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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, May 27, 2016
Saturday's MLS action featured a pair of hat tricks by Bradley Wright-Phillips (3-0 win for the New York Red Bulls over Toronto FC) and Ola Kamara (4-3 win for Columbus over Real Salt Lake). Conference leaders Colorado and Philadelphia played to a 1-1 tie with both goals coming in the ... Read the whole story
Lionel Messi injured his back and ribs in a Copa Centenario warmup game for Argentina against Honduras but didn't suffer any broken bones. He was scheduled to fly back to Barcelona for a court hearing while his teammates fly to California to prepare for the Copa Centenario. Read the whole story
The USA has called in Edgar Castillo to replace Timmy Chandler on its roster for the Copa Centenario. Chandler suffered a thigh strain while playing for Eintracht Frankfurt in Monday's promotion-relegation playoffs against Nuremberg. Castillo is with Monterrey, which hosts Pachuca in the second leg of the Torneo Clausura final ... Read the whole story
The announcement came a day too late to benefit the Philadelphia Union, but Orlando City midfielder Kaka has been named to Brazil's squad for the Copa America Centenario. Also: This weekend Toronto FC is going back to where it started and this might be a case of leaving home being ... Read the whole story
Omar Gonzalez, who was passed over for a spot on the U.S. Copa Centenario team, started for Pachuca, which beat regular-season champion Monterrey, 1-0, at home in the first leg of Mexico's Torneo Clausura final. Edgar Castillo did not play for Monterrey, which hosts the second leg of the final ... Read the whole story
One vital aspect of soccer's increased television exposure is how events are treated by non-rights holders that can't show the games and have limited access, if any, to players and coaches and training sessions. BeiIN Sports and BeIN Sports en Espanol will air special editions of studio shows "The Xtra" ... Read the whole story
Christian Pulisic has already impressed his coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, enough that he's in contention to start at the Copa Centenario. Saturday's match against Bolivia in Kansas City should give the 17-year-old Pennsylvanian a chance to make his case to start against Colombia in next Friday's tournament opener. Read the whole story
Last Saturday's FA Cup-MLS doubleheader on Fox reached a combined 1,613,000 viewers. Manchester United's 2-1 overtime victory over Crystal Palace delivered 1,018,000 viewers (a 26 percent increase compared to the 2015), while the NYCFC-Red Bulls Hudson River Derby -- MLS's first game on the Fox network -- averaged 595,000 viewers ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Jozy Altidore

"When Haiti qualified, I just thought it'd be a cool thing, because they haven't qualified for a major tournament since the [1974] World Cup. I thought this would be something cool knowing how much Haitian people love their national team ... to have thousands of people who otherwise wouldn't be able to see the matches broadcast the group games and see them perform." -- U.S. forward Jozy Altidore, who will miss the Copa Centenario with a hamstring injury but has made sure soccer fans in Haiti, where parents grew up, will be able to watch the tournament. Altidore's foundation is ...More

Brazil's Copa Centenario hopes take a hit

Another day and another player scratched from the Copa Centenario. And this is a big one: Bayern Munich midfielder Douglas Costa out due to a left thigh injury. His replacement: Orlando City's Kaka. ...More

What They're Saying: Arbroath FC chairman John Christison

"Our thanks to Guinness for clearing that up, that's tremendous news. We would probably have had to rebrand a lot of our stuff because it has 'world record holders' on it." -- Arbroath FC chairman John Christison after Guinness World Record would not confirm a 44-1 victory by Ecuadoran third division team Pelileo Sporting Club as the record for the most goals scored in a soccer game. Arbroath FC's 36-0 win over Bob Accord in 1885 still stands as the world record for a "first-class" match, defined as "top-level professional, international, or preeminent amateur [Olympic] soccer." (BBC Sport) ...More

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