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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
[U.S. SOCCER] If it hasn't sunk in, it's because so much has happened so quickly. In the past 12 months, the man Quakes fans call "Wondo" has shot to prominence, from journeyman striker to MLS Golden Boot winner and MVP finalist to, perhaps, a U.S. debutant Saturday against Chile at ... Read the whole story
[MLS] Rather than operate through agents and intermediaries to find and sign South American talent, the Philadelphia Union has brought that facet of team operations in-house. The hiring of former Fire and Kansas City defender Diego Gutierrez (a native of Bogota, Colombia) as head of scouting and player development aided ... Read the whole story
[MAKING A LIST] Alex Dixon (North Carolina) and Josue Soto (SMU) became the first two collegians signed as underclassmen by MLS clubs this year when they inked contracts with the Houston Dynamo as homegrown players. Their signings give Houston four homegrown players, more than any other club except FC Dallas, ... Read the whole story
[USA-CHILE FRIENDLY] The USA will conclude its first national team camp of 2011 with an international friendly against Chile Saturday at the Home Depot Center (TV: TeleFutura, ESPN3.com, 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT). Both teams will field inexperienced lineups with the 38 players in the two squads averaging less ... Read the whole story
[TRANSFER WATCH] UPDATE: Former Duke star Mike Grella's move to Motherwell of the Scottish Premier League from Leeds United of the English League Championship was ruled invalid because it violates FIFA rules against playing for more than two clubs in the same season. The move would have followed an earlier loan spell ... Read the whole story
[ASIAN CUP] As the the lone national team competition of the winter and the first competition hosted by Qatar since it was awarded the 2022 World Cup, the 2011 Asian Cup has been in the international spotlight. As it moves into the quarterfinals on Friday and Saturday, here's a look ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"The sessions are very high-paced, and [Coach Bob Bradley] has been sending home messages -- movement off the ball, once you give it, you keep moving to find new angles. And he relates a lot back to Barcelona, just watching them play, how their midfield is always moving around and they always find ways out of pressure. I think that's been one of the main things."-- Defender Omar Gonzalez describes the U.S. training camp ahead of its friendly against Chile on Saturday -- the USA's first game of 2011. (ESPN.com) ...More


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