USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2016

The Galaxy begins its rebuild with a familiar face

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The LA Galaxy start their post-Arena era by promoting longtime player and front office staffer Peter Vagenas to general manager.

Minnesota United has a coach and an approach

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Minnesota United chose a coach with the experience of taking a lower division club into MLS and that says a lot about their plans for 2017.

CONCACAF tinkers with tournament formats

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CONCACAF may be using the U-20 Championship to test different ways to qualify teams and Bruce Arena speaks with the media in the soccer news.

Soccer TV: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

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Toronto FC hosts the Montreal Impact down a goal in the Eastern Conference finals and the League Cup and Copa del Rey continue on beIN Sport.

Portland vs the Galaxy in the big club game

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The Portland Timbers and the LA Galaxy get into a big club by MLS standards competition over a coaching rumor in Tuesday's soccer news.

What Bruce Arena means for young USMNT players

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It's not as difficult to figure out what Bruce Arena might do as USMNT coach because we've seen so much of him before.

Plan B in MLS

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The Colorado Rapids became the latest team in the 2016 MLS playoffs to look out of ideas when their plan didn't work.

Assists for Chandler and Kitchen, Liga MX playoffs

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Eintracht's Timmy Chandler and Hearts' Perry Kitchen picked up assists and William Yarbrough's Leon advanced in the Liga MX playoffs.

Colorado Rapids 0 – Seattle Sounders 1

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The Seattle Sounders won the 2nd-leg of their Western Conference semifinals series 1-0 on Sunday, knocking out the Rapids 3-1 in aggregate.

Soccer TV: Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders

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The Western Conference final series concludes in MLS, the Premier League on NBC, and the Liga MX playoffs are on the weekend soccer TV schedule.

West and East, four MLS teams look for validation

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All four teams left in the 2016 MLS postseason need the validation that winning the MLS Cup will bring for their clubs and their cities.

Saying goodbye to the Klinsmann era

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As the USMNT transitions to a new coach, it's worth asking what they need to carry forward from the Klinsmann era of US soccer.

The Confederations Cup predicts nothing

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FIFA prepares to draw the match-ups for this summer's Confederations Cup in the soccer news, a tournament still in search of an audience.

The biggest Champions League disappointments

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We name our biggest Champions League group stage disappointments with a focus on teams playing for 3rd-place in the soccer news.

Gladbach draws with Manchester City in the Champions League

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Gladbach drew with Manchester City in the Champions League and the Liga MX playoffs begin with a big win for Leon.

The Galaxy without Arena

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The LA Galaxy faced a tough off season with Bruce Arena still their coach and GM, but now the pressure increases for the next coach.

Playing for 180 minutes in the MLS conference finals

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An in-depth look at what happened over the opening 90 minutes in the MLS Eastern and Western Conference finals.

#BruceisBack and the USMNT moves on

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Bruce Arena looks forward with the USMNT and plenty of responses to his introductory press conference in the soccer news.

Montreal and Seattle take final leads

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The Montreal Impact take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and the Seattle Sounders are up 2-1 over Colorado in the Western Conference.

Big win for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League

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Borussia Dortmund scored eight goals in their Champions League win over Legia Warsaw to take the lead in Group F with a game remaining.

Bruce Arena returns as USMNT coach

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Bruce Arena is the new coach of the USMNT the US Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday. Arena returns to the job he last held in 2006.

Revisionist history with Jurgen Klinsmann

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The media play surrounding Jurgen Klinsmann's last days as USMNT coach make some difficult points in the soccer news.

Klinsmann and the limits of positive thinking

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Jurgen Klinsmann's positive outlook is part of who he is as a coach, but like any tactic it has a downside.

Klinsmann out in USMNT coaching shakeup

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US Soccer has parted ways with USMNT coach and technical director Jurgen Klinsmann, announcing the move following back-to-back qualifying losses.

Toronto, Montreal, and the near future of Canadian soccer

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It's an all-Canadian match-up in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but is what's good for MLS also what's good for Canada's soccer.

Once again, it’s playoff time in MLS

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The playoffs resume in MLS, but is there a favorite among the four remaining teams? The soccer update has an answer, sort of.

Williams scores, Liga MX playoffs set

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Danny Williams got a goal in the Championship and the Liga MX regular season concluded in the weekend wrap-up for USMNT players.

Soccer TV: Champions League and MLS playoffs

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It's the Champions League in the afternoon and the MLS playoffs that night on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule.

Soccer TV: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

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There are plenty of big name options on the weekend soccer TV schedule with Borussia Dortmund playing Bayern Munich and the Madrid derby.

Playing the DP game for 2017

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The rumors and maneuvering have already started for the MLS teams most likely to spend on designated players for 2017.

More TV money for the Premier League

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Reports have the Premier League signing a big TV deal in China as the soccer news wonders what so much money means for the rest of Europe.

Klinsmann has to show his work

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann's positive outlook and insistence that his formation and tactics are the way forward are working against him.

Klinsmann, Gulati, and the news cycle

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There's plenty of media pressure on US Soccer president Sunil Gulati to fire coach Jurgen Klinsmann, but what does that mean in the soccer news.

