Soccer America Daily
Thursday, December 2, 2021
  • Awards: 2021 USL Championship winners

    1. Most Valuable Player: Hadji Barry (Colorado Springs). Tied league record with 25 goals.
    2. Goalkeeper of the Year: Evan Louro (Tampa Bay). Missed final after fluke injury.
    3. Defender of the Year: Forrest Lasso (Tampa Bay). Third award in last four seasons.
    4. Young Player of the Year: Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City). Headed to Real Sociedad.
    5. Coach of the Year: Neill Collins (Tampa Bay). Winningest coach in Rowdies’ modern era.

  • MLS Playoffs: Americans play mostly supporting roles

    An average of 3.9 Americans per team have started in 2021. They've scored just 16 percent of the playoff goals. Read the whole story

  • Yanks Abroad: American men in Europe (Midweek)

    USA September/October Rosters:
    1. Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA), 58 minutes (0-4 at Atalanta)
    2. Konrad de la Fuente (Marseille/FRA), 65 minutes (1-0 at Nantes)
    3. Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED), 90 minutes (1-2 at Feyenoord)
    4. Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL), 120 minutes (3-3 vs. Club Brugge)
    (Genk lost 5-3 on penalties.)
    5. *Jordan Pefok (Young Boys/SUI), 90 minutes, 1 goal (3-1 vs. Lugano)
    6. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG), 90 minutes (2-1 at Watford)
    7. Josh Sargent (Norwich City/ENG), 66 minutes (1-1 at Newcastle United)
    8. Tim Weah (Lille/FRA), 79 minutes, 1 assist (2-1 at Rennes)
    *Tied for third in Swiss Super League with 7 goals.

  • LAFC exercises option on Carlos Vela

    Despite back-to-back seasons in which injuries limited his production, Vela was one of five players whose options were picked up. Read the whole story

  • What's next for LAFC? John Thorrington defines plans for the post-Bob Bradley era

    The what-ifs connecting Bob Bradley and Toronto FC have been around since his son, Michael, left Europe for Canada nearly six years ago. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Rhian Wilkinson

    "This is the dream job. This is where I want to be. But I also recognize I could not work in Canada if I wanted to. And the same for our players. So Canadians have to leave the country if they want to continue in the sport they love."

    -- Canadian Rhian Wilkinson, at her introductory press conference with the NWSL's Portland Thorns, who hired her this week as women's head coach, on the lack of women's pro soccer north of the border, which she described as "embarrassing, frankly." (CBC)

  • Sean Nahas promoted to North Carolina Courage head coach

    Nahas, who has been with the Courage since its inception in 2017, served as interim coach following the dismissal of Paul Riley. Read the whole story

  • NWSL: Head coaches (seniority)

    1. Houston James Clarkson (Dec. 11, 2018)
    2. San Diego Casey Stoney (July 14, 2021)
    3. OL Reign Laura Harvey (July 15, 2021)
    4. Angel City FC Freya Coombe (Aug. 23, 2021)
    5. Gotham FC Scott Parkinson (Aug. 31, 2021)
    6. Portland Rhian Wilkinson (Nov. 29, 2021)
    7. NC Courage Sean Nahas (Dec. 1, 2021)
    - Orlando TBD (2021 coach: Marc Skinner, departed July 23, 2021)
    - Washington TBD (2021 coach: Richie Burke, departed Aug. 11, 2021)
    - Racing Louisville TBD (2021 coach: Christy Holly, departed Aug. 31, 2021)
    - Kansas City TBD (2021 coach: Huw Williams, departed Nov. 17, 2021)
    - Chicago TBD (2021 coach: Rory Dames, departed Nov. 21, 2021)

  • Watch: The FIFA Puskas Goal of the Year Candidates

    Voting has started for FIFA's 2021 Goal of the Year award, for which there are 11 candidates from five continents. Read the whole story

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

    1. Women's soccer mismatches are happening too often - it is time for action By Suzanne Wrack (Guardian)
    2. Minnesota club brings community ownership model to American women's soccer: 'We've got to put everything out there' By Steph Yang (The Athletic)
    3. 'Age is just some number': Former pro soccer player Johann Smith pursues a second dream at Stanford By Andrew Brodhead, Kurt Hickman, Julia James, Kathleen J. Sullivan (Stanford Report)