By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 6, 2020) US Soccer Players - It wasn't that long ago that MLS fans and pundits were making predictions ahead of the 2020 season. Would Seattle defend its title, or would LAFC get its championship? Would the LA Galaxy return to form? With the 30-goal mark no longer insurmountable, would someone set a new goal-scoring record? What nobody could've predicted was that . . .
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By J Hutcherson (May 5, 2020) US Soccer Players - The 1981 season was pivotal in the story of the original North American Soccer League. After rampant expansion in the back half of the 1970s, the league began to shed teams. The new normal for the upstart NASL was trying to preserve what it had rather than adding more. The 1980 season was the last at 24 teams. They would start 1981 with 21 teams . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 4, 2020) US Soccer Players – While MLS celebrates its 25th season, there are other anniversaries worth looking back on this year. It was 15 years ago this season that the league tried something new with expansion club Chivas USA. The franchise, which played its first season in 2015, would have turned 15 years old this spring. Chivas USA only lasted ten years, . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 1, 2020) US Soccer Players - Soccer's transfer market fuels the brutal competition among the planet's biggest and richest clubs. It's the lifeblood of the savvy small and medium-sized feeders that survive by nurturing or revitalizing talent to sell on. It thrills fans, even those who claim to be above its gossip. It's generally the most heavily-trafficked and . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 1, 2020) US Soccer Players - First, not every club can have legends. Sure, over a long enough timeline every team can elevate a player or a handful of players to exalted status for achievements actual or imagined. That doesn't make them legends. Getting loose with that term only serves to diminish players who deserve the status. Second, true legends hardly . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 29, 2020) US Soccer Players - Everyone loves a new toy. What better joy than getting that new gadget, gaming system or television and putting it to immediate use. After countless hours of use, it's difficult to imagine how life was before this new thing became an instant fixture. It's a different emotion to get a new toy and have it kept safely behind lock and . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 29, 2020) US Soccer Players - The New York City metropolitan area is home to nearly 20 million people. According to what is surely an imperfect accounting, people speak more than 500 languages in the country's largest metropolis. New York is practically a universe unto itself, containing so many diverse peoples and cultures that it's sometimes difficult to keep . . .
By J Hutcherson (Apr 28, 2020) US Soccer Players - As ESPN's The Last Dance makes clear, the biggest story in Chicago sports in the summer of 1998 was the Chicago Bulls. They won the final NBA championship of the Michael Jordan era amid the kind of turmoil that justifies a multipart documentary series. What could an expansion MLS team do that same summer to have any kind of relevance? Well, the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 27, 2020) US Soccer Players – Scores of foreign stars have played in MLS over the past 25 years. Since the league's inaugural season, World Cup stars and veteran players have opted to finish their careers on American soil. In recent years, younger players from around the globe have also decided to sign with MLS teams. Compared to the world's top domestic . . .