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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, July 29, 2016
In a move that signals a continued roster purge that began with the arrival of new general manager Nelson Rodriguez and head coach Veljko Paunovic, the Chicago Fire sent announced Nigerian striker Kennedy Igboananike to D.C. United for Targeted Allocation Money and the natural third-round selection in the 2019 SuperDraft. Read the whole story
The team that calls Avaya Stadium home usually wears blue, but red turned out to be the color of the MLS All-Star Game. The MLS All-Stars battled and lost to Arsenal, 2-1, on a late goal by Chubka Akpom but "checked all the boxes" set out by head coach Dominic ... Read the whole story
MLS expansion team Atlanta United FC has sent its two big signings on loan until it opens training camp in January for its first season. Kenwyne Jones is headed home to Trinidad & Tobago to play for Central FC. Mexican club Tijuana announced it signed Argentine Hector Villalba for the ... Read the whole story
The International Champions Cup match between Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid at Ohio Stadium in Columbus drew 86,641 fans, more than double the previous record for a soccer crowd in the state of Ohio, set less than two weeks earlier. Read the whole story
Atlanta United FC is the only MLS expansion team confirmed for 2017, but MLS commissioner Don Garber told ESPN at halftime of the AT&T MLS All-Star Game that the league will have "another announcement in a couple of weeks" on who will join Atlanta. That should be Minnesota, though the ... Read the whole story
A new MLS rule intended to keep players from skipping out on the All-Star Game means that Portland Timbers captain Liam Ridgewell will have to sit out Sunday's key Western Conference game against Sporting Kansas City. Read the whole story
John Brooks became the first of the Americans who played at the 2016 Copa Centenario to return to official competition when he started for Hertha Berlin in its 1-0 win over Brondby of Denmark in the Europa League third qualifying round series. Read the whole story
Midfielder Alvaro Fernandez is back at Seattle for his second stint, signing on Thursday, a day after the Sounders acquired fellow Uruguayan international Nicolas Lodeiro. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Chuba Akpom

"I was playing against players I played with on FIFA when I was younger  -- [Didier] Drogba, [David] Villa, [Andrea] Pirlo -- players that you watch in World Cups and in big tournaments. I just think. 'Wow, I want to get to that standard.’" -- Arsenal's 20-year-old forward, Chuba Akpom, the unlikely MVP of the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game with the winning goal in the 87th minute for the Gunners. ...More

What They're Saying: Jurgen Klopp

"If you bring one player in for 100 pounds ($130 million) and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney. The day that this is football, I'm not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together. That is how everybody in football understands it. You always want to have the best, but building the group is necessary to be successful." -- Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, alluding to the reported transfer fee of a possible Paul Pogba move from Juventus to Manchester United. ( ...More

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