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Home > Soccer America Daily > Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Can German star Bastian Schweinsteiger, who landed in the Windy City on Wednesday, lead the Chicago Fire to the championship? We take you back to last and only time Chicago won MLS Cup, in 1998. In its first season, the Bob Bradley-coached Chicago Fire beat Bruce Arena-coached D.C. United, which ... Read the whole story
Host USA will face Nicaragua along with Panama and Martinique at the 2017 Gold Cup Nicaragua won the Caribbean-Central American playoff in dramatic fashion. Captain Juan Barrera scored a hat trick in the final eight minutes for a 3-0 win in the second leg against Haiti and a 4-3 aggregate ... Read the whole story
Josef Martinez, who leads MLS with five goals in his first three games for Atlanta United, will likely miss approximately 4-6 weeks with a left quad injury. He was injured in Venezuela's 2-2 tie with Peru Thursday in World Cup 2018 qualifying. Read the whole story
Real Salt Lake, which fired Jeff Cassar three games into his fourth season as the MLS team's head coach, will replace him with former New York Red Bulls coach Mike Petke. The move was first reported by FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio and Sirius XM's Cristiano Oliveria and confirmed by the Salt ... Read the whole story
The other two results could not have been better for the USA on Matchday 4 of the Hexagonal. Honduras is on the verge of collapse after dropping two more points at home, settling for a 1-1 tie with Costa Rica. Hexagonal leader Mexico handed Trinidad & Tobago its second home ... Read the whole story
LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget went off injured Friday night just a few minutes after scoring his first international goal for the USA in a 6-0 rout of Honduras and will probably sit out most of the MLS season. The diagnosis: a Lisfranc injury to his left foot. Read the whole story
Rochester, preparing for its USL season opener on Saturday, has announced three player signings. Defenders Raymond Lee and Todd Pratzner and forward Jochen Graf will be added to the team roster. Read the whole story
In Brazil's 3-0 win, Neymar scored after a solo run that started 75 yards from Paraguay's goal. Philippe Coutinho had opened the scoring after playing a one-two with Paulinho, whose return pass came with a nifty back-heel. And Marcelo struck with a sweet chip, also after a Paulinho back-heel assist. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Bruce Arena

"From what I remember about Concacaf qualifying, it hasn't changed a whole lot in 12 years. It's just a battle. The referee wasn't going to call too many fouls. It was a slugfest for 90 minutes." -- Bruce Arena, who in his second stint as U.S. coach returned to Central America for the first time and came away with a 1-1 tie against Panama. (Only 24 fouls -- 14 by Panama, 10 by the USA -- were called.) (Washington Post) ...More

Time for Argentina to figure out how to win without Messi

Six hours before Argentina faced Bolivia in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, FIFA announced a four-game suspension for Lionel Messi. That doesn't bode well for La Albiceleste, which hasn't missed a World Cup since 1970. ...More

What They're Saying: Didier Deschamps

"If it is verified and it is fair, why not [use VAR]? It changes our soccer a little. It's against us today, but if we have to go through this, it will be the same for everyone. Afterward, without [VAR, the result] would have been different, but it is the evolution of soccer. That's how it will be." -- France coach Didier Deschamps is OK with the use of Video Assistant Referee [VAR] even though it called back a goal for his team and over-ruled an offside call on a Spain goal in Spain's 2-0 friendly win. ( ...More

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