Three of the five MLS entrants should be favored while the other two first-round series involving MLS teams will be toss-ups. Read the whole story
Atlanta United vs. Motagua (HON)
Club America (MEX) vs. Comunicaciones (GUA)
Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Portmore United (JAM)
LAFC vs. Leon (MEX)
Tigres (MEX) vs. Alianza (SLV)
NYCFC vs. San Carlos (CRC)
Seattle Sounders vs. Olimpia (HON)
Montreal Impact vs. Saprissa (CRC)
Dates: First Leg: Feb. 18-20; Second Leg: Feb. 25-27.
“Here in Austria and in Europe, they don’t take the f-word as seriously as in the States. But it’s not great to have a video out with so many f-words. The other problem I had was
that it made it seem like the coach did everything. We’re always a group here. What made the performance so great is that the players went out and played so bravely. People are asking me,
‘What’s it like going against Klopp?’ It’s not me against Klopp. It’s our team against Liverpool.”
-- Red Bull Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch on the video of his speech to his players at halftime of the match at defending UEFA Champions League champion Liverpool. Salzburg lost, 4-3, but not before coming back from 2-0 down at the half. Salzburg will likely advance to the knockout stage and knock out Liverpool if it beats the Reds on Tuesday in Salzburg. (Guardian)
The team facilities at the new $35 million complex include a 36-foot-long communal table and barbershop chair in the locker room. Read the whole story
Fanendo Adi was reunited with Columbus Crew head coach Cale Porter when he was selected off the Waiver List. Read the whole story
Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year. Larry Freedman, LAFC
Sporting Executive of the Year. Garth Lagerwey, Seattle
Corporate Partnerships Executive of the Year. Katie Mattis, Minn. United
Ticketing Executive of the Year. Jeff Smith, FC Cincinnati
Marketing Executive of the Year. John Guagliano, Minn. Untied
Equipment Manager of the Year. Brandon Comisky, Philadelphia Union
Team Administrator of the Year. Ted Tieu, Toronto FC
Note: Click here for other team and staff winners.
New U.S. coach Vlatko Andovoski added Morgan Weaver and Makamae Gomera-Stevens from Washington State. Read the whole story
In case you missed it or want to relish it again, here's Leo Messi's sharp-shooting hat trick and Luis Suarez's tremendous back-heel goal. Read the whole story
1. San Antonio FC appointed Alen Marcina its new head coach. Marcina was a first-team assistant coach under Darren Powell, who left after four years on
the job following the 2019 USL Championship season. Marcina was with the San Antonio Scorpions in the NASL, starting as an assistant coach prior to being promoted to head coach during the
2013 season. In 2014, Marcina led the Scorpions to an NASL title.
2. Lev Kirshner will not return as San Diego State men's coach after 23 years with the Aztecs, the last 20 as head coach. He leaves with an overall record of 142-179-57 after guiding SDSU to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2016. He was just the third head coach on the Mesa in 52 seasons after George Logan and Chuck Clegg.
3. The NISA's Oakland Roots have added a second team, Project 51O, that will compete in the NPSL, starting in the 2020 season. The Roots were slated to play in the NPSL Founders' Cup before moving to the NISA, where they drew sell-out crowds at Laney College for their short fall season of cup and friendly matches.