Soccer America Daily
Monday, March 26, 2018
  • World Cup 2026 vote process: complicated, to say the least

    There are scenarios (Morocco's great fear) by which one (or both) of the bids could be eliminated before or at the FIFA Congress. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Gianni Infantino

    “I have been dealing with the evaluation of bids for over 20 years, in several different capacities, and I challenge anyone to point out an organization that conducts a bidding process as fair, objective and transparent as the one that FIFA is carrying out for the 2026 FIFA World Cup."

    -- FIFA president Gianni Infantino, pushing back from criticism of how it has instituted a World Cup 2026 bid process while far different from the corruption-riden process of the past but tilted in favor of United 2026 against Morocco. (

  • Gang of five: World Cup 2026 task force

    Zvonimir Boban (Croatia), FIFA deputy general secretary
    Marco Villiger (Switzerland), FIFA deputy general secretary
    Tomaz Vesel (Slovenia), FIFA audit committee chairman
    Mukul Mudgal (India), FIFA governance committee chairman
    Ilco Gjorgioski (Macedonia), FIFA committee for organizing competitions

  • United 2026 bid: The case for USA, Canada and Mexico

    FIFA published the bid books in which United 2026 and Morocco laid out their cases to host the 2026 World Cup. Read the whole story

  • Morocco's World Cup 2026 vote projections (104 needed)

    Africa (CAF): 49 of 54 votes.
    Europe (UEFA): 12 of 55. Goal: 25. (Including France.)
    Americas (Concacaf/Conmebol): ~10 of 45. (Including Cuba and Jamaica.)
    Oceania: 3 of 11. (Including Tahiti.)
    Asia (AFC): needs ~20 of 46. (Muslim nations in Middle East and ex-Soviet Union.)
    Source: L'Equipe

  • Watch: Diego Fagundez score from 24 yards after one-touch spin move

    The New England attacker's smooth turn and precise shot is an MLS Goal of the Week nominee. Read the whole story

  • Top 10: U.S. crowds (March 19-25)

    68,917 1. Mexico vs. Iceland, in Santa Clara, CA (friendly)
    46,893 2. Peru vs. Croatia, in Miami (friendly)
    25,000 3. Club America vs. Tijuana, in San Diego (friendly)
    22,000 4. Guadalajara vs. Tigres, in Houston (friendly)
    18,922 5. Nashville SC vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)
    17,424 6. Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting KC (MLS)
    14,768 7. NY Red Bulls vs. Minn. United (MLS)
    14,532 8. San Jose Earthquakes vs. Leon (friendly)
    13,851 9. FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers (MLS)
    12,376 10. New England Revolution vs. NYCFC (MLS)

  • Watch: Megan Rapinoe's long-range free-kick golazo

    The Seattle Reign star bends it in off the inside post from 28 yards in a 2-1 win over the Washington Spirit. Read the whole story

  • Calendar: World Cup 2018 friendlies

    Tuesday, March 27
    vs. Ukraine, in Liege, 8:30 am
    Iran vs. Algeria, in Graz, noon
    Russia vs. France, noon, ESPN Deportes
    Egypt vs. Greece, 2 pm, ESPN3
    Denmark vs. Chile, 2 pm
    Senegal vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina, in Le Havre, 2 pm
    Switzerland vs. Panama, 2 pm
    Tunisia vs. Costa Rica, in Nice, 2 pm
    Belgium vs. Saudi Arabia, 2:30 pm, ESPN3
    Romania vs. Sweden, 2:30 pm
    Germany vs. Brazil, 2:40 pm, ESPN3
    Poland vs. South Korea, 2:45 pm, beIN Connect
    England vs. Italy, 3 pm, FS1
    Colombia vs. Australia, 3 pm, beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Espanol
    Spain vs. Argentina, 3:30 pm, ESPN Deportes
    Nigeria vs. Serbia, in London, 2 pm, beIN Connect
    Morocco vs. Uzbekistan, 3 pm
    Iceland vs. Peru, in Harrison, NJ, 8 pm
    Mexico vs. Croatia, in Arlington, TX, 9:30 pm, FS1, UniMas, UDN
    All times ET.