By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 21, 2018) US Soccer Players - There’s only so much to take away from 2018, a year that saw a World Cup come and go without the United States participating for the first time since 1986. A period of transition saw a new president of the US Soccer Federation elected, a general manager installed to oversee the men’s national team program, and in large part because . . .
We start the soccer news with the end of the November international window and the return to the club schedule. For the USMNT, the losses to England and Italy is the latest prelude to an announcement of the new coach. For the players, it's once again assuming that club performance will predict national team opportunity. In Europe, that puts the pressure on players who aren't getting time with . . .
The USMNT finished their 2018 schedule with a 1-0 loss to Italy in Genk, Belgium. Ethan Horvath was in goal for the USMNT, making several saves to keep the USMNT in the game. Matteo Politano scored for Italy four minutes into stoppage time. Romain Gall made his senior team debut for the USMNT. For the USMNT, the focus now shifts to US Soccer announcing a coaching hire. The USMNT returns to action . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 19, 2018) US Soccer Players – It's possible to calculate the USMNT's progress and success through a series of games and milestones tied to various nations around the world. The rivalry with Mexico has defined the US’s growth and success over the past two decades. Games against others such as England, Colombia, and Costa Rica have also come to define the program . . .
The November friendlies conclude for the USMNT against Italy on Tuesday (2:30pm ET - FS1) in the unlikely setting of Genk, Belgium. Italy's decision to play at a neutral site aside, the game is the likely swansong for interim USMNT coach Dave Sarachan. We've heard this before, of course, with US Soccer indicating their permanent hire would be in place by November 1. Instead, it's another window . . .
The soccer news starts with the USMNT losing 3-0 to England at Wembley Stadium. For the home fans, the game was about bookending Wayne Rooney's international career. For the away it was more evidence that the program needs a coaching hire and direction as it tries to move forward. That's not news, compounded by the delays in hiring a coach. Until that new coaching hire becomes official, the USMNT . . .
England shutout the USMNT 3-0 at Wembley Stadium to start the November international games. The USMNT fell behind to a 25th minute Jesse Lingard goal, who caught the far corner of Brad Guzan's goal with a bending ball from distance. Trent Alexander-Arnold made it 2-0 two minutes later. The game served as a testimonial for England all-time goals leader Wayne Rooney, who subbed on in the 58th . . .
The soccer news starts with England manager Gareth Southgate's opinion on including Wayne Rooney in his squad against the USMNT (2:45pm ET - ESPN2). The decision wasn't necessarily a popular one, with questions over focus in a new era for England. "When it was first proposed to me, as a manager, it was something I was keen to do," Southgate wrote in the matchday program. "I don’t think we’ve . . .
The USMNT is in London this week for Thursday's international friendly against England at Wembley Stadium (3pm ET - ESPN2). For the hosts, it's a charity fundraising game that is also serving as a farewell for Wayne Rooney. Giving DC United's new star his swansong has once again raised questions about the point of friendlies in the era of the Nations League. For the USMNT, it's a chance to once . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 9, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS announced the New York Red Bulls’ Aaron Long as 2018 Defender of the Year on Wednesday. The 26-year old centerback beat out three-time Defender of the Year Chad Marshall to the award, garnering an impressive 33.33% of the media vote in his second full MLS campaign. The players around him in the Red Bulls defense certainly . . .