USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2016

Soccer TV: MLS Conference semifinals

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The 2016 MLS playoffs continue on the weekend soccer TV schedule with the semifinals on Sunday on ESPN and Fox Sports 1.

Questions for USMNT players in the MLS playoffs

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There are plenty of USMNT regulars and hopefuls with something to prove during the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs.

Dropping the interim tag in MLS

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t's a tough situation for an interim MLS coach when doing better than their predecessor isn't enough to get the job.

Who was the biggest knockout round disappointment?

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Two more teams exited the MLS playoffs in knockout round losses and one of them is the biggest disappointment so far in the postseason.

Montreal and Seattle advance from the knockout round

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The Montreal Impact and Seattle Sounders advanced to the MLS Conference semifinals set for Sunday on ESPN and Fox Sports 1.

Vancouver likes what they have

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The CONCACAF Champions League counts for Vancouver, with the MLS club sticking with their coach after missing the playoffs in the soccer news.

Toronto and the Galaxy advance in the Knockout Round

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Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy advanced in the knockout round to open the 2016 MLS playoff schedule.

Goal for Julian Green in the DFB-Pokal

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Julian Green got his first goal for Bayern Munich, scoring in the DFB-Pokal as we roundup the results for USMNT players in Europe.

Soccer TV: DC United vs Montreal Impact

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It's DC United playing Montreal in the East and Seattle hosting Sporting KC in the West on the Thursday soccer TV schedule.

Who’s afraid of the Galaxy?

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Facing the Galaxy in the MLS playoffs isn't the same challenge anymore and that needs to change for one of the best clubs in league history.

The USL picks up Tampa Bay and Ottawa at the NASL’s expense

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The NASL loses two teams to the USL in another shakeup in the lower divisions of North American professional soccer.

Will MLS ever win the ratings game?

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The TV ratings turned against MLS on Decision Day, leading to the same old questions without new answers in the soccer news.

Wood scores twice in DFB-Pokal, goal for Fabian Johnson

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Bobby Wood had two goals for Hamburg and Fabian Johnson picked up a goal and an assist with USMNT players in action in Germany's DFB-Pokal.

Soccer TV: Toronto vs Philadelphia and Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake

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It's the start of the 2016 MLS playoffs on the Wednesday soccer TV schedule with knockout round games from the Eastern and Western conferences.

Troubling times for professional soccer

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Are we living through a moment where professional soccer is about to make significant changes, or is this more of the same?

Manchester United tries to move forward

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Manchester United's inability to push towards the top of the Premier League table might mean another round of player moves in the soccer news.

Hot or not in the MLS Playoffs

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The MLS playoffs are set with three teams clearly in contention and three others not so much in the race for the 2016 MLS Cup.

Portland doesn’t finish strong

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The only thing Portland won on the final day of the MLS season was biggest disappointment in the soccer news.

MLS Decision Day 2016

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The 2016 MLS regular season ended on Sunday with FC Dallas winning the Supporters' Shield ahead of the Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls.

Assist and goal for Pulisic in Dortmund comeback

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Christian Pulisic did well for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and the rest of the scores for USMNT players in Europe and Mexico.

Soccer TV: Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake

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The MLS playoff deciders are on the weekend soccer TV schedule while Manchester United and Chelsea meet in the Premier League.

Patrick Vieira is changing things for NYCFC and MLS

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NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira is doing things differently and that means high risk put potentially great reward for the MLS club.

Sunday is Decision Day for MLS

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MLS tries to raise interest in the regular season finale with Decision Day with the Supporters' Shield and playoff spots on the line.

Playing the Champions League final somewhere else

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UEFA's president floats yet another contentious idea for the future of the Champions League in Friday's soccer news.

FC Dallas advances in the Champions League

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FC Dallas came back in Guatemala City, one of three MLS teams to advance to the knockout round of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League.

FC Dallas plays for the CCL and the Supporters’ Shield

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It's a tough week for FC Dallas losing their best player and now facing two games with major implications in the CCL and MLS.

Portland out of the CCL, points for Gladbach

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Portland drew with Saprissa in the CONCACAF Champions League, ending their run in the tournament while Gladbach won in Europe.

Will Steven Gerrard make the difference for the Galaxy?

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The Galaxy brought in Steven Gerrard as their next former Premier League star turned MLS difference maker. It hasn't worked out that way.

Playing for next season with a game left in MLS

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Game 34 of the 2016 MLS season means different things for clubs already focusing on what they need to do for better results in 2017.

Portland tries to step up in the Champions League

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The Portland Timbers need to win to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League and it's a big game in UEFA's Champions League in the soccer news.

Borussia Dortmund beats Sporting in the Champions League

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Christian Pulisic played his part in Borussia Dortmund's Champions League win over Sporting and the scores for USMNT players in the Championship.

Soccer TV: Barcelona vs Manchester City

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Barcelona plays Manchester City in Group C of the Champions League and the US Women are in action against Switzerland on ESPN2.

Who is watching the Premier League?

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The Premier League may have ratings issues in England, something of a concern considering the money at stake in Tuesday's soccer news.

Soccer TV: Leicester City vs FC Copenhagen

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Leicester City and FC Copenhagen meet in the Champions League on ESPN2 while Fox Sports 1 has Bayer Leverkusen playing Spurs.

The Red Bulls in the playoffs

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Whether or not it's the 'Curse of Caricola" it's hard to argue that the New York Red Bulls are ever a playoff favorite in MLS.

When is an MLS club in crisis?

