Soccer America Daily
Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • MLS clubs consider leaving the Development Academy

    Nico Romeijn, U.S. Soccer's Chief Sport Development Officer, has confirmed that MLS clubs are considering pulling out of the Development Academy. Read the whole story

  • NWSL College Draft: First-round selections

    No. 1 | Chicago: Tierna Davidson, Stanford
    No. 2 | Sky Blue FC: Hailie Mace, UCLA
    No. 3 | Washington: Jordan DiBiasi, Stanford
    No. 4 | Washington: Sam Staab, Clemson
    No. 5 | NC Courage: Leah Pruitt, USC
    No. 6 | Sky Blue FC: Julia Ashley, North Carolina
    No. 7 | Washington: Tegan McGrady, Stanford
    No. 8 | Washington: Dorian Bailey, North Carolina
    No. 9 | NC Courage: Hailey Harbison, Pepperdine
    Note: Click here for selections in all four rounds.

  • What They're Saying: Laura Meltzer

    "The LVMPD is taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence."

    -- Las Vegas police officer Laura Meltzer on the issuance of a warrant to authorities in Italy requesting a sample of Cristiano Ronaldo's DNA in connection with an investigation into a rape allegation against the Portuguese star. In a statement, Ronaldo's attorney Peter S. Christiansen said what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it would not be surprising that DNA would be present nor the request would be made. (CNN)

  • Watch: Medical cart run over fallen player's foot

    The emergency crew coming to the aid of a Brazilian U-20 player added to his woes during the Trindade AC-Flamengo game. Read the whole story

  • What's in the news ...

    1. Osvaldo Alonso signed with Minnesota United after 10 seasons with the Seattle Sounders, whom he joined for their first MLS season in 2009. Alonso was a free agent, but he needed to go through waivers to allow Minnesota United to offer him the salary he wanted to clinch the deal. The Cuban is a four-time MLS all-star and 2012 MLS Best XI pick and considered one of the best central midfielders in league history. He will give the Loons a big boost in midfield, where they have also acquired Slovakian Jan Gregus from FC Copenhagen.

    2. The Portland Timbers and defender Liam Ridgewell have mutually agreed to part ways. Timbers owner Merritt Paulson described Ridgewell's signing in 2014 as one of the most important and influential signings in the club's history. Ridgewell captained the 2015 MLS championship team and started on the 2018 team that also reached MLS Cup -- in the latter case after a rocky start to the season with new coach Giovanni Savarese. The timing of his departure will allow him to seek out an English club in need of help for the second half of the season.

    3. Orlando City, which needs reinforcements at center back, signed 27-year-old Alex De John, who spent the last six years playing in Norway, Sweden and Finland. The Old Dominion product played for Start in Norway, TPS and Ekenas in Finland and most recently Dalkurd FF in Sweden.