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Blast rout Tropics, 10-1, in Sunday matinee, stay unbeaten at home in MASL

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:25:00 PST

Tony Donatelli had two goals and three assists to lead the Blast to a 10-1 victory over the Florida Tropics in a Major Arena Soccer League game Sunday afternoon before an announced 3,429 at Towson University’s SECU Arena.

William Vanzela made 13 saves for the Blast (5-1), who improved to 5-0 at...


Digest: D.C. United acquires Mattocks, Brillant, re-signs Clark

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:27:00 PST

D.C. United took advantage of Major League Soccer's four-hour trade window Sunday, addressing two positions by acquiring Jamaican forward Darren Mattocks from the Portland Timbers and French central defender Frédéric Brillant from New York City FC. United did not relinquish a player in either deal:...


Stanford becomes first school to win men's and women's soccer national titles in same season

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:40:00 PST

Sam Werner ripped off his shirt, raced the length of the field and was smothered by a swarm of Stanford teammates.

Even for a budding dynasty, that championship feeling isn't getting old.

Werner scored in the second overtime to lead Stanford to its third straight NCAA men's soccer title with a...


Blast look to avenge season's only loss against Florida Tropics on Sunday

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 07:00:00 PST

Florida Tropics (3-2) at Blast (4-1)

When: Sunday, 3:05 p.m.

Where: Towson University’s SECU Arena

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, or

Outlook: The Blast, first place in the Major Arena Soccer League’s Eastern Division, will look to win their fifth straight home game and...


Toronto FC defeats Seattle Sounders for first MLS Cup title

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 15:50:00 PST

Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Toronto FC beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 on Saturday in the MLS Cup to become the first Canadian champion in league history.

Toronto avenged a penalty-shootout loss to Seattle last year in the title game.

In the 67th, Sebastian Giovinco's...


Baltimore has new semipro soccer team with FC Baltimore joining NPSL

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:20:00 PST

Soccer has long been a staple in Baltimore and a new team is looking to add to that tradition with FC Baltimore joining the National Professional Soccer League for the 2018 season.

The club, which will be coached by Brandon Quaranta and mostly made up of college players who played their youth and...


Survey shows FC Barcelona's popularity strong among women, young fans

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:20:00 PST

A September survey of approximately 12,400 online interviews with sports fans in 10 strategic markets found that Spanish soccer club FC Barcelona is among the most popular sports brands in the world, though it has room for growth in important emerging soccer markets in the U.S., China and Japan.


Digest (Dec. 6): Blast's Donatelli earns weekly MASL honor

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 20:32:00 PST

The Major Arena Soccer League selected Blast midfielder Tony Donatelli to the MASL Team of the Week on Wednesday. Donatelli scored three goals in a victory over the Ontario Fury on Friday and two in a victory over the St. Louis Ambush on Saturday. The Blast's William Vanzela, Vini Dantas and Adriano...


Sunil Gulati will not seek 4th term as U.S. Soccer president

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:49:00 PST

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati will not seek a fourth term, announcing his decision two months after the Americans failed to qualify for next year's World Cup.

Former national team players Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino are among the candidates for the election in...


U.S. absence from World Cup draw shines a light on missed opportunities

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 16:35:00 PST

Herculez Gomez wasn’t invited to play in any World Cup qualifiers for the U.S. in the run-up to the 2010 tournament. But six months later, in the shape of his life, he scored in the final game before the World Cup roster was chosen and found himself on the team that played in South Africa.



Blast sneak past winless Ambush, 5-4, on late goal from Jamie Thomas

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 18:40:00 PST

The good news for the Blast is they’e 4-1 in the Major Arena Soccer League this season.

The bad news? They have yet to resemble the team that has won the past two league championships and has been a perennial powerhouse.

In prior seasons, the Blast buried a winless opponent that came into their...


Stanford beats UCLA to win women's soccer title

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 13:10:00 PST

Until Sunday, the UCLA women’s soccer team had gone 14 months and 33 games without losing a match in which it scored multiple goals. And UCLA hadn’t allowed three goals in a regulation-length game in more than two years.

All of which means the Bruins picked a bad time to revisit history because...


