Last Build Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:31:12 -0400Copyright: ©2017 Baltimore Sun
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:39:00 PDTEmanuel 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)
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...(image)
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....(image)
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...(image)
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.
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:18:00 PDTThe 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)
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:55:00 PDTThe 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...(image)
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.
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...(image)
Fri, 7 Apr 2017 20:58:00 PDTSonora 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)
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...(image)
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...(image)
Thu, 6 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDTThe defending Major Arena Soccer League champion Blast will meet Sonora for a second straight year in the finals.(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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,...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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:
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...(image)
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...(image)
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.
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...(image)
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...(image)
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....(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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....(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:37:00 PDTThe 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)
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...(image)
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...(image)
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...(image)
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:20:00 PDTJonatas 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)
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...(image)
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, ticketmaster.com, baltimoreblast.com
Outlook: The defending Major Arena Soccer League champion Blast showed their typical...(image)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:13:00 PDTPut 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)
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...(image)
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...(image)
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:08:00 PDTDue 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)
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...(image)
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...(image)
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:00:00 PSTThe Blast open their defense of last year's MASL championship against a familiar rival in the Heat.(image)
Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:11:00 PST
The "Kaepernick Effect" spread swiftly through U.S. professional and amateur sports in the weeks after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the national anthem at a football game in August.
But only a single pro soccer player — U.S. women's national team midfielder...(image)
Tue, 7 Mar 2017 13:50:00 PST
The U.S. will open this summer’s Gold Cup tournament against Panama before going on to meet Martinique and the winner of a Haiti-Nicaragua playoff in group play of the biennial regional soccer championship.
The first-round U.S. games will be played in Nashville on July 8, Tampa, Fla., on July 12...(image)
Mon, 6 Mar 2017 14:12:00 PST
Atlanta United said Monday it is "taking measures internally" to address an anti-gay chant used by some fans attending the team's first Major League Soccer match.
United spokesman Winkler said the team was aware of the chant during Sunday night's 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. In a statement...(image)
Mon, 6 Mar 2017 18:05:00 PST
Maybe the protesters will be fined. Or suspended. Or exiled for the remainder of their careers.
The next time a U.S. national soccer team player refuses to “stand respectfully” for the anthem, there will be consequences.
It’s not that athletes shouldn’t be allowed to take political stands....(image)
Mon, 6 Mar 2017 13:25:00 PST
Megan Rapinoe says she will respect a new U.S. Soccer Federation policy that says national team players “shall stand respectfully” during national anthems.
The policy was approved last month but came to light Saturday before the U.S. women's national team lost to England in a SheBelieves Cup match....(image)
Sun, 5 Mar 2017 20:51:00 PST
Tony Donatelli had a goal and three assists to lead the host Blast to an 11-3 win over the Harrisburg Heat on Sunday in their Major Arena Soccer League regular-season finale.
William Vanzela made 12 saves and nine players scored for the Blast (14-6), who will host the Heat on Saturday in Game 1...(image)
Sat, 4 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PST
Harrisburg Heat (10-9) at Blast (13-6)
When: Sunday, 4:05 p.m.
Where: Royal Farms Arena
Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, ticketmaster.com, baltimoreblast.com
Outlook: The Blast and Heat will get to know each other much better in the coming weeks, first closing out the regular season and then meeting in the...(image)
Sat, 4 Mar 2017 17:14:00 PST
During its annual general meeting on Saturday in Hawaii, U.S. Soccer announced a new policy requiring national team players to stand for national anthems.
Former U.S. men's national team member and current Fox Sports soccer analyst Stuart Holden was on hand to snap a picture.
Per Holden, U.S. Soccer...(image)
Sat, 4 Mar 2017 17:35:00 PST
Dillon Brooks had 25 points and No. 6 Oregon earned a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title with the 80-59 victory over Oregon State in Corvallis.
