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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] The Real Madrid-Barcelona clasico delivers entertainment even before kickoff. Here's a 40-second peek at Real Madrid's game eve practice in which James Rodriguez leads the show. Read the whole story
"Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out in that way. There are other players who react by breaking someone’s leg, or smashing someone's nose across their face." -- Luis Suarez, who revealed he has been seeing a therapist to cure his ... Read the whole story
[NASL: Week 16] Minnesota United FC and the 2013 champion New York Cosmos played to a 0-0 tie on Saturday night that satisfied both teams. Minnesota clinched the No. 1 seed in the playoffs as the team with the best record in the combined spring-fall standings. New York nailed down ... Read the whole story
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] For helping drive Columbus into the playoffs after a two-year absence, midfielder Ethan Finlay has signed a contract extension. After going scoreless in his first two MLS seasons, he has broken out with 11 goals in 2014. Read the whole story
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Referee Jose Carlos Rivero, who has worked 17 MLS matches in 2014, has been suspended by PRO after being arrested in New York on two felony charges of worker's compensation fraud. The suspension came more than two weeks after his arrest and after he continued to work MLS ... Read the whole story
[AWARDS] Abby Wambach, who leads the U.S. women with 10 goals but was limited to just 10 appearances because of injuries during the NWSL season, is the lone American on the shortlist for the 2014 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award. Two other former winners, Brazilian Marta and ... Read the whole story
[ROUNDUP: Thursday] Seyi Adekoya teamed up with fellow freshman Chase Gasper to break a 1-1 tie in the 54th minute and give No. 3 UCLA a 2-1 win over No. 2 Washington for its second victory by the same score over the Huskies in a week. The win moved UCLA ... Read the whole story
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The LA Galaxy's owner, AEG, will invest over $15 million to improve facilities and the fan experience at StubHub Center. Highlighting the improvements will be the largest LED video board in MLS and dedicated locker rooms and training facilities for the Galaxy's player development program, including USL PRO's ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati

"None of this is personal. Some things could have been phrased differently because the actual opinions of the two guys -- and me and the leadership at MLS and U.S. Soccer -- is actually closely aligned with where we see the game going." -- U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati saying there was nothing wrong with recent comments by U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and MLS commissioner Don Garber but adding that "we need to have the tone of all of this brought down a little bit." (Washington Post) ...More

What They're Saying: Dunga

"We suggest things so that there's a better atmosphere. We explained it to players and we realized they wanted limits." -- Brazil coach Dunga upon on new team policy banning earrings, baseball caps and flip-flops while on international duty. Players were also sent a letter outlining restrictions on cell phones and computer tablets during meals and team talks, telling them to sing the national anthem before games, and to avoid any political or religious statements. (Guardian) ...More

Soccer on TV

The Real Madrid-Barcelona SuperClasico is on Saturday noon ET. ... The final weekend of MLS regular season play will determine the Supporters' Shield winner (Seattle or Los Angeles) and the final playoff spot (Vancouver or Portland). ...More

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