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MLS Cup rematch? Toronto FC, Seattle Sounders are a step away

Advantage: Toronto FC. Big advantage: Seattle Sounders. MLS moved one step closer to a championship rematch Tuesday as the Supporters’ Shield winners from Canada earned a 0-0 draw at Columbus and the defending champions from the Pacific Northwest claimed a 2-0 away victory against 10-man Houston. In the second legs, Toronto will be back at […]

MLS playoffs are still going on? Yes. Yes, they are.

The worst-scheduled playoff system in pro sports resumes tonight with two events: the first legs of MLS’s Eastern and Western Conference finals. What, you thought the 2017 season was already over? You’re not alone. The final stretch of a nine-month campaign should intensify like a tropical storm passing over warm waters before peaking with the championship […]

U.S. Soccer might not hire a coach until after the World Cup

The U.S. Soccer Federation is not planning to hire a men’s national soccer team coach before the organization’s presidential election in February, and with no major competitions in the near future, it might wait until the pool of potential candidates grows after next summer’s World Cup, multiple people familiar with the situation said over the […]

Heartbreak for Hoyas as own goal bounces them from NCAA tournament

One by one, Georgetown players fell like bowling pins onto the browning turf at wind-whipped Shaw Field, leveled by the cruel and abrupt manner in which their soccer season had just ended. Fourteen seconds from entering a penalty-kick tiebreaker to decide the NCAA tournament second-round match against Southern Methodist on Sunday, the Hoyas needed one […]

With Caleb Porter out in Portland, a look at current cast of MLS coaches (and vacancies)

Caleb Porter’s stunning exit in Portland today marked the seventh MLS head coach to leave his position this calendar year, either by choice or force. He was the third longest-serving boss in the 22-team (soon to be 23-team) league behind Peter Vermes and Ben Olsen. Only five current coaches have guided the same club without […]

Maryland men bow out of NCAA tournament with first-round PK loss to Albany

The Maryland men’s soccer team had been stuck in a deep scoring rut for five weeks, so perhaps it was too much to ask the Terrapins to even convert their chances in a penalty kick tiebreaker Thursday. Locked in a scoreless deadlock with Albany through 110 minutes of an NCAA tournament first-round match, the Terps […]

2018 World Cup field set: Iceland’s in, Italy’s out and compelling story lines abound

What began 980 days ago in a crude, little venue on the north shore of a Southeast Asian island ended Wednesday in the ruckus of an earth-moving national stadium sitting in a South American capital, the last of almost 900 matches to determine which 31 countries would join Russia at the 2018 World Cup. A […]

Australia qualifies for the World Cup, leaving one slot unclaimed

Thirty-one down, one to go. Australia secured passage to the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday by thumping Honduras, 3-1, in Sydney to win the two-leg intercontinental playoff by the same aggregate margin. Mile Jedinak, a 33-year-old midfielder from Aston Villa, scored three goals in the second half, including two penalty kicks, before Honduras claimed a […]

Sarachan sets lineup for U.S. soccer friendly vs. Portugal

Portugal vs. United States friendly Kickoff: 3:45 p.m. ET. TV/live streams: FS1, UniMas, Univision Deportes, Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer Match Pass, Univision Now, and fuboTV. Dave Sarachan, the U.S. national soccer team caretaker in the wake of World Cup qualifying failure, has named his starters for the friendly against Portugal at Estadio Dr. […]

After missing World Cup, U.S. soccer starts over with friendly at Portugal

Seems like a dream, or, for that matter, a nightmare: Five weeks ago, the United States failed to qualify for the World Cup because it couldn’t manage a draw against lowly Trinidad and Tobago. The fallout has been severe: widespread criticism of the players, coaches, U.S. Soccer Federation and player development system; the firing of […]

Italy fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1958

Italy will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958, an astounding development in an autumn full of qualifying failures. The Netherlands, United States, Ghana and now Italy, a four-time champion and a pillar of soccer for almost a century, all will be absent from the 2018 tournament. Amid boos and whistles Monday […]

Georgetown, Virginia, VCU among seeded teams in NCAA men’s tournament

Virginia, Georgetown and Virginia Commonwealth were among 16 teams to receive first-round byes in the NCAA men’s soccer tournament, while Maryland, William and Mary, Old Dominion and Virginia Tech will open at home Thursday. Despite the large number of teams from the D.C. region in the 48-school competition, none will face one another in either […]

Video: U.S. women’s soccer caps 2017 with 3-1 victory over Canada

The top-ranked U.S. women’s national soccer team capped the 2017 schedule Sunday with a 3-1 victory over fifth-ranked Canada at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. Julie Ertz scored in the first half, Alex Morgan broke a tie early in the second and Carli Lloyd added her 98th international goal five minutes after entering as the […]

Georgetown’s golden goal caps thrilling — albeit controversial — win in Big East final

Christopher Lema takes most of Georgetown’s free kicks, but with the Big East soccer final deep into extra time Sunday, the spot on the field suggested a second option. Declan McCabe joined Lema in standing over the ball 22 yards from the target. “What are you thinking, goalie side or over the wall?” Lema said […]

With roster changes coming, D.C. United has ‘blank canvas’

In the wake of a last-place finish, D.C. United will make “quite a bit” of roster changes over the winter months, Coach Ben Olsen said Friday. “We have still four, five, six starters that we believe can get us to where we want, but there definitely will be some new faces around here,” he said. […]

‘I am at peace with it’: D.C. United’s Chris Rolfe retires 18 months after concussion

Chris Rolfe returned to Washington late last month, torn between two groups gathering for D.C. United‘s season-ending festivities. In many ways, he felt a strong connection with his teammates, even though he had moved away and not played all year because of concussion-related issues that have haunted him for 18 months. In other ways, because […]

Sellout crowd expected as U.S., Canada renew women’s soccer rivalry

Organizers are expecting a capacity crowd of about 27,000 in Vancouver for the women’s friendly Thursday between Canada and the United States at soccer-downsized BC Place. It’s the first of two matches for the longtime foes, who will meet again Sunday at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium. ESPN2 will carry tonight’s game, starting at 10 p.m. […]

MLS in Nashville? Stadium plan boosts Music City’s hopes.

Nashville was on the periphery of the 12-city MLS expansion race for a long time, but with Tuesday’s approval of a $275 million plan to build a soccer stadium at the fairgrounds south of downtown, Music City has rushed to the top tier and could land a team as early as next month. With the […]

The last World Cup berths are at stake. Here’s how to watch.

The last nine places in the 2018 World Cup will be settled over the next week on five continents. Two-leg playoffs will determine four slots in Europe and two intercontinental berths. In Africa, three groups remain contested. Tunisia needs only a draw at home against last-place Libya, while Morocco needs a point at second-place Ivory […]

D.C. United’s 2016 first-round draft pick says he will not return to club next year

Julian Buescher, D.C. United’s 2016 first-round draft pick who showed promise as a rookie but appeared in only seven regular season matches this year, wrote on his social media accounts Tuesday that he will not return to the MLS club next year. United officials said they will not comment on possible roster moves until the […]

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