“Heviel Cordoves. Maykel Chang. Odisnel Cooper. Maykel Galindo. Yordany Alvarez.Osvaldo Alonso.
Those are just a few of the players unavailable to suit up for the Cuban National Team because they decided to pursue a professional career in the United States. Galindo had a rocky MLS career before signing for USL-Pro side LA Blues in 2012, Alvarez is an impact substitute for Real Salt Lake and Alonso is the glue in Seattle Sounder’s midfield.
“Cuba recently won its first ever Caribbean Cup in 2012 under the guidance of head coach Walter Benítez. However, the squad brought to the Gold Cup will be missing two of its regulars from that tournament: Marcel Hernández and Carlos Francisco.
Cuba is in Group C along with Costa Rica, the United States, and Belize. This is Belize’s first appearance at a senior international tournament, and as such Cuba will fancy their chances against the tiny Central American nation. Against the bigger teams, expect Cuba to bunker more and look to steal chances on quick counter attacks.”
Players of Caribbean Descent in U.S. Leagues
July 24, 2013
“For readers from Britain (or the Caribbean, for that matter) who are unaware with the football system in the U.S., there are three independent leagues that operate on a first, second, and third division basis respectively.
The top league, Major League Soccer, is home to a number of talented national team players from the Caribbean and around CONCACAF. The North American Soccer League has a few up-and-coming players and one or two veterans from around the Caribbean. United Soccer League’s Professional Division is mostly a league of younger players looking to attract the attention of an MLS club.”
A Gentleman’s Discussion of the Potential of Player Dilution
December 17, 2013
“Kartik Krishnaiyer is an intelligent guy who normally has pretty solid opinions about soccer, especially the development of the game in this country. The article he posted this morning, however, veers off that course. Beyond omitting the existence of USL’s Oklahoma City Energy FC (“USL PRO will between now and 2015 add new teams in Colorado Springs, Sacramento, and incorporate several MLS reserve sides”) and a few key typos, his general premise fails even with the employment of questionable rhetorical tactics. You can read the whole story here, but I’ll paste key sections before I dissect them.”
“On Wednesday USL Pro announced expansion into Tulsa for 2015, on Thursday Columbus Crew announced an affiliation with Dayton Dutch Lions, and on Friday Oklahoma City partnered with Sporting KC in the latest franchise news for the growing third division league”
“In Jornada 1, oddly enough, several away teams rose to the occasion and put their hosts on the back foot. The most exciting match to watch was far and away América’s big home win against Tigres though Querétaro holding on its 1-0 lead away to Morelia was also enthralling in a different manner. Chivas de Guadalajara seemed to encapsulate a whole season in 90 minutes as the Goats scored early and looked to add to their advantage before stagnating and ultimately giving up an own goal.”
MLS SuperDraft Preview: 15 Top Prospects to Watch
January 13, 2014
“Major League Soccer’s eventful offseason continues this Thursday in Philadelphia with the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. In his first assignment for ASN, Brendan Doherty looks at the draft’s top talents.”
Tracking the Moves of Caribbean Players in MLS
January 17, 2014
“A number of high-profile player transactions this MLS off-season have included players from the Caribbean. These deals include well-known players signing contract extensions, being traded to other teams, or becoming free agents. Let’s take a look.
Here’s a recap of the transactions involving Caribbean players in MLS (and the American leagues below) while I’m personally recovering from Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft.”
An Offseason to Remember: The Top 10 MLS Stories
January 25, 2014
“Juan Agudelo left. Michael Bradley arrived. A new TV deal is in place. A surprise No. 1 pick in the SuperDraft. MLS has made plenty of news so far in 2014, and Brendan Doherty recaps the top stories here.”
USL Pro Clubs Unveil 3 New Affiliation Deals ahead of MLS Preseason
January 27, 2014
“Toronto FC partnered with Wilmington Hammerheads, Sacramento Republic FC announced a split-deal with both Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes, and Vancouver Whitecaps formalized their existing relationship with Charleston Battery.”
Jornada 8 in Liga MX: A Week of Golazos
February 24, 2014
“It seems that Jornada 8 in Liga MX was the week of the wonderstrike, dare I say, the golazo.
While that term is overused, in Mexico as well as in the United States, there were a handful of goals this past weekend that fit even the strictest definition of the word. Elsewhere, teams struggle to avoid falling into Liga Ascenso and others try to assure playoff soccer for this torneo.”
What to Expect from the LA Galaxy II Roster
March 20, 2014
“LA Galaxy II starts its 2014 USL Pro campaign this Saturday at the StubHub center against the Orange County Blues. What can we expect for the composition of the first standalone MLS reserve squad in USL Pro this season?
The bulk of LA Galaxy II’s squad will be guys on normal USL PRO contracts. Most interested eyes will be looking to see which players from the Galaxy’s MLS roster will play “down” with the USL Pro team and which youngsters from the club’s academy will play “up” with the third division professional league.”
USL Pro: Update Heading Toward Playoffs…
August 15, 2014
A contribution to a collaboration piece on each team’s season and needs going into the postseason.
“The Rhinos have five games left in the season and none of them will be easy. First on the docket is a tricky back-to-back series in the Carolinas. They take on the Battery in Charleston, S.C., this Friday and then head to Charlotte, N.C., for a tilt against the Eagles on Saturday.
Lilley’s team is not in a must-win situation yet, but brining home some points from this weekend’s fixtures would surely ease the tension in Rochester and take the pressure off the Rhinos for their remaining home matches.”
USL Pro Week 22 Fixture Review Extravaganza
August 22, 2014
A review of all the games in the 22nd week of the USL Pro season, jam-packed with information and analysis with a sprinkling of cheap jokes.
TheCup.us – An independent site providing in-depth coverage of the U.S. Open Cup, my work focuses on the Rochester Rhinos
Soccer Newsday – A column on Liga MX and Mexican National Team
The Bent Musket – SB Nation site on the New England Revolution, I focus on that team’s USL Pro affiliate the Rochester Rhinos
I have also featured as a guest on the internet radio show Feurerstein’s Fire on three occasions to discuss the Rochester Rhinos.