June 15, 2017 THROWBACK THURSDAY
Pele lights the spark
There have been many seminal moments in the history of United States Soccer. Joe Gaetjens' goal to beat England at the 1950 World Cup, Paul Caligiuri's goal against T&T on November 19, 1989 to put the U.S. in the World Cup for the first time in 40 years, Brandi Chastain's penalty kick to give the U.S. WNT the 1999 Women's World Cup title, the start of MLS. All were part of bringing the game of soccer to where it is today.
June 1, 2017 THROWBACK THURSDAY
When Clint Dempsey scored his first goal
Two young players scored their first international goals on May 28, 2005 at Soldier Field in front of 47, 637 fans when England defeated the U.S. 2-1. Kieran Richardson, making his National Team debut scored both goals for England, while Clint Dempsey notched his first tally for the United States.
May 25, 2017 THROWBACK THURSDAY
Beckham makes his MLS debut With David Beckham appearing on the National Soccer Hall of Fame Ballot released on Wednesday, we thought a story on his MLS debut 10 years ago would be an appropriate way to kick off our Throwback Thursday feature. This story originally appeared on LA Soccer News the day of the game--August 9, 2007
February 15, 2017 SHE'S A CITIZEN
USWNT co-captain Carli Lloyd joining Manchester City
The exodus of U.S. Women's National Team stars continues. On Wednesday, Carli Lloyd officially became the latest player to leave the National Women's Soccer League and sign with a European club, joining Manchester City Women for the remainder of their 2017 season.
February 9, 2017 ROSTER SET
Ramos tab's 20 for U-20 Championship
CHICAGO - U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named the 20-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which doubles as the team's 2017 World Cup qualifying tournament, running Feb. 17-March 5 in Costa Rica.
February 8, 2017 FRICKER WINNER
Mary Harvey honored by U.S. Soccer
CHICAGO - Former U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Mary Harvey, a 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup champion, 1996 Olympic gold medalist and longtime advocate for the sport, has been named the 2017 winner of U.S. Soccer's prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award.
February 8, 2017 SET FOR SHE BELIEVES
Ellis names 25 to camp roster
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 25 players to a training camp roster prior to the 2017 SheBelieves Cup that will feature the USA, Germany, France and England, playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period. The match days on March 1, 4 and 7 will see four of the best teams in the world meet over six games.
February 3, 2017 FIRST FOR SECOND
USMNT wins in Arena's return
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The U.S. Men's National Team used Jordan Morris' 59th minute strike to defeat regional rivals Jamaica 1-0 on Friday night at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. The win marked the first victory of Bruce Arena's second tenure in charge of the MNT.
February 3, 2017 MLS INFORMER
“Bailing out” Detroit
MLS has been very vocal about wanting its teams to have stadia in downtown locales to appeal to its “hip," “urban” and “millennial” fans. The bid by a hopeful Detroit expansion group headed by Pistons’ owner Tom Gores and his Cleveland counterpart Dan Gilbert meets that criterion – with a different flavor to it.
February 1, 2017 IU SIGNINGS
Hoosier women's team adds Bethany Kopel, eight others
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Hoosiers women's team announced eight players have signed letters of intent, joining Bethany Kopel, who graduated early and is currently enrolled. The signees include Hanna Nemeth, who has earned one cap with Hungary's national team.
January 31, 2017 BIG STAGE
MLS sets All-Star game at Chicago's Soldier Field
The MLS All-Star Game will be played at Soldier Field in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 2, the league announced as commissioner Don Garber was joined at the stadium Tuesday by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Fire owner and chairman Andrew Hauptman.
January 29, 2017 NO GOAL ZONE
USMNT, Serbia draw in Arena's first game back
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Jozy Altidore became the 17th U.S. Men’s National Team player to earn 100 caps as the U.S. struggled to a 0-0 tie with Serbia in a friendly match before a 20,079 crowd at Qualcomm Stadium Sunday.
January 20, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Major League Soccer's second generation
Should the Washington Post report come to pass that MAC Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes has agreed to terms with D.C. United and is expected to sign so he can start training camp next week, he would become the fifth son of a former MLS player to join the league and second in less than two years.
January 13, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Coming full circle
When MLS started in 1996, all 10 teams played in stadia where either NFL or college football teams were the primary tenant (if not the building owners). Oversized seating capacity, narrow fields, obtrusive line markings, uneven surfaces and schedule changes necessitated by NFL games – not to mention the exorbitant rents in some cases, restrictions on advertising and the loss of other revenue streams – were among the many reasons MLS teams strived to distance themselves from their American football brethren.