Jordan Bell added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon (27-4, 16-2). It was the second straight season that the Ducks have finished atop the league,...(image)
Fri, 3 Mar 2017 17:58:00 PST
The United States under-20 men's national team entered its match Friday night in Costa Rica needing a win or draw against El Salvador to advance to this summer's U-20 World Cup in South Korea.
Good thing that the United States had Eryk Williamson. The Maryland men's soccer sophomore midfielder,...(image)
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:27:00 PST
Zlatan Ibrahimovic powered in a late header to win the League Cup for Manchester United on Sunday, sealing a 3-2 victory over Southampton after a two-goal lead was thrown away by Jose Mourinho's side.
It was Ibrahimovic's second goal in the final after putting United ahead from a free kick, taking...(image)
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:34:00 PST
Juan Pereira scored his sixth goal of the season 22 seconds into overtime Friday night to lift the visiting Blast over the Syracuse Silver Knights, 5-4, and clinch the regular-season Eastern Division championship of the Major Arena Soccer League. Pat Healey (Towson University, Calvert Hall) assisted...(image)
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:40:00 PST
Miguel Aguilar never wanted to leave Mexico.
“All I could think of was all my friends are here, all my cousins are here. I want to stay here,” he said of the day his mother bundled him and his brother Andres into a pickup pointed toward the U.S. border.
It was Aguilar’s 11th birthday.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:35:00 PST
It’s nearly impossible for Alyssa Naeher to hold in a complimentary shout out when her teammate makes a great save.
And Ashlyn Harris swears she’s not secretly hoping Naeher trips during training.
Only one can win the starting goalkeeping job for the U.S. women’s national team, but the position...(image)
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:35:00 PSTFormer UCLA and U.S. soccer star Lauren Holiday takes to Instagram to reflect on undergoing brain surgery a month after giving birth to her daughter last fall.(image)
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:02:00 PSTThe Syracuse Silver Knights were clinging to their playoff lives when they played the Blast on Sunday afternoon, and they brought dire urgency to Royal Farms Arena.(image)
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:30:00 PSTBlast rookie defender Elton de Oliveira tripled his season goal total in helping the Blast move a win away from a division title.(image)
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:20:00 PST
Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers said he considered retiring this winter after complications from a December operation left him without feeling in his left foot, a condition that continues to keep him off the field.
“I definitely thought about it,” he said. “I thought, ‘What does this mean to my foot...(image)
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:55:00 PST
Dom Dwyer is a 26-year-old forward with national team aspirations and a Western Conference-best 50 goals over the last three MLS seasons. Yet he says his career in the U.S. may have ended after a brief four-minute appearance if not for a league many casual soccer fans know little about.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:15:00 PST
One after another, from his Blast teammates to the head coach to the general manager, everybody says the same thing about veteran defender Adriano Dos Santos.
The cliches may vary, but the message is the same: Dos Santos always leaves it all out on the field for the team. Always.
When asked about...(image)
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:55:00 PST
There are certain things that just go together.
Hamburgers and fries, rice and beans, Batman and Robin.
Any of them could have had a successful solo career. But they were so much better together.
To that list you can add Bruce Arena and Dave Sarachan, the most successful coaching pairing in U.S....(image)
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:31:00 PST
A group of investors has applied to start a Baltimore-based expansion team in the United Soccer League, league officials said Monday.
The application to join the second-tier professional league is "very strong," according to the officials, who told The Baltimore Sun that the potential owners are...(image)
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:00:00 PST
A few boxes still need unpacking, but otherwise Ali Krieger is pretty much settled into her new home.
She arrived in Orlando at the end of December, looking forward to the weather change from Washington D.C. but still dealing with feelings of frustration over abruptly being traded away by her hometown...(image)
Thu, 9 Feb 2017 04:00:00 PSTThe year was 1982. Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was topping the charts. Cal Ripken Jr. was in the first season of his record-breaking consecutive-games-played streak. An alien was eating Reese's Pieces.(image)
Mon, 6 Feb 2017 18:25:00 PST
The first sign something was wrong, A.J. DeLaGarza said, was the missed call on his cellphone.
