By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 12, 2019) US Soccer Players - Michael Holstein noticed something about the soccer scene he played in while growing up in the DC suburbs: By and large, it simply didn't reflect the region's dazzling diversity of cultures, nationalities, and ethnicities. "It's bigger here than most places, but it was always like this fringe sport and that always seemed weird . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 27, 2019) US Soccer Players - The holiday season looms, and another eventful year of American soccer nears its conclusion. It's a good time to take stock and seek a wider, deeper perspective. By and large, 2019 was a time of transition for the USMNT. After more than a year of treading water without a permanent head coach, the program pushed forward under . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 25, 2019) US Soccer Players – It has been quite a year for the United States. After losing to Mexico in the Gold Cup final over the summer, they ultimately did what was expected of them this Fall in the Concacaf Nations League. The recent wins against Canada and Cuba gave the USMNT confidence going into 2020 and allowed for younger players to get much-needed . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 21, 2019) US Soccer Players - After the USMNT's one-sided 7-0 Concacaf Nations League win over Cuba at Audi Field last month, Michael Bradley was asked for his opinion on the confederation's new tournament. The veteran midfielder was honest in his assessment. "Not a huge fan, at all," he admitted. "You want to play on as many days as possible against the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 20, 2019) US Soccer Players - The United States beat Cuba on Tuesday in the Nations League, bringing to a close its 2019 schedule. The scoreline was 4-0, though that number doesn't say much about the team or its performance. The conditions at Truman Bodden Sports Complex only amplified the disparity. It was one of those games that could be viewed both as a . . .
In an odd environment in the Cayman Islands in front of a tiny crowd, the USMNT advanced to the Concacaf Nations League knockout round with a 4-0 win over Cuba. Josh Sargent got credit for the opening goal less than a minute into the game, with a scrum in front of the net ending with the ball crossing the line. Jordan Morris doubled the lead in the 26th minute. Morris scored again in the 39th . . .
The USMNT is back in action in the Concacaf Nations League on Tuesday at Cuba in the Cayman Islands (7:30pm ET - FS1). Cuba is using the Truman Bodden Stadium after their regular home stadium failed to pass a Concacaf inspection. Due to the three teams per group setup, Cuba didn't play on the last matchday of the October window or the first date in November. Their last game in the Nations League . . .
The USMNT put themselves in position to advance from Nations League A, Group A with a 4-1 win over Canada in Orlando. Canada is still top of the table with 9 points to the USMNT's 6, but this was Canada's final game. The USMNT concludes the Group A schedule at Cuba in the Cayman Islands on Tuesday (7:30pm ET - FS1). A win against Cuba would send the USMNT through to the semifinal round. Jordan . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 15, 2019) US Soccer Players - The USMNT will face off against Canada on Friday night in an important match for both the current version of the team and the team that will push to qualify for the World Cup in 2022. As Gregg Berhalter reboots the national team in his role as head coach, a host of new names are making their way into the picture. Youth is both a . . .
League A, Group A of the Nations League resumes on Friday with the USMNT hosting Canada in Orlando (7pm ET - ESPN2). The game is a quick remedy to how the October window ended for the USMNT. The 2-0 loss to Canada at BMO Field has raised the volume of complaints around the USMNT looking to move forward under coach Gregg Berhalter. They now face a scenario where it's Canada top of the Group A table . . .