Soccer America Daily
Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Miami FC bolts NISA before full launch to join USL Championship

    The move puts Riccardo Silva's team in its third league in the last four months and fourth in less than two years. Read the whole story

  • Forty players headed to 2019 adidas MLS College Showcase

    Of the 40 players at the event held in conjunction with the College Cup, 19 hail from countries other than the USA or Canada. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Merritt Paulson

    "I've always maintained that you can't do a cookie-cutter approach with rules to clubs, because it's so different. What we do in Portland is so different to what's going on in a lot of different markets. We've never had any issues. We've never had issues with our fans throwing things onto the pitch. We don't have issues with the p-word chant. We don't have issues with 'you suck a-hole.' So if our supporters want to show a symbol that is an anti-Nazi symbol, how on earth can I or anybody else have any issue with that?"

    -- Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson on the tension between his MLS club and league headquarters over the new MLS code of conduct, which explicitly banned any displays deemed political, including the Iron Front symbol. The Iron Front ban was later lifted for the rest of the 2019 season. (The Athletic)

  • Charlotte mayor commits $110 million to help lure MLS team

    The mayor's letter includes a commitment on Bank of America Stadium work and team facilities at a city-owned mall site. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Sepp Blatter

    "When Platini said that he would have voted for Qatar anyway, especially for the development of football, it is not true. We had a consensus within the executive committee of FIFA, which planned to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to the United States. Everything went well until eight days before the election when there was this famous dinner at the Elysee. Platini phoned me immediately after. He told me: 'Sepp, it's not going to work, we will have a problem for the election.' President Sarkozy had asked him, suggested, to vote for Qatar. I said to Platini 'Did he force you?' He said 'Not at all, but when a head of state asks you to do something, you do it so I will follow and I will take my friends with me.' His friends were the Cypriot Marios Lefkaritis, the Belgian Michel D'Hooghe, who would have voted for Qatar anyway, his son having already had a post in Qatar, and the Spaniard Angel Maria Villar. So it made four voices that tipped the vote."

    -- Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who says he is ready to testify to French prosecutors looking into a lunch at Elysee Palace in Paris between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Qatari prince Tamim ben Hamad al-Thani  -- who became Emir in 2013 -- just over a week before the vote in December 2010 to determine the 2022 World Cup host. On the final ballot, Qatar beat the USA, 14-8. Allegations of bribery involving the Qatari support have swirled ever since. (AFP)

  • Quakes make Cristian Espinoza centerpiece of their attack

    San Jose paid a club record fee to secure the permanent transfer of the 24-year-old Argentine winger from Spain's Villarreal. Read the whole story

  • Roster Moves: Major League Soccer 2020

    Real Salt Lake signed Italian-American Giuseppe Rossi for the 2020 season. Read the whole story

  • Draw: 2021 Gold Cup playoffs

    Round 1 (March 2020)
    Guadeloupe vs. St. Vincent & Gren.
    Barbados vs. Guyana
    Bahamas vs. French Guiana
    Guatemala vs. Monserrat
    Note: Nations League B runners-up vs. League C winners

    Round 2 (June 2020)
    Haiti vs. Guadeloupe vs. St. Vincent & Gren. winner
    Trinidad & Tobago vs. Bahamas/French Guiana winner
    Bermuda vs. Bahamas/French Guiana winner
    Cuba vs. Guatemala/Monserrat winner
    Note: Nations League A third-place teams vs. Round 1 winners

  • Watch: The U.S. U-17 99ers' reunion and flashbacks

    DaMarcus Beasley, Jordan Cila and Nelson Akwari reminisced at the 20-year reunion of the USA's fourth-place finish at the 1999 U-17 World Cup. Read the whole story

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

    1. Gio Reyna had two goals and two assists for Borussia Dortmund in its 5-1 win over Slavia Prague in the UEFA Youth League. Four days earlier, he dressed for the first time for Dortmund in a Bundesliga match. Reyna, 17, has four goals in the UEFA Youth League and three in the U19 Bundesliga despite lining up against older players. Dortmund finished tied for first in its group with Inter Milan. Taylor Booth had an assist in Bayern Munich's 3-0 win over Tottenham.

    2. U.S. U-20 women's national team split squads dropped a pair of games at the Nike Friendlies in Florida. In the opener, the U-20 Red team fell to France, 2-0. In the nightcap, Brazil jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the half and beat the U.S. U-20 Blue team, 4-2. Jenna Nighswonger (USC) and Summer Yates (Washington) scored to cut the deficit to 3-2.

    3. LSU has hired Sian Hudson as its new women's head coach after she spent the last three years at Division II Colorado-Colorado Springs, where she led the Mountain Lions to a 52-10-4 record. She was the director of the Pride Soccer Club for 12 years and an assistant at Colorado College for two.