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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)

Pulisic scores twice, US beats Trinidad 2-0 in qualifying

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:40:03 PDT

After sliding to score a goal with his left foot, Christian Pulisic got back up, raced for a corner and glided across the grass on both knees. Just a teenager showing exuberance. Pulisic rescued the United States with a pair of second-half goals, and the Americans beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 on...(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...


Cristiano Ronaldo is the only athlete in the world who makes more money than LeBron James

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Cristiano Ronaldo is once again the highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes magazine.

For the second straight year, the Real Madrid star came out on top of the magazine’s annual list of the 100 top money makers in sports, earning $93 million in salary, winnings and endorsements during...


Mexican federation to host viewing party for Sunday match with U.S.

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 10:40:00 PDT

The Mexican soccer federation and some of its corporate sponsors are hosting a viewing party Sunday for its World Cup qualifier with the U.S. in Mexico City.

The event will be held in the Los Angeles Arts District, at 440 Seaton St., beginning at 3 p.m. The game will kick off after 5:30 p.m.



Bruce Arena tries to keep U.S. team focused on Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualifiers

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 19:15:00 PDT

Since Bruce Arena called the U.S. national team into training camp last month, he has tried to keep the spotlight on one game: Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago.

“We’ve stressed for 10 days that the focus has to be Trinidad,” Michael Bradley said Wednesday. “They’re a good...


Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos omitted from Mexico's Gold Cup roster

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos was not included on the 40-man roster Mexico released Wednesday for July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, meaning if he does play for the national team this summer it will likely be in World Cup qualifiers with Honduras on Thursday and the U.S. on Sunday, followed by the eight-team...


Spurned Nebraska youth soccer player gets invitation to visit Orlando Pride

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Spurned Nebraska youth soccer player Mili Hernandez has the support of the Orlando Pride.

Orlando coach Tom Sermanni isn’t much of a social media user, but he couldn’t stay quiet Tuesday when he saw how Hernandez, an 8-year-old soccer player, had been treated.

Hernandez has very short hair and...


Girl with short hair kicked out of soccer tournament: 'They only did it because I look like a boy'

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:25:00 PDT

An 8-year-old girl and the rest of her soccer team were disqualified from a girls tournament in Nebraska because event organizers thought she was a boy.

Mili Hernandez thinks it’s because of her short haircut.

“They only did it because I look like a boy,” Hernandez told WOWT-TV News.

Casey Mann,...


Clint Dempsey would rather get a win than a record in World Cup qualifier

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 18:15:00 PDT

For a soccer player as accomplished as Clint Dempsey, asking him to choose a favorite international goal can be a little like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. The answer you’ll most likely get is “they’re all special in their own way.”

Plus Dempsey, who has scored 56 times for the national...


Johnson, Arena meet in the middle in search for a starting spot

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 15:50:00 PDT

Until last winter, all that Fabian Johnson and Bruce Arena knew about each other was what they had heard from others. So when Arena was named coach of the U.S. national team two games into the final round of World Cup qualifying, one of his first trips was to Germany to meet with Johnson.



U.S. falls to Venezuela, 2-1 in overtime, in Under-20 World Cup quarterfinal

Sun, 4 Jun 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Just 52 seconds into the match, Jonathan Klinsmann dived to his left and used his fingertips to push Nahuel Ferraresi's eight-yard header just outside a post. It was that type of day for the U.S. under-20 national team.

After having a first-half goal disallowed on video review because of an offside...


More than 1,500 injured in panic after soccer game

Sun, 4 Jun 2017 05:02:00 PDT

More than 1,500 people were injured when panic swept through a crowd of Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in a piazza in the northern Italian city of Turin, authorities said Sunday.

The Turin prefect said in a statement that the crowd "was taken by panic and by the psychosis of...


