Soccer America Daily
Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Pity Atlanta United -- It completes biggest signing yet but must unload one of its stars

    The Five Stripes confirmed the signing of 25-year-old Gonzalo "Pity" Martinez, voted the 2018 Rey de America as the best player in the Americas. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Takumi Jeannin

    "After years of not making changes, it's hard to believe it will happen in a couple weeks. I think they were delusional that if they called with the governor of New Jersey, it would change everything."

    -- Takumi Jeannin, the agent for former University of North Carolina star Julia Ashley, after she spurned Sky Blue FC in her home state of New Jersey to sign with Linkopings FC in Sweden. Sky Blue FC took Ashley with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft, but she had concerns about working conditions raised in media reports last season. She said New Jersey governor Phil Murphy, the team's owner, tried unsuccessfully to convince her to sign and help turn around the team. (Star-Ledger)

  • Watch: Why Everton midfielder hugged 200 fans

    Fans of the Toffees bought tickets to hug Andre Gomes, with the proceeds going to a mental health facility near Goodison Park. Read the whole story

  • What's in the news ...

    1. Landon Donovan will come out of retirement for a third time to play indoor soccer. He will join the Major Arena Soccer League's San Diego Sockers in his hometown on a one-year contract to finish the 2018-19 season. His first MASL game: Feb. 15 against the Tacoma Stars. The six-time MLS champion previously came out of retirement in 2016 to play for the LA Galaxy and in 2018 to play for Leon in Mexico.

    -- Thursday: MLS Moves.

    2. Canadian teen star Jordyn Huitema will turn pro instead of playing U.S. women's college soccer. The 17-year-old forward from Chilliwack, B.C., starred for Canada in both the 2018 Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups and also played for Canada in Women's World Cup qualifying. She said last fall she was considering Stanford or UCLA as her college choice but has signed with the Wasserman Media Group.

    3. Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir has brought new investors into the USL Championship team. Ozdemir, until now the sole owner and chairman of Indy Eleven, has branded the club's mission "World's Game, Indiana's Team" with the addition of seven investors from across Indiana (Anderson, Carmel, Evansville, Indianapolis and Remington). The club recently named Greg Stremlaw its new CEO and announced plans for a new push for a development project anchored by a 20,000-seat soccer stadium.