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Longwood native Graham Zusi enjoys new role with U.S. national team

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:50:00 PST

Graham Zusi’s face dripped with sweat as he walked off a cloud-covered pitch Sunday morning.

Continual sunshine is one of the things he misses most about Florida. The Longwood-born soccer player hasn’t been back to his hometown since Sporting Kansas City, his MLS team, traveled to play Orlando...


Blast's fourth-quarter burst secures 5-2 win over Heat

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:27:00 PST

There was a time not long ago when the Blast comfortably had their way against the once-meager Harrisburg Heat.

Not so much these days.

The Blast were put to the test by the visiting Heat for most of Saturday night's Major Arena Soccer League game, leaning on their power play and defense early...


Galaxy send A.J. DeLaGarza to Houston Dynamo, prepare for additional roster moves

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:10:00 PST

The Galaxy cut ties with their longest-tenured active player Friday when they dealt defender A.J. DeLaGarza to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for $175,000 in allocation money.

DeLaGarza, 29, made 204 regular-season appearances in eight seasons with the Galaxy, winning three MLS Cups. Only four...


Digest: D.C. United drafts Terps defender Odoi-Atsem

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:14:00 PST

D.C. United took a locally trained player in the first round of the Major League Soccer draft Friday. It continues, however, to wait for a resolution on a higher-profile prospect from the area.

With the No. 12 overall selection, United turned down a late offer from the rival New York Red Bulls...


MLS Commissioner Don Garber eager to see league keep growing

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:05:00 PST

For years, Major League Soccer has focused on constant growth.

The success keeps commissioner Don Garber awake at night. How can he sustain the growth? How can he navigate each challenge that stands in the way?

And there other challenges.

A few hours before the MLS SuperDraft, Garber gave a broad-ranging...


Blast host Heat on Saturday

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

Since the Heat franchise made a return in 2012, the I-83 rivalry that was once highly charged and competitive (mostly back in the 1990s) simply hasn't been with the Blast completely dominating each time out. But that all changed on Dec. 30 in Harrisburg, when the Heat claimed their first win over...(image)

Jurgen Klinsmann trying to stay positive after November firing by U.S. soccer team

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:50:00 PST

The last time Jurgen Klinsmann was seen in a public setting, he was seated behind a flimsy card table in Costa Rica’s national stadium, fending off pointed questions about his future with the U.S. soccer team.

Less than a week later he was fired, ending a 5½-year roller-coaster ride in which the...


Bruce Arena gets U.S. national team soccer camp off to good start

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:40:00 PST

Michael Bradley has played for three coaches with the U.S. national team, one of whom was his father, Bob Bradley. But family ties notwithstanding, Bradley made little effort Wednesday to hide his enthusiasm over Bruce Arena’s return as manager.

“I’m very excited to be back playing for Bruce,”...


World Cup expands to 48 teams for 2026 and U.S. is a likely host

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:40:00 PST

The World Cup is getting bigger. And it may be coming back to the U.S. too.

On Tuesday the FIFA Council, the ruling body for world soccer’s governing organization, unanimously approved a plan to expand the quadrennial tournament from 32 to 48 teams by 2026. The field will be divided into 16 three-team...


Bruce Arena couldn't bear the thought of U.S. soccer missing the World Cup

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:14:00 PST

The items sitting on the second level of Bruce Arena's home tell not only his personal history, but help tell the American soccer story.

An autographed ball from goalkeeping days with the Tacoma Tides in 1976 and University of Virginia trading cards, the coach in short shorts.

A photo with President...


Lionel Messi's statue in Argentina vandalized; torso, head sliced off

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:36:00 PST

A statue in Buenos Aires of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has been vandalized, with the head, torso and arms all being removed — leaving only the legs and a soccer ball on display.

The statue was installed in late June, just shortly after Argentina and Messi lost the final of the Copa...


FIFA awards: Carli Lloyd, Cristiano Ronaldo repeat as world's best

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:25:00 PST

Carli Lloyd of the United States has won her second straight FIFA's best woman player award. 

Lloyd beat Olympic gold medalist Melanie Behringer of Germany and five-time winner Marta of Brazil. 