Ronaldo helps Real Madrid become first team to retain Champions League title

Sat, 3 Jun 2017 14:17:00 PDT

Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his enduring lethal scoring qualities to ensure Real Madrid became the first Champions League holder to retain its title, netting twice in beating Juventus 4-1 on Saturday.

In an exceptional career in which he keeps rewriting the record books, Ronaldo is the first player...


Orlando City has no time to celebrate D.C. United victory

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 16:45:00 PDT

There was only one way to describe the feeling of finally winning after a month of falling short.

“You hear that? Big sigh,” Lions coach Jason Kreis said.

Relief, but only for a moment.

Orlando City defeated D.C. United 2-0 Wednesday night, but Kreis was not happy with the performance and said...


Maryland's Christos FC only amateur team left in U.S. Open Cup

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 08:15:00 PDT

Christos FC, a Maryland-based amateur soccer club, has had an improbable run through the U.S. Open Cup tournament.

Despite facing teams from the United Soccer League and the Premier Development League, Christos FC is the only amateur squad of the 14 remaining.

Next comes a date with a local foe:...


Giles Barnes lifts Orlando City out of slump with 2-0 win over D.C. United

Wed, 31 May 2017 20:10:00 PDT

Orlando City needed a break and momentum to regain its early-season form. Earlier in the week, midfielder Will Johnson said the Lions might even need a bit of luck.

Mother Nature wasn’t providing any of that, sending ominous clouds, lightning and heavy rain down on Orlando City Stadium. Kickoff...


Arsenal gives Arsène Wenger an extension, but it's unlikely to end debate over manager's role

Wed, 31 May 2017 09:24:00 PDT

Arsène Wenger, the Premier League's longest-serving coach, agreed to a two-year extension to remain with Arsenal after a season in which the Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification but won the FA Cup for the seventh time under the 67-year-old Frenchman.

"Our ambition is to win the...


Orlando City returns to host D.C. United with renewed purpose, bit of attitude

Tue, 30 May 2017 13:30:00 PDT

One by one, players and coach spoke with a bit of an edge — curt answers, extra emphasis and stone-cold facial expressions — about the recent stretch of misfortune and their upcoming match.

“We want to win the game more than anyone else,” Lions coach Jason Kreis said hurriedly. “Coaches and players...


Four soccer fans, unborn fetus die in Honduras during stampede at stadium

Sun, 28 May 2017 20:35:00 PDT

Thousands of soccer fans trying to force their way into a stadium on Sunday for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured, authorities said.

A spokesman for University Teaching...


U.S. coach Bruce Arena calls up European-heavy roster for World Cup qualifiers

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:35:00 PDT

National team coach Bruce Arena has chosen a veteran 27-man roster for next month’s World Cup soccer qualifiers with Trinidad and Tobago as well as Mexico, with nine players coming off European clubs and six getting their first call-up of Arena’s six-month tenure as the U.S. coach.

The U.S., fourth...


Lionel Messi loses Spanish Supreme Court appeal on tax-fraud conviction

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:20:00 PDT

Lionel Messi has lost his appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court concerning his tax-fraud conviction.

The court confirmed the 21-month prison sentence handed to Messi for defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from 2007 to 2009. He is not expected to go to prison because sentences...


An emotional victory for Manchester United

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:15:00 PDT

A guttural roar of "Manchester, Manchester" thundered around the Friends Arena at the full-time whistle.

Purely in soccer terms, Manchester United's 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday was a triumph of huge significance for England's biggest club.

On a wider level, it was...


Injury-time equalizer earns U.S. a point in Under-20 World Cup group play

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:40:00 PDT

After a goalkeeping blunder by Jonathan Klinsmann, teammate Luca de la Torre scored an injury-time goal Monday to give the United States a 3-3 draw against Ecuador at the Under-20 World Cup.

The Americans conceded two early goals but managed to get back into the Group F match with a pair of strikes...


