Soccer America Daily
Friday, May 25, 2018
  • MLS Focus: Chicago Fire clings to its beliefs but for how long?

    After finishing third in the overall MLS standings in 2017, the injury-riddled Fire has struggled so far in third year of a three-year plan. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Nelson Rodriguez

    "If a fan wants to see a hockey game, they can go see the Wolves. If they want to see the best in hockey, they go see the Blackhawks. If a fan wants to see a baseball game, he could go see the new Chicago Dogs. If he wants to see major-league baseball, he goes and sees the White Sox. The same is true for us. If someone wants to see the best soccer, they're going to see Chicago Fire Soccer Club.''

    -- Chicago Fire president and general manager Nelson Rodriguez on the impact of the proposed USL team coming to Chicago, which he described as a "hypothetical." He added that was why the Fire was valued by Forbes at $240 million and "minor-league expansion fees" are at $3 million-$5 million.

  • Top 10: MLS rookie starts (2018)

    22 Chicago (Collier, 7, Adams 6, Lillard 6, Campos 3)
    11 Orlando City (Mueller 8, Lindley 3)
    9 Seattle (A.Roldan 5, Bwana 4)
    8 Montreal (Krolicki 8)
    6 Real Salt Lake (Baird 6)
    6 Minn. United (Manley 4, Toye 1, Omsberg 1)
    4 LAFC (Moutinho 4)
    3 Philadelphia (McKenzie 3)
    2 Columbus (Argudo 2)
    2 New England (Bye 2)

  • Liga MX mandates minutes for young Mexicans

    Mexico's top-flight league has brought back a rule forcing clubs to give young domestic talent playing time -- something that MLS has contemplated. Read the whole story

  • Media Watch: USMNT in camp in Philadelphia

    1. Early look at how the USA might line up. (Ives Galarcep,
    2. Nightmare to dream, Sueno's crazy week (Jonathan Tannenwald, Philadelphia Inquirer)
    3. Christian Pulisic's World Cup rooting interest: "All my teammates" (Daniel Gallen,

  • Watch: BBC's dazzling World Cup 2018 trailer

    Tapestry animation to the tune of "Oche Cheryne" featuring the likes of Maradona, Milla and Messi is how it's promoting its coverage. Read the whole story

  • World Cup 2026 race: Liberia breaks ranks with Africa

    Musa Bility, president of Liberia's soccer federation, says it will vote for United 2026 in opposition to Africa-backed Morocco. Read the whole story

  • Scorecard: Who's supporting whom in World Cup 2026 bid race

    Here are the 211 FIFA members, by confederation, and those for which there are public expressions of support (and the source). Read the whole story

  • Youth: Indiana University striker shines for U.S. U-20s in Honduras

    Justin Rennicks scored twice in the U.S. U-20 national team's 3-0 friendly win over Honduras and assisted in a 3-1 loss. Read the whole story

  • Calendar: MLS, Week 13

    Friday, May 25
    Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas, 8 pm (ESPN+)
    Houston vs. NYCFC, 9 pm (UniMas, UDN, Twitter)
    LA Galaxy vs. San Jose, 11 pm (UniMas, UDN, Twitter)
    Saturday, May 26
    Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, 5 pm (ESPN+)
    Vancouver vs. New England, 5:30 pm (ESPN+)
    NY Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia, 7 pm (ESPN+)
    Orlando City vs. Chicago, 7:30 pm (ESPN+)
    Minnesota United vs. Montreal, 8 pm (ESPN+)
    Colorado vs. Portland, 9 pm (ESPN+)
    LAFC vs. DC United, 10 pm (ESPN+)
    Sunday, May 27
    Sporting KC vs. Columbus, 6 pm  (FS1, Fox Deportes)
    All times ET.