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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, Nov. 13, 2009
[SLOVAKIA-USA] It's been cold and rainy much of the week in and around Bratislava, where the battle for places in the USA's 23-player World Cup 2010 roster has begun. That competition will begin in earnest on Saturday when Bob Bradley's Americans face Slovakia for the first time in a friendly ... Read the whole story
[TRIVIA] It's rare that a father coaches his son in top-level soccer, let alone at the national team level. Saturday's Slovakia-USA game is believed to be the first time that father-son combinations will meet at the international level. For a look at famous father-son combinations ... Read the whole story
[MLS PLAYOFF PREDICTION] In two regular-season meetings, the Galaxy and Dynamo produced just one goal, and that was scored by a left back. Another close encounter of the same kind is expected when they square off Friday night at Home Depot Center. Read the whole story
[MLS PLAYOFF PREDICTION] Chicago hosts a conference final for the first time since 2003, which is also the last time it reached an MLS Cup championship game, when it plays Real Salt Lake Saturday at Toyota Park. RSL has momentum but Chicago has game-breaker Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Read the whole story
[MLS] For the first few years of his MLS career, injuries forced John Thorrington to watch a lot more than he played, but when healthy, his value to the Fire goes beyond sticking a ball into the net against New England in a playoff game. Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney checks ... Read the whole story
[MLS] Preki has left his position as Chivas USA head coach by "mutual agreement," the club announced on Thursday. Last weekend's loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy marked Chivas USA's third straight first-round playoff exit in Preki's three years at the helm. Read the whole story
[MLS] Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez stood out in one of MLS's best rookie classes ever and captured the 2009 Rookie of the Year award. Gonzalez started and played all 30 of the Galaxy's regular-season games and helped the club improve its defense from the worst in 2008 to ... Read the whole story
[WORLD CUP 2010 COUNTDOWN] Four berths at the World Cup remain up for grabs in Europe, where the first leg of the playoffs will be held on Saturday. The pressure is entirely on veteran coaches Raymond Domenech (France), Carlos Queiroz (Portugal), Guus Hiddink (Russia) and Otto Rehhagel (Greece) to get ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"I have to confess, I have not seen a single Slovenian match so far." -- Russia star Andrey Arshavin, whose team faces Slovenia Saturday and Wednesday in a two-leg playoff to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. (Goal.com) ...More


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