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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Red Bulls searched the world for a new head coach, but they had their man on their staff all along. On Thursday, three days into its preseason training camp in Florida, it removed the tag of "interim coach" and named Mike Petke, an assistant in 2012, as ... Read the whole story
[MAKING A LIST] Mike Petke is one of seven former U.S. internationals who played in MLS and whose current MLS job is his first (outdoor) head coaching experience. Read the whole story
[MLS 2013 COUNTDOWN] The Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo took to the field on Thursday and prevailed over its academy team, 3-0, in the first action of the MLS preseason. The game was notable for the presence in the starting lineup of forward Calum Elliot. The 25-year-old Scotsman had considered ... Read the whole story
[USL PRO] USL PRO's schedule for 2013 includes for the first time interleague games against MLS reserve teams. Each USL PRO team will play 26 games, including two games against an MLS partner. The league will will include two expansion teams -- Phoenix FC Wolves and VSI Tampa Bay FC ... Read the whole story
[AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS] Mubarak Wakaso's penalty kick gave Ghana a 1-0 victory over Mali in Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations, but  he finds himself suspended for the Black Stars' final group game against Niger after he received a yellow card -- his second in two games ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] A player mocks a keeper for his abject failure between the posts in Turkey while a netminder in Brazil makes a comically sarcastic save on a weak penalty, such is the life of a goalkeeper. Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Magic Feet] Two minutes of Europe's best tricks and skills put to music provides high entertainment value for the viewer and dozens of defenders left searching for bruised egos ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"This guy is an advertising board with three braincells who cashes in on his image to an excessive degree. It is a form of prostitution. This guy is a whore." -- What French humorist Christophe Aleveque wrote in a January 2011 edition of the magazine SportMag about Zinedine Zidane, who responded with a $100,000 lawsuit (to be paid to a charity of his choice). Zidane's defamation case failed on its first attempt and now he's seeking to have the initial ruling overturned on appeal and is asking for a symbolic 1 euro in damages. (AFP) ...More


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