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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
MLS's summer window for transfers and trades closed. There's no Nicolas Lodeiro in the 2017 summer class, but several bubble teams got attacking help. The big moves were part of re-building programs. Here's what it all means for the rest of the 2017 MLS season and beyond. Read the whole story
Levadia took a 1-0 lead in an Estonian Cup game without touching the ball. Opponent Paide, which ended up losing 3-1, began the game by kicking off and stringing together five passes ... before Martin Kase stroked the ball past his own goalkeeper. Read the whole story
New England's signing of Hungarian forward Krisztian Nemeth, sending $400,000 of TAM and GAM plus an international roster spot to Columbus for his MLS rights, capped a day of announcements as the leagues's summer window closed. Also: the latest Transfer Talk. Read the whole story
Injuries continued to mount on the U.S. national team backline with just two weeks before camp opens before the September World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras. The latest: Omar Gonzalez was injured in the midweek Copa MX and John Brooks left in the first half of his ... Read the whole story
This weekend features 33 games in the four pro leagues, in addition to the NPSL final in New Haven, Conn. The big MLS game: Seattle vs. Sporting KC. The Sounders are one of four teams who could overtake Western Conference leader Sporting KC with a win. For all schedules with ... Read the whole story
Friday was the deadline for bidders interested in hosting the 2026 World Cup to express their intentions to FIFA. In a last-minute surprise, Morocco announced it would bid in competition with the United Bid Committee of the USA, Canada, Mexico. Read the whole story
Toronto FC's average audience for its MLS games on TSN and CTV is 93,000 viewers, up 59 percent from 2016. By comparison, the National Post reported that the audience for the baseball Blue Jays is down 21 percent but still far greater than the audience for TFC: 706,300 per game ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Paul Arriola

"He believes it's a great move for me, where I'm going to be on the field all the time and improving in the areas I need to work on. Not once did he ever say anything about worrying about my growth or my level dropping off. Any time you have a national team coach that can say that and give you the green light to do something it obviously makes your life easier." -- Paul Arriola, who asked U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena for his opinion about leaving Mexico's Tijuana for MLS's D.C. United. ( ...More

What They're Saying: Farad Alavi

"There is a cloud of uncertainty that will hang over this guy's head for the foreseeable future." -- Farhad Alavi, a lawyer and expert on American sanctions, on Mexican national team star Rafael Marquez being placed on the Office of Foreign Assets Control's list of Specially Designated Nationals. Alavi said Specially Designated Nationals usually "become kryptonite, or untouchable anywhere they go." (New York Times) ...More

Scouting network grows for U.S. Soccer Development Academy

The Boys U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which recently completed its 10th season, ended its inaugural season of 2007-08 with 25 scouts. It enters its 11th year with a network of 125 scouts, who report 12 regional Technical Advisors, the number of which has also increased. ...More

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