Arsenal, Arsene Wenger fail to make Champions League after 20 years

Sun, 21 May 2017 12:08:00 PDT

Arsene Wenger stood impassively on the touchline with his arms folded as his Arsenal players embarked on a lap of the pitch.

Wenger's worst-ever Premier League season was over and so were Arsenal's hopes of making the Champions League. For the first time in the manager's 21-year reign, Arsenal...


Once told 'women have no place in men's soccer,' Bibiana Steinhaus named German top league's first female referee

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:54:00 PDT

Bibiana Steinhaus has officiated men's soccer matches before in Germany's top-flight Bundesliga, but always as an assistant on the sidelines. Beginning next year, however, she'll step into the main role, becoming the league's first female referee to take charge on the field.

"I was quite speechless...


Mallory Pugh, 19, upends model for women's soccer by skipping college for the pros

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:16:00 PDT

Under the traditional plan, one that female soccer players have followed since Mia Hamm stormed the sport some 25 years ago, Mallory Pugh would have completed her first year of college this spring and begun turning full attention to her athletic craft for the summer months.

She would've repeated...


U.S. World Cup bid moves forward —  but did FIFA reforms take a step back?

Sat, 13 May 2017 16:35:00 PDT

The U.S. moved a big step closer to landing the 2026 World Cup during last week’s FIFA Congress in Bahrain. But at the same time, the organization that governs world soccer may have taken a step back from its pledge of transparency and reform. —

Although the ruling council voted to extend the...


U.S. coach Bruce Arena says Orlando is perfect host for World Cup qualifier

Sat, 13 May 2017 17:10:00 PDT

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City CEO Alex Leitão both sat on stage, but nearly every question during a news conference Saturday went to the man sitting between them — Bruce Arena, coach of the United States men’s national team.

Arena responded to inquiries about the city, the stadium,...


Local Trump supporter's soccer team poised for English big league

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:04:00 PDT

There were awkward scenes Thursday as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner took time out from their feud over school funding to appear onstage together on the Southeast Side.

Yet neither man can have been as nervous as the man they were both there to fete, billionaire Shahid Khan.



U.S. women's soccer team to meet Brazil, Japan and Australia in Southern California this summer

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:40:00 PDT

The U.S. women’s national team will face Australia, Brazil and Japan in the four-team Tournament of Nations to be played in Seattle, San Diego and at the StubHub Center in Carson this summer.

The tournament will follow the same format as last March’s SheBelieves Cup with the four teams each participating...


U.S.-led North American bid for 2026 World Cup could be fast-tracked

Mon, 8 May 2017 20:33:00 PDT

A bid that would bring the World Cup to the United States for the first time since 1994 and would be a historic partnership with Mexico and Canada appears likely to be fast-tracked in this week's vote by the FIFA Congress, ESPN reports.

Citing high-ranking but unnamed sources, Sam Borden writes:...


Ban on heading ball under age 11 divides youth soccer world

Sat, 6 May 2017 19:34:00 PDT

When Camryn Gerben was 12, she saw a corner kick coming her way and used her head to deftly bang the ball into the net. But she paid a steep price for the goal: her first soccer concussion.

"The power was just too much for her neck," said Dan Gerben, her dad.

Five years later, the 17-year-old's...


Championships give Cristiano Ronaldo the edge over Lionel Messi as the greatest of all time

Sat, 6 May 2017 10:30:00 PDT

This is really embarrassing, but I have a confession to make. For years I’ve used this space to hail Lionel Messi as the world’s best soccer player.

Consider this declaration I wrote in 2012: “He is, simply, the best soccer player of all time.”

I wasn’t alone in that assessment.

“For me,” former...


Lionel Messi wins FIFA appeal, ban lifted

Fri, 5 May 2017 07:05:00 PDT

Argentina captain Lionel Messi was cleared by FIFA on Friday to play in the next three World Cup qualifiers after a ban for insulting a referee's assistant was lifted.

Messi already served one match of the four-match ban that was imposed when the FIFA disciplinary committee gave its ruling hours...


