By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 22, 2018) US Soccer Players – The USMNT plays its first game of the year against Bosnia and Herzegovina. A part of the former Yugoslavia, the now-independent nation has a long sports history. The capital city of Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, only to be engulfed in a brutally violent civil war less than a decade later that resulted in its . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 26, 2017) US Soccer Players – The final week of December is a time to look forward to a new year. It is also a time to look back on the last 12 months. American soccer came to a crossroads in 2017. There was some negative, but plenty of positives to emerge from a sport that continues to gain in popularity. The question is no longer whether soccer will be . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - You’ve probably already heard about the US, Canada, and Mexico partnering to launch a sprawling bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The three nations have submitted an ambitious plan for the first edition of FIFA’s expanded 48-team tournament. They'll find out in June whether the world’s favorite sporting event returns to North . . .
The FIFA Club World Cup began on Wednesday with Al-Jazira knocking out Auckland City 1-0 in the playoff game. FIFA's unloved world championship for clubs resumes in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday with the quarterfinal round. That's when CONCACAF's representative makes their debut. Pachuca plays Wydad Casablanca in Abu Dhabi. UEFA and CONMEBOL's representatives show up for the semifinals, . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 4, 2017) US Soccer Players – The World Cup draw is set. What comes next is six months of speculation. Which teams will advance? Can Germany repeat as champion? Can Brazil capture a sixth World Cup trophy? Will newcomers Iceland and Panama make any impact? These are just a few of the many questions pundits and fans will ponder until the tournament kicks off . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Mexico’s last important match was in September when El Tri wrapped up a World Cup berth with a 1-0 home win over Panama. The next meaningful match it will play will not be until June, somewhere in Russia at the 2018 World Cup. However, the most important event Mexico will participate in this year will happen soon. The World Cup draw . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - The last time the USMNT played a game under circumstances similar to those of their 1-1 draw with Portugal in Leiria, no single player on the gameday roster was alive. The last time the USMNT played a game like this, the man who coached the team on Tuesday was a 32-year old assistant coach under Bruce Arena at the University of . . .
The USMNT returns to action against Portugal in an international friendly on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. ESPN2 has Germany playing France, England vs Brazil is on Fox Deportes, and there are World Cup qualifiers in Africa and Europe. Portugal vs USMNT at 3:45pm on FS1. A transitional version of the USMNT under interim coach Dave Sarachan have spent just over a week training in Lisbon. Sarachan . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - The windy and tumultuous path known as World Cup qualifying yielded positive results for Mexico as El Tricolor will play in its seventh consecutive World Cup next summer in Russia. Now that the dust has settled on qualifying, El Tri will start the next phase of its journey as preparations for Russia begin in earnest. Just how that . . .
On Tuesday, FIFA released the Guide to the Bidding Process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. That's the official title for the document that walks potential bidders through the requirements and expectations for staging the tournament. We already know that there are two bidders, a three-country North American bid and Morocco. We also know that this process ends on June 13, 2018 when FIFA's Congress . . .