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D.C. United earns 1-1 draw at Montreal in MLS regular season finale

Fabian Espindola scored a superb equalizer in the 86th minute Saturday as D.C. United tied the Montreal Impact, 1-1, to cap a remarkable regular season on a six-game unbeaten streak. Off a corner kick, Espindola worked a combination with Samuel Inkoom, dodged a challenge and then dribbled across the top of the penalty area. He […]

MLS matchday: D.C. United at Montreal

D.C. United has reached the end of a remarkable MLS regular season campaign, morphing from the lowliest performance in league history to the top of the Eastern Conference. The finale comes in Montreal against the last-place Impact at Saputo Stadium. Pregame reading material: My preview looks at the importance of finishing the schedule on a […]

United States qualifies for Women’s World Cup with 3-0 win over Mexico

The U.S. women’s national soccer team clinched a World Cup berth Friday, defeating Mexico, 3-0, at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., to continue an unbeaten, untied, unscored-upon tournament. Carli Lloyd struck twice and Christen Press added a goal for the Americans, who will make their seventh consecutive appearance in the global championship. Costa Rica qualified for […]

D.C. United is top seed in CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage

“Worst to first” has been a common theme around D.C. United this year, and with the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League complete, DCU can add another glossy item to the 2014 portfolio: the No. 1 seed heading into the knockout stage of the international competition. United was the only club among 24 entries […]

D.C. United in Panama for CONCACAF Champions League group finale

Half of D.C. United’s roster is in Panama today for the CONCACAF Champions League group finale. The other half, including all of the usual starters, are in Washington. Having already secured a quarterfinal berth, United sent 13 reserves and an MLS pool goalkeeper to face Tauro FC in a match that is inconsequential aside from […]

NCAA soccer in the Washington region: Who’s hot, who’s not

With two weeks left in the women’s regular season and three remaining for the men, the Insider looks at teams from the region on the rise and decline: WHO’S HOT 1. Given the Maryland men’s illustrious history, it sounds strange to say the Terrapins have pulled off an upset, not to mention two of them […]

U.S. women’s national team comes to Washington for World Cup qualifier

There has never been much doubt whether the U.S. women’s national soccer team would advance to the World Cup next summer in Canada. The clincher in the weak regional qualifying tournament will almost surely come Friday at PPL Park outside of Philadelphia. Rather, the question surrounding the world’s top-ranked squad has always been how stylish […]

D.C. United secures 1st place in MLS Eastern Conference with 2-1 win over Chicago Fire

Reading material: My match report from D.C. United’s 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire before the largest crowd at RFK Stadium this season. As a first-place finisher, United clinched a 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League berth. Playoff plans: United (58 points) will open the Eastern Conference semifinals Nov.1 or 2 away against the winner of the […]

MLS matchday: D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire

With Toronto FC’s 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact earlier today, MLS’s Eastern Conference playoff field is set: D.C. United, New England, Sporting KC, New York and Columbus. It’s now a matter of settling the seeds. DCU will wrap up first place with a victory or draw tonight against the Chicago Fire at RFK Stadium. […]

Alex Morgan injured in U.S. national team’s 5-0 victory over Guatemala

U.S. women’s national team star Alex Morgan will undergo further evaluation after spraining her left ankle late in the first half of a 5-0 victory over Guatemala on Friday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The same ankle sidelined her from last November until June. Regardless of the prognosis, she will not play in the […]

Friday kickaround

The New England Revolution remained alive for first place in MLS’s Eastern Conference — barely, but indeed alive — with a 2-1 comeback victory at Houston on Thursday night. Midfielder Lee Nguyen, a genuine MVP candidate with 17 goals and five assists, scored twice in the second half to spoil Dominic Kinnear‘s final appearance at BBVA Compass […]

U.S. women struggle to 1-0 victory in World Cup qualifying opener

The U.S. Women’s World Cup campaign got off to a slow start Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over lightly regarded Trinidad and Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Playing in a metro area consumed by the World Series-bound Royals, the match drew just 3,621 spectators. Abby Wambach scored in the 54th minute for […]

What Don Garber got right and wrong

What MLS Commissioner Don Garber got right and wrong in his criticism of Jurgen Klinsmann … RIGHT “I will do anything and everything to defend our league, our players and our owners.” You would hope so. That is his job. Over 15 years, he has done a good job. He is paid millions to do […]

MLS Commissioner says Klinsmann ‘needs to think very, very hard about how he manages himself publicly’

There is thin-skinned and then there is Don Garber thin-skinned. During a hastily arranged media teleconference Wednesday, the MLS commissioner ripped U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann for comments he perceived as critical of the national soccer league. This comes a few weeks after Garber fined Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena $20,000 for criticism of MLS. […]

D.C. United news and notes

After struggling at the box office most of the year, D.C. United is anticipating a fourth consecutive large turnout Saturday night when the Chicago Fire visits RFK Stadium. Attendance for the previous three home dates were 19,308, 19,478 and 19,453 — right around the downsized capacity. Officials are hopeful for another crowd of 19,000-plus to […]

U.S. national team concedes late equalizer to Honduras, settles for another 1-1 draw

For the second time in five days, the U.S. national soccer team conceded a late goal in a friendly and settled for a 1-1 draw, this time against Honduras on Tuesday evening at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. Jozy Altidore scored in the 10th minute but Maynor Figueroa equalized on an 86th-minute header. On […]

Sunil Gulati says USSF and MLS are ‘on the same page’

As the Jurgen Klinsmann-Don Garber dispute escalated last week, Sunil Gulati found himself in a unique place: As president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, he employs one and works regularly with the other. Together, the trio composes the power structure of American soccer. Gulati appointed — and renewed — Klinsmann as the men’s national team coach […]

U.S. to play Colombia in Nov. 14 friendly in London

The U.S. men’s national soccer team will face World Cup quarterfinalist Colombia on Nov. 14 at Fulham’s Craven Cottage in London, the USSF announced Wednesday. UniMas will provide live coverage, starting at 2:45 p.m. ET. The Americans had tentatively agreed to play Croatia at that location, but the deal was never finalized and the Croats […]

D.C. United wins 4th straight Champions League group match, clinches high seed

In the process of closing out CONCACAF Champions League group play with a perfect record, D.C. United also secured one of the top three seeds in next spring’s quarterfinals. United had already secured passage to the next stage, and with a 1-0 victory at Tauro in Panama City, the MLS club won its fourth consecutive […]

U.S. women advance to World Cup qualifying semifinals with 6-0 romp

Reading material: My match report from the U.S. women’s national team’s 6-0 victory over Haiti at RFK Stadium in the group finale of the World Cup qualifying tournament. SCORING Carli Lloyd, 9th minute. Abby Wambach, 38th. Meghan Klingenberg, 57th. Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd), 61st. Christen Press, 65th. Morgan Brian (Christen Press),  82nd. USA LINEUP Ashlyn […]

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