Soccer America Daily
Thursday, April 23, 2020
  • Division I college soccer under threat

    Division I conferences want temporary waivers from the NCAA to reduce the minimum number of sports a school must sponsor. Read the whole story

  • By the Numbers: NCAA soccer participation

    Men's Soccer (2018):
    Division 1: 205 (out of 349) schools, 6,044 players
    Division 2: 215 (out of 313) schools, 6,864 players
    Division 3: 417 (out of 439) schools, 12,591 players
    Women's Soccer (2018):
    Division 1: 333 (out of 349) schools, 9,446 players
    Division 2: 267 (out of 313) schools, *7,609 players
    Division 3: 438 (out of 439) schools, *11,255 players
    *Most of any sport in their division.
    Source: NCAA.

  • What They're Saying: Thomas Ludwig

    "We have over 6,500 orders. It's overwhelming, we never expected this."

    -- Thomas Ludwig, chairman of Fanprojekt Moenchengladbach, who came up with the idea for Borussia Moenchengladbach fans to have life-sized cardboard figures of themselves, decked in Gladbach colors, placed in the Borussia-Park stands when Bundesliga games resume behind closed doors. The cost to have them made: 19 euros ($21). (AFP)

  • Don Garber and David Beckham join All In Challenge

    The MLS commissioner and Inter Miami co-owner have made challenges to raise money for charities serving those in need of food. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Joseph DaGrosa

    "In this environment, given what's going on with the coronavirus pandemic, we believe there's an opportunity to recreate City Football Group at a fraction of the cost. Club valuations are already coming down. In many cases, clubs are going to be effectively taken over by their lenders. There's going to be some great opportunities in the next 12 months, and great opportunities to get world-class players at a fraction of the cost. This is the time to capitalize it."

    -- American investor Joseph DaGrosa, whose General American Capital Partners withdrew as an owner of French club Bordeaux in late 2019, on his next move in soccer in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. (ProSoccerTalk)

  • ECNL Girls additions: Beach FC, Legends FC, Pateadores and West Coast FC

    Southern California clubs Beach Futbol Club, Legends FC, Pateadores and West Coast FC have committed to the Girls ECNL for the 2020-21. Read the whole story

  • Maryland's Pipeline SC, USYS champs in 2016 and 2019, joins Boys ECNL

    The club co-founded by Sean Rush and Santino Quaranta in 2011 will play the 2020-21 season in the Northeast Conference. Read the whole story

  • Thursday morning: What we're reading (and listening to)

    1. The soccer club as sovereign state By Tariq Panja (New York Times)
    2. RSL staff cuts could be the beginning of a murky financial future By Alex Vejar (Salt Lake Tribune)
    3. For Matt Turner and Connor Sparrow, supporting nurses during COVID-19 pandemic hits home By Tom Bogert (MLSSoccer.com)

  • U.S. Soccer's ride back to Earth seems anything but smooth

    Many factors are at work in the federation's finances. Only time will tell the full impact of COVID-19 in FY2021 and beyond. Read the whole story