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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, June 23, 2017
U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena will announce his 23-player roster for the Gold Cup on Sunday. Seven players who started in the two recent World Cup qualifiers aren't on the 40-player preliminary roster. Of the 11 starters who are on this short list, few are expected to be picked, ... Read the whole story
Israeli-American Kenny Saief, who plays for Belgium's Gent, has been approved by FIFA for a change of association, making him eligible to only play for the USA at the senior international level. Read the whole story
Wilmer Cabrera, who played on the great Colombia team of the 1990s, has since taking the reins of the Houston Dynamo and turned a last-place team into a playoff contender. In this MLS Insider mini-doc that includes highlights of his playing days, Cabrera talks about his philosophy. Read the whole story
So far in this MLS season, several teams are posting remarkable records that are mirror images: tremendous at home, terrible on the road. One such team is the Houston Dynamo, unbeaten at BBVA Compass Stadium and winless everywhere else heading into its Friday night rivalry game against FC Dallas. Read the whole story
Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili scored 21 goals in 2014-15 and 2015-16 with Dutch club Vitesse and is a regular member of Georgia's national team. That attracted the interest of Jesse Fioranelli, who made him his first DP signing since becoming the San Jose Earthquakes general manager. Read the whole story
Big rivalry matches will be played each day over the weekend -- Houston-FC Dallas, NYCFC-Red Bulls and Portland-Seattle. More than bragging rights will be at stake, though. The hunt for points intensifies as many teams enter the second half of the season. Read the whole story
McKinze Gaines, the 19-year-old South Texas product who last season helped VfL Wolfsburg reach the U-19 Bundesliga semifinals, has signed with SV Darmstadt, which is rebuilding after its relegation to the German Second Division. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Dax McCarty

"You can take the ginger out of NY, but NY will still be red. Good luck to my boys in the derby this weekend!!" -- Chicago Fire midfielder Dax McCarty, who was surprisingly traded from the New York Red Bulls in the offseason, expressing his support for his former teammates in Saturday's match against archrival New York City FC. (@daxmccarty via Instagram) ...More

What They're Saying: Francisco Rios

"The first thing I did this year when the schedule came out was to check to see when the Wednesday matches were. I was hoping there wouldn't be any, but I knew I wouldn't be that lucky." -- Houston Dynamo fan Francisco Rios, who has made the round trip -- 200 miles each way -- from his home in Corpus Christi to Houston for every MLS home game since November 2011, extending a streak that will reach 100th consecutive home match Friday when the Dynamo hosts FC Dallas. ( ...More

Hugo Arellano is latest player from 2015 U.S. U-17 squad to make first division debut

Hugo Arellano, the USA's captain at the 2015 U-17 World Cup who signed a Homegrown contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy in January of 2017 via the LA Galaxy II, made his MLS debut last weekend. The 19-year-old played the full 90 while filling in for suspended central defender Jelle Van Damme. ...More

Mbappe and the allure of Real Madrid

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