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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, May 29, 2015
Embattled Sepp Blatter won election for a fifth four-year term as FIFA president, defeating his sole opponent, Prince Ali of Jordan. Blatter had a 133-73 edge in the first round, which required two-thirds of the 209 votes for a winner to be declared, but following the balloting, Prince Ali conceded.View ... Read the whole story
With Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb provisionally suspended by FIFA and Concacaf from all soccer activities for 90 days, Concacaf named Honduran Alfredo Hawit as acting president. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, Mexican federation president Justino Compean and CSA president Victor Montagliani have been named to a committee charged with "evaluating ... Read the whole story
Everything was going just fine for Chongqing Lifen, a club battling to avoid the relegation zone in the Chinese Super League. But its keeper, Sui Weijie, got thirsty at the wrong time -- right before a free kick. Read the whole story
All-Star voting is underway and fans have myriad voting options. Forward C.J. Sapong celebrated his return from substance rehab program by scoring for Philly. A rematch of the 2014 MLS Cup final and another major market showdown comprise the Sunday TV doubleheader. Read the whole story
Three years ago, Christen Press thought she was giving up on her lifelong dream of playing for the U.S. national team. Now she's poised to be a key part of the USA's attack at the World Cup. Read the whole story
Courtney Dike, youngster sister of MLS and NASL veteran Bright Dike and a sophomore at Oklahoma State University, is among 23 players named to Nigeria's squad for the Women's World Cup, where it will face the USA in Group D. Read the whole story
Aaron Davidson, one of the sports executives charged in the U.S. Department of Justice's probe into FIFA corruption and bribery, has been suspended by the NASL, which he served as board of governors chairman. Davidson is the president of Traffic Sports, which owns the NASL's Carolina RailHawks. Read the whole story
Cat Whitehill, who will be a color analyst on Fox Sports' coverage of the Women's World Cup, has retired after four seasons with the Boston Breakers for whom she played 61 games and served as player/coach in 2013. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Vladimir Putin

"It's another clear attempt by the USA to spread its jurisdiction to other states. And I have no doubt -- it's a clear attempt not to allow Mr. [Sepp]  Blatter to be re-elected as president of FIFA, which is a great violation of the operating principles of international organisations. The U.S. prosecutor, as our media report, has already said that those FIFA officials have committed a crime. As if the prosecutor didn't know about the principle of the presumption of innocence." -- Russia president Vladimir Putin on the Federal indictment charging 14 FIFA officials and sports executives with kickback schemes ...More

What They're Saying: Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah

"While I am very happy to be in Congress, it is not as quiet as we all expected because of the FBI and the procedure. But it raises some questions. People are wondering why this happened here in Zurich, not in the Concacaf assembly six weeks ago." -- Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a key backer of Sepp Blatter and new addition to FIFA's executive committee, expressing the sentiments of many in the international soccer community that this week's indictments of 14 FIFA officials and sports executives was a Concacaf problem, not FIFA problem, and another example of U.S. interests ...More

The dumbest way to insult a referee

The ref calls a foul. The halfwit coach of the kid who committed it yells, "It's OK, Timmy! You didn't do anything wrong!" -- believing he's cleverly circumventing the dissent rule because he's not screaming directly at the ref. ...More

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