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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, Jan. 20, 2012
[U.S. SPOTLIGHT] The USA opens its 2012 campaign with a friendly against Venezuela Saturday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (TV: 9 p.m. ET, Galavision). Shuttled between midfield and defense during much of his MLS career, Geoff Cameron aims to establish himself as a viable centerback in ... Read the whole story
[CONCACAF WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING] They scraped into the 2011 World Cup via a playoff with Italy after losing a semifinal qualifier against Mexico, and the U.S. women wish to avoid a repeat in the Concacaf Olympic tournament when they kick off play Friday against the Dominican Republic in Vancouver (TV: ... Read the whole story
[SCOREBOARD] Christine Sinclair, Canada's all-time leading scorer, had four goals and an assist to lead host Canada to a 6-0 win over Haiti  in front of a crowd of 7,067 at Vancouver's BC Place Thursday night in the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Costa Rica, a potential opponent of the ... Read the whole story
[AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS] Among the continental championships, the Africa Cup of Nations ranks up there, just behind the European Championship and Copa America for international attention. The presence of international superstars like Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba helps. But the competition's reputation for the unpredictable and bizarre doesn't hurt. Unpredictable? ... Read the whole story
[DATEBOOK] The Africa Cup of Nations kicks off this weekend with doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday in Equatorial Guinea, one of the two hosts. Play in Gabon begins on Monday. For the complete schedule ... Read the whole story
[U.S. UNDER-17 MEN] The U.S. under-17 national team defeated Denmark, 3-2, in their second game of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Aegean Cup in Turkey. Twice the young Danes came back from a goal but each time the Americans responded within three minutes. Read the whole story
[AWARDS] Given the U.S. women's national team's dramatic run at the 2011 Women's World Cup, it was no surprise that the women captured the majority of 2011's Best of U.S. Soccer awards. They captured seven of the 11 awards. For all the awards ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"Alcoholic drinks are part of the FIFA World Cup, so we're going to have them. Excuse me if I sound a bit arrogant but that's something we won't negotiate." -- FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, stating in no uncertain terms that the Brazilian government will have to back down from its no-beer policy at sporting events as part of the World Cup Law whose passage has been delayed in the Brazilian congress. (Reuters) ...More


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