named the first general manager of the USMNT, a new role created by the US Soccer Federation. Stewart takes the role officially on August 1 with the expectation that US Soccer will hire a new head coach after that. “With his breadth of experience as both a player and a technical director, Earnie is the ideal leader to guide the long-term success of our Men’s National Team . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 7, 2018) US Soccer Players – Walk around Philadelphia and it's hard not to notice that this is a city with a very proud sports past and present. Those two time frames don’t often work when discussing success. You can see it in those ubiquitous red Phillies caps to people donning 76ers gear near the Wells Fargo Center in time for tip-off. Even fictional sports . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - Let’s start this discussion about the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer by putting aside three teams: NYCFC, Atlanta United, and Toronto FC. That's the elite of both the Eastern Conference and MLS. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who disagrees that those teams belong at the top. Two other teams might deserve inclusion . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 3, 2017) US Soccer Players - We're in the midst of the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs. The best teams in the league battle it out for supremacy on fields from Cascadia to New York City. Meanwhile, a quieter, much less fun process is unfolding in all of the cities left out of the postseason party. In places like Washington DC, Foxborough, and Chester, the painful march . . .
The Philadelphia Union is on a five-game undefeated streak with three wins in a row, enough to turnaround an MLS season by week 12. The Union was the poster child for troubled clubs early on, with predictions of a coaching change and questions over the scope of the team. Fair enough considering the results. Philadelphia didn't pick up a point until their fifth game. Now, the Union aren't just . . .
The Philadelphia Union flipped the script in week 11 of the 2017 MLS season, beating DC United 4-0 at RFK Stadium. Haris Medunjanin opened the scoring in the 39th with DC going a man down with a red card to Luciano Acosta for a serious foul in the 55th. Medunjanin assisted on Oguchi Onyewu's goal in the 64th. Medunjanin picked up a second assist on Fabrice-Jean Picault's goal in the 78th. . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - The landscape of the 2017 MLS season is gaining a bit of focus. Two months into the campaign, most teams have crossed the one-quarter threshold. There’s a long way to go, but we at least have some idea of who these teams are and what they are capable of. Even if you were reserving judgement on the good, bad, and ugly teams in MLS . . .
The 2016 MLS playoffs started with Toronto getting their first playoff win in team history by knocking out Philadelphia 3-1. Sebastian Giovinco opened the scoring for Toronto in the 15th minute at BMO Field. He assisted on Jonathan Osorio's goal in the 48th. Alejandro Bedoya pulled a goal back for Philadelphia in the 73rd, but Jozy Altidore scored Toronto's third goal in the 85th . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 24, 2016) US Soccer Players - A few weeks ago, you could hardly find anyone outside of Seattle who thought the Sounders had a chance to make the playoffs in 2016. Even among the faithful, belief was at an all-time low. It had to be. The only good enough reason to say goodbye to their coach. Sigi Schmid’s dismissal was a sign of the unprecedented lows the club . . .