By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2023) US Soccer Players – Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are about reminiscing, an opportunity to put contributions into proper context. Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley will become members of the National Soccer Hall of Fame this Saturday as part of the Class of 2023 alongside USWNT stars Lauren Cheney Holiday and Kate Sobrero Markgraf, former USWNT . . .
The USMNT connection with four USL clubs in the third round of the 2023 US Open Cup
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 28, 2023) US Soccer Players - The US Open Cup took the spotlight earlier this week as the venerable tournament conducted the third round of the 2023 edition, the 118th in history. With the bulk of Major League Soccer's 26 eligible teams entering, it supplied the tournament with the David versus Goliath dynamic that helps make the Open Cup so . . .
US Soccer sporting director Matt Crocker outlines the scope for “the whole ecosystem”
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 27, 2023) US Soccer Players - US Soccer gave its new sporting director Matt Crocker a mile-a-minute introduction to the nation's capital and its largest city as his hiring was announced this week. Crocker flew to DC on Monday, held media events there with federation president Cindy Parlow Cone and CEO JT Batson on Tuesday, then caught a train to New York City . . .
CJ Sapong gives Toronto another way to focus its attack
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 26, 2023) US Soccer Players - The final day of Major League Soccer's primary transfer window didn't deliver many at-the-wire deals. With most clubs' rosters settled and the season well underway, the number of moves proved small and mainly involved a player moving for general allocation money. In the only trade announced on deadline day involving a player . . .
Consistency and opportunity for Philadelphia and LAFC in the Concacaf Champions League
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 24, 2023) US Soccer Players – Consistency is one main ingredient for what can make a team competitive over the course of a few seasons, and it's very often the hardest thing to achieve. This brings us to this year's Concacaf Champions League semifinals, with the knockout stage giving us one of the biggest encounters of the season between two MLS teams. The . . .
For the Crew and USMNT, Aidan Morris adds options on both sides of the ball
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 21, 2023) US Soccer Players - Aidan Morris has had a very good year, and it's only April. The latest highlight for the 21-year-old US international came on Wednesday night at State Farm Stadium where Morris played 26 minutes off the bench in the USMNT's 1-1 draw against Mexico. The appearance was the Columbus Crew midfielder's second-ever cap and his second cap . . .
What we learned from USMNT 1, Mexico 1 – Continental Clasico
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 20, 2023) US Soccer Players - Even outside FIFA international windows, the border rivalry still bubbles. Sergino Dest and Jordan Morris led a flowing late counterattack capped by a Jesus Ferreira finish to grab a 1-1 draw for the USMNT vs Mexico at State Farm Stadium on Wednesday night in the first edition of the Continental Clasico. It was the border . . .
The work is already showing for the Chicago Fire
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 19, 2023) US Soccer Players - When Chicago hired Ezra Hendrickson away from his position as an assistant coach with the Columbus Crew, his move into a top job in MLS felt long overdue. The former MLS defender arrived in Chicago in November 2021 with a reputation as one of the most respected assistant coaches in the league. Few first-time coaches get jobs that . . .
Gooch joins Friedel, Hahnemann, Howard, and Ream in making over 200 league appearances for one English club
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 13, 2023) US Soccer Players - USMNT player Lynden Gooch recently passed the 200 league appearances mark with Sunderland, the club he joined as a youth player. Gooch's league appearances span the top three divisions of English football. He's been a fixture at the club during stints in the Premier League, the Championship, and League One. During a period of . . .
Five questions for the Continental Clasico
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 13, 2023) US Soccer Players - The location is set and rosters have been announced, with the USMNT adding another 90 minutes to its rivalry with Mexico this time in the Continental Clasico in Glendale, Arizona (10pm ET - TBS). Here are a few topics to consider ahead of this game, a prelude to their Concacaf Nations League semifinal meeting in Las Vegas in . . .