Soccer America Daily
Monday, March 25, 2019
  • Under-20 World Cup: U.S. competition for roster spots intensifies

    The U-20s beat Japan, 2-1, to wrap up their last camp before Tab Ramos must pick his team for the finals. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Gregg Berhalter

    "I think with these injuries you take it week by week in terms of it being an ankle injury and the severity. We're confident that [McKennie is] going to recover in a good way. The language of Schalke's release versus our release is semantics. I think it's an ankle sprain. There's some ligament damage, and you wait for the ligaments to heal. You start doing your rehab now; he can start biking, doing pool running now, and he can get there. He'll recover."

    -- U.S. men's national team coach Gregg Berhalter on what U.S. Soccer described as a "moderate to high degree left ankle sprain" the injury Weston McKennie suffered in the USA's 1-0 win over Ecuador. After evaluation over the weekend, McKennie has returned to relegation-threatened Schalke 04, which described the injury as a "ruptured" ankle ligament. U.S. Soccer stated McKennie was expected to "miss several weeks," though a source told ESPN FC he was expected to miss eight weeks, the remaining length of the Bundesliga season. (ESPN FC)

  • Watch: France pummel Iceland in European Championship qualifying

    Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe were in fine form, combining for two goals and three assists in the 4-0 win. Read the whole story

  • Evening Edition: What's in the news ...

    1. Reign FC has signed defender Taylor Smith, who is expected to miss the 2019 NWSL season while she recovers from an ACL tear suffered while playing for Newcastle Jets in Australia's W-League in December 2018. Smith was undrafted out of UCLA but earned a spot on the U.S. national team for her play with the Western New York Flash in 2016 and North Carolina Courage in 2017 after the Flash moved to North Carolina. She was traded to the Washington Spirit in 2018 but lost her spot as a federation player after the season.

    2. The U.S. under-23 women fell to Reign FC, 2-1, in their first game at the Thorns Spring Invitational in Portland. The lone U-23 goal was scored by UCLA's Ashley Sanchez on a pass from Stanford's Catarina Macario. The host Portland Thorns beat the Chicago Red Stars, 2-1, in Sunday's other game. The tournament at the University of Portland continues with doubleheaders on Wednesday and Saturday.

    3. Jitka Klimkova, who coached the USA at the 2018 Under-20 Women's World Cup, has joined Internationals Soccer Club, a Cleveland area youth club with teams in the Development Academy and ECNL. The USA failed to get out of the first round at the U-20 World Cup for the first time after finishing group play with a 1-1-1 record. Klimkova has also coached in Australia, New Zealand and her native Czech Republic, where she represented her country internationally.