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

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:35:00 PDT

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

The U.S., fourth...


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

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:20:00 PDT

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

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


An emotional victory for Manchester United

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:15:00 PDT

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

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

On a wider level, it was...


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

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:40:00 PDT

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

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


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

Sun, 21 May 2017 12:08:00 PDT

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

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


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

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:54:00 PDT

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

"I was quite speechless...


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

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:16:00 PDT

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

She would've repeated...


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

Sat, 13 May 2017 16:35:00 PDT

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

Although the ruling council voted to extend the...


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

Sat, 13 May 2017 17:10:00 PDT

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

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


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

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:04:00 PDT

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

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



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

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:40:00 PDT

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

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


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

Mon, 8 May 2017 20:33:00 PDT

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

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


Ban on heading ball under age 11 divides youth soccer world

Sat, 6 May 2017 19:34:00 PDT

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

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

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


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

Sat, 6 May 2017 10:30:00 PDT

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

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

I wasn’t alone in that assessment.

“For me,” former...


Lionel Messi wins FIFA appeal, ban lifted

Fri, 5 May 2017 07:05:00 PDT

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

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


Argentine fan dies after being shoved from bleachers at soccer match

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:39:00 PDT

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

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

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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

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


Panama soccer player Amilcar Henriquez shot and killed leaving home

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:55:00 PDT

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

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


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

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:05:00 PDT

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

City officials, too. The...


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

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:05:00 PDT

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

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



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

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:40:00 PDT

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

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


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

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:39:00 PDT

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

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


Blast win championship with 'Baltimore workmanlike attitude'

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:42:00 PDT

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


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

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:18:00 PDT

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

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

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:55:00 PDT

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

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


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

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 14:55:00 PDT

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

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

“It's important...


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

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 16:45:00 PDT

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

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


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

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 20:58:00 PDT

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

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

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 16:16:16 PDT

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

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


Marta: How Orlando landed another Brazilian soccer superstar

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 16:20:00 PDT

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

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


Blast open MASL finals Friday against Soles de Sonora

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDT

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

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

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 19:48:00 PDT

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

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


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

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:20:00 PDT

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

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


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

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:42:00 PDT

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

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


Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ana Ivanovic get a crash course on Chicago

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:57:00 PDT

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

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

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


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

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:17:00 PDT

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

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

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


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

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:35:00 PDT

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

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

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


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

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:50:00 PDT

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

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



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

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:50:00 PDT

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


FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:34:00 PDT

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

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

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


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

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:05:00 PDT

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

Regresa el Fantasma, The Ghost Returns.

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



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

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:10:00 PDT

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


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

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:40:00 PDT

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

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


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

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:55:00 PDT

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

That’s both literally and figuratively true.

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


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

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:00:00 PDT

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

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


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

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:45:00 PDT

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

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

Then Dempsey made it look easy on the...


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

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:05:00 PDT

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

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


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

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:50:00 PDT

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

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


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

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:30:00 PDT

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

It’s been anything but a smooth journey.

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


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

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:37:00 PDT

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

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

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:50:00 PDT

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

Wouldn’t happen, right?

So then why were...


Fire acquire German star Bastian Schweinsteiger from Manchester United

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:55:00 PDT

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

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


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

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:25:00 PDT

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

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

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


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

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:20:00 PDT

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

Mexican players finding comfort, success in Portugal

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:50:00 PDT

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

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


Blast face rival Wave for conference title

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:00:00 PDT

MASL Eastern Conference final

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

(Game 1 in best-of-three series)

When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Royal Farms Arena

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST,,

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


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

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:13:00 PDT

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

Bruce Arena brings back some veterans for crucial World Cup qualifiers

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:35:00 PDT

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

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


Brazil club signs goalkeeper convicted in girlfriend's death

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:27:00 PDT

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

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


Baltimore Blast playoff game moved back a day

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:08:00 PDT

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

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

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:49:00 PST

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

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


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

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:16:00 PST

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

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


Blast host Heat in first game of MASL playoffs

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:00:00 PST

The Blast open their defense of last year's MASL championship against a familiar rival in the Heat.(image)

Banning anthem protests means U.S. Soccer is siding against Black Lives Matter

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...


U.S. soccer team to open Gold Cup against Panama on July 8

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...


Atlanta United addressing anti-gay chant at first match

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...


U.S. Soccer's new policy on national anthem will test players' convictions

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....


Megan Rapinoe says she will respect U.S. Soccer policy and stand for the national anthem

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....


Blast win regular-season finale, 11-3 over Heat

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...


Blast completes regular season with visit from Heat

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,,

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...


New U.S. soccer policy requires players to stand during national anthem

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...


Pac-12 basketball: Oregon clinches share of conference title with Arizona, gets top seed

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,...


Maryland's Eryk Williamson sends U.S. to under-20 World Cup with must-see goal

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,...


Zlatan Ibrahimovic's double wins League Cup for Manchester United

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...


Digest: Blast win in OT, clinch regular-season division championship

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...


Galaxy's Aguilar unsure of his place on the team — and in the country

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.

Twelve years...


U.S. women’s soccer goalkeepers enjoy healthy competition

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...


Retired soccer star Lauren Holiday reflects on having brain surgery a month after giving birth

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:35:00 PST

Former 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)

Blast deliver a dud in 7-2 loss to Syracuse

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:02:00 PST

The 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)

Blast double up Silver Knights to clinch playoff berth

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:30:00 PST

Blast rookie defender Elton de Oliveira tripled his season goal total in helping the Blast move a win away from a division title.(image)

Nerve problems put Rogers' Galaxy career on hold

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...


Rise of MLS-affiliated 'lower league' is a win-win for players, teams

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.

“I might...


Teammates, coaches agree: There's nothing casual about the Blast's Adriano Dos Santos

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...


Loyal assistant Dave Sarachan is the secret to Bruce Arena's success in soccer

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....


Group interested in bringing USL expansion team to Baltimore, league officials say

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...


Ali Krieger eager to help lead improved Orlando Pride

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...


Throwback Thursday: The Blast's 1982 pregame spectacle is something to behold

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 04:00:00 PST

The 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)

Galaxy beginning a new chapter without A.J. DeLaGarza

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...


Digest: Blast get revenge against Wave, 5-2

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...


Shallow MLS player pool continues to hamper national team

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...


Jordan Morris helps lift U.S. to 1-0 win over Jamaica

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...


Blast try for second straight win with tough Wave in town

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PST

It 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)

U.S. soccer coach Bruce Arena on travel ban: 'I think it's sad'

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.

"I think...


U.S. national team can't escape real-world politics in wake of Trump's executive order

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...


Blast deliver complete performance in 10-1 win

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:51:00 PST

After 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)

Bruce Arena is pleased with U.S. team despite 0-0 tie with Serbia

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...


Bruce Arena's return brings a timeless element to U.S. national team

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...


Blast's 8-5 record, two-game losing streak haven't shaken team's confidence

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.

One thing...


Blast host Ambush on Sunday

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:30:00 PST

At 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)

Soldier Field to host 2017 MLS All-Star Game: report

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...