American Soccer Headlines and Reactions

Hey, soccer fans! Here are the latest headlines from around the American soccer landscape and my quick reactions. Make sure to follow all our social media content via Linktree and join the conversation: 

Pulisic reveals his new position for Tuchel at Chelsea

As much as I liked Pulisic as an attacking winger, his development as a ‘kind of false striker’ his going to make him more effective: more touches, more time in dangerous positions, and more versatility. This could also ripple to the USMNT.

Philadelphia Union unveil 2021 secondary jersey – designed by fans

Why do clubs even hire graphic designers anymore? Just outsource it to fans. Seems to have worked for Philly with their “electric” secondary jersey, and it would’ve worked for the Chicago Fire.

Will MLS owners lock players out?

No one wants a lockout. The league might not survive a lockout. Both sides are making concessions, a compromise is needed. As a fan, I’m angry this once again comes down to the wire. Deadlines make deals, but both sides have known about this for over six months.

Doyle: New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner is “the best pure shot-stopper” in MLS history | Extratime

Turner has had a great few years, and I usually trust Doyle’s institutional MLS memory, but speaking in absolutes – especially in sports – always gives me pause. My number one takeaway from the article is that Turner holds a Lithuanian passport, making a move to a European league that much easier.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Announces 2021 Ballots

Notable player names include: Beckham, Berhalter, Boxx, Cherundolo, Hejduk, Henry, Mastreoni, Onyewu, Rampone, Solo, Wagner, Wolff

Notable veteran names include: Etcheverry, Mathis, Morenso, Sanneh

Given how the players, veterans, and builders from this time period have grown the game in the US, each has a great case to be included. New voting rules ensure 2-4 candidates are elected annually.

Hope you’re all enjoying the American soccer action at home or abroad.

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