Soccer America Daily
Friday, July 31, 2020
  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino under criminal investigation -- three key questions

    Infantino's troubles got a lot worse when proceedings were opened against him by a special Swiss prosecutor. Read the whole story

  • Results: MLS is Back Tournament

    July 30 in Kissimmee, Florida
    Philadelphia 3 Sporting KC 1. Goals: Monteiro (Bedoya, Santos) 24, Santos 26, Santos (Aaronson) 39; Pulido (Russell) 45+1.
    Philadelphia -- Blake; Gaddis, Elliott, McKenzie, Wagner; Bedoya, Martinez, Monteiro (Fontana 86), Aaronson (Real 86); Przybylko (Wooten 70), Santos (Ilsinho 53).
    Sporting KC -- Melia; Smith, Puncec, Zusi, Martins (Dia 46); Ilie (Hernandez 64), Russell, Espinoza (Duke 84), Busio (Kinda 46), Salloi (Fernandes 64); Pulido.

  • MLS is Back: Philadelphia's confidence -- and that of Brenden Aaronson -- is high

    The Union became the first team to advance to the semifinals with an emphatic 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: J.B. Pritzker

    "These are incredibly important moments in the lives of our children. When the multibillion-dollar sports leagues with multimillion-dollar athletes are struggling to protect their players, it is obvious there won't be enough protection for kids on our schools' playing fields. The NBA has resorted to containing its players in a bubble to press on with its season. MLB is facing down a major outbreak. This virus is unrelenting, and it spreads so easily that no amount of restrictions seems to keep it off the playing field."

    -- Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker in announcing new restrictions and guidelines for youth, high school and adult recreational sports and the move of fall sports -- football, boys soccer and girls volleyball -- to the spring. (Chicago Sun Times)

  • Watch: Chris Richards' Bayern Munich highlights and interview

    Bayern Munich's 20-year-old FC Dallas product Chris Richards who made its UEFA Champions League roster discusses his experiences and aspirations with the German club. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Sean Mann

    "I think we've always been protective of equity because of the significance of it. It was always about finding a partner that we trust. But we wouldn't be where we are if it wasn't for the supporters who put in the time and the passion for the club. So if we were gonna sell of a portion of the club to anybody, they'd be the most worthy recipient by far."

    -- Detroit City FC co-founder and CEO Sean Mann on offering 10 percent of the equity of the NISA club to fans, using the crowdfunding investment site WeFunder. DCFC has a season-ticket base of about 2,000 fans and averaged more than 6,000 fans per game in 2019 when it played in the NPSL and hosted international friendlies. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in revenue shortfalls that could reach 80-90 percent in 2020. One of those promoting the investment effort is 73-year-old rocker Iggy Pop. (Detroit News)

  • Around NISA: Eric Wynalda named New Amsterdam FC head coach

    NISA was slated to have 10 teams in the fall season, but 1904 FC, based in San Diego, will sit out. Read the whole story

  • Calendar: NISA Independent Cup (NISA teams)

    Chattanooga FC. July 11. Georgia Revolution 3-1. July 18. Savannah Clovers FC 3-0. Aug. 1. Soda City FC.
    Detroit City FC. July 31. Cleveland SC. Aug. 2. FC Buffalo.
    New Amsterdam FC. Aug. 2. NY Cosmos (in Warwick, N.Y.), Aug. 6. Maryland Bobcats FC (in Leesburg, Va.). Aug. 9. FC Baltimore Christos (in Leesburg, Va.).
    NY Cosmos. Aug. 2. New Amsterdam FC (in Warwick, N.Y.), Aug. 6. FC Baltimore Christos (in Leesburg, Va.). Aug. 9. Maryland Bobcats FC (in Leesburg, Va.).
    Note: Besides the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Great Lakes, a fourth regional group -- Central Plains -- features four non-NISA teams.

  • Datebook: UEFA Champions League TV schedule (Univision networks)

    The games will air in Spanish on Univision's three networks, Univision, UniMas, Galavision, and TUDN, its sports cable network. Read the whole story

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

    1. Galaxy suspend training as 11 from USL team test positive for coronavirus By Kevin Baxter (Los Angeles Times)
    2. 'Bubbles' are working. But how long can sports stay inside? By Andrew Keh (New York Times)
    3. Illinois parents send kids to compete across state lines as restrictions surrounding recreational sports loom By Michelle Relerford (NBC Chicago)

  • Bournemouth, victimized by a colossal VAR/Hawk-Eye error, deserves compensation

    If there's one factor above all others that thoroughly incenses me about VAR, it's this business of dictatorial offside decisions based on millimetric measurements. Read the whole story