By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 1, 2023) US Soccer Players - For 27 of the 29 MLS teams, the opening weekend that extended into Monday was just the first of 34 games that will determine the playoff field, and, ultimately, the 18 clubs that will compete for a championship this season. One of 34, and there’s plenty of room for optimism for some of the clubs that came out on the wrong end of the . . .
Six of the most intriguing occasions on the 2023 MLS schedule
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 22, 2022) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer's 2023 regular season schedule is now set, and supporters of all 29 teams can firm up their plans for the matchdays ahead. It's not hard to predict that perennially entertaining matchups like Seattle vs Portland, Toronto vs Montreal, and New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC will continue to be destination . . .
Sporting Kansas City II coach Benny Feilhaber: “It’s been a really good experience so far”
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 19, 2022) US Soccer Players - Benny Feilhaber's club career spanned 15 seasons and more than 300 games played in four different countries. The versatile, attack-minded midfielder earned his way into the USMNT and played 44 for the Red, White, and Blue. He scored the famous winner against Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final and went to the World Cup under Bob . . .
Orlando beats the Red Bulls, Sacramento knocks out Sporting Kansas City in the Open Cup
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 . . .
Sporting Kansas City in MLS is only part of the story in 2022
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 11, 2022) US Soccer Players – Sporting Kansas City and its fans have experienced an interesting few months, about more than Sporting's position in the Western Conference table. The recent announcement that Arrowhead Stadium would be one of 11 US venues to host games at the 2026 World Cup was an indication that Kansas City is now a world-class soccer market. . . .
Red Bulls and Sporting KC advance in the US Open Cup
Thursday's soccer news starts in the US Open Cup quarterfinals. The New York Red Bulls shutout NYCFC 3-0 at Red Bull Arena. Lewis Morgan put the Red Bulls up in the 52nd. NYCFC went a man down in the 62nd with a red card to Thiago. The Red Bulls doubled the lead through Luquinhas in the 70th and Omir Fernandez finished off the scoring in the first minute of stoppage time. Both teams saw red six . . .
Kansas City adds World Cup host to its reputation as a soccer city
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (June 22, 2022) US Soccer Players - Last Thursday, Kansas City was the lone Midwestern locale to be awarded matches for the 2026 World Cup. Of the 11 American cities chosen among 16 host cities in total, Kansas City ranks among the biggest surprises. They don't have a new-ish NFL stadium like the other American hosts, and they're the smallest metropolitan . . .
Six games in for six MLS teams
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 . . .
Three trends to watch early in the 2022 MLS season
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 28, 2022) US Soccer Players – It's just a month into the MLS season, and narratives are already beginning to emerge. In a league known for not exactly being predictable week-to-week, the expectation is that it takes time for the season to come into focus. The initial weeks are normally about teams trying to make some obvious points, but plenty fade as the . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with the Seattle Sounders back in action later tonight at LAFC (10:30pm ET - ESPN). Considering how dominant Seattle was over the opening months of the season, it's tempting to call their current situation a dip in form. Except we're talking about the team in 1st-place in the Western Conference. The Sounders are on a three-game winless streak, most recently losing at . . .