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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, May 19, 2017
American teenagers Weston McKennie, 18, and Haji Wright, 19, have been promoted to Schalke 04's first team by Coach Markus Weinzierl and will join the team for the 2016-17 season finale at Ingolstadt. The move comes two days after the end of the U-19 campaign for McKennie, Wright and fellow ... Read the whole story
Monaco clinched its first French Ligue 1 title in 17 years, ending Paris Saint-Germain's four-year reign. Fourteen players, led by Radamel Falcao (21 goals) and Kylian Mbappe (15), scored 104 goals in 37 games. Here's highlight montage of the principality team's march to the title. Read the whole story
Paul Arriola returned to the starting lineup for top-seed Tijuana in its 2-0 loss to Tigres in the first leg of the Liga MX semifinals played Thursday in Monterrey. The second legs will be played Sunday. Read the whole story
The USA begins its 2017 U-20 World Cup campaign on Monday and we may be getting a glimpse of players who will represent the USA at the senior World Cup. So far, 35 U.S. players, including current U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos, made the jump from a U-20 World Cup ... Read the whole story
A day after San Diego State pulled out of talks with FS Investors, the group seeking an MLS team for San Diego, over plans for a new stadium as part of a development in Mission Valley, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that FS Investors concessions should earn the plan the ... Read the whole story
Toronto FC takes its six-game winning streak to Red Bull Arena, and MLS defending champion Seattle tries to straighten out its season against RSL. Also in Week 12: Houston, 6-0-1 at home and zip-for-4 on the road, plays its first-ever match at Atlanta. Read the whole story
Surgery to repair a torn meniscus will keep FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal out of competitive play for at least a month. Pomykal, 17, underwent surgery on a slight tear in the meniscus of his left knee suffered the injury during a training session on Wednesday. Read the whole story
Last-place Puerto Rico FC, owned by NBA star Carmelo Anthony, fired head coach Adrian Whitbread and technical director Neil Sillett, who were both hired by the NASL team for its 2016 launch. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Veljko Paunovic

"We were 100-percent sure who we were bringing into our locker room and in our team and his hunger for scoring goals. But also, meantime, he is helping the team, and that's the attitude and mentality we want from everyone." -- Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic, on Hungarian international Nemanja Nikolic, who leads MLS with 10 goals in 11 games after signing in the offseason from Poland's Legia Warsaw. ( ...More

What They're Saying: Dirk Kuyt

"I know for sure that due to artificial pitches Dutch football will fall further behind." -- Feyenoord's Dirk Kuyt, joining captains of 11 other Dutch Eredivisie teams and the Dutch soccer players union seeking a ban on artificial turf. Six of the 18-team Eredivisie teams played on artificial surfaces in 2016-17. (AP) ...More

The Development Academy -- is it time for more than one division?

Since its inception in 2007, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) had been a great success. Its success is manifested in the USMNT selection (10 DA players in a 32-man roster) along with recent success of the U-17 and U-20 USMNTs. Let us not forget the success of the U-17s and U-20 s is confined to the region, and I wish them the best of luck in their World Cup endeavors (in India and South Korea, respectively). The USMNT has still a long way to go. ...More

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