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Digest (April 19): UMBC to host Delaware in fundraising soccer game

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:03:00 PDT

UMBC will host Delaware on Friday at 6 p.m. in the sixth annual Kicks for Chase charity game. The game is a fundraiser for The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region. Admission is free. Commemorative Under Armour T-shirts and refreshments from Papa John's and Chartwell's Dining Services will be available...


Animal rights groups slam use of bear at Russian soccer match

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:20:00 PDT

Animal rights groups have condemned the use of a bear that performed before a Russian soccer match.

The routine happened before a third division match Sunday in the city of Pyatigorsk. TV footage from the game showed the animal being led to the Mashuk-KMV Pyatigorsk club's stadium, clapping at...


Is U.S. men's national team forward Bobby Wood coming to MLS this summer?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:30:00 PDT

Bobby Wood, the U.S. national team forward employed by a relegation-threatened Bundesliga club, is exploring the possibility of moving to MLS this summer, multiple sources told the Post on Monday.

The Hawaii native has three years left on his contract with Hamburg, which is 5-18-7 and next to last...


FIFA is considering a bigger World Cup in Qatar, one of the planet's smallest countries

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:20:00 PDT

Qatar is smaller than Connecticut and has fewer citizens than Kansas. Asking the Arabian nation to host a 32-team World Cup was pushing the limits. Sending an additional 16 squads - plus their supporters and delegations - and adding 16 matches seems out of the question.

But in another twist to...


Manchester City wins Premier League title after Manchester United loses to West Bromwich Albion

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:25:00 PDT

Manchester City won the Premier League title without even playing on Sunday when nearest challenger Manchester United surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to last-place West Bromwich Albion.

It was City's third title in seven seasons and easily its most convincing, with Pep Guardiola's team 16 points...


Neymar 'recovering well' after after foot injury, on course for World Cup

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:45:00 PDT

Brazil star Neymar says he is "recovering well" from a foot injury and is on schedule for the World Cup.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker had surgery in March on a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Neymar told a TV Globo variety show on Sunday that he feels no pain, but he cannot put his...


Digest (April 14): Segura leads D.C. United to victory over Columbus Crew at Naval Academy

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:01:00 PDT

Ulises Segura scored his first MLS goal and Steve Clark had a shutout in his first action of the season to help DC United beat the Columbus Crew 1-0 on Saturday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Segura side-netted a half-volley from the top of the box in the first minute. Lucian Acosta...


Best soccer team in Europe isn't always the top team from its league

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 15:00:00 PDT

Manchester City is putting the finishing touches on one of the most dominant seasons in English Premier League history, moving within a win of its third league championship since 2012 on Saturday while remaining on pace to break EPL records for victories, goals and points.

What it won’t do, however,...


Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs. Bastian Schweinsteiger MLS match-up a rare meeting of soccer royalty

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:50:00 PDT

Nelson Rodriguez has spent his entire adult life in soccer so it’s not often a question about the game finds him without an answer. Yet the Chicago Fire’s president and general manager was stumped Friday when asked if he had seen anything like this weekend’s match-up between the Fire’s Bastian...


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...


Annapolis broadcaster Dave Johnson has been with D.C. United since the start

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:00:00 PDT

Dave Johnson has been there from the beginning with D.C. United. The veteran broadcaster served as master of ceremonies for the introductory press conference when the Major League Soccer franchise came to the District of Columbia.

Johnson was quickly named voice of D.C. United and has served as...


Strong Boston Marathon Women's Field Could Produce First American Winner Since 1985

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:45:00 PDT

BOSTON — Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon last fall. Molly Huddle broke the American half-marathon record in January. Jordan Hasay ran the fastest American women’s debut marathon at the Boston Marathon last year. Desi Linden has finished in the top 10 at Boston four times and was...


Roma knock Barcelona out of Champions League with remarkable comeback

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:50:00 PDT

Roma pulled off an extraordinary comeback with a 3-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday to reach the Champions League semifinals after overturning a three-goal deficit from the first leg.

The Giallorossi advanced on away goals despite losing 4-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals.

Center back Kostas...


