Soccer America Daily
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • Coronavirus outbreak: Foreign leagues shut down as precaution amid growing threat

    The top leagues in Japan and South Korea have postponed the start of the 2020 season while Inter Milan is moving behind closed doors. Read the whole story

  • Calendar: Concacaf Champions League (Round of 16, Second Leg)

    Tuesday, February 25
    Atlanta United (1) vs. Motagua (1) 8 pm. (FS1, TUDN)
    Cruz Azul (2) vs. Portmore United (1) 10 pm. (FS2, TUDN)
    Wednesday, February 26
    NYCFC (5) vs. San Carlos (3) 6 pm. (FS2, TUDN)
    Montreal Impact (2) vs. Saprissa (2) 8 pm. (FS2)
    Tigres (1) vs. Alianza (2) 8 pm. (TUDN)
    Club America (1) vs. Comunicaciones (1) 10 pm. (FS2, TUDN)
    Thursday, February 27
    LAFC (0) vs. Leon (2) 10 pm. (FS1, TUDN)
    Seattle Sounders (2) vs. Olimpia (2) 10 pm. (FS2, TUDNxtra)
    Note: In parentheses is score from first leg. All times ET.

  • Roster Moves: Major League Soccer 2020

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

  • What They're Saying: Kelly Sandos

    "I always feel bad because you never want to say no. This will change people's lives in the morning. The drinks make everyone a little more energetic with football matches, there's just something satisfying about having a beer in your hand. Coffee is just not the same."

    -- Kelly Sandos, a server at Chicago pub Fado, on the new ordinance allowing alcohol to be sold starting at 9 a.m. on Sundays instead of 10 a.m. It will go into effect in two weeks for establishments that also sell food and be a boon for business to Premier League patrons. (Chicago Tribune)

  • Mia Fishel strikes again as U.S. U-20 women clinch spot knockout stage spot in World Cup qualifying

    Mia Fishel, who scored four goals in the USA's opening win over Cuba, scored in the 4th and 8th minutes of Monday's 4-0 win. Read the whole story

  • Market Watch: Unbundled UEFA women's sponsorship deals

    Visa (Dec. 6, 2018). First-ever European women's soccer sponsor signed seven-year deal.
    Nike (March 11, 2019). Match-ball supplier for all European women’s competitions.
    Esprit (Oct. 10, 2019). Lifestyle partner of European women's soccer.
    Hublot (Feb. 23, 2020). Swiss watch brand extends sponsorship of electronic referee boards.

  • Watch: A defender using a spare ball to stop attacker

    After apparently thinking it was his throw-in, Stefan Kostov of Macedonia's Akademija Pandev chased down a Makedonija GjP attacker with a spare ball. Read the whole story

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

    1. The U.S. U-16 girls national team swept matches against England and Denmark while the U.S. U-16 boys (starting the 2020-21 U-17 World Cup cycle) were crushed by opponents from the same countries at the UEFA Development Tournament. The U-16 girls beat host England, 3-1, and Denmark 5-0, getting two goals apiece from Mia Minestrella and Katherine Rader over the two games and one from Lumi Kostmayer, Sofia Cook, Allison Montoya and Yuna McCormack. The U-16 boys fell to England, 4-1, and Denmark, 6-1. Both U.S. teams lost to Spain, 2-1, in their opening games.

    2. The Premier League Mornings Live fan festival is headed to Philadelphia April 4-5.  The two-day fan festival organized by NBC Sports and the Premier League will take place at Dilworth Park, located outside of Philadelphia's City Hall in Center City. NBC Sports' studio team will broadcast Premier League Mornings Live from the event. The weekend's top match will be the clash between defending champion Manchester City and runaway league leader Liverpool on April 5.

    3. Ten teams will play in the annual Spring College Cup, a men's college spring tournament in which teams play by international rules. The entrants will include 2019 Division I champion Georgetown and runner-up Virginia in the North Division. Other participating teams will include Clemson, Duke, N.C. State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest from the ACC, James Madison from the CAA and the Big Ten's Maryland. The final will be hosted by Wake Forest on April 19.