Soccer America Daily
Thursday, September 21, 2023
  • What They're Saying: Julie Ertz

    "There's always the next opportunity, and your whole career as an athlete, you're like, 'I don't want to regret anything. And I think when I get to a point to be able to choose myself, when I could step away ... I do feel I could step away and be like, 'It's not because Momma can't play. Momma can play. She has just adapted [her] priorities.' And I think that just comes with age and just I feel like I've been so blessed to have the career that I've had."

    -- Julie Ertz, who will play for the U.S. women's national team for the last time on Thursday when it faces South Africa in a friendly at Cincinnati's TQL Stadium, on retiring from soccer at the age of 31 to now spend time, which she described as "irreplaceable," with her family and young son Madden. (ESPN)

  • U.S. women face a rising South Africa that launched in post-apartheid Johannesburg

    In 1993, three years after Nelson Mandela's 27 years of incarceration ended, South Africa played its first women's national team game. Read the whole story

  • Lionel Messi to miss next Miami game

    Messi and Jordi Alba came off in the first half of the 4-0 win over Toronto FC but their injuries aren't considered serious. Read the whole story

  • How things stand: Major League Soccer

    Four teams -- Orlando City, Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis City -- clinched berths in the 2023 playoffs on Wednesday. Read the whole story

  • Americans Abroad: Rough evening for Dest and PSV

    • Sergino Dest became the first American to play in the UEFA Champions League for four teams when he started in PSV's 4-0 loss at Arsenal. It was a rough evening defensively for Dest on the left side of the backline. Malik Tillman, playing for his third team in three seasons, came on in the 66th minute, while Ricardo Pepi made his European debut as a 90th-minute sub. • Brenden Aaronson entered in the 66th minute for Union Berlin, which held on at Real Madrid before conceding a 94th-minute goal and losing 1-0.

  • Watch (highlights): Late goals turn Bayern Munich-Man United into 7-goal thriller

    The German champion prevailed, 4-3, after responding well to Man United's spirited comeback attempt in their UCL Group A opener. Read the whole story

  • Brighton relishes 'incredible' rise from exile to Europa League

    The Seagulls are in an unprecedented position of strength after almost crashing out of the Football League 26 years ago. Read the whole story

  • Most Spanish players agree to play after deal but two leave camp

    The settlement followed overnight negotiations over player demands for further changes at the Spanish federation. Read the whole story

  • College Women: Concacaf teams recall World Cup vets

    Concacaf's World Cup 2023 finalists are back to work this week with many of them dipping into the women's college ranks for call-ups. For the Olympic qualifying playoffs, Jamaica called up Kameron Simmonds (Tennessee), Jody Brown (Florida State) and Liya Brooks (Washington State) while Canada brought in Jade Rose (Harvard) and Simi Awujo (USC). For 2024 W Gold Cup qualifying, Haiti has called up Lara Larco (Georgetown), Chloe Joseph (Oklahoma State), Meghane St. Cyr (Alabama A&M) and Milan Pierre-Jerome (George Mason), who recently scored a golazo from 44 yards against Fordham. The Grenadieres open against Costa Rica, which called in UCF freshman keeper Genesis Perez.

  • Johnnie Lowery's 'Match Fit' -- tackling soccer's many mental health issues

    The book covers coaches, referees and fans, but also analyses of the multiple ways that players' mental health can be affected Read the whole story

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

    1. Fans can still co-own Oakland Roots and Soul soccer teams By Tom Vacar (
    2. ‘Solidarity came naturally’: why Inter Miami’s support of striking hotel workers matters By James Nalton (Guardian)
    3. Saudi Arabia is trying to disrupt soccer’s world order. The reasons why might surprise you By Amy WoodyattKrystina Shveda and Antonio Jarne Cubero (CNN)