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D.C. United loses in Toronto, Spirit loses in New Jersey

In Toronto … Sebastian Giovinco scorched D.C. United with a hat trick and all other forms of mayhem during a 4-1 victory at BMO Field. [My match report, with news about Bill Hamid and Bobby Boswell] “He’s real, right?” Ben Olsen said of the little Italian forward. “Everybody that prepares for Toronto has one big […]

In last Olympic tuneup, U.S. women’s soccer team defeats Costa Rica, 4-0

The U.S. women’s soccer team will arrive at the Olympics next week with a 15-game unbeaten streak and favored status for a fourth consecutive gold medal. In their final tuneup before traveling to Brazil, the Americans rushed to a three-goal lead and defeated Costa Rica, 4-0, Friday in Kansas City, Kan. Washington Spirit attacker Crystal […]

College Park to RFK Stadium, with stops in between for Patrick Mullins

The distance to RFK Stadium from the University of Maryland’s Ludwig Field is 11 1/2 miles, but from the time Patrick Mullins launched his pro career to the moment he entered D.C. United’s locker room Thursday morning, his commute had taken 2 1/2 years. “It feels very familiar,” he said after his first training session […]

Want to watch soccer this weekend? The TV and live stream listings …

All times are Eastern MLS matches also available on channels in local markets FRIDAY 8 a.m.: Manchester United vs. Borussia Dortmund ESPN Deportes, Watch ESPN, ESPN3.com 7:30 p.m.: Carolina RailHawks vs. Miami FC CBS Sports Network 9 p.m.: U.S. women’s national team vs. Costa Rica ESPN, Univision Deportes, Watch ESPN, ESPN3.com 10 p.m.: Veracruz vs. […]

D.C. United trades Fabian Espindola to Vancouver, acquires Patrick Mullins from NYCFC

D.C. United shook up its anemic attack Wednesday, trading Argentine veteran Fabian Espindola to the Vancouver Whitecaps and acquiring former University of Maryland star Patrick Mullins from New York City FC, multiple sources said. No other players were involved in the separate deals: United acquired unspecified allocation money from Vancouver and surrendered a variety of […]

Tuesday kickaround

An independent review panel has rescinded the one-game suspension to Columbus Crew defender Harrison Afful, who was wrongly red-carded by referee Silviu Petrescu in the 74th minute of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with D.C. United at Mapfre Stadium. [Watch the video here] With a man advantage, United scored the equalizer in the 89th. The Crew has […]

Earthquakes shake it up on stirring, strange Saturday in MLS

At the final whistle, San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham flung the ball skyward, embraced two of eight remaining teammates on the field, then saluted the bar-side crowd in Avaya Stadium’s north end. This was no ordinary victory, the 2-1 decision over visiting Toronto FC. The Earthquakes had played at a two-man disadvantage for about 40 […]

D.C. United claims another draw on road, Spirit wins on road

In Columbus … Fabian Espindola scored a late equalizer as D.C. United drew with the 10-man Crew, 1-1. In 10 away matches, United has won just once and scored six goals but has earned six ties. [My match report] United’s record: 5-7-7, 22 points. Lineup: Hamid; Franklin, Boswell, Birnbaum, Kemp; Sarvas; Sam, Jeffrey (Nyarko 77th), […]

Weekend TV and live streams for MLS, Liga MX, NWSL, NASL

All times are Eastern Of note: Several MLS and NASL matches are available on in-market channels. FRIDAY 10 p.m.: Tijuana vs. Morelia Azteca America 11 p.m.: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo UniMas, Univision Deportes, univisiondeportes.com SATURDAY 6 p.m.: Queretaro vs. Show More Summary

D.C. United’s Bobby Boswell found himself in an unusual position last week: the bench.

Bobby Boswell has played more minutes than all but two non-goalkeepers in MLS history. He is tied for fourth in regular season starts and eighth in matches played. So when D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen informed him last week that he would not start against the Philadelphia Union, the captain was taken aback. “It was […]

D.C. United’s Patrick Nyarko returns from another concussion

On his first full day back with D.C. United this week, Patrick Nyarko wanted to do everything on the practice field. It’s his nature. But Nyarko was a no-contact player, his activity limited, and when he tried to rev his engines, the medical staff put a stop to it. “I was a little angry,” he […]

International soccer is everywhere this summer, except in D.C.

All over the land, from Eugene, Ore., to Foxborough, Mass., international soccer matches are filling stadium dates as part of the annual summer rush by touring teams and high-end tournaments. From mid-May to early August, almost 100 non-league matches will end up being played in 24 states. Visiting clubs include Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern […]

Euro 2016: exhilarating, exhausting and inspiring but not tedious

“Rather tedious” was how ESPN’s play-by-play announcer Ian Darke summed up Euro 2016, while his sidekick Steve McManaman suggested most of the games “lacked intrigue, excitement and any real semblance of quality.” I feel as if I must have been living in an alternate universe for the past two weeks. Perhaps, I have. Thanks to […]

Lloyd Sam is now on the other side of MLS’s D.C.-New York rivalry

When he learned of the trade, a swap that sent him from one side of a fierce rivalry to the other, Lloyd Sam expressed himself on social media. “I’m in tears right now,” he tweeted. After four years and two Supporters’ Shields with the New York Red Bulls, the right wing had been dealt to […]

Who made the U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team? The list is out …

Fourteen players who helped the United States win the Women’s World Cup last summer in Canada were named Tuesday to an Olympic squad that will seek a fourth consecutive gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. There were no surprises on Coach Jill Ellis’s roster, only a touch of intrigue surrounding midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who has […]

Soccer attendance for U.S. leagues and matches this weekend

Here’s our periodic look at attendance in MLS (first-division men), NWSL (first-division women), NASL (second-division men) and USL (third-division men). This week, we’ve also included NPSL’s FC Chattanooga (fourth-division men), the U.S. Show More Summary

D.C. United’s Steve Birnbaum is not for sale — not now, anyway

Defender Steve Birnbaum is not for sale, D.C. United says. (Everyone has a price, but Maccabi Tel Aviv’s reported offer of $850,000 falls well short for a rising national team center back.) Birnbaum’s agent isn’t doing his client any favors by telling media outlets that the California native wants to go and that his oppressive […]

Euro 2016: France, Portugal vie for redemption in Sunday’s final

For host France, Sunday’s European Championship final has been a decade in the making. Soccer’s most stunning downfall, after all, transpired almost exactly 10 years ago, when French legend Zinedine Zidane’s infamous head-butt precipitated Les Bleus’ loss to Italy in the 2006 World Cup final. France went winless two years later at the 2008 Euros, then […]

D.C. United pummeled at Philly, Spirit wins again at home

Nick Eilerson’s match report from Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., where D.C. United lost to the Philadelphia Union, 3-0. United’s record: 5-7-6, 21 points. Lineup: Hamid; Franklin, Opare, Birnbaum, Kemp; Sarvas; Neagle (Boswell 68th), Jeffrey, DeLeon (Acosta 64th), Espindola; Kamara (Saborio 57th). Show More Summary

U.S. women continue Olympic preparations with 1-0 victory over South Africa

Crystal Dunn scored in the first half and Hope Solo recorded her 100th career shutout Saturday as the top-ranked U.S. women’s national team continued Olympic preparations with a 1-0 victory over South Africa before 19,272 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The Americans, who are 13-0-1 this year, will play their final tuneup before heading to Brazil […]

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