UPDATE: In a statement released on Friday evening, US Soccer announced that Portland officially withdrew their protest. US Soccer released the following statement: "After a thorough review of the Portland Timbers' official protest, it has been determined that the inclusion of additional foreign players was a result of a good faith misunderstanding among U.S. Soccer, Major League Soccer and . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with Minnesota United beating New England 2-1 at home in the only game on the midweek MLS schedule. Christian Ramirez put United up in the 5th with Darwin Quintero doubling the lead a minute into stoppage time. Diego Fagundez converted a penalty for New England in the 52nd minute. "You can’t concede goals like we’ve been conceding the last two games," New England . . .
The US Open Cup quarterfinals are on the schedule in Wednesday's soccer news, with all four games happening later tonight. As always at this stage, MLS has most of the spots. Louisville City is the last lower division club standing, hosting the Chicago Fire. It's a tough matchup for the USL club since Chicago has already shown they'll play a competitive lineup in the tournament. That's still not a . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jul 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - When Juventus arrives in the United States later this month, they're not going to be the team anybody expected. That includes their fellow European teams on their International Champions Cup schedule as well as the MLS All-Stars they'll play in Atlanta on August 1. Nobody saw Juventus deciding to reinstate their super club status by successfully . . .
Going from 1st to 5th in the Premier League was likely to lead to changes at Chelsea. That's the polite way to say that not staging a competitive defense of their title would lead to yet another manager. In this case, head coach Antonio Conte making way for Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea made the Sarri hiring official over the weekend, once again drawing a line underneath a successful period that didn't . . .
By Clemente Lisi – MOSCOW, RUSSIA (Jul 16, 2018) US Soccer Players – Your World Cup hangover officially starts now. The days after crowning a World Cup champion is when those withdrawal symptoms start to kick in. It's only natural after watching such an obscene amount of games in such a short time span. While most of the planet tries to return to normal this week after France lifted the trophy on . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the World Cup finale. France took the title 4-2 over Croatia in a game that left world soccer wondering what they'd seen from the new champions. France spent much of the game looking like a team unwilling to fully commit. Croatia ended with more possession 66% to 34%, twice the shots 14 to 7, 528 passes to 289, and higher passing accuracy 83% to 68%. Where France . . .
We start the MLS Week 20 review with DC United playing at home for the first time this season. After two "home" games earlier this year at borrowed stadiums, DC United opened Audi Field in week 20 with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. The game also marked the debut of designated player Wayne Rooney. Yamil Asad scored the first goal at Audi Field, putting DC up in the 27th minute. Paul . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 13, 2018) US Soccer Players - This week brought a news item that might once have dominated the American soccer conversation for days at a time. Jesse Marsch leaving the New York Red Bulls to take up a new challenge as an assistant to Ralf Rangnick at RB Leipzig, RBNY’s Bundesliga sibling club. US coaches working abroad at high levels in the professional game . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jul 13, 2018) US Soccer Players - Cresting the hill that is the halfway point of the MLS season doesn’t generally reveal much. There’s still so much left to play for, and the secondary transfer window has only just opened. Even as clubs scramble to reinforce their squads during the signing period, they also must navigate crucial games in the heat of the summer. By . . .