Lloyd says “I honestly was not expecting this.” 

Germany did win the women's coaching awards as Silvia...


Tony Donatelli scores first two goals, sparks Blast in 7-2 win over Sidekicks

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 19:13:00 PST

For the Blast to successfully defend their Major Arena Soccer League championship, they'll ultimately need the same team effort that produced last season's crown.(image)

Bruce Arena embraces challenge of national team job

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 16:00:00 PST

Each morning, Bruce Arena makes the same 15-minute drive from Manhattan Beach to StubHub Center that he has made for the last eight years. He parks in the same lot, walks the same hallways and sits behind a desk in a new office nearly identical to the old one, which is only 10 paces away.



Real Madrid ties Spanish record with 39 consecutive games unbeaten

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 07:12:00 PST

Cristiano Ronaldo began his year by scoring in the 5-0 demolition of Granada on Saturday in La Liga as Real Madrid tied Barcelona's Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Francisco "Isco" Alarcon scored twice and Karim Benzema and Casemiro added a goal each at Santiago Bernabeu...


Omar Gonzalez enjoying life - and success - after leaving Galaxy

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 13:35:00 PST

Omar Gonzalez never wanted to leave his team. Or his home.

The Galaxy drafted him out of college, turned him into an MLS rookie of the year and helped him become the league’s top defender, a four-time Best XI selection and a World Cup starter.

Southern California is where he bought his first house,...


Blast return home to face Sidekicks on Saturday

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:16:00 PST


When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Royal Farms Arena

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, or

Outlook: The Blast ended their four-game road swing with a 7-4 loss to the Harrisburg Heat on Dec. 30, finishing the stretch 2-2. They remain in...


Ex-Terps soccer stars Graham Zusi, Taylor Kemp invited to Bruce Arena's U.S. camp

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:45:00 PST

The all-Major League Soccer winter training camp begins Tuesday and runs for nearly a month in Carson, Calif. It's the first since former U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired in November.(image)

Bruce Arena's first national team roster marks break from the Jurgen Klinsmann era

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:05:00 PST

Bruce Arena called 32 MLS players into winter camp with the U.S. national team Thursday, among them Galaxy attackers Sebastian Lletget and Gyasi Zardes.

The three-week camp, the first of Arena’s second term as national team coach, will begin Tuesday at StubHub Center and conclude with frendlies...


Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath are among 29 players called up by women's national soccer team

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 17:15:00 PST

Coach Jill Ellis has called 29 players into the first women’s national soccer team training camp of 2017, to be held Jan. 13-23 at the StubHub Center.

The roster is topped by Carli Lloyd, a world player of the year candidate; midfielders Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Morgan Brian; forwards Crystal...


Digest: 2015 NWSL MVP Dunn leaves Spirit for Chelsea

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:50:00 PST

Crystal Dunn, a rising star with the top-ranked U.S. women's national soccer team, has left the Washington Spirit to sign with English club Chelsea, the second prominent player to depart since the National Women's Soccer League final three months ago.

She follows captain Ali Krieger, who clashed...


Swansea debacle proves Bob Bradley never had a chance

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:00:00 PST

Bob Bradley’s hiring by a struggling Swansea City club last fall was supposed to resolve a vexing question: could an American coach in the English Premier League?

His sacking Monday, 11 games and 85 days later, came too quickly to provide an answer.

What seems certain, however, is the quick hook...


Digest: Heat score three straight to break tie, beat Blast, 7-4

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:35:00 PST

The Blast allowed three straight goals spanning the end of the third quarter and early in the fourth in a 7-4 loss to the host Harrisburg Heat on Friday night in a Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Division game.

The Blast tied the game at 2 with 2:36 left in the third quarter on Sofiane Tergou's...


Digest: Donatelli's two goals lift Blast over Syracuse, 6-3

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:41:00 PST

Tony Donatelli scored two goals and the visiting Blast earned a 6-3 win over the Syracuse Silver Knights on Thursday night.

The Silver Knights scored the first goal of the game when Kenardo Forbes found the back of the net at the 1:12 mark. Seconds later, the Blast answered when Jamie Thomas recorded...


