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Home > Soccer America Daily > Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
Much of the talk about promotion-relegation has focused on the top. Among other things, how do you compensate owners for their investment in MLS? But you still have to make promotion-relegation work for the investor at the bottom. The challenge will be for a club to make commitments for the ... Read the whole story
Tunisian-French midfielder Wahbi Khazri scored the best back-heel goal of the week (or month, or year, or decade). The 26-year-old, within two minutes of his debut for Rennes, at full speed slightly overran a pass from Ismaila Sarr. No problem. Read the whole story
Another big Toronto FC win kept it atop Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings, and Cascadia teams fill three of the top seven slots after the Timbers and Whitecaps also won. Read the whole story
This is the last week before MLS rosters are frozen for the season on Friday. Since the summer window closed on Aug. 9, MLS clubs have only signed free agents out of contract as the close of the summer window or callups for USL second teams. Read the whole story
Christian Pulisic is tied for sixth with the likes of Naby Keita and Franck Ribery for the highest-rated player in German magazine kicker's Topspieler list. In the 2. Bundesliga, fellow teenager Haji Wright earned a "3" in his first start for Sandhausen and is the top-ranked American. Read the whole story
Young Texan Keaton Parks, who was frozen out of the first team at Portuguese second division Varzim and took his fight for freedom all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, scored his first goal and added an assist for new second division club Benfica B in its ... Read the whole story
Maryland and Indiana, which played to a 0-0 tie on Friday night, are now 1-2 in the Soccer America Men's College 25 rankings after Stanford fell at home to Tulsa, 2-0. There are only three unbeaten and untied teams left in the top 10: No. 4 Notre Dame (4-0-0), No. ... Read the whole story
UCLA remains No. 1 in the Soccer America Women's College 25 rankings while Stanford is again No. 2. Virginia, Penn State and Florida round out the top 5. For the complete Top 25. Read the whole story

What They're Saying: Nurlan Ibrahimov

"This club means everything to the people of Azerbaijan. Our lands are being occupied. It's through success with Qarabag that we bring that to the attention of the world." -- Nurlan Ibrahimov, head of communications of Azerbaijan's Qarabag, which makes its UEFA Champions League debut against Chelsea on Tuesday, 24 years after the club's hometown, Aghdam, was occupied by Armenian forces. Aghdam is today a ghost town, and Qarabag, depicted by Armenia as a puppet of the Azeri regime, plays in Baku, Azerbaijan's capital. (Daily Telegraph) ...More

What They're Saying: Jim Lennox

"We were intensely motivated. I knew we had an extraordinary group of players, and we all just meshed together. They deserve this. It was a special time for Hartwick. Soccer was a very special thing in those days." -- Jim Lennox, former Hartwick coach, on the 40th anniversary reunion of the 1977 NCAA Division I championship team. Hartwick is the smallest school by enrollment to win a men's Division I championship in the history of NCAA championships. (Oneonta Daily Star) ...More

Fancy Bears, Russia and the World Cup cybersecurity threat

Cybersecurity has been an issue in our lives since the Internet took off in the mid-1990s. It became a central issue in the 2016 presidential campaign -- from Hillary Clinton's famous e-mails to the DNC hacking -- and introduced us to the term "trolling farms," a key part of Russia's efforts to manipulate public opinion leading up to the November 2016 election. ...More

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