US Soccer Players takes a look back at the USA's strong run of form in the summer of 1995, ending with the Copa America semifinals. Read More
We look back at the 1994 World Cup group stage game between the United States and Colombia. Read More
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (April 15, 2013) US Soccer Players – 1989 stands out ... Read More
Clemente Lisi explains the bid process for the 1994 World Cup, a major win for American soccer decided six years prior to the tournament. Read More
Clemente Lisi looks back at the 1950 World Cup and its aftermath in the United States with the USA beating England. Read More
In occasion of US Soccer's centennial celebration this year, US Soccer Players will highlight a noteworthy event ... Read More
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 23, 2012) US Soccer Players – Paul Krumpe is known as one of the most successful college coaches out there. In his 15 seasons at Loyola Marymount University, Krumpe has amassed over 100 wins and his team regularly reaches the NCAA Tournament. It's no surprise that Krumpe has built a legacy.
Clemente Lisi asks if you have a choice between two 5-3 games, would you rather see an MLS regular season game or an EPL exhibition? Read More
With the schedule working against them, a meeting between New York and Los Angeles is a big deal in Major League Soccer. Read More
Eight weeks into the Major League Soccer season, Clemente Lisi looks at trends that might already show who is in contention in 2013. Read More
Clemente Lisi profiles DC United's Dwayne De Rosario, one of the best players in Major League Soccer history. Read More
Clemente Lisi looks at the late game winners in Major League Soccer in 2013 and what those goals mean for and against. Read More
When ranking Major League Soccer's rivalries, Clemente Lisi puts the oldest in MLS at the top of the table. Read More
Former Columbus Crew goalkeeper Will Hesmer quietly retired from Major League Soccer at the end of the 2012 season. He speaks with Clemente Lisi. Read More
Clemente Lisi compares the year-by-year attendance, television, and clubs between the NASL and MLS. Read More
Clemente Lisi speaks with US National Team player Chris Wondolowski first at the 2012 MLS Cup and then during the current National Team camp. Read More
By Clemente Lisi – Carson, CA (Dec 3, 2012) US Soccer Players – Attacking firepower is a hallmark of the Los Angeles Galaxy. Yet, was Omar Gonzalez, a defender, who made the difference when it mattered most this past Saturday in the MLS Cup Final against the Houston Dynamo. It was Gonzalez's header that put the Galaxy back on the comeback trail, giving him and the team back-to-back titles.
By Clemente Lisi – Carson, CA (Dec 1, 2012) US Soccer Players – The big storylines ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup Final all involved the Los Angeles Galaxy. It was all about whether they would repeat as champions. It was all about the advantage of playing at home. It was all about David Beckham's last competitive game with the team.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 28, 2012) US Soccer Players – Tony Meola is one of the most recognizable players to ever represent the National Team. The New Jersey native had a pro career that spanned three World Cups – one of only a handful of American players to do so – and a very successful 10 seasons in Major League Soccer.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 21, 2012) US Soccer Players – At first glance, the Houston Dynamo appears like an odd MLS Cup finalist. No one expected them to be in this position at the start of the season. Even fewer thought they would be playing for the title once the playoffs began. In a League where the playoffs matter more than the regular season (see San Jose and Kansas City), the.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Kenny Cooper is having a standout season. Cooper's 16 goals – twice his tally from all of 2011 when he played for the Portland Timbers – is proof of that. Cooper is second in Major League Soccer among scorers behind the record-setting Chris Wondolowski.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 6, 2012) US Soccer Players – The 2012 Summer Olympics have
featured many wonderful moments. The men's soccer tournament, for instance, has been loaded with
riveting matches, surprise outcomes, and penalty-kick drama in the elimination round. It's also
been a shop window of sorts for young Major League Soccer players like DC United's Andy Najar.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 26, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Former goalkeeper Mike
Ammann is a big believer in giving back. Forced into early retirement back in 2001, Ammann stayed
away from the game for a few years. But Ammann's love for soccer was too strong. That's when he
decided to use his 15-year experience in Major League Soccer to try and help budding goalies attain
the tools they need by.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Zak Ibsen loves the beach.
