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Women’s World Cup news and notes from Vancouver

VANCOUVER — This city is wonderful. Anyone who has ever visited knows it. This is my first visit since 1997, when Roy Wegerle posted two goals and an assist in the U.S. men’s 3-0 victory over Canada in the suburb of Burnaby, clinching a ’98 World Cup berth. Yes, it’s been a while. My story […]

D.C. United falls to Seattle Sounders, 1-0

Luis Silva was gone in the fifth minute with a groin injury and frontline partner Fabian Espindola exited in the 27th with a red card. Given the series of unfortunate events Friday night, D.C. United would have been overjoyed with a draw in one of MLS’s most inhospitable environments. Moments from escaping with a point, […]

U.S. men’s soccer team routs Guatemala, 4-0

What was most unexpected: the own goal, the cheeky penalty kick, the missed penalty kick or Timothy Chandler scoring from distance for his first international goal? We’ll go with Chandler. In a Gold Cup tuneup, the Americans rolled to a 4-0 victory over Guatemala on Friday before 44,835 in Nashville. Next: Honduras on Tuesday at […]

Women’s World Cup, Copa America, U.S. men’s friendly schedule and TV listings

What to watch on TV and online this weekend: All times are Eastern FRIDAY Friendly: U.S. men’s national team vs. Guatemala at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., 6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes, Fox Sports Go, foxsoccer2go.com) Copa America third-place match: Peru vs. Paraguay at Municipal Stadium in Concepcion, Chile, 7:30 p.m. (beIN […]

D.C. United visits depleted Seattle Sounders

Tempting as it is, D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen and his road-weary players will not take much comfort from the Seattle Sounders’ depleted roster ahead of Friday’s match at CenturyLink Field. Forwards Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, who have combined for 14 of the club’s 24 goals, are not available. Neither is defender Brad Evans […]

U.S. Women’s World Cup news and notes

VANCOUVER — No state is more into the Women’s World Cup than, of all places, Missouri. For the second consecutive U.S. match, St. Louis and Kansas City posted the highest ratings in Fox’s individual markets, followed by Washington, Austin, Cincinnati and Columbus (tied), Boston, Detroit, San Diego and New York. Nationally, 8.4 million viewers watched […]

U.S. advances to Women’s World Cup final: match report, video, notes

Vancouver awaits … My match report from the U.S. women’s national team’s 2-0 semifinal victory over Germany in front of 51,176 at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. Next: World Cup final Sunday against England or Japan at BC Place, 7 p.m. ET (Fox). Quotable Carli Lloyd: “We didn’t come here to just make the final; we came […]

Women’s World Cup semifinals: United States vs. Germany in Montreal

You knew all along it would come down to this, right? United States vs. Germany for a berth in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final in Vancouver. That was the theme of my online and web story today. The Big O, former home of those first-place Expos/Nationals, will be rocking tonight. Pregame ticket sales had exceeded […]

World Cup road trip: Va. family follows U.S. team across Canada in SUV, pop-up camper

MONTREAL — By Sunday evening, the Honda Pilot carrying the five-member Hemphill family and tugging a used, five-year-old pop-up camper known as “Martha” had logged 7,122 miles. The journey had begun more than three weeks earlier in Elliston, a village of fewer than 1,000 citizens in southwestern Virginia. The mission: attend U.S. Women’s World Cup […]

U.S. men’s national team to play at RFK Stadium

The U.S. men’s national soccer team will play a friendly against Peru on Sept. 4 at RFK Stadium, the Insider has learned. A formal announcement is expected this week. The match falls inside an official FIFA window, allowing the coaches to summon their top players. The U.S. Soccer Federation also talked to Ghana and Uruguay […]

Should MLS teams have to forfeit potential U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal matches?

On Feb. 4, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced the calendar for the 102nd annual U.S. Open Cup, a tournament with rich tradition but growing pains since MLS’s participation began in 1996. This summer, MLS clubs joined the fray in the fourth round. Almost all of them advanced. And with victories this week, teams will move […]

Women’s World Cup travelogue: Canada

For me, writing about soccer also means writing about the journey, whether it’s the scene in the Central American city with the highest murder rate, the Caribbean vibe, the road from Johannesburg to Durban or the warmth of Belo Horizonte. This summer’s Women’s World Cup does not have such exotic offerings. It’s Canada. I love Canada. […]

MLS matchday: D.C. United at Toronto FC

If only Canada offered a grass field with medium-sized capacity in a major metropolitan area to showcase the Women’s World Cup … Oh, wait. Yes, Toronto’s BMO Field is the country’s premier soccer venue. Yet, because the Canadian Soccer Association and FIFA chose to play the entire women’s tournament on artificial turf and because the Pan […]

U.S. Women’s World Cup video, match report, notes from 1-0 win over China

My match report from the U.S. national team’s 1-0 victory over China in the World Cup quarterfinals in Ottawa. Next: Germany on Tuesday at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, 7 p.m. (Fox) Kelley O’Hara, who made her first appearance of the tournament, is being examined for a possible broken nose. She was bloodied in a […]

Women’s World Cup: USA vs. China

Greetings from Lansdowne Stadium in Canada’s gorgeous capital city. The United States has never failed to reach the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup or Olympics, but with the Americans in middling form, the anxiety level has risen ahead of tonight’s quarterfinal against China. My preview explores the bubble created by the U.S. delegation amid […]

D.C. United standing tall, but ‘standings mean zero right now’ ahead of Toronto match

Twelve points separate D.C. United and Toronto FC in MLS’s Eastern Conference standings, a gap as wide as the clubs’ payrolls. But in a league afflicted by glaring schedule imbalance, the race is tighter than it appears. United’s visit to BMO Field on Saturday marks its 20th match. Toronto is playing its 15th, among the […]

Women’s World Cup guest column: quarterfinals and beyond

The author is a forward for the NWSL’s Washington Spirit. A Connecticut native who starred at Penn State, she has also played for clubs in Finland, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark and Canada. She is editor of Our Game Magazine, co-founder of a Connecticut-based youth club called girlsCAN and blogs regularly on her personal website. This being a World Cup year, […]

Women’s World Cup quarterfinal schedule, previews, predictions

FRIDAY Germany vs. France Where: Olympic Stadium, Montreal. When: 4 p.m. ET. TV: Fox. Outlook: Many observers are calling this the true championship game as the top-ranked Germans face the No. 3 French. (FIFA arranged the brackets to keep the popular Canadian and U.S. teams alive as long as possible.) Though neither team has been […]

You’ve got to see Conor Doyle’s goal for D.C. United in 1-0 victory at Chicago

Conor Doyle’s thunderous goal in the 73rd minute Wednesday lifted MLS front-runner D.C. United to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire before 11,833 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. In the first of five straight away matches, United (10-5-4) extended its Eastern Conference lead to 10 points over New England and its Supporters’ Shield […]

With attack struggling, U.S. defense anchors Women’s World Cup efforts

OTTAWA – Through four World Cup matches over two weeks, there are few suggestions that the U.S. women’s national soccer team will wake from its Canadian slumber and begin blitzing opponents with a profusion of goals. Scoring will have to continue coming from industry in the run of play and set pieces. Germany, France and […]

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