THE SOCCER REPORT

Soccer Recap: USA, Netherlands winners during international break; Pochettino, Maradona sacked

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Twenty European countries have booked their place for next year's EURO 2020, the inaugural Concacaf Nations League is in the books and Brazil won the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Among the other top stories in soccer this week:

  • Soccer Legend Diego Maradona resigns as coach of Argentina's Gimnasia two months after taking the job
  • Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur part ways with Manager Mauricio Pochettino just six months after participating in first UEFA Champions League Final
  • U.S. Soccer Legend Landon Donovan to debut coaching career in 2020
  • Houston Dynamo announced the acquisition of former Liga MX forward Darwin Quintero
  • Mexican clubs face off at BBVA Stadium in friendly as Rayados of Monterrey defeated Club America, 2-1

2019 FIFA U17 World Cup

Brazil came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory over Mexico on Sunday night and win the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019™ at Brasilia's Estadio Bezerrao. Falling beh...

Concacaf Nations League

Highlights 🎥: @USMNT 🇺🇸defeats @CanadaSoccer 🇨🇦 4-1 in Orlando in #CNL League A #FollowTheDream

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Countries qualified to EURO 2020

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Finland
  • France (World Cup champion)
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal (defending champion)
  • Rep. Czech
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Swiss
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Wales

International Friendlies

Messi y Luis Suárez empatan el Clásico del Río de la Plata. Messi anotando de penal, en un juego que mostró otro lado de Suárez: su tiro libre. Edinson Cavan...

USL Championship

Louisville City FC squared off with Real Monarchs SLC in the 2019 USL Championship Final on Sunday night at Lynn Stadium.

Liga MX

El conjunto Rayado comenzó perdiendo el encuentro frente a las Águilas del América pero tras empatar los de Monterrey superaron a los de Coapa dando la vuelt...

Liga MX Femenil

TV listings (All Times CT):

Friday, November 22

1:30 p.m. - [Bundesliga] Borussia Dortmund vs. SC Paderborn 07 (FS2, FOX Deportes)

1:45 p.m. - [Ligue 1] PSG vs. Lille (beIN Sports)

2:00 p.m. - [La Liga] Levante vs. Mallorca (beIN SPORTS en Español)

7:00 p.m. - [Liga MX] Puebla vs. Necaxa (TUDN)

Saturday, November 23

6:00 a.m. - [La Liga] Leganes vs. FC Barcelona (beIN SPORTS)

6:30 a.m. - [Premier League] West Ham vs. Tottenham (NBC Sports)

8:00 a.m. - [Serie A] Atalanta vs. Juventus (ESPNews, ESPN Deportes)

8:30 a.m. - [Bundesliga] Fortuna Düsseldorf vs. FC Bayern Munich (FS1, Univision, TUDN)

8:30 a.m. - [Bundesliga] Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Wolfsburg (FS2, FOX Deportes)

9:00 a.m. - [Premier League] Arsenal vs. Southampton (NBC Sports)

9:00 a.m. - [La Liga] Real Betis vs. Valencia (beIN SPORTS)

11:00 a.m. - [Serie A] A.C. Milan vs. Napoli (ESPN+)

11:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Manchester City vs. Chelsea (NBC)

11:30 a.m. - [La Liga] Granada vs. Atletico Madrid (beIN SPORTS)

1:45 p.m. - [Serie A] Torino vs. Inter Milan (ESPN+)

2:00 p.m. - [La Liga] Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad (beIN SPORTS)

2:00 p.m. - [Copa Libertadores Final] Flamengo vs. River Plate (beIN SPORTS)

5:00 p.m. - [Liga MX] Queretaro vs. Morelia (UniMas)

7:00 p.m. - [Liga MX] Cruz Azul vs. Atletico de San Luis (Univision, TUDN)

9:00 p.m. - [Liga MX] Pachuca vs. Pumas UNAM (Univision, TUDN)

Sunday, November 24

8:00 a.m. - [Ligue 1] Bordeaux vs. Monaco (beIN Sports)

8:30 a.m. - [Bundesliga] Augsburg vs. Hertha Berlin (FS1, TUDN)

10:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Sheffield United vs. Man United (NBC Sports)

