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Home >Soccer America Daily > Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
[BY THE NUMBERS] The U.S. women's national team will earn a bonus of $1.5 million if it beats Japan in Thursday's gold-medal match at the London Olympics (TV: NBC Sports Network, live, 2:45 pm ET). If they win, the Japanese will become the first team to capture the gold medal ... Read the whole story
[WOMEN'S PRO SOCCER] Three former WPS clubs -- the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC -- are among the clubs set for the launch of a new yet-to-be-named professional women's soccer league that will start play in the spring of 2013. A newly formed team in Seattle ... Read the whole story
[U.S. OPEN CUP] Sporting Kansas City ended the Seattle Sounders' bid for a record fourth straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title with a 3-2 shootout win after the final ended in a 1-1 tie. Such was the futility in the shootout that more players missed attempts than made them. ... Read the whole story
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Prior to Saturday's match against Toronto FC, Columbus Crew fans will be encouraged to pay respects and leave remembrances in tribute to Kirk Urso, the 22-year-old midfielder who passed away Sunday morning. Read the whole story
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] MLS announced that total goals -- not goal differential -- will be used as the first tie-breaker if two teams are tied on points in the final 2012 regular-season standings. Read the whole story
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] The New York Red Bulls' acquisition of Luis Robles proves the adage that if you don't succeed at first, try, try again. Rebuffed in their bid earlier this year to sign the 6-foot-1 goalie who spent the last six years in Germany, the Bulls landed Robles on Wednesday. Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Sacha Kljestan scored one goal and set up another to help Belgian champion Anderlecht complete its two-game rout of Lithuania's Ekranas with a 6-0 win on Wednesday. The victory followed a 5-0 victory a week before and moved les Mauves into the final round of qualifying for the ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"We told each other that we're both glad the other had won. We believe we're the top two teams in the world and we believe our fans deserve to see a great final, and this gold-medal match is going to be nothing short of that." -- U.S. striker Abby Wambach on meeting and embracing Japanese star Homare Sawa, her former teammate with WPS's Washington Freedom, at the Olympic Village Wednesday, a day ahead of the Olympic gold-medal match. ...More


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