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U.S. national soccer team continues to concede late goals

It began, innocently enough, with a handball and a penalty kick in the dying moments of a 2-1 victory over Turkey last June 1. At the time, there was not much reason for concern. After all, the goal conceded by the U.S. national team had come while nursing a 2-0 lead in an inconsequential friendly […]

U.S. national team ties Switzerland, 1-1

Brek Shea scored on a sensational free kick Tuesday as the U.S. men’s national team claimed a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in a friendly in Zurich. Jozy Altidore was sent off in the 68th minute. Coming off a 3-2 defeat at Denmark last week, the Americans scored before halftime for the ninth consecutive match but conceded […]

D.C. United’s Steve Birnbaum to miss 4-6 weeks

D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum will miss four to six weeks with a sprained left ankle suffered early in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy. Birnbaum, a second-year starting center back who received a U.S. national team call-up in January, landed awkwardly after heading a corner kick on target. He was removed on […]

Andy Najar scores twice for Honduras

Honduras needed to beat French Guiana by two goals for any chance of overcoming a first-leg nightmare in their CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying playoff. Andy Najar, the former D.C. United homegrown player from Alexandria’s Edison High School, took care of it in the first half Sunday. First, the 22-year-old Anderlecht winger tagged a sensational shot […]

TV and live streams for international matches

  All times are Eastern Monday Friendly, Colombia vs. Kuwait noon beIN Sports (English) U-21 friendly, England vs. Germany 2:45 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus, Friendly, Macedonia vs. Australia 2:50 p.m. beIN Sports (English & Spanish) Tuesday Friendly, Switzerland vs. United States noon Fox Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes, Fox Sports Go Friendly, Estonia vs. […]

Insider roundup: MLS to Minnesota, Freddy Adu to Finland, U.S. national team updates

  Every Monday, Page 2 of the Sports print section features a soccer centerpiece and several notebook items geared toward a broader audience than the blog does. Some material has appeared on the Insider previously. Here are today’s contents: Eleven years ago, MLS’s national footprint was as faint as a toddler’s steps in the surf. […]

Disappointment at FedEx Field, drama at RFK Stadium

I am trying to purge my brain of the FedEx Field experience. Many of us will never recover. In a nutshell: Lionel Messi didn’t play, organizers botched the Salvadoran anthem (Isle of Man anthem? Really?), no one was sitting where they were supposed to, stadium personnel was understaffed, two parents told me they feared for their […]

Saturday kickaround

Lionel Messi and Argentina are at FedEx Field today for a friendly against El Salvador, but the FC Barcelona wonder might miss out because of a foot injury. His absence would disappoint a crowd of more than 50,000 and require the Argentina federation to return a percentage of the $2 million appearance fee it received […]

Washington’s soccer bonanza poses logistical challenges

It’s a challenging but enticing proposition: attend an international friendly at FedEx Field and an MLS match at RFK Stadium on Saturday. Argentina and El Salvador are set to play at 4 p.m. in Landover. D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy will collide at 7 p.m. in Washington. With a one-hour gap between the […]

Poll: Is Lionel Messi the best player ever?

With Lionel Messi in town with Argentina for Saturday’s friendly against El Salvador at FedEx Field, the question must be raised: Are we witnessing the greatest player in soccer history? Because it’s difficult to compare players over the span of almost 100 years, we are going to limit our poll to the past 50. That […]

U.S. concedes 2 late goals, falls to Denmark, 3-2

The U.S. men’s national soccer team Wednesday continued a disturbing trend of conceding goals in the late stages of matches. From one goal ahead to one goal behind in the space of eight minutes, the Americans dropped a 3-2 away decision to Denmark in a friendly in rainy Aarhus. Over the past 14 matches, including […]

Messi and Argentina practice at Georgetown

They pressed against the black metal fence hugging Shaw Field, hundreds of soccer fans drawn to Georgetown’s campus in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon to see the most famous athlete on the planet (Lionel Messi) and the sport’s second-best national team (Argentina). They were on the roof and in the windows of Leavey Center […]

D.C. United’s Miguel Aguilar sidelined by work permit issues

With the attack sputtering Sunday against the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United was begging for an injection of energy and skill. Miguel Aguilar could have supplied it. Except the rookie midfielder, so impressive in training camp and early matches, was watching from a private box at Red Bull Arena. He was not hurt. He […]

How to watch Euro 2016 qualifiers and friendlies …

Friendlies and qualifiers for viewing, Wednesday through Sunday … (All times are Eastern) Additional matches will be added as information becomes available. Wednesday Friendly, Denmark vs. United States 3 p.m. ESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes, Watch ESPN Friendly, Germany vs. Show More Summary

Video, match report from United’s 2-0 loss to Red Bulls

My match report from D.C. United’s 2-0 defeat to New York at Red Bull Arena on Sunday. Announced crowd: 21,036. (Actual turnout was closer to 15,000.) Next: Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at RFK Stadium, 7 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet) Video:

D.C. United at New York Red Bulls

Greetings from Harrison and the 2015 renewal of the D.C. United-New York Red Bulls rumble. It’s the 66th regular season meeting between the bitter rivals and 32nd match on New York’s home grounds (13 victories apiece and five draws). TV: ESPN2 (kickoff: 5:08 p.m. ET). Announcer: Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman. Referee: Alan Kelly. Game-time weather: […]

Klinsmann sets roster for U.S. matches at Denmark and Switzerland

Jurgen Klinsmann‘s squad for the U.S. national team’s away friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland: Goalkeepers: Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Leon). Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club...Show More Summary

Jairo Arrieta on target with D.C. United

As D.C. United prepared for training camp in January, Coach Ben Olsen scanned his roster and admired an abundance of attackers who had fueled last year’s first-place finish in MLS’s Eastern Conference. He also identified a void in the troop. United employed players adept at slashing toward the penalty area, working combinations and running at […]

D.C. United news and notes

D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp, who missed the MLS opener against Montreal two weeks sago, is back in the mix for a possible starting role Sunday against the New York Red Bulls, Coach Ben Olsen said Friday. Kemp, who also missed the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, had been sidelined with a […]

Georgetown to host Messi, Argentina training sessions before El Salvador friendly

When Georgetown agreed to open its soccer facility to Lionel Messi and the Argentine national team next week, Hoyas Coach Brian Wiese was wise enough to not ask his players who was available to help. “I would have had every hand go up,” he said, laughing. Instead, Wiese went to the team’s academic adviser to […]

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