The soccer news starts with what's now the expected response from MLS clubs playing summer friendlies. Play the reserves, play trialists, substitute as needed. After all, there's the league schedule to consider. Colorado went that route in their 3-0 loss to Arsenal in front of a sellout crowd at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids selling out their stadium is a rarity in better times, much . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 22, 2019) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer is taking the FIFA international break... to a point. While most of the league will be off through this week and into next, 10 teams have games on the schedule. That, quite naturally, means 10 teams will be dealing with key absences when they hit the field for matches that matter. Never an ideal situation, the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Feb 27, 2019) US Soccer Players - After an offseason of rampant change, the 2019 Major League Soccer season arrives with more unanswered questions than perhaps any in league history. With the league now at 24 teams, that should mean more movement of players and coaches than ever before. The coaches will be a particular focus in 2019. Six teams made changes at the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 10, 2018) US Soccer Players - The San Jose Earthquakes have, if nothing else, been a predictable club. Since the Earthquakes’ resurrection in 2008, the team has delved back to its early days to try and plow forward. Frank Yallop and Dominic Kinnear each returned to the club to coach the team as did former player Chris Leitch. So it comes as a surprise then that . . .
The soccer news starts with Steve Ralston's run as interim coach at San Jose continuing through the end of the season. The Earthquakes announced on Monday the hiring of Matias Almeyda as their new coach for 2019. "Because we realized we could not hold this announcement for four weeks until the end of the season, we decided to announce the head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes today for the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - The San Jose Earthquakes are the latest MLS team who will be looking for a new head coach come winter. San Jose relieved first-year boss Mikael Stahre of his duties on Monday with just six games to go in the 2018 MLS regular season. Assistant Steve Ralston will serve as the interim head coach for the balance of the campaign. After . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with the latest in Spain's La Liga attempting to play a game that counts in the United States as soon as this January. La Liga has a deal in place, but received pushback from the Spanish federation, the Spanish players' union, and now FIFA itself. ESPN's Adriana Garcia has a statement from FIFA president Gianni Infantino. He isn't exactly thrilled with the idea of . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 1, 2018) US Soccer Players - Over the weekend, the newest MLS expansion franchise made their first two MLS moves with a pair of signings. Because FC Cincinnati is attempting to ramp up quickly towards a 2019 launch, the business of building a roster has to start even as the club is in the midst of a final USL campaign. Looking to MLS is playing to the benefit of . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jul 20, 2018) US Soccer Players - The hope of March and April has given way to the despair of a season almost already lost in July for several MLS teams. Plans laid down in the dawn of the campaign have already gone up in flames in places like San Jose, Colorado, and perhaps Toronto and Seattle. Given their lack of games and a back-loaded home schedule, DC United is . . .
By Clemente Lisi – SAN JOSE, CA (Apr 16, 2018) US Soccer Players – MLS is loaded with rivalries. Some are intra-city, others regional. For example, the newest one to take the league by storm – LA Galaxy vs LAFC – is certain to entertain given how intense the first edition of “El Trafico” proved to be. Then there’s the league’s unique business structure, relocation, and expansion that adds an extra . . .