Soccer America Daily
Friday, July 3, 2020
  • Covid-19: Uncertainty weighs on everyone waiting to see how penetrable is MLS bubble

    For however much testing MLS is doing and however rapidly it is getting the results, no plan is foolproof. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Luchi Gonzalez

    "It's amazing to see the strength of your own people. None of us are perfect, but when you're part of a group and a family like we have at FC Dallas, these players inspire me. These players have really inspired me with their energy and their attitudes in the last 72 hours. And it's really been an amazing thing to be a part of it in such a hard moment. It's also been such a beautiful moment to see them just give each other support, strength, encouragement and positivity, sending each other videos, messages. We've had to continue to do Zooms on the situation and some of the attitudes and some of the feedback they're giving each other is amazing. I know we're going to win this battle. Maybe today it's against us, but I know with time we're gonna win this and we're gonna bounce back and we're going to be stronger than ever."

    -- FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez on his Dallas radio show on Thursday afternoon, talking about the situation at the hotel for the MLS is Back Tournament, where as many as 10 FC Dallas players and staff have been isolated after testing positive for Covid-19, and everyone else in the FC Dallas delegation is quarantined alone in their rooms. (105.3 The Fan)

  • Around MLS: Chicharito is headed to Florida with Galaxy

    Toronto FC rookie Ifunanyachi Achara is out with an ACL tear. Ike Opara is rehabbing and did not travel with Minnesota United to Orlando. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Megan Rapinoe

    "I've definitely thought, 'Is this it?' Because who knows if the Olympics will happen next year? Who knows if we will play another national team this year? Likely not because no one wants to come here, and we’re not probably going to be allowed to go anywhere else, frankly. If we don't get a vaccine for three years, we're not going to be playing sports."

    -- Megan Rapinoe, on whether she thinks she might have played her last game, given the postponement of the 2020 Olympics to 2021. (Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy)

  • Five USL Championship teams plan on having fans in stands next weekend

    Fans can attend the El Paso opener in person -- about 2,600 in all -- or have a cut-out of themselves in the stands. Read the whole story

  • Yanks Abroad: Thursday, July 2

    Germany (D1/D2 Playoff) Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen, sub-7 minutes (0-0 vs. Heidenheim)
    Israel (Ligat ha'Al) George Fochive, Hapoel Hadera, 45 minutes (1-3 at Ashdod)
    Norway (Eliteserien) Henry Wingo, Molde, sub-18 minutes (2-2 at Kristiansund)
    Sweden (Allsvenskan) Mix Diskerud, Helsingborg, 90 minutes (0-1 vs. Mjallby)

  • Beach soccer: Francis Farberoff named head coach of U.S. men's and women's national teams

    Farberoff captained the U.S. men's beach soccer national team in 2003-2014 and has since been assistant coach. Read the whole story

  • College: 2020-21 NCAA Division I program cuts

    Akron (M/W). Men: cross country, golf; Women: tennis.
    Appalachian State (W). Men: soccer, tennis, indoor track & field.
    Arkansas-Pine Bluff (W). Men: tennis; Women: tennis.
    *Boise State (W).
    Men: baseball; Women: swimming.
    Brown (M/W):
    Men: fencing, golf, squash; Women: Equestrian, fencing, golf, skiing, squash.
    Central Michigan (W). Men: indoor and outdoor track & field.
    Chicago State (M/W). Men: baseball. (Added: men's soccer.)
    Cincinnati (W). Men: soccer.
    UConn (M/W). Men: cross country, swimming, tennis (2021-22); Women: rowing (2021-22).
    East Carolina (W): Men: swimming, tennis; Women: swimming, tennis.
    FIU (M/W). Men: indoor track & field.
    Furman (M/W). Men: baseball, lacrosse.
    Hampton (W). Men: golf. Women: golf.
    Northern Colorado (W). Men: tennis; Women: tennis.
    Old Dominion (M/W). Men: wrestling.
    Southern Utah (W). Men: tennis; Women: tennis.
    Winthrop (M/W. Men: tennis; Women: tennis.
    Wisconsin-Green Bay (M/W). Men: tennis; Women: tennis.
    Wright State (M/W). Men: tennis; Women: softball, tennis.
    *Baseball was playing in 2020 for the first time since 1980.
    Note: M=sponsors men's soccer; W=sponsors women's soccer.

  • NPSL will launch U-19 pilot program in four Gulf Coast states

    The participating teams include AFC Mobile, New Orleans Jesters, Pensacola FC and Port City FC. Read the whole story

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

    1. Federal loan saved a soccer season nearly lost to the pandemic By Andrew Keh and Andrew Das (New York Times)
    2. Disney workers won't stay in NBA bubble -- and many live in coronavirus hot spots By Ryan Gillespie (Orlando Sentinel)
    3. Six years after scoring last USMNT World Cup goal, Julian Green eyes return to international stage By Doug McIntyre (Yahoo Sports)

  • The USA's Italia '90 youngster Chris Henderson recalls the profound World Cup impact

    Upon the 30th anniversary of the USA's 1990 World Cup appearance, we're checking in with the players from Coach Bob Gansler's team. Read the whole story