Soccer America Daily
Friday, June 26, 2020
  • Christian Pulisic, who helps deliver Premier League title to Liverpool, 'can get better and better'

    Pulisic, tipped as a target of Liverpool as a teenager, scored a spectacular goal in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Manny Lagos

    "We anticipate participating in the MLS vision. I would say we’re excited about that. We have to make sure we also really take into account the things that are important to Minnesota soccer and development in this state. We can’t put a square peg in a round hole. We have to think about what Minnesota is, our climate, our population, our density in the Twin Cities and how can we use it to our advantage.”

    -- Minnesota United chief soccer officer Manny Lagos on the MLS club rethinking its approach to youth development. It expects to have teams in the new MLS youth league but cut four of the five remaining full-time academy staff -- including Tim Carter, its academy director with years of experience in U.S. player development -- and furloughed the fifth staffer. (The Athletic)

  • Concacaf will make changes to World Cup 2022 qualifying format

    The FIFA Council approved changes to the men's international calendar over the next two years due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. Read the whole story

  • Datebook: Concacaf's revised men's windows (2020-22)

    Oct. 5-13, 2020 (2 games)
    2. Nov. 9-17, 2020 (2 games)
    March 22-30, 2021  (2 games)
    4. May 31-June 15, 2021  (4 games)
    5. July-25, 2021 (Gold Cup)
    6. Aug. 30-Sept. 7, 2021  (2 games)
    7. Oct. 4-12, 2021  (2 games)
    8. Nov. 8-16, 2021  (2 games)
    March 21-29, 2022  (2 games)
    10. May 30-June 14, 2022  (4 games)
    11. Sept. 19-27, 2022 (2 games)
    Note: World Cup 2022 is scheduled for Nov. 21-Dec. 18 with a pre-tournament release date of Nov. 14.

  • Women's World Cup is headed to Australia and New Zealand in 2023 -- on merit

    The next tournament is headed Down Under after a 22-13 vote of the FIFA Council in a surprisingly close contest. Read the whole story

  • Stadiums: 2023 Women's World Cup venues

    Adelaide. Hindmarsh Stadium (capacity: 18,435)
    Brisbane. Suncorp Stadium (capacity: 52,263)
    Launceston. York Park (capacity: 22,065)
    Melbourne. AAMI Park (capacity: 30,052)
    Newcastle. McDonald Jones Stadium (capacity: 25,945)
    Perth. HBF Park (capacity: 22,225)
    Sydney. *ANZ Stadium (capacity: 70,000)
    Sydney. Sydney Football Stadium (capacity: 42,512)
    New Zealand:
    Auckland. *Eden Park (capacity: 48,276)
    Christchurch. Christchurch Stadium  (capacity: 22,556)
    Dunedin. Forsyth Barr Stadium (capacity: 28,744)
    Hamilton. Waikato Stadium (capacity: 25,111)
    Wellington. Wellington Regional Stadium (capacity: 39,000)
    *Proposed host of final.

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

    1. Orlando Pride don't expect to play in Challenge Cup despite new negative COVID-19 tests By Julia Poe (Orlando Sentinel)
    2. America can't act like a team, and it might cost us the return of sports By Thomas Boswell (Washington Post)
    3. NFHS director is "very worried" high school sports get cut due to COVID-19 By Jon Solomon (Aspen Institute Project Play)

  • NWSL's return: A unique chance to grow the fan base and for new stars to rise

    Is this the year women's soccer develops more hard-core fans? Not just the kids who want Alex Morgan's autograph. Read the whole story

  • U.S. Soccer releases Phase 2 practice guide for return to play

    U.S. Soccer has added the Phase 2 guide, which reintroduces full-team training, to its Grassroots Soccer Recommendations Guide. Read the whole story