American Soccer News.net is a collection of individuals, who really love the beautiful game and want to see it grow in this country. We are an all volunteer force of soccer writers scattered throughout North America. You will find us in the press box at MLS stadia and everywhere the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams play their games. Want to join us? Here’s how and where you can do so. Or contact us for any other reason here.
Cyber Soccer Associates LLC is our legal name, though we go by AmericanSoccerNews.net most of the time. (“Cyber” just sounds so….90s). Now in our 14th year, ASN was originally created to provide America Online (AOL) with MLS reporting during the league’s inaugural season. After two years on AOL and a year on our own independent Web site, ASN established a firm Web presence in 1999 when we became the major information supplier to the now-defunct SoccerSpot.com. The current site was relaunched in March 2008.
In the summer of 1999, ASN was contracted by the FIFA Women’s World Cup to supply game reports, human interest stories, and color information to the official WWC99 Web site. SoccerSpot was purchased by internetsoccer.com in late 1999 and both sites were subsequently acquired by TEAMtalk.com, which continued to be an outlet for ASN’s unique, in-depth approach to U.S. soccer reporting through 2001. In 2003 ASN was contracted by ESPN Soccernet to provide exclusive matchday stories for the Women’s World Cup in 2003. CyberSoccerNews.com was started in 2002 and the site name changed to American Soccer News for the 2004 season. The AmericanSoccerNews.net site first opened for the 2006 season.
It is clear that for the professional game to succeed in the U.S., we need more fans. Most of the ingredients are in place or on their way for that growth to happen — the quality of play is good and getting better, new stadiums have been built, and we’ve got lots of soccer on TV and even more — and better — players in the youth ranks. One piece of the puzzle that’s missing, though, is information about teams and players. Media coverage of MLS and U.S. soccer is still a weak spot. American sports fans are accustomed to being provided with loads of information on the teams they follow. When baseball season rolls around, you can find articles in your local paper breaking down every team’s chances at making it to the World Series, features on players ranging from the local star to the new utility infielder, and columnists dissecting every off-season move. Having all this information brings fans closer to the game and the players — they pay attention to what’s going on and care about what’s happening. With very few exceptions, there are no newspapers that devote this level of coverage to MLS, and that’s a big problem. A casual soccer fan isn’t going to become a rabid fan because their interest is piqued by a one-paragraph match report that runs in the “Sports Digest” column. They need to get to know the players, the teams, and the drama that unfolds on the field every Saturday (or Sunday, or Thursday). Our goal here at American Soccer News is to give you the information you can’t get from your local newspapers and to give it to you straight. We won’t just tell you the final score — we’ll tell you the story of the game and what the players and coaches from both teams had to say about it afterwards (unless the losers refuse to talk, which happens occasionally). We’ll talk to the players so you can get to know them better. We’ll do our best to bring you closer to the game.
Llew Llewellyn – Founder
Nathaniel E. Baker – New York
Anna Marie Carames – New York
Llew Llewellyn – Los Angeles
Bonnie Morrison – Summit, N.J.
Francisco Valdivia – Los Angeles
Jay Hipps – Vallejo, Calif.
MLS Beat Reporters
Kansas City Wizards
Los Angeles Galaxy
New England Revolution
Real Salt Lake
Red Bull New York
Nathaniel E. Baker
San Jose Earthquakes
Nathaniel E. Baker, Steve Long
Craig Bennett (LA) Julia Pfizer (SLC) Mike Murphy(CO), Damon Tarver (SJ), Taylor Birkos (COL).
Rob Kerby – Soccer life in the Ozarks
Merrill Ring – Women’s soccer
Cyber Soccer Associates, LLC, is a Delaware corporation.