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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, Dec. 9, 2016
Held without a shot on goal, Seattle still prevailed in MLS Cup by converting five of six penalty kicks in the shootout to down Toronto FC on Saturday night in sub-freezing temperatures at BMO Field. Read the whole story
The amounts and uses of Targeted Allocation Money have been increased by Major League Soccer, starting with the 2017 season. On Friday the league set out specifics regarding TAM, which was first implemented in July, 2015 at a rate of $500,000 per team and increased in December of that year ... Read the whole story
On the same day that it announced that it was shutting down its USL second team, FC Montreal, and affiliating with the Ottawa Fury, the Montreal Impact exercised options for seven players, putting at 21 players the number of players contracted for the 2017 season. Read the whole story
So 2016 will go down as the year of the shootout. After the Copa Centenario and Rio Olympic men's final, also scoreless draws, the 2016 MLS Cup was put out of its misery by penalty kicks, where the Sounders did what they could not do over 120 minutes and that's ... Read the whole story
Bob Bradley celebrated a crucial win in his eighth game at the helm of Swansea City, a 3-0 victory over Sunderland that moved the Swans out of the English Premier League relegation zone. Fernando Llorente scored twice after Gylfi Sigurdsson converted 51st-minute penalty kick. Read the whole story
Toronto FC's Jozy Altidore was named U.S. Soccer's Male Player of the Year for the second time, while Christian Pulisic was selected as the 2016 Young Male Player of the Year. Read the whole story
Ian Harkes, the son of former U.S. national team captain John Harkes, scored on a breakaway in the 103rd minute to give second-ranked Wake Forest a 2-1 win over previously unbeaten Denver in the Men's College Cup semifinals. Read the whole story
History repeated itself as defending champion Stanford won in the 10th round of a shootout to return to the Men's College Cup final, defeating North Carolina, 10-9, after a scoreless tie in their semifinal. In 2015, the Cardinal beat Akron in the 10th round of the shootout and went on ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Michael Bradley

"When you put everything you have into something, when you come in every day ready to pour your heart and soul into something, the highs are amazing and emotional and incredible in a positive ways. And the setbacks... hit you hard. Every guy here is going to have to take the time to get over this one, to let it hurt, let it frustrate you, let it anger you. It's not for the weak, and you see that on nights like tonight." -- Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley after the shootout loss to Seattle in the MLS Cup final. ...More

What They're Saying: Stefan Frei

"To be honest, after the game was done, I was so cold. It was nice, because it kept reminding me that it wasn't a dream." -- Seattle Sounders keeper Stefan Frei, the MLS Cup hero, on the temperatures that dipped into the 20's in Toronto. ...More

What They're Saying: Leonardo Santiago

"We have the MLS rights throughout central and north Florida, so any discussion of another franchise would have to include us and MLS." -- Orlando City's then-vice president of communications Leonardo Santiago in March 2016, suggesting any move by the Tampa Bay Rowdies to seek an MLS expansion team might run into some opposition from Orlando City, 85 minutes to the northeast. Santiago is now vice president, marketing & communications, for USL. (Tampa Bay Times) ...More

Jordan Morris takes advice to heart in 'surreal' rookie season
What They're Saying: Don Garber
New T&T coach gets job by default -- and supposedly why Klinsmann said no
A strong case for high school soccer from Laura Kerrigan: 'Let's not have turf wars'

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