Like it did four years ago, the U.S. women's national team kicks off its World Cup year with a friendly against France. Read the whole story
A memorial service for Sigi Schmid, who died on Christmas Day at the age of 65, was held on Friday at American Martyrs Catholic Church … Read the whole story
"We have some players who are lactose-intolerant, some gluten-free, some vegetarian and some who are vegan."
-- Dawn Scott, U.S. women's national team strength and fitness coach, on the dozen or so varieties of recovery shakes she has to make for the 27 players in training camp -- some with cow's milk, others with oat milk, almond milk, soy milk or water. (Wall Street Journal)
Ahead of their friendly vs. France, the U.S. women joined D-Day veterans, now in their 90s, for an emotional visit to Omaha Beach. Read the whole story
FC Cincinnati. Signed MF Allan Cruz from Herediano (CRC) for transfer fee.
Columbus. Signed FW Robinho from Ceara (BRA) for transfer fee.
New England. Signed FW Justin Rennicks from Indiana Univ. as Homegrown Player.
Portland. Signed GK Aljaz Ivacic from Olimpija Ljubljana (SLV) for transfer fee.
San Jose. Acquired GK Daniel Vega from Tampa Bay Rowdies as free agent.
Vancouver. Signed DF Derek Cornelius from Javor Ivanjica (SRB) as free agent.
"I don't need to say much anymore. I just show them the teamsheets. There are three or four players under 21 there. It excites them to get the chance to measure up against the best players in the
world in the Champions League. That's why they play football: first on the PlayStation, then in real life here."
-- Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc on what attracts young players (and their agents) to BVB, which took a six-point lead over Bayern Munich into the second half of the Bundesliga. (ESPN)
The Matildas are the last team to beat the USA -- in August 2017 -- and one of six World Cup seeds. Read the whole story