Around the Country: American soccer news

USMNT adds set piece coach for World Cup.U.S. Soccer hired Lars Knudsen from the Danish federation for which he worked as a youth national team coach and scout. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter noted that "set pieces are a critical component for any team at the World Cup" and he's confident Knudsen "will help elevate our quality in this part of the game even higher.”

Keaton Parks sidelined again with blood clot. The NYCFC midfielder will undergo surgery to remove a blood clot from his popliteal artery in his lower right leg, the same procedure that he needed last November that required him to miss NYCFC's run to the MLS title. He has played 22 games across all competitions in 2022 and was named NYCFC's player of the month in May.

Matthew Cardone retires to go to law school. The San Antonio FC goalkeeper announced he will enroll in SMU's Dedman School of Law this fall. The San Antonio native started out his pro career with the NASL Scorpions and has played in all seven SAFC seasons, leading the USL Championship club in appearances (109).

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