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U.S. men’s national soccer team begins workouts in Washington

All 23 players summoned for the U.S. men’s national team friendly vs. Peru on Friday at RFK Stadium have reported to camp in Washington — the first time in four years no one in the delegation, including staff, faced a flight delay or cancellation. Clearly, a good omen for a squad in need of positive […]

D.C. United is no match for New York Red Bulls: match report, video

My match report from D.C. United’s 3-0 away defeat to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday night. Carrying a three-game league losing streak, United will have 12 days to get its act together. Next: Colorado Rapids on Sept. 12 at DSG Park in Commerce City, Colo, 9 p.m. ET (Comcast SportsNet). Sean Franklin: “There […]

Klinsmann names U.S. soccer roster for friendly vs. Peru at RFK Stadium

Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man roster for the U.S. men’s national team friendly Friday against Peru at RFK Stadium features many familiar faces, but two of the most well-known and experienced, forward Clint Dempsey and midfielder Michael Bradley, are not part of it. Dempsey and Bradley were allowed to remain with their respective MLS clubs through next […]

How American soccer players in leagues abroad fared this weekend

A wrap-up of weekend performances by Americans playing in foreign leagues. Several players competing in lesser leagues or with reserve squads are not listed. Americans with dual nationalities representing other national teams have also been omitted. named to U.S. national team roster for friendlies against Peru Sept. 4 in Washington and Brazil Sept. 8 in […]

Washington Spirit will face full house in match at Portland

Match preview: Spirit at Portland Thorns Where: Providence Park. When: Sunday, 9:30 p.m. TV: Fox Sports 1. Records: Spirit 8-5-5, 29 points; Thorns 6-8-4, 22 points. Outlook: After clinching a National Women’s Soccer League playoff berth Thursday, the Spirit is aiming to finish second and host a Sept. Show More Summary

Finland’s Markus Halsti finally figuring into D.C. United’s plans

By now, three-quarters through the MLS season, Markus Halsti figured to be a pillar in D.C. United’s lineup. He had arrived in Washington last winter with a bulk of experience for the Finnish national team and Swedish titan Malmo in the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s ultimate club competition. Only now, however, Halsti is making a […]

D.C. United’s Hamid and Espindola might start against N.Y. Red Bulls

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and forward Fabian Espindola have recovered from knee ailments and might start against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, Coach Ben Olsen said Friday. “Things are looking up with both of them. They both had full-out training sessions today and both got through it with no issues,” Olsen said. “So […]

Washington Spirit clinches NWSL playoff berth for 2nd straight year

With a 0-0 draw at FC Kansas City, the Washington Spirit on Thursday clinched a berth in the National Women’s Soccer League semifinals for the second consecutive year. Ashlyn Harris made seven saves for the Spirit (8-5-5), which eliminated the Portland Thorns (6-8-4) with two matches left. Washington, Kansas City and the Chicago Red Stars […]

Want to watch Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 this weekend?

All times are Eastern FRIDAY 2:30 p.m.: Wolfsburg vs. Schalke Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports Go, foxsoccer.com, foxsoccer2go.com 2:30 p.m.: Villarreal vs. Espanyol beIN Sports Espanol, beIN Sports Connect 2:30 p.m.: Guingamp vs. Marseille beIN Sports, beIN Sports Connect SATURDAY 7:45 a.m.: Newcastle United vs. Arsenal NBCSN, NBC Universo, NBC Sports Live Extra, […]

In local college soccer, Virginia men and women lead the way

The 2014 college soccer season culminated with the Virginia men’s team celebrating a seventh NCAA championship and the UVA women falling 90 minutes short of their first. With a new campaign under way, Charlottesville remains an epicenter for dual national titans. The second-ranked women kicked off the season last weekend with a predictable romp and […]

