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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, March 17, 2017
Bruce Arena and his U.S. national team staff will have their fingers crossed as they follow the 24 players called in World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Honduras and Panama get through the weekend with their clubs. Within 24 hours of the roster announcement, Arena already made one roster change and ... Read the whole story
And the Own Goal of the Week goes to Danish midfielder Dennis Flinta. Had he'd scored on the other end, the close-range chip would draw Leo Messi comparisons. Instead, Flinta contributed to Silkeborg's 5-1 loss to Norsdjaelland. Read the whole story
Juan Carlos Osorio named 11-European-based players in his squad of 25 players for Mexico's World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago. El Tri will be without the LA Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos and Porto's Jesus Corona, who are injured. Read the whole story
Aloys Wijnker, the Dutchman who has served as U.S. Soccer Coach Educator since January 2016, is the now Director of the Boys U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He will serve as the "technical lead" of the boys DA, a role played by Director of Scouting, Tony Lepore, since 2008. Lepore will ... Read the whole story
Houston and San Jose, two of four teams to win both of their first two games, draw difficult opponents for their first road contests of 2017. Chicago, another team looking a lot better than it did last year, also faces a road test this weekend that can validate apparent upgrades. Read the whole story
MLS moves into Week 3 with 10 games on Saturday and one on Sunday. Already Atlanta United has announced its second home against the unbeaten Chicago Fire is sold out. Capacity has been reduced from 55,000 for the opener to 45,000 due to construction at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium. Read the whole story
Toronto FC has made two moves to bolster its corps of defenders. It has re-signed Nick Hagglund to a new contract and also signed Finnish defender Johan Brunell, who trained with Toronto FC during preseason. Read the whole story
MSG Networks, whose lineup includes MLS's Red Bulls, NBA's Knicks, the NHL's Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Sabres, will broadcast 13 New York Cosmos games during the Spring Season. WPIX, Channel 11 will air the Cosmos home opener. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Dom Dwyer

"It was actually very special. It was cool to see a lot of people from different countries coming into the U.S. They really appreciate the opportunity, as do I." -- Dom Dwyer, second on Sporting Kansas City's all-time goal scoring charts, on becoming a U.S. citizen on Thursday at naturalization ceremonies in Kansas City. The England-born Dwyer, whose wife Sydney LeRoux plays for the U.S. women's national team, is now eligible to petition FIFA to play for the men's national team. (Kansas City Star) ...More

What They're Saying: Mike Burns

"We're in a slightly different market, a slightly different world than just as recently as the last 12-24 months. I think because of that we're going to have to make a larger investment in scouting for us as well as across the league because you're in a different kind of tier of players you're trying to attract. We're trying to get higher-end guys." -- New England Revolution general manager Mike Burns on the increased spending by MLS clubs on player salaries and transfer fees, which has required that they increase their scouting budgets. (ESPN FC) ...More

End of an era in Africa

Issa Hayatou, a symbol of the old FIFA, was finally deposed as the president of the Confederation of African Football after a reign of 29 years. The Cameroonian lost to Ahmad Ahmad, the president of the Madagascar Football Association, in a vote of 34-20 of CAF members at its congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ...More

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