Soccer America Daily
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
  • Pandemic leaves USL and its players in difficult place

    The USLPA went public on Tuesday with its counter-proposal to the USL's proposal for "extreme wage decreases." Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Aleksander Ceferin

    "There's a lot of work still to be done. I was in Switzerland last week for the first time in two months and had meetings from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is so much information [to take in] and so many calendar issues - and so many millions and millions, dozens of millions of dollars, that we will lose. It is then hard to fall asleep at night. You would be quite irresponsible if you could fall asleep immediately after a day like that. The situation for UEFA is not that alarming, we're not in a dangerous situation, but we still care about the clubs and the leagues and the stakeholders so it is a lot of work."

    -- UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin on the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Guardian)

  • MLS cancels 2020 All-Star Game, both club competitions with Liga MX

    MLS will likely play the 2021 MLS All-Star Game in Los Angeles against Liga MX all-stars. Both MLS-Liga MX cups will return in 2021. Read the whole story

  • Market Watch: Bundesliga restart (TV Viewerships)

    English-language (FS1/FS2):
    1. *Bor. Dortmund vs. Schalke 04 (FS1, Saturday), 365,000
    2. Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich (FS1, Sunday) 361,000
    3. Ein. Frankfurt vs. Bor. M'Gladbach (FS1, Saturday), 232,000
    4. FC Cologne vs. Mainz (FS1, Sunday) 167,000
    5. RB Leipzig vs. Freiburg (FS2, Saturday) 98,000
    6. Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen (FS2, Monday), 54,000
    *Best-watched Bundesliga game all-time on FS1.
    Spanish-language (UniMas/TUDN):
    1. **Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich (UniMas/TUDN, Sunday), 222,000
    2. Ein. Frankfurt vs. Bor. M'Gladbach (TUDN, Saturday), 41,000
    3. RB Leipzig vs. Freiburg (TUDN, Saturday) 23,000
    **Second best-watched Bundesliga game all-time in Spanish-language.

  • Indiana Vassilev inks new Aston Villa deal: 'It was a no-brainer for me'

    Vassilev became the second youngest American to play in the Premier League after Jonathan Spector when he debuted for Villa in January. Read the whole story

  • Yanks Abroad: 2017 U.S. U-17 World Cup team appearances

    1. Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Germany) 29 (5 goals)
    2. Timothy Weah (Lille, France) 21 (4 goals)
    3. Sergino Dest (Ajax, Netherlands) 20
    4. Chris Durkin (Sint-Truiden, Belgium) 13 (1 goal)
    5. Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, England) 4
    - Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich, Germany) 0
    - CJ dos Santos (Benfica, Portugal) 0
    - Chris Gloster (PSV, Netherlands) 0
    *Includes 18 appearances and 4 goals at Paris SG and Celtic.
    Note: Blaine Ferri and Akil Watts have returned to the United States without playing for their European first teams.

  • Watch: Top 5 goals from Bundesliga restart, featuring Cruyff Turn by Matheus Cunha

    A dazzling individual goal by Hertha Berlin's 20-year Brazilian, plus goals by Erling Haaland, Raphael Guerreiro, Renato Steffen and Pierre Kunde Malong. Read the whole story

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

    1. NWSL is close to finalizing tournament this summer in Salt Lake City By Steven Goff (Washington Post)
    2. Coronavirus forces college sports programs to slash budgets By Kendall Baker (Axios)
    3. Coronavirus: Tears inside Milan's quarantine hotel By Mark Lowen (BBC)

  • More subs, less drama, less dissent: Assessing the Bundesliga restart

    FIFA introduced some tweaks and recommendations specially tailored to the game in the pandemic era. Read the whole story