Soccer America Daily
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
  • Top 5: 2023 goal contributions (MLS)

    1. Luciano Acosta, FC Cincinnati (15 goals + 13 assists) 28 (+1)
    2. Thiago Almada, Atlanta United (10 goals + 16 assists) 26
    3. Hany Mukhtar, Nashville SC (15 goals + 10 assists) 25
    3. Cucho Hernandez, Columbus (14 goals + 11 assists) 25 (+1)
    5. Cristian Espinoza, San Jose (12 goals + 12 assists) 24 (+1)

  • USMNT: October begins on down note for several key players

    A lack of playing time is a concern. Of the 24 players initially called in last month, just 10 started this past weekend. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Andre Blake

    "We’re the ones that are suffering, and the quality of the league is going to go down. Are you going to allow us to have more depth? Or, if you ask players to play however many games, obviously there’s going to be injuries, and when injuries come, then teams don’t have their best players on the field.”

    -- Philadelphia Union goalkeeper and vice-captain Andre Blake on MLS's crowded schedule, a situation he termed “ridiculous, and players have to speak up." The Union will head into the 2023 playoffs having already played 48 games in all competitions over 35 weeks. It reached the Concacaf Champions League semifinals and claimed third place in the expanded Leagues Cup. The Union finished September with five MLS games in 15 days, all ending in ties. LAFC will also have played 48 games in all competitions. Atlanta United, San Jose and Toronto FC will have played the fewest games, the minimum of 37. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Watch (trailer): 'Messi Meets America'

    The first three episodes of the six-part Apple TV+ documentary on the Argentine great's MLS adventure debuts on Oct. 11. Read the whole story

  • NWSL: Orlando improves playoff chances

    The Pride, which has not made the playoffs since 2017, beat Angel City 1-0, ending the host's unbeaten streak at 11 games. Read the whole story

  • Top 5: 2023 scorers (NCAA Division I men)

    1. Roberto Ordonez, Cal State Fullerton (Jr., McAllen, Texas) 10 goals
    1. Tyrese Spicer, Lipscomb (Jr. Trinidad & Tobago) 10 goals
    3. Forster Ajago, Duke (Grad, Ghana) 9 goals
    3. Alec Hughes, Massachusetts (Sr., Glastonbury, Conn.) 9 goals
    3. Ben Zakowski, Monmouth (Grad, Glen Rock, N.J.) 9 goals
    Note: Through games played on Oct. 1.

  • U.S. Open Cup: Former champions advance in qualifying

    The New York Pancyprian Freedoms and Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals won seven titles between them. Read the whole story

  • Deaf Football World Championships: U.S. teams split

    The U.S. women’s deaf national team won its fourth straight game at the Deaf Football World Championships, rallying for a 2-1 win over Poland thanks to a pair of goals by Emily Spreeman, who leads all players with 11 goals in four matches. The win moved the top-seeded Americans into the semifinals against fourth-seeded England. The U.S, men fell to Senegal 1-0 in the quarterfinals and dropped into the classification bracket, where they open against Iran.

  • UEFA Champions League: Rebuilt RB Leipzig ready for Man City test

    The German club took in more than $250 million in transfer fees in the summer, much of which was promptly reinvested in new arrivals. Read the whole story

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

    1. RKC Waalwijk goalkeeper Etienne Vaessen leaves hospital after knockout collision (
    Take Kubo twerks up a storm for Real Sociedad in unique Athletic rivalry By Sid Lowe (The Guardian)
    3. Saudi soccer team refuses to play in Iran over busts of slain general, in potential diplomatic row (AP)