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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)

After donning Darth Vader outfit, Gonzalez becomes force

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:30:04 PDT

Omar Gonzalez had just left the LA Galaxy to join Mexico's Pachuca when his new club's chairman had a request: Would the 6-foot-5 defender walk into his introductory news conference dressed as Darth Vader? Of course, he obliged. Ever since, he has become a defensive force. "I had signed a contract...(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...


Miazga's late goal gives US 1st place in Gold Cup group

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:30:05 PDT

Alejandro Bedoya can watch the rest of the CONCACAF Gold Cup after helping the U.S. avoid an embarrassing second-place finish in its group. Bedoya set up goals by Joe Corona and Kelyn Rowe , and Matt Miazga's close-range header in the 88th minute from Graham Zusi's free kick gave the United States...(image)

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...


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)