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Home > Soccer America Daily > Thursday, May 26, 2016
It felt at times as if one were watching a scrimmage, the USA-Ecuador Copa Centenario preparation friendly before a sparse crowd in Frisco, Texas. But Darlington Nagbe rewarded the fans, who suffered through some lackluster play from both teams, with a last-minute golazo for a 1-0 USA win. Read the whole story
The Philadelphia Union played Orlando City to a 2-2 tie at Camping World Stadium in front of 24,109 fans, extending its lead in the Eastern Conference to two points over New York City FC with a game in hand and its unbeaten streak to six games. The key play in ... Read the whole story
Halftime subs Bobby Wood and Darlington Nagbe revived a sluggish U.S. attack and in the final minutes they teamed up to score the goal by which the U.S. beat Ecuador, 1-0. The Americans started poorly and seldom troubled the Ecuadoran defense in the first half but kept the game goalless ... Read the whole story
In terms of severity, the knee injury suffered by Columbus centerback Gaston Sauro last weekend in Toronto is pretty bad. The timing, though not great, isn't quite as severe. Of big holes in the back, none is larger than that left by Montreal centerback and 2015 MLS Defender of the ... Read the whole story
Owen Coyle is the first coaching casualty of the MLS season. The Houston Dynamo, last in the Western Conference with a 3-7-2 record, and the second-year Scottish coach agreed to part ways on Wednesday. In a club statement, the club said it accommodated Coyle's desire to be closer to his ... Read the whole story
The U.S. U-23 women's national team, coached by Janet Rayfield, will face Sweden (June 2), Norway (June 4) and England (June 7) at four-team Nordic Tournament hosted by England. Read the whole story
Christie Rampone, whose 311 caps are second all-time behind Kristine Lilly's 354, pulled out of the U.S. women's national team camp in Colorado, effectively ending her hopes of returning to the Olympics, where she has won three gold medal and one silver medal. She returned from knee surgery in December ... Read the whole story
Coinciding with Grant Wahl's Sports Illustrated cover story on Lionel Messi, SI Films has produced an 11-minute mini-documentary that includes portions of the exclusive Messi interview, childhood highlights, and a glimpse into his daily routine in Barcelona. Read the whole story


What They're Saying: Mike Francesa

"I know I get accused of knowing nothing about soccer, and I don't, I know absolutely zero about soccer. And that's more than I want to know about soccer. I have no interest. Sorry. I'm just being honest. It's a little late for me and soccer. It's just not going to happen." -- WFAN radio talk show host Mike Francesa, saying he doesn't care about soccer, then talking about it for eight minutes in response to Sport Illustrated's "Summer of Soccer" cover with Lionel Messi. (Awful Announcing| VIDEO) ...More

What They're Saying: Garth Lagerwey

"I'd like to stay focused on the performance of the team. Obviously, for all of us, we have more secure jobs -- myself included -- if the team wins. That's what we're focused on, and we're focused on the team performing well, and the team continuing to make the most of its talent and to bring in more talent." -- Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey on whether he could see firing head coach Sigi Schmid or any coach in midseason. The Sounders are in ninth place in the Western Conference with a 4-6-1 record. (Tacoma News Tribune) ...More


French politicians split on Euro 2016 security priorities

If you don't think France is taking security seriously for Euro 2016, which begins June 10, you only need to take a look at the cover of Wednesday's L'Equipe, the Paris sports daily. It shows a masked special forces agent sitting on the edge of what looks to be a helicopter and aiming an assault rifle, all overlooking Parc des Princes, home of Paris St. Germain. ...More


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