11:00 a.m. - [Bundesliga] Hoffenheim vs. Mainz (FS1)

11:00 a.m. - [Liga MX] Toluca vs. Santos Laguna (Univision, TUDN)

6:00 p.m. - [Liga MX] Juarez vs. Tigres UANL (TUDN)

Monday, November 25

1:45 p.m. - [Serie A] SPAL vs. Genoa (ESPN+)

2:00 p.m. - [Premier League] Aston Villa vs. Newcastle (NBC Sports)

On Tuesday, the Houston Dynamo announced a commitment to develop 15 mini-pitches within the next five years in the Greater Houston area. The project is being led by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, former Dynamo defender and U.S. Soccer legend DaMarcus Beasley and Dynamo co-owners Jake Silverstein and Ben Guill.

Beasley and Guill visited with ESPN 97.5 FM morning show John & Raheel with Del to elaborate on the announcement and answer a few questions on the current state of the Houston Dynamo. The following are three notable quotes from the segment:

Dynamo co-owners approached DaMarcus Beasley

"It started, the idea, with Ben and the other minority owner Jake [Silverstein]. They came to me and asked me what I thought about this idea, about creating mini-pitches around Houston and it was a no-brainer for me. A hundred percent, I'm with the youth of soccer, because that's where the future is. Its in the youth, and to be able to be a part of this program and have this project here in Houston, it means a lot. And, the fact that we have their support - from the Houston Dynamo, the Dash, and a lot of people around Houston - its a no-brainer to start these pitches."

- DaMarcus Beasley, four-time FIFA World Cup participant with USA and former Dynamo team captain


DaMarcus Beasley took part in seeing out the creation of the first futsal courts in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana last year. The U.S. Soccer Legend has publicly expressed his desire to remain in Houston and to be involved in youth development in his retirement, whether that be with the Houston Dynamo or elsewhere.

Two months removed from capping off a 20-year career, Beasley has taken on his first post-retirement project and one that shows his potential of filling the void as a much needed connection between the ownership group of the club and the Houston soccer community.

2026 FIFA World Cup "a big part of it"

"Clearly its a big part of it but - even without the World Cup coming up - Jake Silverstein, who has become very involved with U.S. Soccer in Portland and has built some of these mini-pitches, and I decided it's just the right thing to do. It's the right thing to bring the game to parts of the city that don't have the opportunity to play in a safe and fun environment. We work with U.S. Soccer and have commited a bunch of money to build 15 of these mini-pitches over the next five years. It will be important to the 2026 bid and hopefully it will be very good for the Dynamo as well."

- Ben Guill, Houston Dynamo minority owner and board member of Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee

The biggest side effect of the United States hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup was the creation of Major League Soccer, the country's longest-running first division league that will celebrate its 25th season next year. With the USA joint-hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup with Canada and Mexico, it seems the youth game could stand next to benefit.

This initiative comes from the Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee Grow the Game strategy and "is part an overall vision for Houston that seeks to create and maintain 30 mini-pitches and expand the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Soccer for Success program in the area."

It is also part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation's plans to install 1,000 pitches by 2026 as part of their national It's Everyone's Game movement "to create greater access to the sport and its benefits in underserved communities nationwide."

The Houston Dynamo and other MLS clubs have already installed several of these futsal-style "mini-pitches" as part of their charitable programs in conjunction with an MLS WORKS initiative that began at the 2015 MLS All-Star Game.

Making Dynamo, Dash more relevant in Houston

"The important thing for the Dynamo is we need to do a better job and be more a part of the Houston community. We need to fill up that stadium every game. One reason, its a lot of fun to go and we hope with that efforts like this, that Jake and I are doing, and all the efforts the team make - the Dynamo and the Dash - will just make us more and more relevant to the city."

- Ben Guill, Houston Dynamo minority owner and board member of Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee


There's no secret the Houston Dynamo, and Houston Dash, have trouble filling up BBVA Stadium on a consistent basis. The average for Dynamo matches has declined steadily since the 2015 season and reached a new club-low in 2019.

The Houston-based Guill is right about one thing: the Dynamo could potentially make up a lot of ground by extending the olive branch to the community.

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