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D.C. United 3, Toronto FC 0: story, video

Reading material: My match report from D.C. United’s 3-0 victory over Toronto FC on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Viewing material: Next for United: at Houston Dynamo on Sunday (8 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet, Univision Deportes).

MLS: D.C. United vs. Toronto FC at RFK

Pregame reading material: My front-page feature about D.C. United on pace for the greatest one-year turnaround in MLS history. Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET. Local TV: Comcast SportsNet. Local radio: WJFK 106.7 FM. Pay packages: Direct Kick, MLS Live (subject to blackouts). Weather: Almost heaven. Referee: Chris Penso. DCU pregame injury report: Chris Pontius (hamstring), Andrew […]

D.C. United acquires defender Kofi Opare in trade with Los Angeles Galaxy

With Jeff Parke sidelined indefinitely with migraine headaches, D.C. United addressed depth in central defense Tuesday by acquiring second-year pro Kofi Opare from the Los Angeles Galaxy. In exchange, United agreed to swap positions in MLS’s allocation order, which is used when some U.S. national team players sign with the league. The Galaxy is now […]

D.C. United defender Jeff Parke sidelined by migraine headaches

Jeff Parke‘s foot is just fine. His head is not. The D.C. United defender recovered from a long-term foot injury a few weeks ago, the club said Monday, and is now sidelined indefinitely with migraine headaches. United officials are not sure if the migraines were caused by a blow to the head this season, stem […]

Is men’s college soccer about to undergo big changes? Many hope so.

Sasho Cirovski is college soccer’s most passionate advocate, a guardian of the oft-criticized university development system, but the longtime University of Maryland men’s coach appreciates the need to evolve. That is why, as chairman of the Division I men’s coaches’ committee, he has joined forces with NCAA leaders, MLS officials and the U.S. Soccer Federation […]

Manchester United vs. Inter Milan spectators guide for FedEx Field match

What you should know if you are planning to attend Manchester United’s preseason match against Inter Milan on Tuesday evening at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. … KICKOFF: 7 p.m. ET. TRAFFIC: Big event on a weeknight? Heh. PARKING: $40 on-site, $35 in advance. PARKING LOTS OPEN: 4:30 p.m. STADIUM GATES OPEN: 5:30 p.m. METRO: […]

U.S. women’s soccer team coming to RFK Stadium for World Cup qualifying

The U.S. women’s national soccer team will play a World Cup qualifier in Washington this fall, CONCACAF announced Thursday. FIFA’s top-ranked squad, featuring Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, will visit RFK Stadium on Oct. 20 or 21 as part of an eight-team regional qualifying competition for the 2015 World Cup in Canada. Three teams will […]

Houston Dynamo trades with Toronto FC, clearing way to acquire DaMarcus Beasley

The Houston Dynamo made a trade with Toronto FC on Wednesday, clearing the way to acquire U.S. national team veteran DaMarcus Beasley, who returns to MLS after 10 years abroad. Beasley’s imminent move to Houston broke on the Insider on Tuesday. To claim Beasley, 32, the Dynamo traded third-year defender Warren Creavalle and allocation funds […]

U.S. World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley nearing MLS return, Houston arrival

U.S. World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley is nearing a deal to return to MLS and, according to multiple sources, will join the Houston Dynamo. Beasley, 32, has spent 10 years abroad, the past three with Mexican club Puebla, and is a free agent. His representatives have been engaged in talks with MLS since the U.S. […]

Brazil hires Dunga to coach national team for the second time

Two weeks after Brazil suffered a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals, and four years after he was fired for the first time, Dunga again was named the country’s soccer coach on Tuesday. He replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned after the Selecao’s disastrous flame-out at a World Cup held on […]

D.C. United defeats Chivas USA, 3-1

With a 3-1 victory over Chivas USA at RFK Stadium, D.C. United won its third straight to keep pace with first-place Sporting Kansas City in MLS’s Eastern Conference and the Seattle Sounders in the Supporters’ Shield race. United is a point back of SKC with one fewer match and four behind Seattle, which has a […]

World Cup highs and lows, bests and worsts, bite marks and dance moves

MOST UNFORGETTABLE MATCHES 1. Germany 7, Brazil 1. 2. Netherlands 5, Spain 1. 3. Germany 1, Argentina 0. 4. Belgium 2, United States 1. 5. Most of the group stage. MOST DISAPPOINTING MATCH Argentina 0, Netherlands 0 (Argentina advances to final on penalties) BEST PLAYERS 1. James Rodriguez, Colombia. 2. Arjen Robben, Netherlands. 3. Lionel […]

Live updates: Argentina vs. Germany in World Cup final

Germany takes on Argentina in Rio de Janeiro at 3 p.m. Eastern time for the World Cup title.

Argentina’s president isn’t attending the World Cup final because of grandson’s birthday

There are a lot of VIP guests ready to watch the Germany-Argentina final this afternoon. Ashton K? Gah! — J. Gutierrez (@andthefoul) July 13, 2014 Forgetting the fact that somehow Ashton Kutcher got on the short list of FIFA VIP guests, more importantly, there is one noteworthy person missing from the list — the […]

Bangladeshi farmer is Germany’s biggest fan

Forget about painting your face, a farmer in Bangladesh is taking his fanaticism to another level. Amjad Hossain, 63, loves Germany so much that he sewed a two-mile-long German flag to express his support. The German language news site Bild reports: A 3,500-by-1.15-meter black, red and gold flag is rolled out at the local soccer […]

The promotional posters for Russia’s 2018 World Cup are pretty cool

As the 2014 World Cup comes to its end today, Russia is already gearing up its publicity for the 2018 tournament, which it will host in 11 cities around the massive country. This weekend, posters advertising the World Cup in each of those cities began circulating online, and they’re actually pretty great, save for Saint […]

Who will win the World Cup? Argentina vs. Germany at Maracana

Argentina vs. Germany Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET. TV: ABC, Univision. Online: Radio: ESPN Radio Network outlets. ABC’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. Univision coverage begins at 11 a.m. ABC announcers: Ian Darke and Steve McManaman. ESPN Radio announcers: J.P. Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth. Game-time weather: Mostly sunny, 77 degrees, light wind, low humidity. [Details] […]

Messi vs. Maradona debate again takes center stage

RIO DE JANEIRO — “I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentinian football,” Diego Maradona told the BBC in 2006, “and his name is Messi.” Eight years later, the comparison between the two fabulous Argentine players has only picked up steam. Entering Sunday’s World Cup final, Lionel Messi hardly needs any […]

At World Cup, Brazil fans unwillingly host party for Argentina

RIO DE JANEIRO — These were emblematic scenes on Rio’s Copacabana beach as Brazil’s World Cup campaign stumbled to its conclusion, and the whistle blew on its 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place game. In front of a giant screen on which the game was broadcast, thousands in gold Brazilian shirts stood on […]

Netherlands’ Dirk Kuyt has head stapled during World Cup match with Brazil

Apparently, someone cared about the World Cup’s third-place game. Just before halftime of Saturday’s consolation game against Brazil, Netherlands wing player Dirk Kuyt suffered a nasty gash to his head that sent a stream of blood spilling down his neck. Never mind that the Dutch were in control, up 2-0 on two early goals. Kuyt […]

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