Soccer America Daily
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • How MLS's five clubs preparing for CCL openers are shaping up

    All five MLS teams competing in the Concacaf Champions League have begun training; NYCFC plays its first game on Wednesday. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Garth Lagerwey

    "It's been a really challenging offseason, without a CBA, you don't know how much money you have. For better or worse, I'm pretty meticulous and pretty stubborn and I tend to plan things a long time in advance, and when you don't tell me the rules, I tend to not be at my best. I think we want to add an impact piece or two before the season gets started, and that's certainly our goal and that's what we've been working on. As soon as we get that direction [on new CBA rules] we'll move as fast as we can."

    -- Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey on how uncertainty over what will be contained in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement between MLS and its players is affecting his ability to make high-impact offseason moves. (Sounders at Heart)

  • Roster Moves: Major League Soccer 2020

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

  • MLS holds first Youth Affiliate Coaches Summit in Baltimore

    The summit will feature player development and talent identification seminars at the United Soccer Coaches Convention. Read the whole story

  • Datebook: 2020 SheBelieves Cup

    March 5 in Orlando, Florida
    Spain vs. Japan, 4:15 p.m. ET
    USA vs. England, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2, TUDN)
    March 8 in Harrison, New Jersey
    Japan vs. England, 2:15 p.m. ET
    USA vs. Spain, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN, TUDN)
    March 11 in Frisco, Texas
    England vs. Spain, 4:15 p.m. CT
    USA vs. Japan, 7 p.m. CT (ESPNews, TUDN)

  • Watch: Josh Sargent strike twice in Werder Bremen friendly

    Recovered from a hamstring injury, the 19-year-old American looked sharp one week ahead of the Bundesliga's return from winter break. Read the whole story

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

    1. Frank Klopas is joining the coaching staff at the Chicago Fire, where he has served as a player, head coach, technical director, team ambassador and broadcaster. Klopas joins the technical staff of first-year head coach Raphael Wicky. He was a member of the Fire team that won the double in its first MLS season, in 1998, and has held positions as head coach (2011-13), assistant coach (2000) and technical director (2008-11). He also spent two seasons as the Montreal Impact head coach.

    2. Atlanta United's Ezequiel Barco, Franco Escobar and Eric Remedi have become permanent U.S. residents, freeing up three international roster slots on the MLS club's roster. Josef Martinez, Julian Gressel and Hector Villalba, who have been with the Five Stripes since their launch in 2017, also have green cards. Just four Atlanta United players under contract count as international players.

    3. James O'Connor is returning to Louisville City as executive vice president of development, in charge of developing Proof Louisville FC, which will begin NWSL play in 2021, its academy system and USL League Two team. O'Connor coached LouCity for its first three seasons before becoming Orlando City head coach in 2018. He was fired after the 2019 MLS season.

  • Texan teen playmaker Marcelo Palomino aims to break through with Tab Ramos-led Houston Dynamo

    One of the more intriguing stories of the upcoming MLS season will be the debut of Tab Ramos as coach of the Houston Dynamo. Read the whole story