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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
[PREVIEW: Week 21] The MLS weekend schedule, which again includes a Friday night special (Philadelphia-Sporting Kansas City) and several classics, is rife with important intraconference matches. Saturday play begins in the morning at StubHub Center with the LA Galaxy-Timbers game on NBC and ends in the evening with the San ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] The Frenchman makes it look easy. During their 1-1 tie with Real Salt Lake, the Red Bulls' Thierry Henry scored a goal notable for its nonchalance. Read the whole story
[AWARDS] Two players each from the NPSL finalists New York Red Bulls U-23s (Victor Manosalvas and Sean Sheridan) and Chattanooga FC (Gregory Hartley and Luke Winter) are on the 2014 All-NPSL Team. They will meet Saturday night in the final at Red Bull Arena following the Red Bulls-Revolution MLS game. Read the whole story
[MLS: Thursday] In need of an offensive spark, the San Jose Earthquakes have signed 29-year-old Argentine Matias Perez Garcia as only their third Designated Player. The signing of the former Tigre star represents a change in approach for the Quakes, who have often relied on the physical presence of Steven ... Read the whole story
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Peruvian Claudio Pizarro scored in the 10th minute to give German champion Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Chivas de Guadalajara in Harrison, N.J., to open its U.S. tour. Bayern was without its six German World Cup champions who are still on vacation. Next up: the AT&T MLS ... Read the whole story
[COUNTDOWN: Canada 2014] Twelve years after hosting the first FIFA youth championship for women, Canada will welcome 16 teams for the Under-20 Women's World Cup that kicks off on Tuesday. This time, the tournament will be a dress rehearsal for an even bigger event in Canada: the 2015 Women's World ... Read the whole story
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] In its last FIFA world championship before rights revert to Fox next year, ESPN will offer coverage of the Under-20 Women's World Cup from Canada on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. It will offer live coverage of 17 matches, including all U.S. games, beginning with Tuesday's match ... Read the whole story
[OPEN NORDIC TOURNAMENT] After losing its first two games to host Denmark and Norway, the U.S. under-17 national team picked up its first win at the Open Nordic Tournament in Kolding with a 4-1 win over the Faroe Islands. Read the whole story


What They're Saying: Gerard Pique

"I had the chance to see him one day at my grandfather's house when I was 12 or 13 years old. He arrived at the house and he knew I was playing for the Barcelona youth team. He pushed me and I fell to the floor, and he said 'you are not tough enough to be a center back.'" -- Barcelona center back Gerard Pique recalls meeting Louis van Gaal, the new Man United coach, when the Dutchman was Barcelona coach. (Daily Mail) ...More

U.S. women to face Mexico twice in September

[DATEBOOK] The U.S. women's national team has scheduled its second and third pre-Women's World Cup qualifying tune-ups. It will play Mexico on Sept. 13 at a site to be determined and Sept. 18 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York, home to the NWSL's Western New York Flash. ...More


Shaun Tsakiris: 'The team is a family'

Shaun Tsakiris, coach of Northern California club De Anza Force's U-14 boys team, was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy Coach of the Year for the West region. As a player, Tsakiris won the 1997 NCAA Division I title with UCLA and played in the 1999 U-20 World Cup, where his teammates included Tim Howard, Taylor Twellman and Carlos Bocanegra, and where he played against future stars such as Spain's Xavi and England's Ashley Cole. We checked in with Tsakiris to talk youth soccer in America. ...More


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