Now that Jurgen Klinsmann has chosen his roster for next week's friendly against Ukraine, we can start considering the possibilities for a starting lineup to help Klinsmann answer some questions about his player pool.
There are several regular starters in the squad, but also enough new faces to provide a different flavor to the group Klinsmann ultimately settles on to start.
Winning may be secondary to Revolution coach Jay Heaps at this juncture of the preseason, but that didn't stop Darrius Barnes from rising to the occasion during the closing moments of Thursday's scrimmage.
With the score knotted at one apiece, Barnes grabbed the game-winning goal in stoppage time to give the Revolution their first win of the preseason with a 2-1 victory over the Ft.
A temporary solution has reportedly been found for the bizarre Andre Lewis situation.
The New York Cosmos told ESPNFC.com on Tuesday that they will allow Lewis to join the Vancouver Whitecaps for preseason preparations and will loan him to the MLS club for the upcoming season if he does enough to warrant a roster spot.
One of the Vancouver Whitecaps' first round draft picks won't actually be playing for the team.
Sources have confirmed to Goal's Ives Galarcep that Jamaican midfielder Andre Lewis has decided to sign with the North American Soccer League's New York Cosmos, spurning the Whitecaps despite being drafted seventh overall at the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.
Eric Wynalda is one of the of the most polarizing figures in American soccer. Beloved by some for his time as one of the best players in U.S. national team history. Hated by others who loathe him for his outspoken ways and highly-publicized attacks on other members of the American soccer community.
The race for the 24th MLS franchise was always expected to be an intense one, but few could have envisioned it going down like this.
A Minnesota TV station is reporting that NASL's Minnesota United FC are joining forces with MLB's Twins to explore the possibilities of landing an MLS team in the not-too-distant future, a move that could pit them against the local Vikings of the NFL in the quest to land a franchise in the top tier of American/Canadian soccer.
As far as players who resonate in American soccer go, few can match up to Freddy Adu and that is why NASL commissioner Bill Peterson is not against the idea of seeing the youngster playing in North America's second division.
Peterson touched on the topic of Adu potentially joining NASL on Thursday in the wake of comments made by Atlanta Silverbacks head coach Eric Wynalda to SI.
Beginning in 2015, the Tulsa Roughnecks FC will be the second professional soccer team in the state of Oklahoma.
After it was announced that Tulsa will be getting a USL Pro franchise, the choosing of the name of the team was left to fans, with 50 percent opting for Roughnecks, paying homage for the original Tulsa Roughnecks that played in the NASL from 1978-1984.
That was the question that Atlanta Silverbacks owner Boris Jerkunica, co-owner Henry Hardin, andtechnical director Eric Wynalda kept coming back to when they began discussions last month about who should take charge of the Silverbacks in 2014.
The Atlanta Silverbacks of the second-tier NASL have innovated in a way many thought not possible. They have opted not to hire a Head Coach to replace the terminated Brian Haynes who had been named 2012 NASL Coach of the Year. Instead they are allowing Technical Director Eric Wynalda to continue his work at FOX Sports in Los Angeles while more or less managing the team remotely.
Marcos Senna enjoyed a dream first season with the New York Cosmos, and he has no intentions to leave the club in the near future.
The Cosmos announced on Thursday that Senna has signed a contract extension that runs through July 2015. Senna won the Cosmos' Team MVP award last year and helped the club claim the Soccer Bowl by scoring in the 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks.
Hunter Freeman has two reasons to celebrate today.
The New York Cosmos starting right back is celebrating his 29th birthday on Wednesday, in addition to the club announcing that he has signed a new contract. A source close to the situation told SBI that it is a "multi-year" deal.
The North American Soccer League (NASL), the second-tier of American soccer, last season began a controversial split season format that saw the side that had the best overall points total (Carolina RailHawks) fail to reach the post-season while a team that played only half the season (New York Cosmos) were crowned as Champions of the league.
The Atlanta Silverbacks are set to experiment with a new kind of soccer management.
The club announced on Tuesday at a press conference that they are eliminating the head coaching position, allowing technical director Eric Wynalda to manage the team while also remaining as an analyst for Fox Sports 1.
One of the most standout players in NASL is making the move up to MLS.
Real Salt Lake announced on Tuesday morning that they have signed former Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Luke Mulholland. The 25-year-old Mulholland joins RSL after spending two successful seasons with the Rowdies, who he scored 17 goals and registered 13 assists for in 51 league appearances while also helping them win the 2012 NASL Soccer Bowl.
Following a five-week break for much of the 2014 World Cup, the North American Soccer League will return to actionfor their fall season on the weekend of July 12-13 with the first of 90 games between July and early November.
Each NASL club will face the other nine teams in the league once at home and once on the road for an 18-game fall season.
NASL will be adding more teams to its postseason format this year.
NASL announced on Thursday that four teams will reach the postseason in 2014 as opposed to two like in last year's edition. The four clubs will comprise of the NASL Spring and Fall Season champions and the two sides with the next best overall records from the two seasons combined.
Local political figures joined league commissioner Bill Peterson and the team's executives during a press conference on Tuesday morning in Jacksonville, Florida. Council President Bill Gulliford told the crowd that he was "proud to welcome Jacksonville Armada FC to our ... Continue reading →
The expansion NASL team in Jacksonville has a name.
The club announced on Tuesday that its name will be Jacksonville Armada FC and unveiled its logo. The team name pays tribute to the city's rich Spanish heritage and strong military connection, and was chosen following a fan competition and survey that invited soccer fans in the region to offer suggestions.
For the 2014 season, NASL will continue using its split-season format which mirrors most of the Latin America but is unique to American professional soccer. Spring season (Apertura): The 10 clubs participating in NASL in 2014 will play nine matches ... Continue reading →
With preseason just around the corner, Indy Eleven's inaugural roster is starting to come into view.
In a ceremony at Indiana University's famed basketball stadium Assembly Hall, Indy Eleven president Peter Wilt and head coach Jurgen Sommer revealed the signings of former Indiana men's soccer standouts Brad Ring and Mike Ambersley, taking Indy Eleven's roster to ten players.
In an earlier post I highlighted the introduction of an academy roster program for USL-Pro clubs as a major step in USL's player development model. The academy roster rule was introduced in February and designed to promote opportunities for young ... Continue reading →