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Neymar signs extension with Barecelona that includes $217 million buyout

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:40:00 PDT

Barcelona forward Neymar signed a three-year contract extension on Friday, tying him to the Spanish champion until 2021. 

Barcelona announced Neymar's agreement to the terms of a new deal in July. 

The new deal includes a buyout clause that increases from 200 million euros ($217 million) in its...


FC Dallas goalkeeper Seitz is heroic in the net and as a bone marrow donor

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:10:00 PDT

A year ago Chris Seitz was FC Dallas’ third-string goalkeeper, a status he owed partly to the fact FC Dallas didn’t have four goalkeepers.

Now he’s the best in the league at his position. And the change, says his coach, started with Seitz’s desire to make a difference.

“Last year was just a big...


U.S., Mexico both tumble in FIFA world rankings

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:00:00 PDT

Mexico and the U.S. both fell two spots in the current FIFA world soccer rankings, dropping to 17th and 24th respectively, as they prepare for the final round of World Cup qualifying, which begins next month with the two nations meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

Argentina retained its spot atop the monthly rankings,...


U.S. women's soccer team tops Switzerland 4-0

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:47:00 PDT

Lynn Williams scored about 50 seconds into her national team debut, and Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis added goals to lead the U.S. over Switzerland 4-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

U.S. coach Jill Ellis gave five players debuts as the Americans retool ahead of the 2019...


Digest: Patrick Mullins (Maryland) helps D.C. United clinch third straight playoff berth

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Patrick Mullins (Maryland) had a goal and an assist and D.C. United clinched a third consecutive MLS Cup playoff appearance with a 3-1 victory over New York City FC.

Bobby Boswell and Rob Vincent added goals to help United (11-9-13) win its fourth straight.

City (14-10-9) was eliminated from the...


Former U.S. soccer goalie Hope Solo hints at overseas move -- maybe even Sweden

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:49:00 PDT

Hope Solo says she's received several offers to play overseas and could even continue her career in Sweden, whose fans she enraged by describing their national team as "cowards" at the Rio Olympics.

In a talk show aired late Friday on Swedish television network SVT, the American goalkeeper said...


Blast signs ex-Syracuse player Nelson Santana

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:11:00 PDT

The Blast has signed former Syracuse Silver Knights standout Nelson Santana to further bolster its defense.

Santana played four seasons with the Silver Knights, earning all-league honors in each, before spending last season with the Ontario Fury. In 13 games with the Fury, he registered three goals...


Algerian capital split on soccer rivalry

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:15:00 PDT


Digest: Washington Spirit falls to Western New York Flash on penalty kicks in NWSL championship

Sun, 9 Oct 2016 21:26:00 PDT

Deep into extra time — and deep into stoppage time of that 30-minute extra period — the Washington Spirit conceded an equalizing goal in the National Women’s Soccer League championship game Sunday.

The result of the impending penalty kick tiebreaker felt like a foregone conclusion.

And so after...


U.S. defeats Cuba, 2-0, in exhibition game on the island

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 16:40:00 PDT

Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green scored second-half goals, Ethan Horvath got a shutout in his international debut and the United States beat Cuba 2-0 victory Friday in its first exhibition game in 69 years at the Caribbean island nation. 

The U.S. started nine players who likely will be on the...


Digest: Roque re-signs with Blast, will return in January

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The Blast has re-signed forward Lucas Roque, who is set to join the team in January after spending time with his family after the birth of his daughter in August.

Roque scored on a bicycle kick to win the Major Indoor Soccer League championship for the Blast in his rookie season in 2012-13.



Swansea City makes Bradley first American to coach in the EPL

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:25:00 PDT

Former national team coach Bob Bradley became the first American hired to lead a major European team Monday when he was chosen to replace Francesco Guidolin as manager for English Premier League club Swansea City.

Bradley, who led the U.S. into the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup and into...


Wide gaps in MLS salaries are difficult to defend

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 12:20:00 PDT

When Galaxy defender Daniel Steres played Orlando City midfielder Kaka at the StubHub Center last month, it was a mismatch.