Always has. He also always loved soccer. It was no surprise that Ibsen combined those two loves a
decade ago and used them to overcome a terrible drug addiction. Years earlier, Ibsen used what he
learned on those same California beaches to make it as a pro in Germany and later win two MLS Cups.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 19, 2012) US Soccer Players – When a young player named Antonio Carlos Pecorari came to the United States in 1981 to play for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, his goal was to make enough money so that he could move back to his native Brazil and buy a home. It didn't exactly work out that way.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 12, 2012) US Soccer Players – Mexico punched its ticket to the Hexagonal on Tuesday night after defeating Costa Rica 1-0, becoming the first team to advance out of the Semifinal Round. For Mexico, it was their first game at Estadio Azteca since losing to the United States there last month in a friendly.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 8, 2012) US Soccer Players – World Cup Qualifying resumed
Friday night with six games that were supposed to help dramatically reduce the number of teams that
could clinch a spot to the six-team Hexagonal. They didn't. As a result of several shocking
results, all 12 teams remain in contention for a spot in the final round.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sept 6, 2012) US Soccer Players – After upsetting Mexico at
the Azteca Stadium last month, the United States will try to take that ego boost and refocus its
energies on defeating Jamaica in back-to-back World Cup Qualifiers. The USA travels to Kingston on
Friday (8pm ET - beIN Sport) for the first game.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 20, 2012) US Soccer Players – Hank Steinbrecher has been a
ubiquitous presence on the American soccer scene for the past few decades. Elected as a builder
into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005, Steinbrecher was the recipient of this year's Werner
Fricker award - the United States Soccer Federation's top honor.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The USA returns to action on
Wednesday where it will have to grapple with the altitude and pressure of the famed Estadio Azteca
in a rare away friendly against rivals Mexico. This is the first exhibition game between the two
nations on Mexican soil since 1984, a real opportunity for both squads a month before World Cup
By Clemente Lisi – Harrison, NJ (Aug 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- You can come home again. Just
ask Brad Friedel and Michael Bradley, two Americans who play overseas who spent a part of their
summer training and playing in the United States. For neutral fans choosing what to watch in
another summer of exhibition soccer, it's always nice to have a direct connection.
By Clemente Lisi – Bronx, NY (July 23, 2012) US Soccer Players -- When I was in high school 20
years ago, the school soccer team played many of its games on a bumpy and dusty field located in
the shadows of Yankee Stadium. With the screeching of subway cars within earshot, my teammates and
I spent many weekday afternoons at Macombs Dam Park trying to score goals for LaSalle Academy
before sparse crowds that.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 16, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Amid the flurry of
friendlies that will be played across North America this summer, none of them ultimately count for
anything beyond bragging rights. It's preseason for the European clubs, meaning players will be a
rusty after being off for the better part of June.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 13, 2012) US Soccer Players -- With the opening game of the
World Cup just exactly two years away, CONCACAF teams were back in action on the long road to
determining who will represent the Confederation in Brazil. Match day two of the Semifinal Round of
qualifying was highlighted by three draws – the biggest coming from tiny Antigua and Barbuda.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 11, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Four days after posting a
3-1 win over tiny Antigua and Barbuda before a hospitable Tampa crowd to open World Cup Qualifying,
the USA will face Guatemala on Tuesday (10pm ET – PPV) before a decidedly more partisan crowd at
the Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 9, 2012) US Soccer Players – The United States was not
the only team to start the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF World Cup on Friday with a win. Mexico,
Jamaica, Canada and Panama also posted wins in their opening games. Over the next 17 months, the
USA and 11 other CONCACAF nations will play to determine which top two teams from each of the three
Clemente Lisi takes us through an interesting top ten from the Confederations Cup in the latest By The Numbers. Read More
US Soccer Players columnist Clemente Lisi takes on some of the biggest World Cup arguments, like who was better: Pele in 1970 or Maradona in 1984? Read More
Their Words "If you put it simply then you always have the chance to start again in football and cooking. You can always put things right and quickly secure another win. It's the same with cooking. If something goes wrong at lunch time, then you get back on track in the evening." Bayern Munich chef Alfons Schuhbeck.
BY DAVE MARTINEZ
Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh told local media that he would be looking at both European and American options as the New York Red Bulls continue to vet their coaching prospects.
Could Tony Meola be on that short list?
Though he doesn't have professional coaching experience in the top ranks, the Hall of Fame goalkeeper has a history in New York both with the Metrostars and as a member of the Red Bulls.