Mexico sets an easier path through the Hex

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Mexico can rely on a late run of home games in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, but they're already doing enough.

What now for the USMNT?

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The USMNT needs to regroup and US Soccer has given no indication that reversing the course in World Cup qualifying requires a new coach.

Is there an appropriate 4-0 reaction?

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The USMNT lost by four goals in Costa Rica, putting pressure on the Jurgen Klinsmann era for the US National Team in the soccer news.

Costa Rica 4 – USMNT 0

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Costa Rica once again held up at home against the USMNT in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with two goals from Joel Campbell.

The USMNT in Costa Rica

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It's game day in Costa Rica for the USMNT with the previews focusing on the losing streak in San Jose in the soccer news.

Soccer TV: Costa Rica vs USMNT

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The USMNT plays Costa Rica in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with qualifying also on the schedule in South America.

The last point in Costa Rica

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A look back at the only time the USMNT took a qualifying point in Costa Rica and a look ahead at what the current team faces at Estadio Nacional.

USMNT, Pulisic, and youth

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The USMNT formation and tactical shift cost them against Mexico, but it's important not to lose sight of the bigger picture.

What to take from Columbus

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The USMNT tries to turnaround a loss in Columbus with points in Costa Rica in Monday's soccer news update.

USMNT 1 – Mexico 2

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The USMNT opened the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a 2-1 loss to Mexico at MAPFRE Stadium.

Pulisic, personnel, and politics

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Christian Pulisic emerged as the face of the USMNT in a week where personnel questions and politics were also of interest for USMNT vs Mexico.

Game day for the USMNT vs Mexico in Columbus

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The rest of the previews for USMNT vs Mexico as the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying beings in Friday's soccer news update.

Preview: Big questions for USMNT vs Mexico

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Previewing the USMNT vs Mexico World Cup qualifier means looking at what both teams are likely to do rather than what they're saying.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Mexico

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The USMNT plays Mexico on Fox Sports 1 on Friday in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying while England hosts Scotland.

Jordan Morris wins 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year

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Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris won the 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year award, scoring 12 goals in his debut season.

Real Salt Lake sticks with Cassar

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Real Salt Lake keeps its coach and video of a 1980 win for the USMNT in Thursday's soccer news update.

Mexico’s Hexagonal needs to change

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Mexico starts the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying needing to address issues and show they can avoid another crisis.

Klinsmann vs Osorio

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann and Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio face different scenarios over 90 minutes of World Cup qualifying in Columbus.

Playing positions in the Hex

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The USMNT prepares for Mexico with another opportunity to address basic tactical and squad questions in the soccer news.

5 points in the Premier League

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Swansea City and Sunderland are at the bottom of the Premier League, but does that already mean a relegation battle in the soccer news.

Once again, the USMNT calls on Columbus

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The USMNT plays Mexico at Columbus with a legacy of 2-0 wins when it counts most in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

MLS in New York

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It's a tough way to end the MLS season for the New York Red Bulls and NYCFC, bounced out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Three out of four lower seeds advance in MLS playoffs

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Only the Colorado Rapids survived as the higher seed in the 2016 MLS conference semifinals, with both New York teams knocked out in the East.

Assists for Yedlin and Pulisic

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Deandre Yedlin picked up an assist in a Newcastle United win in the Championship and Christian Pulisic played his part in a win for Dortmund.

USMNT roster for November 2016 Qualifiers

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The USMNT roster is set for the November World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica to start the Hexagonal round.

Soccer TV: New York Red Bulls vs Montreal Impact

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The MLS conference semifinals conclude on Sunday, part of a packed weekend soccer TV schedule prior to the November international break.

Stepping up in the 2nd-leg

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The favorites are losing in the Western and Eastern Conference semifinals and they need their key players to turn things around.

Will old results hold for USMNT vs Mexico?

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In a year of surprises and general weirdness, is this the time to play up the USMNT advantage at home against Mexico in World Cup qualifying?

Saving Manchester United

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It's another morning after problem for Manchester United in the soccer news, this time a loss in the Europa League.

Brian Schmetzer gets the Seattle job

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Seattle goes with Schmetzer as their head coach with the team pushing for the Western Conference finals in Thursday's soccer news.

Point for Dortmund, trophy for Queretaro

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Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund got a point to advance in the Champions League while Jonathan Bornstein's Queretaro won the Copa MX.

The Galaxy sees its future against Colorado

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The LA Galaxy has an opportunity to set aside their disappointing regular season and get past the favorite in the MLS playoffs.

MLS creates a David Villa issue

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MLS not retroactively suspending striker David Villa is now the story in the NYCFC vs Toronto Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Champions League point for Gladbach

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Fabian Johnson and Gladbach pick up a Champions League point at home against Celtic and a big win for Manchester City in the soccer news.

Soccer TV: Borussia Dortmund vs Sporting

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Borussia Dortmund looks for points at home against Sporting in Group F of the 2016-17 Champions League while Queretaro plays for the Copa MX.

De Boer already makes his Inter Milan exit

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Coach Frank de Boer is already out at Inter Milan, raising larger issues for clubs trying to regain their super status in the soccer news.