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David Beckham’s Miami MLS expansion team may finally play in 2020, report says

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:50:00 PST

David Beckham's long-delayed Miami MLS expansion franchise might be back on track and start play in 2020, according to the Miami Herald.

The Herald reported that Beckham and his business partners met late last week in Kansas City to iron out details of the new franchise. A team-launch news conference...


Liverpool ends Manchester City's 22-match unbeaten streak with 4-3 win

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:54:00 PST

Manchester City's 22-match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to a crashing halt with a 4-3 loss to Liverpool in a wild and thrilling game at Anfield on Sunday.

City finally stumbled at a ground where the team has a long history of struggles — with just one league win in 37 years — and was...


Eric Wynalda's controversial reputation kept him from rising in soccer's ranks. Now being an outsider might take him all the way to the top.

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:05:00 PST

Eric Wynalda was worried.

“How close are we?” he asked.

We lost track of time while talking about the state of soccer in this country over a Denny’s breakfast. Now, his 8-year-old son’s soccer game was about to start and we had to return to the field, which was in a part of Long Beach that was...


Saudi stadiums allow women in for soccer game for the first time

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 05:49:00 PST

Saudi women were allowed into a sports stadium for the first time Friday to watch a soccer match between two local teams — though they were segregated in the stands from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called "family section."The move was the first of Saudi Arabia's social...


U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan coming out of retirement to play for Liga MX's Club Leon

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:40:00 PST

Captain American is heading south for his latest comeback.

Landon Donovan, widely considered the most accomplished player in American soccer history, is coming out of retirement for the second time in three years, this time to join Club Leon in Mexico.

The Liga MX team announced Donovan's return...


Despite all she's won, Carli Lloyd still has something left to prove

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:15:00 PST

Carli Lloyd has won a lot of things in her long soccer career, including a pair of Olympic gold medals, a World Cup and two FIFA player-of-the-year awards.

Now she’s chasing a more modest prize by trying to win back her job on the national team.

A midsummer ankle injury limited Lloyd to eight starts...


What to watch in international soccer this weekend

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:10:00 PST

Two of Europe’s top leagues return from holiday vacations this weekend, helping to fill a full schedule of games across the continent.

Bundesliga: The German league comes back from a month-long break Friday when league leader Bayern Munich travels to North Rhine-Westphalia to play fourth-place...


Gambrills natives co-author travel book about the English Premier League

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:00:00 PST

Some friends thought Brian Burden and Blair Morse were crazy to chuck it all in order to go traipsing around England for three months to fully experience professional soccer.

Those closest to the longtime friends from Gambrills fully supported the idea, knowing they had been talking about it for...


Jonathan Gonzalez's decision shows the issues U.S. Soccer has with keeping dual-national players

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 17:10:00 PST

On the surface, the most recent loss sustained by U.S. Soccer was as perplexing as the defeat that kept its national team from reaching the World Cup: American-born and American-raised Jonathan Gonzalez confirmed Tuesday that he will represent Mexico in international competition.

The decision shouldn’t...


Baltimore seeks to host FIFA World Cup soccer games

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 16:35:00 PST

The city's Board of Estimates is expected to approve an agreement between the Federation Internationale De Football Association, United States Soccer Federation Inc. and the city to host the games.(image)

Blast star Lucas Roque out for the season with torn ACL

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 10:35:00 PST

Blast forward Lucas Roque will miss the rest of the season after tearing an ACL in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win against the Harrisburg Heat.

The six-year veteran had an MRI exam Monday afternoon and will have surgery next week.

Roque suffered the knee injury late in the fourth quarter minutes after...


U.S. national team calls up roster missing one big name

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 22:05:00 PST

Interim coach Dave Sarachan summoned a young roster of 30 players into training with the U.S. national soccer team Monday, the first extended camp since the Americans were eliminated from the World Cup during regional qualifying in October.

And while the names on the roster indicate the U.S. has...


Hoxie scores winner as Blast overcome Heat, another injury for 4-3 overtime victory

Sat, 6 Jan 2018 14:45:00 PST

On a night the offense mostly sputtered and another star player went down with an injury, the Blast showed their mettle against the rival Harrisburg Heat on Saturday at SECU Arena.

It took a 17-save performance from goalkeeper William Vanzela, 19 more blocked shots and a game-winning overtime goal...


Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi racially abused for 2nd successive weekend in Italy

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 09:13:00 PST

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi says he was the victim of racial abuse for the second successive Saturday in Italian soccer.

The incident at Cagliari happened two days after Hellas Verona was punished for its fans hurling racist chants at Matuidi.