Blast claim 8-5 win over Fury for share of first place in MASL Eastern Division

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 19:30:00 PST

The defending Major Arena Soccer League champion Blast are still getting used to their new digs, Towson University’s SECU Arena, while at the same time getting their opponents’ best effort.

It’s making for some tough sledding in the early season, but they are mostly finding their way.

On Friday...


FIFA World Cup draw: Russia gets a soft landing and Mexico is in the Group of Death

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:17:00 PST

With the World Cup 6 1/2 months away, the eyes of the vast soccer society turned to Moscow for the Friday's draw, which determined the eight first-round groups and set the path for the favorites to reach the final.

Should it come as any surprise that, with President Vladimir Putin in attendance...


Bizarre episodes surround FIFA trial in Brooklyn

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:29:00 PST

A juror dismissed for sleeping during hearings. A defendant allegedly doing a throat-slitting gesture to intimidate a witness. A judge admonishing a defendant for taking a paper clip and a pen from her clerk's desk.

The trial of South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA bribery scandal...


D.C. United could play some games in Baltimore or Annapolis awaiting new stadium

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:55:00 PST

D.C. United will move into a new stadium next season, but because of MLS's concerns about scheduling complications and competitive advantage late in the year, the club will have to play between two and four home matches at alternate locations before Audi Field opens, The Washington Post reports.


Spectators will be allowed to fly rainbow flags at World Cup in Russia

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:32:00 PST

Spectators will be allowed to fly rainbow flags at the World Cup, Russia's top anti-discrimination official for soccer indicated on Thursday.

Alexei Smertin, the Russian Football Union official and a World Cup ambassador, said spectators won't be affected by a Russian law prohibiting "propaganda"...


Blast face Fury, Ambush at SECU Arena this weekend

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Ontario Fury (2-2) vs. Blast (2-1)

When: Friday, 7:35 p.m.

St. Louis Ambush (0-4) vs. Blast (2-1)

When: Saturday, 6:05 p.m.

Where: Towson University’s SECU Arena

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, or

Outlook: Rarely have the two-time defending Major Arena Soccer League champion...


Fan survey shows Bayern Munich brand growing in the U.S.

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

A few years ago German superclub Bayern Munich came to the rather obvious conclusion that if it hoped to continue competing with European powers funded by deep-pocketed Middle Eastern owners and Russian oligarchs, it was going to have to find new streams of revenue outside Germany.

The club has...


A new bust of Cristiano Ronaldo makes him look more handsome, less bizarre than the other one

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:50:00 PST

A wrong from earlier this year has been righted, and the world finally has a fairly accurate bust of Cristiano Ronaldo.

In March, a Portugal airport unveiled an unintentionally comical bust of Ronaldo. Over the weekend, the Real Madrid museum at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium revealed its own, much...


Lionel Messi wins 4th Golden Shoe as Europe's top scorer 

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:55:00 PST

Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday for leading all of Europe's leagues in scoring last season.

It was the fourth time the Barcelona forward has received the honor, drawing him even with Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the award record-holders.

Messi scored 37 in...


Former AC Milan, Real Madrid forward Robinho denies sexual assault after 9-year jail sentence

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:02:00 PST

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in jail by a court in Milan on charges of sexual assault following an incident in 2013, Italian news agency ANSA reported Thursday.

Currently playing for Atletico Mineiro in his native Brazil, Robinho's lawyer said in a...


Soccer on TV: The best games to watch this weekend

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:25:00 PST

In three of Europe’s top five leagues the leading goal scorer plays for the team that is also leading the table. This weekend’s schedule features three games in which a league’s top two scorers will face off — and not surprisingly, each will impact positions near the top of the standings as well.


U.S. rises in FIFA rankings despite failing to qualify for the World Cup

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:00:00 PST

Nine teams that didn’t qualify for the 32-team field for next summer’s World Cup will have to be content with spots in the top 32 in the latest FIFA world rankings, which were announced Thursday.

The U.S., which failed to make the cut in soccer’s quadrennial championship for the first time since...


U.S. Soccer might not hire men's national team coach until after World Cup

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:49:00 PST

The U.S. Soccer Federation is not planning to hire a men's national soccer team coach before the organization's presidential election in February, and with no major competitions in the near future, it might wait until the pool of potential candidates grows after next summer's World Cup, multiple...


