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Tuesday kickaround

Only a handful of tickets remain available for tonight’s friendly at FedEx Field between FC Barcelona and Chelsea. My front-page story looks at the buzz and business surrounding the wave of international matches every summer in North America. If you’re heading to Landover by car, our thoughts are with you. Parking is $40 ($5 discount […]

Monday kickaround: U.S. men’s and women’s national team updates

Good morning … The U.S. Soccer Federation has selected Busch Stadium in St. Louis as the venue for the first men’s World Cup qualifier, Nov. 13 against St. Vincent and the Grenadines or Aruba. Busch is home to the Cardinals baseball team, whose season will have ended by then. The U.S. women’s squad played a […]

Match report, video: D.C. United storms back to defeat Philadelphia, 3-2

My match report from D.C. United’s 3-2 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Union before a season-high 19,125 at RFK Stadium. [Videos] Ben Olsen: “It’s good to win the game, but it certainly leaves a little bit of a sour taste” after conceding two early goals. “Against some teams, that’s just not going to cut it. […]

FC Barcelona president speaks out on UEFA fine for Catalan flag issue

The president of FC Barcelona took a defiant stand Sunday against European soccer’s governing body, which has sanctioned the Spanish club after fans displayed pro-Catalan independence flags at the UEFA Champions League final in Berlin last month. In an exclusive interview with the Insider, Josep Maria Bartomeu said the club has “always defended, and will always […]

Jurgen Klinsmann, by the numbers after 4 years as U.S. national team coach

With a penalty kick defeat to Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup third-place match Saturday, Jurgen Klinsmann has now completed a four-year cycle as U.S. men’s national soccer team coach. He replaced Bob Bradley one year after the 2010 World Cup and is now one year clear of the 2014 Cup. Following a six-week lull, […]

World Cup preliminary draw places United States with Trinidad and Tobago in Group C

As it completes one CONCACAF tournament, the U.S. men’s national soccer team Saturday learned more about its opponents for the next major regional competition, the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage. At the preliminary draw in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Americans were placed in Group C of the semifinal round with Trinidad and Tobago. The […]

Another day, another D.C. United lineup

At 5 p.m. Sunday, on the occasion of D.C. United’s 23rd regular season match, Ben Olsen is almost certain to field his 22nd different starting lineup. The latest change would come with good reason: An established goal scorer, Alvaro Saborio, has joined a team laboring to score goals. The Costa Rican forward is slated to […]

Night of absurdity at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Late Wednesday night, as soccer-writing colleague Brian Straus noted, only “Sharknado 3? was trending higher on Twitter than the Mexico-Panama match. To which I say: One was a fantastical, shameless disaster hoot littered with violence and scary objects flying through the air. The other was a cheesy movie. By the time Mark Geiger was hurried […]

Gold Cup semifinal: U.S. vs. Jamaica

Tonight’s CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals: United States vs. Jamaica, Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET. Viewing: Fox Sports 1, Univision, Univision Deportes, Fox Sports Go, univisiondeportes.com, foxsoccer2go.com Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica). Show More Summary

Alvaro Saborio mixes it up in first workout with D.C. United

Alvaro Saborio never seemed out of place during his first practice with D.C. United on Wednesday morning, six days after he was traded from Real Salt Lake in exchange for Luis Silva. Saborio, 33, looked comfortable in drills and wasn’t afraid to throw around his large frame during a scrimmage near the end of practice, at […]

In Atlanta, an MLS expansion club is under construction

ATLANTA — In the shadows of the Georgia Dome, where the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals will take place tonight, the framework of a new stadium is rising. The NFL’s Falcons are the primary tenants, but when the superstructure featuring a retractable roof inspired by the Pantheon’s oculus opens in 2017, a Major League Soccer team […]

U.S. awaits Jamaica in CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals at Georgia Dome

ATLANTA – Expectations rise and fall with every international competition the U.S. men’s national soccer team enters. Qualifying for the World Cup is obligatory. Escaping the cup’s group stage has become almost binding. Friendly matches against elite foes need to be, at the very least, competitive if not triumphant. And every two years, when the […]

Washington Spirit’s Crystal Dunn isn’t finished scoring in the NWSL

Washington Spirit Coach Mark Parsons will welcome his two U.S. World Cup players back to the lineup Saturday against the first-place Chicago Red Stars at Maryland SoccerPlex. He’ll also have his Nigerian players, a Canadian and an Australian who performed in Canada. But the most important piece to the puzzle has been with the club […]

Insider roundup: DCU sputters, NWSL prospers, Barcelona’s D.C. plans

On most Mondays, Page 2 of the Sports print section features a soccer centerpiece and several notebook items geared toward a broader audience than the blog does. Some material has appeared on the Insider previously. Here are this week’s contents: D.C. United remains atop MLS’s Eastern Conference and tied for the league lead in points […]

Watch Clint Dempsey’s hat trick in U.S.’s 6-0 Gold Cup victory over Cuba

My match report from the U.S. men’s national team soccer team’s 6-0 rout of Cuba at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Next: Wednesday’s semifinal vs. Jamaica at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, time TBD (Fox Sports 1, Univision). Video:

CONCACAF Gold Cup: United States vs. Cuba in Baltimore

Greetings from Charm City, hon. The air is thicker than crab bisque. The grass-over-artificial-turf looks better than most venues that install temporary sod. The Americans are looking to mimic their female counterparts and break out of first-round sluggishness with a elimination-stage surge. The Cubans? They would like to keep their roster intact by kickoff. (Five […]

Lionel Messi and Neymar won’t join Barcelona for International Champions Cup tour of U.S.

Two of the global soccer’s biggest stars will not participate for Barcelona in its upcoming preseason tour of the United States, which will include a stop at FedEx Field on July 28 for a matchup with Chelsea. Lionel Messi and Neymar were left off the list of players the Spanish superpower announced will travel as part […]

Andrew Dykstra steps into long-term starting role for D.C. United

For four seasons, D.C. United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra has operated in Bill Hamid’s large shadow, making periodic appearances when the acclaimed starter is not available. Regular work came more often from third-division assignments than MLS. But with Hamid sidelined for at least a month, the Osbourn Park High and Virginia Commonwealth University graduate will take […]

Saborio tops D.C. United’s player payroll

D.C. United’s latest acquisition, Costa Rican forward Alvaro Saborio, is the club’s highest-paid player at almost $500,000, according to data released by the MLS players’ union Friday. United’s overall payroll is considerably smaller than many teams around the league, which features 20 players earning more than $1 million. Despite the modest budget, D.C. is first […]

The top 20 MLS player salaries in 2015

One day after membership ratified the collective bargaining agreement, the Major League Soccer Players’ Union on Friday released the player salary list for 2015: MLS TOP 20 SALARIES Kaka, Orlando City: $7.16 million Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC: 7.11 million Michael Bradley, Toronto FC: 6.5 million Steven Gerrard, L.A. Galaxy: 6.33 million Frank Lampard, New York […]

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