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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, Aug. 21, 2009
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Facing a fight for his starting job with the arrival of Irish veteran Damien Duff, U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey came through with a goal on a 25-yard shot that helped Fulham win, 3-1, against Russia's Amkar Perm in the first leg of their Europa League preliminary-round series. Read the whole story
[MLS PREDICTIONS] After thinning out its schedule in June and July to accommodate other competitions, MLS stages a full schedule of seven weekend games on the heels of two midweek contests. Most games feature teams placed close together in the overall standings, with only three games matching teams separated by ... Read the whole story
[TRANSFER WATCH] Nowhere has the downturn in the transfer market been more evident than in Italy's Serie A, where only six permanent transfer deals exceeded $10 million in value. Juventus was the big spender, Inter Milan and AC Milan dealed modestly, while Fiorentina, Roma and Lazio spent little. Eight of ... Read the whole story
[ITALY] Oguchi Onyewu became the first American since Alexi Lalas to sign with an Italian First Division club when he joined legendary AC Milan as a free agent. Onyewu is one of four foreign imports for Milan, which hopes to unseat defending champion Inter Milan. For all the Serie A ... Read the whole story
[WORLD CUP 2018/2022] The USA Bid Committee seeking to bring the 2018 or 2022 World Cup to the United States has narrowed the number of stadiums it has under consideration to 32 representing 27 markets. Thirteen stadiums representing 11 markets, the majority of them college towns, were dropped from consideration. Read the whole story
[WPS] A month ago, it would have been hard to find anyone taking odds against the Los Angeles Sol winning the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer title. But the oddities of the regular-season schedule (only three Sol games in the last six weeks) and playoff format (a bye for the regular-season ... Read the whole story
[MLS] A team that has taken pride in winning titles with few foreign players and no Designated Players has changed tack. A long-rumored move of Mexican forward Luis Angel Landin to Houston has been completed. The Dynamo announced Thursday Landin, 24, will join the team on loan from Cruz Azul. ... Read the whole story
[MLS] Seattle fans -- 32,705 for a midweek game! -- might want to subtitle their team's 1-0 home loss to New England Thursday, "The Curious Decisions of Baldomero Toledo," yet a more objective viewpoint would point blame in other directions. Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"I enjoy the role very much. Before the match I sit down in my room and work out a playlist. I have to change it every time. You don't know these guys - they're like dogs! They're hungry for new songs and get angry if it's the same stuff as the last game. So I mix it up and make sure everybody's happy. I put some English music, some Brazilian, some R 'n B, some dance. Now it's part of the ritual before games." -- Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, who serves as the team's locker room DJ. (Telegraph) ...More


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