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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
FC Dallas' intensive training camp in Buenos Aires -- nine games over 10 days -- paid immediate dividends as it crushed Panama's Arabe Unido, 4-0, in the first leg of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals. It was the largest margin by which an MLS club has ever triumphed in ... Read the whole story
In UEFA Youth League play, 17-year-old Barcelona striker Jordi Mboula scored a spectacular solo goal in Barca's 4-1 round of 16 win over Borussia Dortmund. Mboula, who was born in Spain to a Catalan mother and a Congolese father, starts with a 360 spin-move near the halfway line. Read the whole story
In his first season, Patrick Vieira proved that a foreign coach unfamiliar with MLS could find the right formula and win games. True, very few men came to MLS with such a remarkable resume as a player, and it's also true he had the services of several Designated Players and ... Read the whole story
Last year Montreal stunned Red Bulls, 3-1, on aggregate and took a commanding lead against Toronto in the conference finals only to fizzle in the final minutes. It has spent the preseason honing its young additions in midfield and tightening up a leaky back line. Read the whole story
From MLS champion in 2015 to out of the playoffs in 2016, it was quite a fall for the Portland Timbers. But it did not shake the confidence of Timbers coach Caleb Porter in his group. A few tweaks and a solid preseason have brought new optimism to Portland. Read the whole story
With a week to go before the start of the 2017 MLS season, here is a look at each club's roster, plus all the offseason moves. Read the whole story
Fabian Johnson came off the bench for Borussia Moenchengladbach as it came back from 2-0 down on the evening (3-0 on aggregate) to beat Fiorentina, 4-2, and win the Europa league series, 4-3. Lars Stindl reversed the deficit with three goals in 11 minutes on either side of halftime. Read the whole story
The USA beat St. Kitts & Nevis, 4-1, to reach the second round as Group B runner-up and will face Mexico on Monday in its first Group D game. Panama beat Haiti, 3-1, to finish on top of Group B. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Gary Lineker

"After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad" -- Former English star, Match of the Day presenter and Leicester fan Gary Lineker on Ranieri's firing less than a year after the Foxes won the Premier League title. (@GaryLineker via Twitter) ...More

What They're Saying: Perry Dealy

"It's worth preserving because we don't have a lot of icons. It would save a lot of money for taxpayers." -- Perry Dealy, a consultant to developer Doug Manchester, who is working on a proposal to remodel San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium for MLS, as well as football, in competition with the recently unveiled SoccerCity plan in Mission Valley. The Chargers' move to Los Angeles has put the Q's future in doubt. (San Diego Union Tribune) ...More

Five 'brothers' from RSL-AZ boost U.S. U-20 World Cup qualifying campaign

Asked to explain his club's remarkable achievement, delivering five players to the U.S. U-20 national team, the first thing mentioned by Real Salt Lake-Arizona director Martin Vasquez was what the players did without coaches. ...More

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