U.S. soccer prospect Gedion Zelalem posts 2 assists in Rangers debut

Gedion Zelalem, the Maryland-trained midfielder under contract with Premier League titan Arsenal, made his loan debut with Rangers on Wednesday, playing 90 minutes and assisting twice during a 5-0 victory at Airdrieonians in the Scottish Cup’s third round. Neither the opponent (a third-tier club) nor the setting (7,000 spectators in a town 16 miles east […]

Washington Spirit on brink of NWSL playoffs, but last step won’t be easy

Washington Spirit at FC Kansas City Where: Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo. When: Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. Live video: NWSL’s YouTube channel. Records: Spirit 8-5-4, 28 points, Kansas City 8-6-4, 28 points. The Washington Spirit needs one point from the final three matches to clinch a National Women’s Soccer League playoff berth […]

Americans abroad mid-week roundup

ENGLAND League Cup Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron: entered in 87th minute and converted winning penalty kick during 1-1 draw (8-7 on penalties) at Luton Town Reading midfielder Danny Williams: 90+ minutes in 2-1 victory at Portsmouth Fulham defender Tim Ream: 80 in 3-0 victory over Sheffield United Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman: in the 18 […]

D.C. United defeats Montego Bay in Champions League: match report, video

My match report from D.C. United’s 3-0 victory over Montego Bay (Jamaica) in the CONCACAF Champions League at RFK Stadium. DCU LINEUP Andrew Dykstra; Jalen Robinson, Markus Halsti, Kofi Opare, Luke Mishu; Miguel Aguilar, Jared Jeffrey (Steve Birnbaum 65th), Michael Farfan (Collin Martin 81st), Chris Pontius (Conor Doyle 52nd); Facundo Coria, Jairo Arrieta. Next CCL match: […]

D.C. United welcomes Montego Bay to RFK for CONCACAF match Tuesday

D.C. United vs. Montego Bay United What: CONCACAF Champions League. Where: RFK Stadium. When: Tuesday at 8 p.m. TV: Fox Sports 2. Online: Fox Sports Go, foxsoccer2go.com Group H Standings 1. Arabe Unido 1-1-0, 3 points, +2 goal differential 2. D.C. United 1-0-0, 3 points, +1 GD 3. Montego Bay United 0-1-0, 0 points, -3 […]

How American soccer players in leagues abroad fared this weekend

A wrap-up of weekend performances by Americans playing in foreign leagues. Of note: Many players competing in lesser leagues or with reserve squads are not listed. Americans with dual nationalities representing other national teams have also been omitted. ENGLAND Premier League Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard: played 90 minutes in 2-0 defeat to Manchester City Aston […]

D.C. United blanked at RFK by Earthquakes: match report, video

My match report from D.C. United’s 2-0 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes before the largest crowd of the season at RFK Stadium. Next match: Montego Bay (Jamaica) on Tuesday in CONCACAF Champions League at RFK, 8 p.m. (Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports Go, foxsoccergo.com) Next league match: at New York Red Bulls on Sunday, […]

Different competition, different lineup for D.C. United

The calendar shows D.C. United locked in a taxing stretch of four matches over 12 days. For most of the players, though, it’s only two games. And for Coach Ben Olsen, it’s three. The MLS leaders are, in essence, using a platoon system for the current stretch of regular season and international dates. The lineup […]

Want to watch Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 this weekend?

All times are Eastern FRIDAY 2:30 p.m.: Hertha Berlin vs. Werder Bremen Fox Soccer Plus, foxsoccer2go.com 2:30 p.m.: Malaga vs. Sevilla beIN Sports Espanol, beIN Sports Connect 2:30 p.m.: Montpellier vs. Paris Saint-Germain beIN Sports, beIN Sports Connect SATURDAY 7:45 a.m.: Manchester United vs. Show More Summary

Tim Howard is returning to the U.S. national soccer team

Tim Howard’s year-long sabbatical from the U.S. national soccer team is over, and the star goalkeeper is scheduled to rejoin the squad in Washington ahead of the Sept. 4 friendly against Peru at RFK Stadium. “Tim has accepted for the time being to be the number two [behind Brad Guzan], and then down the road […]

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