USMNT U-17 coach John Hackworth named his 20 players for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The tournament begins on April 21 in Panama and determines CONCACAF's four entrants into the U-17 World Cup. The U-17 World Cup is scheduled for India beginning on October 6. "Our team is looking forward to this competition and the opportunity to compete for a chance to participate in the FIFA U-17 World Cup . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena held a conference call with select members of the media on Thursday. Surprisingly enough, the man put in charge of the USMNT as the proverbial “safe set of hands” managed to make headlines for an unexpected reason. With another set of World Cup qualifiers on the horizon and the news of the US Soccer Federation’s . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - March’s World Cup qualifiers are over. The USMNT have banked four points from a potential six this month, meeting the coach’s stated goal. That's restored at least some measure of calm to the process of qualifying for Russia 2018 from the CONCACAF Hexagonal. Many observers have given in to the alluring temptation of blaming the . . .
Panama and the USMNT split the points in Panama City, drawing 1-1 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The USMNT and Panama traded first-half goals. Christian Pulisic weaved his way through the Panama box to find Clint Dempsey in the 39th minute. Panama equalized four minutes later through Gabriel Gomez. The USMNT is in 4th-place in the Hexagonal table, tied on points with 5th-place Honduras. They . . .
The USMNT resumed World Cup qualifying on Friday night at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California in a big way. Shaking off two losses to start the Hexagonal round, the USMNT dominated Honduras in a 6-0 shutout. The goals started early with Sebastian Lletget scoring in the 5th minute. Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 27th. Clint Dempsey made it 3-0 USMNT in the 32nd minute. Pulisic extended . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 24, 2017) US Soccer Players - It’s not that Bruce Arena’s semi-regular musings on the state of American soccer didn’t matter while he was leading the LA Galaxy. He won three MLS Cup titles, two Supporters Shields, and fully cemented his place as the greatest American soccer coach. It’s just that it didn’t have the same sort of weight it does now. When a coach . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - Experience, aggression and commitment are the tools of choice for the USMNT as they wade into a pressure-packed World Cup qualifying encounter with Honduras at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California on Friday (10:30pm ET - FS1). The high stakes of this match, brought on by November’s back-to-back losses to Mexico and Costa Rica, . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – The USMNT is no stranger when it comes to playing in must-win games. From the first round of the World Cup to the Gold Cup knockout stages and Hexagonal tournaments in between, the USMNT has found ways to win. It will need to channel some of those past victories when it plays Honduras on Friday evening at Avaya Stadium in San . . .
The US Soccer Federation announced on Friday that it will close the U-17 residency program based at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida at the end of the current semester. The program began in 1999 as a way to produce future senior squad players in an intensive residential environment modeled on overseas academy systems. The project helped the careers of many notable USMNT players, including . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - The final countdown to this month’s massive World Cup qualifying matches began in earnest on Wednesday. Bruce Arena unveiled his 24-man USMNT roster for the games against Honduras On March 24 and Panama on the 28. What formation will the USMNT use? What sorts of tactics will predominate? Who will he decide to start in some key . . .