Soccer America Daily
Friday, January 17, 2020
  • A look at U.S. Soccer's proposed operating deficit of $27.5 million

    The largest increases (FY2021 budget vs. FY2018 actual) are general & administration, senior national teams and marketing & sponsorship. Read the whole story

  • Watch: Meet Barcelona's new coach

    Here's what's intriguing about 61-year-old Quique Setien, who has never coached a team to a major title but will lead Leo Messi and Co. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Sergino Dest

    "My heart told me the U.S. was the best option for me. I was raised in the Netherlands. I love it here. But in life, you have to make difficult decisions. I felt the U.S. was the best option. I had played in their youth teams, and I feel at home there. It's not as if the U.S. is bad at soccer, either. They play in World Cups -- and against a lot of the same teams as the Netherlands."

    -- Sergino Dest, on his decision to pick the USA over the Netherlands at the senior international level, crediting the USA -- a country he didn't visit until 2014 -- for being there and picking him on the 2017 U-17 World Cup and 2019 U-20 World Cup teams  after he was continually overlooked by the Netherlands. (ESPN)

  • Friday morning: What's in the news ...

    1. Paxton Pomykal departed the U.S. men's national team's camp to return to FC Dallas and continue rehabilitation from offseason groin surgery. He will not be replaced on the roster, which now stands at 25 players. Brandon Servania, a teammate on FC Dallas and the 2019 U.S. U-20 World Cup team, was a late addition to the U.S. camp roster.

    2. The Charlotte team that will enter MLS in 2021 has appointed Thomas Schaling as director of scouting. He comes from PSV, where he worked as its international senior scout and helped identify and sign Mexican national team stars Hirving Lozano and Andres Guardado. Before joining PSV, Schaling scouted for AZ.

    3. Former MLS player Ryan Pore has been named the new UMKC men's head coach. Pore, who spent time with the Kansas City Wizards and Portland Timbers in a seven-year pro career, comes to the Kangaroos from the University of Tulsa, where was on the coaching staff since 2013.

  • Trifecta of deals completes Sky Blue FC makeover

    The trade for Mallory Pugh came a year after all the attention was on the New Jersey club for all the wrong reasons. Read the whole story

  • NWSL College Draft: Smith goes No. 1 to Portland, Washington takes Sanchez after trading Pugh

    Just how highly prized Sophia Smith and Ashley Sanchez are was evident in what it cost to acquire them. Read the whole story

  • Picks: 2020 NWSL College Draft

    Round 1
    1. Portland:
    Sophia Smith (Stanford)
    2. Portland: Morgan Weaver (Washington State)
    3. Orlando: Taylor Kornieck (Colorado)
    4. Washington: Ashley Sanchez (UCLA)
    5. Sky Blue FC: Evelyne Viens (South Florida)
    6. NC Courage: Ally Watt (Texas A&M)
    7. Orlando: Courtney Petersen (Virginia)
    8. Utah: Tziarra King (N.C. State)
    9. Reign FC: Kelcie Hedge (Santa Clara)
    (Click here for complete picks.)

  • A handball offense in soccer: The ultimate NP-complete problem (2)

    Why do we give a special status to the handball offense when it's the least likely foul that can create game-control problems? Read the whole story

  • Roster Moves: Major League Soccer 2020

    Minnesota United filled its void in goal with the signing of Tyler Miller, whose rights its acquired from LAFC. Read the whole story

  • Crucial to coaching: Developing skill, not simply teaching technique

    Ask the coach, "Did you have a good practice today?" and he will likely say, "Yes, those kids got five hundred touches ..." Read the whole story