By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - You, the super-engaged, 24/7, all-in, totally consumed (and consuming) soccer fan might not know it, but what it means to be a fan is changing. It’s changing rapidly, and not in subtle ways. The advent of on-demand sources of entertainment have flipped the traditional paradigms. That’s a fancy way of saying that younger . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Bruce Arena’s long and successful career with the LA Galaxy ended at the end of 2016, a coveted job vacancy emerged. Guiding the league’s most successful club seems like the job to have in MLS. Sure, the Galaxy struggled in 2016 but with a slew of new players heading to the club, deep finances and the wonderful setting that is . . .
By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (Apr 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – The New York Red Bulls, despite strides made in recent years transforming into an MLS Cup contender, is a team always seemingly in crisis mode. That normally starts early in the season. They usually go on to finish among the top in the Eastern Conference, but the old problem persists of crashing out in the playoffs. The club is . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - By almost any fair measure, the start to Atlanta United’s inaugural season has been a rousing success. On the field and in the stands, Arthur Blank’s new MLS entry has met the lofty aspirations they set for themselves in the build-up to 2017. A combination of ambition and a willingness to spend money means Atlanta is the model for . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - Last weekend I returned to the city of my birth to take in the final few days of the Dallas Cup and Generation Adidas Cup. Both are among the most prominent and talent-laden tournaments on the American youth soccer calendar. In the process I got a snapshot of both the progress made and the lingering shortcomings in the efforts to . . .
By J Hutcherson (Apr 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - There's a long tradition in professional sports in trying to figure out how the owners make their money. In America, the focus shifted from owners solely committed to their club to entrepreneurs and corporations with a variety of interests. Sometimes, that includes a variety of teams. The National Football League used to have strict rules about . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Dan Kennedy retired last week, a link between MLS and Chivas USA’s history died. After all, nobody embodied the defunct club more than Kennedy. Earlier this decade, Kennedy was one of the top goalkeepers in the league. When the lights shut off on the failure that was Chivas USA, it was Kennedy who could say that no one else did . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - Nature abhors a vacuum. So, it seems, do American soccer’s ample supply of investors and opportunists. By virtue of US Soccer’s decision to sanction both the USL and NASL as Division II for the 2017 season, there is now a vacuum at the third level of the American soccer pyramid. A status occupied by the USL from 2011 through 2016 . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was 17 years ago that the Los Angeles Galaxy won the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. It’s also the last time an MLS team lifted the trophy as the best club in the region. Since then, the tournament – rebranded the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008 – has seen 15 winners. The last 11 champions have all hailed from Mexico. This . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena held a conference call with select members of the media on Thursday. Surprisingly enough, the man put in charge of the USMNT as the proverbial “safe set of hands” managed to make headlines for an unexpected reason. With another set of World Cup qualifiers on the horizon and the news of the US Soccer Federation’s . . .