By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 15, 2020) US Soccer Players - After a year’s delay imposed by COVID-19, the details became official this week. The USMNT Under-23 squad travels to Guadalajara in late March for Concacaf Olympic qualifying, hopeful of plotting a course to the Summer Games for the first time since 2008. Coach Jason Kreis was already on site at Guadalajara at the same time . . .
Update: Jan 9, David Ochoa is out due to injury, replaced by Matt Freese. Julian Araujo is out due to illness, replaced by Donovan Pines. Jan 11, Kyle Duncan added to U-23s. Jan 19, Julian Araujo replaces Bryan Reynolds on U-23s. Jan 20, Sean Johnson out with a minor knee strain, Jordan Morris leaves. USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter is calling in 12 players to a January camp that will also include . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 4, 2020) US Soccer Players – The start of the year brings with it a new set of challenges for the USMNT. 2020 largely grounded the National Team, allowing them to play just four games after the pandemic disrupted the soccer calendar and ultimately halted all sports. That means that 2021 is full of games and tournaments that could have a lasting impact on this . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 28, 2020) US Soccer Players – 2020 was an unprecedented year loaded with obstacles, rescheduled games, and health protocols. Even when soccer came back, it wasn't the same. Tournaments played in bubbles, no fans allowed into stadiums, and piped in crowd noise became common this year. Despite all of this, enough of the games continued to create a new normal. . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 11, 2020) US Soccer Players - With a recession, political turmoil, and a global viral pandemic causing pain and suffering for billions of people around the world, some version of "things could be worse" has become a common greeting for those of us who haven't hit bottom. Humanity has had little choice but to make the best of bad situations in 2020, and this . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with what quickly became an easy night for the USMNT against El Salvador. 5-0 by the 27th minute tends to do that, with this version of the squad showing it can create chances and play team soccer in pursuit of goals. That's undoubtedly good news for coach Gregg Berhalter, even when adjusting for the strength of the opponent. Figuring out how to rotate players in and . . .
The USMNT finished its disrupted 2020 schedule in full control of El Salvador in a 6-0 win. With the roster featuring mostly available players from Major League Soccer, Paul Arriola opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Chris Mueller doubled the lead in the 20th with Sebastian Lletget scoring in the 23rd. Mueller scored again in the 25th with Ayo Akinola making it 5-0 in the 27th. Brenden . . .
The USMNT quickly returns to action in another unlikely circumstance, this time an out-of-window friendly against El Salvador in Fort Lauderdale (7:30pm ET - ESPNews/UniMas). The friendly is mainly for MLS players from teams that didn't make it to the semifinals. There are also the additions of CJ Dos Santos, Sebastian Soto, and Tyler Boyd due to their club situations. Dos Santos is in Benfica's . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 4, 2020) US Soccer Players - The USMNT doesn't get together in December all that often. It's traditionally a dark spot on the international calendar, a time of club games and winter downtime for most of North America and Europe. That's why Wednesday's friendly vs El Salvador in Fort Lauderdale is the first USMNT match in December since 2001. Exceptional times . . .
Update: 12/1 Andres Perea replaces Frankie Amaya due to a positive coronavirus test. 12/2 Jackson Yueill added to roster. 12/3 JT Marcinkowski replaces David Ochoa due to a right quadriceps strain. 12/5 Sebastian Soto added to roster. The USMNT is back together again following the November international window. This time, it's an out of window camp featuring mainly players from Major . . .