Soccer America Daily
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
  • What They're Saying: Nick Bontis

    "Pre-COVID, the organization was extremely healthy, soccer across Canada was extremely healthy, then all of a sudden it hit last March, and parents aren't registering their kids. This is where we get a third, in round numbers, of our revenue. That was a shock to our system. We still have scarce resources but our men's and women's national teams are the priority."

    -- Nick Bontis, elected Soccer Canada president on Nov. 20, on the organization's financial problems due to the COVID-19 shutdown. Neither Canada's men's or women's national teams has played since March. He said the pandemic, not financial issues, will determine factor when the national teams get back on the field. The men have to start World Cup 2022 qualifying in March. The women must prepare for the 2021 Olympics. (Reuters)

  • MLS: Americans (birth year of 2000+) in 2020 playoffs

    1. *Christian Torres (2004, LAFC)
    2. Cade Cowell (2003, San Jose)
    3. *Caden Clark (2003, NY Red Bulls, 1 goal)
    4. Ricardo Pepi (2003, FC Dallas, 1 goal)
    5. Joe Scally (2002, NYCFC)
    6. *Gianluca Busio
    (2002, Sporting KC, 1 goal, 1 assist)
    7. Tanner Tessmann (2001, FC Dallas)
    8. *Cole Bassett (2001, Colorado)
    9. *Bryan Reynolds (2001, FC Dallas)
    10. *Jesus Ferreira (2000, FC Dallas)
    11. *Brenden Aaronson (2000, Philadelphia)
    12. Ayo Akinola (2000, Toronto FC)
    13. *Daryl Dike (2000, Orlando City)
    14. *Jaylin Lindsey (2000, Sporting KC)
    *Starter.
    Note: In 2019, just six players (birth year of 1999+) played in playoffs.

  • Short List: 2020 Best FIFA Women's Player

    Lucy Bronze (England/Lyon/Man. City)
    Delphine Cascarino (France/Lyon)
    Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway/Barcelona)
    Pernille Harder (DenmarkWolfsburg/Chelsea)
    Jennifer Hermoso (Spain/Barcelona)
    Ji So-yun (South Korea/Chelsea)
    Sam Kerr (Australia/Chelsea)
    Saki Kumagai (Japan/Lyon)
    Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany/Lyon)
    Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands/Arsenal)
    Wendie Renard (France/Lyon)

  • Wednesday morning: What we're reading (and listening to)

    1. Potential Utah Royals buyers looking to bring team back to Kansas City, sources say By Meg Linehan and Paul Tenorio (The Athletic)
    2. Atlanta United lets Carleton go, keeps Bello By Doug Roberson (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
    3. Thousands headed to Arizona for Desert Super Cup soccer tournament despite growing COVID-19 numbers By Nicole Garcia (Fox 10 Phoenix)

  • MLS Playoffs: Sixth time is a charm for Revs

    In its sixth meeting with Philadelphia, New England not only beat the Supporters' Shield winner, 2-0, but it did so convincingly. Read the whole story

  • MLS Playoffs: Nashville SC succeeds in postseason, unlike all but one previous expansion team

    Nashville SC made it two-for-two in the 2020 playoffs, moving into the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 1-0 overtime win over Toronto FC. Read the whole story

  • Calendar: 2020 MLS Playoffs

    Eastern Conference, Semifinals
    Sunday, Nov. 29. No. 4 Orlando City vs. No. 8 New England, 3 pm. (ABC//ESPN Deportes)
    Sunday. Nov. 29. No. 3 Columbus vs. No. 7 Nashville SC, 8 pm. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)
    Western Conference, Semifinals
    Tuesday, Dec. 1.
    No. 2 Seattle vs. No. 6 FC Dallas, 9:30 pm. (FS1/FOX Deportes)
    Wednesday, Dec. 2. No. 1 Sporting KC vs. No. 4 Minn. United, 9 pm. (FS1/FOX Deportes)
    Note: All times ET.

  • Watch: Nico Lodeiro score best goal of Tuesday night's MLS playoffs

    From a Jordan Morris pass, the Seattle Sounders' Nico Lodeiro struck with a perfection of precision and power in their 3-1 win over LAFC. Read the whole story

  • Yanks Abroad: Americans in UEFA Champions League (Nov. 24)

    Tyler Adams, RB Leipizg, on bench (0-1 at Paris SG)
    Konrad de la Fuente (-), Barcelona, sub-8 minutes (4-0 at Dynamo Kiev)
    Sergino Dest (7), Barcelona, 90 minutes, 1 goal (4-0 at Dynamo Kiev)
    Ethan Horvath, Club Brugge, on bench (0-3 vs. Bor. Dortmund)
    Weston McKennie (4), Juventus, 61 minutes (2-1 vs. Ferencvaros)
    Christian Pulisic, Chelsea, did not dress (2-1 at Rennes)
    Gio Reyna (7), Bor. Dortmund, 80 minutes (3-0 vs. Club Brugge)
    Note: In parentheses are L'Equipe ratings (scale: 1-10, 1-low, 10-high).

  • Sergino Dest shows off 'characteristics that Barcelona fullback should have'

    Dest scored his first goal for Barca, and Konrad de la Fuente made his first-team debut in the 4-0 win at Dynamo Kiev. Read the whole story

  • Making the case for a shootout revival

    When I lived in the USA, I used to love being asked to explain cricket. "Imagine a baseball game going on until 6am and … Read the whole story