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Pulisic helps USA play low and win high

I had high expectations of Christian Pulisic. He delivered -- and then some.

Christian Pulisic must start on Tuesday

Coaches like to be secretive about their starting lineups, which is the only way to explain why Jurgen Klinsmann answered so apprehensively about whether 17-year-old Christian Pulisic would start on Tuesday against Trinidad & Tobago.

More than a Hexagonal berth is on the line for USA in Caribbean tests

Does U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann take dramatic steps to revamp his team In qualifiers this month and friendlies in October, or does he stick to more or less the status quo as the .U.S. prepares for the start of Hexagonal play in November?

Doyle departure starts crucial new era in San Jose

With only two playoff appearances since it rejoined MLS in 2008, San Jose hasn't been able to find the right formula for success moving into a wonderful new stadium last year and instituting player development programs. Taking over for John Doyle as GM is Chris Letich but most of the pressure falls on head coach Dominic Kinnear, a friend of ...

Farewell, Hope Solo

I have admired Hope Solo for many reasons. I've sent YouTube clips of Solo's highlights to goalkeepers I've trained, because I believe that players learn more by imitating stars than from listening to coaches' advice.

Struggles of MLS Cup finalists are to be expected for smaller-market teams

Portland and Columbus defied the odds -- and economic reality -- by reaching the MLS championship game last year. Their problems this season are indicators that a steady increase in high-spending expansion teams can squeeze the resources of more frugal operations.

Olympic women's soccer: Our winners & losers

Olympic women's soccer left the taste of what might have been. A USA-Brazil semifinal at Maracana Stadium would have been awesome. As would have been -- for the cause of women's soccer -- a Brazil gold medal.

'Cagey' Swedes deserve some credit

The USA women fell short of the semifinals of a major tournament for the first time when they were beaten by Sweden in the quarterfinals, and on Tuesday the Swedes also beat host Brazil to reach the gold-medal game. They must be doing something right.

'Worst MLS signing' Lampard is tearing it up

A great run of form earned New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard Player of the Week and Player of the Month honors as NYCFC regained the Eastern Conference lead.

Assessing the middle third -- of the MLS season

Coaches and executives often speak of dividing a season - much as they do of the field itself -- into thirds. You defend in your defensive third, try to control the middle third, and strive to exploit scoring opportunities in the final (attacking third).

Schmid departure starts to clear Sounders' deck for Lagerwey

Eighteen months after joining the Sounders as president of soccer and general manager, Garth Lagerwey is plotting a new path forward in the wake of the club's dismissal of head coach Sigi Schmid, who had led the team since its formation as an MLS expansion team in 2009.

Toronto FC must rebound after embarrassing defeat for crucial home stand

After an eight-game road trip to open the season, Toronto FC is in a playoff spot yet looking forward to moving further up the standings with a run of four straight games at BMO Field.

Quakes need to build on stunning victory

Every struggling team looks for a spark, a turning point, a shift of fortune that transforms frustration into fruition and a tough season into a good one.

MLS Midseason Awards: Villa and the other Kamara are among the leaders

The six major categories of awards presented each season by MLS run the gamut of experience, youthful promise, and performance.

Are U.S. women ready for another union fight?

This should have been a good week for the National Women's Soccer League.