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Home > Soccer America Daily > Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Americans A.J. Soares and Caleb Stanko have moved to clubs in Denmark and Liechtenstein. Soares, a free agent, left Norwegian club Viking for AGF Aarhus in Denmark, while Stanko left German Bundesliga team Freiburg on loan for FC Vaduz, which is based in a Liechtenstein but plays in the Swiss ... Read the whole story
Leader FC Dallas played a 1-1 tie with No. 2 Colorado that kept those teams in the same spots in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings. The Galaxy jumped past the Timbers into third place by winning 2-1 in Portland and a 5-1 pulverizing of Philly lifted Montreal into fourth. The ... Read the whole story
MLS is averaging 312,000 viewers on ESPN and ESPN2 in 2016, up 32 percent from the same period in 2015. The increase has been helped by a heavier concentration of games on the better viewed ESPN and lead-ins and promotion from its Euro 2016 coverage. Read the whole story
Sigi Schmid, the only coach the Seattle Sounders have ever had in their eight MLS seasons, is out. Schmid won MLS titles with the LA Galaxy (2002) and Columbus (2008) but could not lead the Sounders to one MLS Cup final. He leaves with a 6-12-2 record in 2016 and ... Read the whole story
Here's the GoPro video of Liverpool's Alcatraz tour filmed by Mamadou Sakho before Coach Jurgen Klopp sent him home early from the preseason U.S. tour. Klopp, who gets interrupted during an interview by Sakho, chides the 26-year-old for being later for the transatlantic flight, a reason cited by The Telegraph ... Read the whole story
Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers will miss the rest of the 2016 season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon that will require surgery. Borchers, who won MLS Cup titles in 2009 with Real Salt Lake and in 2015 in his first season with the Timbers, was injured in Saturday's game ... Read the whole story
The MLS All-Star Game will be broadcast for the first time in Cuba. MLS reached an agreement with ICRT to broadcast Thursday's game on TV and radio in Cuba. The AT&T MLS All-Star Game between the MLS all-stars and Arsenal will air in a record 166 countries and territories. Read the whole story
At the All-Star break, MLS clubs are averaging 21,429 fans a game, almost unchanged (down 0.6 percent) from last year's record average attendance of 21,574. The league has a shot at breaking the 2015 record. Many teams have traditionally drawn their best crowds in the fall. MLS's three Canadian teams ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Chinese soccer fan Netizen Liu Ningning

"I don't mind spending money on the ticket, I don't have to watch the game, but you should send your players in the stadium or even just have them walking a lap around the field." -- Chinese soccer fan Netizen Liu Ningning on social media, angry about the cancellation of the Manchester United-Manchester City match in Beijing due to a bad field made worse by bad weather. ( ...More

What They're Saying: Bill Edwards

"As [head coach] Stuart [Campbell] said after the match, the officiating was disgusting. It was the last straw in what I believe to be a season full of inconsistent, incompetent and unprofessional refereeing. And while it's easy to dismiss it as 'just a game,' these bad calls can affect the lives and livelihoods of everyone associated with the club." -- Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards, after the NASL team's 2-2 tie with the New York Cosmos. He said post-game officiating evaluation reports seemed to have been ignored. ( ...More

Indeed, a wet blanket on soccer

You don't need to be a meteorologist to know something serious is going on with weather patterns. A heat dome persists over much of the country. Weekend afternoon action in MLS was painful. At least if you were New York City FC or Seattle Sounders fans. Bad weather in China had its effect also: Monday's Manchester United-Manchester City was canceled at the last minute. The decision was made "due to the extreme weather events in Beijing over a multiple-day period." Torrential rain made the field at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing unplayable. ...More

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