The Galaxy defender, the last remaining link to Bruce Arena’s first MLS Cup championship club in Carson, had been assured he wouldn’t be traded in the off-season. Now he had an urgent message to call...(image)
Sat, 4 Feb 2017 20:00:00 PST
Goalie William Vanzela made 13 saves as the Blast avenged a 7-2 loss to the Wave on Jan. 21 by beating Milwaukee, 5-2, on Saturday night before an announced 9,722 at Royal Farms Arena.
The Blast, in first place in the Eastern Division of the Major Arena Soccer League, improved to 10-5; the Wave...(image)
Sat, 4 Feb 2017 15:50:00 PST
When the United States won the right to play host to the 1994 World Cup, one condition was the country had to form a competitive, first-tier professional soccer league.
Twenty-one years after its founding, Major League Soccer has delivered on only part of its promise. Yes, the league has grown...(image)
Fri, 3 Feb 2017 18:50:00 PST
Jordan Morris scored in the 59th minute to help lift the United States to a 1-0 victory over Jamaica on Friday night, giving Bruce Arena the first win of his second stint as national team coach.
With the U.S. scoreless streak at 280 minutes, Benny Feilhaber took a 20-yard pass from Dax McCarty...(image)
Fri, 3 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PSTIt had been a long time since the defending Major Arena Soccer League champion Blast were totally overmatched. But that was the case in Milwaukee on Jan. 21.(image)
Thu, 2 Feb 2017 12:39:00 PST
Bruce Arena, who just began his second tenure in charge of the U.S. men's national soccer team, became the latest high-profile coach to criticize President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily barring refugees and others seeking U.S. entry from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 21:55:00 PST
Sports are supposed to offer a relief from politics, except, of course, if the sport in question is soccer.
In that case, the sport is impossible to separate from the outside world, as U.S. national team midfielder Sacha Kljestan was reminded Sunday. The U.S. played against Serbia, his father’s...(image)
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:51:00 PSTAfter hitting a two-game snag on the road last weekend, the Blast returned to Baltimore on Sunday and got just what they were looking for: a reassuring laugher against the St. Louis Ambush.(image)
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:00:00 PST
During his last 8 1/2 seasons as coach of the Galaxy, Bruce Arena prowled the sideline like a caged animal, gesticulating at his players and growling at officials.
But in his return to the national team Sunday, he stood calmly at the end of his team’s dugout, one foot on the end of the bench, quietly...(image)
Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:40:00 PST
It’s been a while since Bruce Arena coached a game with the U.S. national team.
“We’re on our third president now,” said Arena, whose first stint with the national team ended when the 2006 World Cup did. “Things have changed.”
Changed a lot. Consider that Twitter was launched the month Arena was...(image)
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:18:00 PST
The Blast had a lengthy training session Friday as they aim to end a rare two-game losing streak Sunday against the visiting St. Louis Ambush.
The practice featured the typical hard work and attention to detail, coach Danny Kelly's occasional barking and some joking around during breaks.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:30:00 PSTAt this time in each of the last two years, with seven games left in the Major Arena Soccer League regular season, the Blast were be nearing an Eastern Division title or already had it wrapped up. Not this season.(image)
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:36:00 PST
Major League Soccer will hold this August's All-Star Game at Soldier Field, Crain's Chicago Business reports.
The official announcement is expected next week. The game, according to Crain's, will be on Aug. 2.
The MLS' first All-Star Game was in 1996 at Giants Stadium.
The 2006 game was played...(image)
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:10:00 PST
The last remaining player from Orlando City's original 2011 roster is now gone.
Midfielder Kevin Molino was traded to 2017 expansion side Minnesota United FC on Thursday in one of the biggest deals in Major League Soccer history.