Writing on Facebook after Saturday's 1-0 win...


San Diego's 1904 FC soccer team 'most likely' won't start until 2019

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 16:00:00 PST

The “19” in San Diego’s 1904 FC represents the 19th letter of the alphabet, or the S in SD.

It represent something else now: the year the professional soccer club begins playing games.

According to league sources, the North American Soccer League is expected to announce shortly that it won’t open...


Sarachan deserves reward for steadying an uncertain U.S. national team

Sat, 6 Jan 2018 14:40:00 PST

When the men’s national soccer team gathers this week at StubHub Center for its first training camp of the new year, it will do so beneath a dark, heavy cloud of uncertainty.

Uncertainty because for the first time since 1986, the U.S. is entering a World Cup year without an invitation to the big...


With two top scorers injured, Blast still where they 'expect to be' in MASL

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

The Blast take an 8-2 mark into the 2018 portion of their Major Arena Soccer League schedule with an eye on a third straight championship season.(image)

Blast return home to take on the Harrisburg Heat on Saturday

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST

Two teams headed in opposite directions will meet at SECU Arena.(image)

Orlando City acquires star Sacha Kljestan in exchange for Carlos Rivas, Tommy Redding

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 11:00:00 PST

Orlando City acquired New York Red Bulls star Sacha Kljestan in exchange for Carlos Rivas and Tommy Redding, a source confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel Tuesday.

The blockbuster deal long rumored and first reported in detail by ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle brings in a high profile midfielder who will go...


Jonathan Klinsmann takes his first step away from his father's shadow

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:25:00 PST

Jonathan Klinsmann remembers being thrilled, if a little uneasy, when Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai tapped him on the shoulder and told him he would be playing his first professional game at Olympic Stadium.

So he called his dad, Jurgen, who played in that stadium, coached in that stadium and...


Former soccer star wins election to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president of Liberia

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 05:26:00 PST

Celebrations have begun in Liberia as former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah is set to be declared the winner of the West African nation's presidential election. With more than 98 percent of votes counted late Thursday from this week's runoff, Weah received 61.5 percent of ballots while...


Soccer on TV: The best games to watch this weekend

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:30:00 PST

The Premier League record book has taken a beating over the last year. And it could be subject to more rewriting during the final games of 2017 and first of the new year.

EPL: At the top of the table Manchester City, which won its last 18 games in 2017 to set an EPL record, has a chance to tie...


Is it time for a former player to run U.S. Soccer?

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 10:00:00 PST

Being able to run fast and jump high are pretty important skills for a world-class athlete. But apparently not so much for the people who run the leagues those athletes play in — none of the commissioners of the country’s top six professional leagues played the game they now rule.

That makes the...


Major League Soccer grants Nashville latest expansion team

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:57:00 PST

Major League Soccer is expanding its presence in the southeast, awarding Nashville the first of its newest expansion franchises as MLS' 24th team.

Commissioner Don Garber made the announcement Wednesday at a news conference with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and John R....


Digest (Dec. 19): United has date but not site for first 2018 home game

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:05:00 PST

D.C. United will play its home opener March 17 against the Houston Dynamo. Problem is, its new home won't be ready by then. With Audi Field not scheduled to open until late June, United is in the process of finalizing a venue for that first home match — as well as an additional home game in the...


MLS reportedly planning to announce Nashville as next expansion team

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:10:00 PST

Major League Soccer plans to announce Wednesday that Nashville will be awarded an expansion team, a person with direct knowledge told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because a public announcement was not authorized.

The league called a news conference for...


North America's bid to host 2026 World Cup jeopardized by falling US popularity

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:40:00 PST

The North American bid to stage the 2026 World Cup seems like a sure thing. From stadiums and infrastructure to commercial opportunities and organizational experience, the joint effort by the United States, Mexico and Canada appears to meet all the necessary requirements (and then some) to host...


Kaká announces his retirement, wrapping an elite pro soccer career

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:25:00 PST

Kaká announced his retirement Sunday, officially wrapping an elite pro soccer career that included a final stop helping Orlando City make the jump to Major League Soccer.

The 35-year-old midfielder said in October he would not renew his contract with Orlando City, passing on an offer that would...


Soccer star backtracks over 'insensitive' blackface tweet

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:15:00 PST

Soccer star Antoine Griezmann has apologized for any offense caused after posting an image of himself on social media in blackface as part of an NBA party costume on Sunday.

Griezmann, who is white, was also wearing a wig and holding a basketball in the photo which had "NBA 69 ALLSTARS" on the...


