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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, March 24, 2017
Clint Dempsey, who was sidelined from national team play since last June after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in September, scored a hat trick in the USA's 6-0 win over Honduras. His third goal came from a 25-yard free kick that completely fooled goalkeeper Donis Escober. Read the whole story
Josef Martinez, who has set MLS by storm with five goals in his first three games for Atlanta United, was injured in Venezuela's 2-2 tie with Peru Thursday in World Cup 2018 qualifying. La Vinotinto released him to return to Atlanta for treatment on his thigh injury. Read the whole story
Will the seventh USL season prove to be lucky? It will certainly be the largest in terms of teams (30) and games (480). But the league still searches for an identity as MLS reserve teams, affiliated operations and stand-alone organizations work in markets great and small. Read the whole story
Anything but a victory Friday night in San Jose would leave the USA with no more than one point from its first two home games, and likely needing results in at least three of the four away games -- as well as three home wins -- to edge into the ... Read the whole story
The USA-Honduras game will be the third game of the day in the Hexagonal on Friday. Even with a win, the USA cannot climb no higher than fourth in the six-team competition. It will be looking at Friday's opening game, hoping Trinidad & Tobago under new coach Dennis Lawrence can ... Read the whole story
Uruguayan playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro took MLS by storm when he arrived last year, leading the Seattle Sounders to their first MLS title. This mini-doc takes you to through his previous exploits, in the Netherlands, Brazil, with famed Argentine club Boca Juniors, and playing alongside Luis Suarez with Uruguay. Read the whole story
The Portland Timbers will look to improve to 4-0-0 when they play at Columbus Crew SC in one of three MLS games during FIFA's international fixture window. They will be without two starters away on international duty: Costa Rican David Guzman and American Darlington Nagbe. Read the whole story
The 18-year-old Christian Pulisic enters the USA-Honduras game on a roll, having scored Bundesliga, Champions League and German Cup goals this month. Bringing that prowess to the USA's efforts has become even more crucial in the wake of injuries to key attackers. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Bruce Arena

"We didn't have anyone else." -- U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena on why he started Clint Dempsey, who scored a hat trick in the USA's 6-0 win over Honduras. Bobby Wood was injured and did not travel from Germany. Jordan Morris, Dempsey's partner on the Seattle Sounders, arrived in camp with an ankle injury. ...More

What They're Saying: Landon Donovan

"I am surprised. What surprises me is we don't seem -- in the last five or six years -- to have progressed a lot. That's concerning. In the past, you could blame a lack of resources or that not enough people cared. Now we have everything we need. We should be further along." -- Former U.S. national team star Landon Donovan on the state of the program ahead of Friday's USA-Honduras match. (San Francisco Chronicle) ...More

What They're Saying: Bruce Arena

"It's kind of a next-man-up [situation]. It's not a like-for-like kind of substitution when you lose players like [Bobby Wood], but our team has enough depth and experience to deal with any kind of losses. I'm confident that the players that play [Friday] night will get the job done." -- U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena on injuries that have ruled out Fabian Johnson, DeAndre Yedlin and Wood for the USA-Honduras match, as well as left the status of Jordan Morris in doubt. (ESPN FC) ...More

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