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Home > Soccer America Daily > Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
[THIRTEEN FOR '13] Salvadoran-American Oscar Sorto, who grew up in South Central Los Angeles idolizing Los Angeles Galaxy star Maurico Cienfuegos, became the first defender the MLS champs have signed to a homegrown contract. Like that of Jose Villarreal, who debuted for the Galaxy in 2012, Sorto's signing comes 15 ... Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Michael Parkhurst hit the jackpot when he signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with German Bundesliga club Augsburg from Denmark's FC Nordsjaelland. Scandinavia has been a popular destination for American players, dating as far back as 1990 when U.S. internationals John Doyle, Hugo Perez and Christopher Sullivan moved to Sweden. ... Read the whole story
[NWSL] Portland Thorns FC, the Portland Timbers' entrant in the National Women's Soccer League, showed it means business in the new women's pro league by hiring Cindy Parlow Cone away from the University of North Carolina to become its head coach. Parlow Cone, who played on the 1999 Women's World ... Read the whole story
[DATEBOOK] Three days after it opens the 2013 MLS season, the Houston Dynamo will kick off the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals at BBVA Compass Stadium March 5 against Mexican club Santos, last season's runner-up featuring Americans Herculez Gomez and Benji Joya. Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Zinedine Zidane's perfectly struck volley during a star-filled charity game in Brazil on Wednesday reminded us that before Leo Messi, it was Zizou destined to join soccer's Mt. Rushmore. Read the whole story

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"Tito is strong and we are convinced that he will be back soon. We have absolute confidence in the team and our staff and that they are equipped to overcome this."-- Barcelona President Sandro Rosell on Coach Tito Vilanova, who will undergo surgery for a recurrence of a throat gland ailment. Vilanova is likely to spend four days in a hospital followed by six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. Assistant coach Jordi Roura will take over for Saturday's league game against Valladolid, Barcelona's last match until Jan. 6. (AP) ...More

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