U.S. Soccer Loses Top Prospect Jonathan Gonzales to Mexico

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The USMNT start the year with a huge loss to their biggest rivals Mexico without even stepping on a field.

In the following letter, highly-touted 18-year-old Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez described his intent to fulfill a one-time switch with FIFA to represent the Mexican national team during his international career.

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Jersey Review: 2018 New York Red Bulls Away

New York just got redder.

The first kit unveiling of the new year comes from the New York Red Bulls. It appears the Red Bulls are abandoning their blue and yellow away threads, ending a decade of using their alternate logo colors on the road. This is a smart choice as the original New York City MLS franchise looks to differentiate itself from their cross-city blue rivals. Can’t really say NY is RED when you wear as much white and yellow as you do red.

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Infographic: Professional Soccer Players from Ohio

Ohio is home to some of the country’s most decorated soccer athletes. Whether they were born in the Buckeye State, or moved here for college, Ohio has produced a number of highly-skilled soccer players who have made contributions to professional teams and, on occasion, their national teams.

The following infographic shows where some of these athletes came from, and where they have applied their soccer skillset.

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Warm Takes from a Busy Day in American Soccer

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

Live Reaction to USA vs Columbia Olympic Qualifier

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.

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MLS Rookie Power Rankings: Weeks 2 and 3

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