Steres, a rookie, will earn a league minimum base salary of $62,500 this season. Kaka, a former world player of the year with two World Cups on his resume, is guaranteed $7.167...


Digest: Ordega's OT goal sends Washington Spirit to their first title game

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:42:00 PDT

Francisca Ordega scored in the 111th minute and the Washington Spirit advanced to the National Women's Soccer League championship game with a 2-1 semifinal victory in overtime over the visiting Chicago Red Stars on Friday night.

Ali Krieger scored on a header in the 36th minute to put the Spirit...


Blast sign Brazilian defender Elton Lexandro de Oliveira Santos

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:57:00 PDT

The Blast signed Brazilian native Elton Lexandro de Oliveira Santos on Thursday to bolster its defense.(image)

Seattle Sounders, U.S. soccer star Clint Dempsey out for rest of season

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:10:00 PDT

Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey will miss the remainder of the Major League Soccer season due to an irregular heartbeat that already has forced him to miss more than a month of action, the club announced Tuesday.

Dempsey also is expected miss U.S. men's national team friendlies and World Cup...


Orlando City fizzles during 4-1 loss at D.C. United

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:00:00 PDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Mathematically, the match may not have been a must-win, but in every other sense it was.

It was a must-win to keep Orlando City in the thick of a tight playoff race. It was crucial to ignite confidence in a team recovering from two of its worst losses this season. And, it was...


Carli Lloyd's journey to soccer celebrity was one of pain and persistence

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Carli Lloyd's long climb to global soccer stardom has been neither quick nor easy. And she's seemingly had as many people rooting against her as she's had cheering for her. But don't take my word on that. Ask Lloyd. Or better yet read her book, "When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey...(image)

Blast announce 2016-17 MASL schedule

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:09:00 PDT

The Blast announced its 20-game 2016-17 Major Arena Soccer League regular-season schedule Tuesday, opening the campaign on the road against the Harrisburg Heat on Nov. 5. The Blast's home opener, the first of 10 regular-season home games at Royal Farms Arena, is set for Nov. 11 against the Milwaukee...(image)

Megan Rapinoe draws the ire of U.S. soccer by kneeling during the anthem before a national team game

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:45:00 PDT

Megan Rapinoe continued her protest against social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem before the U.S. women’s soccer game against Thailand on Thursday night.

It was the first time Rapinoe did so as a member of the national team, and U.S. Soccer was not happy about it.

"In front of...


Fire allow late goal, draw 2-2 with D.C. United

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:39:00 PDT

Bobby Boswell scored in stoppage time to give D.C. United a 2-2 tie with the Fire on Friday night.

The point put D.C. (7-9-13) squarely on the red line, tied with Orlando for the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago (6-13-9) is seven points below the line.

D.C. put a long throw-in...


Megan Rapinoe kneels during anthem before U.S. national team match

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:05:00 PDT

Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem before a U.S. women's national team match against Thailand on Thursday night.

Rapinoe first knelt during the anthem on Sept. 4 before a game with her National Women's Soccer League team, the Seattle Reign. She said she wanted to express solidarity...


U.S. moves into top 25 in FIFA rankings

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:35:00 PDT

The U.S. jumped four spots to 22nd in the latest FIFA world rankings Thursday, its best performance in three years.

Argentina retained the No. 1 spot in the September poll ahead of Belgium. Germany moved up to third ahead of Colombia and Brazil, which tied for fourth. Brazil, which won its first...


U.S. blows out Thailand in Heather O'Reilly's farewell

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:45:00 PDT

Heather O'Reilly scored in her final international game and Carli Lloyd had a hat trick to lead the U.S. women's national team to a 9-0 victory over Thailand on Thursday night. 

Three of the U.S. team's goals, including O'Reilly's, came within the opening five minutes. O'Reilly previously announced...


Megan Rapinoe opts not to kneel during anthem on 9/11, stands arm-in-arm with teammates

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:30:00 PDT

Megan Rapinoe had said she planned on taking a knee during the national anthem as a protest against social injustice before the Seattle Reign's home game against the Washington Spirit on Sunday. But in the days leading up to the game, Rapinoe started feeling uneasy taking such an action on the...(image)

Abby Wambach: I abused alcohol, prescription drugs for years

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:46:00 PDT

Abby Wambach says she abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years until her arrest for driving under the influence in April.

"I was stubborn and I was in denial," soccer's most prolific international goal scorer told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "I didn't want to face the truth."


College roundup: Navy edged, 1-0, by GW in men's soccer

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:30:00 PDT

NAVY MEN'S SOCCER: George Washington's sophomore forward Dylan Lightbourn scored the winning goal at 89:56 to stun the Navy men's soccer team, 1-0, in a non-conference matchup on Sunday afternoon at the Mount Vernon Athletics Complex.

George Washington (2-1-2) earned a corner kick in the 90th minute...


In coming back, Landon Donovan is following a well-worn path

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:30:00 PDT

Kyle Martino admits he went through some dark times after injuries forced him to hang up his soccer boots for the last time nine years ago.

“It’s sort of like a Peter Pan complex. You never think you’re going to grow up,” the former MLS rookie of the year said. “Ever since we’re little we dream...


Juergen Klinsmann cheers Landon Donovan's decision to return to Galaxy

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 19:15:00 PDT

Landon Donovan’s return to competitive soccer with the Galaxy after a 21-month break has won him an unexpected supporter in U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann.

“I think it’s great to have Landon back on the field. For himself and MLS,” Klinsmann wrote in an email.

Klinsmann’s cut Donovan...


Landon Donovan ends retirement and returns to the Los Angeles Galaxy

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:40:00 PDT

A week ago Landon Donovan was a former soccer player, a new husband and father, a part-time TV analyst and a part-owner of an English Premier League team.

But he was also restless and felt he still had something left to contribute on the field. So Thursday, after only three days of workouts, Donovan...


Megan Rapinoe stymied in bid for second national anthem protest

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:36:00 PDT

The Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe from kneeling during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than "subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent."

The National Women's Soccer League team moved up the anthem,...


Spanish soccer giant Barcelona expands into U.S. market

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 12:40:00 PDT

FC Barcelona has opened a corporate office in New York, joining Germany’s Bayern Munich as the only European soccer clubs with a permanent, stand-alone presence in the United States.

Barcelona officials said the team will use the office, at 250 Park Ave., to build marketing partnerships and strategic...


Altidore scores twice, U.S. advances with 4-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago

Tue, 6 Sep 2016 19:20:00 PDT

Jozy Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half, Sacha Kljestan and Paul Arriola had goals and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 on Tuesday night to reach the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. 

The Americans (4-1-1) finished atop Group C of the...


U.S. coach: Hope Solo's suspension stemmed from 'sum total of actions'

Tue, 6 Sep 2016 20:04:00 PDT

U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis has emphasized that Hope Solo's suspension stemmed from a "sum total of actions" and not just comments the goalkeeper made about Sweden during the Olympics.

Solo was suspended for six months and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated following the...


Women's Soccer: McDaniel poised for successful season after NCAA berth

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:37:00 PDT

Coming off first NCAA tourney berth, Green Terror out for more in 2016(image)

College Roundup: Navy women's soccer beats Maryland for first time in 11 tries

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:37:00 PDT

NAVY WOMEN'S SOCCER: Clare MacAdam scored two goals as the Mids built a big first-half lead and went on to defeat visiting Maryland, 5-3, on Wednesday night at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.

It was the first time in 11 tries that the Mids were able to take down in-state rival Maryland.



Juergen Klinsmann wants to make sure U.S. doesn't let up in World Cup qualifier

Mon, 5 Sep 2016 17:30:00 PDT

It would take an epic collapse to keep the U.S. out of the next round of World Cup qualifying. But Coach Juergen Klinsmann is taking nothing for granted heading into Tuesday’s game with Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville, Fla.

“We’re not through yet,” Klinsmann said. “And this is what you clearly...


Soccer star Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem before game in Chicago

Mon, 5 Sep 2016 05:01:00 PDT

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem Sunday night before the Seattle Reign's game against the Chicago Red Stars "in a little nod" to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the anthem to protest racial injustice and minority oppression came...


U.S. routs St. Vincent and the Grenadines in World Cup qualifier

Fri, 2 Sep 2016 15:55:00 PDT

Matt Besler scored his first international goal just hours after the birth of his daughter, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic added two late strikes and the United States routed St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 6-0, on Friday to move into prime position to advance to the final round of World Cup qualifying. 


Longtime Blast star Pat Healey retires after eight seasons

Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:03:00 PDT

The thrilling 14-13 win over Soles de Sonora in Mexico, which produced Baltimore's eighth professional indoor soccer championship, turned out to be a fitting ending to a standout career for Pat Healey, who announced his retirement Thursday after eight consistently fine seasons with the hometown...(image)

U.S. faces clear goal in pair of World Cup qualifiers

Thu, 1 Sep 2016 16:00:00 PDT

There are no complicated formulas, stupefying scenarios or difficult math facing the U.S. national team as it returns to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying against St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Win on Friday in a cricket stadium in Kingstown (12:30 p.m. PDT, BeIN SPORTS) and again Tuesday over Trinidad...


McDonogh's soccer teams head list of area clubs with national rankings

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:11:00 PDT

In Top Drawer's Fall Fab 50 boys poll, McDonogh is ranked No. 5 in the country.(image)

Blast announces return to MASL for 2016-17 season

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:06:00 PDT

The Blast will be returning to the Major Arena Soccer League for the 2016-17 season, the team announced Monday.

After winning the championship in April, the team promptly left the league because of owner Ed Hale Sr.'s disappointment with its business structure and the stability of some of its franchises.


Hope Solo to sit out remainder of NWSL season

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:20:00 PDT

Goalkeeper Hope Solo, suspended by the U.S. national team last week, said Tuesday she would not play again this season for the Seattle Reign, her club team in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Solo was allowed to miss last weekend’s Reign game while on “personal leave.” On Tuesday she released...


Digest: Beckerman, Zusi and Birnbaum named to U.S. World Cup qualifying roster

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (Arundel), Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi (Maryland) and D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum were named to the U.S. men's soccer team's 26-man roster for two forthcoming World Cup qualifiers: at St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday in the...


Americans Gyasi Zardes, Clint Dempsey to miss crucial World Cup qualifiers

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:55:00 PDT

The U.S. may not have its best players on the field going into a crucial pair of World Cup qualifiers, with the first against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday.

With a victory in that game and another win Sept. 6 against Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville, Fla., the U.S. would guarantee itself...


Digest: Maryland alum Mullins has hat trick in D.C. United's 6-2 rout of Fire

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Patrick Mullins scored three goals, Patrick Nyarko had a goal and two assists and host D.C.United beat the 10-man Chicago Fire, 6-2, in Major League Soccer on Saturday night. Mullins (Maryland) finished Nyarko's cross in the 40th minute to give United (7-8-11) the lead for good at 2-1. Mullins...


U.S. Soccer contemplates a future without Hope

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:20:00 PDT

Hope Solo's days with the women's national soccer team may not be over, but they are certainly numbered.

Yet that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve seen the last of her in a U.S. uniform.

Solo was given a six-month suspension and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated last week over ill-considered...


Orlando Pride loses 2-1 to Washington

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:18:00 PDT

The Orlando Pride had to win, and they lost. The match was crucial, critical and all the other synonyms for those words that head coach Tom Sermanni used leading up to the match.


“We had to win tonight to make that playoffs; that’s a reality of the situation that we’re in,” Sermanni said after...


