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Home > Soccer America Daily > Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
Josh Sargent, winner of the Silver Boot at the Under-20 World Cup, led the USA with two goals as it opened play at the 2017 Vaclav Jezek Tournament, a tuneup for the Under-17 World Cup in India, with a 4-1 win over Hungary. Read the whole story
MLS signings from South America come in waves. Bolivians and Colombians in MLS's first season. About a decade ago, an influx of Colombians and Argentine stars. The newest group: Venezuelans. Read the whole story
Omar Gonzalez returned to the Pachuca squad for the first time since injuring himself in a Copa MX game two weeks earlier. He dressed but didn't play in Tuzos' 4-1 win over Veracruz, their third Liga MX win in a row after they started out with three defeats. Read the whole story
Separation has begun in MLS -- five points separate the sixth- and eighth-place teams in both conferences -- so Wednesday's seven games that kick off Heineken Rivalry Week will impact the playoff races. Read the whole story
Lynden Gooch's goal 10 minutes from time gave Sunderland a 2-1 win at Carlisle United to move the Black Cats into the third round of the Carabao Cup, the English League Cup. Read the whole story
Marcos Alonso's free kick in Chelsea's win over Tottenham stands out among the top goals from Week 2 of the EPL. Also featured: strikes by Paul Pogba (Man United) Hal Robson-Kanu (West Brom), Etienne Capoue (Watford), Jese Rodriguez (Stoke), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield) and Raheem Sterling (Man City). Read the whole story
Exhibit A for why MLS stresses teams play in soccer-specific stadiums, i.e. control their facilities: New York City FC will have to play its Sept. 23 match against Houston in East Hartford, Connecticut, 91 miles away from its Yankee Stadium home because the Yankees have a makeup game two days ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Brian Schmetzer

"Joevin is away for personal reasons that I can't discuss. We hope he can get those resolved, that he can come back to the team and continues to perform like he does." -- Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer a day after star left back Joevin Jones flew to Trinidad & Tobago and then texted Schmetzer he was leaving. The Soca Warriors play Jamaica on Thursday in a friendly in preparation for World Cup qualifying, but Jones, who will miss two Sounders' matches, was not on the squad list released by the T&T; FA. (Seattle Times) ...More

What They're Saying: Jonathan Gonzalez

"I still remember the day I left. I was 14, about to turn 15 and my parents were really nervous. I really wanted to go and they were between should we let him go, should we not. But we sat down, had a family talk and we thought it was probably the best for me." -- Jonathan Gonzalez, who left his family in Santa Rosa, California, to join Mexico's Monterrey and has at the age of 18 broken into first-place Rayados' starting lineup as a vital link in their midfield. (ESPN FC) ...More

Barcelona's image takes a hit with Neymar aftermath

Barcelona is suing Neymar for "breach of contract," seeking 8.5 million euros -- $10 million -- plus an additional 10 percent payment for it what it claims was a delay in its demands being met, but the move will only exacerbate what's been a bad summer for the Catalan club. ...More

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