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Americans abroad: Herculez Gomez scores for Tigres in Copa MX

Wednesday F Herculez Gomez played 78 minutes and scored in the 10th during Tigres’ 1-0 win at Queretaro in Copa MX, ruining the Mexican debut of Ronaldinho, who missed a penalty kick. Gomez, 32, has scored twice in eight appearances across all competitions since joining Tigres this season. MF Jose Torres went 90 for Tigres […]

Wednesday kickaround

D.C. United has scheduled a news conference next Monday afternoon at RFK Stadium, presumably to announce Coach Ben Olsen‘s contract extension. Both Olsen and club executive Jason Levien will attend. News of Olsen’s imminent deal broke here two weeks ago. Americans abroad: Wednesday Defender Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest host midfielder Emerson Hyndman and Fulham, […]

Don Garber fines Bruce Arena for comments about MLS handling of Kljestan case

MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the league’s most successful coach, Bruce Arena, are not going to lunch anytime soon. Arena confirmed this morning that Garber fined him for comments he made to the Insider last month, the second penalty levied by the league boss on the always outspoken Los Angeles Galaxy coach-general manager in the […]

Espindola scores twice, D.C. United defeats Waterhouse in Champions League

D.C. United moved to the verge of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal berth Tuesday, riding Fabian Espindola‘s deluxe goals to a 2-1 victory over Waterhouse FC at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. United (2-0-0, six points) drew even with Waterhouse (2-2-0, six) in the group standings and will need only one point from its final […]

Grading D.C. United’s 2014 acquisitions

Now that Monday’s MLS roster deadline has passed, we look back at D.C. United’s acquisitions that helped turn a three-win squad into the Eastern Conference leaders. The “team acquisition grade” weighs what United relinquished, whether a need was addressed, salary related to performance and whether the player fit into the squad. The “player performance grade” […]

How to watch UEFA and CONCACAF Champions League, plus U.S. Open Cup

It’s a busy Tuesday of soccer viewing, from the start of group play in the UEFA Champions League in the afternoon to critical group matches in the CONCACAF Champions League and the U.S. Open Cup final at night. UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE All matches kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET All matches live on (pay […]

5 college teams in region to watch

The region’s college soccer scene is blessed with a wealth of quality programs, and while the Maryland and Virginia men’s programs are annual headliners and the Georgetown and UMBC men have raised their national status, several other teams are enjoying strong starts this season. Here are five to watch closely: 1. The Virginia women continued […]

3 suspect calls by referees impact outcomes of MLS matches

We begin in Chicago where, after drawing even on Dwayne De Rosario‘s first goal of the year, Toronto FC appeared to go ahead at the stroke of 90 minutes on Gilberto‘s brilliance and perseverance. Instead, Canadian referee David Gantar [bio] called a foul. “The guy’s just not good enough, not even close,” midfielder Michael Bradley […]

U.S. soccer players abroad, weekend roundup

A wrap-up of weekend performances by Americans playing in foreign leagues … Of note: Several U.S. players not listed are competing in smaller leagues or with reserve squads overseas. ENGLAND Premier League Goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton recovered from conceding six goals to Chelsea with a 2-0 victory at West Brom Goalkeeper Brad Guzan posted […]

Soccer matches to watch, follow and attend this weekend

D.C. United is off this weekend. And so am I. The seashore beckons. Blog activity will resume Sunday night with the Americans abroad roundup. What to watch on TV, follow online or attend in the D.C. area: (All times are Eastern) FRIDAY ?Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake CenturyLink Field, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN The Supporters’ […]

D.C. United seeing red after 1-0 loss to New York Red Bulls

Earlier this season … Reading material: My match report from D.C. United’s contentious defeat to New York at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night. Viewing material: Did Fabian Espindola deserve a red card from Mark Geiger? Nah. Yellow for a dangerous play would have sufficed. United will appeal the one-game suspension. “In a game like […]

MLS matchday: D.C. United at Red Bulls

D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls meet for the second time in less than two weeks, the finale of their three-game Atlantic Cup series. United secured the trophy by winning the first two matches at RFK Stadium by a combined 3-0. With 6 1/2 weeks left in MLS’s regular season, first-place DCU holds […]

Wednesday kickaround: DCU vs. Red Bulls, MLS, Brazil, Mexico, Hokies

Good morning from Newark, just across the mighty Passaic from Red Bull Arena, site of tonight’s MLS Eastern Conference clash between first-place D.C. United and the unpredictable Red Bulls. The match — and Chris Pontius’s return to active duty — warranted front-page status: Kickoff tonight on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and is set for 8:08 […]

Chris Pontius back in uniform for D.C. United, Eddie Johnson remains sidelined

After two surgeries, months of rehab, headway, setbacks and lingering doubt about the future, Chris Pontius will return to active duty Wednesday when D.C. United visits the New York Red Bulls. Plagued by a hamstring ailment, the veteran midfielder has not played a competitive match since the 2013 finale 46 weeks ago. The injury, though, […]

NCAA soccer: Navy upsets Maryland, 2-1

Far from the power conferences that devour college athletics, the Patriot League is a collection of small schools with high academic demands. Athletics are important but not a priority. Every few years, though, the conference enjoys the national limelight by tormenting a ranked team in the NCAA basketball tournament. In soccer, the conference is competitive […]

Monday kickaround: MLS, Copa Centroamericana, USL Pro, NCAA

With the regular season heading into the final stretch, it’s a period of extremes in MLS. Who’s hot and who’s not: Hot Los Angeles Galaxy: 5 consecutive victories New England Revolution: 4 straight victories Philadelphia Union and Seattle Sounders: three in a row Not Chivas USA: 0-8-1 skid Colorado Rapids: seven consecutive defeats Sporting Kansas […]

Sepp Blatter seeks 5th term running FIFA

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D.C. United extends Eastern Conference lead with 0-0 draw at Vancouver

      D.C. United extended its lead atop MLS’s Eastern Conference to five points Saturday night with a 0-0 draw on the road against the toothless Vancouver Whitecaps. With his third shutout in four games and eighth overall, United goalkeeper Bill Hamid extended Vancouver’s scoreless streak to 411 minutes. Hamid was not tested often but […]

MLS matchday: D.C. United at Vancouver

Pregame reading material: In my preview, I look at how D.C. United will adjust without veteran midfielder Chris Rolfe and how the first-place club has fared when others have been sidelined this season. Venue: BC Place. Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET. TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus will show the entire match. [Use this channel finder!] In addition, […]

NCAA men’s soccer: American University upsets No. 1 UCLA, 2-1

Sophomore forward Dale Ludwig scored seven minutes into extra time as the American University men’s team shocked top-ranked UCLA, 2-1, Friday night at the Grange & Ashwill Memorial Tournament in Albuquerque. Stephen Hauschild (Churchill High School) had put the Eagles (2-1-0) ahead in the 30th minute, but the Bruins (2-1-0) forced sudden death on Felix […]

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