Streaks, VAR, and pressure in MLS

san jose earthquakes huddle By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 21, 2018) US Soccer Players - Midweek games in the thick of the MLS playoff chase wouldn’t seem to be the type to deliver wild, end-to-end action. That’s exactly what two Wednesday night games did. A third provided a bit of a surprise, ending one of the league’s most remarkable winning streaks. The MLS schedule pitted three Eastern Conference teams traveling across the country to take on Western Conference opponents in a congested part of the calendar. It was a significant challenge, especially for the Philadelphia Union. Philly was smarting from a disastrous showing at home against Montreal on the weekend, a game that threw their postseason hopes into just a touch more jeopardy. Jim Curtin’s team missed out on three points and helped the Impact’s own playoff hopes with the Saturday loss ahead of a trip to Seattle. No one needs reminding Continue reading "Streaks, VAR, and pressure in MLS"

Switching back to the club game

Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund's yellow and black badge. The September international window ended with games that count in Europe and a lot of friendlies everywhere else. It's probably worth the reminder that there used to be a single-game international window in August before FIFA redid the schedule a few years ago. A late starting league like the Bundesliga got in all of two league games before the September break. The Premier League has played four. Serie A and La Liga are three games into the season. At least the international players had games on the schedule. The rest of the players spent the break waiting for games. That disruption is real, pulling players out of a rhythm that they'd just established with their clubs. Now, the challenge is getting that back as quickly as possible. Christian Pulisic didn't join the USMNT camp for the September break with an injury issue. His club is back in action on Friday Continue reading "Switching back to the club game"

Switching back to the club game

Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund's yellow and black badge. The September international window ended with games that count in Europe and a lot of friendlies everywhere else. It's probably worth the reminder that there used to be a single-game international window in August before FIFA redid the schedule a few years ago. A late starting league like the Bundesliga got in all of two league games before the September break. The Premier League has played four. Serie A and La Liga are three games into the season. At least the international players had games on the schedule. The rest of the players spent the break waiting for games. That disruption is real, pulling players out of a rhythm that they'd just established with their clubs. Now, the challenge is getting that back as quickly as possible. Christian Pulisic didn't join the USMNT camp for the September break with an injury issue. His club is back in action on Friday Continue reading "Switching back to the club game"