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Home > Soccer America Daily > Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
After struggling with injuries the past two seasons, Chilean Pedro Morales has been officially cut loose by the Whitecaps. Morales' option has been declined, the team announced Wednesday. (The move had been reported by local media outlets two weeks ago.) Read the whole story
In 2017 at Rio Tinto Stadium the only place to get a burrito will be at the concession stands. Real Salt Lake on Wednesday announced it has terminated the contract of Juan Manuel 'Burrito' Martinez by mutual agreement. Family reasons were cited by RSL general manager Craig Waibel for a ... Read the whole story
One of the strongest arguments for MLS switching seasons from a spring-to-fall to fall-to-spring calendar isn't weather but aligning itself with the sale and purchase of players on the summer transfer market. Big-name signings from David Beckham to Clint Dempsey to many of the 2015 mid-season arrivals (Frank Lampard, Andrea ... Read the whole story
Neither the Seattle Sounders not Toronto FC would likely be in the 2016 MLS Cup without their mid-season additions. Everyone knows about Uruguayan Nicolas Lodeiro, credited with engineering the Sounders' turnaround, but almost as impactful have been Panamanian Armando Cooper and Canadian Tosaint Ricketts for TFC. Read the whole story
Mexico's 23-year-old Jesus "Tecatito" Corona scored Porto's second goal in a 5-0 UEFA Champions League win over Leicester with a fierce left-footed 13-yard volley into the upper corner after meeting 35-yard cross from Brazilian Alex Telles. Read the whole story
Less than two weeks after taking the job, new U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena has already met with all five U.S. men's national team starters based in Germany, having seen all of them within 48 hours last weekend. Read the whole story
Keeping a successful team together can be a challenge in MLS, and rather let the contract status of a vital player drag into next season, FC Dallas has locked up one of its key players for the foreseeable future. Defender Matt Hedges, the 2016 MLS Defender of the Year, has ... Read the whole story
One recent and a second likely refugee from the NASL threw their hats in the increasingly crowded MLS expansion ring on Tuesday: the Tampa Bay Rowdies and North Carolina FC (the former Carolina RailHawks). Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Ashtone Morgan

"It got to a point where it was harder to play at home than away." -- Ashtone Morgan, the lone Toronto FC holdover from 2011, when it won six of 34 games, on how the 2016 MLS Cup host was mocked and minimized by local fans almost to the point of extinction. (Reuters)< ...More

What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid

"My son, Kurt, is still a Sounders employee [as an assistant coach and scout], so I know he gets a bonus if they win. I know I'll be rooting for that. I still have a lot of friends within the club and on the staff, as well as a lot of players that I still feel connected to. I definitely would like to see them finish it up and reap the final reward." -- Sigi Schmid, who was the Seattle Sounders' only head coach until he was fired in July, on whether he'll be rooting for the Sounders in Saturday's ...More

What They're Saying: Russian MP Valery Rashkin

"It is crucial to verify that 'FIFA 17 is compliant [with the law] for the game's stated age group." -- Russian MP Valery Rashkin on whether "FIFA 17" is suitable for all ages and not in violation of a controversial Russian law that banned the promotion of "nontraditional sexual relations" to children. For a limited time, "FIFA 17" allowed players to download a rainbow-hued jersey to support the "Rainbow Laces" campaign that the Premier League promoted. (Washington Post) ...More

What They're Saying: Luke Mishu
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