Soccer America Daily
Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • What They're Saying: Don Garber

    "It would seem that if you're a supporter of the game by buying season tickets, whether that's for Major League Soccer or it's the NWSL or the various other minor leagues, you ought to be able to have a direct or more direct access to tickets for any tournament, whether that's U.S. Soccer matches or that's Copa America-type tournaments or if it's the World Cup."

    -MLS commissioner Don Garber on preferred access for tickets for the 2026 World Cup, which the United States will co-host with Mexico and Canada. FIFA has not decided how to handle ticketing. (AP)

  • MLS expansion will continue: 'We do need more teams'

    MLS's 29th team, expansion St. Louis City SC, will play its first game on Saturday. The 30th team should be announced in 2023. Read the whole story

  • USA-Brazil SheBelieves Cup Player Ratings

    The USA pulled off a satisfying result with a mediocre performance to beat Brazil, 2-1, in Texas. Read the whole story

  • USA-Brazil postgame: Vlatko Andonovski

    "The whole time throughout the tournament, while we're in camp, we're talking about [how] it's not just about this tournament it's about preparation for the World Cup. The fact that we were able to do well against such great opponents - all three of them, Canada, Japan and Brazil - is very motivating for us going forward because we believe that we still have a few things to fix and get better from it."

    - U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski after his team's 2-1 win over Brazil earned it the 2023 SheBelieves Cup title. The USA has won the last four SheBelieves Cup tournaments and six of the eight editions.

  • Sporting KC's Peter Vermes gets five-year extension

    Vermes, the longest-tenured head coach in MLS history, has led Sporting Kansas City to four major championships. Read the whole story

  • Around the Country: Major League Soccer

    - Orlando City signed 2022 Hermann Trophy winner Duncan McGuire to a contract through the 2023 MLS season with options for 2024-26. The forward set the Creighton single-season record for goals with 23 and was taken with the No. 6 pick in the SuperDraft. The Lions also signed draft picks Shakur Mohammed (No. 2 overall from Duke) and Abdi Salim (No. 17 from Syracuse) ... A pair of 17-year-old players signed Homegrown contracts: forward Nelson Pierre with Philadelphia Union and midfielder Miguel Perez with St. Louis City SC ... Atlanta United acquired Miguel Berry to back up new Greek signing Giorgos Giakoumakis at center forward, sending up to $250,000 in GAM to D.C. United.

  • Concacaf: Mexico, Canada and Panama will join USA at 2023 U-17 Men's World Cup

    Canada beat Puerto Rico, 3-0, to set up a date with the USA on Friday in the Concacaf U-17 Championship semifinals in Guatemala City. Read the whole story

  • TV Watch: Weekend soccer viewers

    Sunday's USA-Japan SheBelieves Cup match — the first USWNT match on TNT under U.S. Soccer's new media rights deal — averaged 373,000 viewers. Ratings for the Spanish-language coverage on Universo and Peacock were unavailable. The first USMNT game on TNT in January averaged 416,000 viewers with an additional 540,000 on Telemundo ... Viewers for the first UEFA Champions League round-of-16 weekday matches on CBS were 851,000 (PSG-Bayern Munich) and 672,000 (Borussia Dortmund-Chelsea) ... Last week's most-watched soccer broadcast was 942,000 for Saturday night's UNAM-Chivas game (Liga MX) on Univision. Source: Skedball.

  • Tom Atencio on the joys of working in the youth game, the growth of American soccer culture, and his move to Hawaii

    The Hawaii Soccer Academy's Director of Coaching spent a decade on U.S. Club Soccer's board of directors. Read the whole story

  • Women's World Cup: Portugal completes U.S. group

    • Portugal beat Cameroon, 2-1, to advance for the first time to the Women's World Cup, where it will play in the USA's group along with the Netherlands and Vietnam. Carole Costa's penalty kick in the fourth minute of stoppage time was the difference. The goal followed a handball call on North Carolina Courage defender Estelle Johnson on Video Review. Cameroon, which reached the knockout round of the last two Women's World Cup, had equalized on a goal by Ajara Nchout Njoya in the 89th minute. Panama (1-0 over Paraguay) and Haiti (2-1 over Chile) also won their playoff groups to qualify for the World Cup for the first time and give Concacaf six teams in the final.

  • 'Play with nine strikers!': Pep Guardiola plots Champions League progress

    The Man City manager joked he could throw caution to the wind to finish off RB Leipzig after the first leg's 1-1 tie. Read the whole story

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

    1. Inside the NWSL's conflict with FIFA dates, and why a global calendar crisis could be looming By Jeff Kassouf (The Equalizer)
    Beloved New York HS soccer coach dies while helping son from rough waters By David Propper (New York Post)
    3. The FBI, a Rolling Stone and the ‘billionaire’ US fraudster who almost bought two football clubs By Adam Crafton (The Athletic)