|In the last two World Cup cycles, the USA has never made as many lineup changes with qualifying still on the line as it did in the June window. Getting players to buy into the fact there would be wholesale changes between games was one of the keys to getting the four points that pulled the USA into third place in the Hexagonal. ...Read the whole story
In its its 4-0 friendly win over Australia, Brazil's Diego Souza scored 12 seconds after kickoff. The 31-year-old Sport Recife striker, who debuted for for Brazil in 2009, was making his sixth appearance for the Selecao. ...Read the whole story
Orlando City and Canadian international forward Cyle Larin was arrested early Thursday morning in Orlando for driving under the influence and was released after spending a mandatory eight hours in custody. He will not be allowed to play until he completes MLS's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program protocol. ...Read the whole story
A good week has turned sour for Orlando City, yet the Lions can at least get back in the win column with a home game against Montreal Saturday to atone for a listless 3-1 loss to Miami FC in the Open Cup. ...Read the whole story
In the long run, getting two regulars returning from long layoffs, Mauro Diaz and Ryan Hollingshead, through a full game counts just as much as the 2-1 victory by which U.S. Open Cup defending champion FC Dallas started its 2017 campaign on Wednesday. ...Read the whole story
MLS resumes with a full slate of games -- 10 on Saturday and one on Sunday -- after most teams were off last weekend for the FIFA international break. For the complete schedule ... ...Read the whole story
The USL's FC Cincinnati added to the many crowd marks it's set at Nippert Stadium when it drew 30,160 fans for its U.S. Open Cup win over the Columbus Crew on Wednesday, but it has plans for a stadium of its own -- the sine qua non, it believes, for an MLS expansion team. ...Read the whole story
Two of the Division 2 survivors in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, FC Cincinnati and Miami FC, earned home games in the round of 16. The third survivor, Sacramento Republic FC, will play at the LA Galaxy. For the complete draw ... ...Read the whole story
|"We know that top division players don't like contact, they don't like if we waste time or if we play dirty. So that was the way to do it. Soccer is like that. Soccer is for the clever."
-- Federico Allende, a defender for fourth-division club Sport Pacifico, bragging about using a needle hidden in his shin guard against strikers from first-division club Estudiantes in his team's 3-2 win in the Copa Argentina. (Vorterix Radio via BBC)
"We believe in encouraging respect for your opponents. The decision was unanimous. After the result, we decided that the coach should leave."
-- Serranos B's Pablo Alcaide after the Valencia club fired its under-11 coach following a 25-0 win over Benicalap C. The coach's lawyer denied his client ordered his players to run up the score, blaming their opponent for continuing to attack and leaving spaces in its defense. (El Pais in Spanish)
Missing from the U.S. team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2017 U-20 World Cup were three American teens who were playing for Schalke 04 in its run to the U-19 Bundesliga semifinals: 19-year-old Haji ... ...More
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