Pablo Mastroeni deserved better
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Aug. 17, 1:37 a.m.
Headed toward a third poor season in the four campaigns under Pablo Mastroeni, the Colorado Rapids cut loose their former captain and all-time leader in appearances with 225.
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Paul Mariner: On MLS and the Revs, then and now, the Eastern Conference race and VAR
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Aug. 15, 4:51 p.m.
Few American soccer personalities have as broad a background in the game as Paul Mariner. The former England international striker closed out his playing career in the old APSL, coaches in MLS and England and is now works on the New England TV and radio broadcasts as well as for ESPN.
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From NASL 1971 to Concacaf 2017, Ted Howard reflects on career at forefront of soccer's rise
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Aug. 14, 7:44 p.m.
One of the most important events in the history of American soccer may have occurred back in 1964, when Ted Howard got cut from the Chico State varsity basketball team.
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Eric Wynalda on coaching, his new challenge, Bruce vs. Jurgen, and Pulisic
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 11, 6:28 p.m.
Most soccer fans know Eric Wynalda for his play on three U.S. World Cup teams and Hall of Fame career or his current role as an analyst on Fox Sports' soccer coverage.
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Crew's Gregg Berhalter: 'The whole group needs to step up'
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Aug. 9, 8:56 p.m.
An appearance in the 2015 MLS Cup final didn't carry over for Columbus, which failed to reach the playoffs last season. So far in 2017 it is barely in the playoff tier and must resolve issues with playmaker Federico Higuain, whose contract is about to expire, as it battles for a postseason slot.
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Fire is poised to reverse years of disappointment
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Aug. 3, 12:21 p.m.
Languishing among the also-rans has left much of the Fire fan base disgruntled, but the 2017 team has established itself as among the best in the league. Yet its amazing reversal won't mean much if it stumbles down the stretch.
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'Lots of guys' step up as USA earns sixth Gold Cup title
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 27, 2:28 p.m.
The day before taking on Jamaica in the 2017 Gold Cup final, U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez firmly put things into perspective.
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Miazga adds his name to deep U.S. centerback pool
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 25, 10:44 p.m.
Just how deep is the competition at centerback on the current U.S. team? Three winners of the MLS Defender of the Year Award -- Omar Gonzalez (2011), Matt Besler (2012) and Matt Hedges (2016) -- are competing for Gold Cup playing time.
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Michael Bradley, the leader, seeks a trophy
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 25, 10:35 p.m.
The youngest and the oldest players on the U.S. national team - and the head coach -- speak very similarly about captain Michael Bradley, who on Wednesday aims to lead the USA to the 2017 Gold Cup title.
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There is and continues to be only one Deuce
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 23, 9:31 p.m.
The Deuce lived up to his name Saturday. After the entrance of substitute Clint Dempsey, the Americans scored twice on his assist and goal to defeat Costa Rica, 2-0, to reach its 10th Gold Cup final.
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One man's Midseason MLS Best XI
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 18, 10:37 p.m.
The list of All-Stars was released by MLS on Tuesday and amid the controversy of who got picked and who didn't, here's a personal selection of the 11 most deserving players of the 2017 season to date.
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Arena goes with experience -- and a few question marks in Gold Cup knockout phase.
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 17, 3:28 a.m.
The six players called by Bruce Arena for the Gold Cup quarterfinals and beyond were not surprises but a few of those sent home did raise eyebrows.
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USA beats a minnow: the woeful, good and hopeful
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 13, 2:19 a.m.
What was the most pathetic moment for the USA in its Gold Cup game on Wednesday? There were a few to choose from.
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SA Midseason Awards: Nikolic, Paunovic head list of Chicago candidates
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 12, 4:46 p.m.
An amazing turnaround in Chicago has the Fire challenging for the Eastern Conference title and Supporters' Shield, as well as individual honors. Striker Nemanja Nikolic and head coach Veljko Paunovic join the races that have produced MVP winners David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco, and Coach of the Year honorees such as Oscar Pareja and Jesse Marsch the past two seasons.
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Bruce Arena went too defensive against Panama
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 9, 1:29 p.m.
It's true that the USA has a Panama problem. Los Canaleros are the only team that ever beat the USA in a first-round Gold Cup game, in 2011, in the tournament launched 1991.
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