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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...


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...


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,...


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...


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'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)

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...


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)

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,...


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...


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,...


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,...


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)

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...


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...


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...


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...


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)

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...


Harvard cancels men's soccer season after sexual 'scouting report' on women's team discovered

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 05:31:00 PDT

Harvard University suspended its men's soccer team for the remainder of the season because of sexual comments made about members of the women's soccer team. University President Drew Faust said in a statement Thursday night that an investigation into the 2012 team found that their "appalling" actions...


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...


Brazilian soccer great Carlos Alberto Torres dies

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:55:00 PDT

Carlos Alberto Torres, a teammate of Pele and the captain of Brazil's World Cup-winning team in 1970, has died. He was 72. 

TV Globo, which employed Carlos Alberto as a soccer commentator for SporTV, and the Brazilian Football Confederation confirmed the death Tuesday. Neither offered any details. 


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)

Neymar signs extension with Barecelona that includes $217 million buyout

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:40:00 PDT

Barcelona forward Neymar signed a three-year contract extension on Friday, tying him to the Spanish champion until 2021. 

Barcelona announced Neymar's agreement to the terms of a new deal in July. 

The new deal includes a buyout clause that increases from 200 million euros ($217 million) in its...


FC Dallas goalkeeper Seitz is heroic in the net and as a bone marrow donor

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:10:00 PDT

A year ago Chris Seitz was FC Dallas’ third-string goalkeeper, a status he owed partly to the fact FC Dallas didn’t have four goalkeepers.

Now he’s the best in the league at his position. And the change, says his coach, started with Seitz’s desire to make a difference.

“Last year was just a big...


U.S., Mexico both tumble in FIFA world rankings

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:00:00 PDT

Mexico and the U.S. both fell two spots in the current FIFA world soccer rankings, dropping to 17th and 24th respectively, as they prepare for the final round of World Cup qualifying, which begins next month with the two nations meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

Argentina retained its spot atop the monthly rankings,...


U.S. women's soccer team tops Switzerland 4-0

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:47:00 PDT

Lynn Williams scored about 50 seconds into her national team debut, and Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis added goals to lead the U.S. over Switzerland 4-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

U.S. coach Jill Ellis gave five players debuts as the Americans retool ahead of the 2019...


Digest: Patrick Mullins (Maryland) helps D.C. United clinch third straight playoff berth

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Patrick Mullins (Maryland) had a goal and an assist and D.C. United clinched a third consecutive MLS Cup playoff appearance with a 3-1 victory over New York City FC.

Bobby Boswell and Rob Vincent added goals to help United (11-9-13) win its fourth straight.

City (14-10-9) was eliminated from the...


Former U.S. soccer goalie Hope Solo hints at overseas move -- maybe even Sweden

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:49:00 PDT

Hope Solo says she's received several offers to play overseas and could even continue her career in Sweden, whose fans she enraged by describing their national team as "cowards" at the Rio Olympics.

In a talk show aired late Friday on Swedish television network SVT, the American goalkeeper said...


Blast signs ex-Syracuse player Nelson Santana

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:11:00 PDT

The Blast has signed former Syracuse Silver Knights standout Nelson Santana to further bolster its defense.

Santana played four seasons with the Silver Knights, earning all-league honors in each, before spending last season with the Ontario Fury. In 13 games with the Fury, he registered three goals...


Algerian capital split on soccer rivalry

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:15:00 PDT


Digest: Washington Spirit falls to Western New York Flash on penalty kicks in NWSL championship

Sun, 9 Oct 2016 21:26:00 PDT

Deep into extra time — and deep into stoppage time of that 30-minute extra period — the Washington Spirit conceded an equalizing goal in the National Women’s Soccer League championship game Sunday.

The result of the impending penalty kick tiebreaker felt like a foregone conclusion.

And so after...


U.S. defeats Cuba, 2-0, in exhibition game on the island

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 16:40:00 PDT

Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green scored second-half goals, Ethan Horvath got a shutout in his international debut and the United States beat Cuba 2-0 victory Friday in its first exhibition game in 69 years at the Caribbean island nation. 

The U.S. started nine players who likely will be on the...


Digest: Roque re-signs with Blast, will return in January

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The Blast has re-signed forward Lucas Roque, who is set to join the team in January after spending time with his family after the birth of his daughter in August.

Roque scored on a bicycle kick to win the Major Indoor Soccer League championship for the Blast in his rookie season in 2012-13.



Swansea City makes Bradley first American to coach in the EPL

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:25:00 PDT

Former national team coach Bob Bradley became the first American hired to lead a major European team Monday when he was chosen to replace Francesco Guidolin as manager for English Premier League club Swansea City.

Bradley, who led the U.S. into the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup and into...


