By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - A war is quietly raging inside Major League Soccer. It's one that could have an enormous effect on the USMNT in both the short and long terms. On one side stands a band of clubs and executives who remain cognizant of the league’s founding principle of featuring and improving homegrown talent for the benefit of US soccer as a . . .
We start the soccer news with the US Soccer Federation's new president. Carlos Cordeiro won the election in the third round of voting. Cordeiro was previously the US Soccer vice-president and prior to that an independent member of their board of directors. Cordeiro ran as a candidate promising change, winning the support of the Athletes' Council and US Youth Soccer. Those voting blocks gave him a . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with a press release that's more of a teaser from the fine folks at CONCACAF. What they initially referred to as the League of Nations is now falling into line with Europe by using Nations League. On March 7 in Miami, we'll learn the specifics of what CONCACAF has in mind. The quick takeaway is a response to anybody extending the calendar on the next competitive . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 2, 2018) US Soccer Players - Let’s start by acknowledging the obvious: Sunday’s 0-0 friendly draw vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina was no thing of beauty, and probably won’t live long in the memories of many USMNT supporters. Yes, it always matters when you don your country’s colors and take the field in a competitive match. That's especially so for those . . .
The USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina friendly didn't produce any goals and it also didn't produce any long-term issues. The USMNT ends January camp just like it started, waiting on decisions beyond the control of the players in the squad. US Soccer still needs a president, the USMNT still needs a new coach. Once those two things are in place, player decisions and tactics will once again be the . . .
USMNT coach Dave Sarachan reduced his squad from 29 to 20 players to take on Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday night at StubHub Center. The out of window friendly ended 0-0. Sarachan went with veteran players on the wings, starting Jordan Morris and Gyasi Zardes. The USMNT struggled to establish a point of attack in the first-half. Sarachan made three changes at halftime, swapping goalkeeper Bill . . .
The USMNT is in friendly action on the weekend soccer TV schedule. There's also plenty of games from the Fourth Round of the FA Cup on Fox Sports. That means no Premier League games this weekend. The FA Cup schedule also pushes Bundesliga games to FSPlus on Sunday. USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina in an international friendly on Sunday at 9:30pm on FS1. The USMNt plays their first game of 2018 in . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 26, 2018) US Soccer Players - 29 players took part in this year’s USMNT January camp, a call-up that’s an honor and opportunity unto itself. For all of them, the goal over the past two weeks is clear. They want a place on the game day roster for Sunday’s friendly vs Bosnia & Herzegovina at StubHub Center (9:30pm ET - FS1). The simple experience of being . . .
Trying to preview January USMNT friendlies always leans on the same broad topics. Inexperienced players getting time at full international level. Assessing those players in a lineup that might not feature many regular members of the squad. The strength of the opponent in a game played outside of a FIFA calendar window. That's still true this January against Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it's . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 25, 2018) US Soccer Players - On January 8, the North American Soccer League (NASL) announced that it was championing the concept of playing the game in winter in the US. Mired in a multiple-year-long question of its vitality, the NASL found itself stripped of its second-division sanctioning by the US Soccer Federation. Seven years in, the league had a choice . . .