Soccer America Daily
Saturday, December 31, 2022
  • Americans Abroad: Men's action in Europe (Friday)

    English Championship:
    Josh Sargent
    (Norwich City), 90 minutes (1-1 vs. Reading)
    Auston Trusty (Birmingham City), 90 minutes (0-1 vs. Hull City)
    Portuguese Primeira Liga:
    Alex Mendez
    (Vizela), sub-27 minutes (3-0 vs. Vitoria Guimaraes)
    Spanish LaLiga:
    Luca de la Torre
    (Celta), sub-26 minutes (1-1 vs. Sevilla)

  • Pele in Soccer America: The covers that track his unique impact

    Soccer America was a 1-year-old weekly magazine in 1972 when Pele first graced its cover. Read the whole story

  • 'Our greatest idol': Brazilians mourn Pele

    As soon as they got the news, a flood of fans descended on the hospital in Sao Paulo, where the Brazilian great died. Read the whole story

  • What They Said: Pele

    "You know, I have an Argentinian friend who a long time ago came to me and said that Di Stefano was better than me. Twenty years passed and he came back and said there's this guy called Maradona and he's better than you. And now they're talking about this guy called Messi who's better than me. And I said to him: 'Agree among yourselves which one it is and send him to me.'"

    -- Pele (with a sense of humor) on the inevitable comparison of Argentine greats like Alfredo Di Stefano, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi to him. (Guardian)

  • Cristiano Ronaldo signs for Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr

    The 37-year-old penned a contract through June 2025 believed to be worth more than 200 million euros per year. Read the whole story

  • Major League Soccer: Offseason moves

    - Heber traded to Seattle. The Sounders will send $400,000 in GAM to NYCFC over two seasons as well as an additional $150,000 in GAM if certain performance metrics are met. The 31-year-old Brazilian spent four seasons with NYCFC, rediscovering his form in 2022 with 11 goals across all competitions. He scored 15 MLS goals in 2019 but just one over the next two injury-riddled seasons.

    - Stipe Biuk joins LAFC on U22 Initiative. The 20-year-old Croatian winger was signed from Hajduk Split, where he made his first team debut when he was 17. He appeared in 52 league matches in three seasons for Hajduk, scoring five goals and adding two assists.

  • Soccer on TV

    On Monday, it's Liverpool-Everton in the Premier League. In the evening: USA-Trinidad & Tobago at the Concacaf U-17 Men's Championship. Read the whole story

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

    1. When Pele ruled soccer in the US with the New York Cosmos By David Hirshey (ESPN)
    2. Far from the World Cup, the essence of Argentine soccer expands Its reach By Juan Jose Relmucao (New York Times)
    3. Alexia Putellas: ‘Now I genuinely feel that everybody just treats me as a soccer player, nothing more’ By Ana Fernandez Abad (El Pais)