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The New England Revolution saw their playoff hopes all but dashed, quickly turning them into a crisis club in Monday's soccer news update.

FC Dallas takes over at the top of the table

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FC Dallas passed Colorado in the Supporters' Shield standings with a week remaining in the MLS season and controversy for the Impact in week 33.

Goals for Lichaj and Williams in the Championship, Eintracht draws with Bayern

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USMNT players Eric Lichaj and Danny Williams both scored in the Championship and Timmy Chandler helped Eintracht draw with Bayern Munich.

Soccer TV: Liverpool vs Manchester United

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Liverpool plays Manchester United on Monday at Anfield with soccer options all over the TV schedule this weekend.

MLS with two games left in 2016

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MLS has all of its conference teams playing at the same time on Sunday with two games remaining in the 2016 regular season.

DC United’s stadium struggle

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DC United's stadium project faces new obstacles and Bob Bradley prepares for his Premier League debut in charge of Swansea City.

Draw in Chicago, win for the Rapids

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The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew drew at Toyota Park and the Colorado Rapids beat San Jose at home in MLS action.

Soccer TV: Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha BSC

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The club schedule returns in Europe with Borussia Dortmund playing Hertha BSC on Fox Sports 1 and Ligue 1 games on beIN Sport.

Klinsmann, USMNT mull the shape of things in Columbus

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann made changes not only to his roster, but to the tactics the USMNT used in their second October friendly.

Houston makes it tough for Seattle

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The soccer news starts with Seattle missing a chance to advance to the postseason and questions about USMNT attendance.

Consistency is key for Gio dos Santos

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Gio dos Santos made a successful return for Mexico dring the October friendlies, but can he be reliable in games that count?

Strategy and tactics for the USMNT in October

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The USMNT played two very different friendlies in October, using them to mixed effect when it comes to the games that count next month.

Playing for the USMNT in October

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The number of players cycled through the October window highlights an old issue for the USMNT in Wednesday's soccer news update.

USMNT 1 – New Zealand 1

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The USMNT finished off the October international window with a 1-1 draw with New Zealand at RFK Stadium. Julian Green put the USMNT up in the 27th minute with Monty Patterson equalizing in the 72nd. William Yarbrough started for the USMNT in goal, subbing out at halftime for David Bingham. USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann made a total [.

Bob Bradley, Jurgen Klinsmann, and the USMNT job

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The current and former USMNT coaches agree to disagree about the program's transition while pundits look for meaning in a friendly.

Preview: USMNT vs New Zealand

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Our preview of the USMNT vs New Zealand friendly at RFK Stadium (8pm ET - ESPN) can't help but focus on bigger issues for CONCACAF.

World Cup expansion: Why stop at 48?

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If FIFA is serious about World Cup expansion, why not follow the tournament model that already works for college basketball?

A new group of USMNT players prepares for New Zealand

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The USMNT plans for New Zealand with several changes to the squad and Houston won't make the playoffs after the only game in MLS.

USMNT roster changes for New Zealand friendly

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The changes are in to the USMNT squad, with USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann swapping out players between the October friendlies.

Cuba 0 – USMNT 2

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The USMNT came away with a friendly win in Havana on Friday night under tough field conditions and goals from Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green.

Soccer TV: UEFA and CAF World Cup qualifiers

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It's World Cup qualifying this weekend for UEFA and CAF, with those games in Europe and Africa taking over the soccer TV schedule.

The Red Bulls and the 2016 MLS MVP

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Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips are both strong candidates for MLS MVP, but the Red Bulls teammates may push the award to David Villa.

Saying nice things about a mismatch

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann can say what he wants about the environment, but it's tough to find much upside for the USMNT playing Cuba.

Havana days: USMNT eye future amid nostalgic Cuba trip

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The USMNT travels to Cuba for a Friday friendly that has meaning beyond the game but also pressure on players.

The all new CONCACAF might try a rebranding

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CONCACAF is toying with the idea that what the Confederation needs to part with its scandalous past is a new name and logo in the soccer news.

Gio dos Santos returns for Mexico

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Gio dos Santos's form with the LA Galaxy means another shot with Mexico, but he needs to do more to return as an El Tri favorite.

MLS still has a major league perception problem

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Flying professional athletes in coach class is not something major leagues tend to do and that's a perception problem for Major League Soccer.

UEFA vs the soccer leagues

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The European Professional Football Leagues aren't happy with UEFA moving ahead with changes to the Champions League that favor the elite clubs.

Aston Villa in the Championship

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Aston Villa's run in the Championship hasn't gone their way so far, with the club making the obvious move by firing manager Roberto Di Matteo.

FIFA’s 48 team World Cup idea

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That idea about expanding the World Cup to 48 teams by 2026 is still very much in play, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino pushing hard.

Q&A with Perry Kitchen

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Clemente Lisi tlaks to USMNT and Hearts midfielder Perry Kitchen about making the move to the Scottish Premier League and playing with the USA.

Klinsmann in October, Bradley at Swansea City

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann tries to get the most out of the October friendlies and Bob Bradley is the new manager of Swansea City.

The MLS playoff race picks up in week 30

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Both New York teams, DC United, and Seattle picked up wins in week 30, keeping the pressure on in the playoff races in both conferences.

Stoke City draws at Manchester United, goal for Tim Ream

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Geoff Cameron and Stoke City drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford and Tim Ream scored in a loss for Fulham in the Championship.

USMNT roster for October friendlies

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann has set hos roster for the October 2016 friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand.