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Baltimore interested in hosting games in combined North American bid for 2026 World Cup

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:35:00 PDT

Baltimore was named one of 34 potential American host cities Tuesday for a combined bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

M&T Bank Stadium was among 49 stadiums in 44 cities identified by the United Bid Committee as a potential venue for soccer’s most popular...


Navy women's soccer determined to finish better

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:04:00 PDT

Mids suffered five OT losses a year ago(image)

Ronaldo banned for 5 games after pushing referee

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:15:00 PDT

Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five matches after shoving a referee following his red card during Real Madrid's 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's return leg of the Super Cup in Madrid plus the first four matches of the Spanish league season.(image)

Upon further review, MLS embraces use of video replay

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 13:05:00 PDT

Howard Webb is widely recognized as one of the top soccer referees of all-time. But even he remains haunted by a call he got wrong.

After Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands flattened Spain’s Xabi Alonso early in the 2010 World Cup final, Webb gave De Jong a yellow card — though replays clearly showed...


Players from Mexican national team ignore their coach, join MLS

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:40:00 PDT

Juan Carlos Osorio pulled a chair up to the breakfast table, pointed a fork at his inquisitor and cleared up a misunderstanding before cleaning up his eggs.

“I was misquoted as saying I don’t like the MLS,” the Mexican national team coach said this spring. “No. I never said that. I said it’s a...


Soccer players narrowly escape injury when 15-foot tree branch crashes onto bench in Pasadena park

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 19:10:00 PDT

A group of soccer players narrowly escaped injury in Pasadena on Tuesday afternoon when a massive tree limb crashed to the ground, crushing a bench where the players were sitting, officials said.

About 3 p.m., half a dozen players seeking shade under the tree at Villa Parke heard a crack from above...


Bayern Munich launches U.S. fan survey

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Bayern Munich would like to ask you a question.

Several questions, in fact.

The German soccer powerhouse, which claims 27 million supporters in the U.S., has launched a survey to find out when its American fans became part of the Bayern family, how long they’ve followed the team, how they consume...


Hope Solo looks to revive her soccer career abroad

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 16:40:00 PDT

American goalkeeper Hope Solo is looking to resume playing and says she had had offers to play overseas.

Solo was handed a six-month suspension and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated last year following the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after she called Sweden's team “cowards” for their defensive...


Paris Saint-Germain soccer club insists Neymar deal will make both dollars and sense

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 12:20:00 PDT

Here are a few things worth $613 million:

The combined 2017 payrolls of the Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox A fleet of a dozen Boeing 737 jets Four Rembrandts and a painting each by da Vinci and...(image)

Arsenal defeats Chelsea in new shootout format to win Community Shield

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Arsenal will start the Premier League season on a high note after mastering the experimental ABBA penalty shootout pattern to beat Chelsea for the Community Shield.

Wembley Stadium provided the biggest stage yet for global trials with the format that mixes up the order of penalties rather than...


Neymar signs 5-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain in world-record soccer transfer

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 13:25:00 PDT

Neymar has become the most expensive player in soccer history after completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona on Thursday for $262 million.

PSG triggered the release clause in the forward's Barcelona contract, which was more than double the previous transfer record...


Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher is making up for lost time with U.S. women's soccer team

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:25:00 PDT

Alyssa Naeher may be the best women’s goalkeeper you’ve never heard of.

But that has less to do with Naeher than it does with the woman who long played in front of her on the U.S. national team.

Hope Solo is undisputedly the best goalie in women’s soccer history. In 15 years she won 153 games and...


MLS launches new instant replay program

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 17:45:00 PDT

A big red button sitting in front of four computer screens looked like it belonged in a cartoon, the tool of an evil villain glowing in a small, dark room at Toyota Park.

“You’ll notice what looks like a missile launch button here,” said James Japhet, a representative responsible for explaining...


Jill Ellis invites the world to come to the U.S. to make the national team better

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Jill Ellis studied literature in college. But you don’t need a medical degree to know that unexercised muscles will eventually lose their strength.

The same goes for teams. So when Ellis, coach of the U.S. women’s soccer team, took stock of her program following the 2015 World Cup, some of what...


Barcelona says Neymar has 'intention' to leave club amid Paris Saint-Germain rumors

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 03:20:00 PDT

Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent.

The club said Wednesday that the Brazil striker told his teammates "that he had the intention of leaving the club and seeking his future elsewhere, and the coach has given...


Galaxy II make Efrain Alvarez, 15, youngest player in USL history

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 12:50:00 PDT

Efrain Alvarez became the youngest player to join the second-tier USL on Wednesday when the 15-year-old signed a professional contract with LA Galaxy II, an affiliate of the Major League Soccer franchise.

Alvarez, a native of Los Angeles, is just 45 days past his 15th birthday and will enter his...


Even without Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid a challenge for MLS All-Stars

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 16:41:00 PDT

The greatest spectacle in soccer rolled into Chicago and even without its biggest attraction it still has managed to draw the eyes of the sport to the lakefront.

Real Madrid, the 12-time European champions and arguably the most popular soccer team in the world, will face off against the MLS All-Stars...


Digest: Baltimore boys soccer team wins U-17 national title

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:35:00 PDT

Baltimore Celtic SC 2000 defeated FC Dallas 00 Premier, 2-1, to earn the under-17 boys title Sunday at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas. Herson Morales (North County) and Justin Gielen (DeMatha) each scored for Celtic. Ryan Miller (C. Milton Wright) earned the Golden...


U.S. rallies from two-goal deficit to beat Brazil in Tournament of Nations

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:00:00 PDT

Julie Ertz came in off the bench and scored in the 89th minute and the United States overcame a late two-goal deficit to beat Brazil 4-3 on Sunday night in the Tournament of Nations.

The United States was in danger of losing for the fourth time this year before the three-goal flurry in about nine...


Messi scores, Neymar adds two assists as Barcelona wins El Clasico Miami, 3-2

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 19:15:00 PDT

For one night in Miami, soccer was king. In the building crescendo of Saturday night’s preseason El Clasico Miami, in the swelling hype surrounding one of the world’s best rivalries, and in FC Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Real Madrid, the sport owned its massive stage.

The two Spanish soccer titans...


Two killed in stampede at South Africa soccer stadium

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 13:05:00 PDT

Fans at a soccer match in a South African stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final tried to push through the gates on Saturday, causing a stampede that killed two people.

One person was critically injured and 16 others had minor injuries in the accident at FNB Stadium in the Soweto area of...


Bruce Arena, Sigi Schmid and Bob Bradley aren't too old to chase dreams

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:55:00 PDT

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez was both a fervent soccer fan and a tireless writer who rebelled against the idea that age should lessen his love of either pursuit.

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old,” he said. “They grow old because they stop pursuing...


Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo won't be in Chicago to face MLS All-Stars

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:29:00 PDT

The $93 million question has been answered.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning FIFA player of the year and the world's highest-paid athlete, will not be in town with Real Madrid on Wednesday when the La Liga superpower faces the MLS All-Stars at Soldier Field.

Ronaldo is on an extended summer break...


Bob Bradley is back in the MLS to become Los Angeles Football Club's first coach

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:35:00 PDT

The Los Angeles Football Club began laying the foundation for its inaugural Major League Soccer season Thursday, hiring Bob Bradley, who formerly headed the U.S. national team, as its first coach.

Bradley, 59, who guided the U.S. to the knockout stage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, returns...


Jordan Morris strikes Gold for U.S.

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:20:00 PDT

When the final whistle sounded on Wednesday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final, Bruce Arena pumped his fist, then turned to his assistants and smiled.

As celebrations go it was a muted one, especially because Arena was commemorating more than just a win, he was making history as well by becoming the first...


U.S., Jamaica have something to prove in Gold Cup final

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:10:00 PDT

The last time Bruce Arena and Theodore Whitmore faced each other across a soccer field, Arena was two games into his second stint as coach of the U.S. national team and Whitmore was three games into his second stretch as Jamaica’s manager.

That was five months ago and a lot has changed since then....


Zinedine Zidane looks to add to coaching success with Real Madrid

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:45:00 PDT

Less than three years ago, Zinedine Zidane was starting his coaching career after retiring as one of the most celebrated players in soccer history, taking over Real Madrid’s B team.

Fast forward to 2017, and Zidane is on his way to becoming one of the most successful coaches in European soccer...


The Gold Cup is often a springboard to the World Cup for best U.S. players

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:50:00 PDT

Stuart Holden has a soft spot for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“I love this tournament,” the Fox Sports broadcaster and former national team midfielder said. “Any time you put on the national team jersey, it’s an opportunity.”

Holden’s first opportunity came in the 2009 Gold Cup and he made the most...


City of Orlando contacted about 2026 World Cup bid

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:05:00 PDT

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer has said many times he wants the city to be a destination for the world’s biggest sporting events, including the next World Cup held in America.

That goal is now closer than ever.

The City of Orlando has been contacted about being part of the joint bid for the United States,...


Manchester City bets big on global expansion of its brand and sport

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:50:00 PDT

When Claudio Reyna played for Manchester City more than a decade ago, it was less a soccer club than a disaster.

Just two years removed from the second-tier Football League when Reyna arrived, City lost 48 times in his three full seasons there, narrowly escaping relegation again in 2006.

So it...


Jamaica stuns Mexico 1-0, will face U.S. in CONCACAF Gold Cup final

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:26:00 PDT

Kemar Lawrence scored on an exquisite 24-yard free kick in the 88th minute, and Jamaica advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final with a 1-0 upset victory over Mexico on Sunday night.

Jamaica will face the United States on Wednesday night at Santa Clara, California. The Reggae Boyz are seeking their...


U.S. to play for Gold Cup title after Dempsey sparks win

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:40:00 PDT

Quietly, quickly and methodically, Bruce Arena has remade the U.S. national team in his image.

Eight months into his second term as coach, the dispirited team Arena inherited is now resilient, confident and more than a little bit cocky.

But most of all it is successful, with Saturday’s 2-0 victory...


Gold Cup longshots closing gap on powerhouses

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:30:00 PDT

The latest edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup began earlier this month the same way it always does, with a 14-team field full of unlikely longshots such as Canada, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Curacao and Martinique.

And if Mexico can get past Jamaica in Sunday’s semifinal at the Rose Bowl (FS1, Univision,...


El Salvador's Romero, Ceren suspended after biting U.S. players during Gold Cup match

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:00:00 PDT

El Salvador defender Henry Romero was suspended for his nation's next six competitive matches and midfielder Darwin Ceren for the next three, penalties announced three days after they bit American players during a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean...


European soccer is big business in America

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:50:00 PDT

As many fans attended an exhibition match on a drizzly summer Saturday night between two European soccer teams than typically attend a regular-season UCF football game in the fall.

This, above all else, should prove to all of you stubborn soccer haters out there that the Beautiful Game has literally...


U.S. Heading To Gold Cup Final Four For 9th Straight Time With 2-0 Win Over El Salvador

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:17:29 PDT

The U.S. is heading to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the ninth straight time, riding first-half goals from Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj to a chippy 2-0 win over El Salvador on Wednesday.

The U.S., unbeaten in 12 games under coach Bruce Arena, will play Costa Rica on Saturday in Arlington,...


U.S. to meet Costa Rica in Gold Cup semifinal, eight months after lopsided loss

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:55:00 PDT

The last time the U.S. national team lost a soccer game, Jurgen Klinsmann was the coach, Bruce Arena still worked for the Galaxy and Donald Trump had been the president-elect for only a week.

Eight months and 12 games have passed since that match in Costa Rica, the Americans’ most one-sided loss...


El Salvador's Henry Romero gives U.S. forward Jozy Altidore a purple nurple during Gold Cup quarterfinal [Video]

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:15:00 PDT

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore doesn’t necessarily mind being bitten and having his nipple twisted, but he would prefer if El Salvador defender Henry Romero wasn’t the one doing the biting and twisting.

Romero gave Altidore a purple nurple and chomped down on the back of his left shoulder, tactics...


U.S. earns spot in Gold Cup semis after sloppy victory over El Salvador

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:50:00 PDT

It’s not always a good idea to combine family vacations with business trips. But so far, Eric Lichaj has managed to make both work this summer.

The U.S. defender decided to bring his English-born wife Kathryn and the couple’s two daughters with him to the Gold Cup, footing the bill for their flights...


Arena changes all 11 US starters for 2nd straight match

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

U.S. coach Bruce Arena changed all 11 starters for the second straight game, inserting forwards Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore into the lineup for Wednesday night's CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal against El Salvador. After using a junior varsity roster in the group phase, Arena included five veterans...(image)

Police arrest Spanish Football Federation president in anti-corruption probe

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:15:00 PDT

Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was arrested Tuesday along with his son and three more federation executives as part of an anti-corruption probe.

Spain's Guardia Civil said in a statement that Villar, his son Gorka Villar, and three other soccer officials were detained...


Reunion with Bruce Arena has Gyasi Zardes confident that his struggles are over

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:40:00 PDT

When Gyasi Zardes was named last month to the U.S. team for the Gold Cup, it raised a few eyebrows — but little concern — around the Galaxy.

Zardes, a forward, was mired in the longest goalless drought of his career. He had managed only one assist and five shots on goal in 12 games. Even Dave...


Mexico beats Curacao to win CONCACAF Group C

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:05:00 PDT

Angel Sepulveda and Edson Alvarez scored and Mexico held on to beat Curacao 2-0 on Sunday night at the Alamodome to win Group C in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and continue its bid for a fourth championship in five years.

Mexico advanced to face Honduras in the quarterfinals Thursday night in Glendale,...


U.S. adds veterans back onto its Gold Cup team roster

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:45:00 PDT

A day after the U.S. won its group in the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament, coach Bruce Arena made six changes to his 23-man roster ahead of Wednesday’s quarterfinal game in Philadelphia. The U.S. won’t know its next opponent until Group C play is concluded late Sunday.

Goalkeepers Tim Howard...


Gold Cup: U.S. tops Nicaragua 3-0 to win group

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Matt Miazga scored on a closer-range header from Graham Zusi's corner kick in the 88th minute, giving the United States first place in its CONCACAF Gold Cup group with a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua on Saturday night.

Panama's 3-0 win over Martinique meant the U.S. needed a three-goal win to move...


Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho finds a second home at UCLA

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:45:00 PDT

Jose Mourinho’s college career included one day in business school and five years at the Technical University of Lisbon, from which he earned a diploma in sports science.

But if he had to pick a favorite school, it would probably be UCLA. The Manchester United coach has spent more time on the Westwood...


Costa Rica advances to Gold Cup quarterfinals with 3-0 win

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 22:40:00 PDT

Costa Rica assured itself of a spot in the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup by posting a 3-0 win over French Guiana on Friday night at Frisco, Texas.

Ariel Rodriguez scored in the fourth minute, and Rodney Wallace and David Ramirez added insurance goals late in the second half.

The result...


United States edges Martinique 3-2 in unexpectedly close Gold Cup match

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:10:00 PDT

In a closer-than-expected match, the United States finally pulled ahead and closed out a 3-2 Gold Cup victory against Martinique late Wednesday night.

Forward Jordan Morris scored two goals to lead the Americans past their Group B opponent at Raymond James Stadium.

Morris scored the game-winner...


Chuck Blazer, who touched off soccer scandal, dead at 72

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:38:00 PDT

Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that ultimately toppled FIFA President Sepp Blatter, died Wednesday. He was 72.

Blazer's death was announced by his lawyers, Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan. At a November 2013 court hearing...


Canada, Costa Rica tie 1-1; Honduras may win by forfeit

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:35:00 PDT

Alphonso Davies and Francisco Calvo each scored first-half goals, and Canada and Costa Rica tied 1-1 on Tuesday night at Houston.

Davies gave Canada a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute and Calvo drew Costa Rica even with a header three minutes before halftime.

Canada and Costa Rica are tied in Group...


Kellyn Acosta relishes chance to shine for U.S. in Gold Cup

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:05:40 PDT

TAMPA, Fla. — Kellyn Acosta is young, talented and eager to make the most of another opportunity to shine on the international soccer stage.

The U.S. faces Martinique in its second match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with Acosta and teammates hoping to make amends Wednesday night for a subpar performance...


Iranian soccer stars call on government to repeal ban on women in stadiums

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:19:00 PDT

For the last 38 years, it's been illegal for women to attend soccer matches in Iran. Two of the country's most prominent names in the sport say it's time to change that.

"This is the demand of millions upon millions of female fans who'd like to watch soccer matches and other events up close," Ali...


CONCACAF's Gold Cup campaign to silence fans' chanted slur gets off to a slow start

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:20:00 PDT

CONCACAF took on an unbeaten foe Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. And it got routed.

The ruling confederation for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean used the opening-round games of its biennial Gold Cup tournament to launch the latest campaign intended to stamp out the offensive...


Mexico's coach Juan Carlos Osorio has gathered plenty of wins — and criticism

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:30:00 PDT

By his own reckoning, Juan Carlos Osorio should be out of a job by now.

“At this level, you as a manager are three defeats away from crisis,” the coach of Mexico’s national team said this spring. “If I was in another country, maybe they would allow me three defeats. In Mexico, no. Probably one...


Wayne Rooney rejoins Everton; Romelu Lukaku heads to Manchester United 

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 06:57:00 PDT

Wayne Rooney rejoined boyhood club Everton on Sunday after 13 years at Manchester United, leaving English soccer's biggest club as its record scorer having won every major trophy.

The 31-year-old Rooney, the most recognized and scrutinized English soccer player, has been getting accustomed to a...


U.S. held to 1-1 tie by Panama in Gold Cup opener

Sat, 8 Jul 2017 16:25:00 PDT

Dom Dwyer scored for the second straight game but Miguel Camarago's goal gave Panama a 1-1 tie Saturday against the United States, the first time the Americans failed to win their opener in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

After scoring in his U.S. debut last weekend against Ghana, the England-born Dwyer...


Orlando Pride surrender late goal, settle for draw with Washington Spirit

Sat, 8 Jul 2017 15:05:00 PDT

Penalty kicks continue to haunt the Orlando Pride.

Orlando held a 2-1 lead late on the road against the Washington Spirit Saturday, but a foul in the 89th minute set up a deflating penalty kick equalizer.

The Pride (4-5-5, 16 points) couldn’t rally in stoppage time and settled for a 2-2 draw with...


Will Cristiano Ronaldo play for Real Madrid vs. the MLS All-Stars?

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 07:08:00 PDT

Thursday night, Major League Soccer announced the first 11 MLS All-Stars who will play in the game against Real Madrid on Aug. 2 at Soldier Field.But what many fans want to know is this: Will Cristiano Ronaldo be there too? And will he play?

Neither Real Madrid nor Major League Soccer will say...


Mexico soccer coach Osorio suspended 6 games

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Mexico was already without its A team for soccer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Now it’s without its coach.

FIFA suspended Juan Carlos Osorio for six games following an ugly incident at the Confederations Cup last weekend in Russia, where the 56-year-old Colombian coach spewed obscenities at an official...


Digest (July 7): Washington Spirit hosting 1st televised game of week

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 19:24:00 PDT

The Washington Spirit will host the Orlando Pride today in the first National Women's Soccer League Lifetime Game of the Week played at the Maryland SoccerPlex. National TV coverage on Lifetime starts at 3:30 p.m. with kickoff set for 3:50 p.m. This will be the second meeting this season between...


Bruce Arena returns to bigger, better Gold Cup with an inexperienced roster

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 13:45:00 PDT

The last time Bruce Arena coached in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the field included South Africa and Colombia, attendance averaged less than 14,000 a game and the U.S. won the title on a penalty kick from a 24-year-old Brad Davis following 120 scoreless minutes against Panama.

That was a dozen years...


Messi To Extend Contract With Barcelona Until 2021

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 14:53:33 PDT

Lionel Messi will play out the best remaining years of his trophy-rich career at Barcelona.

The Spanish club said Wednesday that Messi had agreed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the club through the 2020-21 season. By then, Barcelona's all-time leading scorer will be 34 years...


U.S. Soccer Liked What Newcomers Brought To Table In East Hartford

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 14:57:12 PDT

It took Dom Dwyer, an English-born forward for the United States men's soccer team, about 19 minutes into his national team career to get fans at Rentschler Field in East Hartford excited about the future.

After an active start to his first game, including a shot on net five minutes early, Dwyer...


Germany wins Confederations Cup with 1-0 victory over Chile

Sun, 2 Jul 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Germany's experimental young side overcame street-wise Chile to win a bruising Confederations Cup final 1-0 on Sunday, vindicating Joachim Loew's decision to leave most of his world champions at home.

The only goal in St. Petersburg came in the 20th minute from the 28-year-old Lars Stindl, who...


Portugal beats Mexico in extra time for third place in Confederations Cup

Sun, 2 Jul 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Portugal fought back from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in extra time in the Confederations Cup third-place game on Sunday.

Facing defeat at the end of the 90 minutes, Portugal sent the game into extra time with Pepe's volley. Adrien Silva won it with a 104th-minute penalty following Miguel Layun's...


Marshawn Lynch might have used his hands just a little during a charity soccer game. Watch the video

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Marshawn Lynch didn’t get the memo about not using his hands while playing soccer.

Or, more likely, he didn’t care.

Playing in a charity soccer event near Seattle, the former Seahawks and now Oakland Raiders running back entered the game in the second half wearing official Beast Mode socks and...


U.S. Beats Ghana Before Large Rentschler Crowd

Sat, 1 Jul 2017 20:44:05 PDT

About 30 minutes after the United States men's soccer team had defeated Ghana 2-1 Saturday, forward Dom Dwyer was asked if he was getting a lot of messages based on his performance in his national team debut.

He pulled out his phone, and smirked.

"Just a little bit," Dwyer said. It was filled...


Soccer Rivals Ghana And U.S. Go At It Once More, This Time At The Rent

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:22:22 PDT

The United States men's soccer team finally beat Ghana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

After Ghana eliminated the Americans in 2006 in Germany and 2010 in South Africa, the U.S. struck back for its first win against the soccer-loving African country in the opening group game.

Clint Dempsey scored...


Christos FC reaping the benefits

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:16:00 PDT

Ferndale staple has big plans for area youth soccer(image)

Talent, chemistry came together for Christos FC run

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:17:00 PDT

US Open performance led to matchup with DC United(image)

Prince William, David Cameron made cameos in the FIFA corruption report

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:16:00 PDT

The release of FIFA investigator Michael Garcia's 2014 report into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was met mostly with shrugs.

The report, which had been suppressed by FIFA except for a 42-page summary that Garcia dubbed a "materially incomplete and erroneous" interpretation...


Confederations Cup: Claudio Bravo helps save Chile in shootout victory over Portugal

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:45:00 PDT

Claudio Bravo made three penalty saves as Chile crushed Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shootout to reach the Confederations Cup final on Wednesday.

Bravo, who missed the first two cup games in Russia because of injury, stopped penalties by Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani, sending Chile to...


FIFA releases report detailing alleged corruption in World Cup bids of Russia and Qatar

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:30:00 PDT

After years of intrigue about allegedly corrupt World Cup bidding, FIFA published an investigation report Tuesday that showed how voters exploited the murky system yet allowed Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

FIFA published investigator Michael Garcia's 430-page dossier less...


Digest (June 27): Goucher's Korba hired to coach Stevenson women's soccer

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Tati Korba, a veteran with 15 years coaching at the college level, has been named women's soccer coach at Stevenson University. Korba, who becomes the ninth head coach in program history, has spent the last 12 years as head coach of the Goucher College women's soccer program. She begins her tenure...


Digest: D.C. United's Hamid, former Terp Zusi named to U.S. Gold Cup roster

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:23:00 PDT

D.C. United's Bill Hamid missed the United States national soccer team's past two winter gatherings because of knee injuries, ill-timed setbacks that undermined his efforts to enter the 2018 World Cup roster conversation. He'll finally get a chance to make a fresh impression this summer. On Sunday,...


New Americans Dom Dwyer, Kenny Saief join U.S. soccer squad for Gold Cup

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Recent U.S.-eligible players Dom Dwyer and Kenny Saief were among those named Sunday to the 23-man roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Dwyer became a U.S. citizen in March and Saief had his change of his allegiance from Israel to the U.S. granted last week. They join Cristian Roldan and Kelyn Rowe...


Mexican soccer fans are reluctant to give up a favorite chant — an anti-gay slur

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

They’ve been begged by star players to stop it, fined repeatedly, and threatened with dramatic sanctions that could hurt their national team’s chances in the World Cup.

But Mexican soccer fans have been loath to give up their favorite game-day chant, a homophobic slur that has been condemned by...


Germany, Chile advance to Confederations Cup semifinals

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:45:00 PDT

World champion Germany reached the Confederations Cup semifinals on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Cameroon in Sochi, Russia, that had a player sent off after confusion with experimental video replays.

Germany was leading through Kerem Demirbay's 48th-minute strike when Cameroon had Sebastien Siani...


Mexico beats Russia to advance to Confederations Cup semifinal

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:35:00 PDT

Host nation Russia fought valiantly but could not avoid early elimination at the Confederations Cup after a 2-1 loss to Mexico on Saturday in Kazan, a result that secured the Mexicans a place in the semifinals of the World Cup warmup tournament.

Portugal also advanced from Group A after beating...


Referee organization working to level the field for women

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:25:00 PDT

One of the greatest compliments Christina Unkel received in her long career as a soccer official came the time a player addressed her as “sir.”

“It’s weird thing,” she said. “They’re like, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry.’ I’m like, ‘No, it’s great. I’m glad you forgot that I’m a girl. That’s helpful. That means...


Tony DiCicco, who coached U.S. women's soccer team to 1999 World Cup title, dies at 68

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:54:00 PDT

Tony DiCicco, the coach of the U.S. women's soccer team during its groundbreaking run to the 1999 Women's World Cup title, died Monday night at the age of 68, his son announced Tuesday on Twitter. The cause of death was not immediately apparent, but Anthony DiCicco spoke of his father's "health...


FIFA panel invites debate on shortening soccer matches to 60 minutes

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:29:00 PDT

Soccer's rule-making panel wants debate on moving to 60-minute games and stopping the clock when the ball is not in play.

Playing two halves each of 30 minutes' actual playing time would be a "radical change" to the Laws of Football, the FIFA-supported International Football Association Board acknowledged.


A.J. DeLaGarza's homecoming gives ex-Galaxy star a chance for closure

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 20:10:00 PDT

A.J. DeLaGarza insists he doesn’t hold any grudges.

But you would understand if he did.

After eight seasons and 204 games played with the Galaxy, the team reneged on assurances not to trade DeLaGarza in January, abruptly selling him to the Houston Dynamo for allocation money just a week before...


Russia provides a poor setting for a celebration of sport

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:35:00 PDT

The Confederations Cup, the quadrennial dress rehearsal for soccer’s World Cup, opened Saturday in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg.

It’s not a milestone many find worth celebrating.

The start of the two-week, eight-nation tournament is FIFA’s final blessing of the...


U.S. coach's bonus for winning women's World Cup: $90K. For reaching men's second round: $500K.

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:38:00 PDT

Jill Ellis received $90,000 in bonus and incentive compensation for coaching the U.S. women's national soccer team to the 2015 World Cup title, less than a fifth of what Jurgen Klinsmann collected for guiding the men to the tournament's second round a year earlier.

Ellis's bonus was among the figures...


Christos FC adds another chapter to Baltimore's rich soccer tradition

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:41:00 PDT

It’s unimaginable to think an amateur club soccer team could beat a professional team that competes in Major League Soccer, the highest professional division in the country.

But you would have thought otherwise Tuesday night at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds when Christos FC took on D.C. United in...


Christos FC scores first but dream run ends when D.C. United pulls ahead late for 4-1 win

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:16:00 PDT

Baltimore amateur team falls short against MLS side in fourth round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.(image)

Four keys to a Christos FC upset of the D.C. United

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:58:00 PDT

Ferndale-based Christos FC, the last amateur soccer club still alive in the 104th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, is set to take on D.C. United in the fourth round of the single-elimination tournament at 7:30 tonight at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. 

Here are four keys for Christos to come away with...


Why coach Bruce Arena and the U.S. players are so optimistic after tying Mexico

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:05:00 PDT

A draw is soccer’s way of separating the optimists from the pessimists.

You didn’t win, but you didn’t lose either. You dropped two points, but you earned one.

So is the glass half empty or half full?

For the U.S. national team, there’s no debate. After Sunday’s 1-1 tie with Mexico in a rainy and...


U.S. and Mexico play to a 1-1 tie in World Cup qualifier

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:05:00 PDT


Baltimore-area Cinderella Christos FC set for U.S. Open Cup match with D.C. United

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:47:00 PDT

Christos FC's run to the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where it will face Major League Soccer's D.C. United in a single-elimination tournament game Tuesday in Boyds, has indeed made the Anne Arundel County discount beer, wine and spirits store into a character in a David-versus-Goliath...(image)

A North American rivalry that goes way beyond NAFTA: Mexico and the U.S. go for the goals

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:15:00 PDT

This was about sports, everyone agreed, about competition on the pitch, about the run-up to the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia. Not about politics.

But when the U.S. and Mexican national teams clashed here Sunday at the capital’s fabled Azteca Stadium, the specter of President Trump and his harsh...


FIFA removes Qatari match officials due to diplomatic crisis

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:57:00 PDT

FIFA has waded into the escalating Gulf diplomatic crisis by removing a Qatari referee from a 2018 World Cup qualifier following a request from the United Arab Emirates.

The decision was taken due to the "geopolitical situation" in the region, FIFA told The Associated Press on Sunday, hours after...


Christen Press scores for U.S. in 1-0 victory over Norway

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Christen Press scored in the 60th minute to help the U.S. women’s national team beat Norway 1-0 on Sunday. It was her 42nd international goal.

Mallory Pugh, a 19-year-old who earlier this year decided to go pro rather than play college soccer, injured her ankle in warmups, according to U.S. Soccer....


England edges Venezuela 1-0 to win Under-20 World Cup title

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PDT

England won the Under-20 World Cup by beating Venezuela 1-0 in the final on Sunday for its first global soccer title since 1966.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored in the first half, and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman preserved the lead by saving a second-half penalty from Adalberto Penaranda as Venezuela...


U.S. players will represent their country, not their president, when they play Mexico

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 19:45:00 PDT

Bruce Arena, the head coach of the United States national soccer team, wanted to make something clear.

When his team takes the field against Mexico at Azteca Stadium on Sunday, it will be representing the United States. It won’t be representing its president.

It’s a strange time to be an American,...


Landon Donovan came of age as U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry blossomed

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Dear Mexico, Landon Donovan would like to apologize.

Although the greatest player in U.S. soccer history grew up in Southern California, where he learned Spanish by playing against Mexican American kids, he says he had little understanding of the importance Mexicans place on the U.S.-Mexico rivalry.


Rivalry with Mexico a family feud for three members of the U.S. team

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 19:05:00 PDT

Herculez Gomez grew up surrounded by the U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry.

As a boy, he remembers getting up early on weekends to watch games from Mexico with his immigrant parents. Then when he got older, he would drive to the Rose Bowl to see the Galaxy play.

“I had two sets of heroes,” he said. “I...


The dirty tackles, head-butts and upsets: A history of the 83-year U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

The U.S. played Mexico in soccer for the first time in 1934, winning 4-2 in a World Cup qualifier. It would be 46 years and 25 games before the U.S. would win again.(image)

United Soccer League hopes to have Baltimore franchise, stadium site approved by end of year, official says

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 15:35:00 PDT

A top United Soccer League official said Thursday that the league hopes to have a Baltimore expansion franchise and a stadium site approved by the end of the year.

USL president Jake Edwards told The Baltimore Sun that the second-tier professional league hopes to have the city's prospective ownership...