Soccer America Daily
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • USL players unionize, gaining voluntary recognition in 'momentous' move

    The United Soccer League has voluntarily recognized the USL Players Association as the union representing players in the Division II league. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Mike Golub

    "The playoff run that we're on -- which has been terrific for all of us and our fans -- has had some implications for the timeline of the project."

    -- Portland Timbers president of business Mike Golub, on the schedule for the completion of the $70 million expansion project to add 4,000 seats to Providence Park that was pushed back because of the Timbers' run to the Western Conference final. Portland, which played its final home game of the 2018 season on Sunday, is looking to re-open Providence Park in late May or early June, which could force it to play its first 12 games of the 2019 MLS season on the road. The NWSL's Thorns would be similarly impacted. (Oregonian)

  • Watch: Arjen score two classic Robben goals

    From the right with left-footed shots, the 34-year-old Dutchman scored the first two goals in a 5-1 Bayern Munich win over Benfica. Read the whole story

  • What's in the news ...

    1. Tijuana confirmed that Oscar Pareja will take over as head coach of the Mexican club for the 2019 Torneo Clausura, which starts in January. The Colombian recently stepped down as FC Dallas head coach after five seasons. ESPN's Mexican edition reported that Xolos is looking to add three MLS players during the winter transfer window. Two candidates mentioned: FC Dallas defender Maynor Figueroa and LAFC defender Walker Zimmerman, who played for Pareja at FC Dallas. Figueroa's option wasn't picked up while Zimmerman will be a free agent at the end of the year. Already at Tijuana are former FC Dallas star Fabian Castillo and two other former MLS players, Miller Bolanos and Cubo Torres.

    2. FC Cincinnati has sold more than 18,000 season tickets for its inaugural MLS season. In 2018, it sold 18,007 season tickets for its final USL campaign, capping season-ticket sales in June. It plans on keeping season-ticket memberships available at Nippert Stadium on sale until May. The 2019 home schedule isn't expected to come out in full until early January.

    3. The New England Revolution signed Brazilian-born midfielder Elio Firmino as a Homegrown Player. Firmino, 17, resides in Somerville, Massachusetts, and spent four and a half seasons in the Revolution Academy. He was a U-16/17 Best XI pick in the Development Academy's East Conference in 2017-18 after scoring 16 goals for the Revs' U-17 and U-19 teams.