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Americans abroad: Christian Pulisic scores late equalizer for Dortmund

Of note: Several players competing in lesser leagues or with reserve squads are not listed. Americans with dual nationalities representing other national teams have also been omitted. ENGLAND Premier League Stoke City defender-midfielder Geoff Cameron: played 90 minutes in midfield in 2-0 victory at Hull City Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan: in the 18 but did […]

With regular season complete, MLS playoffs kick off this week

At the conclusion of MLS’s eight-month regular season … Supporters’ Shield: FC Dallas (60 points). Also won the U.S. Open Cup title. Golden Boot: New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (24 goals). He’s the third player to win it twice, joining Jeff Cunningham and Chris Wondolowski. Points leader: Toronto forward Sebastian Giovinco (17 goals, […]

D.C. United gets its desired result, even in a loss to Orlando City

ORLANDO — Ben Olsen gambled in D.C. United‘s regular season finale Sunday, and while he lost in the short term with a 4-2 defeat to Orlando City, he achieved the broader aim of resting regulars and securing home-field advantage in the first round of the MLS playoffs. With the postseason days away, Olsen decided the […]

Crognale scores twice again as top-ranked Maryland wins 10th straight match

Alex Crognale is a 6-foot-5 defender who anchors the top-ranked University of Maryland’s backline. This senior season, he has also become a towering scorer. A week after recording two goals against Wisconsin, the Columbus Crew homegrown prospect recorded two more Friday as Maryland won its 10th consecutive match, 2-1 over Hofstra at Ludwig Field in […]

D.C. United enters finale knowing a win will firm up travel plans

As D.C. United prepares for the end of the regular season and start of the MLS playoffs, an unsuspecting figure in the organization has moved to the forefront. He’s not a player, coach or executive. He is the director of team operations, Francisco Tobar. His chief responsibility: travel. United will play in Orlando on Sunday. […]

MLS fines NYCFC player for swearing at D.C. United ball kid

Major League Soccer on Friday fined New York City FC player Diego Martinez an undisclosed amount for swearing at a D.C. United ball kid during last Sunday’s match at RFK Stadium. However, the league was unable to corroborate claims by fans in the vicinity of the sideline incident that Martinez had directed a homophobic slur […]

How D.C. United turned a slog of an MLS season into its liveliest soccer in years

For more than a year, D.C. United had harvested goals like precious minerals excavated from deep in the earth, with backbreaking sweat and toil. One gem, maybe two, but there often was nothing to show for dogged work. “We used to come in [the locker room] after games and say, ‘Jeez, we were under pressure […]

Pep Guardiola gets measure of how far he has to go with Manchester City

Pep Guardiola was hired to turn Manchester City into one of Europe’s elite clubs and on Wednesday, his former team Barcelona showed just how much work he has ahead of him with an emphatic 4-0 win. Guardiola had indicated that the encounter at Camp Nou, where he enjoyed four wonderfully successful seasons as coach, would […]

Watch Lionel Messi’s hat trick vs. Manchester City in Champions League

Lionel Messi recorded his second consecutive hat trick of this UEFA Champions League campaign — and seventh in the competition over his sterling career — as FC Barcelona rolled past former manager Pep Guardiola and visiting Manchester City, 4-0, at Camp Nou. Barca is perfect through three Group C matches, while Man City, which lost […]

With MLS playoffs near, D.C. United hitting stride at right time

D.C. United is surging into the regular season finale Sunday at Orlando, a two-month torrent that, on the surface, would seem to portend good fortune in the MLS playoffs, which begin next week. But does a strong finish to a long campaign guarantee success in a postseason with little margin for error? “The fact we […]

Top-ranked Maryland men’s soccer team edges American to stay unbeaten

Although they’ve maintained an unbeaten record and a four-week grip on the No. 1 ranking in men’s soccer, the Maryland Terrapins have had to execute several narrow escapes. There is no doubting the bounty of talent and capacity to end an eight-year drought without a national trophy, yet vulnerabilities have surfaced time and again, requiring […]

Tuesday kickaround

The U.S. women’s national team is in Salt Lake City ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Switzerland at Rio Tinto Stadium (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2,, WatchESPN). The teams will meet again Sunday in Minneapolis (1:45 p.m. ET, FS1, Fox Sports Go). Given the time of year and Olympic disappointment, ticket sales are good: 12,000 for […]

D.C. United 3, New York City FC 1: details, notes, video

With a 3-1 victory over New York City FC on Sunday, D.C. United clinched an MLS playoff berth for the third consecutive year. DCU is currently fourth in the Eastern Conference and will finish either fourth or fifth, depending on the outcome of the regular season finales next Sunday. At the No. 4 position, United […]

No. 1 Maryland soccer team survives scare to stay unbeaten with 3-2 win over Wisconsin

The Maryland men’s soccer team remained unbeaten and clinched the Big Ten regular season title Friday, but not before a mighty scare. The top-ranked Terrapins scored late in regulation, then defeated Wisconsin on sophomore Eryk Williamson’s golden goal eight minutes into overtime for a 3-2 victory in front of 4,646 at Ludwig Field in College […]

Lamar Neagle is red-hot. So why isn’t he starting? Because D.C. United is red-hot, too.

Lamar Neagle is D.C. United‘s top scorer, with nine goals, six coming in the past eight matches. His two-goal burst in an upset at Toronto before MLS’s international break secured him player of the week honors. He is also among the team leaders in assists, with six. But when the opening whistle sounds Sunday for […]

Soccer to watch on TV and online this weekend

All times are Eastern MLS matches not on national TV are available in local markets FRIDAY 1 p.m.: Toulouse vs. Monaco beIN Sports, fuboTV, go90, beIN Sports Connect 2:30 p.m.: Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha Berlin FS1, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports Go, 2:45 p.m.: Las Palmas vs. Espanyol beIN Sports Espanol, fuboTV, go90, beIN Sports […]

CONCACAF says its World Cup qualifying is ‘archiaic.’ Its solution is pure politics.

The recent news that CONCACAF is considering a change of name should be no surprise — few brands have a more toxic image than the corruption-stained body. What makes much less sense is the proposal by Victor Montagliani, president of soccer’s governing body in North and Central America and the Caribbean, to get rid of the […]

Where is everybody? Attendance at U.S. men’s friendlies continues to lag

If you watched the U.S. men’s national team friendly on TV on Tuesday, you might have been under the impression that a good-sized crowd had attended the match against New Zealand at RFK Stadium. After all, the east-side lower bowl, which serves as the backdrop for the primary camera angle, was almost full of bouncing, […]

Who will Jurgen Klinsmann choose for World Cup qualifying clash vs. Mexico?

Jurgen Klinsmann’s 10-day U.S. shindig is now over. Players are rejoining their clubs in MLS, Mexico and Europe and won’t reassemble for international duty again until Nov. 7, the eve of Election Day and four days before “Dos a Cero” (Chapter Cinco) in Columbus. Yes, Ohio is a battleground state on multiple fronts. So who […]

World Cup qualifiers and friendlies on TV and online today

Tuesday’s matches All times are Eastern 10:45 a.m.: Iran vs. South Korea Noon: Kazakhstan vs. Romania FS2, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports Go, 2:45 p.m.: Slovenia vs. England ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN, 2:45 p.m.: Germany vs. Show More Summary

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