Is youth soccer training to blame for American team's failure to qualify for the World Cup?

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:15:00 PST

The vision statement for US Club Soccer is pretty ambitious for an organization with some 500,000 youth participants and 70,000 registered coaches: “US Club Soccer will be the finest soccer organization in America and an integral part of U.S. National Team success.”

Since the U.S. men’s national...


Christos Advances to US Open Cup Again

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:40:00 PST

They say the first time is the best time, but players on Christos FC may dispute that cliché.

Danny Baxter and Elton Joe each scored two goals, Cody Albrecht added two assists and Christos defeated Phoenix (Pa.) Sport Club, 5-1, in a U.S. Open Cup third-round open division qualifying match at Anne...


Digest (Nov. 17): Blast top Syracuse, 7-6, to start season 2-0 in Major Arena Soccer League

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:09:00 PST

The Blast (2-0) posted a 7-6 victory against the Syracuse Silver Knights at Towson University's SECU Arena on Friday night. Adriano Dos Santos and Vini Dantas both scored twice and Tony Donatelli finished with three assists for the Blast. William Vanzela made 12 saves for Baltimore, which travels...


Christos set for third-round qualifier at AACC

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:40:00 PST

When Australia and Peru qualified for the World Cup on Wednesday, the final field of 32 for next year’s tournament in Russia was officially set. Closer to home, spots for the 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup will be finalized this weekend.

Christos FC, coming off an undefeated fall regular season in...


Terps soccer's once-promising season ends with loss to Albany in PK shootout

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:55:00 PST

The Maryland men’s soccer team’s season started with a 13-game unbeaten streak and very real dreams of its first College Cup appearance since 2013.

On Thursday night, it ended in the first round of the NCAA tournament with a sixth straight home defeat, no goals and so many questions about what...


'Incredible' Donovan Pines (River Hill) stands tall for Terps soccer entering NCAA tournament

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST

“I love cells.” Donovan Pines said this earnestly Tuesday, outside the Varsity Team House, as his Maryland men’s soccer team stretched out before an afternoon practice on a nearby field. Pines also loves the biology department at Maryland, loves the environment, but this organic-chemistry course...


Columbia eliminates W&M with 2-1 win

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:35:00 PST

William and Mary’s streak of 10 matches without a loss, not to mention its season, came to an end Thursday night in the NCAA men’s soccer tournament.

Kynan Rocks’ follow of a missed header with 7:15 remaining in the second overtime gave Columbia a 2-1 win over the Tribe at Martin Family Stadium....


Blast host Silver Knights as they try to make it two straight wins at SECU Arena

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST


When: Friday, 7:35 p.m.

Where: SECU Arena, Towson University

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, or

Outlook: A near capacity crowd of 3,733 watched the Blast make a successful debut at SECU Arena with an exciting 8-7 win over the...


What to watch in international soccer this weekend

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:20:00 PST

With the last of the 32 spots in next summer’s World Cup having been handed out earlier this week during the last FIFA international break of 2017, the focus in international soccer this weekend returns to Europe’s five major leagues. Here are some matches worth checking out:

EPL: Manchester United,...


Italy fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1958

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:45:00 PST

Players from both teams slumped to the ground. The Swedes in exhausted ecstasy, the Italians in losers' agony.

On a starry night in Milan, four-time champion Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. Sweden advanced for the first time since 2006.

Despite three...


Digest (Nov. 14): Harford Community College wins in national women's soccer tournament

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:41:00 PST

Alexandria Adams scored with 4:33 remaining to propel Harford Community College to a 2-1 victory over Cloud County (Kan.) in pool play at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I women's soccer tournament in Melbournce, Fla., on Tuesday. Rachel Bohli's goal gave the Owls a 1-0...


Slumping Terps soccer to play Albany in NCAA tournament opener Thursday

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:15:00 PST

One of the strangest Maryland men’s soccer seasons in the program’s hallowed history will continue for at least one more game.

The Terps (10-5-3), a preseason College Cup favorite who have lost five straight games for the first time since 1993, coach Sasho Cirovski’s first season in College Park,...


Soccer allowed Afghan refugee to strike a powerful blow against the Taliban

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:15:00 PST

Refugee centers are often squalid, desperate places, timeless purgatories for people stuck between a horrific past and an uncertain future.

For a lucky few, however, they can be life-changing places, where hope pushes out despair and light breaks through the darkness. At least that’s how it was...


Hope Solo accuses former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:09:00 PST

Hope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in 2013.

In an interview published Friday in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter grabbed her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the annual...


Digest (Nov. 10): Colgate overtakes Loyola Maryland in Patriot League men's soccer semifinals

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:49:00 PST

The Colgate men's soccer team erased a 2-0 deficit in the final 20 minutes of regulation to force overtime against top-seeded Loyola and junior Steven DeLeo scored in the 98th minute to secure a 3-2 overtime win in the Patriot League semifinals on Friday night at Ridley Athletic Complex. Colgate...


With 8-7 win, Blast make debut at Towson's SECU Arena an exciting success

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:20:00 PST

Goalie William Vanzela didn’t have to sprint as far as he once did to greet his teammates when celebrating each of the Blast’s goals Friday, when they made their home debut at Towson University’s SECU Arena a success.

There were eight goals in all, every last one needed, and none more exciting...


Hope Solo accuses former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of grabbing her

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:25:00 PST

Hope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in 2013.

In an interview published Friday in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter grabbed her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the annual...


New house, same results? Blast prepare to defend MASL title at SECU Arena

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

The Blast start defense of their Major Arena Soccer League championship in a new home: Towson University's SECU Arena. They open their season Friday night against the Cedar Rapids Rampage.(image)

Blast to debut at SECU Arena against Cedar Rapids in MASL opener

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST

The two-time defending MASL champion Blast will open their 2017-18 regular season in their new home, Towson University's SECU Arena, against the Cedar Rapids Rampage.(image)

Northwestern soccer player Robbie White comes out as gay, credits school's inclusive environment

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:35:00 PST

After Northwestern’s final soccer practice last spring, Robbie White began to walk out of the locker room when his best friend stopped him.

White had confided in Braden Thuraisingham and had wrestled for a few months about when to make an announcement to the entire team. When Thuraisingham encouraged...


2017-18 Baltimore Blast

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 20:00:00 PST

Check out pictures of the 2017-18 Baltimore Blast.


Soccer great Darryl Gee among inductees to Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:20:00 PST

Darryl Gee, 55, bought his first bicycle last month. There was just one hitch.

“They had to show me how to pump the tires,” he said.

Perhaps that seems odd for one who’s to be enshrined in the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday night. But, as a youth in Columbia, Gee had little time...


Robbie Rogers, who became 1st openly gay male athlete in a major North American league, retires

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 12:42:00 PST

Robbie Rogers, the LA Galaxy defender who became the first openly gay male athlete in a major North American professional sport, is retiring from soccer.

The 30-year-old Rogers announced his retirement Tuesday through the Galaxy, saying he made the decision "with mixed emotions." He missed the...


Soccer on TV this weekend: World Cup berths at stake

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 19:20:00 PST

Club soccer pauses this weekend for the final FIFA international break of the year, making room for a number of playoff games with World Cup berths at stake. Here are some games expected to be compelling:

UEFA: Italy hasn’t missed a World Cup since 1958, but if the Azzurri are to keep that streak...


Rebuilding begins now for U.S. Soccer after World Cup qualifying stumble

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

The future begins now for U.S. Soccer, which has called up a young, inexperienced team for its final game of the year against third-ranked Portugal on Nov. 14.

The 21-man roster assembled by interim coach Dave Sarachan includes 12 players who are younger than 25 and five who are looking for their...


Spain's World Cup jersey sparks controversy

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:05:00 PST

The Spain jersey that will be used in the World Cup has sparked controversy after being linked to the Republican flag of the 1930s.

The jersey has the colors red, yellow and blue, but some say that from afar the blue appears to have the same purple tone of the Republican flag used from 1931-39.


Women's Soccer: McDaniel going back to NCAA tournament

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:00:00 PST

McDaniel learned Monday that its season will continue with an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament.

The Green Terror (12-5-2) fell to Johns Hopkins in penalty kicks in Saturday's Centennial Conference (CC) semifinal but earned one of 20 Pool C bids into the field of...


