Soccer America Daily
Monday, February 22, 2021
  • USWNT's competition for Olympic berths heats up

    Right now, 17 field players appear to be competing for starting jobs. The problem is, only 16 of them will even go to Japan. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Crystal Dunn

    "Those that were collectively kneeling felt like we were kneeling to bring about attention to police brutality and systemic racism, and I think we decided that moving forward we no longer feel the need to kneel because we are doing the work behind the scenes. We never felt we were going to kneel forever, so there was always going to be a time that we felt it was time to stand.  I think we're all proud that we are doing the work behind the scenes and it was just a game that we felt we were ready to move into the next phase and just continuously fight for change."

    -- U.S. women's national team defender Crystal Dunn on the decision of all U.S. players to stand before Sunday's match against Brazil at the SheBelieves Cup in Orlando. In 2020, U.S. Soccer rescinded its "Rapinoe rule," which required players to "stand respectfully" for the playing of the national team. In the first four games since the policy was dropped, most but not all starters knelt.

  • USA-Brazil SheBelieves Cup Player Ratings

    Against a very much more attack-minded team than the Canadians proved to be, the USA delivered are far more pleasing performance. Read the whole story

  • By the Numbers: USWNT defensive records

    0. Goals allowed in 5 games since returning from pandemic shutdown.
    3. Goals allowed in 15 games since Vlatko Andonovski was named head coach.
    4. Goals allowed in 20 games since winning 2019 Women's World Cup.
    10. Consecutive shutouts by keeper Alyssa Naeher, extending her USWNT record.

  • Watch (highlights): Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe strike superbly to down Brazil

    The USA upped its game on the second matchday of the SheBelieves Cup with a 2-0 win on goals from two veterans. Read the whole story

  • Yanks Abroad: Americans in Europe (Sunday)

    Aron Johannsson (Lech Poznan) scored his first goal in Poland, while Bobby Wood scored his first goal for Hamburg since 2018. Read the whole story

  • Bundesliga: How Americans fared

    Tyler Adams (3), RB Leipzig (2nd place), 90 minutes (3-0 at Hertha Berlin)
    John Brooks (2), Wolfsburg (3rd place), 90 minutes (3-0 at Arminia Bielefeld)
    Tim Chandler, Ein. Frankfurt (4th place), on bench (2-1 vs. Bayern Munich)
    Matthew Hoppe (5), Schalke 04 (18th place), 66 minutes (0-4 vs. Bor. Dortmund)
    Gio Reyna (-), Bor. Dortmund (6th place), sub-10 minutes (4-0 vs. Schalke 04)
    Chris Richards (3), Hoffenheim (11th place), 90 minutes (4-0 vs. Werder Bremen)
    Josh Sargent (6), Werder Bremen (12th place), 82 minutes (0-4 at Hoffenheim)
    Note: In parentheses are Bild ratings (scale: 6-1, 6-low, 1-high).

  • Sunday: College soccer updates

    The stars included AJ Chastonay (Belmont), Laolu Daranijo (Drexel), Natalie Beckman (Denver), Sabrina Bryan (Hofstra) and Danielle Fuentes (South Alabama). Read the whole story

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

    1. Broomfield soccer team took cover as plane debris crashed on top of practice By Nicole Fierro (KDVR.com)
    2. Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka show NWSL's future is now By Claire Watkins (All for XI)
    3. San Diego judge's order clears way for return of youth sports By Eric S. Page (NBC San Diego)