Soccer America Daily
Friday, December 6, 2019
  • MLS's Don Garber on Charlotte expansion

    In 2019, MLS has already announced three new expansion cities. It will likely announce a fourth before the end of the year. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Don Garber

    "I don't even think it's a likelihood. Why would we have any comments to make about what the future might look like? I did say that I can't see in the short term that we were going to go beyond 30 teams, but life's a long time. I never thought we'd be at 20 or 24 or 28 and never thought would be 30. I don't know what the world is going to look like many, many years from now. Right now, we're very focused on finalizing our 30th team, with no commitment to go further than that."

    -- MLS commissioner Don Garber on MLS expansion plans beyond 30 teams. He wouldn't rule out going to 32 teams. In addition to Charlotte, expected to be announced soon as the 30th team, MLS received formal expansion bids from Phoenix and Las Vegas. (The Athletic)

  • What They're Saying: Lynn Berling-Manuel

    "We need a national team that performs right now. We need a federation that's healthy and viable and people feel good about, and that's a struggle right now."

    -- United Soccer Coaches CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel on U.S. Soccer, in which United Soccer Coaches is an associate member. Berling-Manuel says being without a CEO is perhaps the federation's "fundamental error. That's tough for any company. Staff is complaining bitterly because no one will make a decision about anything." (Wall Street Journal)

  • U.S. Soccer and Concacaf

    Is U.S. Soccer destined to be a member of Concacaf? The ideal solution will be the merger of Conmebol and Concacaf. Read the whole story

  • Preview: 2019 Women's College Cup semifinals

    The star-studded field includes the great Catarina Macario and eight players called into next week's U.S. national team camp. Read the whole story

  • Awards: 2019 NCAA Division I Women's All-Americans

    Hermann Trophy finalists Jessie Fleming, Emily Fox and Catarina Macario, the 2018 winner, are among the 51 players honored. Read the whole story

  • Calendar: NCAA Division I Men's Tournament (Quarterfinals)

    Friday, December 6
    No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 7 Stanford, 6 pm. (ACC Network Extra)
    No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 8 SMU, 7 pm. (ACC Network Extra)
    Saturday, December 7
    No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 6 Washington, Noon (YouTube Big East)
    No. 4 Wake Forest vs. UC Santa Barbara, 5 pm. (ACC Network Extra)

  • Watch: A double throw-in from the Bundesliga

    In a rush to rebound during a 3-2 loss to Werder Bremen, two Wolfsburg players took a throw-in at the same time. Read the whole story

  • New UEFA Women's Champions League will be 'game changer'

    A lot of noise has been made about how the European women's game threatens the NWSL. The reformatted Champions League will be for real. Read the whole story

  • Friday morning: What's in the news ...

    1. MLS announced dates for all club home openers for the 2020 season, which will begin the weekend of Feb. 29-March 1. All 26 clubs will begin play on the opening weekend, including the league debuts of Nashville SC (at home against Atlanta United) and Inter Miami (at LAFC).

    -- Home Openers: Major League Soccer 2020

    2. Former U.S. U-17 World Cup forward Joe Gallardo has been transferred to USL Championship winner Real Monarchs from the Richmond Kickers. He signed with the Kickers prior to the start of the inaugural USL League One season and scored six goals and added two assists. He grew up in the Monterrey academy system, but a broken leg set back his career.

    3. Grand Rapids FC is the newest Michigan-based member of USL League Two, joining AFC Ann Arbor in moving from the NPSL to the USL League Two's Great Lakes Division. Also new in 2020 will be a third Michigan club, former UPSL team Oakland County FC.