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Home >Soccer America Daily > Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
[MLS ROOKIE CLASS: Ten to Watch] One of the big stories of the 2013 college season was California. Unranked in preseason, the Golden Bears were No. 1 within weeks. A big reason for Cal's success was the play of its defenders, Steve Birnbaum and Christian Dean, both of whose names ... Read the whole story
[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN] The LA Galaxy has added to its Brazilian corps with the signing of 22-year-old forward Samuel on loan from Fluminense of Brazil's Serie A. He scored 15 goals in 72 appearances for Flu in the last two seasons and should give the Galaxy another attacking option. The ... Read the whole story
[SPRING RESIDENCY] Seven new players, including U-15s Jose Carranza and Eric Lopez, are among the 28 players in the U.S. under-17 national team's spring residency class in Bradenton, Fla. Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] John Brooks' tough luck at Hertha Berlin continues. The young German-American defender, who debuted for the USA in 2013,  suffered a knee injury (left PCL strain) during training on Monday, sidelining him for the next 10-14 days of winter practice. Read the whole story
[NASL 2014 COUNTDOWN] The Atlanta Silverbacks didn't bother filling the vacancy following the exit of head coach Brian Haynes. They've handed the role of running the team to technical director Eric Wynalda, who will commute from his home in Los Angeles, where he works as a soccer analyst at Fox ... Read the whole story
[NWSL 2014 COUNTDOWN] On the positive side of the Boston Breakers' first year in the NWSL, they sold out nine of 11 games at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass. On the negative side, they averaged less than 2,500 fans a game, making their long-term business prospects in the Boston suburb ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Scoring from your own half on a futsal court might not be as rare as in the outdoor game, but this bicycle kick golazo is worth a view. Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"We'll try things out there. We want to get to know the people. We want to build relationships, if it's at the hotel, at the training ground. We want to get a feel for how things work there -- for the Brazilian lifestyle, in a certain way -- and this is a good opportunity. So we connected it because no other [World Cup] team really has that January camp happening. It's because of the schedule that MLS has gives us that opportunity." -- Jurgen Klinsmann, explaining to reporters, on the opening of the January training camp Tuesday morning at the ...More

What They're Saying

"Pep Guardiola is an important person for me -- Jose Mourinho is a coach who focuses only on results. He says he is 'The Special One' because he won this and that in so many countries but I do not like the way his teams play. Who remembers the Inter team that was champion of Europe? For me, he has not left a legacy, unlike [Johan] Cruyff has in the Netherlands." -- Barcelona star Xavi compares former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to coaches he likes. (Panenka via Goal.com) ...More


NFL and MLB teams take sides in Minnesota

[MLS EXPANSION] How hot is MLS right now? In Minnesota, you have both NFL and MLB teams potentially vying to include soccer in stadium ventures. ...More



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