By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Feb 6, 2019) US Soccer Players - While Atlanta United makes headlines across North America thanks to the record-breaking sale of Miguel Almiron and the signing of Pity Martinez, the rest of MLS contemplates a changing league and the future of Designated Player business. Not everyone can be Atlanta United, backed by the wealth and enthusiasm of owner Arthur Blank. . . .
The soccer news starts with the away teams in the MLS knockout round. Columbus needed penalties to see off DC United at Audi Field. In a back and forth game, Frederic Brillant put DC up in the 21st minute. Federico Higuain equalized in the 30th minute. With the game in extra time, Higuain scored again in the 96th. Nick DeLeon equalized in the 116th to send the game to penalties. Columbus advanced . . .
Don't worry, We're not starting the soccer news with a hot take on yesterday's late penalty for Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals. Quick recap, after giving up three goals at home to Juventus, their series was tied until a stoppage time incident. On what we're all going to agree was a 50/50 call for the sake of argument, referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. He then pointed a . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 2, 2018) US Soccer Players – The Concacaf Champions League resumes this week with the first-legs of the semifinals. It’s also the resumption of the MLS vs Liga MX story, one that almost always favors Mexico. While the other Champions League will be getting most of the attention this week, it’s in Concacaf where MLS teams will once again try to stop a Liga MX . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS might be a league of parity, but three weeks into the season not all games are even. A few might have more to teach us than others. Injuries, midweek games for Concacaf Champions League participants, and unusual conditions will play a role in the results and how we parse them. Here is a look at four games have the most potential . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with everybody responding to Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke's show and tell. Petke made an early exit from his team's 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City. The referee showed Petke the door in the 72nd minute for arguing a non-call, and we would later learn how much that non-call meant. For Petke, this was the latest in a run of decisions he believes hampers his team's . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - The churn of the Major League Soccer season sometimes turns the business of a campaign into a fairly staid rinse-and-repeat cycle of quiet off-days and game days. Outside of the occasional injury update and the absences brought on by the international windows, the intrigue coming out of and leading into matches is thin and . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 8, 2017) US Soccer Players – It’s every team’s nightmare. Your starting goalkeeper picks up an injury during a game. He’s subsequently stretchered off. Following a few tense moments, your backup goalie quickly takes off his tracksuit, sprints towards the goal, and takes his place on the field. Will he be up to the task? Major League Soccer coaches have more . . .
It didn't get any better for Minnesota United in week 4 of the 2017 MLS season. With most of the league taking the international weekend off, Minnesota United didn't get a break. Instead, it was another lopsided loss, this time on the road at New England. The Revolution opened their home schedule with a 5-2 win. Juan Agudelo started the scoring in the 4th minute at Gillette Stadium. Collen Warner . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - Real Salt Lake decided it was time for a coaching change three weeks into the 2017 MLS season. The international break had barely started when RSL announced the club had dismissed Jeff Cassar. Credit the management with using "dismisses" rather than "parted ways", since the scenario is almost always the club telling the coach it's time for him to . . .