How a difficult childhood helped create Zlatan Ibrahimovic the soccer god

Sun, 8 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

There’s a story from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s childhood that goes a long way toward explaining how a skinny, awkward boy would go on to become one of the best soccer players of his generation.

Ibrahimovic grew up poor, one of five children living in a dangerous housing project in the center of Malmo,...


Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan's brace helps USWNT earn 4-1 win over Mexico

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 19:21:00 PDT

JACKSONVILLE — Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan earned a brace, delivered a nutmeg and nearly had multiple assists during the U.S. women’s national team's dominant 4-1 win over Mexico during a friendly Thursday night.

Morgan missed last week’s Pride at Washington Spirit game while going through concussion...


D.C. United trains at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in advance of April 14 contest

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 16:00:00 PDT

Professional soccer came to Annapolis on Thursday as D.C. United conducted a short walk-through in advance of its debut in the Capital City. Following a roughly hour-long training session, head coach Ben Olsen and striker Patrick Mullins declared Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium a very suitable...


Orlando Pride fall 2-0 at Washington Spirit

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 20:34:00 PDT

The Orlando Pride knew their depth was going to be tested early in the season.

Entering Week 2 of the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League campaign, the Pride were forced to play without six potential starters. Short-handed Orlando let Washington’s Mallory Pugh and Ashley Hatch score late second-half...


Galaxy sent a bulldog to catch a lion — and with Ibrahimovic, it worked

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 18:05:00 PDT

The slow walk that took Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the locker room to the field at the StubHub Center field on Saturday involved just two gentle left turns and lasted only a couple of minutes. But the journey that brought him from one of the world’s biggest clubs to the Galaxy in the first place lasted...


Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores two late goals to lift Galaxy over LAFC 4-3

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 17:55:00 PDT

Trailing by two goals with less than 20 minutes to play Saturday, the Galaxy were circling the drain when the sellout crowd at StubHub Center began chanting the name of the team’s newest player.

So Zlatan Ibrahimovic stripped off his warmups, strode toward the midfield stripe and was subbed into...


Ibrahimovic finally joins Galaxy — and that's a big deal

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 18:50:00 PDT

When President Trump arrived in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, he was welcomed at LAX by a light rain and a small group of protesters. When soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived late Thursday, he was greeted by clear skies and a raucous crowd of about 250 fans.

But then as Ibrahimovic himself...


Alex Morgan questionable for Orlando Pride's match against Washington Spirit

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:13:00 PDT

Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan is listed as "questionable" in the injury report leading up to the club's Saturday match with the Washington Spirit. 

The match will be featured as the Game of the Week on Lifetime. 

Morgan has been in concussion protocol since colliding with Utah Royals' goalkeeper...


New MLS star Zlatan Ibrahimović draws crowd at first L.A. Galaxy training session

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:07:00 PDT

A crowd of media gathered at the L.A. Galaxy’s Friday training session to catch a glimpse of Zlatan Ibrahimović. 

The superstar striker and larger-than-life personality joined his new team for the first time since signing from Manchester United last week and will be available for selection when...


Blast to celebrate MASL championship Friday night in Towson

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:55:00 PDT

The Blast are inviting fans to help them celebrate their third straight Major Arena Soccer League championship with a gathering set for 7 p.m. Friday at Towson University’s SECU Arena.

Blast players, coaches and staff will be on hand along with the 2018 Ron Newman Cup, which was awarded to the...


Christos FC wins 3rd straight Stewart Cup title

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 21:00:00 PDT

Danny Baxter had a goal and an assist in the first half, and Alex Bullington scored the game winner midway through the second half as Christos FC defeated Izee Auto FC, 3-2, on Sunday to win its third straight Maryland Stewart Cup Amateur state title.

Baxter opened the scoring on a 30-yard screamer...


Tim Weah makes debut as U.S. beats Paraguay 1-0 in friendly

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 20:30:00 PDT

Tim Weah ran onto the field wearing bright orange boots, the first player born in the 2000s to play for the United States.

"This is what I've been waiting for my whole life," said the 18-year-old, the son of Liberian President George Weah, the 1995 FIFA Player of the Year. "I'm really appreciative...