Argentine fan dies after being shoved from bleachers at soccer match

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:39:00 PDT

Emanuel Balbo, a 22-year-old Argentine soccer fan, died Monday from injuries suffered while he was attacked in the stands during a match in Cordoba on Saturday, UPI reports. Four men have reportedly been arrested in connection with the attack, which left another man injured and Balbo initially...(image)

Digest: Spirit's Joanna Lohman to miss rest of season with torn ACL

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Joanna Lohman, the Washington Spirit's most experienced player who had a standout 2016 season, tore her left ACL in the team's National Women's Soccer League opener Saturday.

Lohman, 34, will undergo surgery in a few weeks and miss the remainder of the season. She is the fourth member from last...


Panama soccer player Amilcar Henriquez shot and killed leaving home

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:55:00 PDT

Police in Panama say national team soccer player Amilcar Henriquez has been shot dead while leaving his home.

The press chief for Panama's National Police says the killing happened Saturday in the country's Colon province. Authorities say a gunman shot the 33-year-old midfielder several times.


Baltimore 'ready, willing and able' to host FIFA World Cup games in 2026

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:05:00 PDT

With the continental governing body that oversees the U.S., Canadian and Mexican soccer associations reportedly asking FIFA to fast-track the nations' joint bid for the World Cup, American soccer fans could be looking ahead to the 2026 match schedule as soon as this year.

City officials, too. The...


Bruce Arena reaching for the moon with call for a World Cup title in 2026

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:05:00 PDT

Bruce Arena believes the U.S. will be doing more than just hosting the World Cup in 2026. In nine years, Arena says, the country could also be competing to win soccer’s biggest prize.

“I think 2026 will be the time where we are going to start talking about winning a World Cup,” he said.



Explosions near Borussia Dortmund team bus injure one player; match postponed

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:40:00 PDT

Three explosions went off near the team bus of one of Germany's top soccer clubs as it set off for a Champions League quarterfinal match on Tuesday evening, injuring a player, authorities said.

It was unclear what caused the explosions ahead of the first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and...


U.S., Canada, Mexico ask FIFA to expedite 2026 World Cup bid process

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:39:00 PDT

The North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has asked FIFA for a decision in June 2018, two years ahead of schedule.

In a letter seen by The Associated Press, the soccer federations from the United States, Canada and Mexico asked FIFA to consider their request next month in Bahrain at its...


Blast win championship with 'Baltimore workmanlike attitude'

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:42:00 PDT

The morning after the Blast rallied to win two games against Soles de Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico, to claim their second straight Major Arena Soccer League championship and bring home Baltimore's ninth professional indoor soccer title, Blast owner Ed Hale Sr. proudly described his team as a "lunch...


On 'magical night,' resilient Blast repeat as MASL champions

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:18:00 PDT

The Blast successfully defended their Major Arena Soccer League championship Sunday, taking two wins against the Soles de Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico to win Baltimore's ninth professional indoor soccer title.(image)

U.S. launches joint bid to host 2026 World Cup with Canada and Mexico

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:55:00 PDT

The United States launched its bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup with Mexico and Canada on Monday after gaining the support of President Donald Trump amid regional political tensions.

Trump derided Mexico as a source of rapists and criminals in his campaign and has vowed to build an impenetrable...


Crystal Dunn scores twice again in U.S. women's rout of Russia

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 14:55:00 PDT

After dropping two straight at the SheBelieves tournament, the U.S. women's national team rebounded with two dominant performances.

Crystal Dunn had two goals for the second straight game, helping the U.S. cruise to a 5-1 win over Russia in an international exhibition game Sunday.

“It's important...


U.S., Mexico and Canada expected to announce joint bid for 2026 World Cup

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 16:45:00 PDT

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati will join his counterparts from the Mexican and Canadian federations on Monday for what is expected to be an announcement detailing plans for a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Gulati will appear with Canada’s Victor Montagliani and Mexico’s Decio...


