By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 9, 2021) US Soccer Players - When the Mexican national team played the US in the Concacaf Nations League final on Sunday, it may have seemed natural that the LA Galaxy and LAFC's biggest name attacking players would be in the El Tri squad. For good reasons too. Carlos Vela, a former MLS Most Valuable Player, is one of the most talented players in the league. . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 9, 2021) US Soccer Players - On Sunday night in Denver, the USMNT showed proof that things have changed. Against a motivated Mexico, they won a regional rivalry and a trophy. They did it with a new look squad showing that head coach Gregg Berhalter's tactics can work under pressure. Berhalter's group is as close to a "new team" as any continuously operating . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jun 8, 2021) US Soccer Players - It's easy enough to look at the squads fielded by the United States and Mexico to determine the value of the Nations League. Both opted for their best available players, with Mexico coach Tata Martino making some tough decisions but otherwise going with his take on first choice. That sent a clear message about prioritizing the first leg of the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 7, 2021) US Soccer Players – The Concacaf Nations League Finals, the first stop along the long summer road of international matches for the USMNT, concluded Sunday with a thrilling US win against Mexico in extra time. Winning the Nations League gave the USA's new generation a trophy and a victory against their biggest rival. The USMNT's European-based . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 4, 2021) US Soccer Players - "That's what the national team is. It's unpredictable. You don't know what players are coming in, you don't know the form that the players are going to be coming in at, who's playing more with their teams than who aren't, who's injured, who's not. It's always constantly changing." That was an observation from Clint Dempsey in a . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 2, 2021) US Soccer Players - The 2021 MLS season is not at the halfway mark, but the league is taking its first of two international breaks in June/July. This one will help some struggling teams while hurting those who look like they are starting to figure things out. We already see a clear amount of separation at the top of the conference tables. That's not . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 2, 2021) US Soccer Players - Something momentous happened on Sunday in Mexico. Something momentous in soccer and, for a long-siffering fan base, something momentous in their lives. Cruz Azul won a championship. If you don't know much about the history of the Mexico City club, you might not know that until Sunday, Cruz Azul was cursed. Okay, "cursed" might . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jun 1, 2021) US Soccer Players - A few weeks ago, La Liga announced that it would move its broadcast rights in the United States from beIN Sport to ESPN, beginning with the 2021-22 season. The move required La Liga to buy back their broadcast rights in the US market since beIN Sports held them through 2023-24. The ESPN deal represents a bigger platform, even if it's one crowded by . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 31, 2021) US Soccer Players – The summer is back to being busy. With the pandemic halting the action last summer, confederation championships in Europe and South America move to 2021 along with the Gold Cup. Four Concacaf nations have it even busier, starting this week with the Nations League final four. With the conclusion of that tournament delayed and . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 28, 2021) US Soccer Players - American soccer's velocity is increasing. The generational churn is changing how coaches and fans alike think about player roles in the USMNT. It wasn't that long ago that a 27-year-old would be right in the middle of the age plot for a national team roster. The USMNT has always relied on players with experience, meaning players in . . .