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U.S. ties Panama, 1-1, to earn crucial point in World Cup qualifier

40 minutes agoSports / Football : Soccer Insider

PANAMA CITY – The final stage of World Cup qualifying is not supposed to be a carefree journey. It’s a year’s worth of ruthless matches, often set in lung-busting conditions in far-off venues, that test a team’s preparation and resolve. So after the aberration of a six-goal victory four days earlier, the United States on […]

Bruce Arena has a few more things to say …

PANAMA CITY — Bruce Arena addressed a wide variety of topics during a roundtable with traveling reporters Monday. Some of his comments appeared in my formal story online earlier Monday and in print Tuesday. Many others landed here: Managing a team over a long qualifying schedule will have its ups and downs. “There is a […]

U.S. men seek to keep momentum going in World Cup qualifier vs. Panama

PANAMA CITY — With a six-goal romp over Honduras on Friday, the U.S. national soccer team rejoined the hunt for a 2018 World Cup berth and began to cast aside the wreckage of a campaign’s flawed start. But as every last soul in the delegation was quick to point out, it was just one match. And […]

TV and live streams for World Cup qualifiers, friendlies Tuesday

Tuesday’s matches All times are Eastern World Cup qualifier unless otherwise noted 5 a.m.: Australia vs. United Arab Emirates WatchESPN, 7 a.m.: South Korea vs. Syria WatchESPN, 8 a.m.: Iran vs. China WatchESPN, Noon: Friendly, Russia vs. Show More Summary

For Jorge Villafaña, the dream of playing for the U.S. started with a nationally televised contest

PANAMA CITY – Jorge Villafaña probably wouldn’t have started for the U.S. national soccer team Friday in a World Cup qualifier if not for a reluctant decision 10 years ago to attend a tryout instead of making a few bucks doing odd jobs at a church. He surely would not have filled a void at […]

USA soccer drops four from roster ahead of World Cup qualifier at Panama

SAN JOSE — Two players who started in the U.S. national team’s 6-0 victory over Honduras on Friday were among four dropped from the roster ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Panama. Midfielder Sebastian Lletget, who scored the opening goal at Avaya Stadium before leaving moments later with a left foot injury, will return […]

Clint Dempsey, ‘grateful for every game,’ moves to cusp of USA soccer history

SAN JOSE — In the months leading to a World Cup qualifier that the United States was desperate to win, Clint Dempsey wasn’t sure if he would ever play soccer again. Never mind earning an invitation to training camp, being asked by Bruce Arena 48 hours before kickoff whether he would be able to start, […]

Clint Dempsey’s hat trick powers U.S. to 6-0 rout of Honduras in World Cup qualifier

SAN JOSE — From the young sensation to the new-old coach, from the veteran forward returning from a heart ailment to the captain whose place had been questioned, the U.S. men’s soccer team expected a forceful response to a recent rotten turn. Not even the most optimistic member of the delegation, however, could’ve forecast Friday […]

Is it Christian Pulisic’s time to shine for U.S. national team?

SAN JOSE — When Bruce Arena watches Christian Pulisic practice and play, memories of coaching another young, dynamic attacker many years ago rise to the surface. “He does remind me of Landon,” Arena said Thursday, the eve of the U.S. World Cup qualifier against Honduras at Avaya Stadium. Landon, as in Landon Donovan, the most […]

With shrinking margin for error, U.S. prepares to face Honduras in World Cup qualifier

SAN JOSE — It’s still mighty early in the chase for a 2018 World Cup berth, months of matches, corrections and continental treks ahead. History tells us that the United States will qualify for next year’s soccer extravaganza and, depending on pairings and performance, cope just fine against the titans of the sport. But as […]

Thursday kickaround

Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan are involved in UEFA Women’s Champions League first-leg quarterfinals Thursday. Lloyd and Manchester City visit Norway’s Fortuna Hjorring, while Morgan and Olympique Lyonnais play at Wolfsburg in a rematch of last year’s final. The return legs are next week. City’s match today will be live-streamed, starting at 2 p.m. ET. Brandi […]

For Bruce Arena and most of U.S. soccer team, marriage comes before relationship

SAN JOSE — Long before they reported to U.S. training camp this week, every player was familiar, to varying degrees, with Bruce Arena. They knew of his MLS coaching triumphs and of his previous gig in charge of the national team, marked by a World Cup quarterfinal run almost 15 years ago. Many had played […]

World Cup qualifiers and friendlies on TV and online

All times are Eastern WEDNESDAY 1 p.m.: Friendly, Czech Republic vs. Lithuania WatchESPN, 3:45 p.m.: Friendly, Germany vs. England ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN, 3:45 p.m.: Friendly, Scotland vs. Canada WatchESPN, THURSDAY 7:30 a.m.: World Cup qualifier, China vs. Show More Summary

It’s official: Barcelona vs. Manchester United at FedEx Field this summer

The United States has become a summer playground for many of the world’s premier soccer teams, and this year, Washington will welcome two elites: Barcelona and Manchester United. The sides will clash July 26 at FedEx Field as part of the International Champions Cup, the fifth annual global exhibition featuring European clubs preparing for their […]

Tuesday kickaround

Upon accepting the U.S. national team coaching job in November, Bruce Arena said that, with a short time frame and tall order in turning around the World Cup qualifying effort, he would call on many of the same players involved under Jurgen Klinsmann’s direction. And while Arena has introduced some new faces — and welcomed […]

U.S. men preparing for two World Cup qualifiers without three probable starters

The U.S. national team has begun to gather in San Jose without three probable starters for two vital World Cup qualifiers. Forward Bobby Wood was the latest scratch, withdrawing Sunday after injuring his back in a Bundesliga match the day earlier. Fabian Johnson, a midfielder and defender, went down with a hamstring injury on Thursday, […]

Offensive futility, officials conspire against D.C. United in loss to Columbus

Three matches into the MLS season, and D.C. United’s frustration is mounting. No victories, no goals and almost as many yellow cards as shots on target. In a 2-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew on Saturday, United’s aggravation was rooted in both another empty attacking performance and the officiating. Referee Ted Unkel whistled captain Steve […]

Fabian Johnson is ruled out of two U.S. World Cup qualifiers

Fabian Johnson, a key figure in U.S. World Cup qualifying hopes, will miss the two critical national team matches in the coming days after pulling a thigh muscle during Moenchengladbach’s Europa League game against Schalke on Thursday. The Bundesliga club announced Friday that Johnson is going to be sidelined for “an unknown period of time” […]

D.C. United could use spark vs. Crew. Luciano Acosta might be back to provide it.

Luciano Acosta is listed as “probable” on D.C. United‘s injury report. Which suggests he’ll be in uniform for Saturday’s match against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium, right? “Probably,” Coach Ben Olsen said with a wry grin. It’s most definitely good news for United, which, without its Argentine playmaker, failed to score and labored to […]

Soccer to watch on TV and online this weekend

All times are Eastern FRIDAY 7 a.m.: UEFA Champions League draw FS1, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports Go, fuboTV,, 2 p.m.: Metz vs. Bastia fuboTV 3:30 p.m.: Borussia Dortmund vs. Ingolstadt FS2, GolTV, Fox Sports Go, fuboTV, 3:30 p.m.: Lille vs. Olympique Marseille fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect 3:45 p.m.: Las Palmas vs. Villarreal […]

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