By Luis Bueno - RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 14, 2022) US Soccer Players - LAFC has been dominant most of the 2022 season. The Western Conference leaders carried a four-match winning streak into August and promptly ripped off three more wins by a combined 10-1. After the club's seventh consecutive win, LAFC sat on 57 points and seemed well on its way to a Supporters' Shield and entering the playoffs as the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 14, 2022) US Soccer Players - With a pair of goals four minutes apart against LAFC on Saturday, FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira etched his name in the Texas club’s history books. Ferreira’s total of 18 goals for the season equals the record for the team known by two names in its 27-year history: the Dallas Burn and FC Dallas. The club was the Burn when Jason . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 12, 2022) US Soccer Players – There have been many innovations in soccer over the past few decades. One of the more recent is the use of the video assistant referee, something that has transformed the way we watch and judge the game. But even bigger than that was one simple modification that took place 30 years ago. The backpass rule, not allowing the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 9, 2022) US Soccer Players - 2021-22 represented a high-water mark for American players in Serie A. Thanks to an investment in young Americans by rising Serie B side Venezia and the presence of Weston McKennie at Juventus and Bryan Reynolds at Roma, there were more Americans in Italy for the 2021-22 season than any season in history. A year later, a lot has . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 8, 2022) US Soccer Players - It was a cup final matchup worthy of a Hollywood script writer. A fierce, plucky underdog from the USL Championship, only the second lower-division side to advance this far in this century, still stung by its acceptance and subsequent removal from MLS expansion. A well-supported favorite and host with a history of underachievement . . .
By Luis Bueno - RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 7, 2022) US Soccer Players - This is the home stretch. Since this is a World Cup year, with a late fall World Cup nonetheless, the season will wrap up early. Instead of teams positioning themselves in the late summer to make that push to try and solidify their playoff spots, this is already the late season. Some teams are responding to the challenge, like . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 7, 2022) US Soccer Players - The American contingent in Belgium for the 2022-23 season has a fresh-faced quality that makes the Pro League particularly interesting for fans anxious to catch the next generation of Euro-based USMNT players on the rise. Belgium is an intriguing place for players to build their continental resumes. Thrive in Belgium, and a chance . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 5, 2022) US Soccer Players – What soccer games did you watch this Labor Day weekend? If you're anything like me, you watched all or some of at least half a dozen games. The Premier League, Bundesliga, and Serie A were on during various times in my home. So was MLS. It really was a glorious way to mark the unofficial end of summer. American fans have so many . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 31, 2022) US Soccer Players - Back in 2016, the then-Montreal Impact reached the Eastern Conference final. In a legendary two-legged battle with Toronto FC, Montreal fell 7-5 on aggregate after extra time. That team finished 5th in the regular season, an unnecessary reminder that what always counts in Major League Soccer is how a team does in the playoffs. With . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 2, 2022) US Soccer Players - Yunus Musah seems settled, valued, and content at the outset of his fourth season at Valencia CF. "This summer, it was great to see the new coach come in with a new plan and everything," the midfielder said last week about his new coach Gennaro Gattuso. "He integrated me into the plans well, really believes in me and stuff. So . . .