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Home > Soccer World Daily > Thursday, March 23, 2017
Uruguayan playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro took MLS by storm when he arrived last year, leading the Seattle Sounders to their first MLS title. This mini-doc takes you to through his previous exploits, in the Netherlands, Brazil, with famed Argentine club Boca Juniors, and playing alongside Luis Suarez with Uruguay. Read the whole story
Carli Lloyd's first goal for Manchester City, a header in the 30th minute, was the winner as it beat Danish champion Fortuna Hjorring, 1-0, on the road in the first leg of their UEFA Women's Champions League quarterfinal series. Alex Morgan also made her European debut, starting for defending champion ... Read the whole story
U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis named a 24-player roster that will enter training camp for matches against Russia April 6 in Frisco, Texas and April 9 in Houston. Ellis recalled veteran midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who has not played for the USA since September 2016, as well as ... Read the whole story
Jonas Hofmann of Borussia Monchengladbach fessed up that his stumble wasn't from contact by Bayern Munich's Thiago, prompting referee Tobias Stieler to change his free kick call and handshakes all around. The fair play gesture came despite Gladbach needing a scoring chance during the 1-0 loss. Read the whole story
The fifth installment of the International Champions Cup will feature eight European clubs playing 12 games in July. The marquee match: the first El Clasico in the United States between Real Madrid and Barcelona July 29 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Read the whole story
Ghanaian striker Mohammed Anas, of South Africa's Free State Stars, after winning Man of the Match honors, on TV thanked his fans, his wife, and his girlfriend. He quickly tried to correct, and later said, "My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend. ... I don't have a ... Read the whole story
The USA began training in San Jose, California, on Monday to prep for Friday's crucial World Cup qualifier against Honduras. U.S. Soccer's one-minute montage of the first session includes glimpses of Christian Pulisic, Darlington Nagbe, Michael Bradley and DaMarcus Beasley. Read the whole story

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Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick in the shootout that gave Chile the 2016 Copa American Centenario over Argentina, but he didn't miss Thursday night as his goal gave Argentina a critical 1-0 win over Chile. Read the whole story

LOTG and 'What football wants'

A couple of years ago, I started hearing from top level referee instructors and administrators the phrase "what football wants." Now even the most conservative organ of soccer, the IFAB, talks about "what football wants." What is "what football wants"? It is definitely cyclical and situational. "What football wanted" 10 years ago is different than "what football wants" today, it will be different in 10 years later. ...More

Anybody remember street soccer? Jorge Villafana does

In the age of academies, pre-academies, soccer classes for 18-month-olds and curricula demanding coaches precisely plan practices for 6-year-olds, you don't hear much talk about free play and street soccer anymore. ...More

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