Former USA coach Bob Bradley fired by Swansea after less than three months

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:55:00 PST

American coach Bob Bradley was fired as Swansea manager on Tuesday, less than three months after taking charge at the English Premier League club. 

Swansea announced Bradley's departure a day after the team's 4-1 home loss to West Ham. 

Bradley won two of his 11 games in charge after replacing...


Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashed after running out of fuel, investigation finds

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 10:30:00 PST

Colombian aviation authorities said Monday that an airliner that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel before it could land. Seventy-one people died in the Nov. 28 accident. 

A statement by the Civil Aeronautics agency said the conclusion was based on the plane's black...


Antonio Conte has given Chelsea a season worth celebrating

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 14:20:00 PST

Under normal circumstances, attending the holiday office party isn’t considered a particularly noble act. But when you’re the head coach of the Chelsea Football Club, there are no such things as “normal circumstances.”

So when Antonio Conte became the first manager in six years to show up and share...


U.S. women finish 2016 atop FIFA rankings

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:05:00 PST

The women’s national team probably won’t have a collecting bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer heading into the new year, but it will have another No. 1 world ranking, beating out Olympic champion Germany for the top spot in the new poll.

The U.S. won all six of its games since the last FIFA...


Digest: Calvert Hall alum Bender is NSCAA D-III Player of the Year

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:19:00 PST

Messiah College senior midfielder Jacob Bender (Calvert Hall) was named the NCAA Division III National Player of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Wednesday.

Bender, who finished with a team-best 34 points on 13 goals and eight assists as the Falcons' holding central...


Alex Morgan's decision to play in France 'purely about soccer'

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:59:00 PST

After the news broke, Alex Morgan hit the pitch and gym for a double training session. She gave interviews in between and checked her messages from friends and family.

Then, she took a break and headed to lunch with her husband, Servando Carrasco, at The Coop in Winter Park. Carrasco had never...


Ex-UConn soccer player sues over punishment for middle-finger incident

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 05:37:00 PST

A former UConn soccer player who lost her scholarship after giving the middle finger to a television camera plans to sue the school, alleging her punishment was excessive.

Noriana Radwan, who now plays for Hofstra, has scheduled a news conference for Monday in New York.

She made the obscene gesture...


FIFA fines four for displaying poppies at World Cup qualifying matches

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 05:28:00 PST

The four British soccer federations were fined Monday for displaying poppies at World Cup qualifying matches in November to honor their war dead.

England's federation must pay 45,000 Swiss francs ($43,800) for the "display of a political symbol" at a home match against Scotland on Nov. 11. Scotland...


Ronaldo hat trick leads Real Madrid to Club World Cup title

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:21:00 PST

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick on Sunday as European champion Real Madrid claimed its second Club World Cup title by beating Japanese side Kashima Antlers 4-2 after extra time.

"This has been an unbelievable year for me and for the team," Ronaldo said. "A few days ago, I won the Ballon d'Or...


Digest: Donatelli's hat trick helps Blast put away Dallas, 8-4

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 20:36:00 PST

Tony Donatelli broke a 4-4 tie late in the third quarter and scored the game's next two goals in the fourth as the visiting Blast (5-2) pulled away for an 8-4 win over the Dallas Sidekicks (4-5) in the first game between the onetime rivals since 2004.

Donatelli broke the tie with three seconds...


Christiano Ronaldo wins again

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:05:00 PST

After giving a European Championship title to Portugal and another Champions League trophy to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo ends 2016 with something just for himself: his fourth world player of the year award. 

Ronaldo won his third Ballon d'Or award, which this year is being handed out by France...


Digest: Blast held scoreless in second half in 5-1 loss to Comets

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:54:00 PST

The Kansas City Comets scored four goals in the second quarter and cruised to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Blast in a Major Arena Soccer League game Sunday.

Odaine Sinclair scored off an assist from John Sosa early in the second quarter, and Kansas City added to its lead with two straight goals...


Digest: Dantas, Vanzela help Blast rout Tropics, 7-0

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:52:00 PST

Vini Dantas had two goals and two assists as the Blast beat the Florida Tropics, 7-0, on Saturday night in front of an announced 7,450 at Royal Farms Arena to sweep the season series between the Major Arena Soccer League teams 3-0.

