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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, May 27, 2016
Omar Gonzalez became the ninth American to win the Mexican league title when Pachuca tied Monterrey, 1-1, in the second leg of the Torneo Clausura final and won, 2-1, on aggregate. Seven of the last nine Mexican champions have had Americans. Read the whole story
Spaniard David Villa, New York City FC's top player, with 27 goals and eight assists, since the club arrived in MLS in 2015, scored a brilliant goal to give NYCFC a 2-0 lead but failed to make it 3-0 by falling on his backside trying to convert a 70th penalty ... Read the whole story
The Mexico-Paraguay friendly at Atlanta's Georgia Dome drew 63,049 fans, the largest soccer crowd on Memorial Day weekend. The top 10 U.S. crowds included six MLS games, two Copa America warmups and one game each in the NWSL and USL. Of the six Copa Centenario warmup games played so far ... Read the whole story
Tijuana started seven Americans, including U.S. international Paul Arriola, and Queretaro started one, Josue Soto, formerly of Division II school Cal Baptist, in the second leg of the final of Mexico's Sub-20 championship won by Queretaro in a shootout. Xolos got goals from 17-year-old Brandon Vazquez and Amando Moreno in ... Read the whole story
If Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe hadn't lifted his hands to stop Didier Drogba's 30-yard free kick in stoppage time, the ball would have hit him in the chest. Instead, it bounced off Rowe's gloves and into the net to give Montreal a 3-2 win. Read the whole story
By beating Bolivia, 4-0, in Kansas City on Saturday, the USA enters the Copa America Centenario on a four-game win streak. The competition hasn't been formidable during Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's fine-tuning for Friday's opener against Colombia at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California, but refreshing are signs of a new ... Read the whole story
Weekend MLS action featured a pair of hat tricks by Bradley Wright-Phillips (in a league record 27 minutes in a 3-0 win for the New York Red Bulls over Toronto FC) and Norwegian newcomer Ola Kamara (4-3 win for Columbus over Real Salt Lake). Conference leaders Colorado and Philadelphia played ... Read the whole story
A feeble display by Bolivia confirmed its placing among the Conmebol doormats, yet several Americans strengthened their cases for Copa Centenario minutes by rolling to a 4-0 victory Saturday in Kansas City. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Sergio Ramos

"He has brought happiness, hope, humility and hard work." -- Sergio Ramos on Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, hired in the middle of the 2015-16 season, brought to Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League winner for a record 11th time. (Marca) ...More

What They're Saying: Sports marketing expert Hector Lopez Zatarain

"Organized crime usually respects sports figures and singing stars and leaves them alone. Here in Mexico, you almost never see a player with bodyguards." -- Sports marketing expert Hector Lopez Zatarain on the abduction of Alan Pulido after leaving a party late on Saturday night in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, beset by problems with drug gang violence and kidnappings and extortion. (Guardian) ...More

What They're Saying: Jozy Altidore

"When Haiti qualified, I just thought it'd be a cool thing, because they haven't qualified for a major tournament since the [1974] World Cup. I thought this would be something cool knowing how much Haitian people love their national team ... to have thousands of people who otherwise wouldn't be able to see the matches broadcast the group games and see them perform." -- U.S. forward Jozy Altidore, who will miss the Copa Centenario with a hamstring injury but has made sure soccer fans in Haiti, where parents grew up, will be able to watch the tournament. Altidore's foundation is ...More

Brazil's Copa Centenario hopes take a hit
What They're Saying: Arbroath FC chairman John Christison

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