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Home >Soccer America Daily > Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Sacha Kljestan, whose short-term move to MLS over the summer was thwarted, finally got his first start of the 2014-15 Pro League season for Belgian champion Anderlecht, and he scored the decisive goal in its 3-2 win over Kortrijk, his first goal in eight months. Terrence Boyd also ... Read the whole story
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] At the age of 26, Steve Zakuani is retiring from soccer, his career never the same after suffering a broken leg in 2011. The Portland Timbers winger said it had "gotten to the point where I have to be honest with myself and listen to my body." Read the whole story
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] The Columbus Crew is about to enter the playoffs for the first time under head coach Gregg Berhalter, but he is already looking ahead to the 2015 season. The Crew announced on Wednesday that it has signed 23-year-old central midfielder Mohammed Saeid, whose contract with Orebro in Sweden ... Read the whole story
[MLS PLAYOFF PREVIEW] Sporting Kansas City starts off defense of its 2013 MLS Cup title Thursday night in perilous circumstances. By losing to New York, 2-0, Sunday at Sporting Park, SKC dropped into fifth place. To start its quest to repeat it gets a rematch with the Red Bulls Thursday ... Read the whole story
[MLS PLAYOFFS] One game into the 2014 MLS playoffs and already the postseason is roiled by controversy. Referee Mark Geiger whistled Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston for handling the ball in the final minutes and Michel shuffled up to the penalty spot to knock home the goal by which FC Dallas advanced ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Napoli's Jose Callejon demonstrates how to miss an open net from two feet out by shooting over the crossbar. Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Less than two minutes after kickoff in this Kenyan Premier League game, Gor Mahia went up, 1-0, against Sofapaka. That it came courtesy of a superb own goal from Sofapaka's Eugene Asike didn't prevent Gor Mahia's players from dancing as if they'd hit the net ... Read the whole story
[DATEBOOK] The 2-1 win over Vancouver keeps FC Dallas at home for the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals against another Cascadia opponent, the Supporters' Shield champion Seattle Sounders, in the late Sunday game on ESPN2. It's one of four matches over the weekend. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Jermain Defoe

"It was hurtful. In England, at all the clubs I've played for, no one ever said that. I was at Tottenham 10 years and no manager or chairman ever said that. I've heard managers say I'm the most committed player they've ever had. I can say this because it's the truth. I don't drink. I take care of my body. That's why, at 32, I'm sharper than ever. My record here, even restricted by injury, is good." -- Toronto FC's Jermain Defoe on last month's comments from club president Tim Leiweke questioning the English striker's commitment to the MLS club. ...More

FIFA's Scandalous Snub of Costa Rica

Should there be any lingering doubts about the total domination that Europe now has over the global game they have surely been put to flight by the announcement of the short list of candidates for the most prestigious individual awards in men's soccer in 2014: the Ballon d'Or (best player), and the FIFA World Coach of the Year. ...More

MLS Awards: Birnbaum heads rookie class

Defenders are usually the top candidates for Rookie of the Year and while only a few such players have broken into starting lineups this year, D.C. United is very fortunate it had a University of California product ready to step in. ...More

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