By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - I’ve experienced a wide range of emotions during USMNT games over the past few years, both as a journalistic observer and from the perspective of a soccer-enamored American. Tuesday’s friendly draw with Portugal handed me a new one. A conflicted mix of intrigue, bewilderment, and uneasiness. On the field, the part that should . . .
CONCACAF officially announced the new League of Nations competition, set to begin in September, 2018. The press release confirmed an earlier report that the confederation was set to follow UEFA's example and form a league structure for their national teams. Though the specifics won't be released until early 2018, CONCACAF confirmed that all 41 nations in the region will play across three leagues . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - The last time the USMNT played a game under circumstances similar to those of their 1-1 draw with Portugal in Leiria, no single player on the gameday roster was alive. The last time the USMNT played a game like this, the man who coached the team on Tuesday was a 32-year old assistant coach under Bruce Arena at the University of . . .
The USMNT returned to action on Tuesday, drawing 1-1 with Portugal in Leiria. In a game that served as a fundraiser for victims of the recent forest fires in the region, it was the visitors taking advantage early. Weston McKennie opened the scoring in the 21st minute with CJ Sapong assisting. McKennie and Tyler Adams made their debuts with the full USMNT as starters. With the USMNT producing . . .
We're all well aware of the circumstances. Not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. USMNT coach Bruce Arena resigning. His assistant Dave Sarachan taking over on an interim basis. The US Soccer presidential election cycle delaying a quick decision. Availability of coaching candidates perhaps carrying that into this World Cup summer. The pressure from fans to show that the program can revive itself . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – "Interim" is a tag no coach likes to have. It means the job is temporary. There is nothing about it that says you will get the job. That’s not a lot of motivation when trying to guide a team. That goes for either club or country. That’s the situation for Dave Sarachan, tasked with guiding the USMNT for the remainder of the year. . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - Fifteen years and five months after the shock World Cup win over Portugal that launched the program into a bold new century, a dramatically revamped USMNT squad has gathered in Lisbon this week ahead of a rematch that marks both the beginning and end of an era. The 3-2 defeat of Luis Vigo and the heavily favored Portuguese side . . .
Interim USMNT coach Dave Sarachan released his roster for the international friendly against Portugal on November 14 (3:45pm ET - FS1). Sarachan called in a mix of European-based and MLS players, focusing on a younger team. This is the only game scheduled for the USMNT during the November international window. There is no timeline for naming a permanent USMNT coach. "The one word that I would use . . .
Portugal coach Fernando Santos announced his roster for the friendlies against Saudi Arabia on November 10 and the USMNT on November 14 (1:45pm ET - TBD). Both games are serving as fundraisers for the recent wildfires in the country, but Santos was clear that he is using these games as part of his long-term planning for the World Cup. "There are absences for different reasons, some by choice and . . .
Plenty of chances for both teams in the U-17 World Cup quarterfinal between the USMNT vs England on Saturday, but it was England moving on 4-1. The score line betrayed the opportunities with both teams taking 20 shots at Pandit Nehru Stadiumin Goa. England had the noticeable edge on accuracy, putting 12 on frame to the USMNT's four. Rhian Brewster put England up in the 11th minute, doubling the . . .