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Alhaji Kamara’s late strike lifts D.C. United over Sporting Kansas City, 1-0

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — D.C. United began a very long Friday at a downtown Chicago hotel, uncertain whether it would ever reach this storm-battered destination for an MLS match the same night. The road-weary soccer gang did arrive in time, saved by a hastily arranged charter. But after kickoff against Sporting Kansas City was pushed […]

D.C. United enduring travel nightmare to storm-battered Midwest

D.C. United’s trip to Kansas City, Mo., ahead of Friday night’s MLS match was supposed to take 2 1/2 hours. Instead, it turned into a day-night adventure that included an unplanned stop in Chicago, a stay at an O’Hare Airport hotel and a hired charter. After all the interruptions, United boarded a flight around 11 […]

In Champions League final, a temple of Italian soccer will host a Madrid derby

MILAN — San Siro stadium will regain its status as the epicenter of soccer on Saturday — albeit without any local heroes on display. The Champions League final, the title game of European professional soccer and the most prestigious club championship in the world, will be contested between two teams from Madrid, Atletico and Real. There is […]

Copa America call-ups sting D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City ahead of MLS match

MLS will go dark during the first stage of Copa America Centenario, the major international tournament that kicks off next weekend around the country and involves more than two dozen of the league’s players. But before the break arrives, clubs must compensate for those who have already reported for training camp. The first MLS squads […]

How to watch the UEFA Champions League final this weekend

TV and live streams for UEFA Champions League final, Premier League promotion, Liga MX final, MLS and men’s international friendlies. MLS matches that are not on national TV are available in local markets and league subscription packages. NWSL matches are available on the league’s YouTube channel. All times are Eastern THURSDAY 9 p.m.: Liga MX […]

D.C. United and Markus Halsti part ways

D.C. United and midfielder Markus Halsti have parted ways, ending the Finnish national team player’s brief tenure in MLS. The sides mutually agreed to terminate his contract, freeing him to return to a European club and clearing roster and salary cap space for United. The move was not unexpected: Last week, neither Halsti nor the […]

D.C. United’s Ben Olsen and Luciano Acosta clear the air after sideline incident

D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen said he has cleared the air with Argentine attacker Luciano Acosta, who gestured and spoke back after being removed early in the second half of last week’s MLS match at Philadelphia. Acosta, 21, was not fined or suspended. “It’s been addressed, both individually and as a group,” Olsen said, “and I […]

D.C. United’s Bill Hamid ‘most likely’ to make MLS season debut Friday

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, sidelined since January after undergoing knee surgery, will probably make his season debut Friday at Sporting Kansas City, Coach Ben Olsen said Wednesday. Asked about Hamid’s status, Olsen said: “Ready to go.” Will he play? “Most likely.” Olsen added that Hamid has “trained a full two weeks, and each day […]

10 soccer books to consider adding to your summer reading list

“American Huckster” How Chuck Blazer Got Rich From – and Sold Out – the Most Powerful Cabal in World Sports By Mary Papenfuss and Teri Thompson Publisher: HarperCollins Cats, a macaw, high-priced escorts, private jets, Caribbean islands, the FBI, cash-stuffed envelopes and a cast of cronies feature in this meticulous, page-turning breakdown of the FIFA […]

Attendance in MLS, NWSL, NASL, USL this weekend? The 33-match list …

With perennial attendance leader Seattle at home and New York’s soccer community buzzing for its first derby of the season, MLS enjoyed a terrific weekend at the box office. The biggest draw outside of MLS came in the National Women’s Soccer League as Portland turned out in strong numbers again for the unbeaten Thorns, who […]

With Copa America ahead, U.S. national team defeats Puerto Rico in friendly, 3-1

Although a major tournament is rapidly approaching, the U.S. men’s national team match in Puerto Rico on Sunday wasn’t so much a tune-up or friendly as an exercise. Only eight of the 23 players selected to the Copa America Centenario squad were on the field in Bayamon, the rest bound for Dallas for the formal […]

A few surprises as Jurgen Klinsmann names U.S. Copa America Centenario squad

Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 23-man squad for Copa America Centenario on Saturday, leaving out Omar Gonzalez and Jordan Morris and including 15 players from the 2014 World Cup team. D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum and former D.C. midfielder Perry Kitchen were named to a roster drawn from a 40-man preliminary list submitted last month. After […]

Commotion on sideline, depression in stoppage time as D.C. United loses to Union

D.C. United conceded a goal in second-half stoppage time Friday, dropping a 1-0 decision to the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. That wasn’t the only issue: My match report from Chester, Pa. One year and three days ago at Philly, DCU conceded the match-winner in the third minute of added time. United fell to 0-2-3 […]

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s PSG career ends this weekend. It began at RFK Stadium.

On Saturday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make his final appearance for Paris Saint-Germain. He will probably score against Olympique Marseille in the French Cup final. Because that’s what he does. He scores goals: 38 of them in Ligue 1 this season, a club-record 154 in 179 matches across all competitions in four years. “I came like […]

Want to watch soccer this weekend? TV and online listings

TV and live streams for cup finals in Europe, plus international friendlies, MLS and Liga MX playoffs. MLS matches that are not on national TV are available in local markets and league subscription packages. NWSL matches are available on the league’s YouTube channel. All times are Eastern FRIDAY 2:45 p.m.: Taca da Liga final, Maritimo […]

Former D.C. United star Chris Pontius enjoys healthy start in Philadelphia

Since the trade, one that ended a seven-year tenure with D.C. United, Chris Pontius has preserved ties with Washington. The ride down I-95 is quick and easy, allowing for visits with his girlfriend and, when their schedules allow it, golf with former teammates Steve Birnbaum, Davy Arnaud and Taylor Kemp. The off-field routine offers comfort, […]

Who earns the most money in MLS? The 2016 player salary list is out.

MLS’s highest-paid players in total compensation, according to the players’ union: (spring 2016 data) Kaka, Orlando City: $7.167 million Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC: $7.115 million Michael Bradley, Toronto FC: $6.5 million Steven Gerrard, Los Angeles Galaxy: $6.132 million Frank Lampard, New York City FC: $6 million Andrea Pirlo, New York City FC: $5.915 million David […]

D.C. loves Premier League soccer the most: NBC ratings confirm it.

For the third consecutive season, Washington finished first among American TV markets in NBC Sports’ overall ratings for Premier League coverage. For matches that appeared on NBC, NBCSN and USA Network, starting Aug. 8 and ending Tuesday, D.C. topped the 210 markets. The nation’s capital also finished first in 2013-14 and 2014-15. For the third straight […]

D.C. United news and notes: Hamid close to returning but Worra starts again

Although Bill Hamid is about ready to make his season debut, goalkeeper Travis Worra will start his 11th consecutive match Friday when D.C. United visits the Philadelphia Union, Coach Ben Olsen said Wednesday. Worra, a second-year pro who made one league appearance last year, is coming off his best performance of the spring, making several […]

Wednesday kickaround

UEFA Europa League final today: Liverpool vs. Sevilla in Basel, Switzerland, 2:45 p.m. ET (FS1, ESPN Deportes, Fox Sports Go, Watch ESPN, foxsoccer2go.com) MLS today: Toronto FC (14 points) vs. New York City FC (16) at BMO Field, 7 p.m. (MLS Live) New York Red Bulls (10) vs. Chicago Fire (7) at Red Bull Arena, […]

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