The Lions sent Molino and recently-acquired goalkeeper Patrick McLain...(image)
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:44:00 PSTForeman was inducted into the Blast Hall of Fame in 2005.(image)
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST
The Washington Spirit continued its roster overhaul, trading career scoring leader Diana Matheson to the Seattle Reign for rookie forward Arielle Ship and a third-round pick in the 2018 National Women's Soccer League draft.
Matheson, a Canadian national team midfielder, is the sixth regular to...(image)
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:25:00 PST
The Blast (8-5) scored the game's first goal, then allowed seven straight in a 7-2 loss to the host Milwaukee Wave (8-5) in the Major Arena Soccer League on Saturday night.
Daniel Peruzzi opened the scoring, assisted by Tony Donatelli, and Donatelli ended the drought in the fourth quarter, assisted...(image)
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:20:00 PST
Growing up in a bedroom community across the East River from Manhattan, Crystal Dunn was often the only African American on her school and club soccer teams.
Casey Short, who was raised two years and 800 miles away in suburban Chicago, had the same experience. So did Lynn Williams, who is from...(image)
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:33:00 PST
Fernando Llorente scored twice as Swansea stunned title-chasing Liverpool 3-2 on Saturday, climbing off the bottom with a first Premier League win at Anfield.
Swansea inflicted Liverpool's first home defeat in a year the hard way. After Llorente sent the visitors into a surprise 2-0 lead just after...(image)
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:15:00 PST
The three surviving players of the air crash two months ago that killed 19 members of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer club lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy on Saturday in honor of their dead teammates.
The moving moment came just before the rebuilt side played its first match since the Nov. 28 tragedy,...(image)
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:23:00 PST
Tony Donatelli scored twice, but the visiting Blast (8-4) lost, 5-3, on Friday night in their first-ever matchup with the Cedar Rapids Rampage (9-4).
The Blast, who had won four of their previous five Major Arena Soccer League games, fell behind 3-0 4:39 into the second quarter. They drew within...(image)
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:30:00 PST
Former Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard has returned to where his soccer career began, joining Liverpool as a coach at the club’s Kirkby academy.
Gerrard, who served as captain for Liverpool and the English national team, joined the Liverpool academy as a 9-year-old and went on to play 17 Premier...(image)
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:50:00 PST
Graham Zusi’s face dripped with sweat as he walked off a cloud-covered pitch Sunday morning.
Continual sunshine is one of the things he misses most about Florida. The Longwood-born soccer player hasn’t been back to his hometown since Sporting Kansas City, his MLS team, traveled to play Orlando...(image)
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:27:00 PST
There was a time not long ago when the Blast comfortably had their way against the once-meager Harrisburg Heat.
Not so much these days.
The Blast were put to the test by the visiting Heat for most of Saturday night's Major Arena Soccer League game, leaning on their power play and defense early...(image)
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:10:00 PST
The Galaxy cut ties with their longest-tenured active player Friday when they dealt defender A.J. DeLaGarza to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for $175,000 in allocation money.
DeLaGarza, 29, made 204 regular-season appearances in eight seasons with the Galaxy, winning three MLS Cups. Only four...(image)
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:14:00 PST
D.C. United took a locally trained player in the first round of the Major League Soccer draft Friday. It continues, however, to wait for a resolution on a higher-profile prospect from the area.
With the No. 12 overall selection, United turned down a late offer from the rival New York Red Bulls...(image)
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:05:00 PST
For years, Major League Soccer has focused on constant growth.
The success keeps commissioner Don Garber awake at night. How can he sustain the growth? How can he navigate each challenge that stands in the way?
And there other challenges.
A few hours before the MLS SuperDraft, Garber gave a broad-ranging...(image)
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PSTSince the Heat franchise made a return in 2012, the I-83 rivalry that was once highly charged and competitive (mostly back in the 1990s) simply hasn't been with the Blast completely dominating each time out. But that all changed on Dec. 30 in Harrisburg, when the Heat claimed their first win over...(image)