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What They're Saying: Mike Francesa 
"I know I get accused of knowing nothing about soccer, and I don’t, I know absolutely zero about soccer. And ...
USA-Ecuador International Friendly Player Ratings 
Halftime subs Bobby Wood and Darlington Nagbe revived a sluggish U.S. attack and in the final minutes they teamed up ...
Copa Centenario: Geiger among three U.S. refs picked 
Three Americans -- Mark Geiger, Jair Marrufo and Armando Villareal -- are among 18 referees selected to officiate at the ...
MLS Countdown: Voids in Crew and Impact backlines 
In terms of severity, the knee injury suffered by Columbus centerback Gaston Sauro last weekend in Toronto is pretty bad. ...
What They're Saying: Garth Lagerwey 
"I'd like to stay focused on the performance of the team. Obviously, for all of us, we have more secure ...
STORY OF THE DAY!
USA-Ecuador International Friendly Player Ratings
by Ridge Mahoney on Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:30 AM EDT
PhotoHalftime subs Bobby Wood and Darlington Nagbe revived a sluggish U.S. attack and in the final minutes they teamed up to score the goal by which the U.S. beat Ecuador, 1-0. The Americans started poorly and seldom troubled the Ecuadoran defense in the first half but kept the game goalless until their attack got rolling. Ecuador seldom revived the energy it had showed in the opening minutes and never tested keeper Brad Guzan with a dangerous shot.  
French politicians split on Euro 2016 security priorities 
If you don't think France is taking security seriously for Euro 2016, which begins June 10, you only need to ...
Schelin, Henry and Necib set for Lyon farewell 
Wolfsburg and Lyon meet in the UEFA Women's Champions League final in Reggio Emilia, Italy. For Swede Lotta Schelin, Amandine ...
Euro 2016: Varane injury is blow for France 
Real Madrid center back Raphael Varane has been ruled out of the European Championship due to a thigh tear, dealing ...
USA-Ecuador: Three storylines to follow 
The USA plays Ecuador in its first Copa Centenario warm-up since MLS players entered camp. The game should give fans ...
USL: Brandt leaves Navy for struggling Riverhounds 
Dave Brandt, the winningest active coach in Division I men's soccer, quit his job as Navy's men's coach to become ...
Roster: U.S. U-23 women head to Nordic Cup 
The U.S. U-23 women's national team, coached by Janet Rayfield, will face Sweden (June 2), Norway (June 4) and England ...
Rampone's U.S. Olympic hopes fade 
Christie Rampone, whose 311 caps are second all-time behind Kristine Lilly's 354, pulled out of the U.S. women's national team ...
Il caso Giovinco: Italy's loss is MLS's gain 
Sebastian Giovinco isn't going to the Euros. Italy's loss is MLS's gain. More particularly, Toronto FC gets to turn loose ...
U.S. Abroad: MK Dons releases Cropper 
U.S. under-23 national team keeper Cody Cropper won't have his the option picked up by MK Dons, making him a ...
Youth Soccer Reporter:
Mike Woitalla


U.S. U-17 girls head to Italy for World Cup prep
The U.S. U-17 girls national team continues its preparations for the U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan that kicks off ...
Soccer America Confidential:
Paul Kennedy


Il caso Giovinco: Italy's loss is MLS's gain
Sebastian Giovinco isn't going to the Euros. Italy's loss is MLS's gain. More particularly, Toronto FC gets to turn loose ...
College Soccer Reporter:
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USL: Brandt leaves Navy for struggling Riverhounds
Dave Brandt, the winningest active coach in Division I men's soccer, quit his job as Navy's men's coach to become ...
Youth Soccer Insider:
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Insights on European scouting of U.S. youngsters by 'Arsenal Yankee' Danny Karbassiyoon
Daniel Karbassiyoon jokes that Arsenal kept him from going to college twice. The first time, at age 18, he signed ...
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Soccer's new-look rulebook (Part 2): Making room for the Spirit the Game
Alongside the changes in the organization and wording that David Elleray and his team have brought to the revamped rule book go what I think of as "mood" changes -- the business of modernizing the rules, of making them "more accessible," etc. Tucked away in that category is a time-bomb of a phrase that makes its first appearance in Rule 5, which tells us that referees, in making their decisions, will factor in not only the rules but also the spirit of the game.

"I know I get accused of knowing nothing about soccer, and I don’t, I know absolutely zero about soccer. And that’s more than I want to know about soccer. I have no interest. Sorry. I'm just being honest. It’s a little late for me and soccer. It's just not going to happen."

-- WFAN radio talk host Mike Francesa, saying he doesn't care about soccer, then talking about it for eight minutes in response to Sport Illustrated's "Summer of Soccer" cover with Lionel Messi. (Awful Announcing| VIDEO)