Undocumented immigrants in Baltimore seek refuge in soccer

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 04:45:00 PST

The Patterson High School soccer player pulled off his hoodie to reveal a dark blue jersey bearing the name of Neymar, his favorite player, and joined his teammates on the sunny practice field.

While the jersey offers the 17-year-old a connection, if mostly in his dreams, to the Brazilian superstar,...


Navy thwarted in women's soccer final

Sun, 5 Nov 2017 15:00:00 PST

The Navy women’s soccer team missed out on an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. That berth went to Bucknell, a reward for its 3-2 victory at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in the Patriot League Championship.

Goals by Clare MacAdam and Ash Fairow, the Patriot League’s leading scorer,...


Digest (Nov. 5): Two-time Big Ten men's soccer tournament defending champion Maryland loses quarterfinal

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 00:24:00 PST

No. 23 Maryland (10-5-3, 5-1-2) was upset in the Big Ten men's soccer quarterfinals Sunday, losing, 2-1, at home to Wisconsin (9-4-4, 4-3-1). Sebastian Elney opened the scoring in the 28th minute for the Terps, the two-time defending tournament champions, but the Badgers got goals by Noah Leibold...


Digest (Nov. 4): Loyola Maryland edges Lafayette for first Patriot League men's soccer regular-season crown

Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:41:00 PDT

Sophomore Brian Saramago's goal in the 21st minute earned Loyola Maryland its first Patriot League regular-season title on Saturday afternoon as the Greyhounds defeated Lafayette, 1-0, at Ridley Athletic Complex. Loyola (11-5-1 overall, 7-2-0 Patriot League) will host the semifinals and championship...


Digest (Nov. 3): Howard CC to play Genesee in JuCo national men's soccer tournament

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 19:43:00 PDT

The Howard Community College men's soccer team will play Genesee Community College (N.Y) in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III National Championship quarterfinals on Thursday at 4 p.m. in Herkimer, New York. The Dragons come into the tournament with a 13-5-1 record, having...


Lionel Messi, who does not take steroids or wear a wig, donates libel lawsuit winnings to charity

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:07:00 PDT

Lionel Messi, who has a full head of hair, is a man of his word. On Thursday, after Spain's Supreme Court verified a lower court's judgment that a Madrid-based newspaper libeled him in 2014 when an opinion columnist alleged Messi wore a toupee and took performance-enhancing drugs, the 30-year-old...


Howard Community College men's soccer wins region championship

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:35:00 PDT

The Howard Community College men’s soccer team beat Northern Virginia Community College, 2-1, on Sunday to win the NJCAA Region XX Championship at Anne Arundel Community College.

The Dragons, who have 13 players who played for a Howard County public school, improved to 13-5-1 and will play in the...


Dave Sarachan, former Bruce Arena assistant, is named interim coach for the U.S. national team

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Dave Sarachan, Bruce Arena’s top assistant with the Galaxy and in two stints with the national team, was named Tuesday to succeed Arena as interim coach for the U.S. ahead of next month’s friendly in Portugal.

Arena stepped down earlier this month after the U.S. failed to advance to next summer’s...


Ashley Cole's quiet excellence deserves to be appreciated — and rewarded

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Mercifully, the Galaxy’s disaster of a season will come to an end Sunday when the league’s worst team staggers to the finish line at FC Dallas (SpecSN, Spectrum Deportes, 1 p.m. PT).

For defender Ashley Cole, however, it’s an end that’s coming perhaps a bit too soon. Because when Sunday’s game...


Digest (Oct. 17): No. 3 Terps men's soccer upset by No. 13 Georgetown

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:14:00 PDT

Jacob Montes scored in the 88th minute and the visiting No. 13 Georgetown men's soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over No. 3 Maryland on Tuesday night, ending the Terps' regular-season unbeaten streak at 30 games. Maryland (10-1-3), which played without starting defenders Chase Gasper and George...


Digest (Oct. 13): Terps' Cirovski earns 400th men's soccer coaching victory

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:21:00 PDT

Maryland men's soccer coach Sasho Cirovski won his 400th game as Eryk Williamson's second-half hat trick lifted No. 3 Maryland past Wisconsin, 5-4, on Friday night. Cirovski became the ninth Division I and the 39th head coach across all level to win 400 career games. He is 400-145-47 as a head...


