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Euro 2016: Italy must deal with its demons in Monday match against Spain

Congratulations, Italy. You pulled off a convincing upset against Belgium, sucked the life out of Sweden and silenced the skeptics by topping Group E. Now here’s your prize: two-time defending European champion Spain. The two Mediterranean powers are set to clash at the Stade de France Monday (Noon Eastern, ESPN2) in what will no doubt […]

D.C. United wins at home, Washington Spirit loses at home

Dillon Mullan’s match report from RFK Stadium, where D.C. United defeated the New England Revolution, 2-0. United’s record: 5-6-5, 20 points. Lineup: Hamid; Franklin, Robinson, Opare, Kemp; DeLeon, Sarvas, Acosta (Jeffrey 73rd); Neagle (Vincent 84th), Saborio (Kamara 82nd), Espindola. Show More Summary

Lionel Messi and Argentina seek long-sought trophy in Copa America final

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – In the summer of 1993, a boy from the Argentine city of Rosario began to take soccer seriously. Well, as seriously as a 6-year-old could take anything. He had joined Newell’s Old Boys, a club with 90 years of tradition. He was small for his age, still years from being diagnosed […]

Copa America third-place game: Tim Howard returns for United States-Colombia

United States vs. Colombia in Glendale, Ariz., 8 p.m. (FX, Univision) The United States men’s national team will end the Copa America Centenario the way it started: with a game against Colombia. But it will hope not to end exactly the way it started: with a loss against Colombia. One change is guaranteed: Tim Howard, the […]

A few good minutes with former U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan, 34, is juggling a lot of things these days. A soccer ball, for the most part, is not one of them. Eighteen months since retiring, U.S. soccer’s greatest scorer is providing commentary for Fox Sports; serving as a pitchman for Sprint, a Copa America Centenario sponsor; raising a 5-month-old son, Talon, with his […]

D.C. United finally gets home, but won’t bring all its defense vs. Revolution

Welcome home, D.C. United. For the first time since June 1, United on Saturday is slated to play an MLS match at RFK Stadium when it takes on the New England Revolution. But it better not get too comfortable: United won’t play another home match until it hosts the Montreal Impact on July 31. With […]

Why can’t U.S. Soccer join the world’s elite? It’s not Jurgen Klinsmann, it’s MLS.

Whenever Jurgen Klinsmann leaves his position as head coach of the U.S. men’s national team, he will probably be better remembered as a critic of the country’s soccer program than a leader of it — and ahead of Saturday’s Copa America Centenario third-place game against Colombia, the Germans’s views are again sparking debate. The 4-0 […]

MLS suspends D.C. United’s Bobby Boswell for ‘serious foul play’

MLS’s disciplinary committee has suspended D.C. United captain Bobby Boswell for one match for a “serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent” during last weekend’s game in Houston. Boswell, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, will miss Saturday’s match against the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium. The incident occurred in […]

Carli Lloyd is back for Olympic camp, while Megan Rapinoe makes comeback bid

While the Copa America Centenario winds down for the U.S. men’s team, the Olympics are on the horizon for the women. On Thursday, Jill Ellis invited 24 players to training camp, which will open July 1 in Chicago. There were no surprises. The only player who appeared in a match this year but wasn’t chosen was reserve […]

Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016 weekend TV schedule

All times are Eastern SATURDAY 9 a.m.: Euro 2016 round of 16, Switzerland vs. Poland ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Watch ESPN, ESPN3.com Noon: Euro 2016 round of 16, Wales vs. Northern Ireland ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Watch ESPN, ESPN3.com 3 p.m.: Euro 2016 round of 16, Croatia vs. Portugal ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Watch ESPN, ESPN3.com 7 p.m.: […]

What to watch today at Copa America: Chile, Colombia vie for title matchup opposite Argentina

Wednesday’s Copa America Centenario slate features the tournament’s second semifinal. Chile vs. Colombia in Chicago, 8 p.m. Eastern (Fox Sports 1, Univision) Their most recent outings could not have been more disparate: Colombia, a penalty-shootout escape artist against Peru after a scoreless quarterfinal draw, takes on Chile, 7-0 butcher of Mexico. Show More Summary

After semifinal defeat, U.S. draws positives from Copa America experience

HOUSTON – As he spoke about the U.S. national team’s Copa America Centenario experience late Tuesday, one derailed by a 4-0 semifinal defeat to Argentina, Jurgen Klinsmann acknowledged his boss, U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, in the back of the conference room. Although the night had gone horribly wrong, Klinsmann said he remained steadfast […]

Euro 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo aims to stave off opening-round exit for Portugal

Finally, the last day of this wacky opening round is upon us. While expanding the European Championships field from 16 to 24 countries made room for several fringe national teams — Wales, Northern Ireland and Hungary not only made the tournament but qualified for the knockout rounds — it also engendered heaps of confusion and limited urgency […]

Euro 2016: Reeling Croatia faces rigorous test against Spain

The past four days have not been kind to Croatia. A group of Croatian hooligans tossed flares onto the pitch last Friday in Saint-Etienne, temporarily halting a second half that saw their countrymen turn a comfortable two-goal lead into a disheartening draw against the Czech Republic. UEFA punished the Croatian FA on Monday with a […]

Klinsmann talks Messi vs. Maradona, Copa America, card protests, U.S. tactics

HOUSTON– On the eve of the U.S. semifinal against Argentina at sold-out NRG Stadium, Jurgen Klinsmann on Monday was asked about several topics during his pre-training news conference. Excerpts: What is your reaction to the tournament disciplinary committee rejecting your protests over Jermaine Jones’s red card and Bobby Wood’s second yellow of the tournament? “Not […]

U.S. soccer has big dreams for its big challenge vs. Lionel Messi and Argentina

HOUSTON – For three weeks, Jurgen Klinsmann has extolled the virtues of Copa America Centenario and, in the face of mounting skepticism, sold the promise of his U.S. national team. Enthusiasm and good vibes — not to mention a resolute defense and revitalized Clint Dempsey – have helped carry the Americans into the semifinals of […]

England can’t coast vs. Slovakia in Euro 2016 with positioning at stake

It’s hard to believe England was just a minute away from doom last Thursday. The Three Lions were tied with Wales, 1-1, in stoppage time, a result that would have left England in third place in Group B of the European championship. The lead-up to Monday’s final group-stage match against Slovakia (3 p.m. Eastern, ESPN) […]

Klinsmann: ‘We are not scared’ of Messi and Argentina in Copa America

HOUSTON – For two days, while awaiting an opponent in the Copa America Centenario semifinals, the U.S. national team went about its business as if the foe didn’t matter. The Americans were fixed on fitness, on resettlement in their ninth city over four weeks and on attempting to get two suspension rescinded. On Saturday night, […]

Copa America Centenario results and schedule

QUARTERFINALS United States 2, Ecuador 1 Attendance: 47,322 in Seattle Colombia 0, Peru 0 (COL advances on penalty kicks) Attendance: 79,194 in East Rutherford, N.J. Argentina 4, Venezuela 1 Attendance: 59,183 in Foxborough, Mass. Chile 7, Mexico 0 Attendance: 70,547 in Santa Clara, Calif. Remaining schedule All times are Eastern SEMIFINALS Tuesday in Houston United […]

D.C. United draws on road, Washington Spirit wins at home

Amid an avalanche of international soccer, Washington’s local pro clubs were in action Saturday: Bill Hamid rescued D.C. United in stoppage time of a 0-0 draw at Houston, while the Washington Spirit defeated the visiting Orlando Pride, 2-0, on an emotional night remembering the victims of the Florida shooting. My match report from BBVA Compass […]

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