By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 16, 2020) US Soccer Players – Qualifying for the Summer Olympics is on US Soccer's to-do list for 2020. While soccer often doesn't get the respect it deserves at the Summer Games, FIFA and the International Olympic Committee have for years tinkered with the men's tournament to make it relevant to teams. While the global coronavirus outbreak has put this . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 13, 2020) US Soccer Players - This week Major League Soccer made the decision to suspend its 2020 season for at least a month due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other sports leagues at home and abroad have made similar moves to help slow the spread of the pandemic, and it's a no-brainer given the high stakes. For MLS in particular, though, it's a potentially . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 13, 2020) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer's 2020 season didn't give us much before the league made the tough, but crucial decision to suspend play amid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but it did leave us on a high note. Sunday's back-and-forth affair between LAFC and the Philadelphia Union in Los Angeles put on display the kind of high intensity, . . .
In response to the US Soccer Federation filings in the litigation brought by members of the US Women's National Team, the US National Soccer Team Players Association releases the following statement: We are aware of the position the US Soccer Federation has taken that the job of female professional soccer players is substantively different than the job of male professional soccer players. This is . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 11, 2020) US Soccer Players - As far as regular seasons go, there is no better one in league history than LAFC's 2019 campaign. In its second year of existence, LAFC dazzled and amazed the rest of the league and was mostly unstoppable on its way to the Supporters' Shield. Of course, the Seattle Sounders proved to be the club's kryptonite, dashing LAFC's hopes of . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 11, 2020) US Soccer Players - Five Major League Soccer clubs started their seasons early in 2020 thanks to the Concacaf Champions League. The price of chasing international glory for four American teams and one Canadian team is a more urgent preseason training period and a lot more stress as the schedule begins. Now, with the regular season underway, the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 9, 2020) US Soccer Players – The United States men's team has not qualified for the Olympics since 2008. While many don't respect the soccer tournament that's played at the Summer Games, it can serve as an important test and place to gain experience for younger players. In addition, the allure of contending for a gold medal is something every American who plays . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 6, 2020) US Soccer Players - Twelve years on from David Beckham's arrival as Major League Soccer's first Designated Player back in 2007, it's easy to forget just how crazy his initial days in America really were. Beckham was then, as he is now, recognized around the world as a superstar not just for his abilities on the field, but for his image and marketing . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 6, 2020) US Soccer Players - A painful 12-year Olympics drought and a tricky qualification path on the one hand. A highly talented and ambitious player pool on the other. A chance to chase gold, preview the USMNT's future, and showcase themselves on a prominent global stage. The US Under-23 national team figures to be one of the hottest stories around US . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 4, 2020) US Soccer Players - Two new teams came into MLS this year, but neither figures to be as successful as recent expansion sides LAFC and Atlanta United. Both sides will try not to flop like FC Cincinnati did in its first season a year ago. The Power Rankings expand to 26 teams with the additions of Inter Miami FC and Nashville SC. In this first edition, . . .