Soles push Blast to brink with 4-2 victory in Game 1 of MASL finals

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 20:58:00 PDT

Sonora scored three straight goals in the third quarter and in an otherwise slow night for offense, it was enough for the Soles to claim a 4-2 win over the Blast before an announced crowd of 6,701 at Royal Farms Arena.(image)

'Something special about the Blast' who head into the finals with confidence after eking out close wins

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 16:16:16 PDT

When he played for the Rochester Lancers, Andrew Hoxie didn't completely understand how the Blast consistently enjoyed so much success.

Sure, they had good players, good coaching and a front office that did what was necessary to win. But there was something special about how, when things couldn't...


Marta: How Orlando landed another Brazilian soccer superstar

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 16:20:00 PDT

A collective sigh of relief came from the Orlando City Soccer Club offices Friday when the signed contract came through.

Marta Vieira da Silva, more commonly known simply as Marta – Brazilian national team soccer superstar and five-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year — officially was heading...


Blast open MASL finals Friday against Soles de Sonora

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDT

The defending Major Arena Soccer League champion Blast will meet Sonora for a second straight year in the finals.(image)

Goal reached: U.S. women's soccer team gets new contract

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 19:48:00 PDT

The U.S. women's national team believes its new contract is both fair and good for the future of the sport.

The U.S. Soccer Federation and the team's union announced Wednesday that a labor deal had been struck to settle an at times contentious dispute in which the players sought equitable wages...


For his U.S. teammates, Christian Pulisic is a talent worth protecting

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:20:00 PDT

When Jozy Altidore joined the U.S. national team as a precocious teenager a decade ago, some of his chores included carrying water bottles to training sessions and picking up equipment afterward.

So now that he’s a veteran, Altidore was among those who made sure Christian Pulisic followed the same...


Bastian Schweinsteiger scores in Fire debut, a 2-2 draw with Impact

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:42:00 PDT

It started like a dream. Bastian Schweinsteiger's header crashed into the back of the net 17 minutes into his Fire debut Saturday, authoring the perfect script for a club and city that have waited long enough for their next soccer star.

Although the Fire eventually woke up, squandering their lead...


Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ana Ivanovic get a crash course on Chicago

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:57:00 PDT

Looks like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic are all in on Chicago.

A celebrity photo service snapped the couple house-hunting in the city Thursday and that night they watched the Bulls beat the Cavaliers from floor seats at the United Center.

They bring star power to Chicago: Schweinsteiger,...


Sculptor responds to criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo statue: 'This is a matter of taste'

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:17:00 PDT

We all had a good laugh about the bust of Cristiano Ronaldo that was unveiled Wednesday at the Portugal airport renamed after the soccer star.

But a day later, we’re hearing from the sculptor. A real, live human being who takes pride in his work.

Suddenly it’s not so much fun. Just like when a...


Arena's hands-off approach was turning point for U.S. soccer team

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:35:00 PDT

In a sport that thrives on structure and discipline, Bruce Arena says he has just one rule.

“Be on time. That’s the rule,” the coach of the U.S. national team said. “Be on time and be respectful.”

Technically that’s two rules, but you get the point. With Arena, personal responsibility and character...


Words really can't describe the bizarre bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at his namesake airport in Portugal

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:50:00 PDT

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has been honored with an international airport named after him: Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo, which was officially renamed during a ceremony on Wednesday.

The Real Madrid striker also was, um, honored with a bust at the Portugal airport. It looks like this:



U.S. ties Panama, 1-1, to earn one point in CONCACAF World Cup qualifier

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:50:00 PDT

The U.S. national team’s once-rocky road to next summer’s World Cup in Russia has smoothed out considerably in the last five days, with Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Panama giving the Americans added confidence and a hard-earned point, keeping them in the middle of the CONCACAF standings four games into...


FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:34:00 PDT

Lionel Messi has been banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifiers, starting with Tuesday's game in Bolivia.

FIFA says Messi was banned for verbally abusing an assistant referee during a home qualifier against Chile on Thursday.

FIFA intervened when the incident was not initially reported...


U.S. return for a World Cup qualifier stirs haunting memories in Panama

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:05:00 PDT

The banner headline in Panama’s leading newspaper got the mood, if not the vocabulary, right.

Regresa el Fantasma, The Ghost Returns.

But it’s not so much a ghost that has come back to Panama in the form of the U.S. national team as it is a haunting memory that never left in the first place.



Clint Dempsey returns from heart ailment to again become the heart of U.S. soccer team

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:10:00 PDT

The team bus had left Avaya Stadium long before Clint Dempsey emerged from the U.S. locker room following Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Honduras in San Jose, leaving him to search for another ride back to the hotel. And though that was by chance rather than design — Dempsey was delayed after...


Blast to face Soles in MASL title-series rematch starting April 7 at Royal Farms Arena

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:40:00 PDT

The Blast learned overnight which team they will need to defeat in the Ron Newman Cup Championship Series to defend their Major Arena Soccer League title.

Soles de Sonora edged the San Diego Sockers, 11-10, in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals early Sunday morning in Hermosillo, Mexico, and...


Bruce Arena hoping blue skies follow U.S. team to Panama

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:55:00 PDT

A black cloud had descended over the U.S. national team heading into Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Honduras.

That’s both literally and figuratively true.

Literally because a persistent rain fell before, during and after the game, leaving Avaya Stadium as cold and bleak as a Dickens’ novel.


Americans' attacking style in World Cup qualifying win shows the team has options

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Landon Donovan could be right. This could be the most talented U.S. men’s national team ever.

The claim made by the now-retired Donovan earlier this year elicited some snickers at the time, if not rolls of eyes. It was no secret he wasn’t fond of Jurgen Klinsmann and this sounded like another attempt...


Clint Dempsey's hat trick leads U.S. to dominating 6-0 win over Honduras in World Cup qualifier

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:45:00 PDT

Bruce Arena said he didn’t have to agonize long over his decision to start Clint Dempsey in the United States’ World Cup qualifier against Honduras on Friday.

“We didn’t have anyone else,” said Arena, coach of the U.S. national team. “Made it easy for me.”

Then Dempsey made it look easy on the...


Pressure's on teenager Christian Pulisic to produce for U.S. soccer team

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:05:00 PDT

Imagine a teenage Kobe Bryant, only without Shaquille O’Neal playing center for the Lakers. Or Julio Urias, with no Clayton Kershaw at the front of the Dodgers rotation.

And, oh, by the way, it’s up to them to get their teams back into postseason series in which they trail by a couple of games.


Bruce Arena has U.S. calm and confident for World Cup qualifier against Honduras

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:50:00 PDT

When the U.S. takes the field for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Honduras, it will be on ground both new and familiar.

Never before have the Americans started the hexagonal round of qualifying with consecutive losses. And they’ve never been at the bottom of the six-team table heading into...


Bruce Arena gives Sebastian Lletget chance at a fresh start with U.S. national team

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:30:00 PDT

Over the last eight years Sebastian Lletget’s soccer career has taken him to three continents and more than 100 cities, only to lead him right back to where it all started for the biggest game of his career.

It’s been anything but a smooth journey.

So he’ll take both the struggle and the success...


Blast advance to MASL championship with mini-game win at Milwaukee

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:37:00 PDT

The defending-champion Blast are returning to the Major Arena Soccer League championship series after defeating the Milwaukee Wave, 2-1, in a mini-game in the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night on a tiebreaking goal by Tony Donatelli with 1:03 remaining.(image)

For U.S. soccer team, diagnosing an injury can be a matter of trust

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:50:00 PDT

Imagine Stephen Curry twisting a knee while playing for the Golden State Warriors, then limping off to join the U.S. national team. Or Clayton Kershaw tweaking his elbow pitching for the Dodgers, then packing his bags to pitch in the World Baseball Classic.

