Soccer America Daily
Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Men's Olympic qualifying: USA draws 'Group of Death' in Guadalajara

    The USA, which hasn't qualified since 2008, will face host Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic in group play. Read the whole story

  • Tweet du jour: Jesus Perez

    "My name is on here, but this isn't just for me! This is for the support of my family, friends and coaches back home! Thank you NYCFC for the opportunity, let's get to work."

    -- Jesus Perez, an attacking midfielder out of UIC taken by New York City FC with its first pick in the MLS SuperDraft, clearing up the confusion about whether he'd be joining NYCFC for preseason, which starts on Saturday, after his profile appeared on the dating app Tinder, reading "first time in Europe, footballer for Dundalk FC." He had been training with the League of Ireland Premier Division champions when Dundalk fan spotted the profile of 22-year-old "Chino." (@chinaatwn)

  • MLS SuperDraft: Clemson's Robbie Robinson goes No. 1

    Inter Miami then took Georgetown right back Dylan Nealis with the third pick after Indiana's Jack Maher went to Nashville SC. Read the whole story

  • By the Numbers: 2020 MLS SuperDraft

    0. Selections by the Philadelphia Union after it again traded away its picks.
    3. Players taken from Clemson and Virginia, the most of any colleges.
    4. Players taken from Ontario's Vaughn SC in first 20 picks.
    5. Generation adidas signings, tied for smallest class in history.
    29. Goalkeepers or defenders taken with 52 picks.
    75%. Players taken in first two rounds who played in USL League Two.

  • Unsettled Japanese forward Yuya Kubo signed by FC Cincinnati as DP

    Kubo scored 11 goals in each of his first two seasons at Gent but didn't scored this season after returning on loan from Nuremberg. Read the whole story

  • Laura Harvey calls in 25 players to her first U.S. under-20 women's camp

    After this camp, Harvey will have to select the 20-player roster for the Concacaf Women's U-20 Championship. Read the whole story

  • RIP: Roscoe Nance, former USA Today soccer reporter

    Nance covered the U.S. men's and women's national teams as they took off in the late 1980s and early 1990s Read the whole story

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

    1. Sergino Dest flew home from Ajax's winter training camp in Qatar after telling the Dutch club he did not feel comfortable in the region amid the tensions between the USA and Iran. In a statement, Ajax said "it understands his request and has responded to it." Dest returned to Amsterdam, where he will train with Jong Ajax, the second division team, until the first team returns on Sunday. The U.S. national team canceled its trip to Qatar a day after the killing of Iranian general Qasem Suleimani. Other Americans have been training with European clubs in Doha, the home to the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East.

    2. Nick Cushing has joined the New York City FC coaching staff as an assistant coach under new head coach Ronny Deila. He was the manager of Manchester City's women's team, one of the most successful in Europe, for six years after starting out as a coach in the City academy program on the men's side. Cushing was named the FA WSL Manager of the Year in 2016 after Manchester City won the Women's Super League title. It also lifted the FA WSL Cup in 2014, 2017 and 2019 and FA Women's Cup in 2017. NYCFC and Manchester City are part of the City Football Group.

    3. Representatives of the USL and USLPA met for two days in Tampa as they seek to finalize the first collective bargaining agreement. In a joint statement, the league and players said the meetings were "constructive and beneficial" and progress had been made on certain substantive issues, but others will require further conversation. Talks will resume in February, before the start of the 2020 USL Championship season the first weekend of March.