Soccer America Daily
Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Behind the numbers: MLS average attendance down, but ticket revenues jump almost 10 percent

    Major League Soccer averaged 21,873 fans in 2018, down 1.1 percent from the record attendance of 22,106 set in 2017. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Ramon Calderon

    "Unfortunately, it's another of the president's whims. If [Julen Lopetegui] was the right man in June, only four months ago, he cannot be unfit now. He signed him just two days before the World Cup started, so damaging our national team and now he's sacking him. So that's the problem, I think he [Lopetegui] is not the one to be blamed. That has been the main trouble, to transfer Cristiano [Ronaldo] in June has been a historic mistake and we are paying for that now."

    -- Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon, blaming his successor, Florentino Perez, for the Spanish club's poor start to the 2018-19 La Liga season. Following the 5-1 loss to Barcelona that dropped Real Madrid to ninth place, Perez fired Lopetegui, hired away from the Spanish national team on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, and replaced him with former Real Madrid (and NCAA Division III) player Santiago Solari as interim coach. (Sky Sports)

  • Watch: MLS Week 35's sharpest shooting

    Roger Espinoza, Alphonso Davies, Derrick Etienne, Diego Fagundez and Daniel Salloi provided Goal of the Week candidates from the final week. Read the whole story

  • What's in the news ...

    1. Alphonso Davies will start training with Bayern Munich's first team after the November international break. The 17-year-old Canadian played his last MLS game for Vancouver on Sunday, scoring twice in a 2-1 win over Portland. Bayern coach Niko Kovac confirmed on Monday that Davies will move directly to the first team, given the club's investment in him, though he won't be eligible to play until January. The fee for Davies could reach $22 million.

    2. American Ian Hoffmann has been called into the German under-18 national team for a four-day camp in Duisburg. Hoffmann, 17, plays for Karlsruhe's U-19 team. He was born and raised in Connecticut but moved to Germany when his father, former Georgetown star Andy Hoffmann, was transferred there for work. In the past, Hoffmann, who is eligible to play for Germany through his grandparents, has played for U.S. and German youth teams.

    3. Dr. Colleen Hacker and Aliceann Wilber will the first women inducted into United Soccer Coaches' Hall of Fame. Hacker, a former coach at Pacific Lutheran and member of the coaching staff on U.S. women's national teams that went to three World Cups and three Olympics, and Wilber, who's in her 39th year as the head coach at William Smith, will be honored along with the late Albie Loeffler at the organization's awards banquet on Jan. 11 in Chicago.