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Home > Soccer America Daily > Thursday, March 16, 2017
U.S. men's national team head coach Bruce Arena named his roster of 24 players for first World Cup 2018 qualifiers since he returned as national team coach, the critical matches against Honduras and Panama. The roster included plenty of surprises but was telling how Arena will go about selecting his ... Read the whole story
Coach Bruce Arena, who on Wednesday named his roster for the March 24 World Cup qualifier against Honduras, faced the Catrachos twice before in qualifying, in 2001 en route to the 2002 World Cup. Earnie Stewart scored in both, an away win and a home loss. Brad Friedel and Kasey ... Read the whole story
By rallying from an early deficit with goals by Max Urruti and Kellyn Acosta, FC Dallas defeated Pachuca, 2-1, in the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League semifinal series. Read the whole story
According to the Toronto Sun, the crunching tackle that knocked Sebastian Giovinco out of Toronto FC's 2-2 tie with Philadelphia last weekend has also sidelined him for a Saturday match in Vancouver. Read the whole story
After video review of incidents occurring in MLS games last week, the MLS Disciplinary Committee suspended Seattle centerback Roman Torres one game for violent conduct; Houston Dynamo midfielder Alex and Timbers midfielder Diego Chara were fined for simulation/embellishment. Read the whole story
Jorge Villafana, who caught Bruce Arena's eye during January camp and earned a call-up for the March qualifiers against Honduras and Panama, did not play in Santos' 3-1 loss to Cruz Azul in the Copa MX. Five cup games have been his only appearances since losing his starting job at ... Read the whole story
Chioma Igwe started for SC Sand in a 1-0 win at Werder Bremen in the quarterfinals of the German Women's Cup. The other American in action was another Frauen Bundesliga veteran, Gina Lewandowski, who scored an own goal in Bayern Munich's 2-0 loss at home to defending champion Wolfsburg. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Kenny Saief

"I feel like I can't control who calls or when it happens. It is out of my hands. So I will wait." -- Israeli-American Kenny Saief, who plays for Belgium's Gent. He was expected to be called up by Israel for its upcoming World Cup qualifier against Spain until he suffered an abdominal injury, but he wants to play for the U.S. national team, which recently scouted him. (ESPN FC) ...More

What They're Saying: Samir Nasri

"For me, he's a cheat because if he was a foreign player you, the English press, would be saying he's a cheat. They were winning 2-0, play the game like a man." -- Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri, getting a dig in at Leicester City's Jamie Vardy -- and the press in England -- where he used to play. Nasri was dismissed for a second yellow card in Sevilla's UEFA Champions League loss to Leicester City after he and Vardy clashed in the second half and were booked for butting heads. (BBC Sport) ...More

Seeded USA gets favorable draw for U-20 World Cup

The USA, which earned a seed for the 2017 World Cup, was drawn into Group F, with Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia. Of the three first-round foes, only Senegal, a 2015 semifinalist, has ever advanced past the round of 16 in previous U-20 World Cups. ...More

Monaco hits the jackpot with youth movement

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