The arrogance of U.S. Soccer persists

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:00:00 PDT

The beauty of soccer is that the underdog has a chance, that shots can hit the crossbar, that a ball can take a deflection and go in the net, that referees can blow calls.

The beauty of the World Cup is that the first round is a mere three games and after that it’s single elimination — not a 162-game...


Bruce Arena resigns as U.S. soccer coach

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:10:00 PDT

Moments after his U.S. national team was knocked out of the World Cup earlier this week, coach Bruce Arena was asked about his future.

“I think I have a good future,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m going to be doing, but whatever I’m doing, I think it’s going to be good.”

On Friday, Arena became...


Digest (Oct. 12): Blast announce schedule for promotions, giveaways

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:20:00 PDT

The Blast announced their promotions and giveaways for the 2017-18 season. The giveaways include a replica jersey T-shirt featuring Blast defender Adriano Dos Santos (Nov. 17), a mini-ball (Feb. 3) and a bobblehead honoring last season's postseason Most Valuable Player Vini Dantas (Feb. 23). Promotional...


The best thing that ever happened to US soccer

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:00:00 PDT

Instead of collapsing to the water-logged pitch and burying their head in their hands, instead of ruing Clint Dempsey’s shot that hit the post or Omar Gonzalez’s clearance that spun into his own net, instead of trudging to the locker room at Ato Boldon Stadium in disbelief and despair, members...


What's next for U.S. soccer after not qualifying for World Cup?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:30:00 PDT

The analysis and second-guessing began before the U.S. national team had even left the tiny stadium in central Trinidad that forever will be linked to one of the most epic failures in American soccer history.

The U.S. entered the final day of World Cup qualifying Tuesday in control of its destiny,...


After getting knocked out of 2018 World Cup, U.S. men's soccer will take more hits off the field

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:01:00 PDT

The failure of the U.S. men's national soccer team to qualify for the World Cup - a feat it had accomplished without considerable trouble for two decades - will have severe implications for those involved in the botched campaign and a sport that has gained a growing foothold on the American sports...


Failure to qualify for World Cup exposes U.S. progress as a myth

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:55:00 PDT

So it’s confirmed the emperor had no clothes, only now we have to figure out exactly who the emperor was.

Bruce Arena, the coach of the United States men’s national soccer team?

Sunil Gulati, the federation president?

Or the players, starting with veterans such as Michael Bradley down to the up-and-comers...


U.S. men's soccer team fails to qualify for World Cup with stunning loss to Trinidad and Tobago

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:55:00 PDT

The longest, most arduous journey for a U.S. national soccer team in a generation was stopped just short of the finish line Tuesday, with Trinidad and Tobago dealing the Americans a crushing 2-1 upset just minutes before both Panama and Honduras won their final qualifiers.

The U.S. started the...


Alex Morgan shares perspective on body cam video of soccer players getting kicked out of Disney World

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:10:00 PDT

Orange County deputies released body camera video Tuesday showing U.S. women's national team player Alex Morgan and Orlando City Soccer Club players being kicked out of Disney World the evening of Oct. 1.

Morgan and Orlando City players Donny Toia and Giles Barnes were among six people escorted...


U.S. World Cup hopes will sink or swim in water-logged Trinidad

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 22:40:00 PDT

Ato Boldon was a sprinter, not a swimmer. But you wouldn’t have known that Monday from the condition of the stadium that bears his name.

When the U.S. soccer team showed up for its midday training session, an ankle-high lake covered the track and water lapped on to the soccer field, flooding the...


The game that changed everything for US soccer

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:00:00 PDT

The island of Trinidad is the farthest south of the Caribbean chain, so far south that on a clear day you can see South America and Venezuela, which is seven miles from its southwestern tip.

It is small, remote, tropical and quaint, with men selling coconuts out of the back of dilapidated pickup...


U.S. job not done entering final World Cup qualifier

Sat, 7 Oct 2017 17:10:00 PDT

As great as it was for the United States to pull through when it counted, get back on track, reassure fans and so dominantly beat Panama to steal third place in the standings, there is more to be done.

