The soccer news starts with what counts as a Champions League disappointment. Christian Pulisic didn't play in Chelsea's 1-0 home loss to Valencia. Rodrigo scored the game's only goal in the 74th minute, with Chelsea taking 22 shots with 6 on goal to Valencia's 8 with 2. Chelsea missed a penalty, adding to the pressure now on the squad. "We created enough good chances, had a penalty, and then . . .
The soccer news starts with the Champions League group stage. While the European Club Association leadership tries to build consensus for a revamp of the competition, the games begin. The current era of the Champions League favors the top three leagues in Europe, giving each of them four group stage places and keeping them out of the multi-tiered qualifying process. That means the outsider teams . . .
The soccer news starts with the Chicago Fire announced that Joe Mansueto is now the club's investor/operator. Mansueto had a minority stake in the club before buying out Andrew Hauptman. The change in investor/operator comes as the club plans to move back to Soldier Field next season while considering a rebranding and name change. "I joined Andrew as a partner because he developed a tremendous . . .
Week 28 of the 2019 MLS season resumed with NYCFC coming back to beat San Jose 2-1 to extend their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference to six points over Philadelphia. Chris Wondolowski put the Earthquakes up on the road in the 20th minute with Keaton Parks equalizing in the 40th. Alxandru Mitrita scored NYCFC's winner in the 43rd minute. "NYCFC is at the top of the Eastern Conference for a . . .
The roundup of USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts in the German lower divisions. Julian Green scored for Furth in their 2-1 home win over Wehen Wiesbaden. Trailing from the 46th, Daniel Keita-Ruel equalized for Furth in the 81st. Green converted a stoppage time penalty for the win. In the 3.Liga, Terrence Boyd scored two goals in Hallescher's 3-2 win at Ingolstadt. A goal down from the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 13, 2019) US Soccer Players - "Playoff implications" is like magic. The phrase immediately increases the intensity of regular-season games that would otherwise lack for intrigue. It's fair to say that it takes too long for Major League Soccer's regular season to get to the point where the "playoff implications" magic cascades down over proceedings. When it . . .
The soccer news starts with week 5 in the Premier League and a simple question. Do we really know much about the 2019-20 season? The September international break does a quality job in disrupting any momentum one way or the other for the start of the Premier League season. Teams already in trouble may be able to regroup. Teams already stockpiling points may wonder why the games need to . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 12, 2019) US Soccer Players - The USMNT got beaten by their main rival, then matched up stride-for-stride with global royalty. That's what the results of the past week's international friendlies vs. Mexico and Uruguay say on the scoreboard. They're also signposts amid a broader process of construction and education that is slated to continue into the . . .
It was a midweek start for week 28 of the 2019 MLS season with NYCFC and Toronto drawing 1-1 at Yankee Stadium. Alexandru Mitrita scored for NYCFC in the 6th minute with Alejandro Pozuelo equalizing from the penalty spot in the 40th. Toronto had the lead on shots on goal 5 to 1. Houston shutout Minnesota 2-0 at home. Mauro Manotas opened the scoring in the 37th and assisted on Christian Ramirez's . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 11, 2019) US Soccer Players - On Monday in Austin, Texas, a group of luminaries from local government, soccer, and even Hollywood gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of Austin FC's future home. The event marks the beginning of the construction process on a venue that seemed impossible as recently as 18 months ago. Back then, Austin FC didn't exist beyond a . . .