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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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, ticketmaster.com, baltimoreblast.com

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

Good.

It’s not that athletes shouldn’t be allowed to take political stands....

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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....

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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...

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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, ticketmaster.com, baltimoreblast.com

Outlook: The Blast and Heat will get to know each other much better in the coming weeks, first closing out the regular season and then meeting in the...

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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...

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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,...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:35:00 PST

Lauren Holiday had a benign brain tumor removed five months ago and has been through an incredible amount of pain throughout the ordeal. What helped her through it all? Just take a look at the photo of her 5-month-old daughter, Jrue Tyler Holiday, that the former UCLA and U.S. soccer star posted...(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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Orlando City trades Kevin Molino to Minnesota in record MLS deal

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:10:00 PST

The last remaining player from Orlando City's original 2011 roster is now gone.

Midfielder Kevin Molino was traded to 2017 expansion side Minnesota United FC on Thursday in one of the biggest deals in Major League Soccer history.

The Lions sent Molino and recently-acquired goalkeeper Patrick McLain...

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Earl Foreman, Bullets owner, head of MISL, dies at 92

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:44:00 PST

Foreman was inducted into the Blast Hall of Fame in 2005.(image)



Digest: Spirit trade Diana Matheson to Reign for rookie Arielle Ship

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

The Washington Spirit continued its roster overhaul, trading career scoring leader Diana Matheson to the Seattle Reign for rookie forward Arielle Ship and a third-round pick in the 2018 National Women's Soccer League draft.

Matheson, a Canadian national team midfielder, is the sixth regular to...

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Digest: Blast allow seven straight goals in 7-2 loss to Wave

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:25:00 PST

The Blast (8-5) scored the game's first goal, then allowed seven straight in a 7-2 loss to the host Milwaukee Wave (8-5) in the Major Arena Soccer League on Saturday night.

Daniel Peruzzi opened the scoring, assisted by Tony Donatelli, and Donatelli ended the drought in the fourth quarter, assisted...

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Diversity, talent on the rise in U.S. women's soccer

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:20:00 PST

Growing up in a bedroom community across the East River from Manhattan, Crystal Dunn was often the only African American on her school and club soccer teams.

Casey Short, who was raised two years and 800 miles away in suburban Chicago, had the same experience. So did Lynn Williams, who is from...

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Swansea stuns Liverpool 3-2 to climb off bottom of league

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:33:00 PST

Fernando Llorente scored twice as Swansea stunned title-chasing Liverpool 3-2 on Saturday, climbing off the bottom with a first Premier League win at Anfield.

Swansea inflicted Liverpool's first home defeat in a year the hard way. After Llorente sent the visitors into a surprise 2-0 lead just after...

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Chapecoense survivors lift Copa Sudamericana trophy 2 months after tragedy

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:15:00 PST

The three surviving players of the air crash two months ago that killed 19 members of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer club lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy on Saturday in honor of their dead teammates.

The moving moment came just before the rebuilt side played its first match since the Nov. 28 tragedy,...

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Digest: In first meeting, Blast fall to Rampage, 5-3

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:23:00 PST

Tony Donatelli scored twice, but the visiting Blast (8-4) lost, 5-3, on Friday night in their first-ever matchup with the Cedar Rapids Rampage (9-4).

The Blast, who had won four of their previous five Major Arena Soccer League games, fell behind 3-0 4:39 into the second quarter. They drew within...

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Steven Gerrard returns to Liverpool academy as coach

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:30:00 PST

Former Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard has returned to where his soccer career began, joining Liverpool as a coach at the club’s Kirkby academy.

Gerrard, who served as captain for Liverpool and the English national team, joined the Liverpool academy as a 9-year-old and went on to play 17 Premier...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,”...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 19:13:00 PST

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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.

Yet,...

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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...

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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,...

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Blast return home to face Sidekicks on Saturday

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:16:00 PST

DALLAS SIDEKICKS (4-6) @ BLAST (6-3)

When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Royal Farms Arena

Tickets: 410-73-BLAST, ticketmaster.com or baltimoreblast.com

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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