Blast hang on at Monterrey, 4-3, to win third MASL title in row, Baltimore's 10th indoor crown

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 21:25:00 PDT

The Blast jumped to a 4-1 lead and captured their third straight MASL championship and Baltimore's 10th in the 37 straight years of professional indoor soccer.(image)

Iceland would love your support during the World Cup

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 08:00:00 PDT

With the U.S. sidelined for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, American soccer fans have been left scrambling to find a team to support. Tiny Iceland would like you to warm up to its embrace.

With a population of less than 340,000, Iceland is the smallest national ever to quality for world sport’s...


Blast look to the top to stay on top as they seek their third straight MASL crown

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 05:00:00 PDT

When Blast veteran defender Jonathan Greenfield returned for his second stint with the team in early February – he last played for Baltimore in the 2009-10 season – he was mostly greeted by new teammates.

What didn’t change was at the top with owner Ed Hale Sr., general manager and president Kevin...


Galaxy set to sign Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

The Galaxy have reached agreement on a contract with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, successfully ending the club’s three-year effort to bring the aging Swedish superstar to Major League Soccer.

Ibrahimovic was released from his deal with England’s Manchester United on Thursday, about three months before it...


Blast visit Monterrey Flash in bid for third straight MASL crown

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PDT

After a 10-6 win over Milwaukee in the MASL's Eastern Conference final, the Blast must get past the Monterrey Flash to win a third straight indoor soccer championship.(image)

U.S.-born Jonathan Gonzalez hopes to live his World Cup dreams with Mexico

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:00:00 PDT

Jonathan González watched the U.S. national team’s final World Cup qualifier on TV last fall and still hasn’t forgotten how he felt after the 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago knocked the Americans out of this summer’s tournament in Russia.

“I was bummed out,” he said, mustering about as much disappointment...


Landon Donovan found a new love for soccer in Mexico

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Wearing a golf cap, gray t-shirt and shorts over ankle-high socks and running shoes, Landon Donovan steps out of an elevator and into a white-tablecloth restaurant. Surrounded by businessmen and bankers in tailored suits and ties, arguably the greatest soccer player in U.S. history looks like just...


Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic welcome baby Luka

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:20:00 PDT

Bastian Schweinsteiger and his wife, Ana Ivanovic, announced the birth of their son, Luka, on social media this week.

“Welcome to the world our little boy! We are so happy,” the Fire midfielder posted to Twitter and Instagram along with a picture of his and Ivanovic’s hands next to the baby’s feet.


Vanzela, Dantas lead Blast to MASL championship game with 10-6 win over Wave

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:30:00 PDT

Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela returned to the lineup in spectacular fashion, taking charge of a defense under constant pressure and making several acrobatic saves against the Milwaukee Wave in the Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Conference final.

Vanzela had been out since mid-January with...


Baltimore is in the running as a host city for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Baltimore has been included as a host city in the United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The United Bid announced its list of 23 candidate host cities that will be included in the bid book. Baltimore, which would use M&T Bank Stadium for games, joins...


Digest (March 15): Baltimore joins bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:02:00 PDT


Baltimore has been included as a host city in the United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup . The United Bid announced its list of 23 candidate host cities that will be included in the bid book. Baltimore, which would use M&T Bank Stadium for games, joins...


Blast host Wave on Friday for spot in MASL championship game

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:00:00 PDT

The two-time defending league champion Blast won two out of three against Milwaukee in the regular season.(image)

Blast beat Silver Knights, 5-4, to reach MASL's Eastern Conference championship

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:35:00 PDT

Vini Dantas finished with two goals and an assist as the Blast enjoyed a two-game sweep of the Syracuse Silver Knights in the Eastern Division finals.(image)

Greek game abandoned after 'armed' owner protests decision

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 18:00:00 PDT

A disputed goal at the end of a Greek league match on Sunday between leader AEK and title rival PAOK led to a pitch invasion by one of the team owners, who appeared to be carrying a gun.

Fernando Varela scored in the 90th minute, putting host PAOK ahead 1-0 in the northern city of Thessaloniki....


