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Past articles by Sam:

Christian Pulisic took center stage when the USMNT needed him most

Pulisic overcame recent frustrations to put in his best-ever performance for the USMNT and deliver a big win against Panama → Read More

Gold Cup: USMNT, Mexico to meet in final

The U.S. will now face the winner of the Canada-Mexico semifinal, also being played on Thursday night, in the final in Las Vegas on Sunday. → Read More

Bruce Arena on the Revolution’s turnaround, MLS scheduling and why the U.S. continues to struggle – The Athletic

One of U.S. soccer's most outspoken figures sits for a wide-ranging and unfiltered chat → Read More

Longtime friends Bruce Arena, Julian Edelman are now neighbors at Gillette – The Athletic

The Patriots wideout and Revolution head coach may seem like an odd couple, but their friendship goes back years → Read More

MLS club execs: Fixing major markets more important than expansion – The Athletic

'The biggest expansion projects for the league aren’t in Miami or Nashville—they’re in places like Dallas and Chicago' → Read More

Stejskal: FC Dallas' Pomykal on the road to greatness, but it's a long one

Before the hype train careens completely out of control, before we carelessly cross the line between deserved praise and unreasonable expectations, let’s start with some facts. Facts: FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal is 19. He’s just taking his first steps as a pro. Though he signed a → Read More

Stejskal: How MLS rules shaped the Chicago Fire's pursuit of Nico Gaitan

After years of trying to acquire a game-changing playmaker, the Chicago Fire finally landed their man. The Fire announced on Thursday that they signed Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan on a free transfer from Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang, bringing a happy end to the club’s lengthy, → Read More

Stejskal: Why it's time to change how we think about Designated Players

It’s time to change the way we think about Designated Players. Since the classification was established back in 2007, we’ve used the number of DPs teams have on their roster as a quick, superficial way to measure how much they spend. That approach has always lacked nuance. Since Targeted → Read More

Stejskal: Portland finalizing loan for River Plate right back Jorge Moreira

The Portland Timbers are finalizing a deal to acquire Paraguayan right back Jorge Moreira on a season-long loan from Argentine club River Plate, sources told on Friday. The sources said that the Timbers will use Targeted Allocation Money to complete the deal and that the club will have → Read More

Stejskal: A new force out West? Dynamo feel more balanced after tough 2018

The Houston Dynamo don’t have the star power, deep pockets or the same levels of recent success as the four other MLS teams preparing for the start of the Concacaf Champions League, but they do have the top-end talent to make some serious noise in the competition and in league action this year. → Read More

Stejskal: Toronto FC pursuing Spanish attacker Alejandro Pozuelo

Toronto FC are interested in acquiring Spanish attacking midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo from Belgian club Genk, sources told on Friday. If acquired, Pozuelo would replace Sebastian Giovinco, who left the club to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal last month, as the club’s third → Read More

Stejskal: Contract details on new Real Salt Lake signing Samuel Johnson

Real Salt Lake have some flexibility with their newest Designated Player. RSL announced on Monday that they signed Liberian forward Sam Johnson to a DP deal. His signing gives Salt Lake the league maximum of three Designated Players on their roster, though sources told on Thursday that → Read More

Stejskal: Overpay or on the money? Why Minnesota spent on Ike Opara

Minnesota United made yet another big addition in the back on Monday night, acquiring center back Ike Opara from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for $900,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. I was enjoying a few blissful minutes away from the internet when the deal was announced and only found out → Read More

Stejskal: Colorado decline $3 million bid for Kellyn Acosta

The Colorado Rapids recently turned down a $3 million transfer offer from an English Championship club for US national team midfielder Kellyn Acosta, according to sources. American Soccer Now’s Brian Sciaretta reported on Wednesday that the Rapids turned down a “significant bid” for Acosta → Read More

Stejskal: Vancouver making moves, but still plenty of work left to do

After a couple of quiet months, the Vancouver Whitecaps once more began filling out their roster this week with the acquisitions of defensive midfielder Jon Erice from Spanish second-division club Albacete, winger Lass Bangoura from La Liga side Rayo Vallecano and attacker Lucas Venuto from Austrian → Read More

Stejskal: Atlanta's options for getting down to three Designated Players

You got me, Darren Eales. I feel a DP announcement coming... 👀#5StripesDontStop — Darren Eales (@DEalesATLUTD) January 15, 2019 I saw that tweet from the Atlanta United president and expected to see a Pity Martinez press release in my inbox. Instead, we got a different sort of DP announcement → Read More

Stejskal: Colorado Rapids agree to deal with free agent Benny Feilhaber

CHICAGO – The Colorado Rapids and free agent midfielder Benny Feilhaber have agreed to a deal, sources told on Thursday. The sources said that the deal is guaranteed for one season with the Rapids holding an option for the 2020 campaign. Feilhaber will make just under the maximum → Read More

Stejskal: NYCFC finalizing loan deal to nab Keaton Parks from Benfica

ORLANDO – New York City FC are finalizing a deal to acquire American central midfielder Keaton Parks on loan from Benfica, sources told on Monday. Parks, 21, has played in Portugal since the summer of 2015, when he joined second-division side Varzim. The Plano, Texas native moved to → Read More

Stejskal: Minnesota United emerge as leaders for free agent Ozzie Alonso

ORLANDO -- Minnesota United have emerged as the frontrunners to sign free agent midfielder Ozzie Alonso, sources have told The sources said that the Loons have come in over the top of FC Cincinnati’s two-year offer for Alonso, which was first reported by last week. → Read More

Stejskal: FC Dallas complete transfer of Chris Richards to Bayern Munich

FC Dallas have completed the sale of US youth international center back Chris Richards to Bayern Munich, a source confirmed to on Saturday. The source said that Bayern will pay Dallas a transfer fee in the low seven-figure range for Richards. FCD will also receive a cut of a future → Read More