William Vanzela had his first shutout of the season for the Blast...


Seattle beats Toronto on penalty kicks to win MLS Cup

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:34:00 PST

Roman Torres scored in the sixth round of penalty kicks to give the Seattle Sounders their first MLS Cup title, 5-4 over Toronto FC after 120 scoreless minutes Saturday night.

It was the first MLS Cup final to fail to produce a goal in regulation, setting the stage for a dramatic tiebreaker.



Brian Schmetzer's Cinderella season in Seattle ends with a title

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:30:00 PST

The clock never struck midnight for Brian Schmetzer and his Seattle Sounders. The coach never turned back into a pumpkin, the glass slipper fit perfectly and so did the crown after a penalty-kicks 5-4 win over Toronto FC in the MLS Cup final Saturday.

Do you believe in fairy tales? Because there’s...


MLS commissioner Don Garber gives State of the League address

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:14:00 PST

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber held the annual State of the League address Friday ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup championship between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders.

He stood behind a podium in downtown Toronto for nearly an hour talking about the future of video replay in the sport,...


Blast look to win third straight against Tropics

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:47:00 PST

Florida Tropics (2-3) vs. Blast (3-1)

When: Saturday, 7:35 p.m.

Where: Royal Farms Arena

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, or


Outlook: The Blast will try to make it three straight wins against the expansion Tropics as they look to further pad their...


Star defender Pat Healey coming out of retirement, returning to Blast

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:39:00 PST

The Blast are bringing back one of their own, announcing that standout defender and former captain Pat Healey will return from retirement to join the team at the end of the month.(image)

Landon Donovan retires from Major League Soccer, again

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:05:00 PST

Landon Donovan is retiring – again – Galaxy President Chris Klein said Tuesday, ending a brief but successful two-month return to Major League Soccer in September.

“With Landon, when he came back, it was always going to be a short-term thing,” said Klein, a former teammate of Donovan’s, both with...


Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter loses appeal against 6-year ban

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:55:00 PST

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday lost his appeal against a six-year ban by the world soccer body.

Blatter said in a statement that it is "difficult" to accept the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but that "the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected."


Digest: Blast get going in second half, top Tropics, 5-1

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 22:42:00 PST

After a scoreless first half, Andrew Hoxie scored his fifth goal of the season on a power play in the third quarter and the visiting Blast added four fourth-quarter goals to beat the Tropics, 5-1, in the Major Arena Soccer League on Saturday night.

Juan Pereira put the Blast up 2-0 early in the...


Brazilian tragedy unites the soccer world in sorrow

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:10:00 PST

There was supposed to be a soccer game in Medellin, Colombia, last Wednesday. Instead Atletico Nacional and thousands of its fans filed into a packed stadium to pay homage to the Brazilian club they were scheduled to play.

Before last week, few people outside Brazil knew much about Chapecoense,...


Sergio Ramos strikes in 90th minute as Real Madrid draws 1-1 at Barcelona

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 09:48:00 PST

Sergio Ramos scored in the 90th minute to secure Real Madrid a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in Saturday's "clasico" match at Camp Nou.

Ramos charged in to head Luka Modric's free kick past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who got a hand on the ball but couldn't keep it out.

Luis Suarez's header from...


USC advances to College Cup final with 1-0 win over Georgetown

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:40:00 PST

Katie Johnson’s goal in the 60th minute Friday gave the USC women’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Georgetown and put the Trojans in the College Cup final for the second time.

USC (18-4-2) will face West Virginia on Sunday at Avaya Stadium. The Mountaineers defeated North Carolina, 1-0, in the...


Toronto FC outlasts the Impact to advance to MLS Cup final

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:20:00 PST

Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts scored two minutes apart in extra time and Toronto FC advanced to the MLS Cup final, outlasting the Montreal Impact, 5-2, in the rain Wednesday night for a 7-5 aggregate victory. 

It took extra time and 12 goals to decide the two-leg Eastern Conference final....


