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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, March 28, 2008
For the second straight year, MLS has welcomed a good number of exciting players from abroad -- and the league expects more signings within the next few months. In an exclusive interview with Soccer America, MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis explains how the league has altered its approach as it ... Read the whole story
[MLS] The new season starts off without its newest team, as San Jose -- and the New York Red Bulls - don't commence league play until next weekend, but the slate includes a rematch of MLS Cup 2007. Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney previews Week 1 games. Read the whole story
MLS opens its 13th season with six games this weekend. Fox Soccer Channel kicks off its 35-match package with a live five-hour broadcast -- including its first doubleheader (New England-Houston and Colorado-Los Angeles). The telecast begins with a half-hour pregame show at 7 p.m. ET. For all the weekend MLS ... Read the whole story
MLS's imports grew during the offseason. Argentina led all countries with seven players -- including former World Cup players Marcelo Gallardo (D.C. United) and Claudio Lopez (Kansas City) -- joining MLS teams. Colombia was next with four players signing with MLS clubs. For all the team-by-team offseason player moves ... Read the whole story
[MAKING A LIST] While nearly 65 percent of MLS's 2008 player pool is U.S.-born, the league's 14 teams are fielding players born in 46 other nations. The foreign-born players are led by 19 players from Argentina. For a list of the most represented nations ... Read the whole story
Fresh off its 3-0 at Poland, the U.S. men's national team faces an ambitious schedule of friendlies as it prepares for the start of 2010 World Cup qualifying this summer. After playing England May 28 at Wembley and Spain June 4 in Santander, Coach Bob Bradley's men host Argentina June ... Read the whole story
On the first weekend of play in MLS, the schedule of international matches is a reminder of the competition MLS faces for fans. There are 24 foreign league games available live on cable or pay-per-view. Among the matches on tap are the Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic in ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO] Alexandre Pato's spectacular goal -- a curling shot from near the sideline -- gave Brazil a 1-0 win over Sweden on Wednesday and has Brazilians comparing the 18-year-old to Pele and Ronaldo. Pato's goal came 12 minutes into his debut. Pele scored 32 minutes into his debut, against Argentina, ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"It's only been three and a half months and the injury's supposed to be six months, so I am definitely ahead of schedule. I'm not going to rush anything - I'm going to take it day by day. ... If I'm able to play by late April, early May, that's fantastic. I'm aiming for that because I've been out for so long." -- U.S. national team winger DaMarcus Beasley, who suffered severe knee ligament damage playing with Glasgow Rangers in November and couldn't walk for five weeks after surgery in December. (The Herald) ...More


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