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D.C. United could preview starting lineup for MLS opener at preseason test in Las Vegas

D.C. United is in Las Vegas for the final preseason test and, judging by Ben Olsen’s patterns through training camp, the current injury situation and the timing of the match, Saturday’s starters will probably retain their places for next weekend’s opener at Orlando City. The 20 players who appeared in Wednesday’s friendly against the second-tier […]

Washington Spirit is eyeing a game at D.C. United’s Audi Field in late August

The Washington Spirit will play its next-to-last match of the 2018 season Aug. 25 at home against the Portland Thorns, the National Women’s Soccer League reigning champions. The location, however, remains undecided. Spirit management says it’s weighing whether to play at Maryland SoccerPlex, its suburban home for the past five seasons, or at Audi Field, […]

How many U.S. soccer employees made more money than the USWNT coach? A lot.

The U.S. Soccer Federation this week posted its most recent tax form and, although context is important in understanding the numbers, the optics are not great. In fiscal year 2017 (April 2016-March 2017), several federation employees earned more money than Jill Ellis, head coach of the world champion women’s national team. Furthermore, she was among […]

For CONCACAF and UEFA, it’s a Champions League day

The MLS season openers are less than two weeks away, but for five teams, serious competition begins this week with the first legs of the CONCACAF Champions League’s round of 16. In an intra-league skirmish Tuesday, new coach Anthony Hudson and the Colorado Rapids will host MLS Cup champion Toronto FC (10 p.m. ET,, […]

These two newcomers are expected to play leadership roles for D.C. United this year

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Paul Arriola and Russell Canouse have been members of D.C. United for about seven months. Arriola just turned 23. Canouse is 22 until June. Combined, they have played all of 21 MLS matches. Until last winter, when Arriola cracked Tijuana’s lineup, neither had started regularly in first- or second-division soccer. But […]

D.C. United roster is likely set for MLS opener — with room to add more

D.C. United is likely to open the season in two weeks with only 24 players, leaving several slots available for possible moves during the current transfer window and summer signing period. Ahead of the March 3 opener at Orlando, United has filled 17 of a maximum 20 senior positions, plus six supplemental and reserve slots. […]

MLS player re-signed while under suspension for domestic violence charge

Goalkeeper Tyler Deric has signed a new contract with the Houston Dynamo, despite remaining under league suspension for an unresolved domestic violence charge last fall. Deric, 29, was banned by MLS from team activities, including practices and matches, after being charged with misdemeanor assault during the playoffs. Show More Summary

U.S. women’s soccer team will feature five Washington Spirit players for SheBelieves Cup

The Washington Spirit on Wednesday placed five players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team, which will gather next week in Orlando ahead of the third annual SheBelieves Cup featuring four of the top programs in the world. The quintet includes just one player from last year’s Spirit roster: attacker Mallory Pugh. The others all […]

Yamil Asad is finally, officially, really on the D.C. United roster

D.C. United has officially acquired Yamil Asad, an Argentine attacker who starred for Atlanta last season. He is likely to make his debut in Saturday’s preseason match against the Philadelphia Union in St. Petersburg, Fla. The deal had multiple layers: D.C. needed to reach agreements with Atlanta (for his MLS rights), with Velez Sarsfield (the […]

U.S. men’s national team to host Paraguay, visit Ireland and France

The U.S. men’s national team will continue the rebuilding process with a March 27 friendly against Paraguay at Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, N.C. The U.S. Soccer Federation on Monday announced the Paraguay match (7 p.m. kickoff) and confirmed European friendlies that the home teams had already made public: June 2 against Ireland in Dublin and […]

Bobby Boswell retires from pro soccer, but not without one last story

Bobby Boswell, an undrafted central defender who went on to play 13 seasons, start in two MLS Cups and captain D.C. United, announced his retirement Monday. Boswell, who turns 35 next month, was a free agent this winter after spending the last portion of the 2017 season with Atlanta. He played his first three seasons […]

Americans abroad: Landon Donovan debuts for Leon, Morgan Brian debuts for Lyonnais

Of note: Several players competing in lesser leagues or with reserve/youth squads are not listed. Americans with dual nationalities representing other national teams have also been omitted. ENGLAND Premier League Newcastle United defender DeAndre Yedlin: played 90 minutes in 1-0 victory over Manchester United Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron: in the 18 but did not […]

Incoming U.S. Soccer president aims to make sport more inclusive

ORLANDO — Soccer is part of the American immigrant story, and although he never amounted to much as a player before he turned to higher education and a successful business career, Carlos Cordeiro appreciates the role the sport plays in the lives of millions of transplants. He was born in India to a Colombian mother […]

Carlos Cordeiro, U.S. soccer’s new president, was labeled the insider but won the players’ vote

ORLANDO — Most of Carlos Cordeiro’s opponents in the U.S. Soccer Federation’s presidential election had tried to portray him as an insider who, as vice president for two years, contributed to the problems in the organization. Cordeiro, though, ran his campaign as both an insider and outsider in aiming to build a coalition in a […]

U.S. Soccer will elect its president next to an amusement park. This is fitting.

ORLANDO — It’s entirely fitting that the U.S. Soccer Federation’s presidential election will take place Saturday in a hotel with clear views of Sea World’s rides and roller coasters. The description of the hyper-coaster Mako — “high speeds, deep dives and thrills around every turn” — could certainly apply to a campaign with eight candidates […]

D.C. United showed new faces in preseason opener vs. Malmo, and Ben Olsen was pleased

BRADENTON, Fla. — After a winter of upgrades and changes at every position, one question will badger D.C. United right up to the opener in three weeks and surely into the spring: Who will score the goals? United is firm in its belief that newcomer Darren Mattocks, known more for inciting opportunities with his speed […]

Yamil Asad joins D.C. United, though he’s not quite officially on D.C. United

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Yamil Asad is not officially a member of D.C. United yet. “There are still some T’s to be crossed and I’s to be dotted,” Coach Ben Olsen said. But after an overnight flight from Buenos Aires and a connection in Miami, the Argentine midfielder arrived at the team hotel Wednesday morning. […]

Junior Moreno left economic crisis in Venezuela for stability in MLS. He’s not alone.

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Each day, as he chased his soccer dreams, playing a sport that has also blessed his father and two brothers, Junior Moreno struggled to detach himself from the terrible reality infecting his homeland. Moreno is Venezuelan, and like almost everyone in the South American country of some 31 million, he has […]

D.C. United’s Ben Olsen will not coach in the season opener

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — The MLS disciplinary committee suspended D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen for the season opener for berating the referee after the RFK Stadium’s farewell match last fall. He was also fined an undisclosed amount. The league took the action in the days after the Oct. 22 match against the New York Red […]

D.C. United finishes two moves, and awaits completion of a bigger one, as MLS preseason continues

CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA. — D.C. United officials remained mum Tuesday on the imminent acquisition of Yamil Asad, declining to confirm that they’ve acquired the Argentine midfielder from Atlanta United for $500,000 in financial considerations. Behind the scenes, though, the club is preparing for Asad’s arrival here at training camp in the next 24 hours — […]

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