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Soccer bar Summers nearing final whistle

Before every Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal match was available on your flat screen at home, there was Summers. Before GolTV and Fox Soccer Channel and beIN Sports and NBC Sports Network and Fox Soccer Plus, before, Fios, Xfinity and DirecTV, before every World Cup game was live and commercial free and in HD, […]

D.C. United stadium approval improves its playing field in MLS in many ways

D.C. United’s new stadium at Buzzard Point will deliver the game-day experience that most other MLS venues offer. It will provide modern amenities lacking at archaic RFK Stadium, improved sightlines and a proper backdrop for one of the league’s most sophisticated and avid fan bases. The 20,000-seat dwelling, unanimously approved by the D.C. Council on […]

The 2015 soccer calendar

Aside from Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem committing to the U.S. national program (video from Champions League last week), there is a lot of soccer news, matches, tournaments and competitions to look forward to in 2015. The list will update as additional events are finalized. Jan. 2-5: MLS Caribbean player combine in Bayamon, Puerto Rico Early January: U.S. […]

Virginia wins College Cup

CARY, N.C. – Virginia won its seventh NCAA men’s soccer championship Sunday, employing defensive tactics for 110 scoreless minutes before defeating UCLA in a penalty kick tiebreaker, 4-2, at WakeMed Soccer Park. The 16th-seeded Cavaliers (13-6-4) celebrated their second title in six seasons and moved within one of Indiana for second place on the all-time […]

A few good minutes with Brad Friedel

At 43 1/2 years old, American goalkeeper Brad Friedel is the oldest active player in England’s Premier League. He says he feels great, although, he joked, the scarcity of assignments with Tottenham Hotspur this season probably has something to do with it. To appreciate his longevity, consider this: incoming Spur DeAndre Yedlin was 1 when Friedel’s […]

Virginia, UCLA to meet for College Cup title

A tense first semifinal, a free-flowing second semifinal. And in the end, the two traditional powers at this men’s College Cup advanced to Sunday’s final at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. (noon ET, ESPNU). Virginia, the No. 16 seed, stifled upstart UMBC, 1-0, and No. 2 UCLA forced extra time and then notched the […]

Terps’ Steffen signs with Freiburg

University of Maryland goalkeeper Zack Steffen has signed with Bundesliga club Freiburg, ending his college career after two exceptional seasons. Steffen, a member of the U.S. under-20 national team, is widely regarded as one of the top young goalkeeping prospects in American soccer. “My time at Maryland has been nothing short of spectacular,” Steffen said. […]

U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in suburban Dallas?

The U.S. Soccer Federation is considering Frisco, Tex., as the site of the National Hall of Fame, which has been without a home since the museum in Oneonta, N.Y., closed in 2010 because of financial difficulties. In October, the federation entered into a nine-month exclusive negotiation period with local officials and the Hunt family, which […]

USSF tax return shows Klinsmann contract and other salaries

The U.S. Soccer Federation’s latest tax return does not yield a treasure trove of information because of the period it encompasses: April 2013 through March 2014. Had it gone through this summer it would have included Jurgen Klinsmann‘s new contract as men’s national team coach, a pact that went into effect in August; further insight […]

Fabian Espindola of D.C. United suspended six games by MLS

D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola has been suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLS for shoving an assistant referee after the second leg of D.C. United’s conference semifinal against the New York Red Bulls last month. The league announced the punishment in a brief news release early Thursday afternoon. Shortly after the announcement […]

Virginia Cavaliers use practical approach for return to College Cup

George Gelnovatch conducted two training camps for the University of Virginia men’s soccer team this season. There was the traditional session in August, when the Cavaliers gathered in Charlottesville to begin plotting their return to the College Cup. And then there was an unofficial camp in the pause between their rude dismissal from the ACC […]

D.C. United loses Neal, McNamara in MLS expansion draft

D.C. United lost two reserve midfielders in the MLS expansion draft Wednesday but dodged the possible loss of any of the four regulars left unprotected. During the two-team, 10-round draft, Orlando City selected Lewis Neal, a 33-year-old Englishman who, in three seasons in Washington, made 53 regular season appearances (19 starts) and posted two goals […]

Gedion Zelalem plays for Arsenal in Champions League match

For anyone other than Arsenal’s supporters, the second half of the Gunners’ Champions League Group D finale at Galatasaray on Tuesday carried little appeal. Arsenal had already clinched a berth in the knockout stage and pumped in three goals during the first half in Istanbul. There was, however, a touch of drama in the making: […]

Who is UMBC? College Cup semifinalists, that’s who.

For 24 seasons, Pete Caringi has seen the quizzical looks and heard the dumbfounded questions. “UMBC? What’s that? Who’s that?” he recalled Monday. A few weeks ago, as the team bus pulled into Wake Forest’s complex for an NCAA tournament first-round match, one bystander asked another whom the Demon Deacons were playing. “A team from […]

D.C. United roster updates

Ahead of the MLS expansion draft Wednesday, United has protected the following players: Goalkeeper Bill Hamid Defender Bobby Boswell Defender Steve Birnbaum Defender Sean Franklin Defender Taylor Kemp Midfielder Perry Kitchen Midfielder...Show More Summary

Terps’ Zack Steffen close to signing with Freiburg in Bundesliga

Maryland sophomore Zack Steffen, considered one of the best goalkeeping prospects in American soccer, is leaving school to pursue a pro career and is close to signing with Freiburg in the German Bundesliga, the Insider has learned. Steffen, who also serves with the U.S. under-20 national team and was affiliated with the Philadelphia Union’s youth […]

D.C. United acquires Andrew Driver from Houston for Joe Willis, Samuel Inkoom

D.C. United acquired English midfielder Andrew Driver from the Houston Dynamo on Monday for reserve goalkeeper Joe Willis and Ghanaian midfielder-defender Samuel Inkoom. United also received a late-round draft pick in 2016. Driver, 27, who plays primarily on the flanks, started 42 league matches over two seasons with the Dynamo, posting three goals in 2013 […]

Virginia defeats Georgetown on penalty kicks for College Cup berth

Virginia advanced to the College Cup men’s semifinals for the second consecutive year Saturday, defeating Georgetown on penalty kicks 5-4 after a 1-1 draw at rain-splattered Shaw Field. The eighth-seeded Hoyas (14-4-5) carried a 1-0 lead into the final minute of regulation, thanks to Austin Martz’s sensational goal early in the second half, but Todd […]

Another upset sends UMBC to College Cup

Those in American soccer circles who have never heard of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, better known as UMBC, should get to know the Retrievers now. With a fourth consecutive road shocker Friday, the unheralded, unknown, unseeded and unbelievable Retrievers continued their remarkable run through the NCAA men’s tournament by defeating Creighton on penalty […]

Virginia advances to College Cup women’s final with 3-1 victory over Texas A&M

Virginia 3, Texas A&M 1 The Cavaliers (23-2-0) advanced to the NCAA championship game for the first time in program history and will play Florida State or Stanford on Sunday at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. (1 p.m., ESPNU). SCORING UVA: Makenzy Doniak (Morgan Brian), 13th minute. TAM: Kelley Monogue, 32nd minute. UVA: Emily […]

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