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MLS Moves: USL MVP Okoli signs with NYCFC 
Though it is well-stocked with attacking firepower, New York City FC has signed a goalscorer to start the rebuilding for ...
What They're Saying: Bob Bradley 
"I'm still confident. I think we have made progress, but it's up to us to prove that. We still have ...
MLS Cup: Remaining tickets sell out in three minutes 
Major League Soccer announced that tickets for Saturday's MLS Cup between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders sold out three ...
MLS Moves: Atlanta United signs Almiron as its No. 10  
Another vital piece has been added as Atlanta United prepares for its first season in MLS with the acquisition of ...
What They're Saying: John Molinaro 
"Going to games and trekking up to the team's training facility in north Toronto to cover practices felt like a ...
STORY OF THE DAY!
NASL: Decision day arrives for ailing Division 2 league
by Paul Kennedy on Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 2:59 AM EST
Photo Players and staff of clubs in the six-year-old North American Soccer League should learn their fate on Tuesday. The triggering event? U.S. Soccer's board of directors will decide the divisional status of the NASL (which needs a waiver to keep it in Division 2 for 2017) and the USL (which is seeking Division 2 sanctioning). If the NASL folds, several teams could resurface in the USL.  
MLS Awards: Giovinco and Hedges repeat Best XI picks 
Three teams each landed two players on the MLS Best XI. Supporters Shield winner FC Dallas is represented by defender ...
NASL: Decision day arrives for ailing Division 2 league 
Players and staff of clubs in the six-year-old North American Soccer League should learn their fate on Tuesday. The triggering ...
Soccer on TV 
Several slots in the round of 16 will be decided Tuesday and Wednesday as group play concludes in the Champions ...
Video Pick: Ridiculous red-card meltdown  
MSV Duisburg's Baris Ozbek took swings at half the players on Sportfreunde Lotte and stamped on one of his fallen ...
What frightens the European giants about Leicester City 
In the context of English soccer, Leicester City is a great story, the little club that could, from the second ...
Soccer America Classifieds 
Soccer America Classifieds connect soccer companies and organizations to America's soccer community twice a week with listings of the latest ...
Blatter loses appeal over six-year soccer ban 
Sepp Blatter lost his appeal of a six-year ban imposed by FIFA on its former president for breaching ethics rules ...
Valdano: Real Madrid is the best at 'bad soccer' 
Former player and coach Jorge Valdano praised Real Madrid for earning a 1-1 tie with Barcelona and getting a point ...
Chapecoense is awarded Copa Sudamericana 
Conmebol, South American soccer's governing body, awarded the 2016 Copa Sudamericana to Brazil's Chapecoense club on Monday after most of ...
Youth Soccer Reporter:
Mike Woitalla


U.S. U-15 boys finish 2016 with wins in Florida
The U.S. U-15 boys national team wrapped up 2016 with a training camp in Bradenton, Florida, that included wins over ...
Soccer America Confidential:
Mike Woitalla


Bruce Arena is a safe bet compared to the gamble U.S. Soccer took on Klinsmann
It was an exciting and hopeful time, when U.S. Soccer hired Jurgen Klinsmann in the summer of 2011. The press ...
College Soccer Reporter:
Paul Kennedy


Women's College Cup: USC stuns West Virginia
USC got two late goals from Mexican international Katie Johnson to beat top-ranked West Virginia, 3-1, and win its second ...
Youth Soccer Insider:
Mike Woitalla


Big U.S. U-17 wins a 'snapshot of good signs of progress'
During three games over five days last week at the Nike International Friendlies in Florida, Coach John Hackworth's team impressed ...
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Will fear of goalscoring affect MLS Cup 2016?
Back in the 1970s I recall watching a soccer panel on English TV. They were discussing an important upcoming game -- maybe it was the FA Cup final. Both of the teams who would feature in that game had just had big wins and had scored a lot of goals. The moderator asked the two panel members -- both of them coaches --- what that meant for the upcoming final.

"Going to games and trekking up to the team's training facility in north Toronto to cover practices felt like a prison sentence. Writing negative story after negative story became not only a legitimate challenge (how many ways are there, really, to write a team sucks?) but a personal hazard."

-- John Molinaro, Toronto FC beat writer for SportsNet, on what it was like to cover the 2016 MLS Cup host in its dark early years at BMO Field. (SportsNet)