Soccer America Daily
Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Inter Miami is ready to bring Lockhart Stadium back to life

    Nothing epitomizes the highs and lows of soccer in South Florida quite like the Fort Lauderdale venue. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Craig Foster

    "The human rights policy of FIFA is an incredibly important tool in this situation, and we're delighted that FIFA has demonstrated again their commitment to ensuring that every stakeholder in football will apply the absolute maximum leverage. [Over] the next five days we want to see absolute progress, and that means Hakeem Al-Araibi being released. We feel the urgency and emergency of the matter is so grave right now that all of sport has come out in favor of Hakeem."

    -- Former Australia captain Craig Foster, on the case of al-Araibi, a former Bahrain national team player with refugee status in Australia who was detained two months ago while honeymooning in in Thailand, where Bahrain is pressing ahead with plans to extradite him to serve a 10-year sentence on trumped up charges of vandalism. Foster went to Zurich to meet with FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura. (Al-Araibi has criticized Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation president, for his involvement in human-rights crackdowns in Bahrain.) (AAP-SBS)

  • Watch: A unique field invasion

    We have had dogs, cats, ducks and cows, but our first possum field invasion comes from Puebla's 1-0 Liga MX win over Veracruz. Read the whole story

  • What's in the news ...

    1. D.C. United has hired Richie Williams as the head coach of Loudoun United for its first season in the USL Championship. Williams, who won three MLS titles as a player with D.C. United, most recently served as an assistant coach on the U.S. men's national team. He was the head coach of the U.S. U-17 national team for two cycles, taking it to the 2015 finals after it failed to qualify in 2013. He has also worked at the New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake at the club level.

    2. FloSports has acquired the English-language broadcast rights in the United States for the Concacaf Nations League, the new Concacaf competition for national teams that will dominate the U.S. national team schedule in the fall and into next spring. (U.S. Soccer's English-language rights holders hold the rights for the four group matches only.) FloFC, which recently acquired D.C. United's local broadcasting rights, will air the Nations League through 2022. No announcement on Spanish-language rights has been made.

    3. Saint Louis FC named five academy players to its first team for the 2019 USL Championship. Goalkeeper Patrick Schulte and defender Lawson Redmon return for a second season. New faces include midfielders Nichi Vlastos and Kippy Keller and defender Jansen Miller. In 2018, academy player Aeden Stanley, now at Duke, started 10 games for STLFC.