USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2018

Landon Donovan’s Liga MX choice

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - All of us have heard at one point or another that good things come to those who wait. This may be true, or it may be a nice way of telling someone to sit down and wait their turn. Either way, the saying rings true for Landon Donovan and his supporters.

Orlando City and the option for Cyle Larin

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - Orlando City striker Cyle Larin is still Orlando City striker Cyle Larin, no matter what the Twitter account of Turkish champions Besiktas might say. Of that, at least Orlando City is certain. Whether Besiktas accepts Orlando City's version of the truth is still, as of yet, unknown.

Manchester United, Mourinho, and the Alexis Sanchez transfer

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The soccer news starts in the Premier League with reports that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is close to signing a five-year deal. That would bring to a close speculation that Mourinho might be considering his options, mainly because of concerns over United's transfer budget.

The return of Landon Donovan

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The soccer news starts with a regular quandary. Any time we refer to a USMNT player as a "legend", someone writes us to take issue. It doesn't matter how many caps or how much the player did in a USMNT shirt. Someone wants to make a point. It's enough to make us shy away from writing something like "USMNT legend Landon Donovan is back.

Assessing the USMNT January Camp roster

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 15, 2018) US Soccer Players – A new year means a new start for the USMNT. 2018 is about the USMNT building on the positives and moving on from last year. A roster loaded with up-and-coming young players is together in Carson, California kicking off a transitional year for the USMNT.

Manchester City finally loses in the Premier League

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been saying for weeks that it's coming. Eventually, his version of an invincibles team would lose a Premier League game, and probably before setting a new English topflight record. Drawing with Crystal Palace on the last day of 2017 was an indication.

Ream plays his 100th for Fulham, assist for Chandler

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We start the roundup of USMNT players in Europe and Mexico in the Championship. Tim Ream made his 100th appearance for Fulham in their 1-0 win at Middlesbrough. Oliver Norwood converted a penalty five minutes into stoppage time for the game's only goal.

Soccer TV: Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg

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The 2017-18 Bundesliga season is back from winter break on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Our highlight game comes from Germany, with Borussia Dortmund at home to Wolfsburg on Sunday. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Spurs vs Everton from the Premier League is on national TV on Saturday.

The Dynamo, Lucatero, and MLS player development

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 12, 2018) US Soccer Players - Christian Lucatero was supposed to be the Houston Dynamo academy's proof-of-concept. By most accounts the best player to ever come out of the club's nascent developmental system, Lucatero was local, Hispanic, and talented, a trio of traits that would serve the reputation of the system well.

USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan on January camp

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT in camp in Carson. In a mixed zone session distributed to the media, USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan spoke about the focus for January camp. With a group of 29 players looking for an opportunity in the wake of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the coaching staff called in players who haven't gotten a lot of look at senior level.

5 questions for the 2018 USMNT January camp

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - The USMNT kicks off January camp this week, and it could be an interesting one. The reality is that other topics are occupying lots of focus and discussion around the USMNT program right now. With so many new faces called in during these transitional times, however, there's plenty of plot lines to track over the next few weeks in Carson, California.

Christian Ramirez’s American Dream

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - It's safe to say that Christian Ramirez has had to earn every opportunity he's gotten in his career thus far. The son of two Colombian immigrants, Ramirez was born in California and spent ages one through seven in Colombia, the oldest of four kids.

Christian Pulisic talks club and country with ESPN

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Thursday's soccer news starts with Christian Pulisic. The USMNT star is trying to help push his club Borussia Dortmund into contention in the Bundesliga. It hasn't been easy. Though Dortmund is currently 3rd in the table as they wait for the Bundesliga schedule to resume, they're tied on 28 points with the three teams behind them.

The LA Galaxy rebuild needs to focus on the attack

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 10, 2018) US Soccer Players - With three signings at the start of the week, the LA Galaxy has seen its roster grow. A total of 20 players are now part of the squad with the start of the preseason not too far off. The team seems to be coming together.

The USMNT players in the January camp

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 10, 2018) US Soccer Players - The USMNT reboot inches forward just a bit more with the arrival of the annual January camp. There's nothing settled for the program, but a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina at the end of the month provides an opportunity to introduce new young players.

USMNT interim coach Sarachan focusing on the future

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USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan is in the odd position of planning a January camp without a clear view of his or the program's future. The USMNT is in transition following their World Cup exit. Following November's lengthy training stint and game in Portugal, a new group of players is now in Carson.

Another season of FA Cup magic

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By J Hutcherson (Jan 9, 2018) US Soccer Players - Credit USMNT player Eric Lichaj for adding something extra to the Third Round of the FA Cup. Lichaj's two-goal performance in Nottingham Forest's win over Arsenal wasn't enough. As he told the broadcast team following the game, he needed a hat-trick to convince his wife that their house needs a dog.

Canada’s soccer coaching decision

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The soccer news starts with the Canadian Soccer Association announcing the new coach of their men's national team, catching people off guard with the choice. They've selected John Herdman, already employed by the CSA as the coach of their women's national team. Herdman is leaving one job for the other, raising questions about gender issues and direction with both programs.

