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Home > Soccer America Daily > Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
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 in The Bronx. Read the whole story
Another week of wins has pushed Seattle and Montreal into the top five in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings; Chicago and FC Dallas are skidding in the other direction as they have slid into the middle tier with a combined total of one victory in their last 10 games. Read the whole story
Playing time never comes easy for MLS rookies, and it was especially true of top SuperDraft picks in 2017. But one player is making the most of his chance late in the season: No. 3 pick Jonathan Lewis with back-to-back winning goals for New York City FC. Read the whole story
Shane O'Neill is on the move again in Europe, this time on a permanent transfer. The former Colorado Rapids defender joined Dutch Eredivisie club Excelsior Rotterdam from Cypriot club Apollon, which held his rights since his move to Europe in 2015. Read the whole story
U.S. under-16 national team goalkeeper Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen has joined the Everton academy program from Florida's Weston FC, which is developing a reputation for producing youth international goalkeepers. Read the whole story
Stanford remained No. 1 in the Soccer America Women's College 25 rankings. There was no change in the top five as West Virginia, Penn State, UCLA and Florida State followed at 2-3-4-5. For the complete Top 25. Read the whole story
Vancouver beat Houston, 2-1, thanks Peruvian striker Yordy Reyna's curving strike from outside the penalty area into the top far corner of Tyler Deric's goal -- one of the MLS Goal of the Week candidates along with strikes by Sporting Kansas City's Gerso, NYCFC's Jonathan Lewis, KC's Diego Rubio and ... Read the whole story
U.S. referee Jair Marrufo and U.S. assistant referees Frank Anderson and Corey Rockwell have been selected to officiate at the 2017 U-17 World Cup. In a first for a FIFA male championship, it named seven female referees who will work at the tournament hosted by India in October. Read the whole story


What They're Saying: John Strong

"I've been excited about small-school high school state championship games the same way that I get excited showing up at the Champions League final in Cardiff. I think that's an important part of doing this and doing this well. You love every single chance you get to do it, knowing ... how incredibly lucky you are that you get to do this for a job." -- John Strong, Fox Sports' voice of soccer on being excited about every game he does. (Philly.com) ...More

What They're Saying: Alan Loth

"My kids grew up bowling here. We've had groups that have been here for over 25 years. We know our customers by name. We're devastated. You put your heart and soul into a business for 34 years and a soccer team just takes it away from you. It doesn't seem right to me." -- Alan Loth, co-owner of the Midway Pro Bowl, which is closing after Minnesota United finally gained control of the Midway Shopping Center in St. Paul and has asked tenants on the west side of the mall to vacate and make way for its 20,000-seat stadium, Allianz ...More


Germans heap praise upon Pulisic

That's right, an 18-year-old American stole the show when the German Bundesliga kicked off its season last weekend. Christian Pulisic's performance in Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 win at VfL Wolfsburg earned him "Man of the Matchday 1" honors -- and heaps of praise. ...More


Californian helps Mexico beat USA in Concacaf U-15 Championship final

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