By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 18, 2019) US Soccer Players - Ike Opara winning Defender of the Year in Major League Soccer in 2019 is definitely about Ike Opara. The 30-year-old Minnesota United center back won his second Defender of the Year in three years on Thursday, beating out Walker Zimmerman of LAFC and Miles Robinson of Atlanta United. Opara carried the player and front office votes . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 19, 2019) US Soccer Players – MLS is loaded with notable defenders. Among the best, and most consistent, over the past decade has been Seth Sinovic. The Sporting Kansas City left back was raised in Kansas and has been a part of the team since 2011. Over that time, Sinovic helped the team win the 2013 MLS Cup and three US Open Cups. Sinovic played college . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 16, 2019) US Soccer Players - With his trademark flat-top haircut, straightforward manner, and unquestioned authority over technical matters as Sporting Kansas City's longtime coach and sporting director, Peter Vermes carries something of an old-school vibe. The former USMNTer and founding MLS player is presently getting an unwelcome throwback to the league's . . .
The soccer news starts with what in fairness was the likeliest outcome. Sporting Kansas City exited the 2019 Concacaf Champions League at the semifinal stage, losing to Monterrey 5-2 on the night and 10-2 on aggregate. Gerso opened the scoring for Sporting in the 6th minute at Children’s Mercy Park. Monterrey’s Rogelio Mori equalized on the night in the 20th with Gerso scoring again in the 29th. . . .
We start the soccer news with the highly unlikely scenario that Sporting Kansas City will come back in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League. Sporting KC lost their semifinal first-leg 5-0 at Monterrey. Dorlan Pabon opened the scoring in the 7th minute with Aviles Hurtado doubling the lead in the 14th. Jesus Gallardo made it 3-0 in the 55th and Nicholas Sanchez converted a 70th minute penalty. Pabon . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 3, 2019) US Soccer Players - The 2019 Concacaf Champions League is entering its home stretch. As usual, Liga MX clubs dominate the landscape. MLS has not been completely shut out of the festivities, though. Sporting KC still has a pulse, the last team standing from the MLS contingent that could've taken three out of the four semifinal spots. Of those MLS teams, . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 29, 2019) US Soccer Players - Sporting Kansas City has been many things over 23 seasons in Major League Soccer. The club that was originally called the Wiz and then the Wizards for the first 15 of those seasons won an MLS Cup in 2000. They also produced some of the lowest average attendances in MLS history. The club’s first venue was Arrowhead Stadium, home of . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the last MLS team standing in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League. Sporting Kansas City overturned a first-leg deficit to win 3-0 on the night and advance 4-2 on aggregate to advance past Independiente. Sporting plays Monterrey in the semifinals with Tigres vs Santos Laguna on the other side of the bracket. Krisztian Nemeth opened the scoring in the 74th minute . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 8, 2019) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer’s list of annual failures in the Concacaf Champions League looks almost certain to get another entry in 2019 after the second-legs of the quarterfinal round next week. That’s because every MLS team still remaining in the competition lost the quarterfinal first-leg. With one exception, the chances of turning . . .
The news for MLS in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals didn't get any better. Two more losses means every MLS team has a tough assignment in next week's second legs. Sporting Kansas City and Atlanta United join the New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo in the loss column. After shutting out Toluca over two legs in the last round, Sporting KC fell behind 2-1 at Independiente in the . . .