New coach O'Donohue gets up to speed at Navy

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:34:00 PDT

New coach has enjoyed success at Stevens, UConn(image)

Hope Solo suspended from women's national soccer team for 6 months

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:18:00 PDT

U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended for six months for what U.S. Soccer termed conduct "counter to the organization's principles."

The suspension is effective immediately.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Wednesday that comments Solo made after the U.S. lost...


New age rules 'wreaking havoc' in youth soccer

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:30:41 PDT

His youth soccer team's season had just ended with a loss, and coach Barry Stitz retreated with the players to a corner of the field for a last huddle.

For the Fewster Football Club of Baltimore, the final game of spring wasn't just the season finale. It was the end of the 9-year-old team, one of...


Navy comes up short against No. 5 Stanford

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 19:21:00 PDT

Mids give nationally ranked team a run before big crowd(image)

Mids face immediate women's soccer test against Stanford

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:28:00 PDT

Navy to host nationally ranked Cardinal in season opener(image)

Women's Soccer: Lebanon Valley’s Bost striving for more in final season

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:25:00 PDT

Already LVC's all-time scoring leader, Liberty grad Bost preparing for senior season(image)

Digest: Nairn's first two goals of season put Spirit alone in first place

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:07:00 PDT

Midfielder Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) scored in both halves for her first two goals of the National Women's Soccer League season to give the visiting Washington Spirit (10-3-2) a 2-1 win Thursday night over the Houston Dash (3-8-3) and sole possession of first place.

The Spirit earned...


Joao Havelange, former longtime president of FIFA, dies at 100

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:15:00 PDT

Joao Havelange, who as president of FIFA for two decades transformed soccer's governing body into a multibillion-dollar business and a hotbed for subsequent corruption that damaged its reputation, has died. He was 100. 

Havelange, a native Brazilian, died Tuesday while Rio de Janeiro was hosting...


Lionel Messi says he will resume playing for Argentina's national team

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:12:00 PDT

Lionel Messi has reconsidered his decision to quit international soccer and will continue playing for Argentina's national team.

Messi said Friday that he is returning despite "a lot of problems" involving the country's federation, which is mired in financial chaos and under FIFA intervention.


U.S. women are ready for a meaningless game against winless Colombia

Mon, 8 Aug 2016 16:50:00 PDT

Clearly Jill Ellis, coach of the U.S. women’s soccer national team, doesn’t think injuries are a good thing. But if they come at the right time, they’re not a bad thing either.

“Well, they force you to make changes,” Ellis said. “I don’t think that’s bad at all, especially to prep for a major world...


EPL teams banking on another season of dollars, not sense

Sat, 6 Aug 2016 15:40:00 PDT

It used to be the most valuable guy on a soccer team wore a uniform and played in the games. Not anymore.

At least not in the English Premier League, which kicks off a new season on Aug. 13. Big-money deals have become so prolific, the key person in many EPL organizations may now be the accountant...


U.S. women's soccer team looks to become first to do the World Cup-Olympics double

Tue, 2 Aug 2016 09:10:00 PDT

The United States has won more Olympic matches, scored more goals and taken home more gold medals than any team in women’s soccer history. So the Americans don’t expect to sneak up on anybody while pursuing their fourth straight title in this summer’s tournament in Brazil.

“You’ve definitely got...


Annapolis soccer tournament serves many purposes

Mon, 1 Aug 2016 15:12:00 PDT

Hispanic community embraces games, family and fun(image)

Digest: U.S. men's soccer team to play Ghana at RFK Stadium in October

Mon, 1 Aug 2016 20:50:00 PDT

Washington organizers have signed a contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation for a men's national-team friendly at RFK Stadium on Oct. 11, sources close to the talks said Monday.

ESPN reported the opponent will be Ghana. Kickoff time and TV coverage are being finalized.

Jurgen Klinsmann's squad...


New England's Charlie Davies faces Orlando City after winning cancer battle

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 22:17:04 PDT

New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies quietly won a major battle this season.

The club announced Saturday Davies told New England officials he was recently diagnosed with and treated for liposarcoma, a form of cancer. He is now in remission.

