The soccer news starts with another issue for FIFA and the international calendar. Staging the 2021 Confederations Cup in a Qatar summer represents the same problem that moved the start of the 2022 World Cup to November 21. It's too hot to play soccer in Qatar in the summer, calling the immediate future of the Confederations Cup into doubt. FIFA's situation here is interesting since the . . .
FIFA facing pressure over the international calendar is nothing new. It wasn't that long ago that there were single date windows. Pressure from Europe in particular pushed the international calendar to double dates, taking out the August fixture entirely. Back when that was still around, there was a start stop to the beginning of the European club season. Since those European clubs and their . . .
UEFA held the draw for the 2017-18 Champions League quarterfinals, giving us a rematch of last season's final. That Juventus vs Real Madrid meeting is by far the highlight of the round, with the bouncing balls keeping the other contenders apart. The all-Premier League meeting of Liverpool and Manchester City might be high profile with Liverpool in 3rd and City top of the table, but there's an . . .
The MLS week 3 roundup starts in an odd location for an MLS regular season game. With DC United's new stadium under construction, they drew 2-2 with Houston in front of 5,128 at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Houston took a two-goal lead with Alberth Elis scoring in the 30th and assisting on Mauro Manotas's goal a minute later. Darren Mattocks pulled a goal back in the 50th minute with Luciano Acosta . . .
The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts in the Bundesliga. Fabian Johnson subbed on in the 81st for Gladbach's 3-3 home draw with Hoffenheim. Gladbach fell behind in the 13th minute with Josip Drmic equalizing in the 33rd. Hoffenheim converted a penalty in the 58th minute with Lars Stindl equalizing in the 72nd. Hoffenheim went up again a minute later with Matthias Ginter equalizing in the . . .
Interim USMNT coach Dave Sarachan announced the 22 player roster for the March 27 friendly against Paraguay in Cary, NC. Sarachan's selections focus on young players mainly from European clubs. "This match once again represents an opportunity for some new faces," Sarachan said in a press statement. "The roster has an average age under 24, so for the most part this is a group of younger players . . .
It's the FA Cup quarterfinals on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Seven of the eight teams involved are from the Premier League, with one chance at a giant killing. Also on the soccer TV schedule, MLS on Univision has NYCFC hosting Orlando City on Saturday and Borussia Dortmund returns to Bundesliga action on Sunday at home to Hannover 96. Once again, Daylight Savings Time hasn't started in Europe . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 15, 2018) US Soccer Players - Leaving college early or bypassing it altogether to turn pro is today a commonplace decision for elite young soccer players in the United States. It was a bit more of a gamble when Kevin Hartman did it in early 1997, just a few months shy of completing his bachelor’s degree. The LA Galaxy drafted Hartman with the second-to-last . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Mar 15, 2018) US Soccer Players - As a freshly-minted 22-year-old, Major League Soccer is understandably still figuring out its place in this big world. No league in professional sports has seen so much of a transitionary period in the past 5-10 years as MLS. In 2008, the Houston Dynamo failed to win a historic MLS Cup three-peat, falling short in the first round . . .
The soccer news starts with the Seattle Sounders crashing out of the 2018 Concacaf Champions League at the semifinal stage. Carrying a 1-0 advantage into the away leg against Chivas, Seattle lost 3-0 on the night with Chivas advancing 3-1 on aggregate. Oswaldo Alanis put Chivas up in the 50th minute with Javier Lopez scoring in the 55th. Jose Godinez added a third goal in the 80th minute. Seattle . . .