Soccer America Daily
Friday, November 20, 2020
  • MLS layoffs affect about 20 percent of league staff

    The reductions include the elimination of existing and vacant positions at the league office of American soccer's largest employer. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Daniel Pozzi

    “We had our own little routine, we found our own little Italian cafe, Cafe Prato, where we went every morning. It was good to go speak to them in Italian, have a real cappuccino and a nice little pastry. It was just nice, it was something to get the day started, a nice little hidden gem that made us feel a little bit more comfortable in what was a strange situation. But we didn’t share it with everyone! Like a good fisherman, you never share your best spot. But now that we’re gone, the world can know it’s a great little coffee shop.”

    -- Daniel Pozzi, the Montreal Impact's manager of team operations, on the Prato Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, where the MLS club based its operations for the final two months of the MLS regular season because travel restrictions prevented teams from traveling back and forth across the U.S.-Canadian border without quarantining. (The Athletic)

  • Chelsea: Getting and keeping Christian Pulisic fit remains 'work in progress'

    Pulisic has played in just five of 14 games this season and has already been ruled out of Saturday's match against Newcastle United. Read the whole story

  • Calendar: 2020 MLS Playoffs

    Eastern Conference, Play-In Round
    Friday. No. 8 New England vs. No. 9 Montreal, 6:30 pm. (FS1/FOX Deportes)
    Friday. No. 7 Nashville SC vs. No. 10 Inter Miami, 9 pm. (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes)
    Eastern Conference, Round One
    No. 4 Orlando City vs. No. 5 NYCFC, Noon. (UniMás/TUDN)
    Saturday. No. 3 Columbus vs. No. 6 NY Red Bulls, 3 pm. (UniMás/TUDN)
    Tuesday. No. 1 Philadelphia vs. lower advancing play-in seed, 6 pm. (FS1/FOX Deportes)
    Tuesday. No. 2 Toronto FC vs. higher advancing play-in seed, 8 pm. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)
    Western Conference, Round One
    Sunday. No. 1 Sporting KC vs. No. 8 San Jose, 4 pm. (FS1/FOX Deportes)
    Sunday. No. 4 Minnesota United vs. No. 5 Colorado, 7:30 pm. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)
    Sunday. No. 3 Portland vs. No. 6 FC Dallas, 10 pm. ((ESPN/ESPN Deportes)
    Tuesday. No. 2 Seattle vs. No. 7 LAFC, 10:30 pm. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)
    Note: All times ET.

  • All five members of Next Gen United elected to U.S. Soccer's Athletes' Council

    The quintet with an average age of 22 ran on a platform of access, diversity, inclusion, community, support and unity. Read the whole story

  • Youth Movement: 2019 U.S. U-17 World Cup team

    MLS (11): Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids), George Bello (Atlanta United), Gianluca Busio (Sporting KC), Ethan Dobbelaere (Seattle Sounders), Tayvon Gray (NYCFC), *Andres Jasson (NYCFC), Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders), Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Seattle Sounders), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), *Joe Scally (NYCFC), Griffin Yow (D.C. United).
    Germany (6): Adam Armour (Nuremberg), Nicolas Carrera (Holstein Kiel), Maximilian Dietz (Freiburg), Kobe Hernandez-Foster (Wolfsburg), Bryang Kayo (Wolfsburg), Gio Reyna (Bor. Dortmund).
    England (2): Damian Las (Fulham), Chituru Odunze (Leicester City).
    Scotland (1): Aaron Cervantes (Rangers). USL (1): Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy II).
    *Signed on Thursday after enrolling at Yale University, which won't play in 2020-21 due to Ivy League sports shutdowns.
    Note: Joe Scally will join Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany) in January.

  • Watch: Scorpion kick golazo from Romania

    Romanian third division team Stiina Miroslava got a top tier goal from Robert Asavoaei in a 4-0 win over CSM Pacani. Read the whole story

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

    1. Sources: Five players to miss Inter Miami's playoff match vs. Nashville SC due to COVID-19 By Franco Panizo (SBI Soccer)
    2. Popular Maryland soccer tourney expected to draw thousands of players canceled over positive COVID case By John Henry (
    3. Wayne Rooney keen on Derby County manager role By Simon Stone (BBC Sport)

  • USWNT even more likely to rely on veterans after COVID interruption

    The team has never been a typical national squad that constantly turns over the roster with players who have demonstrated their form in club … Read the whole story