New U.S. Soccer coach Bruce Arena says pressure on team has increased

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:46:00 PST

Bruce Arena knows the job of U.S. soccer coach has changed since his last game a decade ago.

"We're going to have a lot of pressure on us," he said Wednesday during an interview at the offices of The Associated Press. "We're not only expected to qualify for the World Cup, we're also expected to...


Soccer players killed in plane crash were from Brazilian team dubbed 'South America's Cinderella'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:15:00 PST

In a country of soccer heroes, Chapecoense was a team of unlikely upstarts.

The club, from the tiny agro-industrial city of Chapeco in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, was playing in the fourth division — the equivalent of baseball’s low minor leagues — less than a decade ago. But...


Chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia, killing more than 70 people

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:15:00 PST

The soccer world Tuesday mourned the deaths of almost all the members of Brazil’s Chapecoense professional team in an airplane crash near Medellin, Colombia, that killed at least 75 people.

The Bolivia-based LaMia airline charter flight with 72 passengers and nine crew members on board crashed...


Sounders continue surprising turnaround by earning trip to MLS Cup final

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:15:00 PST

Jordan Morris' sensational rookie season was in jeopardy when he was sick to his stomach Friday. He's feeling a lot better after his performance Sunday. 

Morris scored in the 56th minute and the Seattle Sounders advanced to their first MLS Cup, beating the Colorado Rapids, 1-0, on Sunday in the...


More soccer players report abuses as English FA opens review

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:40:00 PST

English soccer's governing body launched a review Sunday into an escalating child sex-abuse scandal to discover what professional clubs knew about crimes being committed by coaches and what action should have been taken at the time.

No such investigation was launched by The Football Association...


Jurgen Klinsmann's reforms may shape U.S. Soccer long after fired coach's departure

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:45:00 PST

When Jurgen Klinsmann took over the national team, he wasn’t interested in making modest tweaks. He wanted to lead a revolution.

New training methods and a more dynamic playing style were needed. A youth developmental system had to be reemphasized, and some of the team’s most enduring and iconic...


Injury woes continue for Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:40:00 PST

It is estimated that 35 separate injuries have kept Vincent Kompany out for a total of 2 1/2  years since he joined Manchester City in 2008. 

Now, the unlucky defender could be facing another six weeks on the sidelines. 

Kompany visited a specialist in Barcelona this week after damaging ligaments...


Steven Gerrard retires while Wayne Rooney is now Manchester United's all-time scoring leader

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:25:00 PST

After an illustrious playing career full of remarkable comebacks alongside jarring Premier League lows, Steven Gerrard is done. 

The 36-year-old Gerrard, who won every major club honor with Liverpool apart from the English title, said Thursday he was retiring from soccer after an 18-year professional...


U.S. falls four spots in November FIFA world rankings

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:30:00 PST

The U.S. soccer team tumbled four spots, to No. 28 overall, in FIFA’s latest world rankings released Thursday. Mexico and Costa Rica, the two countries that beat the U.S. in World Cup qualifiers this month, swapped places, with Costa Rica moving to 17th overall and Mexico sliding to 18th.



Q&A with Bruce Arena: 'The savior in this project are the players, not me'

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:55:00 PST

Two World Cup appearances with the national team and five MLS titles with D.C. United and the Galaxy make Bruce Arena the most successful soccer coach in U.S. history. Now he faces his biggest challenge: trying to get the U.S. team to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Arena returned to the national...


U.S. Soccer names Bruce Arena new men's national team coach

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:30:00 PST

U.S. Soccer formally announced Bruce Arena’s return as national coach Tuesday.

Arena, who has been the Galaxy’s coach and general manager for more than eight seasons, replaces Jurgen Klinsmann, who was fired Monday after 5½ years with the national team.

"When we considered the possible candidates...


Fans hide out in bathroom for chance to see Manchester United play Arsenal

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:25:00 PST

What would you do to see your favorite team play a big rivalry game?

For USC and UCLA supporters, that meant staying out late for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff and braving Rose Bowl traffic before and after the game. Fans of No. 3 Michigan and No. 2 Ohio State are left to ponder to what ends financially they...