Sockers beat Tacoma, advance to conference finals

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 21:55:00 PST

Chris Toth’s dad was somewhere in the stands at Valley View Casino Center on Saturday night, no doubt feeling just a little more pride than usual.

Zoltan Toth played goalkeeper for seven seasons, in 152 games, and won five championships for the San Diego Sockers in 1984-90.

He never scored a playoff...


Blast host Silver Knights looking to wrap up MASL playoff opening round

Fri, 9 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PST

MASL Eastern Division final

Syracuse Silver Knights at Blast

(Game 2 in best-of-three series)

When: Sunday, 5:05 p.m.

Where: Towson University’s SECU Arena

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST,,

Outlook: For a fourth time this season, the Blast were able to grind out a one-goal...


Digest (March 8): Blast stop Syracuse surge to win MASL playoff opener, 7-6

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 20:28:00 PST

The Blast held off a late Syracuse rally to defeat the Silver Knights , 7-6, in Game 1 of the Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Division final. Daniel Peruzzi and Vini Dantas each had two goals for the Blast. Bo Jelovac recorded two goals and one assist for Syracuse. The Blast built a 5-0 lead...


Decades after Browns left for Baltimore, 'Modell Law' could keep soccer team in Ohio

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PST

The legacy of Art Modell, who moved the Browns out of their longtime Cleveland home and to Baltimore over dissatisfaction with the city's stadium, could keep the Crew in Columbus.(image)

USWNT honors Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting victims during SheBelieves Cup

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 16:50:00 PST

For one minute in Orlando City Stadium, where noise is amplified to so that cheers can be deafening, there was absolutely no sound.

Before the United States women’s national team kicked off the SheBelieves Cup finale against England, the PA announcer called for a moment of silence to honor Alyssa...


U.S. defeats England in Orlando, wins SheBelieves Cup

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 18:00:00 PST

For 57 minutes Wednesday night, England seemed content to sit back and absorb wave after wave of pressure from the United States.

The Lionesses only need a draw to secure the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, and they played like it to start the match. England didn’t register a shot until 12 minutes had gone...


Blast set sights on third straight MASL crown, open playoffs Thursday against Syracuse

Wed, 7 Mar 2018 10:00:00 PST

The two-time defending MASL-champion Blast open the playoffs by facing the Syracuse Silver Knights in the Eastern Division final. The teams start the best-of-three series Thursday in Syracuse before heading to Baltimore for Game 2 on Sunday with a deciding 15-minute mini-game to follow if needed.(image)

U.S. plays to a draw with France 1-1 in SheBelieves Cup

Sun, 4 Mar 2018 12:20:00 PST

Eugenie Le Sommer scored just before halftime and France finished with a 1-1 draw against the U.S. women's national team on Sunday in the SheBelieves Cup at Red Bull Arena.

Mallory Pugh had put the United States in front in the 35th minute with her ninth international goal. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher...


Italian defender Astori found dead, Serie A matches postponed

Sun, 4 Mar 2018 05:50:00 PST

Italy international defender Davide Astori died in his hotel room during the night of Saturday to Sunday, his club Fiorentina said on Sunday.

"Fiorentina are profoundly shocked to have to announce the death of captain Davide Astori after a sudden illness," the Serie A club said on Twitter. The...


Megan Rapinoe lifts U.S. over Germany 1-0

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 20:00:00 PST

The U.S. women's soccer team fought nasty central Ohio weather to get a “workmanlike” win over Germany in a matchup of the world's top two teams.

Megan Rapinoe scored in the 17th minute and the U.S. held on for a 1-0 victory Wednesday night in a game played in mid-30s temperatures, howling wind...


Bianchi: Soccer doesn't need to be Americanized, American sports need to be 'soccerized'

Fri, 3 Apr 2015 20:34:30 PDT

If only you would watch the games instead of counting the goals, then maybe you'd understand why MLS is the fastest-growing sport in this country.

Yes, I'm talking to you, Chris and Marty and Dan — all of my middle-aged buddies out there who refuse to go to a soccer match because "there's not enough...


