By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 7, 2020) US Soccer Players - What was once a product of necessity is now something of a hot commodity in the world of Major League Soccer. The league's return-to-play model, the MLS Is Back tournament in Orlando, Florida, is winding down with only Tuesday's final left on the schedule. Fifty-one games in total, played on training fields for the sole benefit of . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 17, 2020) US Soccer Players - On Monday, NBA star Kevin Durant officially became a minority investor/operator of the Philadelphia Union, purchasing 5% of the team. Per Union majority investor/operator Jay Sugarman, the Union is worth $325 million, putting Durant's stake at $16.25 million. Durant also holds an option to purchase an additional 5% of the team in . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with an old idea in American club soccer. If you're going to spend money, spend it on players that put the ball in the back of the net. At the very least, spend it on players that help to put the ball in the back of the net. As that thinking goes, better to spend on an offensive player that doesn't work out than, you know, put significant money into recruiting . . .
The soccer news starts with the top of the table in the Eastern Conference. NYCFC is in 1st-place with 58 points, Atlanta has 54 in 2nd, and Philadelphia is in 3rd with 52. Though the Union is only four points ahead of 4th-place DC United, the top three in the East are on 31 games played to United and the rest of the top six's 32. The three points that extra game represents is enough of a . . .
The soccer news starts with one game making a difference in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia's 3-1 win over Atlanta United on Saturday reset the table, with the Union in 1st-place on 51 points, NYCFC in 2nd on 50, and Atlanta two points behind in 3rd. There's now a six-point gap between Atlanta and 4th-place DC United, with that now the easy line that separates the contenders in the East. . . .
The soccer news starts at the top of the Eastern Conference with Atlanta and Philadelphia tied on points at 48. 1st-place Atlanta has the edge on total wins 15 to 14 with a game in hand 27 to 28 played. That has them in the driver's seat in the East with the chance to put points between them and the Union at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday. Atlanta's return to form has them on a seven-game . . .
Atlanta took over 1st-place in the Eastern Conference with a week 24 win at Portland, but as almost always in MLS there's a caveat. United is not tied on points with Philadelphia and has a game in hand 26 to 27. That's not the problem for their status as Eastern Conference leaders. It's 3rd-place NYCFC four points behind Atlanta and Philadelphia but on 24 games played. If you're looking for the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (June 7, 2019) US Soccer Players - Let's start with a question: What is Philadelphia? An important city on the Eastern seaboard. The fourth largest television market in the country. A professional sports hotbed, with teams bearing the city's name in the NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, and of course, Major League Soccer. The home to the Union. When it comes to . . .
MLS is getting the games in prior to the Gold Cup break with 10 teams in action later tonight. That includes Eastern Conference leaders DC United. As always with the MLS schedule, there's a catch. DC United leads the Eastern Conference with 25 points from 15 games, a point ahead of Philadelphia on 14 games played. Both teams are in action tonight with DC at home against Chicago and Philadelphia . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 6, 2019) US Soccer Players - The more MLS grows, the greater the caliber of player that comes to the league. That much has been evident for the last decade-plus. The league will take another step forward, though, when larger numbers of Mexican internationals consider this league a viable option. MLS may soon take another step in that direction. Reports link . . .