Jurgen Klinsmann's firing was a long time coming

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:50:00 PST

Jurgen Klinsmann never realized his bold ambition of introducing an attacking mentality to the U.S. national team, but that’s not why he was fired Monday.

He was fired because he was incompetent.

If U.S. Soccer was certain Klinsmann would get the team back to the World Cup, he would still be the...


Jurgen Klinsmann fired as US soccer coach; Bruce Arena could get job

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:08:00 PST

Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as coach of the U.S. soccer team Monday, six days after a 4-0 loss at Costa Rica dropped the Americans to 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is the favorite to succeed Klinsmann, and his hiring could be announced as early...


Women's Soccer: Green Terror's NCAA tourney run halted

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:19:00 PST

Brandeis nets game-winner in 87th minute for Sweet 16 victory(image)

Blast score five goals in fourth quarter to cruise past Tropics, 7-1

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:59:00 PST

It took a good chunk of time — three-plus quarters — for the Blast to shake off the expansion Florida Tropics on Friday night. But once they did, it looked like typical Blast soccer.

Clinging to a one-goal lead, the defending Major Arena Soccer League champions enjoyed a five-goal outburst early...


Women’s Soccer: Green Terror have ‘nothing to lose’ in gearing up for Sweet 16

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:38:00 PST

McDaniel preparing for first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in program history(image)

There's no guarantee U.S. Soccer will fire Jurgen Klinsmann. But if it does, now's the time.

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:18:00 PST

There is a four-month gap until the next set of World Cup qualifiers, which, given what terrible things transpired in Costa Rica's national stadium Tuesday, is both a blessing and curse for Jurgen Klinsmann.

Four months affords the U.S. coach time to assess what went horribly wrong in a 4-0 defeat...


Blast look to bounce back in visit from expansion Tropics

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:00:00 PST

For the first time since joining the Major Arena Soccer League in the 2014-15 season, the Blast is not in first place in the Eastern Division.(image)

It's hard to see Jurgen Klinsmann pulling U.S. out of this hole

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:05:00 PST

If there’s been one constant in Jurgen Klinsmann’s five-year reign atop the U.S. national soccer team, it’s inconsistency, with every invigorating high followed by a devastating low.

In his second full year as U.S. coach, Klinsmann won 16 games — 13 of them in a row — and compiled a .761 winning...


USA Soccer needs to move Klinsmann out, Arena in - now

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:55:00 PST

It’s time for Bruce Arena to come back.

Not to the Galaxy. To the national team.

Taking a step back by replacing Jurgen Klinsmann with the former U.S. manager would count as two steps forward at this point.

That’s how dysfunctional the team has become under Klinsmann. The problems manifested themselves...


Wayne Rooney apologizes to England over inappropriate conduct

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:03:00 PST

England captain Wayne Rooney has apologized for "inappropriate" conduct after being pictured bleary-eyed at the team hotel between games.

England's all-time top scorer was off-duty when the images were taken of him with wedding guests at the hotel on Saturday night.

Rooney's management team says...


U.S. suffers embarrassing loss to Costa Rica, 4-0, in World Cup qualifier

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:05:00 PST

Juergen Klinsmann’s post-game news conference was only three questions old when he was asked the one that was on everybody’s mind: Is he the right man to lead the U.S. national team to another World Cup?

“Um, I think so,” Klinsmann responded quietly.

There will be some who disagree with that assessment...


U.S. is in hostile territory for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:40:00 PST

The last time the U.S. men’s national soccer team came to Costa Rica for a World Cup qualifier, it was greeted at the airport by a large, unruly crowd that hurled insults and eggs at the team bus.

Dozens more angry fans waited outside the team hotel.

No local club would allow the Americans to use...


U.S. men's soccer team faces a tough task in Costa Rica

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:00:00 PST

Trying to handicap World Cup qualifying can be a little like trying to predict a presidential election: Nothing seems to go the way it’s supposed to go on paper.

In the South American tournament, for example, Argentina, ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA, is sixth in the standings after 11 games....


Usain Bolt to train with German soccer team Borussia Dortmund

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:37:00 PST

Borussia Dortmund's chief has confirmed that nine-time Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will practice with the Bundesliga team.

