By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - A war is quietly raging inside Major League Soccer. It's one that could have an enormous effect on the USMNT in both the short and long terms. On one side stands a band of clubs and executives who remain cognizant of the league’s founding principle of featuring and improving homegrown talent for the benefit of US soccer as a . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 2, 2018) US Soccer Players - Let’s start by acknowledging the obvious: Sunday’s 0-0 friendly draw vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina was no thing of beauty, and probably won’t live long in the memories of many USMNT supporters. Yes, it always matters when you don your country’s colors and take the field in a competitive match. That's especially so for those . . .
USMNT coach Dave Sarachan reduced his squad from 29 to 20 players to take on Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday night at StubHub Center. The out of window friendly ended 0-0. Sarachan went with veteran players on the wings, starting Jordan Morris and Gyasi Zardes. The USMNT struggled to establish a point of attack in the first-half. Sarachan made three changes at halftime, swapping goalkeeper Bill . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 26, 2018) US Soccer Players - 29 players took part in this year’s USMNT January camp, a call-up that’s an honor and opportunity unto itself. For all of them, the goal over the past two weeks is clear. They want a place on the game day roster for Sunday’s friendly vs Bosnia & Herzegovina at StubHub Center (9:30pm ET - FS1). The simple experience of being . . .
Trying to preview January USMNT friendlies always leans on the same broad topics. Inexperienced players getting time at full international level. Assessing those players in a lineup that might not feature many regular members of the squad. The strength of the opponent in a game played outside of a FIFA calendar window. That's still true this January against Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it's . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 22, 2018) US Soccer Players – The USMNT plays its first game of the year against Bosnia and Herzegovina. A part of the former Yugoslavia, the now-independent nation has a long sports history. The capital city of Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, only to be engulfed in a brutally violent civil war less than a decade later that resulted in its . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - Three years ago, Rubio Rubin seemed to have the world at his feet. A star of the USMNT U-17 squad, he won US Soccer’s Young Male Athlete of the Year in 2012. Rubin made an ambitious move to Dutch Eredivisie side FC Utrecht when he turned 18, signing a four-year contract in March 2014. USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann handed the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 15, 2018) US Soccer Players – A new year means a new start for the USMNT. 2018 is about the USMNT building on the positives and moving on from last year. A roster loaded with up-and-coming young players is together in Carson, California kicking off a transitional year for the USMNT. January is always a time to see new faces and this year is no different. USMNT . . .
The soccer news starts with the USMNT in camp in Carson. In a mixed zone session distributed to the media, USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan spoke about the focus for January camp. With a group of 29 players looking for an opportunity in the wake of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the coaching staff called in players who haven't gotten a lot of look at senior level. "The past is the past," . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - The USMNT kicks off January camp this week, and it could be an interesting one. The reality is that other topics are occupying lots of focus and discussion around the USMNT program right now. With so many new faces called in during these transitional times, however, there’s plenty of plot lines to track over the next few weeks in . . .