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D.C. United news and notes

I caught up with D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper on Thursday to discuss a variety of topics … Kasper returned Tuesday night from Italy, where he spent four days meeting with counterparts at Inter Milan, the Serie A club with which United has a partnership agreement and mutual benefactor (Erick Thohir). The organizations meet […]

Goal videos from U.S. national team’s 3-2 friendly loss at Chile

Chile 3, United States 2 At Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua, Chile. Scoring USA: Brek Shea (Matt Besler), 6th minute. CHI: Roberto Gutierrez (Mark Gonzalez), 10th. USA: Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud), 31st. CHI: Mark Gonzalez (Marco Medel), 66th. Show More Summary

Will Freddy Adu return to MLS?

Freddy Adu, whose sputtering soccer career has taken him from Turkey to Brazil and many outposts in between since turning pro at age 14, has received tryout offers from two MLS clubs, the Insider learned Wednesday. Sources familiar with the situation declined to identify the clubs but said none of his former MLS employers (D.C. […]

D.C. United news and notes

Sean St Ledger, an Irish national team center back who spent the bulk of his club career at Preston North End, began a trial with D.C. United on Monday at training camp in Bradenton, Fla. He has has served with Middlesbrough, Millwall, Leicester City and Ipswich Town, the English second-tier contender that dropped him in […]

Summers Restaurant in Arlington plans to reopen next month

Summers Restaurant, the Arlington soccer hangout that closed its doors last month after showing matches from around the world for 30 years, plans to reopen in three weeks. Joe Javidara, the Maltese-born owner, told the Insider on Monday night that he has received a new two-year lease from landlord JBG Companies and is aiming to […]

Insider roundup: Hope Solo, U.S. friendly, U-20s qualify, Galaxy vs. Hoyas, Messi in D.C.?

Every Monday, Page 2 of the Sports print section features a soccer centerpiece and several notebook items. Here are today’s contents: There is no better female goalkeeper in the world than Hope Solo. There is also no weirder, troublesome or controversial female goalkeeper in the world than Hope Solo. The U.S. national team will need […]

D.C. United’s Eddie Johnson out with medical issue

D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson will miss most, if not all, of preseason for medical reasons, the MLS club said in a terse statement Friday. United officials declined to elaborate on Johnson’s condition, saying only that he would continue to undergo tests and have to skip training camp in Bradenton, Fla., which starts Saturday, as […]

D.C. United invites eight additional players to training camp

D.C. United has invited eight non-contract players to training camp, which will begin in earnest this weekend in Bradenton, Fla. Although most roster slots are accounted for, the club does need to fill some holes. And amid the uncertainty of squad sizes under the next collective bargaining agreement, United is unsure how many more players […]

D.C. United opens training camp

As MLS teams snatched up top-profile players from overseas, raising the league’s global profile and stirring interest in local markets, Ben Olsen and D.C. United concentrated on holding the core of the roster together this winter. There were no glittery signings or blockbuster trades. Confident in a well-tested group that executed the greatest one-year turnaround […]

John Strong moves to Fox Sports

John Strong, one of the finest voices in American soccer broadcasting, is moving to Fox Sports exclusively. Strong, 29, was NBC’s lead play-by-play announcer for MLS matches and contributed to the network’s other soccer programming, including the English Premier League. He also worked part-time for Fox on UEFA and CONCACAF events. On Thursday, Fox officials […]

MLS labor talks remain ‘far apart’

With the MLS collective bargaining agreement expiring soon, the league and players’ union remain “far apart” on key issues, increasing the possibility of a work stoppage in March. At a meeting in Washington on Tuesday, MLS officials presented counter-proposals to the union’s propositions. What was planned as a two-day session was cut to one. “We […]

Hope Solo suspended by U.S. Soccer Federation

Hope Solo, the American goalkeeper with a history of off-field problems, has been suspended by the U.S. Soccer Federation for 30 days and will miss the women’s national team matches against France and England next month. The action came just a week after domestic violence charges against Solo were dismissed. “During our current national team […]

D.C. United news and notes

Michael Seaton, D.C. United’s 18-year-old striker, underwent surgery Wednesday for a knee injury suffered while on assignment with the Jamaican under-20 national team at the CONCACAF championship in Jamaica. Seaton, who returned to the Washington area for the operation, will miss at least six weeks, a United spokesman said. Show More Summary

Obama’s State of the Union, soccer style

Had President Obama geared his actual State of the Union speech toward American soccer fans instead of the general public, it might have gone something like this …  Mr. Garber, Mr. Gulati, members of the Board of Governors, my fellow football supporters: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with MLS’s […]

Breaking down D.C. United’s roster heading into training camp

With D.C. United players reporting to training camp Thursday and practice to begin in earnest this weekend in Bradenton, Fla., the roster is largely in place. A look at the squad, with ages as of March 1 in parentheses: GOALKEEPERS Bill Hamid (24): Incumbent starter. Skipped U.S. national team camp this month because of shoulder […]

Artificial turf to remain for Women’s World Cup

PHILADELPHIA — All matches at this summer’s Women’s World Cup in Canada will be played on artificial turf, FIFA reiterated Friday. At a news briefing promoting women’s soccer, Tatjana Haenni, head of FIFA women’s competitions, said “the topic should be over by now. There have been so many talks about it. There is no plan […]

In MLS draft, D.C. United turns to Bay Area and College Park

PHILADELPHIA — With a late pick in the first round of the MLS draft and the last selection in the second stage, D.C. United tempered expectations Thursday. But after selecting a winger from the Bay Area and an accomplished midfielder from College Park, club officials were gratified with their fresh acquisitions. Neither the University of […]

MLS commissioner addresses several issues

MLS Commissioner Don Garber took questions from reporters after the first round of the MLS draft. Excerpts: What was your reaction to how the Frank Lampard matter was handled? “You heard NYCFC say it and Man City say it, you heard me say it: It could have been handled better and it needs to be […]

D.C. United selects Aguilar in MLS draft

D.C. United selected University of San Francisco attacker Miguel Aguilar with the No. 17 overall pick in the MLS draft Thursday at Philadelphia Convention Center. Aguilar, 21, played four seasons at USF and posted 15 goals and nine assists. He can play on the right wing or up front. He was born in Mexico and grew […]

Thursday kickaround

Greetings from Philadelphia … The MLS draft will commence at 12:30 p.m. ET. No standard TV coverage but a live stream at In today’s print edition and online, I wrote about D.C. United’s acquisition of forward Jairo Arrieta, the roster and the club’s tempered outlook for the draft. United is close to finalizing a […]

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