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Home > Soccer America Daily > Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
Tobin Heath and Allie Long, teammates on the regular-season champion Portland Thorns and the U.S. national team and before that teammates at the University of North Carolina, are finalists for the NWSL's 2016 MVP award. The other finalists are the Houston Dash's Kealia Ohai, another former Tar Heel, the Chicago ... Read the whole story
After suffering two concussions in 2016, Columbus Crew defender Tyson Wahl intends to retire at the end of the 2016 MLS season, his 11th in the league. Read the whole story
Swiss international Tranquillo Barnetta, 31, will leave the Philadelphia Union at the end of the 2016 season and return to FC St. Gallen, where he began his pro career. He had been weighing a contract extension with the Union for which he has five goals and four assists in 26 ... Read the whole story
The New York Red Bulls clinched a berth in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals for the first time when they tied Guatemala's Antigua, 0-0, on the road in their final group match. On the verge of elimination, the Portland Timbers rallied for two goals in the last 15 minutes ... Read the whole story
Once again, the Portland Thorns led the NWSL in average attendance with a record 16,945 fans a game, better than the average of five MLS teams: Columbus, D.C. United, Colorado, Chicago and FC Dallas. The league average was up 10 percent to 5,558, breaking the record it set in 2015. Read the whole story
The Sounders have shut down Clint Dempsey. General manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey announced Tuesday that Dempsey, diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and forced him to the sidelines in late August, will not play for the remainder of the 2016 season. Read the whole story
The track record of high-profile international coaches in MLS isn't so good: Carlos Alberto Parreira, Carlos Queiroz, Bora Milutinovic and Eddie Firmani all failed with the MetroStars, Walter Zenga was a disaster in New England, Ruud Gullit led the Galaxy off a cliff, and the first Rapids head coach, Bob ... Read the whole story
James Corden, of "The Late Late Show" and "Carpool Karaoke" fame, takes charge of Arsenal for a day to turn a "good club into a great club." Corden quotes Aristotle, leads the squad in team bus sing-alongs, introduces a grab-the-pineapple and light twerk warm-up exercises, and teaches Theo Walcott and ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Thomas Tuchel

"Today we wanted to see if we could play with the same pace, the same tempo, as we do in the Bundesliga. We managed to do that in phases of the match. I am pleased that my team displayed such courage. Our marking could have been better. We reached a target with 20 shots on goal: we proactively went for our opponent, we did not simply just react to them." -- Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel on his team's 2-2 tie with European champion Real Madrid in the Champions League thanks to 18-year-old American Christian Pulisic's assist up the tying ...More

What They're Saying: Carli Lloyd

"People are only talking about the kneeling aspect of it. I think it becomes more of a distraction because it gets our coach involved, our support staff involved and we as a team. We as a team have dealt so many things along the way whether it's off the pitch, on the field. We can handle it. At the end of the day, we're pros. Whatever is going on, we need to forget about it and just play soccer. But we do want to get back to playing soccer but that's not to say Megan can't continue to pursue what ...More

Christian Pulisic keeps good company

The names in scoring summary for Tuesday's Borussia Dortmund-Real Madrid game include Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, a World Cup winner, an African Player of the Year -- and an 18-year-old American. ...More

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