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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
The Seattle Reign, winner of the 2014 and 2015 NWSL Shield as regular-season champion, still has a chance of returning to the playoffs, but it will need help from last-place Boston. The Reign needs the Breakers to beat Western New York Flash on Saturday night and then defeat the Houston ... Read the whole story
Orlando Pride midfielder Becky Edwards, 28, will retire after Saturday's Pride game against FC Kansas City at Camping World Stadium. She played on teams that won league titles in WPS (FC Gold Pride and Western New York Flash) and the NWSL (Portland Thorns). She captained the USA to the 2008 ... Read the whole story
No. 1 Syracuse is off to its best start in school history -- starting out 8-0-0 for the first time -- but the Orange will put their unbeaten and united record on the line on Friday night when they travel to South Bend, Indiana, to take on No. 5 Notre ... Read the whole story
A Saturday game between D.C. United and Orlando City matches teams with identical 7-9-13 records and 34 points, two points behind sixth-place New England and two more back of No. 5 Montreal. in early July, Orlando management made a bold move by dismissing head coach Adrian Heath and replacing him ... Read the whole story
In response to reports of its potential unraveling, the six-year-old North American Soccer League issued a statement on Thursday night that its owners remain "undaunted in the challenge to reach their long-term goals." The statement came hours after the troubled Ft. Lauderdale Strikers' managing director confirmed they had sought financial ... Read the whole story
Five years after former FC Dallas midfielder Bobby Rhine died suddenly and the team unofficially retired his No. 19 jersey, his number has been reassigned. Recent Homegrown signing Paxton Pomykal, who grew up watching Rhine play and knew his story, requested the number after signing his MLS contract two weeks ... Read the whole story
Leipzig stadium announcer Tim Thoelke takes the field and adds some flair to the lineup announcement for undefeated Bundesliga newcomer RB Leipzig. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Eddie Rodger

"They didn't just burn bridges with the local soccer community, they nuked them. It's disgraceful. They tossed everyone who cared most about the Strikers brand to the curb, lied to people and now they will just go back to Brazil and who knows what will become of this team." -- South Florida soccer promoter Eddie Rodger on the Brazilian owners of the NASL Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, whose financial problems have put the club on the verge of collapse. (Miami Herald) ...More

What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho

"I know that some football Einsteins -- football is full of Einsteins -- I know that they tried to delete 16 years of my career. They tried to delete an unbelievable history of Man United Football Club and to focus on a bad week with three bad results. But that's the new football -- it's full of Einsteins." -- Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, complaining that critics were trying undermine his achievements and those of Manchester United after it suffered three successive losses. ( ...More

The 'Field of Play' and the U.S. reality

The first Law in the Laws of the Game is the "Field of Play." Law 1 defines the field surface, field markings, dimensions of the field, different areas of the field, goals, commercial advertising, etc. The field of play or the pitch is one of the most important building blocks of both elite and recreational soccer. Good and standard playing surfaces help both the professional and developmental game. ...More

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