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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
FIFA's Women's Player of the Year awards have always been a subject of controversy, but nothing like in 2017 as only one of the three Best Player finalists, Lieke Martens of the European champion Netherlands, would generally be considered to have ranked among the top players of the year. Read the whole story
Barron Trump, son of President Donald Trump and Melania Trump, is playing in U.S. Soccer's Development Academy. Barron moved to the White House from New York with his mother after finishing his school year in the spring, and he is playing for D.C. United's U-12 team. Read the whole story
Some MLS clubs have waited years to get approval for their soccer stadiums to get off the ground. The Oregonian reported it's taken the Portland Timbers only five months to win city approval for a $57 million expansion to Providence Park that will add approximately 4,000 new seats to the ... Read the whole story
Expansion Reno 1868 set a USL record for most goals in a season -- 63 in only 28 games -- in its 3-0 win over OKC Energy FC, but that was overshadowed Wednesday night by an incident in the Phoenix-Sounders 2 game in which referee Katja Koroleva failed to send ... Read the whole story
As the "other" expansion team for 2017, Minnesota United FC lacks the dazzle of its Atlanta counterpart but played spoiler last week by beating playoff contender Montreal and has another chance to do so this weekend against FC Dallas. Read the whole story
Recent tears by Diego Valeri (goals in an MLS record eight straight games) and Josef Martinez (back-to-back hat tricks) have tightened what is shaping up as MLS's greatest scoring race in history. David Villa still leads the race with Nemanja Nikolic tied for second, but only two goals separate the ... Read the whole story
This is the final weekend before U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena will have to sit down with his staff and made a decision on the players he plans to bring in for the final two World Cup qualifiers. Here's a look at who is playing when and how to ... Read the whole story
It's starts out a bit slow after Andres Iniesta nutmegs Gerard Pique, but the Barcelona pre-game rondo gets especially exciting when Toni Kroos, Gerard Deulofeu and Paulinho Co., play airborne keepaway. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Hope Solo

"I want to reiterate my regret for the comments I made after our loss to Sweden at the Rio Games. As I expressed in my apology to the Swedish captain immediately following the match, I have tremendous respect for the Swedish team, and in describing the style of play, I used a choice of words that was both offensive and not at all what I had intended to convey." -- Hope Solo, issuing a statement that she had "amicably" resolved her grievance with U.S. Soccer after it suspended her from the U.S. women's national team and terminated her contract after ...More

What They're Saying: Carlos Tevez

"Chinese players are not as naturally skilled like South American or European players. Like players who learned soccer when they were kids. They're not good. Even in 50 years, they still won't be able to compete." -- Argentine star Carlos Tevez, who's being paid an estimated $44 million by Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua but has scored only three goals in 13 games. He was responding after Shenhua's chairman said he was unfit to play. (SFR Sport via Guardian) ...More

Soccer needs two sets of Laws of the Game

I taught a re-certification referee course this weekend. My students were mostly teenagers who had been refereeing for at least one year. We covered the new changes to the Laws of the Game (LOTG). Since 1987, I have been mostly instructing top level referees in Turkey and around the world. Teaching young referees is exciting and also challenging. Especially, teaching a class of new referees whose ages range between 10 and 45 is very challenging pedagogically. I personally would prefer to have a minimum age limit of 13 or 14 for refereeing. ...More

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