Soccer America Daily
Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Late arrivals: Five MLS signings who should have big impacts

    Many clubs have wrapped up their offseason dealings, but some key signings are still staggering in. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Gary Neville

    "I saw Louis van Gaal the other day say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's football is like Jose Mourinho's but winning. Van Gaal's football at Man United was the worst I've ever seen and Mourinho's was far better, even though it wasn't acceptable in terms of what the fans want to see. We've had a lot of change at the club in the last four or five years with different managers coming in, world-class managers and it hasn't worked. Ole has bought a level of happiness and excitement back to the fans, which is at least something because it has been difficult to watch over the last three or four years."

    -- Former Manchester United star-turned-pundit Gary Neville, coming to the defense of United's permanent managerial hire, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in the face of criticism from former United boss Louis van Gaal. (Sky Sports)

  • Watch: Jonathan Mensah giving back to orphans in his hometown of Accra, Ghana

    The Columbus Crew defender shows MLSSoccer.com's Beyond the Stands the work of his foundation. Read the whole story

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

    1. Atlanta United got the green light to expand its training facility in suburban Marietta. The Marietta city council approved the sale of 17 acres to Atlanta United for $9.6 million to allow for an expansion of its training operations next to the existing training facility Atlanta United built at a cost of $60 million on land it leases from the city of Marietta. That lease of 33 acres was extended for another five years.

    2. Mexico's first two international games of the year on UniMas and UDN averaged 1.65 million viewers: 1.7 million for Tuesday's Paraguay match and 1.6 million for Friday's Chile match. They are the No. 1 and No. 2 rated soccer telecasts of the year on any network, regardless of language. By contrast, the U.S. men's national team has averaged 542,000 viewers for four games, and the U.S. women's national team has averaged 346,600 for five games (English-language telecasts only).

    3. FC Cincinnati have hired long-time Manchester United sports performance expert Gary Walker as its first director of sports performance. He will oversee all aspects of the club's health and wellness initiatives, including athletic training, nutrition, strength and conditioning and physical therapy and its medical relationship with Mercy Health. Walker spent 11 years at Manchester United, beginning as its lead sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach under Alex Ferguson. He joined the team's technical staff as the first team's fitness coach for the 2014-15 season.