Digest (Dec. 16): Heat halt Blast's streak with shootout victory

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:41:00 PST

The Blast's four-game winning streak ended as they fell in a shootout to the Heat, 6-5 in Harrisburg on Saturday night in a Major Arena Soccer League game. Hugo Silva stopped both Blast shootout attempts as the Heat won the shootout, 2-0. Tony Donatelli and Jonatas Melo each scored two goals for...


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

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:25:00 PST

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

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


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

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:27:00 PST

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


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

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:40:00 PST

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

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

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


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

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 07:00:00 PST

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

When: Sunday, 3:05 p.m.

Where: Towson University’s SECU Arena

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, or

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


Toronto FC defeats Seattle Sounders for first MLS Cup title

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 15:50:00 PST

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

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

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


Baltimore has new semipro soccer team with FC Baltimore joining NPSL

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:20:00 PST

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

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


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

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:20:00 PST

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


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

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 20:32:00 PST

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


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

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:49:00 PST

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

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


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

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 16:35:00 PST

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



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

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 18:40:00 PST

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

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

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


Stanford beats UCLA to win women's soccer title

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 13:10:00 PST

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

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


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

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 19:30:00 PST

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

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

On Friday...


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

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:17:00 PST

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

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


Bizarre episodes surround FIFA trial in Brooklyn

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:29:00 PST

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

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


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

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:55:00 PST

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


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

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:32:00 PST

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

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


Blast face Fury, Ambush at SECU Arena this weekend

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

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

When: Friday, 7:35 p.m.

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

When: Saturday, 6:05 p.m.

Where: Towson University’s SECU Arena

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, or

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


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

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

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

The club has...


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

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:50:00 PST

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

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


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

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:55:00 PST

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

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

Messi scored 37 in...


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

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:02:00 PST

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

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


Soccer on TV: The best games to watch this weekend

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:25:00 PST

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


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

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:00:00 PST

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

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


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

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:49:00 PST

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


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

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:15:00 PST

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

Since the U.S. men’s national...


Christos Advances to US Open Cup Again

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:40:00 PST

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

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


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

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:09:00 PST

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


Christos set for third-round qualifier at AACC

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:40:00 PST

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

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


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

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:55:00 PST

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

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


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

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST

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


Columbia eliminates W&M with 2-1 win

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:35:00 PST

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

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


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

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST


When: Friday, 7:35 p.m.

Where: SECU Arena, Towson University

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, or

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


What to watch in international soccer this weekend

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:20:00 PST

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

EPL: Manchester United,...


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

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:45:00 PST

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

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

Despite three...


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

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:41:00 PST

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


Slumping Terps soccer to play Albany in NCAA tournament opener Thursday

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:15:00 PST

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

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


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

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:15:00 PST

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

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


Hope Solo accuses former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:09:00 PST

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

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


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

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:49:00 PST

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


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

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:20:00 PST

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

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


Hope Solo accuses former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of grabbing her

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:25:00 PST

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

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


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

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

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

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

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST

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

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

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:35:00 PST

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

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


2017-18 Baltimore Blast

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 20:00:00 PST

Check out pictures of the 2017-18 Baltimore Blast.


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

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:20:00 PST

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

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

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


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

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 12:42:00 PST

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

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


Soccer on TV this weekend: World Cup berths at stake

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 19:20:00 PST

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

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


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

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

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

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


Spain's World Cup jersey sparks controversy

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:05:00 PST

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

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


Women's Soccer: McDaniel going back to NCAA tournament

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:00:00 PST

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

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


Undocumented immigrants in Baltimore seek refuge in soccer

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 04:45:00 PST

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

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


Navy thwarted in women's soccer final

Sun, 5 Nov 2017 15:00:00 PST

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

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


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

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 00:24:00 PST

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


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

Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:41:00 PDT

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


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

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 19:43:00 PDT

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


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

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:07:00 PDT

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


Howard Community College men's soccer wins region championship

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:35:00 PDT

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

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


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

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:20:00 PDT

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

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


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

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:00:00 PDT

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

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


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

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:14:00 PDT

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


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

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:21:00 PDT

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


The arrogance of U.S. Soccer persists

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:00:00 PDT

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

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


Bruce Arena resigns as U.S. soccer coach

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:10:00 PDT

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

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

On Friday, Arena became...


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

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:20:00 PDT

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


The best thing that ever happened to US soccer

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:00:00 PDT

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


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

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:30:00 PDT

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

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


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

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:01:00 PDT

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