Soccer America Daily
Friday, October 18, 2019
  • MLS Playoff Preview: Ranking the 14 teams year-over-over

    Here's a look at the new players who impacted the seasons of the teams headed to the postseason, which begins on Saturday. Read the whole story

  • Ike Opara named MLS Defender of the Year for second time

    The Minnesota United defender became the fourth player in MLS history to win the award multiple times. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Frank de Boer

    "We already had the communication that we didn't want him to do too much because he had a long season, and he's not used to playing that many games. Maybe he would've also gotten it [suffered the hamstring injury] in our game. But we especially said to take it easy with him, and they didn't do it, so we have to have a really serious discussion with the federation that it doesn't appear again."

    -- Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer after Miles Robinson suffered a hamstring injury while training with the U.S. national team after its 7-0 win over Cuba on Friday night. Robinson, third in voting for MLS Defender of the Year in his first season as a starter, will miss Saturday's MLS playoff match against New England. (11alive.com)

  • LaLiga and Spanish federation again at odds over sanctioning of game in Miami

    LaLiga has requested the Spanish federation allow it to move the Villarreal-Atletico Madrid match on Dec. 6 to the Hard Rock Stadium. Read the whole story

  • Tweet du jour

    "Federation needs overhaul immediately. The DA program has failed miserably. Too many rules and zero of them enhance or promote player development. Needs change. Only care in the world is business not our sports development. Sad. [U.S. women's national team general manager] Kate [Markgraf] we need your help"

    -- Paul Riley, the head coach of NWSL champion North Carolina FC, on U.S. Soccer's Girls Development Academy. Among his issues: substitution rules, limitations on outside competition, the cost of coaching licenses and "promises not lived up" to like the lack of scouts at games and college coaches at showcases. (@prileyfury4life)

  • Watch: The rise of New Mexico United

    ESPN FC's mini-doc tracks the success of the USL Championship first-year club, the league's leader in attendance. Read the whole story

  • Determining playing time for your team

    We all feel lousy whenever we're excluded from something, so imagine being kids languishing on the bench of their youth soccer teams. Read the whole story

  • Watch: El Tri's latest plea to end the offensive chant

    Several Mexican players including Guillermo Ochoa explain to fans that their anti-gay "puto" chant could keep Mexico out of the World Cup. Read the whole story

  • Calendar: MLS Playoffs (Round One)

    Saturday, October 19
    No. 2 Atlanta United vs. No. 7 New England (Univision/TUDN, 1 p.m. ET)
    No. 2 Seattle vs. No. 7 FC Dallas (FS1/FOX Deportes, 3:30 p.m. ET)
    No. 4 Toronto FC vs. No. 5 D.C. United (Univision/TUDN, 6 p.m. ET)
    No. 3 Real Salt Lake vs. No. 6 Portland (ESPNEWS/ESPN Deportes, 10 p.m. ET)
    Sunday, October 20
    No. 3 Philadelphia vs. No. 6 NY Red Bulls (FS1/FOX Deportes, 3 p.m. ET)
    No. 4 Minnesota United vs. No. 5 LA Galaxy (ESPN/ESPN Deportes, 8:30 p.m. ET)
    Note: Conference semifinals: Oct. 23-24. Conference finals: Oct. 29-30. MLS Cup: Nov. 10.