By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 12, 2019) US Soccer Players - As the home to a few huge, powerful nations and a litany of far smaller and less wealthy ones, Concacaf has always faced a large and fairly unique challenge. The confederation's trickiest task is to help its giants grow and prosper in their pursuit of the world's elite while still respecting and elevating the many minnows in . . .
We start the soccer news with FIFA conducting the draw for the U-17 World Cup in Brazil in October and November. The USMNT is in Group D along with Senegal, Japan, and the Netherlands. The USMNT finished 2nd at the Concacaf U-17 Championship, losing 2-1 to Mexico on May 16 in Bradenton. Senegal initially finished 3rd in Group B at the 2019 U-17 Cup of Nations in April. They exited the tournament . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 8, 2019) US Soccer Players – In what may have been the most competitive and unpredictable Gold Cup in history, Mexico lifted the trophy on Sunday night at a sold out Soldier Field in Chicago. At the same time, the region’s teams showed a growth in talent and maturity, putting the world’s other confederations – notably Africa and Asia – on notice that they plan . . .
The soccer news starts with Mexico lifting the 2019 Gold Cup after beating the USMNT 1-0 in Chicago. The game hinged on Jonathan dos Santos's goal in the 73rd minute. The USMNT had its chances, coming close to taking the lead in the first-half. It's the 8th Gold Cup title for Mexico, giving them momentum in their latest era under Tata Martino. Here's what we saw from the 2019 Gold Cup final. Shot . . .
The 2019 Gold Cup ended at Chicago's Soldier Field on Sunday with Mexico lifting the trophy in a 1-0 win over the USMNT. Jonathan dos Santos scored the game's only goal in the 73rd minute with Guillermo Ochoa keeping the clean sheet. Christian Pulisic won the best young player award for the tournament with the USMNT winning the Fair Play award. The USMNT will reconvene for the September . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 5, 2019) US Soccer Players - When the USMNT play Mexico, it’s not just a game, it’s an event. The biggest soccer event in North America, in fact. This is the occasion that players and fans on both sides of the border, not to mention advertisers and television executives, crave. Thanks to El Tri’s narrow semifinal win over Haiti and the USMNT’s . . .
The USMNT plays Mexico in the final of the 2019 Gold Cup on Sunday (9pm ET - FS1) with plenty of questions for both teams to try to answer. It's been an interesting Gold Cup, getting to the likeliest conclusion of the two big North American nations playing each other for the trophy. How both got there wasn't as straightforward as expected. Here are three things to look for on Sunday. Points to . . .
The USMNT advanced to the 2019 Gold Cup final to play Mexico on Sunday in Chicago (9pm ET - FS1). The USA beat Jamaica 3-1 in a game interrupted by a lengthy weather delay in the first-half. Weston McKennie opened the scoring for the USMNT with a 9th minute goal. Lightning caused officials to suspend the game in the 15th minute with the teams not returning to the field for 90 minutes. Christian . . .
The USMNT plays Jamaica on Wednesday night in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup semifinals (9:30pm ET - FS1) with another opportunity to show progress. This has been an interesting tournament for all of the teams with that in mind. Mexico needing extra time to see off Haiti 1-0 is just the latest example. That unexpected difficulty for a favorite followed the USMNT's 1-0 win over Curacao to reach the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – PHILADELPHIA, PA (Jul 1, 2019) US Soccer Players – The Gold Cup enters the semifinal stage with several key storylines. At a tournament that has seen plenty of upsets so far, we head to the final four. The teams left standing at this tournament, Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica and the United States, says a lot about the current state of Concacaf. After the confederation instituted the . . .