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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
After missing the MLS playoffs for the first time in seven years in 2015, Real Salt Lake came storming back and returned to the postseason in 2016. But a late-season slump -- no wins in its last seven games -- put a damper on the season. The offseason saw one ... Read the whole story
American keeper Zach Steffen and Ghanaian internationals Jonathan Mensah and Mohammed Abu are among the significant changes for Columbus, which last season toppled down the standings and missed the playoffs after reaching the 2015 MLS Cup final. Read the whole story
U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena got good news four weeks before the USA faces Honduras in World Cup 2018 qualifying as center back Geoff Cameron came off the bench in Stoke City's 4-0 loss at Tottenham, his first appearance in four months. For who played and who didn't in ... Read the whole story
When the USA fell, 6-4, to Panama in the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship, it got two of its goals from goalkeeper Christopher Toth, who tied the game at 3-3 and struck again in similar fashion for a late consolation goal. Read the whole story
For the second time in two years, Hamburg SV fell, 8-0, in to Bayern in the North-South Classic. This time, Arturo Vidal opened the scoring, Robert Lewandowski hit a hat trick, Kingsley Coman struck twice, and David Alaba and Arjen Robben got one each. Read the whole story
Columbus Crew SC and Acura reached a three-year sponsorship agreement making Acura the MLS club's jersey sponsor. It's the Crew's largest annual commercial transaction and Acura's first jersey sponsorship. Read the whole story
The Columbus Crew won the Carolina Challenge Cup and Houston Dynamo captured the Desert Diamond Cup as MLS preseason ended. Most teams on Saturday fielded what will be close to their starting lineups for the season openers. Read the whole story
The USA moved into the second stage of the men's Concacaf U-20 Championship with a 4-1 win over St. Kitts & Nevis in which Sebastian Saucedo struck twice. Coach Tab Ramos' team faces Mexico on Monday in the first of two second-round games that will determine whether it reaches the ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Aleksander Ceferin

"It will be part of the evaluation, and I am sure it will not help the United States to get the World Cup. If players cannot come because of political decisions, or populist decisions, then the World Cup cannot be played there. It is true for the United States, but also for all the other countries that would like to organize a World Cup." -- UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, saying the USA's chances of winning the right to host the 2026 World Cup would be damaged if President Donald Trump's travel restrictions come into full force. (New York Times) ...More

What They're Saying: Dr. Gina Agredano

"He just stopped breathing, and that was when it was game on. I said to myself we were not going to die today." -- Dr. Gina Agredano, who was watching her son, Jose, play in the final JV high school game of the seasin for San Benito High School in Watsonville, California, when he suffered an impact-induced cardiac arrest after an errant ball struck him on the left side of the chest. She performed three minutes of CPR before an on-site automated external defibrillator shocked Jose's heart and revived him. (San Jose Mercury-News) ...More

What They're Saying: Francis Kone

"It has been four times. Once in Thailand and twice in Africa. I’m always checking the players, to make sure they have not swallowed their tongue.” -- Slovacko's Togolese striker, Francis Kone, who leaned over Bohemians' Martin Berkovec and pulled the unconscious goalkeeper’s tongue out of his mouth to keep him from swallowing it during a Czech First League on Sunday. The move saved the life of Berkovic, who had collided with teammate Daniel Krch. (Fox Sports) ...More

What They're Saying: Perry Dealy
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What They're Saying: Gary Lineker
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