American Soccer History: Fall River Rovers

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 8, 2018) US Soccer Players – It's difficult to imagine today, but Fall River, a town with a modern-day population of just 88,000, was once one of the hotbeds of American soccer. Once a center of textile manufacturing, Fall River was home to many Scottish, and, in years later, Portuguese immigrants.

USMNT calls in 30 players for January 2018 camp

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USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan called in 30 players for the January camp set to start this week in Carson, California. The players are mostly MLS with several looking to make their first appearance for the senior squad. US Soccer is in a transitional period waiting for the presidential election in February and the hiring of the next coach.

Stoke City resets after Mark Hughes

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A loss in the Third Round of the 2017-18 FA Cup was it for manager Mark Hughes at Stoke City. Hughes lost his job following the 2-1 loss at Coventry City. Stoke City is currently 18th in the Premier League table, tied on points with 17th-place Southampton and four points ahead of 19th-place West Brom and 20th-place Swansea City.

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest knockout Arsenal

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The USMNT players in England and Mexico roundup starts with a massive result for Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest. Lichaj scored twice in Forest's 4-2 win over Arsenal to advance from the Third Round of the 2017-18 FA Cup. Lichaj opened the scoring in the 20th minute at The City Ground.

Soccer TV: Manchester City vs Burnley

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The FA Cup Third Round continues on FS1 and FS2 on the weekend soccer TV schedule. That competition brings us our highlight game with Manchester City hosting Burnley. La Liga returns to the soccer TV schedule with several option from beIN Sport and beIN Espanol. Also on the schedule are games from Serie A and the opening weekend of the 2018 Liga MX Clausura season.

Sacha Kljestan, Benny Feilhaber, and MLS blockbuster trades

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 5, 2018) US Soccer Players - For the second time in two days, one of Major League Soccer's premier creative players found himself changing teams in an offseason that has not been short on surprise transactions. On Tuesday, the New York Red Bulls shipped Sacha Kljestan to Orlando City in a trade that moved the two-time MLS assist leader and $150,000 of allocation money for a pair of young players.

LAFC vs the MLS schedule

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The soccer news starts with Major League Soccer releasing the 2018 MLS schedule. That's big news for everybody in the league, but especially this season's expansion team. LAFC has a stadium to open, with Banc of California Stadium debuting on April 29. That means starting the season with six games on the road, a stretch that could have them well out of contention by the time the spotlight shines on their first home game.

Jonathan Gonzalez and US Soccer’s lingering communication problem

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - After a mostly disappointing 2017, many USMNT fans have turned their focus towards the youth movement that's widely expected to unfold under the next coach. Interim coach Dave Sarachan already gave a glimpse of what that might look like with the squad called in for November's friendly vs Portugal.

Jona Gonzalez and US Soccer’s lingering communicat

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - After a mostly disappointing 2017, many USMNT fans have turned their focus towards the youth movement that's widely expected to unfold under the next coach. Interim coach Dave Sarachan already gave a glimpse of what that might look like with the squad called in for November's friendly vs Portugal.

New Year, New MLS Stars

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - In many ways, 2017 was the most eventful year for Major League Soccer thus far. For the first time in nearly a decade, the East was the dominant conference of the two. Trade announcements included the amount of allocation money swapping hands, allowing for more detailed analysis of these moves.

Feilhaber to LAFC

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The soccer news starts with another USMNT player traded between MLS clubs. This time, it's Benny Feilhaber making the move from Sporting KC to LAFC. Feilhaber joins the MLS expansion team in exchange for $200,000 in general allocation money and $200,000 in targeted allocation money, once again putting a dollar figure on an MLS player.

Preview: USMNT Players in the 2018 Liga MX Clausura

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 3, 2018) US Soccer Players - Not too long ago, Monterrey and Tigres captivated Liga MX with a rousing Apertura 2017 final. In the blink of an eye, the league has gone through an offseason and a preseason. Now, teams are ready to try and make a run at the final once more.

The new MLS coaches in 2018

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 3, 2018) US Soccer Players - It's the start of 2018, and it might already be crunch time for the new coaching hires in MLS. There's no time like the present for pressure, with clubs already making major moves.

MLS teams turned over their sideline bosses at a greater rate than ever before in 2017.

Playing the January transfer game

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Anytime a club decides to "part ways" with a coach we hear the same thing. The replacement refuses to have his performance judged until he gets one or two transfer windows. That's when a coach makes his team his own, even when he's brought in to salvage the current season. For the January window, the question is whether or not it counts enough.

Resolutions for the American soccer fan

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 2, 2018) US Soccer Players – How many of you have stuck to your New Year's resolutions? Just a few days into 2018 and certainly some of you have already cheated. Have you already taken a puff of that cigarette you swore off? Is that gym membership card still going unused?

Stoke City’s loss puts pressure on manager Mark Hughes

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We start the first soccer news of 2018 in the Premier League. DeAndre Yedlin's Newcastle United beat Geoff Cameron's Stoke City 1-0 on the road. Ayoze Perez scored the game's only goal in the 73rd minute with Karl Darlow keeping the clean sheet. This follows Stoke City losing 5-0 at Chelsea.