Wide gaps in MLS salaries are difficult to defend

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 12:20:00 PDT

When Galaxy defender Daniel Steres played Orlando City midfielder Kaka at the StubHub Center last month, it was a mismatch.

Steres, a rookie, will earn a league minimum base salary of $62,500 this season. Kaka, a former world player of the year with two World Cups on his resume, is guaranteed $7.167...


Digest: Ordega's OT goal sends Washington Spirit to their first title game

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:42:00 PDT

Francisca Ordega scored in the 111th minute and the Washington Spirit advanced to the National Women's Soccer League championship game with a 2-1 semifinal victory in overtime over the visiting Chicago Red Stars on Friday night.

Ali Krieger scored on a header in the 36th minute to put the Spirit...


Blast sign Brazilian defender Elton Lexandro de Oliveira Santos

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:57:00 PDT

The Blast signed Brazilian native Elton Lexandro de Oliveira Santos on Thursday to bolster its defense.(image)

Seattle Sounders, U.S. soccer star Clint Dempsey out for rest of season

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:10:00 PDT

Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey will miss the remainder of the Major League Soccer season due to an irregular heartbeat that already has forced him to miss more than a month of action, the club announced Tuesday.

Dempsey also is expected miss U.S. men's national team friendlies and World Cup...


Orlando City fizzles during 4-1 loss at D.C. United

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:00:00 PDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Mathematically, the match may not have been a must-win, but in every other sense it was.

It was a must-win to keep Orlando City in the thick of a tight playoff race. It was crucial to ignite confidence in a team recovering from two of its worst losses this season. And, it was...


Carli Lloyd's journey to soccer celebrity was one of pain and persistence

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Carli Lloyd's long climb to global soccer stardom has been neither quick nor easy. And she's seemingly had as many people rooting against her as she's had cheering for her. But don't take my word on that. Ask Lloyd. Or better yet read her book, "When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey...(image)

Blast announce 2016-17 MASL schedule

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:09:00 PDT

The Blast announced its 20-game 2016-17 Major Arena Soccer League regular-season schedule Tuesday, opening the campaign on the road against the Harrisburg Heat on Nov. 5. The Blast's home opener, the first of 10 regular-season home games at Royal Farms Arena, is set for Nov. 11 against the Milwaukee...(image)

Megan Rapinoe draws the ire of U.S. soccer by kneeling during the anthem before a national team game

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:45:00 PDT

Megan Rapinoe continued her protest against social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem before the U.S. women’s soccer game against Thailand on Thursday night.

It was the first time Rapinoe did so as a member of the national team, and U.S. Soccer was not happy about it.

"In front of...


Fire allow late goal, draw 2-2 with D.C. United

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:39:00 PDT

Bobby Boswell scored in stoppage time to give D.C. United a 2-2 tie with the Fire on Friday night.

The point put D.C. (7-9-13) squarely on the red line, tied with Orlando for the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago (6-13-9) is seven points below the line.

D.C. put a long throw-in...


Megan Rapinoe kneels during anthem before U.S. national team match

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:05:00 PDT

Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem before a U.S. women's national team match against Thailand on Thursday night.

Rapinoe first knelt during the anthem on Sept. 4 before a game with her National Women's Soccer League team, the Seattle Reign. She said she wanted to express solidarity...


U.S. moves into top 25 in FIFA rankings

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:35:00 PDT

The U.S. jumped four spots to 22nd in the latest FIFA world rankings Thursday, its best performance in three years.

Argentina retained the No. 1 spot in the September poll ahead of Belgium. Germany moved up to third ahead of Colombia and Brazil, which tied for fourth. Brazil, which won its first...


U.S. blows out Thailand in Heather O'Reilly's farewell

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:45:00 PDT

Heather O'Reilly scored in her final international game and Carli Lloyd had a hat trick to lead the U.S. women's national team to a 9-0 victory over Thailand on Thursday night. 

Three of the U.S. team's goals, including O'Reilly's, came within the opening five minutes. O'Reilly previously announced...


Megan Rapinoe opts not to kneel during anthem on 9/11, stands arm-in-arm with teammates

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:30:00 PDT

Megan Rapinoe had said she planned on taking a knee during the national anthem as a protest against social injustice before the Seattle Reign's home game against the Washington Spirit on Sunday. But in the days leading up to the game, Rapinoe started feeling uneasy taking such an action on the...(image)

Abby Wambach: I abused alcohol, prescription drugs for years

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:46:00 PDT

Abby Wambach says she abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years until her arrest for driving under the influence in April.

"I was stubborn and I was in denial," soccer's most prolific international goal scorer told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "I didn't want to face the truth."


College roundup: Navy edged, 1-0, by GW in men's soccer

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:30:00 PDT

NAVY MEN'S SOCCER: George Washington's sophomore forward Dylan Lightbourn scored the winning goal at 89:56 to stun the Navy men's soccer team, 1-0, in a non-conference matchup on Sunday afternoon at the Mount Vernon Athletics Complex.

