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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, July 31, 2009
[BARCELONA TOUR] In a summer highlighted by huge crowds across the country for international matches, the biggest crowd of the summer should turn out Saturday at the Rose Bowl, where the Los Angeles Galaxy hosts European champion Barcelona on the first game of the Spanish club's three-game West Coast tour ... Read the whole story
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Leave it to the worst team in Major League Soccer to extract some respectability for MLS from the first leg of the preliminary round. The Red Bulls, welded to the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 2-15-4 record, scored a pair of deflected goals to come ... Read the whole story
[MLS PREDICTIONS] The Galaxy takes the week off to play some Spanish team (Barcelona by name), giving several Western Conference foes opportunity to move up at its expense. Also off this week are Chivas USA and New York. So bunched are the Eastern Conference's top teams that third-place D.C. United ... Read the whole story
[MLS] After four years at UCLA, Mike Zaher joined MLS in 2008 and had a stint with D.C. United before settling in nicely with the San Jose Earthquakes. Get to know the 23-year-old in this profile by Soccer America's Bryan Alvarez that covers on- and off-field experiences. Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Four days after being in goal for the USA in its 5-0 loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup final, Troy Perkins was back in action, this time playing for Norwegian club in in its 2-1 loss at Greek club PAOK in the first leg of the third ... Read the whole story
[WPS] Referee Jose Carlos Rivero decision to eject Boston Breakers defender Alex Scott for her studs-up tackle -- a clear red-card offense -- on Washington's French international, Sonia Bompastor, five minutes into Wednesday's game didn't sit well with Boston coach Tony DiCicco, who for the second time this year ripped ... Read the whole story
[PDL] The Premier Development League has moved into the quarterfinals with a pair of games set for Friday in Des Moines, Iowa, and Laredo, Texas. The quarterfinalists represent the fourth division summer league's dynamic blend of the new and the old, including teams affiliated with the Chicago Fire, Burnley and ... Read the whole story
[OFF THE POST] Aston Villa coach Martin O'Neill was ejected for thrusting the ball into the chest of an Atlante player during the Peace Cup in Malaga. 4thegame.com speculated that O'Neill may have come into the game angry because the tournament program listed his name Martin O'Leary. Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"Just ignoring it as much as I can. I think that's the way you have to deal with these things, because when it happens sometimes it can become a distraction not for myself but the team." -- David Beckham, who's confronted heckling fans twice since his return to MLS this season and was fined $1,000 by the league. Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy host Barcelona in a friendly on Saturday (Fox Soccer Channel, 11 pm ET.) (Goal.com) ...More


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