Soccer America Daily
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • MLS Preseason: 26 teams, 26 updates

    MLS preseason officially opened for all teams on Monday. The big news: Toronto FC's Michael Bradley will need ankle surgery. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Stephanie McCaffrey

    "The reason we're having a hard time getting people to dump large amounts of capital into investing in women's soccer is that, in general, women don't have tons of capital relative to men. I think I have the quantitative skill set and - with Wharton - the business acumen to be the one who says, 'OK, I'm going to make sports ownership-type money and give it back to the sport that gave me everything.'"

    -- Former U.S. international Stephanie McCaffrey, who played four years in the NWSL but retired after the 2018 season because of an illness. She is enrolled in Wharton's MBA program with the goal of going into private equity and buying a women's soccer team of her own. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Watch: The Top 10 Bundesliga Bloopers

    A bizarre penalty kick call, horrible goalkeeping and embarrassing misses make up this collection of the major mishaps of the season so far. Read the whole story

  • 2019 Awards: Independent Supporters' Council

    Tifo of the Year:
    1.
    3252 (LAFC)
    2. Rose City Riveters (Portland Thorns)
    -- Timbers Army (Portland Timbers)
    -- Skyway Casuals and Ralphs Mob (Tampa Bay Rowdies)

    Philanthropic Group of the Year:

    1.
    Cauldron (Sporting KC)
    2. 107ist (Portland supporters group)
    3. Midnight Riders (New England Revolution)
    -- Terminus Legion (Atlanta United)

    Front Office of the Year:

    1.
    Forward Madison FC
    2. Sky Blue FC
    3. Seattle Sounders

  • Watch: A brilliant Barcelona goal featuring, of course, Leo Messi

    Arturo Vidal's backward sole pass set up the winner in a 1-0 victory over Granada in the first game of the Quique Setien era. Read the whole story

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

    1. Alex Mendez scored his first goal for Jong Ajax with a penalty kick in its 2-0 win over Dordrecht. It was his second straight start since the winter break for Jong Ajax, which moved into first place in the second-tier Eerste Divisie with the victory. The U.S. U-20 star has played in 16 games (eight starts) since moving to Ajax from German club Freiburg over the summer.

    2. Dan Stratford, who led the University of Charleston to NCAA Division II men's titles in 2017 and 2019, has been named the new West Virginia men's head coach. Stratford played for the Mountaineers and served as an assistant coach at WVU for three years (2011-13).
     
    3. Louisville City named assistant coach Danny Cruz its new technical director and gave him a multi-year contract. He was on the Lou City staff when it won 2018 and 2019 Eastern Conference titles and the 2018 USL Championship title. Cruz played 137 games in MLS for three teams and started in MLS Cup 2011 for the Houston Dynamo.

  • Big Brother, robot and soccer businesswomen highlight Exhibit Hall

    The United Soccer Coaches convention's Exhibit Hall is always an exhilarating and bewildering place to be. Read the whole story