Hans-Joachim Watzke tells Kicker magazine on Sunday that "it was no joke" and "not a marketing move."

Watzke was responding to a report in a Guardian newspaper that...


U.S. Soccer Federation on Donald Trump: 'We'll work with him'

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:30:00 PST

The U.S. Soccer Federation hasn’t decided if it will bid for the rights to stage the 2026 World Cup. And if it does, federation President Sunil Gulati said Friday, he hasn’t decided if he’ll invite Mexico or Canada — or both — to join him in a joint bid.

What Gulati and the federation have decided,...


Digest: Terps men's soccer beats Michigan State, heads to Big Ten final

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

The top-seeded Maryland men's soccer team defeated fourth-seeded Michigan State, 2-1, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament Friday afternoon at Westfield, Ind.

Sophomores Gordon Wild and Amar Sejdic each scored as the No. 1 Terps (17-0-2) extended their winning streak to 14 games,...


Wave spoil Blast's home opener, 4-3

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:57:00 PST

The Blast had a big crowd on hand for their home opener Friday night, unveiling their 2015-16 Major Arena Soccer League championship banner after a ring ceremony before the game against the Milwaukee Wave.

And then the home team lay an egg.

The Wave dictated play through the first three quarters,...


U.S. falls to Mexico 2-1 in first World Cup qualifying home loss since 2001

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:40:00 PST

Rafa Marquez scored on a header in the 89th minute, and Mexico beat the United States 2-1 Friday night in the Americans' first home loss in World Cup qualifying since 2001.

Miguel Layun put Mexico ahead in the 20th minute, but Bobby Wood tied the score in the 49th.

The U.S. dominated the second...


23rd Fallston Cup soccer tournament is under way

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:16:00 PST

The 23rd annual Fallston Cup Soccer Tournament kicks off Friday, Nov. 11, and runs the weekends of Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 18-20.

"The upcoming tournament extends a 20-plus year tradition of youth soccer in the area," Ben Flatau, president of Fallston Soccer, said in a news release. "It's always rewarding...


Christen Press scores fourth career hat trick in 8-1 US win

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:19:00 PST

As the season winds down, coach Jill Ellis wants the Americans winging it and making adjustments on the fly to keep pressure on opponents from all angles and every spot on the field.

That task came fairly easily against Romania.

Christen Press had her fourth career hat trick by the 38th minute,...


Digest: Spirit trade Spalding alum Christine Nairn to Seattle

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:44:00 PST

The Washington Spirit traded Annapolis-born midfielder Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) and goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel to the Seattle Reign FC for the rights to midfielder Havana Solaun, the third and 36th overall picks in the 2017 National Women's Soccer League college draft and the Reign's...


Blast take on Wave in home opener

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:00:00 PST

It took the Blast less than a half in Saturday's season opener at Harrisburg to pick up where they left off as defending Major Arena Soccer League champions.(image)

U.S.-Mexico World Cup qualifier is a clash of the past and the present

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:30:00 PST

The U.S. has played Mexico four times in Columbus’ cozy Mapfre Stadium since 2001 and not only have the Americans never lost there, they haven’t even given up a goal, winning all four games by identical 2-0 scores.

So earlier this week U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann invited three players from that...


Election results bring 'added layer' to U.S.-Mexico World Cup qualifier

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 15:15:00 PST

Like most Americans, Michael Bradley was glued to the television watching election results deep into Wednesday morning.

But unlike most Americans, Bradley is captain of the U.S. national soccer team that begins the final round of World Cup qualifying Friday. It’s the first major competition for...


Alcohol banned from stadiums, streets at 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 12:39:00 PST

Beer and sports may go hand-in-hand in some parts of the world, but not Qatar, where FIFA plans to stage the 2022 World Cup. Officials in the conservative Middle Eastern country announced on Tuesday it would ban the public consumption of alcohol during the tournament, including on streets, public...


MLS playoffs: Sounders advance to West finals; Impact to play Toronto FC for East title

Sun, 6 Nov 2016 20:45:00 PST

The Seattle Sounders advanced to the Western Conference finals on Sunday night, winning the two-leg series 4-2 after falling 2-1 in the second game. 

