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With fanfare, Michael Farfan finds new home back in MLS with D.C. United

The introduction of D.C. United players before last Sunday’s match at Philadelphia elicited predictable derisive comebacks — except when midfielder Michael Farfan was introduced. Four years after he and his twin brother launched their pro careers at the riverside stadium, much of the crowd offered a brief but warm reception. On summer break from his […]

Thursday kickaround

New England’s 4-2 defeat at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday left the Revolution two points behind first-place D.C. United heading into Saturday night’s showdown at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Just as United’s long unbeaten streak ended Sunday (eight matches), the Revs’ run derailed at nine. With the United match approaching, Revs Coach Jay Heaps […]

Premier League TV schedule for final day of season

With the title settled and two of three relegation slots set, drama on the final day of the Premier League season Sunday pales in comparison to many years past. Nonetheless, all 20 clubs playing simultaneously is good fun. And with NBC Sports presenting the 10 matches on separate platforms, viewers will put the remote control […]

What you need to know about TV coverage of 2015 Women’s World Cup

With the Women’s World Cup less than three weeks away, U.S. supporters not heading north into Canada need to know how to watch the matches. Here’s how it’s going to work … ESPN is providing coverage like it did for the previous five tournaments, right? Wrong. Fox Sports won the rights as part of an […]

D.C. United looks forward with Facundo Coria

D.C. United boasts a wealth of attacking options, so Monday’s announcement that the club had signed Argentine forward-midfielder Facundo Coria seemed a bit curious. As General Manager Dave Kasper explained, though, “we saw at the end of last year your depth can get tested. You can lose a couple of attacking players and your team […]

D.C. United’s Luis Silva is sidelined 2-3 weeks with hamstring injury

D.C. United forward Luis Silva will miss two to three weeks with a strained hamstring suffered Sunday at Philadelphia, adding to the club’s sudden injury concerns ahead of a brutal stretch of the schedule. Silva suffered a Grade 1 minor strain, General Manager Dave Kasper said Tuesday. It’s the latest setback for the club’s 2014 co-leading […]

Gedion Zelalem makes U.S. debut

Gedion Zelalem has taken incremental steps toward representing the United States in official soccer competition: 1. Acquire U.S. passport. (December) 2. Request association switch to U.S. program from Germany. (January) 3. Wait for FIFA approval. (January-May) 4. Receive FIFA approval. (Last week) 5. Report to U.S. Under-20 World Cup squad. (This week) 6. Play in […]

D.C. United signs Argentine attacker

D.C. United has signed forward-midfielder Facundo Coria, an Argentine free agent who has not played in a competitive match since November. Terms were not disclosed. “He is a talented player who is in the prime of his career, and he will provide us with another quality attacking option,” General Manager Dave Kasper said of Coria, […]

U.S. women’s soccer team defeats Mexico, 5-1

In the second of three friendlies leading to the Women’s World Cup next month in Canada … United States 5, Mexico 1 USA: Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe), 28th minute. MEX: Ariana Calderon (Bianca Sierra), 39th. USA: Lori Chalupny (Abby Wambach), 46th. USA: Abby Wambach (penalty kick), 58th. USA: Sydney Leroux (Morgan Brian), 61st. USA: Abby […]

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

D.C. United is unbeaten in eight straight; the Philadelphia Union is winless in five. Despite the contrasting states of affairs, DCU says it will not take anything for granted tonight at PPL Park. United has been very good but well short of dominant, so any let-up could cost the black and red, even against a […]

Americans soccer players abroad, weekend roundup

A wrap-up of weekend performances by Americans playing in foreign leagues. Of note: 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. ENGLAND Premier League Goalkeeper Tim Howard played 90 minutes in 10th-place Everton’s 2-1 victory at West Ham […]

Southampton’s Sadio Mane records fastest hat trick in Premier League history

Southampton’s Sadio Mane recorded the fastest hat trick in Premier League history Saturday, notching the three goals in a span of 176 seconds in the early stages of a 6-1 destruction of visiting Aston Villa. The previous mark was 4 minutes 33 seconds by Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler against Arsenal in 1994. Mane’s goals came at […]

Nana Gyau, patriarch of D.C. soccer family, dies at age 78

Joseph “Nana” Gyau, who played for several teams in Washington during the dawning of U.S. pro soccer and became the patriarch of a soccer-playing family with deep local roots, died Thursday in his native Ghana. He was 78. The cause of death was colon cancer, said his son, Phillip, a former U.S. national team player […]

Few minutes with D.C. United’s Ben Olsen

Ben Olsen, coach of MLS-leading D.C. United, met with reporters following Friday’s training session at RFK Stadium. Two days after coming from behind to defeat Orlando City, United began turning its attention to Sunday evening’s match at sputtering Philadelphia. Show More Summary

D.C. United extends unbeaten streak to 8 with 2-1 comeback victory

Ben Olsen’s decisions before and during D.C. United’s 2-1 comeback victory over Orlando City at RFK Stadium: Started Taylor Kemp. Kemp’s long set piece in the 70th minute found Kofi Opare for the tying header. Resisted changing the center-back tandem, even though Steve Birnbaum is healthy. Opare not only scored, he continued to forge a […]

D.C. United vs. Orlando City

The Capitals are in New York, the Wizards in Atlanta, the Nationals in Phoenix … D.C. United is the only game in town! Okay, I tried. While most area sports fans are riveted to their televisions for tonight’s NBA and NHL playoff games, United and its most loyal supporters are on East Capitol Street for […]

Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem cleared by FIFA to play soccer for United States

Gedion Zelalem’s wait to play soccer for the United States is over. Five months since becoming a U.S. citizen, the 18-year-old Arsenal midfielder who honed his game in the D.C. area was cleared by FIFA on Wednesday to play for the United States. His first assignment is the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, which […]

Juventus draws at Real Madrid, secures berth in Champions League final

A Spaniard wrecked Spain’s hopes for a second straight UEFA Champions League final featuring two La Liga clubs. Alvaro Morata, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid this season, scored the equalizer early in the second half Wednesday as the Italian side earned a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu in Madrid and advanced on a 3-2 […]

Barcelona advances to UEFA Champions League final for eighth time

Barcelona booked its place in the UEFA Champions League final Tuesday, winning on aggregate 5-3 after a 3-2 defeat at Bayern Munich. Neymar scored twice on Luis Suarez assists in the first half for the Spanish titans, who had won the first leg, 3-0, at home last week. In the June 6 final in Berlin, […]

D.C. United vs. Orlando City preview

With the season proceeding nicely, D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen is not looking to shake up the lineup. Why change a good thing? United is unbeaten in seven straight and, with a victory or draw Wednesday against Orlando City at RFK Stadium, sole possession of first place belongs to the boys in black and red […]

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