Soccer America Daily
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • What They're Saying: George Weah

    "They're afraid to mark me because I'm the best dribbler and if they try, they will dislocate some of their body. I'm very fancy."

    -- Liberian president George Weah, the former Ballon d'Or winner and father of U.S. international Tim Weah, on why opponents never try tackle him in matches the Weah All Stars play against other teams made up of former professional players. Their coach, former Arsenal player Christopher Wreh, has a better explanation -- opponents are under orders not to tackle the 52-year-old president. (BBC Sport)

  • Draw: Under-20 Men's World Cup

    Pot 1: Poland, Portugal, Uruguay, France, USA, Mexico.
    Pot 2: Mali, Nigeria, New Zealand, Colombia, South Korea, Italy.
    Pot 3: Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Argentina, Ecuador, Ukraine, Honduras.
    Pot 4: Japan, South Africa, Panama, Norway, Qatar, Tahiti.
    Draw: Sunday 11:30 a.m. ET at the Gdynia Arena in Gdynia, Poland.

  • Results: Concacaf Champions League (Round of 16)

    Tuesday, February 19
    Saprissa 1 Tigres 0 (Venegas 73.)
    Independiente 4 Toronto FC 0 (Ayarza 9, Browne 48, Ivey 52, 78.)
    Guastatoya 0 Houston Dynamo 1 (Beasley 84.)

    Schedule:
    Wednesday, February 20
    Marathon vs. Santos Laguna 8 pm. (Yahoo Sports, Univision Deportes en Vivo)
    Atletico Pantoja vs. NY Red Bulls 8 pm. (Yahoo Sports, Univision Deportes en Vivo)
    Alianza vs. Monterrey 10 pm. (Yahoo Sports, UDN)

  • Watch: DaMarcus Beasley turn back the clock with a CCL golazo

    The 36-year-old left back scored his first international club goal in more than 11 years to give Houston a 1-0 win over Guastatoya. Read the whole story

  • Embarrassment: Toronto FC's slide hits new low with record CCL defeat in Panama

    Captain Michael Bradley said the Reds weren't up for any part of their 2019 opener, a 4-0 loss to CCL newcomer CAI. Read the whole story

  • Women's World Cup Countdown: What's in the news ...

    1. Australia has appointed Ante Milicic as the Matildas' new head coach less than two weeks before they host New Zealand, South Korea and Argentina at the inaugural Cup of Nations. Milicic was an assistant coach for the Socceroos -- Australia's men's team -- at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups and has never coached a women's team. He replaces Alen Stajcic, who was controversially fired in January, on a short-term contract that expires following the Women's World Cup.

    2. England's squad for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup includes nine players from Manchester City, including defender Gemma Bonner, who hasn't played for the Three Lionesses since 2017. Six players based with foreign clubs are in Phil Neville's team: goalkeeper Mary Earps (Wolfsburg), defenders Lucy Bronze (Lyon) and Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), midfielder Isobel Christiansen (Lyon) and forwards Toni Duggan (Barcelona) and Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign).

    3. Nigeria will make its first appearance at one of Europe's major late winter tournaments when it plays in the Cyprus Cup, which begins on Monday. The Super Falcons have played in every Women's World Cup but rarely gather between official competitions. They split two games in January at a tournament in China, beating Romania (4-1) and losing to the host country (3-0). Three other World Cup finalists -- Italy, South Africa and Thailand -- will be at the 12-team Cyprus Cup.

  • Watch: A perfect strike from 45 yards

    Nimes' Teji Savanier saw Dijon's goalkeeper off his line and couldn't have hit a better ball in his team's 2-0 Ligue 1 win. Read the whole story

  • Chris Armas: Red Bulls made big statement by re-signing Long and Parker

    The 2018 MLS Supporters' Shield champions will be at close to full strength for Wednesday's Concacaf Champions League opener. Read the whole story

  • Roster: U.S. U-20 women head to Spain

    Coach Mark Carr is taking a 20-player squad -- seven collegians and 13 youth club players -- to a three-game tournament in La Manga. Read the whole story

  • U.S. U-17 boys to start World Cup quest against Canada, Barbados and Guatemala

    The Concacaf U-17 Championship will determine the region's four qualifiers for October's U-17 World Cup. Read the whole story

  • A diving call in England that invites open derision

    At issue: Did Harry Maguire foul Son Heung Min? Or was the tackle quite legal, and Son took a dive? Read the whole story