Soccer America Daily
Monday, February 11, 2019
  • David Beckham will become first MLS player to have his own statue outside an MLS stadium

    He will also join Cobi Jones, Mauricio Cienfuegos and the late Doug Hamilton in the Galaxy's Ring of Honor in ceremonies on March 2. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Jay Sugarman

    "We did not say we need to go get a Mexican international with a pedigree of a Marco. We said we needed to fill this spot on the field. And when you hear that the player we can potentially have has all these attributes, and can connect us to a community [the local Hispanic population] that should be Union fans ... that's like, 'OK, whatever it takes, go get the deal done.'"

    -- Philadelphia Union owner Jay Sugarman on the "somewhat unexpected" signing of two-time Mexico World Cup player Marco Fabian on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt. While the Union has one of the most progressive youth programs in MLS, its spending on high-end players has lagged behind that of others in its first nine MLS seasons. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Watch: How Barcelona trains its youth goalkeepers

    This fast-paced two-minute montage includes clips from Barcelona training sessions for goalkeepers from U-8 to U-19. Read the whole story

  • What's in the news ...

    1. Miguel Almiron debuted for Newcastle United on Monday in its 1-1 tie at Wolves. The Paraguayan midfielder, who was transferred from Atlanta United for an MLS (and Newcastle) record transfer fee, came off the bench in the 72nd minute. Wolves' stoppage-time equalizer cost the Magpies two precious points in their bid to avoid relegation. Newcastle is tied for 16th place, one point above the relegation zone, after Matchday 26.

    2. Alex Zendejas, who played for the USA at the 2015 U-17 World Cup, was named to Mexico's under-22 roster for a camp this week at the Mexican federation's Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Mexico City. The U-22s are preparing for Olympic qualifying. Zendejas was raised in El Paso and played for FC Dallas as a Homegrown Player before moving to Guadalajara. He played two Liga MX games for Chivas in October after returning following a season on loan to second-tier Atletico Zacatepec.

    3. Concacaf is revamping its Concacaf Champions League qualification process, beginning in 2019. Just 10 teams -- instead of 15 -- will qualify automatically: four U.S. teams, four Mexican teams from Liga MX, the Canadian champion and the Caribbean Club Championship winner. The other six entrants will come from the Concacaf League, the qualifying tournament that was launched in 2017 and will be expanded from 16 to 22 teams and include all Central American entrants. The champion from the new Canadian Professional League will eventually take part.