By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena held a conference call with select members of the media on Thursday. Surprisingly enough, the man put in charge of the USMNT as the proverbial "safe set of hands" managed to make headlines for an unexpected reason.
The USMNT resumed World Cup qualifying on Friday night at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California in a big way. Shaking off two losses to start the Hexagonal round, the USMNT dominated Honduras in a 6-0 shutout.
The goals started early with Sebastian Lletget scoring in the 5th minute. Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 27th.
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 24, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's not that Bruce Arena's semi-regular musings on the state of American soccer didn't matter while he was leading the LA Galaxy. He won three MLS Cup titles, two Supporters Shields, and fully cemented his place as the greatest American soccer coach.
This new US Soccer "stand for the anthem or else" policy is silly, as is the fact that punishment for disobeying the edict will not be uniform. Not only is this policy decidedly un-American, it's all set up to be unevenly judged. And I hate to break it to Soccer House, but (whether or not it is intended to be) it also reeks of being one more way to exert control over the ladies.
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - The World Cup is coming to America. Maybe. Mostly, America... maybe. If you widen the definition of "America" beyond its usual connotation of the United States, to include the North American nations of Canada and Mexico, than the World Cup is still coming to America.
I can't even. This is so highly unnecessary. I already explained why it would be utterly lame to share a World Cup bid with Mexico... and now we've lumped Canada in, as well. Well, the 2026 tourney is well set up to be yet another ass-pain for fans (though, admittedly, it would likely be much more irksome for Mexicand, Europeans and Asians than it will be for Americans and Canadians).
The soccer governing bodies of Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced that they will submit a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. The three federations made the announcement at a media even in New York City. FIFA has yet to specify the requirements for bidding on the 2026 World Cup or a preference for single or joint bids.
The soccer news starts with CONCACAF's "historic announcement" coming out of their Congress held in Aruba on Saturday. The scene now shifts to New York City where Canada, Mexico, and the United States are set to announce a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The announcement comes before FIFA lays out the specifics for potential bidders.
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - March's World Cup qualifiers are over. The USMNT have banked four points from a potential six this month, meeting the coach's stated goal. That's restored at least some measure of calm to the process of qualifying for Russia 2018 from the CONCACAF Hexagonal.
The biggest takeaway from the USMNT's 1-1 draw at Panama is nothing new to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Win at home, get whatever you can on the road. The USMNT did that job plus a little more. In a testy game with a referee happy to let both teams play on, Christian Pulisic's weave through the Panama box made the difference.
It's gameday for the USMNT in Panama City (10pm ET - beIN Sport). We're going to go ahead and assume that nobody needs a reminder that the USMNT would like three more World Cup qualifying points. It's a simple scenario for all the teams in CONCACAF's Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying. Winning means control.
The USMNT is back in action on Tuesday, trying for three more points in Panama. Coming off of their major statement against Honduras, the USMNT takes their newfound confidence on the road in Panama City. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Europe switches to friendlies while World Cup qualifying continues in CONMEBOL and CONCACAF.
Monday's soccer news starts with newly won confidence for the USMNT following a 6-0 shutout of Honduras. The rest of CONCACAF got a lesson in how not to play the USMNT in this cycle. How Panama responds on Tuesday (10pm ET - beIN Sport) will be on the minds of the rest of the region.
Panama has issues of their own, trying to turnaround a road loss to Trinidad & Tobago.
The soccer news starts with the USMNT in action tonight against Honduras in San Jose (10:30pm ET - FS1). Is there going to be a pregame that pushes that start time closer to 11pm on the East Coast? Of course there is.
After months of concern, we're all well aware of what's at stake for the USMNT.
The games return in force on Friday's soccer TV schedule. World Cup qualifying resumes in CONCACAF with the USMNT in action against Honduras on Fox Sports 1. That follows Mexico playing Costa Rica. There are also qualifiers from UEFA.
USMNT vs Honduras at 10:30pm on Fox Sports 1. We all know the stakes for the USMNT.
