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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
The U.S. U-23 women's national team will play Japan (March 2), England (March 4) and Norway (March 7) during a Feb. 25-March 7 trip to La Manga, Spain. Read the whole story
U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23-player roster for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup against Germany, France and England. Three picks are uncapped: goalkeeper Jane Campbell and midfielders Rose Lavelle and Brianna Pinto (only 16). Not picked from the pre-tournament camp team were Meghan Klingenberg, Amy ... Read the whole story
Turner Sports and Univision have snatched the U.S. media rights to the UEFA Champions League away from Fox Sports, starting in 2018-19, multiple sources told Sports Business Daily's John Ourand. Read the whole story
B.J. Snow is no longer U.S. U-17 girls national team coach and Michelle French is out as U-20 women's national team coach, but both will continue working for U.S. Soccer. Read the whole story
Fabian Johnson came off the bench for Borussia Moenchengladbach as it came back from 2-0 down on the evening (3-0 on aggregate) to beat Fiorentina, 4-2, and win the Europa league series, 4-3. Lars Stindl reversed the deficit with three goals in 11 minutes on either side of halftime. Read the whole story
Last year Montreal stunned Red Bulls, 3-1, on aggregate and took a commanding lead against Toronto in the conference finals only to fizzle in the final minutes. It has spent the preseason honing its young additions in midfield and tightening up a leaky back line. Read the whole story
In his first season, Patrick Vieira proved that a foreign coach unfamiliar with MLS could find the right formula and win games. True, very few men came to MLS with such a remarkable resume as a player, and it's also true he had the services of several Designated Players and ... Read the whole story
From MLS champion in 2015 to out of the playoffs in 2016, it was quite a fall for the Portland Timbers. But it did not shake the confidence of Timbers coach Caleb Porter in his group. A few tweaks and a solid preseason have brought new optimism to Portland. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Perry Dealy

"It's worth preserving because we don't have a lot of icons. It would save a lot of money for taxpayers." -- Perry Dealy, a consultant to developer Doug Manchester, who is working on a proposal to remodel San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium for MLS, as well as football, in competition with the recently unveiled SoccerCity plan in Mission Valley. The Chargers' move to Los Angeles has put the Q's future in doubt. (San Diego Union Tribune) ...More

Five 'brothers' from RSL-AZ boost U.S. U-20 World Cup qualifying campaign

Asked to explain his club's remarkable achievement, delivering five players to the U.S. U-20 national team, the first thing mentioned by Real Salt Lake-Arizona director Martin Vasquez was what the players did without coaches. ...More

What They're Saying: Gary Lineker

"After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad" -- Former English star, Match of the Day presenter and Leicester fan Gary Lineker on Ranieri's firing less than a year after the Foxes won the Premier League title. (@GaryLineker via Twitter) ...More

Random thoughts as the MLS season draws near
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