Soccer America Daily
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • Roster: U.S. U-19 women head to Spain tourney led by Houston Dash assistant coach Twila Kaufman

    U.S. U-19 women's squad for Spain tournament includes Boston College twins Michela and Samantha Agresti Read the whole story

  • SA Trivia: MLS teams that changed their nicknames

    Four MLS teams -- all founding members of 1996 -- changed their monikers, and one of them did so twice. Can you recall the ... Read the whole story

  • Key Dates: 2020 NWSL Schedule

    April 18: Opening day of regular season.
    June 1-10: FIFA international window.
    July 19-31: Break for 2020 Olympics.
    Sept. 14-22: FIFA international window.
    Oct. 18: Final day of regular season.
    Oct. 19-31: FIFA international window.
    Nov. 8: Semifinals.
    *Nov. 14: Championship game.
    *Latest date NWSL has ended season.
    (Click here for 2020 NWSL schedule.)

  • Watch: Former MLS teen star rock the UEFA Champions League with Bayern

    The 19-year-old Alphonso Davies, who moved to Canada at age 5 from an African refugee camp, played brilliantly in Bayern's 3-0 win over Chelsea. Read the whole story

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

    1. The Columbus Crew has granted naming rights to the new training facility it is building to Columbus-based OhioHealth. The OhioHealth Performance Center, which will open in 2021 on the site of the Crew’s existing stadium, will house all Crew soccer operations for the first team and academy. It will have two first-team natural grass fields, supported by hydronic heating and SubAir systems, one natural grass field and artificial turf for academy use; and a seasonal bubble over the stadium field.

    2. Reign FC has handed 2019 NWSL Rookie of the Year Bethany Balcer to a three-year contract with a team option for a fourth year. Until this year, the NWSL contracts were for one year with an option for the second year. Balcer became the first player from an NAIA school to sign an NWSL contract when Reign FC drafted her out of two-time national champion Spring Arbor University, and she led Reign FC in scoring with with six goals and two assists.

    3. The 2020 Development Academy championships will be held July 9-12  at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri. Final fours will be held for boys in the U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 age groups as well as for girls at the U-15, U-16 and U-17 age groups. For the first time, there will be distinct U-16 and U-17 girls age group championships. Swope Soccer Village is the home of Sporting Kansas City's academy program.

  • Coronavirus outbreak: Foreign leagues shut down as precaution amid growing threat

    The top leagues in Japan and South Korea have postponed the start of the 2020 season while Inter Milan is moving behind closed doors. Read the whole story

  • Calendar: Concacaf Champions League (Round of 16, Second Leg)

    Tuesday, February 25
    Atlanta United (1) vs. Motagua (1) 8 pm. (FS1, TUDN)
    Cruz Azul (2) vs. Portmore United (1) 10 pm. (FS2, TUDN)
    Wednesday, February 26
    NYCFC (5) vs. San Carlos (3) 6 pm. (FS2, TUDN)
    Montreal Impact (2) vs. Saprissa (2) 8 pm. (FS2)
    Tigres (1) vs. Alianza (2) 8 pm. (TUDN)
    Club America (1) vs. Comunicaciones (1) 10 pm. (FS2, TUDN)
    Thursday, February 27
    LAFC (0) vs. Leon (2) 10 pm. (FS1, TUDN)
    Seattle Sounders (2) vs. Olimpia (2) 10 pm. (FS2, TUDNxtra)
    Note: In parentheses is score from first leg. All times ET.

  • What They're Saying: Kelly Sandos

    "I always feel bad because you never want to say no. This will change people's lives in the morning. The drinks make everyone a little more energetic with football matches, there's just something satisfying about having a beer in your hand. Coffee is just not the same."

    -- Kelly Sandos, a server at Chicago pub Fado, on the new ordinance allowing alcohol to be sold starting at 9 a.m. on Sundays instead of 10 a.m. It will go into effect in two weeks for establishments that also sell food and be a boon for business to Premier League patrons. (Chicago Tribune)

  • Market Watch: Unbundled UEFA women's sponsorship deals

    Visa (Dec. 6, 2018). First-ever European women's soccer sponsor signed seven-year deal.
    Nike (March 11, 2019). Match-ball supplier for all European women’s competitions.
    Esprit (Oct. 10, 2019). Lifestyle partner of European women's soccer.
    Hublot (Feb. 23, 2020). Swiss watch brand extends sponsorship of electronic referee boards.

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

    1. The U.S. U-16 girls national team swept matches against England and Denmark while the U.S. U-16 boys (starting the 2020-21 U-17 World Cup cycle) were crushed by opponents from the same countries at the UEFA Development Tournament. The U-16 girls beat host England, 3-1, and Denmark 5-0, getting two goals apiece from Mia Minestrella and Katherine Rader over the two games and one from Lumi Kostmayer, Sofia Cook, Allison Montoya and Yuna McCormack. The U-16 boys fell to England, 4-1, and Denmark, 6-1. Both U.S. teams lost to Spain, 2-1, in their opening games.

    2. The Premier League Mornings Live fan festival is headed to Philadelphia April 4-5.  The two-day fan festival organized by NBC Sports and the Premier League will take place at Dilworth Park, located outside of Philadelphia's City Hall in Center City. NBC Sports' studio team will broadcast Premier League Mornings Live from the event. The weekend's top match will be the clash between defending champion Manchester City and runaway league leader Liverpool on April 5.

    3. Ten teams will play in the annual Spring College Cup, a men's college spring tournament in which teams play by international rules. The entrants will include 2019 Division I champion Georgetown and runner-up Virginia in the North Division. Other participating teams will include Clemson, Duke, N.C. State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest from the ACC, James Madison from the CAA and the Big Ten's Maryland. The final will be hosted by Wake Forest on April 19.

  • Calendar: Major League Soccer, Week 1

    MLS opens its 25th season on Saturday with eight games. Five games will be played on Sunday. Read the whole story

  • Watch: A defender using a spare ball to stop attacker

    After apparently thinking it was his throw-in, Stefan Kostov of Macedonia's Akademija Pandev chased down a Makedonija GjP attacker with a spare ball. Read the whole story

  • SA Trivia: Name the six MLS coaches who played in the inaugural 1996 season

    Six of the MLS head coaches in the league's 25th season of 2020 played in the inaugural 1996 season. Can you name them? Read the whole story

  • Mia Fishel strikes again as U.S. U-20 women clinch spot knockout stage spot in World Cup qualifying

    Mia Fishel, who scored four goals in the USA's opening win over Cuba, scored in the 4th and 8th minutes of Monday's 4-0 win. Read the whole story

  • Roster Moves: Major League Soccer 2020

    Expansion Nashville SC has signed four more players taken in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. Read the whole story