By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 16, 2021) US Soccer Players - Members of the USMNT player pool tend to have an extremely wide range of schedules at this time of year. For most MLS and Liga MX-based players, the holiday season is also about taking a break. It's a time to rest and recuperate before ramping up towards the start of the preseason in January. Those in Europe are busy with club . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 10, 2021) US Soccer Players - The USMNT doesn't usually gather in December. In a normal year, the November international window brings the final camp and games of the calendar. It's not considered necessary when the USMNT regularly holds an out of window January camp. That changed last year when a lack of dates necessitated adding a camp in December. It . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 8, 2021) US Soccer Players - For people around the world, December is the season of gifts. The same is true for Gregg Berhalter and the US Men's National Team. For a program looking to maximize the intermission between the first eight Concacaf World Cup qualifiers and the final six games to determine who will go to Qatar for the tournament next November, . . .
USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter called in a mix of players for the December camp, held outside of an official FIFA window. That limits call-ups with the USMNT technical staff working with clubs to put together a squad. Berhalter's list includes mainly MLS players, but also players from the USL, Serie A, and 2.Bundesliga. The camp concludes with a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Carson, . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 18, 2021) US Soccer Players - After eight matches per team crammed into three hectic international windows, the Concacaf Octagonal World Cup qualifying race entered its back half this week. The pandemic-condensed schedule has changed the scope of qualifying for players and fans. It's been a fascinating ride so far, with the peak drama still to come over the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 17, 2021) US Soccer Players - The United States Men's National is just fine. Following a 1-1 draw against Jamaica on Tuesday night in Kingston, the Americans sit on 15 points after eight games in the final round of Concacaf World Cup qualifying. That's good enough for 2nd-place following other results around the region on the final matchday of 2021. It's . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with the changes at the top of the Octagonal table after the conclusion of the November international window. Canada passed the United States and Mexico to take the top spot, beating El Tri 2-1 at home in a classic Concacaf encounter. Well, at least from Canada's point of view. Mexico suffered two of those in the new era of the Dos a Cero and whatever Canada ends up . . .
The United States took the lead early in the first-half, but Jamaica came up with the equalizer in a physical game in Kingston. Tim Weah put the USA up in the 11th minute with an assist from Ricardo Pepi. Jamaica responded through Michael Antonio, equalizing from distance in the 22nd minute. "I saw Pepi," Weah told CBS Sports. "I'm used to connecting with him, so we just connected on a 1, 2. . . .
Concacaf concludes the November rounds of World Cup qualifying later tonight, with the USMNT getting an early start at Jamaica (5pm ET - Paramount+). It's a chance for the United States to add points at the top of the Octagonal table, starting the matchday tied on points at 14 with 2nd-place Mexico but ahead on goal difference +7 to +5. Canada is a point behind in 3rd-place. With Canada hosting . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the USMNT's win over Mexico in Cincinnati. The November schedule opened with three points at home in Concacaf World Cup qualifying. Taking nothing away from how the USA got those points, that's the clear takeaway from what happened at TQL Stadium. On the road to qualification, points are the only thing that matters. The win over Mexico has the US entering the . . .