That message was clear Friday night after the U.S. strode to a 4-0 win against Los Canaleros...


Christian Pulisic leads U.S. to crucial 4-0 win over Panama in World Cup qualifying

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 18:42:00 PDT

Teenage star Christian Pulisic scored with a brilliant touch to complete a field-length attack just eight minutes in, then split the defense with a pass that set up Jozy Altidore for the first of the forward's two goals and put the United States back on track for next year's World Cup with a 4-0...


Baltimore makes cut for list of potential 2026 World Cup host cities

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 13:25:00 PDT

The United Bid Committee announced Wednesday that Baltimore is among the 32 North American cities that could serve as a 2026 FIFA World Cup host.

The list was trimmed from 41 applicants across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Representatives from the 32 remaining cities will meet in Houston...


For U.S. team, road to World Cup will get a lot easier with victory over Panama

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 16:35:00 PDT

It may not look that way on a map, but the most direct route for the U.S. national team to reach Russia for next summer’s World Cup is to go through Panama.

In fact, it may be the only way. Because if the U.S. doesn’t beat Panama in Friday’s qualifier at Orlando City Stadium (4:35 p.m. PDT, ESPN2,...


Blast re-sign Pat Healey, two others

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 10:50:00 PDT

The Blast announced Wednesday that they have re-signed veteran defender Pat Healey and signed Ricky Greensfelder and Marco Nascimento for the 2017-18 Major Arena Soccer League season.

Healey, a two-time MASL Defender of the Year, returns for his 10th season. Greensfelder, who is expected to play...


World Cup team 'changed the game forever' for U.S.

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Brian Bliss remembers coming off the field after the game that changed everything, believing nothing really was different.

Perhaps it was the fatigue of playing 90 minutes on a stiflingly humid day in Trinidad. Or the shock of the 1-0 win that had qualified the U.S. soccer team for a World Cup...


Orlando City Soccer Club's Alex Morgan apologizes for Disney World incident

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:35:00 PDT

Alex Morgan apologized for a Disney World spat that led to her and other Orlando City Soccer Club players being booted from Epcot Sunday.

Morgan was described as “highly impaired” and shouted she knew the Orlando SWAT team when Orange County sheriff’s deputies tried to escort her and a group of...


Alex Morgan among group of Orlando City SC players kicked out of Disney World

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 11:45:00 PDT

A group of Orlando City Soccer Club players, including U.S. women's national team star Alex Morgan, were kicked out of a Disney World park during the weekend.

Morgan and Orlando City players Donny Toia and Giles Barnes were among six people listed on an Orange County Sheriff’s Office incident report...


Most memorable miss in U.S. Soccer history haunts Chris Wondolowski, but he's using it to teach teammates in World Cup qualifying

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 18:15:00 PDT

There are a number of choices for the title of most memorable goal in U.S. Soccer history. The list starts with Landon Donovan’s shot off a rebound to beat Algeria in 2010, Eric Wynalda’s free kick against Switzerland in 1994 that gave the U.S. its first World Cup point in 44 years, and Paul Caligiuri’s...


U.S. looking to history as a guide in World Cup qualifying

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:20:00 PDT

The last time the U.S. took a World Cup qualifying campaign to the final game was 1989, when Paul Caligiuri’s first-half goal beat Trinidad and Tobago and sent the Americans to the world championship competition for the first time in 40 years.

They haven’t missed a World Cup since.

That streak...


Barcelona game played without fans amid Catalonia vote

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Barcelona's Spanish league game against Las Palmas was played without fans at the Camp Nou Stadium amid the disputed referendum on Catalonia's independence on Sunday.

Barcelona had openly backed the referendum and criticized the Spanish government for trying to impede the vote. Its president said...


What to watch this weekend: international soccer

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:35:00 PDT

Six weeks into the European season, more than a dozen teams in the continent’s top five leagues remain unbeaten and a number of them have interesting games on tap this weekend.

Here are a few worth watching:

English Premier League:

It’s been a tough start to the EPL season for winless Crystal Palace,...


