Soccer America Daily
Friday, March 17, 2023
  • Instagram du jour: Folarin Balogun

    "In life
    Go where your [sic] appreciated.
    B easy."

    -- Folarin Balogun's Instagram post after not being called up for the England national team's first squad of 2023 despite scoring 16 goals this season for French Ligue 1 team Reims on loan from Arsenal. Balogun, 21, was born in New York to Nigerian parents and grew up in England. He has played for England in U-17 and U-21 UEFA competitions and for the USA in a 2018 youth tournament in the Czech Republic. To play for the USA or Nigeria in an official competition, he would need to file a switch of association. If Balogun was called up for the Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine and played for England, he would have been permanently tied to England. On Wednesday, before the post, interim U.S. coach Anthony Hudson said the USMNT had been in contact "with Flo and his team." (@Balogun)

  • Christian Pulisic backs Gregg Berhalter in face of 'childish' controversy

    In an ESPN interview in London, Pulisic says there's no need to wait to appoint the new U.S. men's national team coach. Read the whole story

  • Injury issues keep European-based players out of upcoming USMNT matches

    Players like Cameron Carter-Vickers and Josh Sargent played in the last week but have been battling injuries. Read the whole story

  • Pairings: Concacaf Champions League (Quarterfinals)

    Violette (Haiti) vs. Leon (Mexico)
    Motagua (Honduras) vs. Tigres (Mexico)
    Vancouver Whitecaps vs. LAFC
    Atlas (Mexico) vs. Philadelphia Union
    Dates: First Leg, April 4-6, Second Leg, April 11-13.

  • Bradley Wright-Phillips on loving TV work, why he flourished in MLS, and the Thierry Henry influence

    Like his father Ian Wright, BWP has gone from spectacular goalscorer to match analyst. Read the whole story

  • NWSL 2023: Gotham FC embraces the underdog label

    The New Jersey-based team has a new head coach and reinforcements to bolster its attack. Read the whole story

  • Youth Movement: Americans Abroad

    U.S. U-17 men's national team star Keyrol Figueroa became the youngest player to ever play for Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League when he came on in the second half of its 1-0 quarterfinal loss to Portugal's Sporting. The 16-year-old forward beat out Liverpool players like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones who have played in the annual U-19 competition. Figueroa, who scored seven goals for the USA at the recent Concacaf Under-17 Championship, recently scored his first goal for Liverpool's U-18s.

  • Watch: The Sporting golazo that led to Arsenal's Europa League exit

    Pedro Goncalves' shot from near the center circle beat goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to equalize for eventual round of 16 winner Sporting. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Gianni Infantino

    "FIFA is stepping up not just with words but with actions. Unfortunately this is not the case of everyone across the industry. Broadcasters and sponsors have to do more in this respect."

    -- Gianni Infantino, in his address following his re-election as FIFA president, on the disparity in revenues for the men's and women's World Cups. European broadcasters have balked at FIFA's terms, citing the historically poor broadcasting windows (time of day and time of year) during which the 2023 Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will take place. Infantino said FIFA would pay out $152 million -- $110 million in prize money, $31 million to cover national team preparations and $11 million in payments to club for releasing players -- for the 2023 Women's World Cup. (It will have paid out $440 million in prize money and $209 million to clubs in connection with Qatar 2022.)

  • Serie A: Buoyant Inter turns attentions to rival Juve in double derby weekend

    Inconsistent Inter and Roma look to seize Champions League spots with important victories over rivals Juventus and Lazio. Read the whole story

  • Ligue 1: Lens targets Champions League as race for Europe heats up

    Lens, which looks to complete a three-year turnaround from promotion, has moved back on the podium ahead of Monaco. Read the whole story

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

    1. Chelsea delighted with Gabriel Slonina progress as ‘Gaga’ makes an impression By Simon Johnson (The Athletic)
    2. Lower divisions shed light on chaotic nature of U.S. Soccer By Kartik Krishnaiyer (World Soccer Talk)
    3. Footballers 50% more likely to develop dementia, Swedish study finds By Anna Bawden (Guardian)