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Home >Soccer America Daily > Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014
The first-ever U.S. youth national futsal teams will compete against top Canadian clubs in a three-match series at the new Toronto Pan American Sports Centre. U.S. youth futsal technical director Keith Tozer termed the trip "an historical event in our country's futsal history." Read the whole story
Christmas came early for Houston Dynamo fans as the MLS club announced late Tuesday night it had signed Erick "Cubo" Torres as a Designated Player. Dynamo president Chris Canetti termed the deal a "monumental signing," though the club will have to wait up to six months for the 21-year-old Mexico ... Read the whole story
We deliver a Christmas Eve treat with 10 terrific own goals from 2014. We're hoping that by now the unlucky ones who hit their own net can laugh about it -- and perhaps take solace in that they're bringing us some holiday cheer. Read the whole story
Gary Smith, who led the Colorado Rapids to the 2010 MLS title, has taken over as the head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks, who were taken over by the NASL after struggling on the field and off in 2014. Since leaving MLS in 2012, Smith has managed English third division ... Read the whole story
Ali Curtis, who has spent the last seven years with the MLS league office after a playing career that saw him win the 1999 Hermann Trophy and the 2000 MAC Award at Duke, has been named the New York Red Bulls new sporting director. He replaces Scotsman Andy Roxburgh, who ... Read the whole story
Abby Wambach and Costa Rica's Keylor Navas are the winners of the 2014 Concacaf Player of the Year awards. Tim Howard finished ahead of Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa and Navas for Goalkeeper of the Year in an equally weighted vote among Concacaf national team coaches and captains, media and fans. The ... Read the whole story
Real Monarchs, the new Real Salt Lake farm team, named former RSL AZ academy coach Freddy Juarez as its head coach for its first USL PRO season. Juarez will be joined on his staff by assistant David Lara, who spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach for the ... Read the whole story
FIFA came in for a lot of criticism for going with Brazil ahead of Sweden in the seedings for next year's Women's World Cup, but you can't argue with them now. Brazil went out and showed it will be a serious Women's World Cup title contender by beating and tying ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying: Joe Javidara

"At that time, when we began showing the games, nobody showed soccer. The rest of the bars around here, they would say it's a sissy sport. Football and basketball were sports." -- Joe Javidara, owner of Summers Restaurant, the legendary Arlington, Va., soccer-viewing establishment that is shutting down on Dec. 31 after 30 years, in part because of declining patronage in face of the other viewing options available to soccer fans at home or at competing soccer bars. (Washington Post) ...More

What They're Saying: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

"Thank you but to finish second is like finishing last." -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic on being congratulated by Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter for finishing second, behind former tennis star Bjorn Borg, in its ranking of the Top 150 Swedish athletes of all-time. The Paris St. Germain striker said he would have put himself "No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5" on the list but did add that Borg is "a cool person and a living legend." (The Guardian) ...More


Soccer on TV

While the rest of the world's leagues are on holiday break, the English Premier League returns to action on Friday with its "Boxing Day" games. ...More



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