Digest (Sept. 26): Blast to open season Nov. 10 at Towson University

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:01:00 PDT

The Blast released their 2017-18 schedule with the team playing its home opener against the Cedar Rapids Rampage on Nov. 10. The Major Arena Soccer League will feature 16 teams, each playing a 22-game schedule. Baltimore will play in the Eastern Division along with Florida, Harrisburg and Syracuse....


'The state of soccer in Maryland won': No. 3 Terps men, UMBC play to 1-1 draw

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:15:00 PDT

At midfield of the near sideline of Retriever Soccer Park, UMBC students in gold and black T-shirts bounced on bleachers, waved flags and let Maryland men’s soccer players know when they were no good. Thirty yards away, a glut of Terps fans in red and white sounded their familiar chants and stood...


Three years after last meeting, No. 3 Maryland vs. UMBC men's soccer sure to draw a crowd

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:00:00 PDT

In the last meeting of the Maryland and UMBC men’s soccer teams, the lasting image was an unfamiliar one: Retrievers fans streaming onto Ludwig Field, mobbing their team like rock stars after a second-round NCAA tournament upset of the fourth-seeded Terps, their first step in a wild run to the...


Atletico puts new stadium to the test in Champions League

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:00:00 PDT

Atletico Madrid makes its Champions League debut at its new stadium against Chelsea. The Spanish club will be looking to extend an 11-game unbeaten streak at home in the European competition. Liverpool and Manchester United play on consecutive nights in Moscow to give Russian authorities a key...


NASL files lawsuit against US Soccer

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:30:00 PDT

From the field to the court.

Two weeks after having its second-division status revoked, the North American Soccer League filed a federal anti-trust lawsuit against U.S. Soccer on Tuesday that claims the sport’s national governing body and Major League Soccer have conspired to “destroy” it.



U.S. women cruise to 5-0 win over New Zealand

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:14:00 PDT

Alex Morgan scored twice and the U.S. women's national team concluded a two-game series against New Zealand with a 5-0 victory at Nippert Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Americans improved to 9-3-0 this year. There are four more games left on the team's 2017 schedule.

The U.S. defeated the Ferns...


Digest (Sept. 19): MASL places Blast in Eastern Division

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:20:00 PDT

The Major Arena Soccer League announced the divisional and conference alignments for the 2017-18 season. The MASL enters its fourth season with 24 teams in the MASL pyramid, including an expected eight to 12 teams in the newly formed MASL2. The full 2017-18 MASL schedule is set to be released next...


Atlanta United sets Major League Soccer attendance record

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:00:00 PDT

The Major League Soccer single-game attendance record has been broken by a team in its first season.

Atlanta United attracted 70,425 to the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Saturday's 3-3 draw with Orlando City. It was the best attended domestic game in the United States since the New York...


MLS commissioner Don Garber calls Atlanta United crowd awe-inspiring

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:30:00 PDT

The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons will battle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday night during an NFL game broadcast nationally on NBC.

The field will show no signs of what happened 24 hours earlier, when an announced crowd of 70,425 packed the stadium for a different kind of football.



'It's time for change': Boston attorney will challenge Sunil Gulati for U.S. Soccer presidency

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:11:00 PDT

For several months, Boston attorney Steve Gans has been on a listening tour of sorts in deciding whether to run for the U.S. Soccer Federation presidency. He attended youth soccer's assembly in Dallas this summer, exchanged thoughts with former players and received feedback from those involved...


England fears possible hacks at Russian World Cup

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:30:00 PDT

The English Football Association is concerned about its players and coaches being hacked at the World Cup in Russia and has written to FIFA expressing concerns about information already being accessed in a cyberattack.

England has told players, coaches and technical staff to avoid using public...


Watch Ravens' Brandon Williams, Vikings' Stefon Diggs (Maryland) play 'proper football'

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:35:00 PDT

In two weeks, the Ravens will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, where “football” means a different thing to the locals. So when Brandon Williams visited England this summer to promote the game, he wore his Ravens jersey, of course, but he also had to play with a ball at his feet.

Along with...


Orlando City ready for new-look D.C. United

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 17:25:00 PDT

It is hard to predict the outcome of Orlando City’s road match against D.C. United at 7 p.m. Saturday because the last time the teams met they looked completely different.

“I think they have four different players since we played them last, and four impactful players,” Lions coach Jason Kreis said....