Soccer America Daily
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • Jurgen Klinsmann quits as Hertha Berlin coach after 76 days in charge

    Despite the surprise move, Klinsmann said he intended to return to his role as a member of the Hertha supervisory board. Read the whole story

  • Qualifiers: 2020 Olympic men's soccer

    Host. Japan.
    Europe. Spain, Germany, France, Romania.
    Oceania. New Zealand.
    Africa.
    Egypt, Ivory Coast, South Africa.
    Asia. Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea.
    South America. Argentina, Brazil.
    Concacaf (2 teams, March 20-April 1)

  • Composition of MLS squads is changing as green-card holders proliferate

    Players receiving green cards have come in bunches this winter, including two young stars who have yet to play a game. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Tab Ramos

    "I look at our roster in general, there's very few Americans. Very few. And not just young Americans but of any age. Obviously, the rules are you try to put together the best team you can. The green card rule in the league almost forces clubs to choose foreign players."

    -- New Houston Dynamo coach Tab Ramos, who championed the cause of young Americans, serving as the U.S. U-20 national team coach for four cycles and taking his team to the U-20 World Cup quarterfinals three times. The Dynamo's 26-player roster includes just 10 Americans, one of whom plays internationally for Belize. (ESPN)

  • Roster Moves: Major League Soccer 2020

    The LA Galaxy signed 17-year-old midfielder Jonny Perez to a Homegrown Player contract. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Edinho

    "He's pretty fragile. He had a hip replacement and didn't have an adequate or ideal rehabilitation. So he has this problem with mobility and that has set off a kind of depression. Imagine, he's the King, he was always such an imposing figure and today he can't walk properly. He's embarrassed, he doesn't want to go out, be seen, or do practically anything that involves leaving the house. He is very sheepish, reclusive."

    -- Edinho on his father, Pele, who suffers from poor health and is reluctant to leave his home because he cannot walk unaided. Pele, who will be 80 in October, had had to make many of his recent public appearances in a wheelchair. (O Globo via Reuters)

  • Watch: A funny fiercely struck own goal from France

    Lyon's Brazilian left back Marcal scored his first goal in six years -- at the wrong end, gifting Paris Saint-Germain a 3-0 lead. Read the whole story

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

    1. Argentine Juan Uro has been nominated to fill the vacant Independent Director seat on U.S. Soccer's board of directors. Urso is a partner at Ernst & Young and before that served as executive vice president at the NBA, where he led its League Finance and Global Strategy departments. Uro will need to be approved by U.S. Soccer's National Council at its annual meeting Saturday in Nashville. The other Independent Directors are Lisa Carnoy and Patti Hart.

    2. Austin FC  has entered into a multi-year agreement with YETI to become its jersey sponsor. Austin FC, which will begin play in MLS in 2021, is linking up with the Austin-based brand best known for its iconic coolers, drink-ware and outdoor equipment.

    3. The Orlando Pride has acquired former Stanford star Ali Riley from Germany's Bayern Munich, using allocation money to acquire and sign Riley on a one-year contract with an option for a second year. The Californian has played in four World Cups for New Zealand.

  • U.S. Soccer members gather in Nashville with vice presidential election and reform-driven proposals on agenda

    The tug of war between the youth soccer establishment, MLS and would-be reformers is back in full swing. Read the whole story