When Jurgen Klinsmann was hired to be the new coach of the US Men's National Team in 2011, there was much excitement over the appointment of a successful innovator that would help propel America forward in the world of soccer. Transforming the United States into an elite soccer powerhouse would not be easy but it seemed more possible than ever before under Klinsmann's tutelage.
Whether it's promotion and relegation, or major USMNT players leaving Europe for the riches of MLS, Jurgen Klinsmann has taken numerous whacks at Don Garber's piñata recently. And Mr. Garber, desperate not to lose any PR or standing in the eyes of the growing American soccer populace, fought back.
Since Landon Donovan's final USMNT game is Friday night in East Hartford, CT, it's time to talk about legacies. Yes, the well will certainly run dry on this topic in short order, but before it goes as bare as the Aral Sea, examining Landon's legacy is important. Whether he is the best player to ever represent the Stars and Stripes is debatable.
Hey y'all, checking in with another piece bringing some soccer issues to a general audience light. This time it's college soccer training limitations and reform. I know you know enough to get the gist of it, but I did have Andrew Wenger and Jordan Morris among others weigh in – figured you'd want their $.
In just a few days, U.S. soccer fans will witness the end of an era. This Friday, Landon Donovan will step onto the field as a national team player for the very last time, thus concluding one of, if not, the most illustrious career in American soccer history.
For the casual viewer, the friendly match against Ecuador will simply be the inevitable fruition of Donovan's retirement announcement back in August, and possibly a moment to reflect on his many record-breaking accomplishments.
After a combined score of 12-0 in a two game friendly series with Mexico, the United States Women's National Team seems to be sitting in prime position heading into CONCACAF qualifying. There is little question on the American's ability to perform at the tournament, sitting as heavy favorites to take first, the question centers around which players head coach Jill Ellis will choose to fill her 20 women roster.
The question was only asked because there was nothing else to talk about. The press conference lasted all of 50 seconds.
The Portland Timbers had just crushed Guyanese side Alpha United 6-0 in front of one of their smallest home crowds ever since joining MLS in a midweek CONCACAF Champions League respite from the furious MLS playoff race with a team of backups.
It is not a surprise that the MLS league office passed on a hefty fine to Bruce Arena this week for his comments on the strange Sacha Kljestan transfer saga. What is a surprise is how it was handled, and the process by which Arena was told of the fine ironically justifies his comments.
As a refresher Arena and the Galaxy cleared roster space and cap room to acquire Sacha Kljestan from Anderlecht during the simmer transfer window, a move that undoubtedly would have made them favorites in the West.
Former United State's Men's National Team Captain and current Chivas defender, Carlos Bocanegra, announced his retirement from soccer following the end of the current 2014 MLS season. Bocanegra has been playing professional soccer for 14 years and earned 110 appearances for the USMNT and scored 14 goals since his first call-up in 2001, as well as captaining the team for six years where he earned the nickname "Captain America".