"It was important for Charlie to concentrate...


Digest: Maryland-based boys soccer team Pipeline Black wins U-17 national title

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:03:00 PDT

Maryland-based Pipeline Black defeated Loudoun 98 Red of Virginia, 2-1, in the Under-17 boys final at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships on Sunday in Frisco, Texas. Loudon scored on a penalty kick by Ermin Karic for a 1-0 lead, but Pipeline tied the game when Benjamin Alexander ran onto...


Digest: Two Maryland youth boys soccer teams reach national finals

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:57:00 PDT

Thomas Walker scored in the 77th minute to help Pipeline Black defeat Maryland rival and defending national champion Baltimore Celtic 98/99, 1-0, on Saturday in Frisco, Texas, to advance to the Under-17 boys final at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships. Pipeline will play for the title...


It might have taken 132 years, but Leicester City's EPL title will be unforgettable

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:35:00 PDT

Arlo White has seen a lot of soccer during a broadcasting career that has taken him to four continents in 16 years. But last spring he saw something he had long given up hope of ever witnessing. Leicester City, the luckless, hopeless, low-budget team White had cheered for growing up in the East...(image)

Young soccer star Mallory Pugh takes uncommon road to Rio Olympics

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:55:00 PDT

The day before she officially made the U.S. women’s soccer team for the Rio Olympics, Mallory Pugh grabbed Coach Jill Ellis’ attention one more time.

The 18-year-old dribbled down the left side, peeked into the box before reaching the end line then swung a cross toward the middle. The pass skipped...


MLS All-Stars fall to Arsenal, 2-1

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:55:00 PDT

Didier Drogba hardly felt like celebrating his goal given the MLS All-Stars missed multiple late scoring chances that cost them their all-star game against Premier League power Arsenal. 

Chuba Akpom scored the deciding goal in the 87th minute from close range on a nice cross from the left side...


Landon Donovan urges MLS clubs to take chance on developing young talent

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:17:00 PDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Memories of Landon Donovan's playing days conjure visions of curling goals into every corner of the net, leading the L.A. Galaxy and U.S. men's national team. He was a champion, one of the best ever.

But there was a time when Donovan wasn't scoring his way to the top of U.S....


Bayern Munich and AC Milan put on friendly show at Soldier Field

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:06:00 PDT

Two of the world's historically elite soccer teams showcased the world's favorite sport at Soldier Field on Wednesday night, and despite other attractions in town, fans took advantage of the rare opportunity.

In what can be considered to be a blockbuster week in Chicago — with the White Sox and...


More than soccer on schedule for touring European teams like Chelsea and Liverpool

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:00:00 PDT

Carlo Cudicini cheered from afar last season as fellow Italian Claudio Ranieri guided longshot Leicester City to the English Premier League title in his first season as coach.

This season another Italian, Antonio Conte, goes after a championship in his first EPL season with Chelsea. And Cudicini...


With new blond look, Lionel Messi's head not feet creating a stir

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:39:00 PDT

For once, it's not what Lionel Messi is doing with his feet that's creating a stir.

After dyeing his hair peroxide blond, the Barcelona forward will stand out even more in matches.

The 29-year-old Argentine revealed the new hairdo, covering previously dark locks, at the Spanish champions' preseason...


Klopp gives Liverpool something to laugh - and cheer - about

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:50:00 PDT

Most soccer coaches prowl the sideline with the joy and passion of someone awaiting a root canal. Juergen Klopp races up and down his, high-fiving fans and behaving like a kid on Christmas morning.

Most coaches mourn defeats the way others mourn the death of a close friend. Klopp has been known...


U.S. women rout Costa Rica in final Olympic soccer tuneup

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:45:00 PDT

Crystal Dunn scored in the 15th minute and Carli Lloyd had her 88th career goal to help the United States women's team beat Costa Rica, 4-0, on Friday night in its final game before the Rio Olympics next month. 

Mallory Pugh and Christen Press also scored. The U.S. will face New Zealand on Aug....


