Soccer America Daily
Friday, October 22, 2021
  • Report: Soccer participation in 2020 dropped at highest rate of all traditional team sports

    Aspen Institute's Project Play data is stark: 1,726,000 kids ages 6-12 regularly played soccer in 2020 vs. 3,016,000 in 2010. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Bruce Arena

    "I got a note from a former national team coach who said it looked like an alumni game. The teams are not that strong - especially the bottom teams - and the U.S. has been able to get through their peaks and valleys because of it.  They're in good position. They still have to play Mexico twice. They have to play in Canada. Those will be challenging. So they've got a little more ahead of them, but I see no reason why they won't qualify for the World Cup."

    -- New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena, who coached the USA in World Cup 2018 qualifying, on the recent USA-Costa Rica qualifier in which the Ticos fielded a starting lineup with an average age of 31.1 and brought 39-year-old Alvaro Saborio and 37-year-old Christian Bolanos off the bench, and the drop in the level of competition as compared to four years ago when the USA finished fifth behind Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras and failed to qualify for the finals for the first time since 1990. (

  • Vlatko Andonovski: 'This is something we needed'

    The USA played quite well in its 0-0 tie with South Korea, a rare home friendly in which its opposition posed challenges Read the whole story

  • USA-South Korea Women's Friendly Player Ratings

    The USA improved in the second half with fresh energy from young wingers Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh. Read the whole story

  • Yanks Abroad: American men in Europe (Tuesday-Thursday)

    Europa League:
    1. Christian Cappis, Brondby, 81 minutes (0-2 at Rangers)
    2. Cameron Carter-Vickers, Celtic, 90 minutes (2-0 vs. Ferencvaros)
    3. Sam Vines, Royal Antwerp, 90 minutes (2-2 at Fenerbahce)
    4. Henry Wingo, Ferencvaros, 90 minutes (0-2 at Celtic)
    5. DeAndre Yedlin, Galatasaray, 90 minutes (1-0 at Lok. Moscow)
    Note: Timothy Chandler (Ein. Frankfurt), Konrad de la Fuente (Marseille), Richard Ledezma (PSV), Mark McKenzie (Genk) did not play.
    Europa Conference League:
    1. Josh Cohen, Maccabi Haifa, 90 minutes (1-0 vs. Slavia Prague)
    2. Mix Diskerud, Omonia Nicosia, 45 minutes (1-3 at Basel)
    3. Bryan Reynolds, Roma, 90 minutes (1-6 at Bodo/Glimt)

  • Watch (golazo): Excellent bicycle kick from Colorado

    The University of Colorado's Shanade Hopcroft scored this beauty from 17 yards out to spark the comeback for a 2-2 tie with Stanford. Read the whole story

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

    1. Suspended sentence sought for France's Benzema in sex tape case By Leo Mouren and Clare Byrne (AFP)
    2. FIFA drive for biennial World Cup stalls; no December vote By Graham Dunbar (AP)
    3. The uncomfortable truth about the business of youth & amateur sport By Matt Young (FSQ Sport)

  • The art of reffing solo

    I like to think that the referee's positioning isn't a diagonal as much as it is a modified version of a half-open scissor. Read the whole story