|The USA warmed up for the Gold Cup with a 2-1 win over Ghana in a friendly. Nothing was on the line like in their previous three meetings, all at the World Cup. But Saturday's game was played at a remarkably high intensity for a friendly game and helped answer some questions for U.S. coach Bruce Arena ahead of the Gold Cup. ...Read the whole story
Juventus' Argentine striker Paulo Dybala took part in a charity game in his hometown of Laguna Larga. When awarded a free kick, the entire opposition, plus some fans, set up the wall. Dybala still steered the ball into the net. ...Read the whole story
Dom Dwyer, making his U.S. debut, and Kellyn Acosta scored their first international goals and a resilient defense held off Ghana's efforts to add onto Asamoah Gyan's goal to give the USA a 2-1 victory Saturday in its Gold Cup warmup match. ...Read the whole story
The Chicago Fire moved into first place in the Eastern Conference when it beat Vancouver, 4-0, for its eighth straight MLS win and Toronto FC lost at FC Dallas, 3-1. It's the latest in the season the Fire has been in first place since 2005. ...Read the whole story
The Seattle Sounders signed 27-year-old Dutch defender Kelvin Leerdam, using Targeted Allocation Money to sign him as a free agent from Vitesse, filling a big hole on their backline, where it has been right back by committee. ...Read the whole story
New York Red Bulls midfielder Mike Grella will miss the remainder of the 2017 season due to a knee injury. New York City FC's Ronald Matarrita will be out 3-4 months after undergoing successful surgery to repair a fracture of his right fifth metatarsal. ...Read the whole story
Concacaf released the 23-player rosters from the 12 participants in the Gold Cup, which begins July 7. Players were selected from the 40-player preliminary rosters. Teams can replace injured players before their opening game. ...Read the whole story
|"You aren't expecting me to be coaching, do you?"
-- Bruce Arena, asked if he expected Cassius Dwyer, the 10-month old son of Dom Dwyer and Sydney Leroux, the first couple to both score for the USA while married, to play for the USA someday. (U.S. Soccer press conference via Facebook)
"I'm insanely proud of him and so happy for the overall win for the MNT. I love the fact that we both came to the USA from other countries and get to chase our dreams together wearing the crest. That means so much to us. When he scored, it's really hard to describe the feeling. Just chills. I know this is only the beginning for him."
-- Canadian-born Sydney Leroux after her husband, English-born Dom Dwyer, scored in the USA's 2-1 win over Ghana in his international debut. (AP)
"The wealthiest clubs are only getting richer and the gap between them and the rest is getting bigger. In the future, we will have to take into serious consideration the possibility of limiting clubs' budgets for players' wages."
-- UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin telling Mladina, a weekly magazine based in his native Slovenia, the introduction of a salary cap is needed to bridge the gap between Europe's wealthiest teams and others. (Reuters)
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