Monday's soccer news starts with a preview of tomorrow's Saudi Arabia vs USMNT friendly in Murcia, Spain. The USMNT's 2-0 loss to Japan in Dusseldorf raised questions, but in a friendly window it's difficult to know what needs underlining after 90 minutes. While it's easy to compliment Japan for keeping to a strategy, the USMNT normally doesn't finish games with no shots on goal. That may be the . . .
The USMNT lost 2-0 to Japan in an international friendly at Dusseldorf's Merkur Spiel-Arena to open their September friendly schedule. With the USMNT missing Christian Pulisic due to an injury precaution, coach Gregg Berhalter once again made adjustments. Japan's Daichi Kamada had a goal called offside in the 24th minute, reversed by the video assistant referee to give Japan the 1-0 lead. Kaoru . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 22, 2022) US Soccer Players - Thanks mainly to COVID-19, the USMNT has faced just seven non-Concacaf opponents in the past three years. A long pandemic shutdown followed by an intensely compacted World Cup qualifying process imposed those limitations. Now, with Qatar 2022 fast approaching, the challenges and lessons of a new adversary are one of the most . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with things to consider in advance of the USMNT playing Japan in Dusseldorf tomorrow morning (8:25am ET - ESPN2). The situation for the teams outside of Europe is playing games that have to count as coaches work on figuring out World Cup rosters. For USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter, that once again puts the focus on the best personnel for his tactical plans to . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with one version of getting the club games in during the international break. FC Cincinnati plays Chivas and Nashville hosts Club America tomorrow night with Real Salt Lake playing Atlas on Thursday as part of the abbreviated version of the Leagues Cup, the Leagues Cup Showcase. Cincinnati entered the break in 6th-place in the Eastern Conference, tied on points with . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 15, 2022) US Soccer Players - The USMNT will congregate in Cologne, Germany, this weekend as players report to camp following their club matches to prepare for friendlies vs Japan and Saudi Arabia. It's the team's last international window before gathering in the Middle East in November for the 2022 World Cup. "Really excited about this camp, excited to . . .
USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter named 26 players to his roster for the September international window, the last before the start of the 2022 World Cup. The USMNT is playing two friendlies in Europe against non-European teams, Japan in Dusseldorf on September 23 and Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain on the 27. “As we approach the World Cup, this is another opportunity for us to take a step forward as a . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 22, 2022) US Soccer Players – The upcoming September friendlies for the USMNT against Japan and Saudi Arabia will be the final chance to see the team ahead of its World Cup opener versus Wales. It's also a great time to scout the USMNT's group-stage opponents and what we might expect from a formidable trio of nations. The World Cup is really two tournaments. . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 18, 2022) US Soccer Players – We interrupt your focus on MLS and preseason tours this summer with talk about the upcoming World Cup. The tournament, now just four months away, remains on the horizon as fans around the world await the start of Qatar 2022. For those with an eye on Concacaf, the confederation will have four representatives at the tournament in the . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 30, 2022) US Soccer Players - Concacaf's Under-20 Championship in Honduras served up some legitimate stunners Wednesday night. First, the Dominican Republic booked a place in its first-ever FIFA World Cup of any kind with a 1-0 quarterfinal upset of Jamaica. Then Guatemala pulled off an even bigger shock, knocking out Mexico on penalties after a tense 1-1 . . .