Soccer America Daily
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
  • St. Louis expansion: MLS has its first majority women's ownership group

    MLS's 28th team is led by female members of the Taylor family that owns Enterprise Holdings. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Francis Suarez

    "There's no indication that anyone's been exposed to any harmful chemicals. But based on the new information that we received on the toxicity levels yesterday, it's imperative for the safety of our residents to immediately review the findings that we have seen to determine whether, for the health and safety of our residents, the park should remain opened or closed."

    -- Miami mayor Francis Suarez, a vocal supporter of plans by Inter Miami, MLS's 2020 expansion team, to build a soccer stadium as its long-term home as part of a proposed $1 billion development at Melreese golf course. Miami's only city-owned golf course was closed on Tuesday because an environmental report described levels of arsenic and other pollutants in the soil as being unexpectedly high. The report was met with skepticism by Manolo Reyes, the project's staunchest opponent on the Miami commission that must negotiate a lease agreement with Inter Miami's owners. Reyes is worried that the report is part of a tactic to devalue the property and allow it to be leased for less money. (Miami Herald)

  • Watch: Christen Press' NWSL Goal of the Week

    Christen Press' sixth goal of the NWSL season won out over strikes by Sam Kerr, Paige Monaghan and Andi Sullivan. Read the whole story

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

    1. Sergino Dest played in his fourth straight game for Dutch champion Ajax, coming on in the 62nd minute of its 0-0 tie at Cypriot club APOEL in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League playoff series. Dest came on a right back while Moroccan international Noussair Mazraoui moved from right back to take Romanian Razvan Marin's place in midfield. Mazraoui was later red carded and will miss next week's second leg, opening the door for Dest to get his first Champions League start.

    2. Paul Riley, who has led the Western New York Flash and North Carolina Courage to two of the last three NWSL titles, put an end to the conversation that he might be a candidate to replace departing Jill Ellis as U.S. women's national team coach. Riley tweeted that "although flattered, I am determined to continue the project we started in" Western New York and he is not interested in the job at this time. The Courage is in third place in the NWSL standings with a game in hand on Utah and Reign FC, the two teams that trail it by one point.

    3. Chicago Fire midfielder Nicolas Gaitan had his red card issued on Saturday rescinded after the Fire appealed the decision to the Independent Review Panel. The Argentine was sent off for a tackle from behind at the end of the first half. The Fire, which was leading, 1-0, went on to beat the Philadelphia Union, 2-0, earning three points it absolutely needed to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Gaitan has scored four goals to go along with a team-high nine assists in 21 games.