Neymar reportedly needs foot surgery and won't be back until May

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 06:15:00 PST

French club Paris Saint-Germain made Brazilian star Neymar the most expensive player in soccer history last year, paying $263 million to pry him away from Barcelona and then giving him a $53 million annual salary. For all that, they got less than four months from him.

Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte...


Alex Morgan, USWNT agree to host Stoneman Douglas soccer players mourning loss of teammate

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:00:00 PST

The outpouring of support for those impacted by the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which claimed the lives of 17 people, continues.

The U.S. women’s national team, which plays the final match of the SheBelieves Cup against England on March 7 in Orlando City Stadium, on Sunday...


Blast rally for 8-7 overtime win over Tropics to clinch top spot in Eastern Conference

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:45:00 PST

Put in a bind with a dismal third quarter against the visiting Florida Tropics on Saturday and a chance to clinch the Eastern Conference’s top seed, the Blast dug in.

They scored two unanswered goals in the fourth quarter and Juan Pereira needed just 14 seconds in overtime to give the Blast a thrilling...


Blast hold off Milwaukee Wave, 9-6, to move one win away from Eastern Conference crown

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:00:00 PST

A return home proved to be the cure for the Blast on Friday night.

With a balanced effort on offense and tidy defense, they ended a two-game slide with a 9-6 win over the Milwaukee Wave before an announced crowd of 3,242 at Towson University’s SECU Arena.

The Blast, who have already clinched the...


Mexico to play Wales at Rose Bowl on Memorial Day in final tuneup for World Cup

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:25:00 PST

The Mexican national team will play Wales at the Rose Bowl on May 28 in its last game before this summer’s World Cup in Russia, the country’s national soccer federation and Soccer United Marketing, the team’s marketing arm, announced Thursday.

The game will mark the finale of a four-day Memorial...


Blast close out home regular-season schedule against Wave, Tropics this weekend

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PST

With the Major Arena Soccer League's Eastern Division clinched, the Blast take on the Central Division-leading Milwaukee Wave.(image)

Digest (Feb. 16): Blast's win streak halted, but team clinches division

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:37:00 PST

The Blast had their nine-game win streak halted Friday night by host Cedar Rapids, 6-5. But the Blast still managed to secure the Eastern Division title of the Major Arena Soccer League because Florida lost to San Diego. Vini Dantas had one goal and two assists for Baltimore. Blast goalkeeper Joey...


MLS Live streaming service going away, but replacement will be cheaper

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:30:00 PST

Watching out-of-market Major League Soccer games is going to be a lot less expensive this season. In fact, for the start of the season it will cost nothing.

As previously reported by Bloomberg News and others, MLS has announced that ESPN will move its MLS Live package of soccer games to a new streaming...


Jill Ellis: Alex Morgan hungry ahead of SheBelieves Cup

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:40:00 PST

U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis on Wednesday announced a 26-player preliminary roster for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, and Orlando Pride players Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris both received call-ups.

The roster will be narrowed down to 23 players prior to the team’s March 1 cup opener...


ESPN's web service to gain exclusive rights to stream out-of-market MLS matches

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:30:00 PST

Major League Soccer is shutting down its MLS Live streaming product and shifting those games to ESPN+, the new streaming service Walt Disney Co. plans to launch in the next few months, according to people familiar with the plan.

The teams have been notified, according to the people, who asked not...


As U.S. Soccer seeks to be more inclusive, it turns to former Goldman Sachs partner with humble beginnings

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:45:00 PST

Soccer is part of the American immigrant story, and although he never amounted to much of a player before turning to higher education and a successful business career, Carlos Cordeiro appreciates the role of the sport in the lives of millions of transplants.

He was born in India to a Colombian...


Italian soccer player Mario Balotelli given yellow card for reacting to racist abuse

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 15:55:00 PST

French club Nice says striker Mario Balotelli was shown a yellow card for complaining about racist abuse he received from Dijon fans on Saturday.

Nice tweeted the Italian forward, who was booked in the 74th minute of a 3-2 away defeat by referee Nicolas Rainville, was cautioned after remonstrating...


