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How American soccer players in leagues abroad fared this weekend

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. Named to U.S. national team for CONCACAF Cup vs. Mexico on Saturday. ENGLAND Premier League Everton goalkeeper […]

Klinsmann sets U.S. soccer roster for CONCACAF Cup vs. Mexico

Jurgen Klinsmann on Saturday unveiled the U.S. national soccer team squad for next Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup against Mexico, turning to a veteran corps for one of the most-anticipated matches against its archrivals. Narrowing the list to 23 from a 35-man preliminary roster, Klinsmann selected 16 members of the 2014 World Cup squad and, in some […]

D.C. United clinches playoff berth: match report, notes, video

My match report from D.C. United’s 2-1 comeback victory over New York City FC at RFK Stadium. Next: No matches next weekend, then Chicago Fire on Oct. 18 at RFK, 2 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet) and at Columbus Crew on Oct. 25, 5 p.m. (CSN). Eastern Conference standings 1. New York Red Bulls 48 points (29 […]

Virginia soccer player scores on free kick from midfield

With less than two minutes left in Virginia’s water-logged match against Louisville on Friday, Cavaliers junior midfielder Patrick Foss launched a benign free kick from midfield. The 11th-ranked Cavs (6-1-2) and Cardinals had traded goals in the wind and rain at Charlottesville’s Klockner Stadium, the last tying the match for Louisville (4-4-3) at 2-2 just […]

In the rain, D.C. United aims to stem the tide

His team has not won an MLS match in almost two months. Scoring has vaporized. A key midfielder remains out with a concussion. Two players are serving yellow suspensions. Friday’s opponent features three world-renowned players. Of all the issues confronting him and his stumbling team, D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen is not going to fret […]

How to watch Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 this weekend

All times are Eastern FRIDAY 2:30 p.m.: Darmstadt vs. Mainz Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports Go,, 2:30 p.m.: Lille vs. Montpellier beIN Sports Connect (tape at 7 on beIN Sports Espanol) 2:45 p.m.: Celta de Vigo vs. Getafe beIN Sports Espanol, beIN Sports Connect SATURDAY 7:45 a.m.: Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion […]

Thursday kickaround

Sporting Kansas City scored a second-half equalizer, then outlasted the Philadelphia Union in a penalty kick tiebreaker, 7-6, to win the U.S. Open Cup for the third time. [videos] D.C. United’s stadium project at Buzzard Point took another step toward fruitio as the city met a deadline (sort of) to acquire a parcel of the […]

Will CONCACAF Cup soccer showdown draw equal fan support?

Ever since CONCACAF selected the Rose Bowl as the venue for the United States-Mexico soccer showdown Oct. 10, the prevailing opinion was that, despite playing at a U.S. site, the Mexicans would enjoy an overwhelming home-field advantage. Southern California is, after all, a cauldron for Mexican soccer support and, in past meetings in the L.A. […]

D.C. United, MLS monitoring weather ahead of Friday’s match at RFK Stadium

With more heavy rain expected this week, D.C. United and MLS will monitor weather conditions ahead of Friday night’s match between United and New York City FC at RFK Stadium. Stadium crews will cover the field to protect against possible water build-up and damage, United spokesman Craig Stouffer said Wednesday. Severe weather and, separately, the approach […]

Howard University soccer player scores from 40 yards

It has been another rough season for the Howard University men’s soccer team: no victories in 10 matches after three wins in 37 games over the previous two years. But on a rainy night at UMBC on Tuesday, junior midfielder Xavier Rajpaul brought some joy and national attention to the Bison by scoring a sensational […]

Mark Parsons steps down as Washington Spirit coach and GM

Mark Parsons, who guided the Washington Spirit to the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs the past two seasons, stepped down as head coach and general manager Wednesday to pursue another opportunity. In an interview, Parsons said the decision was his, that he was “thankful for everything,” and that he hoped to be able to share […]

Ben Olsen weighs changes as D.C. United’s winless streak continues

Amid a six-game winless patch, D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen recognizes the urgency for change. He also understands, after a season of shifting lineups and the playoffs in sight, the need to build continuity and forge partnerships is vital. So what to do? Blow it up and start over at this late date? Maintain faith […]

U.S. soccer team begins quest for berth in 2016 Olympics

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: In men’s soccer, the Olympics pale in comparison to the World Cup. It is, after […]

D.C. United’s winless streak hits 6: match report, notes, video

The season isn’t over. It just feels that way. D.C. United is winless in six straight league matches — that’s one out of 18 possible points — against three teams on playoff pace, one in contention and two out of it. The last victory came in Montreal on Aug. 8 during a game in which […]

D.C. United carries 5-game winless streak to Montreal for critical MLS match

D.C. United is back in Montreal, where its problems began seven weeks ago. United won Aug. 8 at Saputo Stadium, but the 1-0 outcome served as a harbinger of a late-season slide: paltry ball possession, one shot on goal and excessive dependence on goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Since that visit, United has gone five regular season […]

How to watch Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 this weekend

All times are Eastern FRIDAY 2:30 p.m.: Cologne vs. Ingolstadt Fox Sports 2, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports Go,, 2:30 p.m.: Valencia vs. Granada beIN Sports Espanol, beIN Sports Connect 2:30 p.m.: Reims vs. Lille beIN Sports Connect (tape at 7 on beIN Sports Espanol, tape at 8 on beIN Sports) SATURDAY 7:45 a.m.: […]

Chris Rolfe signs contract extension with D.C. United

Chris Rolfe, D.C. United’s leading scorer this year and a pivotal figure in the club’s resurgence the past two seasons, agreed to a contract extension, the club announced Thursday. Rolfe’s previous deal included a team-held option for 2016. Instead of exercising it, multiple sources said, United offered a two-year guaranteed deal through 2017 and an […]

How D.C. United got a customized soccer jersey to Pope Francis

When his first U.S. tour is done, Pope Francis will return to Vatican City next week with an eclectic mix of gifts. From President Obama, a sculpture of an ascending dove. From Raul Castro, a crucifix made of wooden oars. From Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a customized bicycle. And from D.C. United, via a web […]

Americans abroad roundup: goals galore

GERMANY In his return from a five-week absence caused by a calf injury, left wing Fabian Johnson scored in the fifth minute and played 59 as Moenchengladbach raced to a four-goal lead and defeated visiting Augsburg, 4-2, to earn its first points after five Bundesliga defeats. His previous appearance was at Borussia Dortmund on Aug. […]

While I am away …

I’m taking a few days off. The comments forum is open to all footy thoughts. Three matches of note … SUNDAY U.S. women’s national team vs. Haiti Where: Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. When: 2:30 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN2. Live stream: Watch ESPN. With an expected victory, the Americans would hit 100 consecutive home matches […]

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