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - Experience, aggression and commitment are the tools of choice for the USMNT as they wade into a pressure-packed World Cup qualifying encounter with Honduras at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California on Friday (10:30pm ET - FS1).
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – The USMNT is no stranger when it comes to playing in must-win games. From the first round of the World Cup to the Gold Cup knockout stages and Hexagonal tournaments in between, the USMNT has found ways to win. It will need to channel some of those past victories when it plays Honduras on Friday evening at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - The final countdown to this month's massive World Cup qualifying matches began in earnest on Wednesday. Bruce Arena unveiled his 24-man USMNT roster for the games against Honduras On March 24 and Panama on the 28.
The soccer news starts with an MLS result in the Champions League. FC Dallas came back to take the first-leg of their semifinal series with Pachuca 2-1 at Toyota Stadium. With Omar Gonzalez in Pachuca's starting eleven, Franco Jara put them up in the 3rd minute. Maxi Urruti equalized for Dallas in the 44th with Kellyn Acosta scoring from a free kick in the 58th.
Though it's easy to think that this already happened, CONCACAF's lengthy route to naming the 2017 Gold Cup field finally concluded on Tuesday. At a media event at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, CONCACAF officially set the groups for this summer's competition. The USMNT is the seeded team in Group B and will play Panama, Martinique, and either Haiti or Nicaragua depending on a final qualifier.
The biggest takeaway from the USMNT winning the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championships was job done. Rough starts happen. So do recoveries, with teams figuring things out while playing against time. Losing is acceptable as long as a team moves on. That's what the USMNT did, turning their issues into that classic coaching cliche "the teachable moment".
The USMNT won Group D in the second stage of the CONCACAF U-20 Championships, advancing to the U-20 World Cup. The USMNT beat El Salvador 2-1 on Friday in San Jose, Costa Rica. Emmanuel Sabbi scored in the 18th minute. Eryk Williamson assisted on the Sabbi goal and scored in the 25th. El Salvador pulled a goal back in the 35th.
The soccer news starts with Jermaine Jones adding to what we already knew through his social media feed. He isn't shy about taking on criticism overt or implied. A couple of think pieces suggested the USMNT would be better off with Jones out of the midfield, something he addressed in an interview with ESPN.
The soccer news starts with UEFA noticing how their soccer clubs spend their money. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is talking luxury tax, squad limits, and the transfer market, in an attempt to curb the payrolls of the super clubs. Fair enough in theory, but it's worth asking how the clubs are going to respond to UEFA attempting to impose limits.
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy announced on Tuesday that 24-year old midfielder Sebastian Lletget would miss the next 4-6 months. He needs surgery to fix a broken bone in his foot. Lletget picked up the injury while on duty with the USMNT, for whom he made his competitive debut on Friday night against Honduras.
The United States Soccer Federation has dropped the first mainly red USA kit since 2011. Furnished by US Soccer longtime technical partner Nike, the jersey will serves as the USA third kit over the course of the next year. The USA 2017 Red jersey uses Nike's Vapor with AeroSwift design that was introduced with the [.
Como si no fue suficiente con los tres goles contra Honduras el viernes pasado, el delantero Sounders Clint DEMPSEY ha capitulado su regreso a la selección mayor de los Estados Unidos al convertir anoche un gol mas de su carrera con el uniforme nacional en el empate 1-1 contra Panamá. Fue el gol número .
El delantero de los Sounders FC Clint DEMPSEY ayudó anoche a la causa de la selección de Estados Unidos en salir del fondo de la tabla de posiciones de la Hexagonal de Concacaf al convertir un hattrick en una suprema goleada de 6-0 a Honduras ante 17 mil fanaticos en el Avaya Stadium de San ... Seguir leyendo Dempsey hace tres goles en goleada de Estados Unidos a Honduras [video] →
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - Tab Ramos and his USMNT U-20s step into the spotlight this weekend. On Saturday, they kick off what could be a perilous World Cup qualifying campaign in Costa Rica. As is often the case with big youth national team events, this tourament [.