Wouldn’t happen, right?

So then why were...


Fire acquire German star Bastian Schweinsteiger from Manchester United

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:55:00 PDT

More than four months after the Fire’s courtship of Bastian Schweinsteiger ignited during lunch at an Italian restaurant in England, the decorated German midfielder is officially moving to MLS.

The Fire on Monday acquired Schweinsteiger from Manchester United, finalizing a move that injects credibility...


Crippled by injuries, U.S. looks to past for help in the present

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:25:00 PDT

Much has changed since Tim Howard played in his first World Cup qualifier.

“I had a lot more hair [then],” observed Bruce Arena, the coach who gave Howard his start.

That was three World Cups, three coaching changes and 13 years ago. Howard, whose skull is now clean shaven, also had hair atop his...


Blast top Wave, 8-7 in OT, to take Game 1 of MASL Eastern Conference finals

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:20:00 PDT

Jonatas Melo scored just 48 seconds into the extra period, providing an 8-7 victory before an announced 3,235 at Royal Farms Arena on Saturday night.(image)

Mexican players finding comfort, success in Portugal

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:50:00 PDT

When Mexican national team players began streaming into Europe a decade ago, most landed in the predictable places: The English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A.

But in the last five years, Portugal’s Primeira Liga has emerged as a popular destination. Of the 11 European-based...


Blast face rival Wave for conference title

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:00:00 PDT

MASL Eastern Conference final

Milwaukee Wave (15-8) @ Blast (16-7)

(Game 1 in best-of-three series)

When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Royal Farms Arena

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST,,

Outlook: The defending Major Arena Soccer League champion Blast showed their typical...


Blast win Game 2 and mini-game to advance in MASL playoffs

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:13:00 PDT

Put to task by the upstart Harrisburg Heat, the defending Major Arena Soccer League champion Blast survived - barely, but impressively - to advance in the league's Eastern Division final on Wednesday.(image)

Bruce Arena brings back some veterans for crucial World Cup qualifiers

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:35:00 PDT

A dozen years have passed since Bruce Arena last called up a U.S. team for World Cup qualifying. Yet a few of the same names were on that roster and the one Arena summoned Wednesday for the next round of qualifiers, which begin next week.

Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley, veterans...


Brazil club signs goalkeeper convicted in girlfriend's death

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:27:00 PDT

A Brazilian soccer club on Tuesday presented its newest member, a goalie convicted in the killing of an ex-girlfriend, prompting outrage from many nationwide and promises by sponsors to drop out.

Boa Esporte's contract for Bruno Fernandes de Souza ignored mounting criticism in recent days after...


Baltimore Blast playoff game moved back a day

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:08:00 PDT

Due to the expected inclement weather scheduled to hit much of the the East Coast on Tuesday, Game 2 of the Blast's Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Division series scheduled in Harrisburg, Pa. against the Heat has been moved to Wednesday with game time set for 7:35 p.m. at Farm Show Large Arena.(image)

Digest: Blast lose playoff opener at home to Heat, 5-4

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:49:00 PST

The Blast dug themselves a 4-0 first-quarter hole in Game 1 of the Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Division finals Saturday night and lost, 5-4, to the visiting Harrisburg Heat.

The defending champion Blast will travel to Harrisburg for Game 2 of the best-of-three series and the potential mini-game...


Donatelli, the 'Italian wine' of MASL, tries to lead Blast to another title

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:16:00 PST

Blast midfielder Tony Donatelli had his own version of a Game 7, bottom-of-the-ninth, bases-loaded-with-two-outs moment at this time last year. He knocked it out of the park.

The deciding game of the Major Arena Soccer League championship series went into overtime and he was responsible for bringing...