The soccer news starts with Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber doing his job during his annual state of the league press conference. Garber told anyone interested in listening that MLS isn't "a league on the rise, but a league that's arrived." Mixing that with his favored "league of choice" description for where he wants MLS to be, it's a message that doesn't cost the league much of . . .
The Seattle Sounders won the 2019 MLC Cup, beating Toronto FC 3-1 in front of 69,274 fans at CenturyLink Field. Finishing in 2nd-place in the Western Conference, Seattle knocked out top seed LAFC to reach the final. Kelvin Leerdam's deflected shot off of Toronto defender Justin Morrow opened the scoring in the 57th minute. Victor Rodriguez made it 2-0 Seattle in the 76th. Raul Ruidiaz added a goal . . .
The soccer news starts in the Premier League with DeAndre Yedlin and Christian Pulisic both scoring in wins for their clubs. Yedlin's Newcastle beat Bournemouth 2-1 at home. Trailing from the 14th minute, Yedlin equalized in the 42nd with Ciaran Clark scoring in the 52nd. "We know how crucial back-to-back wins are in the Premier League," Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said. "So it was vitally . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 8, 2019) US Soccer Players - In 2016, the Seattle Sounders lifted the MLS Cup at BMO Field in Toronto following a tense, goalless affair against the home side. The hero on that day was goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who made several crucial saves to help his team to victory. That including a jaw-dropping stop that ascended to the top of the list of all-time great . . .
The soccer news starts with Sunday's MLS Cup final (3pm ET - ABC). Home field advantage would be a bigger deal had Seattle not gotten it with a road win at Banc of California Stadium and Toronto hadn't won at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. That took out the two biggest home field advantages in MLS, suggesting that a capacity crowd at CenturyLink is nice but not a huge issue for either team. Whatever . . .
With MLS players out of the playoffs already in camp with the USMNT, coach Gregg Berhalter named additional players to the squad that will play Canada and Cuba in November. The USMNT completes Nations League A, group A play against Canada in Orlando on November 15 (7pm ET - ESPN) and at Cuba in the Cayman Islands on the 19 (7:30pm ET - FS1). Berhalter adjusted the roster again following Sunday's . . .
The soccer news starts with the new coach in Houston. Tam Ramos left his role as US Soccer's youth technical director to take the job with the Dynamo. It's an interesting transition for a coach with plenty of experience with the youth national teams. After retiring in 2002 as a member of the MetroStars, Ramos was involved with youth soccer in New Jersey before taking the USMNT U-20s job. He has . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 30, 2019) US Soccer Players - MLS Cup is heading back to the West Coast, but in Seattle rather than Los Angeles. LAFC took care of the Galaxy and then Seattle took care of LAFC to set up an unlikely Sounders vs Toronto MLS Cup. Both clubs are playing for their second league title. In a league where only five clubs have won more than once, it's an accomplishment. . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 6, 2019) US Soccer Players - Truly historic seasons are easy to spot. They come with gaudy numbers and long winning streaks. They seem to buck the odds and cut against the type of bad luck that invariably affects everyone. They are marked by great individual campaigns that reflect on the work of the team as a whole. They always prompt debate, particularly when . . .
The soccer news starts with USMNT player Christian Pulisic once again playing a role in an unlikely draw for Chelsea in the Champions League. Chelsea drew 4-4 with Ajax at Stamford Bridge, with Pulisic setting up the penalty that leveled the score at 1-1. From there, a game that had already taken an odd turn took several more with Chelsea eventually finding an equalizer and another point in the . . .