Canada stays top of the Octagonal table with a 2-0 shutout of the United States at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario. Cyle Larin scored in the 7th minute, once again showing how dangerous Canada has become on the counterattack. The US played a man down late with an injury to Chris Richards after using all of their substitutes. Sam Adekugbe doubled the lead five minutes into stoppage time. The . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with all three of the top teams winning on the first matchday of the January/February window. With 4th-place Panama losing at Costa Rica, there's now a three-point gap between the automatic qualifying places and the playoff spot. That's good news for Canada (1st-place, 19 points), the United States (2nd-place, 18 points), and Mexico (3rd-place, 17 points) while raising . . .
The United States shutout El Salvador 1-0 at Lower.com Field in Columbus in the Octagonal round of Concacaf World Cup qualifying. Antonee Robinson scored the game's only goal in the 52nd minute with Matt Turner keeping the clean sheet. The United States travels to Canada on Sunday (3pm - Paramount+) for the second of three qualifiers in the January/February window. "What I'd say is that, first . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 27, 2022) US Soccer Players - Weather aside, one of the top topics of the USMNT's current World Cup qualifying window has been the fitness aspect of competitive matches in midwinter, in a pandemic. The coaching staff had to mesh their European-based cadre of players, most of whom are in full flow thanks to their club schedules, with a domestic group that is . . .
It's another game day across Concacaf as teams look for separation in the Octagonal. Two points separate the top four teams in the standings. With five games left, the teams lower in the table are looking to play more than spoiler in the opening matchday of the January/February window. With that in mind, the USMNT is looking to take home field advantage against El Salvador in Columbus (7pm ET - . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 26, 2022) US Soccer Players - Core strength is big these days. Drive past any mixed-use development or strip mall in a major American population center, and you're bound to catch a glimpse of one of the many gym chains pushing the idea that core strength is where it's at. Row your way to fitness. Do crunches and planks. Use balls, ropes, or bands. Get the . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with Canada's roster for the January/February World Cup qualifiers. With Alphonso Davies unavailable, that's going to require an adjustment from the Octagonal leaders. With the focus in the region squarely on Sunday's home game against the United States, Canada opens at Honduras on Thursday and closes the window at El Salvador on February 2. Canada enters this window . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 24, 2022) US Soccer Players – When the United States defeated Mexico in World Cup Qualifying, the 2-0 win was very familiar. What wasn't familiar was the venue. Instead of Columbus, the US won in another Ohio city with a rabid fan base and MLS franchise. Cincinnati's TQL Stadium proved to be a wonderful place for such a key match. The US, however, returns to . . .
The USMNT called in 28 players for the January and February World Cup qualifying window. This is an official FIFA window in order to complete qualifying on time. The USMNT plays El Salvador on January 27 in Columbus (7pm ET - ESPN2), Canada on January 30 in Hamilton (3pm ET - Paramount+), and closes the window hosting Honduras at St Paul on February 2 (7:30pm ET - FS1). January/February 2022 . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 27, 2021) US Soccer Players – The final week of the calendar year usually brings with it stories and commentaries about the past 12 months. While the planet continues to deal with the pandemic, 2021 saw the slow return of sports and some normalcy. In soccer, that return included fans back in the stands in MLS and around the world and major tournaments like the . . .