Soccer America Daily
Monday, November 26, 2018
  • MLS clubs begin shaping 2019 rosters

    Monday was the deadline for clubs not in the conference finals to make decisions on players not already contracted for the 2019 season. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Stefano Anzalone

    "We would be very proud to host important clubs like Boca and River in our city by welcoming them in what, in some ways, is also their first home. It would also be a further opportunity to give international visibility in Genoa at this time of difficulty and to renew the profound sense of friendship that historically unites us with those societies."

    -- Genoa's city sports director Stefano Anzalone on the Italian city's offer to host the postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors. Immigrants from Genoa, hit by tragedy when a bridge collapse killed 43 people in August, played roles in the founding of both Argentine clubs. A decision on the match is expected to be made this week. Other possible sites for the match are Miami and the UAE, where the Conmebol champion will play in the FIFA Club World Cup in December. (BBC Sport)

  • Watch: A perfectly struck own goal volley

    The Own Goal of the Week comes from Bournemouth's Jefferson Lerma in his team's 2-1 loss to Arsenal. Read the whole story

  • What's in the news ...

    1. Zack Steffen, the 2018 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, might be leaving Columbus after only two years as a starter. The Athletic's Paul Tenorio reported that multiple sources confirmed a deal to send the 23-year-old keeper to Manchester City for a fee of $7 million-$10 million. Steffen, who played in six games of the 11 games for the USA in 2018, turned pro in 2015 out of the University of Maryland, signing with Germany's Freiburg, but he never played for the club's first team and joined the Crew in 2016. Other former MLS players Man City has acquired -- Jack Harrison (Leeds United), Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda) and Mix Diskerud (Ulsan Hyundai) -- are all on loans to other clubs. Steffen would likely also start out on loan.

    2. FC Cincinnati has signed 2018 USL MVP Emmanuel Ledesma to its MLS roster for the 2019 season. The 30-year-old Argentine scored 16 goals and added 16 assists in helping FC Cincinnati finish as the runaway leader in the 2018 USL regular-season standings. He was an NASL Best XI pick in 2017 with the New York Cosmos. He joins Fanendo Adi, Fatai Alashe and Corben Bone as players from the 2018 USL team with 2019 MLS contracts.

    3. The Gold Cup is headed to Central America for the first time. Concacaf confirmed that two group matches in next year's tournament will be played as a doubleheader at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. A yet-to-be-announced Caribbean venue will also host a doubleheader. The rest of the tournament, which will run June 16-July 7, will be played in the United States.