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Home > Soccer America Daily > Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
In their first games since Coach John Hackworth named the 32-player roster for the fall semester of the Bradenton Residency Program, the U.S. U-17 boys national team beat Costa Rica 3-1 and 4-0. One of the scorers in the first game was Bryan Reynolds Jr., a high school freshman out ... Read the whole story
Court Jeske, who spent eight years at MLS and Soccer United Marketing as vice president, international business, has been hired as Nashville SC's first chief executive officer. He will head club operations as it prepares for its 2018 inaugural season in USL. Read the whole story
Brad Davis, a six-time MLS all-star and two-time MLS champion, announced Sunday that he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the 2016 MLS season with Sporting Kansas City. He joins veteran Americans Ned Grabavoy, Jack Jewsbury and Zach Scott in announcing plans to step aside. Sporting Kansas ... Read the whole story
With one week left in the NASL regular season, Rayo OKC, the Oklahoma club that in August changed coaches and had its local ownership pull out, is best poised to claim the fourth playoff spot after a 2-0 win at Ft. Lauderdale. Read the whole story
Kaka's second MLS season also ended without a playoff bid, but the Brazilian superstar is a Week 34 MLS Goal of the Week candidate with his strike in Orlando City's 4-2 win over D.C. United. The other nominees are Diego Fagundez, David Villa, Jonathan Osorio, Justin Morrow, Pedro Morales and ... Read the whole story
FC Dallas took the Supporters' Shield by repeating its 60-point performance of 2015, but the New York Red Bulls closed out the season with 24 points in its last 10 games to come home first in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings. FC Dallas finished second in the rankings. New York ... Read the whole story
The MLS All-Star break isn't a "break" in the sense that the MLB All-Star Game is a break, but it is a solid marker to divide the season. The first game after the All-Star Game marked the debut of Uruguayan Nicolas Lodeiro, who helped turn around the Seattle Sounders. They ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Political science professor Fabio Wanderley Reis

"People are not feeling represented and candidates like [Joao Leite and Alexandre Kalil], with very little political history, could become a trend. Soccer allegiance should not be an issue, but Brazil's rotten party system and the current scandals made these two viable options." -- Political science professor Fabio Wanderley Reis on retired Atletico Mineiro goalkeeper Joao Leite and former Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil, who are in a mayoral runoff in Belo Horizonte, Brazil's sixth largest city. Kalil is facing an uphill battle winning over voters faithful to Cruzeiro, Belo Horizonte's other big team, after an old video surfaced of him ...More

What They're Saying: Jeff Agoos

"I think the irony that people don't realize about Bruce is he is the most loyal and caring person of a lot of coaches that are out there. That doesn't obviously come across when you first meet him, but when you get to know him, I think people don't understand what he would do for players, what he would do for staff. He can joke around and be funny and have a great wit, and obviously know how to manage people, but underneath it all, he really cares about the person. He really cares about the family." -- MLS executive ...More

U.S. players in Europe, a quality problem, not quantity problem

With Christian Pulisic's recent success in Borussia Dortmund and the USMNT, more and more U.S. players in Europe are the topics of conversation. I decided to ask my not-so-reliable friend Wikipedia about the U.S. men players in Europe. With the help of Wikipedia and my friends at Soccer America, I developed an excel table. There are a total of 69 U.S. players in the top five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and Bundesliga), second-tier leagues in those five leagues and the other first tier leagues in Europe. There are other U.S. players in lower leagues, but ...More

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