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D.C. United has stumbled on an easy path through MLS play. It’s about to get a lot tougher.

Perhaps the most alarming aspect of D.C. United‘s hard-luck start to the MLS season is that the club has had a logistically easy path for almost three months. Seven of 11 matches were at home and none beyond the Eastern Seaboard or outside the country. The four trips consisted of two Amtrak rides to New […]

How to watch FA Cup, Copa del Rey and German Cup finals this weekend

All times are Eastern Of note: First-division matches only. Check league websites and TV listings for NASL, USL, English Championship and Ascenso MX. MLS matches that are not available on national TV are on local stations. FRIDAY 7 p.m.: Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew Direct Kick, MLS Live SATURDAY 10 a.m.: Scottish Cup final, Celtic […]

Josh Sargent scores again as U.S. defeats Senegal at U-20 World Cup

>> Josh Sargent, a 17-year-old striker from the St. Louis area, scored his third goal in two matches as the United States defeated Senegal, 1-0, to move atop Group F at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea. The Americans (four points) will close group play Sunday against Saudi Arabia (three). Sargent struck in […]

Gedion Zelalem, Arsenal’s U.S. prospect, to undergo knee surgery, miss 6+ months

Midfielder Gedion Zelalem, an Arsenal prospect from the Washington area, will undergo surgery soon for a knee injury suffered while playing for the United States at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, his family told the Insider on Wednesday. He will need at least six months to recover from the ligament damage. The U.S. […]

With heavy hearts, Manchester United aims to lift a city’s spirits

>> Manchester is a divided soccer city, what with football supporters pledging their allegiance to United or City. But in the aftermath of the terrorist attack Monday, United will aim to help lift the spirits of England’s second-largest city Wednesday in the Europa League final against Ajax at the aptly named Friends Arena in suburban […]

D.C. United will seek roster answers this summer

D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen believes that, despite early doldrums, his roster is good enough to reverse course. However, he also said Tuesday that the organization plans to sign one or two players when MLS’s transfer window opens in July. Even if United were performing well, Olsen emphasized, the team would take advantage of the […]

Five players key to U.S. World Cup qualifiers are sharp as European seasons wrap

The end of European club seasons will dovetail with the resumption of U.S. World Cup qualifiers, a timely transition as Coach Bruce Arena makes final roster decisions before training camp opens next Monday in the Denver area. Players outside of MLS have always comprised a key block of the squad and, with the Americans aiming […]

How Christian Pulisic, Geoff Cameron and the other Americans abroad fared this weekend

Of note: Several players competing in lesser leagues or with reserve/youth squads are not listed. Americans with dual nationalities representing other national teams have also been omitted. U.S. duty at U-20 World Cup in South Korea ENGLAND Premier League Stoke City defender-midfielder Geoff Cameron: played 90 minutes (assist) at right back in 1-0 victory at […]

‘They’re good, we’re not’: D.C. United again comes up empty at home

D.C. United began a three-game homestand this month glowing with optimism after starting to show signs of becoming whole. On Saturday, however, United completed the once-promising stretch with three defeats, no goals and a growing, almost desperate, need for roster upgrades this summer. Ben Olsen’s gang barely made an impression in the 1-0 defeat to […]

D.C. United struggles to score and is missing its top attacker. Now it faces Schweinsteiger.

A D.C. United team that doesn’t score often will attempt to salvage a disappointing homestand Saturday without its most important attacking player while also trying to fend off a surging opponent. Luciano Acosta will serve a one-match suspension for receiving a red card during a 4-0 defeat to the Philadelphia Union last weekend. In sifting […]

Global soccer power FC Barcelona plants its flag in the U.S. youth market

Off a two-lane country road in Loudoun County, where new construction seeps into farmland and jets approach Washington Dulles International Airport, one of the world’s iconic sports brands has driven a claret-and-blue stake into the fertile ground of U.S. youth soccer. Some 4,000 miles from the grandeur of FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium, banners proclaiming […]

TV and live streams for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and rest of European soccer

All times are Eastern Of note: First-division matches only. Check league websites and TV listings for NASL, USL, English Championship and Ascenso MX. MLS matches that are not available on national TV are on local stations. FRIDAY 2:45 p.m.: Granada vs. Espanyol beIN Sports Espanol, fuboTV, go90, beIN Sports Connect 7 p.m.: Boston Breakers vs. […]

A 19-year-old upends the model for women’s soccer by skipping college for the pros

Under the traditional plan, one that female soccer players have followed since Mia Hamm stormed the sport some 25 years ago, Mallory Pugh would have completed her first year of college this spring and begun turning full attention to her athletic craft for the summer months. She would’ve repeated the cycle for three additional years, […]

An amateur soccer team from Baltimore that doesn’t practice regularly upsets pros in U.S. Open Cup

>> Each year, the early rounds of the U.S. Open Cup offer up some of the best American soccer yarns. Among this year’s prime candidates: Christos FC, a Baltimore amateur outfit that on Wednesday upset the second-division Richmond Kickers, 1-0, in a second-round match in the Virginia capital. Christos, formed 20 years ago, is largely […]

Chelsea won the Premier League, but D.C. is facing an upset American TV ratings race

For the first three years of NBC’s sterling presentation of the Premier League, no metropolitan area gobbled up coverage like Washington, D.C. As the fourth season reaches its conclusion this week, the nation’s capital is again among the network’s strongest markets. Barring a late viewership surge, however, a feisty neighbor will claim the title of […]

Real Madrid seeks edge over Barcelona before La Liga’s dramatic close this weekend

>> Before Real Madrid and Barcelona settle La Liga’s title this weekend, Real will play its match in hand today on the road against Celta Vigo. The leaders are level on 87 points, but Real will retain control of the race by avoiding defeat against a Celta side in free fall: five consecutive losses in […]

Mallory Pugh steps into pro soccer, and increased expectations, with Washington Spirit

As the formal portion of Mallory Pugh’s introductory news conference ended Tuesday, Washington Spirit Coach Jim Gabarra tried tempering the massive promise that has followed the rising U.S. national team star to Maryland SoccerPlex. Pugh is, after all, a teenager with no pro-league experience, new to a team, new to the D.C. area and unfamiliar […]

U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati might have a challenger in 2018 election

Sunil Gulati has run unopposed in his three campaigns for U.S. Soccer Federation president, but if he decides to seek reelection next year, he might have competition. Steven Gans, a Boston attorney with myriad connections to the soccer community over several decades, told The Post on Monday that he has begun exploring a run for […]

Carli Lloyd scores in Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley

Of note: Several players competing in lesser leagues or with reserve/youth squads are not listed. Americans with dual nationalities representing other national teams have also been omitted. ENGLAND Premier League Stoke City defender-midfielder...Show More Summary

D.C. United is routed by Philadelphia, 4-0; Luciano Acosta sent off early in second half

D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen pinned the ludicrous margin of defeat Saturday on playmaker Luciano Acosta’s red card early in the second half. Undermanned and out of sorts, United couldn’t keep up with the Philadelphia Union and endured a 4-0 loss, matching the worst home setback in club history. But even before the ejection, which […]

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