Galaxy advances to U.S. Open Cup semifinals with 4-2 win over Sounders

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:40:00 PDT

Bruce Arena has coached in a World Cup quarterfinal and three MLS Cup championship games in the last two decades. Where he hasn’t been since 1997, however, is to the final four of the U.S. Open Cup.

That skid ended Wednesday when Arena’s Galaxy twice overcame deficits to beat the Seattle Sounders,...


Fire defeats Fort Lauderdale 3-0 in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:29:00 PDT

The Fire defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-0 Wednesday night at Toyota Park.

The Strikers were making their club debut in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.

The Fire, one of the weakest teams in MLS this season, have not led by three goals all season. But that changed versus the...


Digest: Birnbaum, Beckerman named to MLS All-Star team

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 20:30:00 PDT

D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum and Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (Arundel) were named Sunday to the Major League Soccer All-Star roster that will represent the league against Arsenal of the English Premier League at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., on July 28.

Beckerman, a Crofton...


Carli Lloyd silences her critics to become key to U.S. women's soccer success

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:40:00 PDT

When former soccer star Mia Hamm returned to her hometown of Selma, Ala., last winter, she was presented with a key to the city.

When Carli Lloyd, the U.S. team’s current star, returned to Burlington County, N.J., after last summer’s World Cup, she was presented with the key to the Evesham Township...


Portugal stuns France, 1-0, in extra time to claim first European Championship title

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 19:05:00 PDT

Portugal’s European Championship hopes seemed to disintegrate before its tear-filled eyes when talismanic star Cristiano Ronaldo was carried off the field on a stretcher after suffering a badly injured knee midway through the first half of Sunday’s final.

France, the host and heavy favorite, was...


Hope Solo records 100th shutout in U.S. soccer victory over South Africa

Sat, 9 Jul 2016 18:02:00 PDT

The U.S.-South Africa women's soccer match at Soldier Field on Saturday was going to be historic regardless of the outcome.

Hope Solo made it much more memorable for the 19,272 fans at the home of the Bears.

The U.S. goalkeeper recorded her 100th international shutout in the Americans' 1-0 victory...


Euros deserve to be remembered for more than a history-making final

Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:17:00 PDT

Sunday’s European Championship final in Paris will make history. Either Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo will capture their first-ever major title or host France will win its fourth consecutive championship on home soil, following victories in the 2003 Confederations Cup, 1998 World Cup and 1984...


French Spirit Rises On Eve Of Euro Championship

Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:43:00 PDT

SAINT-DENIS, France — Eight months after a wave of attacks brought death to the streets of Paris, France's national team takes on Portugal in a European Championship final with more than just a silver trophy at stake.

The stadium hosting Sunday's final was the very first target of the Nov. 13 attacks...


U.S. women's national soccer team faces unfamiliar foe in South Africa

Fri, 8 Jul 2016 18:51:00 PDT

While U.S. Women's Soccer coach Jill Ellis and players make final preparations before their departure to Brazil for the Olympic Games, they will take part in some history along the way.

The team will play South Africa for the first time Saturday at Soldier Field in the penultimate game before the...


Hope Solo eyes 100th shutout as U.S. meets South Africa

Fri, 8 Jul 2016 18:12:00 PDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As if her list of accomplishments wasn't long enough already, Hope Solo has a chance to add another one on Saturday.

If Solo posts a shutout when the U.S. women meet South Africa at Soldier Field, she will have an even 100. And don't think she sees it as just another number.



Ronaldo leads Portugal to 2-0 win vs Wales, into Euro final

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 17:20:00 PDT

Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Gareth Bale to propel Portugal into its second European Championship final, scoring a thumping header and then setting up Nani's goal in a 2-0 win over Wales on Wednesday. 

The goals came in the space of three minutes early in the second half in Lyon, helping end Wales'...


Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud, but won't do any time

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 04:56:00 PDT

A Barcelona court on Wednesday gave soccer superstar Lionel Messi and his father suspended sentences of 21 months in prison for tax fraud.

