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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
After opening the Nike International Friendlies with a 7-1 win over Portugal, the U.S. U-17 boys national team beat Turkey, 5-1. Andrew Carleton and Ayo Akinola each scored twice and Timothy Weah added a late goal. Read the whole story
Japan outshot the USA 29-3 while beating the Americans 1-0 in the third-place game at the U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea. Read the whole story
Sunderland's Lynden Gooch, who made his English Premier League debut in August and U.S. national team debut two months later, will probably be out of action for three months after injuring his ankle in the Sunderland U-23s' game against Tottenham in the Premier League 2 on Tuesday. Read the whole story
The Division I women's season is down to its final weekend. Georgetown and West Virginia are in the final four for the first time; can they steel their nerves and prevail against established powers USC and North Carolina? Read the whole story
Both MLS Cup finalists had key players limp off in the second legs of the conference finals, but they should be fit for the Dec. 10 final. Italian star Sebastian Giovinco left shortly before Toronto FC pulled away in overtime against Montreal with cramps. Seattle captain Osvaldo Alonso suffered a ... Read the whole story
The 2016 MLS season doesn't wrap up for another week, but teams are already finalizing plans for the 2017 preseason. Tournaments will again be hosted by the Portland Timbers, FC Tucson and Charleston Battery (after a year's hiatus). Read the whole story
MLS expansion team Minnesota United signed a pair of defenders -- Justin Davis and Kevin Venegas -- who spent their entire pro careers with its team that played in the NASL. Read the whole story
Arsenal's Theo Walcott has entered the Guinness World Records by controlling a ball dropped from 111 feet -- roughly equal to a 10-story building. He succeeded where teammates Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin failed. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Roberto Assis

"It is a very difficult time. Later on, if there is a contact, we can talk. I can only say that we are here and we want to help. [Ronaldinho] fits the profile, can be the right guy. But the moment is to help families and it would be [wrong] to create expectations for now. As Brazilians, we feel involved. We are together." -- Roberto Assis, Ronaldinho's manager and brother, saying the Brazilian great was ready to  come out of retirement and play for free to help Chapecoense rebuild following the death of 19 players in a plane crash. (Globo ...More

What They're Saying: Gareth Southgate

"The days are gone from when I was younger where we did have beers after a game -- fish and chips and beer on the way home on the coach and probably fall off the bus. The rest of the world isn't doing that, so we are competing in a different landscape and have to be as prepared and professional as everybody else." -- New England coach Gareth Southgate, saying he won't introduce a "draconian" disciplinary regime despite the controversy over captain Wayne Rooney's late-night drinking but ... (BBC Radio 5) ...More

Stunning win by U.S. U-17 boys: 7-1 over Portugal

The Nike International Friendlies tournament, launched in 2001 for the U.S. U-17 boys national team, has long provided early glimpses of future stars. In 2008, a 16-year-old Neymar played for the Brazil team that in Lancaster, California beat a U.S. team that included Juan Agudelo. Coutinho, the current Liverpool star, scored twice in Brazil's 3-0 win. ...More

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