Soccer America Daily
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
  • U.S. provisional list for Olympic men's qualifying released

    The U.S. list consists of 48 players. Of the 42 field players, 21 have been capped and seven have scored for the senior team. Read the whole story

  • American Connection: 2021 UEFA Champions League round of 16

    1. Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), 90 minutes (0-2 vs. Liverpool)
    2. Sergino Dest (Barcelona), 71 minutes (1-4 vs. Paris SG)
    3. Weston McKennie (Juventus), 63 minutes (1-2 at Porto)
    4. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), sub-3 minutes (1-0 at At. Madrid)
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    Gio Reyna
    (Bor. Dortmund), on bench (3-2 at Sevilla)
    - Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona), did not dress (1-4 vs. Paris SG)
    - Zack Steffen (Man. City), Wednesday (at Bor. M'Gladbach)
    Note: The four Americans to play set a record for most Americans to play in the Champions League knockout round, breaking the record set in 2005.

  • USWNT: Olympic long-shots should get chance to make their case

    The USA closes out play at the SheBelieves Cup against Argentina, the weakest team that has ever played in the tournament. Read the whole story

  • TV: U.S. national team average viewers (2021)

    1. USA vs. Brazil women (FS1, Feb. 21), 568,000
    2. USA vs. Canada women (FS1, Feb. 18), 498,000
    3. USA vs. Colombia women (FS1, Jan. 18) 396,000
    4. USA vs. Colombia women (ESPN2, Jan. 22) 317,000
    5. USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago men (FS1, Jan. 31) 258,000
    Note: English-language broadcasts.

  • Watch: Giroud's brilliant bicycle for Chelsea and Bayern goals with help from Acerbi

    Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid, 1-0, thanks to a Olivier Giroud golazo. Bayern Munich's win at Lazio included swift, skillful stuff from Leroy Sane. Read the whole story

  • Tuesday: College soccer updates

    Tuesday's stars included Victor Bezerra (Indiana), Ugo Achara Jr. (Northwestern), Tani Oluwaseyi (St. John's) and Thais Reiss (North Florida). Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Mino Raiola

    "It is obvious that everyone sees Erling as one of the new potential stars of the future, because what he has done at his age is very unique. He will be one of the stars of the next decade because we are at a stage where which we are starting to ask how long players like [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi have left. Therefore, everyone is waiting on the new generation. Only 10 clubs can afford to sign Haaland and give him the setting that he would like to be in after Dortmund. Four of those clubs are in England. I don't believe that there is a single sporting director or coach in the world who would say: 'I am not interested.' It is like asking yourself whether any Formula 1 team would be interested in having Lewis Hamilton."

    -- Mino Raiola, the agent for Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland, on interest for 20-year-old Norwegian. Haaland's release clause in his Dortmund contract will be triggered in 2022, but there is speculation that Dortmund will try to sell him this summer if it doesn't qualify for the UEFA Champions League, in which it has played nine of the last 10 seasons. (BBC Sport)

  • Watch: Weston McKennie break Michael Bradley's Serie A scoring record

    The 22-year-old American followed up on Cristiano Ronaldo's two headed goals with a crisp close-range half-volley in Juventus' 3-0 win. Read the whole story

  • Acclaimed minor-league baseball executive Betsy Haugh hired to head up USL's women's operations

    Haugh's hire comes as the USL gears up to launch a women's league in 2022 from its membership of clubs Read the whole story

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

    1. Cincinnati over Arsenal, PSG or Real Madrid? Establishing Brenner's true market By Jack Lang, Pablo Maurer and Jeff Rueter (The Athletic)
    2. German soccer league said to kick off private equity stake sale By Jan-Henrik Foerster and David Hellier (Bloomberg)
    3. Qatar and Australia pull out of Copa America By Mauricio Savarese (AP)

  • A battle for the soul of U.S. Soccer

    The federation must implement federally mandated changes to its voting structure. How it goes about it is a matter of great debate. Read the whole story