The court found Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, guilty of three counts of defrauding the tax department to the tune of $4.6 million.

Under Spanish...


Under Armour unveils Southampton Football Club uniforms

Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Under Armour unveiled its first uniform designs for Southampton Football Club, part of a seven-year partnership between the Baltimore brand and the English soccer club. 

Under Armour created both home and away uniforms for the 2016/2017 season, designing the gear in the new Innovation Lab at the...


Germany Coach Loew Looking Forward To Taking On Host Team

Mon, 4 Jul 2016 15:03:00 PDT

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Germany coach Joachim Loew is drawing on the experience of routing World Cup host Brazil 7-1 two years ago as he prepares for Thursday's European Championship semifinal against France.

Germany went on to win the 2014 World Cup after embarrassing Brazil in the semifinal...


France crushes Iceland, 5-2, to advance to Euro 2016 semifinals

Sun, 3 Jul 2016 14:20:00 PDT

Olivier Giroud scored two goals to lead France to an emphatic 5-2 victory over Iceland on Sunday, sending the hosts into a European Championship semifinal meeting with Germany. 

It was a humbling but far from embarrassing exit for Iceland, which was playing in its first-ever international tournament...


Big-game failures don't add up for Messi, Ronaldo

Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:30:00 PDT

David Sumpter has spent decades studying math and years watching soccer, passions he recently melded in an attempt to explain how and why things happen as they do on the playing field.

And that led him to a rather unscientific conclusion for how and why Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two...


Germany defeats Italy on penalty kicks in Euro 2016 quarterfinal game

Sat, 2 Jul 2016 15:02:00 PDT

Jonas Hector scored the winning goal as Germany beat Italy, 6-5, in a wild penalty-kick shootout to reach the European Championship semifinals on Saturday. 

After the Euro 2016 quarterfinal finished 1-1 following extra time, Matteo Darmian had his penalty shot saved with the 17th attempt of the...


Greenspan resumes professional soccer career

Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:26:00 PDT

Naval Academy graduate accepts offer to exchange active duty for serving in reserves(image)

Wales upsets Belgium, 3-1, in Euro 2016 quarterfinal game

Fri, 1 Jul 2016 14:25:00 PDT

Wales stormed back from a goal down to beat Belgium, 3-1, in a pulsating quarterfinal on Friday at the European Championship. 

This time Wales did not need to rely on its star player Gareth Bale, as it fought back from trailing in the 13th minute to secure its first ever berth in a semifinal of...


O'Donohue named new men's soccer coach at Navy

Fri, 1 Jul 2016 15:52:00 PDT

Brandt replacement spent last five seasons at UConn(image)

Portugal edges Poland on penalty kicks to advance to Euro 2016 semifinals

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:19:00 PDT

Ricardo Quaresma scored the winning penalty as Portugal beat Poland, 5-3, in a shootout to reach the semifinals of the European Championship on Thursday. 

With the quarterfinal level at 1-1 after extra time, Quaresma fired his shot past Lukasz Fabianski to line up a match against either Wales or...


Argentina's president promises to lobby Lionel Messi to stay

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:52:00 PDT

Argentine President Mauricio Macri said Tuesday he had spoken by telephone with Messi, who announced his shock resignation from the Argentine national team following the loss Sunday to Chile in the Copa America final.

Messi returned Monday to Argentina, but has not spoken publicly.

Marci said he...


U.S. women's national team reveals new home kit for Rio Olympics

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:21:00 PDT

The U.S. women's national soccer team revealed Tuesday a new home kit for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

The white Nike kit was created specifically for use in Brazil, and the national team will return to its usual home kit when the Olympics conclude.

A blue stripe runs the length of...


England flops once again, losing 2-1 to Iceland

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:06:00 PDT

NICE, France – Iceland pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history by beating England 2-1 in the round of 16 on Monday, continuing the astonishing run of the smallest nation at the tournament. 

England slumped to its most embarrassing loss in a generation after taking...