Soccer America Daily
Friday, June 19, 2020
  • COVID-19: First two MLS players test positive since their teams started full training

    Atlanta United and Inter Miami, which both began full training last week, had players who were asymptomatic test positive. Read the whole story

  • Timeline: MLS back to full team training

    All but one team -- the San Jose Earthquakes -- has begun full team training ahead of the MLS in Back Tournament. Read the whole story

  • Bruce says ...

    "Today, I understand why people are kneeling. We saw it with the women, we saw it in the NFL. I think if they are respectful, they are appropriate. I would tell you this. I'm the most patriotic person you're ever going to be around. As the national team coach, at times, during the national anthem, I was in tears. Honored to represent the United States in World Cups and international matches. And I think playing the national anthem is clearly appropriate at those levels. However, I question why we are playing national anthems in professional sporting events in this country. I believe the history of the anthem was that it was brought in during World War II to celebrate the baseball players and soldiers who participated in World War II. And then it was obviously extended to other sports to where it is today. I think it puts people in awkward positions. We don't use the national anthem in movie theaters, on Broadway, or for other events in the United States. I don't think it is appropriate to have a national anthem before a baseball game, an MLS game. But having said that I want it understood that, I am very patriotic, but I think it is inappropriate."

    -- New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena, who coached the USA at two World Cups, on the relevance of playing the national anthem prior to pro sporting events in this era. (Banter on ESPN)

  • UPSL sold to Miami Beach-based holding company

    ELP Brands, a Miami Beach-based holding company founded in 2019, has acquired the national amateur league with teams in 32 states. Read the whole story

  • MLS Moves: Signings since March 12 shutdown

    Chicago. IN: Chris Brady (HG), Allan Rodriguez (HG).
    FC Dallas. IN: Franco Jara (Pachuca/MEX, free) Carlos Avilez (North Texas SC, HG).
    D.C. United: OUT: Chris Durkin (Sint-Truiden/BEL, transfer).
    Houston, IN: Nico Lemoine (RGV FC, USL).
    LAFC. IN: Andy Najar (Anderlecht/BEL, free).
    LA Galaxy. OUT: Aleksandar Katai (released).
    Montreal. IN: Keesean Ferdinand (HG), Tomas Giraldo (HG).
    Portland. IN: Pablo Bonilla (Timbers 2, USL), OUT: Jorge Moreira (River Plate/ARG, loan expired)
    Seattle. IN: Josh Atencio (Tacoma Defiance, HG), Ethan Dobbelaere (HG). OUT: Harry Shipp (retired)

  • Kansan Jony Munoz named Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year

    The U.S. U-16 international was surprised by his family, coaches and teammates with a drive-by parade outside his home to inform of the honor. Read the whole story

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

    1. NWSL player tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Challenge Cup By Julia Poe (Orlando Sentinel)
    2. Regulations, precautions for USL restart outlined in internal documents By Jeff Rueter (The Athletic)
    3. Football may not happen at all this year, Fauci warns By Wayne Sterling and Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN)

  • College club soccer provides well-balanced option for competitive players -- plus management experience

    Students schedule their games, design their own jerseys, fund their own travel -- and compete for regional and national titles. Read the whole story

  • The EPL's shaky return, and another goalkeeper victim

    Alas for the English Premier League, usually so deft at promoting itself. Here we had the long-awaited (it's been 100 days) return. Read the whole story