The transfer window is going to look different this year. There will still be a few big signings, (see Chelsea’s acquisition of Timo Werner) but all speculation is that the financial from impact of COVID-19 will lead to a more frugal summer across the board.
Where to start? As I’m sure my readers know I have ranted and raved for years about the quality (and sometimes lack there of) of the United States National Soccer team. The far more glaring issue and the baseline of our woes is the lack of international caliber depth at our disposal. But that is only the tip of the iceberg of our present national teams ineffectiveness issues when competing against top ranked teams. The real issue has been replacing the old guard of the 2010 World Cup.
The MLS regular season is coming to a close, and as we look forward to the playoffs, the pressure is mounting for all teams vying for a spot to compete. Through arduous battles of endurance, skill, and sheer athletic prowess, there is a handful of MLS teams that rise above the rest, enticing spectators with incredible moves and setting new standards for gameplay. These teams continue to demonstrate their talent and enthrall fans with exhilarating matches in a constant battle for glory, and it’s these teams that we look forward to watching as they duke it out for that all-important victory. As we look to the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, the best of the best Major League Soccer teams in the game right now are bringing top-notch gameplay and incomparable talent to the sport.
How is it that a team that has only been around for two years has such a huge following? LAFC fans act as if the team has been around for ages. This fanbase, which is good for them, act like the team has been around so long that tradition has been established already. All in a matter of two years. As for the league, MLS, how is it that a team in its sophomore year has great players?
Next month, the US plays two friendlies against Mexico on Sept 6th at Metlife Stadium, NJ, and Uruguay on the 10th in Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
When Gregg Berhalter was announced as the new coach of the US in September last year, one of the biggest talking points surrounded the team’s veterans. Who stays and who goes? The Altidore/Bradley vitriol was fierce, and on either end of the spectrum, you had two schools of thought.
It is impossible to ignore the United States Men’s National Team’s inability to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, placing themselves, the world’s third largest country by population, outside of the top 32 soccer teams in the world. Nonetheless, it is essential to recognize the important steps the US Men’s National Team, Major League Soccer (MLS), and the US Soccer Federation have made in recent history. While significant action is required to see forward progress, asking yourself, "What is the future of soccer in the United States?" may lead to an overwhelmingly positive projection.
Major League Soccer, commonly abbreviated as MLS is the highest professional soccer league that contains 21 teams from the United States and three teams from Canada. It is organized, managed, and supervised by the United States Soccer Federation. The growth of MLS has been put into question over the last few years, but there seem to be significant changes in the perception of the league, and its growth as well.
North American soccer has received heavy criticism in recent years for the formatting of the CONCACAF Champions League, North/Central America’s version of the famed European competition. This criticism has been justified, as little to no attention has been paid to the competition by clubs and fans alike. This lack of a legitimate continental championship creates a void for many fans. During the MLS season, all the attention is on making it to the playoffs or winning the supporter’s shield, with little attention on the US Open Cup or the aforementioned CONCACAF Champions League. With the MLS being the main attraction for those in the United States and Canada, those who watch the European game understand that something is missing.
Sure, having the best cleats and must have women's soccer gear can help you get a leg up against the competition, but it takes hard work, stamina, and the right coaching and team to really make it in the soccer world. If you’re looking for credible and successful soccer universities in the US, you have a lot of options. But, because there are hundreds of universities with NCAA Division 1 soccer programs, it can be difficult to make the decision on which you should apply to. You must consider factors like academics, location and size of the school, and more. Take a look at some of the top schools in the nation for soccer and we’ll help you decide.
No disrespect to any defenders, defensive midfielders, or goalkeepers, as all of those positions are important and necessary to win, but forwards are why we watch soccer. We tune in to watch offensive players score goals, possess unnaturally good ball control, and dribble through defenders, hopefully making them look silly. Throughout soccer history, there have been countless experts in all three of those disciplines but who's the been best? The debate has raged on for decades. Different eras make it hard to properly compare and contrast players, not to mention team strength, playing styles, and competition faced. Taking all of those factors into account, I have picked the ten best soccer forwards to ever play the beautiful game.