For Carlos Cordeiro, the real work starts after winning U.S. Soccer presidency

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 16:00:00 PST

Winning the election for the presidency of U.S. Soccer may prove the easy part for Carlos Cordeiro, the former Goldman Sachs executive who beat a field of seven candidates Saturday to take the reins of a sport riven by divisions.

Now comes the hard part: governing that sport and healing those fractures,...


Future of U.S. Soccer hangs in the balance as presidential election approaches

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:30:00 PST

The U.S. Soccer Federation will hold its first contested presidential election in 20 years Saturday in Orlando. But given the tenor of the three-month campaign, picking a winner may do more to inflame than heal a federation still battered by missing the World Cup for the first time since 1986.


Ohio officials pressure MLS to make expansion decision on FC Cincinnati

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 06:38:00 PST

Ohio county officials are putting the pressure on Major League Soccer to decide whether FC Cincinnati will join the league.

Hamilton County commissioners voted Wednesday to renew an agreement to pay for a 1,000-car garage at the team’s future stadium through Feb. 28.

The board’s original agreement...


U.S. women's national team to face Mexico in April friendly

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 14:59:00 PST

The U.S. women's national team will play Mexico in Houston on April 8, as both teams prepare for World Cup qualifying later this year.

The match at BBVA Compass Stadium will be the 35th meeting between the teams. The previous match was a 1-0 U.S. victory in 2016 Olympics qualifying. Mexico has...


What's in a name? A lot, just ask Sagu, former Blast goalkeeper

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 14:20:00 PST

The Blast announced Wednesday that former goalkeeper Sagu, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. But he should also be in a Hall of Fame of great sports names.

When he was announced before a game at Baltimore Arena, the place rocked. But how did he come to be Sagu?


Goalkeeper Sagu to be inducted into Blast Hall of Fame

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 14:20:00 PST

Former Blast goalkeeper Sagu, who spent eight seasons in Baltimore and was part of three championship teams, will be inducted into the franchise’s Hall of Fame.

Sagu was acquired by the Blast in a trade with the Cleveland Force just before the 2004-05 season and immediately became the team’s defensive...


Donatelli scores in overtime to give Blast another one-goal win, 8-7 over Silver Knights

Sat, 3 Feb 2018 18:40:00 PST

For the Blast, there’s comfort that comes with being in a close game and having the confidence they can win.

The two-time defending Major Arena Soccer League champions showed that again Saturday night against the surging Syracuse Silver Knights.

Captain Tony Donatelli scored his second goal of...


Streaking Blast set to host Syracuse Silver Knights on Saturday

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 14:10:00 PST

The Blast will take a seven-game winning streak into Saturday's home game against the Silver Knights.(image)

What to watch in international soccer this weekend

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 19:15:00 PST

The league championships have largely been decided in Germany and England, but the races for European tournament berths are just beginning to heat up. In the EPL, that temperature was raised this week by a slew of deals that brought spending in the January transfer window to a record $639 million...


Plague of locusts could destroy the World Cup fields in Russia

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:26:00 PST

A plague of locusts could destroy the fields in World Cup stadiums this year, the Russian government said Wednesday.Locusts often feast on crops in southern Russia and the person who oversees plant protection at the agriculture ministry said they could descend on stadiums, too."We have more or...


NWSL leader says league is strong despite losing Boston Breakers

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 15:55:00 PST

The National Women's Soccer League lost one of its 10 franchises, but managing director Amanda Duffy insists the future of the league is bright and stable.

The NWSL officially announced the Boston Breakers ceased operations Sunday, shuttering the longest running professional women's soccer team...


David Beckham finally gets Miami MLS team; fans will have input on name, colors

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:45:00 PST

David Beckham’s long-awaited Major League Soccer team finally has the green light to begin play in Miami.

Now the real work begins, from naming the team to building the stadium to assembling the team to play in it.

The British soccer icon said Monday that the fans he hopes will fill the stands...


U.S. starts looking toward future

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 22:50:00 PST

With this summer’s World Cup reduced to little more than a television event in the United States, the men’s national team took its first tentative steps toward 2022 on Sunday at StubHub Center.

