March 29 was a mixed bag for American soccer, just as many predicted. The USMNT senior squad took care of business on a day that could have went down as the darkest moment in U.S. soccer history. Instead, a convincing 4-0 defeat of Guatemala left fans breathing easier and confident the USMNT will in fact play in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. More important than avoiding elimination though is the way this team came together when it most needed to the most. Not only did they get a result, but they did it in convincing fashion without some of their key players. It is no secret the national team has struggled over the past year, but Tuesday provided fans with some semblance of hope looking ahead to this summer’s Copa America Centenario. Continue reading
After a 1-1 draw with Columbia U-23, the U.S. youngsters need a win or 0-0 draw to ensure placement in the 2018 Rio Olympics. Captain and Columbus Crew SC midfielder Wil Trapp leads the USA U-23s into battle on home soil in Frisco, Texas.
MLS has made many gains in the past few seasons in terms of quality and ability to attract top names from around the soccer globe. One of the league’s most unsung improvements has been its ability to develop its youth into reliable starters and internationally sought-after talent. The 2016 season has already introduced us to a wide slate of rookies who will shape the league for years to come.
The following is a ranking of MLS’ rookie performers through week 3. Continue reading
It may seem as though acquiring players through the MLS SuperDraft is becoming a relic of the past given the league’s emphasis on bringing international talent in from the outside and developing homegrown talent from within. As MLS rosters get deeper year after year thanks to increases in allocation money, the need to select and nurture rookies who have not trained with a team’s youth academy at a young age appears to have shrunk. In addition, some of the U.S.’s most promising college players have avoided the draft to secure a contract in Europe or use a loophole that allows players to train with a club while in college to achieve Homegrown Player status (The Jordan Morris rule). Continue reading