Soccer America Daily
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
  • NWSL expansion: Angel City investors attract former USWNT stars

    The ownership group includes 14 former U.S. women's national team players, including 12 with ties to Southern California. Read the whole story

  • Players to Watch: NWSL Challenge Cup internationals

    Semifinal #1
    Portland:
    Canada Christine Sinclair (two league titles with Thorns), Costa Rica Rocky Rodriguez (set up winner in quarterfinals).
    Houston: Canada Allysha Chapman (in second stint with Dash), Nichelle Prince (earned first start quarterfinals), Sophie Schmidt (199 caps), England Rachel Daly (two goals in preliminary stage), Bri Visalli (played two seasons in WSL).
    Semifinal #2
    Sky Blue FC: Cameroon Estelle Johnson (debuted for Lionesses at age 30 in 2019), Canada Kailen Sheridan (one of tournament's top keepers), Evelyne Viens (No. 5 pick in 2020 College Draft). Ghana Jennifer Cudjoe (revelation in midfield), Japan Nahomi Kawasumi (scored from 40 yards against Dash).
    Chicago: Canada Bianca St. Georges (starter in second season), Japan Yuki Nagasato (injured).

  • MLS is Back: Atlanta United's bad vibe continues with third shutout loss

    The Five Stripes will be heading home without scoring a goal. They lost their third 1-0 decision when they fell to the Columbus Crew. Read the whole story

  • Results: MLS is Back Tournament

    July 21 in Kissimmee, Florida
    Toronto FC 0 New England 0.
    Toronto FC -- Bono; Auro (Ciman 82), Gonzalez, Mavinga (Altidore 86), Laryea; Bradley, Delgado (Okello 68), Pozuelo; Piatti (Endoh 67), DeLeon (Shaffelburg 46), Akinola.
    New England -- Turner; Farrell, Kessler, Bye, Jones; Caldwell (Zahibo 46), Bunbury (Penilla 60), Rowe (Bou 60), Fagundez; Buksa (Rennicks 77), Buchanan.

    July 21 in Kissimmee, Florida
    Columbus 1 Atlanta United 0. Goal: Mokhtar (Valenzuela) 18.
    Columbus -- Tarbell; Mensah, Valenzuela (Jimenez 46), Keita, Afful; Nagbe (Berhalter 80), Santos (Zelarayan 61), Artur, Diaz, Mokhtar (Etienne 46); Zardes (Adi 60).
    Atlanta United -- Guzan; Meza (Remedi 46), Robinson, Escobar (Walkes 72); Bello (Castro 69), Hyndman (Larentowicz 80), Adams, Lennon; P.Martinez, Barco, Jahn (Gallagher 46).

    July 21 in Kissimmee, Florida
    Montreal 1 D.C. United 0. Goal: Taider (Bojan) 31,
    Montreal -- Diop; Corrales, Binks, Fanni, Brault-Guillard (Shome 86); Wanyama, Piette, Taider, Bojan; Quioto (Jackson-Hamel 90+1), Urruti (Okwonkwo 69).
    D.C. United -- Hamid; Odoi-Atsem (Higuain 70), Brillant, Birnbaum, Mora; Canouse, Moreno (Fisher 83), Segura (Yow 83), Asad (Kamara 70), Felipe, Gressel (Paredes 52).

  • Watch: The 19-pass buildup to the Crew's winning goal over Atlanta

    Youness Mokhtar's deflected finish followed a stellar sequence prep work, including Milton Valenzuela's assist, in the Columbus Crew's 1-0 win over Atlanta United. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: John Sutyak

    “We were looking at $30,000 just to test all of our fall student-athletes one time, and then all of a sudden it becomes you should do this … once a week. That’s not realistic. And, to be honest, does that serve the community, that we’re testing our kids all the time? Would we even have the availability? [Those recommendations] changed the game for a lot of schools on our level. To be honest, I think that changes the game for a lot of [Division I] schools that aren’t in the Power Five. That’s just a monumental thing to try to do. That, to me, was the nail in the coffin for now.”

    -- John Sutyak, the athletic director of Division III Ferrum, after the Old Dominion Athletic Conference postponed fall sports, including soccer, and moved them to the spring. The NCAA's recently released recommendations: COVID-19 testing and results should be obtained by schools within 72 hours of a football game kicking off and within 72 hours of the first game of the week for other “high contact risk sports,” including soccer. (Roanoke Times)

  • U.S. Soccer wins federal court battle with Relevent Sports

    The court granted U.S. Soccer's motion that any tort claim Relevent had should go to arbitration. It also dismissed without prejudice Relevent's antitrust claim. Read the whole story

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

    1. Editorial: Leveling the playing field in college admissions by trimming the sports lineup (Los Angeles Times)
    2. Parents and coaches oppose St. Louis County ban on youth sports By Jeremy Kohler (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
    3. On social media, NWSL fans built a more welcoming sports culture By Nicole Wetsman (The Verge)

  • Longtime Division I head coach Dean Koski on canceled fall sports: 'We can run and hide, or we can adapt'

    Last week, the Patriot League canceled fall sports. Immediately, Lehigh University men's soccer coach Dean Koski was flooded with texts and emails from alumni … Read the whole story