And not surprisingly it tripped, settling for a scoreless tie against an inexperienced team from Bosnia...


The Jew who built Bayern Munich, then saved it after surviving the Holocaust

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:05:00 PST

At 95, Uri Siegel’s eyesight is fading but his memory is still sharp. So while he struggles to see what’s right in front of him, he has a keen focus on the past.

And that serves him well when discussing German soccer power Bayern Munich.

It was Siegel’s uncle, a Holocaust survivor named Kurt Landauer,...


NWSL's Boston Breakers fold in advance of the 2018 season

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:17:00 PST

The National Women's Soccer League says the Boston Breakers will cease operations in advance of the 2018 season.

The league announced the move Sunday.

There had been widespread rumors that an investor or group of investors might step forward to save the team. Fans who bought tickets for the upcoming...


Rumors of Zlatan Ibrahimovic linked to the Galaxy are back

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 20:45:00 PST

The annual rumors linking Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Galaxy are back, this time a little earlier than usual. And this time there may be more to them than just rumors.

The MLS team had reportedly made contract offers to Ibrahimovic, 36, in each of the last two springs, only to have...


Beckham to finally get Miami MLS franchise in Monday event; public can go (with tickets)

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:25:00 PST

After four years of false starts, David Beckham’s quest to bring Major League Soccer to Miami will finally come to fruition with an announcement scheduled for noon Monday.

Beckham, the retired British soccer superstar, will join with members of his ownership group, MLS Commissioner Don Garber,...


Digest (Jan. 26): Blast defeat Heat, 4-2, for 7th straight victory

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:41:00 PST

The Blast defeated the host Harrisburg Heat, 4-2, in a Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Division matchup Friday night. Tony Donatelli scored two goals for the Blast, who won their seventh straight game. Elmo Neto had two goals for Harrisburg. The Blast went 3-for-3 on the power play, while Harrisburg...


What to watch in international soccer this weekend

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:45:00 PST

David hosts Goliath in an FA Cup match Friday and the rest of the weekend’s top soccer action in Europe features six German teams renewing their battle for Champions League invitations and Real Madrid trying to salvage its season in Spain.

FA Cup: The beauty of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest soccer...


Digest: MLS might force D.C. United to move home opener from SoccerPlex

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:57:00 PST

Major League Soccer does not want D.C. United to play their home opener at Maryland SoccerPlex because of facility and security concerns, sources told The Washington Post. No final decision has been reached yet, but if the plan is rejected, United would have to scramble to arrange another location...


Former River Hill star Jake Pace hired as Maryland men's soccer assistant

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:00:00 PST

The Maryland men’s soccer team has hired former River Hill standout Jake Pace as its second assistant, coach Sasho Cirovski announced Monday.

Pace, who played for the Terps from 2009-13, spent the past four seasons as the program’s director of operations.

“I am extremely humbled, honored and excited...


David Beckham and Miami may finally be awarded an MLS team on Monday

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:05:00 PST

David Beckham may finally be bringing Major League Soccer to Miami.

An event is tentatively scheduled for Monday to officially award an MLS franchise in Miami to Beckham and his ownership group that also includes local businessmen Jorge and Jose Mas, according to multiple reports. The announcement...


England's new women's soccer coach Phil Neville once joked about beating wife on Twitter

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:29:00 PST

Mark Sampson was fired as manager of England's national women's soccer team in September after allegations came to light that he had both "overstepped the professional boundaries between player and coach" while coaching a women's pro team and been accused of racism, harassment and bullying by a...


Orlando Pride acquire Washington’s Shelina Zadorsky in exchange for Aubrey Bledsoe, 2019 pick

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:45:00 PST

The Orlando Pride acquired Canadian women’s national team defender Shelina Zadorsky from the Washington Spirit in exchange for goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe and Orlando’s natural first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL Draft.

It’s a move Pride coach Tom Sermanni said is beneficial for both Orlando and Bledsoe.


Torn adductor to keep Blast goalie William Vanzela out indefinitely

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:00:00 PST

General manager Kevin Healey estimates that the star netminder will miss three weeks to two months.(image)

U.S. women's soccer wins their first match of 2018 against Denmark 5-1

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:55:00 PST

It’s been nearly a decade since the women’s national soccer team finished a year with fewer victories than the 12 it had last season. And it’s been 16 years since it lost more games than the three it lost in 2017.

