Soccer America Daily
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
  • CCL Recap: Atlanta United cruises thanks to Pity and Josef Martinez

    The victory moved the Five Stripes in the quarterfinals for the second year in a row, setting up a likely date with Club America. Read the whole story

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

    Tuesday, February 25
    Atlanta United 3 Motagua (HON) 0 (Aggregate: 4-1). (P. Martinez 40, 83, J.Martinez 60.)
    Cruz Azul (MEX) 4. Portmore United (JAM) 0 (Aggregate: 6-1). (Pineda 22, Passerini 59, Ceppelini pen. 76, Borja 90.)

  • What They're Saying: Bob Bradley

    "Right now, there's a feeling by too many that they're not part of the game in this country, and we have to work harder to change that. We have to do it by giving more opportunities. If a small club anywhere in the country gets its act together, knows how to provide playing opportunities for young kids, has good coaching and can develop players, if there's a team there, and then at some point they can go from the fifth league to the fourth league to the third league to the second league."

    -- LAFC head coach Bob Bradley on eventually adding promotion and relegation in the United States, citing his experience in Norway at Stabaek, a former fifth-tier club, and the need to "connect more dots." (SI.com)

  • Roster Moves: Major League Soccer 2020

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

  • Key Dates: 2020 NWSL Schedule

    April 18: Opening day of regular season.
    June 1-10: FIFA international window.
    July 19-31: Break for 2020 Olympics.
    Sept. 14-22: FIFA international window.
    Oct. 18: Final day of regular season.
    Oct. 19-31: FIFA international window.
    Nov. 8: Semifinals.
    *Nov. 14: Championship game.
    *Latest date NWSL has ended season.
    (Click here for 2020 NWSL schedule.)

  • Watch: Former MLS teen star rock the UEFA Champions League with Bayern

    The 19-year-old Alphonso Davies, who moved to Canada at age 5 from an African refugee camp, played brilliantly in Bayern's 3-0 win over Chelsea. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Dick Pound

    "As far as we all know, you're going to be in Tokyo. All indications are at this stage that it will be business as usual. So keep focused on your sport and be sure that the IOC is not going to send you into a pandemic situation."

    -- Canadian Dick Pound, the longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee, with his message to the estimated 11,000 athletes expected to take part in the Olympics, which open July 24, and 4,400 bound for the Paralympics, which open Aug. 25. Pound estimated there is only two or three months to decide whether or not to cancel the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP)

  • Roster: U.S. U-19 women head to Spain tourney led by Houston Dash assistant coach Twila Kaufman

    U.S. U-19 women's squad for Spain tournament includes Boston College twins Michela and Samantha Agresti Read the whole story

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

    1. The Columbus Crew has granted naming rights to the new training facility it is building to Columbus-based OhioHealth. The OhioHealth Performance Center, which will open in 2021 on the site of the Crew’s existing stadium, will house all Crew soccer operations for the first team and academy. It will have two first-team natural grass fields, supported by hydronic heating and SubAir systems, one natural grass field and artificial turf for academy use; and a seasonal bubble over the stadium field.

    2. Reign FC has handed 2019 NWSL Rookie of the Year Bethany Balcer to a three-year contract with a team option for a fourth year. Until this year, the NWSL contracts were for one year with an option for the second year. Balcer became the first player from an NAIA school to sign an NWSL contract when Reign FC drafted her out of two-time national champion Spring Arbor University, and she led Reign FC in scoring with with six goals and two assists.

    3. The 2020 Development Academy championships will be held July 9-12  at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri. Final fours will be held for boys in the U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 age groups as well as for girls at the U-15, U-16 and U-17 age groups. For the first time, there will be distinct U-16 and U-17 girls age group championships. Swope Soccer Village is the home of Sporting Kansas City's academy program.

  • Start practice with real soccer: U.S. Soccer rolls out its Grassroots 'learning through play' courses in Spanish

    It's never been a secret that great players spent lots of time playing soccer when they were very young. Read the whole story