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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Ready, set, go: D.C. United to open training camp with familiar look

Not an hour had passed after D.C. United’s 2016 season ended when Coach Ben Olsen addressed 2017. There was no talk of blowing up the roster or reevaluating the course set by the organization. Quite the contrary. “I’m extremely excited to work with them again,” he said after a first-round MLS playoff defeat to Montreal […]

How American soccer players abroad fared this weekend

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 Stoke City defender-midfielder...Show More Summary

Washington Spirit is looking to trade Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson

The Washington Spirit is on the verge of trading Canadian national team midfielder Diana Matheson, the latest in a series of roster jolts since the National Women’s Soccer League championship game three months ago. The Insider learned Saturday that the organization is working on final details and could announce a deal within a week. Trade […]

Where will U.S. men’s soccer team play this year? Venues are taking shape.

The first two friendlies for the U.S. men’s national soccer team are almost here: Jan. 29 against Serbia in San Diego and Feb. 3 vs. Jamaica in Chattanooga, Tenn. And, as ESPN first reported, the World Cup qualifier against Honduras on March 24 is slated for San Jose. An official announcement is likely next week. […]

Soccer to watch on TV and online this weekend

All times are Eastern FRIDAY 11 a.m.: Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast vs. Congo DR beIN Sports, fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect (tape at 6 on beIN Sports Espanol) 2 p.m.: Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco vs. Togo beIN Sports, fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect 2:30 p.m.: Freiburg vs. Bayern Munich FS1, Fox Sports Go, foxsoccer2go.com […]

Bill Hamid sidelined 6 weeks after another knee surgery

D.C. United’s Bill Hamid will miss most, if not all, of training camp after undergoing knee surgery Monday — the second consecutive winter the standout goalkeeper has needed his right knee repaired ahead of the MLS season. United’s first-choice keeper since 2011 withdrew from U.S. national team camp before it began last week after aggravating […]

D.C. United offers another homegrown contract, but …

D.C. United has offered a homegrown contract to University of Maryland attacker Eryk Williamson, but it’s unclear whether he will accept it or return to College Park for his junior season. The Alexandria, Va., native is in the Los Angeles area with the U.S. under-20 national team, which is preparing for the CONCACAF U-20 World […]

Tuesday kickaround

Midfielder Dax McCarty arrived at U.S. national team training camp Monday as a married man … and a member of the Chicago Fire. The New York Red Bulls traded their captain for $400,000 in general allocation money ($200,000 this year, $200,000 next year). He will bolster a rebuilding Chicago side that also added former Los […]

D.C. United expected to sign Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes

D.C. United has reached agreement in principle with Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes, multiple sources said Sunday. Barring late complications, the former Gonzaga High School and Wake Forest University midfielder will sign a multiyear contract this week. Before deciding whether to accept the offer, Harkes wanted to explore options with second-flight clubs in England. His […]

‘New guy’ Keegan Rosenberry eager to make most of a shot with U.S. national team

CARSON, Calif. – Keegan Rosenberry played every minute of his MLS rookie regular season. With the U.S. national team, he’s eager for his first. Rosenberry made a seamless leap from college soccer (Georgetown) to the pros (Philadelphia Union) last year. Summoned by new U.S. coach Bruce Arena this winter, the right back faces a fresh […]

D.C. United drafts Maryland defender, waits on Harkes resolution

LOS ANGELES — D.C. United claimed a locally trained player in the first round of the MLS 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 and picked […]

What to know about D.C. United’s 2017 schedule

A few weeks ago, D.C. United’s first two matches of the 2017 regular season were announced. On Thursday, the full 34-game slate was unveiled. Of note: Four of the first five matches — and seven of the first 11 — are at home. United opens March 4 against Sporting Kansas City. Between late May and […]

Soccer to watch on TV and online this weekend

All times are Eastern FRIDAY 2:45 p.m.: Lille vs. Saint-Etienne fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect 4 p.m.: Copa Centroamericana, Honduras vs. Nicaragua Univision Deportes, fuboTV, Univision Now, univisiondeportes.com 6:30 p.m.: Copa Centroamericana, Costa Rica vs. Show More Summary

Two top hopefuls for MLS draft trace a bond back to D.C.-area elementary school

CARSON, Calif. – Given their bond since grade school in the Washington suburbs, Jacori Hayes and Chris Odoi-Atsem would find it fitting to hear their names called in close proximity by MLS Commissioner Don Garber during the first round of Friday’s draft. They grew up 10 minutes apart, Hayes in Bowie and Odoi-Atsem in Mitchellville. […]

In second go-round, eyeing third World Cup, USMNT Coach Bruce Arena opens camp

CARSON, Calif. — Bruce Arena’s second run as U.S. men’s national soccer team coach began in earnest Wednesday morning amid palm trees, soft breezes and a brightening sky at StubHub Center. For the moment anyway, it was a fitting backdrop as players affirmed a renewed spirit and Arena mixed one-liners with serious aims. “I actually […]

U.S. women’s team to play in Philadelphia, New York, D.C. areas

The U.S. women’s national team will start the 2017 campaign with matches against three of the top-ranked squads in the world as part of the second SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Wednesday. The World Cup champion Americans will face Olympic gold medalist Germany on March 1 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., […]

D.C. United’s Bill Hamid scratched from U.S. camp with knee injury

CARSON, Calif. — For the second consecutive year, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid will miss the U.S. national team’s winter camp because of a knee injury suffered during offseason workouts. Hamid aggravated his right knee, the one that required surgery last year and sidelined him for months. Results of an MRI exam performed by the […]

In getting more teams in its World Cup party, FIFA waters down its punch

The World Cup is growing by 50 percent, but will it be half as good? FIFA decided Tuesday to fiddle with the planet’s most popular sports competition, increasing the number of teams to 48 from 32 in time for the 2026 tournament. It’s the first expansion since 1998, when soccer’s governing body added eight slots. […]

A 48-team World Cup is set for 2026. The battle over who gets those slots starts now.

  The FIFA Council voted on Tuesday to back President Gianni Infantino’s plan to expand the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 nations for the 2026 edition. Regardless of how critics may react, the politics of soccer have already moved on to the new reality: The horse-trading starts now. The impact of this change goes […]

Bruce Arena couldn’t bear the thought of U.S. soccer missing the World Cup

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — 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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