That probably says more about how good the U.S. women have been over the years than...


New goalie Joey Kapinos makes his Blast debut in 12-5 win over Heat

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:15:00 PST

On Friday night, goalkeeper Joey Kapinos was sitting at home in Massachusetts when his phone rang.

One night later, the 28-year-old six-year veteran was starting for his fifth team, the two-time defending Major Arena Soccer League champion Blast.

With star goalkeeper William Vanzela injured in...


NFL draft helped lead Julie Ertz to starring role on women's soccer team

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:15:00 PST

When the Philadelphia Eagles selected tight end Zach Ertz in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, it’s unlikely anyone with the women’s national soccer team noticed.

But they should have. Because while Ertz’s signing netted the Eagles a sure-handed receiver that has taken them to Sunday’s NFC...


Bruce Arena: U.S. 'laid an egg' in World Cup qualifier and had a 'few bad eggs'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:25:00 PST

More than three months since the U.S. national soccer team's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Bruce Arena on Friday reflected on a campaign that he oversaw last year and ultimately faltered at a little stadium in a small town on a Caribbean island.

Speaking at a forum at the United Soccer...


Pat Healey shines as emergency goalie, Blast win wild one over Comets, 15-8

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:40:00 PST

Sidelined the past two games with a hamstring injury, Blast defender Pat Healey was excited to get back in the lineup for Friday’s home game against the Kansas City Comets.

He wasn’t expecting to end up in the Blast’s goal – for close to three quarters.

After goalkeeper William Vanzela was sidelined...


Soccer legend Pele is hospitalized after collapsing from exhaustion

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:10:00 PST

Soccer legend Pele collapsed and was taken to a hospital in his home country of Brazil early Thursday morning, according to the Football Writers Assn.

FWA executive secretary Paul McCarthy said in a statement that exhaustion was determined to be the cause.

"In the early hours of Thursday morning,...


Digest (Jan. 18): Washington Spirit select seven players in NWSL draft

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:55:00 PST

The Washington Spirit selected seven players in Thursday's National Women's Soccer League college draft. Washington's selections included two first-round picks: midfielder Andi Sullivan (No. 1 overall) from Stanford and forward Rebecca Quinn (No. 3 overall) from Duke. The Spirit picked defender-forward...


Bid leader for 2026 World Cup implies Trump policies are impacting North American chances

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:50:00 PST

The chairman of the North American bid seeking to stage the 2026 World Cup said Thursday that political factors are complicating the campaign ahead of FIFA's vote this summer.

The joint effort of the United States, Mexico and Canada has been heavily favored to defeat Morocco for the hosting rights....


Washington Spirit select Stanford's Andi Sullivan with No. 1 pick in NWSL draft

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:25:00 PST

The Washington Spirit selected midfielder Andi Sullivan out of Stanford with the first pick in the National Women's Soccer League draft on Thursday. Draft day also featured a high-profile three-team trade.

A person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press that Sky Blue FC acquired Carli...


Digest (Jan. 16): Former Arundel star Beckerman re-signs with Real Salt Lake

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:17:00 PST

Midfielder Kyle Beckerman (Arundel) re-signed with Real Salt Lake, receiving a multiyear contract that will extend the tenure of the league's all-time career leader in regular-season games played, games started and minutes played among field players. A nine-time MLS All-Star and a U.S. national...


Blast to face Comets, Heat at SECU Arena this weekend

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

The Baltimore Blast (10-2) will look to pad their lead in the MASL's Eastern Division with home games against the Kansas City Comets and Harrisburg Heat this weekend at SECU Arena.(image)

World Cup bid should be a lock for North America, but it's not and here's why

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:35:00 PST

The Los Angeles City Council considered Tuesday a proposal that would have the city seek to host events for the 2026 World Cup. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the NFL stadium under construction in Inglewood are also in the running to stage World Cup games.

The only thing they need now is a World...


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...