Seattle will host the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, Nov. 20 in Game 1 of the conference finals. Dallas, the Supporters Shield winner, was just the third...


Women’s Soccer: McDaniel swept out of Centennial tourney final

Sun, 6 Nov 2016 17:06:00 PST

Hopkins' second-half surge keeps McDaniel from first conference title(image)

U.S roster for World Cup qualifiers a mix of young, old

Sun, 6 Nov 2016 13:05:00 PST

The U.S. heads into the final round of World Cup qualifying this week with a 26-man roster featuring a mix of youth and experience.

The team Coach Juergen Klinsmann chose Sunday includes 15 players who have been part of a World Cup roster -- among them goalkeeper Tim Howard, who has been on three...


Defending MASL champion Blast open season with 11-6 win over Heat

Sat, 5 Nov 2016 19:02:00 PDT

New season for the defending Major Arena Soccer League champion Blast — same positive result against the Harrisburg Heat.

The Blast shrugged off a first-half push from the Heat and poured it on, scoring eight straight goals on their way to an 11-6 win over the Heat at Harrisburg Farm Show Arena...


Returning from injury, Blast's Vini Dantas 'hungry to get out there and play'

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:52:00 PDT

Good first impressions have come easy for Blast forward Vini Dantas.

During his first training session playing outdoors for the North American Soccer League's Ottawa Fury in 2014, Blast veteran Tony Donatelli, also with Ottawa at the time, immediately noticed the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Dantas during...


Under Armour could be suitor for Manchester City

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:10:00 PDT

Manchester City Football Club -- the top team in England's Premier League -- wears the Nike swoosh, but that could change in two years.

story in the online Daily Mail says Manchester City, which manhandled perennial top Spanish club Barcelona on Wednesday, will see its deal with Nike end in 2018...


Digest: Spirit trades captain Ali Krieger to Pride

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Defender Ali Krieger, the Washington Spirit captain who helped inspire a run to the National Women's Soccer League final last month, was traded to the Orlando Pride on Wednesday.

In exchange, the Spirit swapped spots with the Pride in the NWSL's distribution ranking order, which determines the...


Blast re-sign UMBC alum Geaton Caltabiano, sign four others

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 13:27:00 PDT

The Blast re-signed midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Mount Saint Joseph, Loyola Maryland, UMBC) and signed four additional players as the team prepares to open its 2016-17 Major Arena Soccer League regular season on the road Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Harrisburg Heat.(image)

College Roundup: Navy women's soccer advances in Patriot League tourney

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 19:41:00 PDT

NAVY WOMEN'S SOCCER: Senior Cat Macklin and sophomore Ash Fairow each tallied a goal to lift fifth-seeded Navy past fourth-seeded Colgate, 2-0, in Tuesday night's Patriot League Quarterfinals at Hamilton, New York. Navy will face second-seed Boston University on Friday at 7 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.


MLS math doesn't always add up

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 16:10:00 PDT

Major League Soccer says it drew more than 7.37 million spectators this season, breaking its attendance record for the third straight season.

What MLS won’t say publicly, however, is how many paid to get in — or how many even bothered to show up at all. And that could be a problem for a league...


Former track star Ema Boateng scores two goals to help Galaxy advance in MLS playoffs

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:05:00 PDT

Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena’s busy off-season netted him two World Cup veterans and a former MLS player of the year, a collection he augmented last month by luring Landon Donovan out of retirement to join a team anchored by Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos.

The result was arguably...


Digest: Wild scores in 107th minute, lifts No. 1 Terps men's soccer team to 11th straight win

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Sophomore Gordon Wild scored a hat trick to lead No. 1 Maryland (14-0-2) to a 3-2 double-overtime win over visiting Delaware (10-6-1) in men's soccer Tuesday night. Wild — second nationally in goals with 14 — scored his sixth game-winning goal of the year in the 107th minute to give the Terps (14-0-2)...


Women's Soccer: McDaniel beats Johns Hopkins for first time in 20 years

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:06:00 PDT

Gibson, Hill lead Green Terror to first win over Blue Jays in 20 years(image)