Soccer America Daily
Monday, December 6, 2021
  • Awards: U.S. Soccer Players of the Year nominees

    Female. Alyssa Naeher, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe.
    Male. Matt Turner, Miles Robinson, Kellyn Acosta, Weston McKennie. Brenden Aaronson, Christian Pulisic.
    Young Female. Emily Fox, Jaelin Howell, Catarina Macario. Mia Fishel, Trinity Rodman.
    Young Male. George Bello, Gianluca Busio, Yunus Musah, Jesús Ferreira, Ricardo Pepi.
    (Click here for complete list of nominees.)

  • MLS Playoffs: MLS Cup-bound NYCFC finds 'million-dollar' solutions on bench

    New York City FC rallied to beat short-handed Philadelphia, 2-1, and advance to MLS Cup for the first time. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Jim Curtin

    "This is new for everybody. Nobody really knows what we're talking about, what we're looking at. There's new variants that have come up, they tore through our team, it's tearing through Philadelphia right now. Just so happens that our guys are athletes. Professional athletes are tested every day so it pops up. I'd imagine if every person that walked in our stadium today got tested, there'd be a decent percentage that unknowingly, have it as well. It's complicated. I'm not a scientist. I defer to scientists, so don't get me wrong. I'm about as progressive and open-minded as anyone. At the same time, I think that as new things come in, we have to adapt and adjust like we all have. I don't have the solution. So please don't let this run with some idiot piece on Fox News or some idiot piece on CNN. We're all trying to do the best we can. Sometimes, it works out well and sometimes it doesn't. We had 11 guys that are healthy to play a soccer game that aren't here because they have a version of the sniffles."

    -- Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin, after the 2-1 loss to NYCFC in MLS's Eastern Conference final before a record crowd at Subaru Park, on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in the absence of 11 Union players, most starters throughout the season, due to MLS's health and safety protocols. He said if he had those 11 players back, he thought the Union could beat anybody.

  • Yanks Abroad: Weekend to forget for USMNT players in Europe

    Of the 25 players called up for World Cup qualifying in the fall, just two started and won: Chris Richards and Sam Vines. Read the whole story

  • Results: NAIA Tournament (Semifinals)

    Men:
    Keiser (Fla.) 4 Central Methodist 1. (Goals: Hennen 16, Richards 38, Tam 61, 87; Salvadego 24. Att.: 43.)
    Mobile 2 Columbia (Mo.) 1. (Goals: Binaghi 20, Paredes 78; Durdle 55. Att.: 164.)
    Women:
    William Carey 3 Central Methodist 0. (Goals: Santos 4, 78, Sedo 76. Att.: n/a.)
    Tennessee Southern 4 Oregon Tech 1. (Goals: Ido 6, Ekada 24, Forsythe 39, Watari 61; Ortiz 51. Att.: n/a.)

  • Holiday gift ideas: Recommended reading from SA reviews and interviewees

    To help with holiday shopping, here are some soccer literature insights from our friends in the soccer community. Read the whole story

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

    1. Ralf Rangnick's Man United debut win hints at new Old Trafford manager's philosophy By Rob Dawson (ESPN)
    2. Chelsea and ‘Kerrby’ combination set standards Arsenal cannot reach By Louise Taylor (Guardian)
    3. Life and death of forgotten Charlotte sports star Suarez By Scott Fowler (Charlotte Observer)