George Washington (2-1-2) earned a corner kick in the 90th minute...


In coming back, Landon Donovan is following a well-worn path

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:30:00 PDT

Kyle Martino admits he went through some dark times after injuries forced him to hang up his soccer boots for the last time nine years ago.

“It’s sort of like a Peter Pan complex. You never think you’re going to grow up,” the former MLS rookie of the year said. “Ever since we’re little we dream...


Juergen Klinsmann cheers Landon Donovan's decision to return to Galaxy

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 19:15:00 PDT

Landon Donovan’s return to competitive soccer with the Galaxy after a 21-month break has won him an unexpected supporter in U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann.

“I think it’s great to have Landon back on the field. For himself and MLS,” Klinsmann wrote in an email.

Klinsmann’s cut Donovan...


Landon Donovan ends retirement and returns to the Los Angeles Galaxy

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:40:00 PDT

A week ago Landon Donovan was a former soccer player, a new husband and father, a part-time TV analyst and a part-owner of an English Premier League team.

But he was also restless and felt he still had something left to contribute on the field. So Thursday, after only three days of workouts, Donovan...


Megan Rapinoe stymied in bid for second national anthem protest

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:36:00 PDT

The Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe from kneeling during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than "subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent."

The National Women's Soccer League team moved up the anthem,...


Spanish soccer giant Barcelona expands into U.S. market

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 12:40:00 PDT

FC Barcelona has opened a corporate office in New York, joining Germany’s Bayern Munich as the only European soccer clubs with a permanent, stand-alone presence in the United States.

Barcelona officials said the team will use the office, at 250 Park Ave., to build marketing partnerships and strategic...


Altidore scores twice, U.S. advances with 4-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago

Tue, 6 Sep 2016 19:20:00 PDT

Jozy Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half, Sacha Kljestan and Paul Arriola had goals and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 on Tuesday night to reach the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. 

The Americans (4-1-1) finished atop Group C of the...


U.S. coach: Hope Solo's suspension stemmed from 'sum total of actions'

Tue, 6 Sep 2016 20:04:00 PDT

U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis has emphasized that Hope Solo's suspension stemmed from a "sum total of actions" and not just comments the goalkeeper made about Sweden during the Olympics.

Solo was suspended for six months and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated following the...


Women's Soccer: McDaniel poised for successful season after NCAA berth

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:37:00 PDT

Coming off first NCAA tourney berth, Green Terror out for more in 2016(image)

College Roundup: Navy women's soccer beats Maryland for first time in 11 tries

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:37:00 PDT

NAVY WOMEN'S SOCCER: Clare MacAdam scored two goals as the Mids built a big first-half lead and went on to defeat visiting Maryland, 5-3, on Wednesday night at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.

It was the first time in 11 tries that the Mids were able to take down in-state rival Maryland.



Juergen Klinsmann wants to make sure U.S. doesn't let up in World Cup qualifier

Mon, 5 Sep 2016 17:30:00 PDT

It would take an epic collapse to keep the U.S. out of the next round of World Cup qualifying. But Coach Juergen Klinsmann is taking nothing for granted heading into Tuesday’s game with Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville, Fla.

“We’re not through yet,” Klinsmann said. “And this is what you clearly...


Soccer star Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem before game in Chicago

Mon, 5 Sep 2016 05:01:00 PDT

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem Sunday night before the Seattle Reign's game against the Chicago Red Stars "in a little nod" to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the anthem to protest racial injustice and minority oppression came...


U.S. routs St. Vincent and the Grenadines in World Cup qualifier

Fri, 2 Sep 2016 15:55:00 PDT

Matt Besler scored his first international goal just hours after the birth of his daughter, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic added two late strikes and the United States routed St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 6-0, on Friday to move into prime position to advance to the final round of World Cup qualifying. 


Longtime Blast star Pat Healey retires after eight seasons

Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:03:00 PDT

The thrilling 14-13 win over Soles de Sonora in Mexico, which produced Baltimore's eighth professional indoor soccer championship, turned out to be a fitting ending to a standout career for Pat Healey, who announced his retirement Thursday after eight consistently fine seasons with the hometown...(image)

U.S. faces clear goal in pair of World Cup qualifiers

Thu, 1 Sep 2016 16:00:00 PDT

There are no complicated formulas, stupefying scenarios or difficult math facing the U.S. national team as it returns to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying against St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Win on Friday in a cricket stadium in Kingstown (12:30 p.m. PDT, BeIN SPORTS) and again Tuesday over Trinidad...


McDonogh's soccer teams head list of area clubs with national rankings

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:11:00 PDT

In Top Drawer's Fall Fab 50 boys poll, McDonogh is ranked No. 5 in the country.(image)