January 13, 2017 ELEVEN RETURNEES
Indy announces nine players for upcoming NASL season
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven have announced the return of goalkeepers Jon Busch and Keith Cardona; defenders Colin Falvey, Lovel Palmer and Nemanja Vukovic; midfielders Don Smart and Sinisa Ubiparipovic; and forwards Justin Braun and Eamon Zayed for next season.
January 6, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Vegas wants back into MLS expansion race
Las Vegas’ hopes of getting an MLS team were put on hold nearly two years ago when Commissioner Don Garber said Sin City wouldn’t be considered “until after 2018." Two years until the start of 2019, Las Vegas is moving to re-enter the race.
January 4, 2017 JANUARY CAMP
Amy Rodriguez returns to USWNT
U.S. Women's National Team coach Jill Ellis has selected six uncapped players, plus FC Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez, for a training camp roster at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., Jan. 13-23.
December 23, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Changing the whole guard
Curt Onalfo apparently won’t have to worry about hurting anybody’s feelings to make room for his own assistants at the LA Galaxy. According to one report (albeit on Twitter), Bruce Arena is taking his entire LA Galaxy staff (not counting Onalfo) with him to the U.S. national team.
December 16, 2016 MLS INFORMER
It was the most foreign of teams. It was the most American of teams.The patterns Atlanta and Minnesota have been going about stocking their rosters read like a Charles Dickens novel (OK, that’s a stretch for an analogy).
December 13, 2016 PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Tobin Heath, Ashley Sanchez earn U.S. Soccer awards
Tobin Heath has been named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday. Heath, known for her creativity and skillful style, gained 40 percent of the vote, ahead of Crystal Dunn (34 percent). UCLA-bound Ashley Sanchez (47 percent) finished ahead of Andi Sullivan (27 percent) to win Young Female Player of the Year.
December 12, 2016 OFF THE LIST
Four starters not protected by Fire
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Razvan Cocis, Michael Harrington, Rodrigo Ramos and Khaly Thiam, who all started more than half the games last season, were among the players left off the Expansion Draft protected list by the Chicago Fire, the team announced Monday.
December 11, 2016 FIRE SALE
Chicago ships Sean Johnson
The Chicago Fire has traded former team most valuable player Sean Johnson to Atlanta United in exchange for General Allocation Money, the team announced Sunday.
December 10, 2016 THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM
Outplayed Sounders win MLS Cup over Toronto FC in pks
TORONTO -- The third time was the charm for Seattle Sounders FC Saturday night. Despite being outplayed for most of the match, the Sounders won their first Division 1 pro soccer title, outlasting Toronto FC in penalty kicks, 5-4, after playing 120 minutes of scoreless soccer to capture MLS Cup at before a capacity crowd of 36,045 at BMO Field.
December 9, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Safe to return?
With Jurgen Klinsmann no longer making player selections for the U.S. national team, maybe Brad Guzan feels it’s safe to return to Major League Soccer. One report quoting anonymous sources said the backup U.S. national team goalkeeper is “exploring a potential return.”
December 3, 2016 MLS INFORMER
While expansion club Atlanta felt it needed to go all the way to Argentina for its coach, the MLS original LA Galaxy seems to think staying closer to home is a better bet.
November 30, 2016 MLS PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
Toronto wins East in extra time, will host MLS Cup
TORONTO--Toronto FC scored on three of their four corner kicks in regulation, but needed overtime goals by Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts to pull away from the Montreal Impact and win Wednesday's second-leg Eastern Conference Final at packed and rainswept BMO Field.
November 27, 2016 STUNNED
IU drops 2-1 decision to Virginia Tech
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Virginia Tech stunned Indiana Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers found themselves down 1-0 in the first half, then netted a 77th-minute goal, sending the game into overtime. But The Hokies sunk the ball into the net in the 98th minute, upsetting Indiana 2-1.
November 26, 2016 PLAYING TO WIN
Louisville hosts Notre Dame in NCAA Tournament Action
Sunday evening the No. 4 seeded Louisville Cardinals host No. 13 seeded Notre Dame. In their second meeting of the 2016 campaign, the Irish look to avenge a 1-0 loss earlier in the season. But both teams will be battling to the final seconds as the bigger prize on the line is a trip to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
November 26, 2016 ALL BETS ARE OFF
IU hosts Virginia Tech Sunday at noon in NCAA Tournament
When it comes to the end of the soccer season for men’s college teams. It’s all about playing a complete game and finishing. Sunday afternoon, the Indiana Hoosiers host Virginia Tech in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Both teams enter the match with their eyes on the prize – the College Cup. At this point in the season, all bets are off. Anything is possible.
November 25, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Life of the playoff party
Not that it will be a major surprise to the suits on Fifth Avenue or other close followers of the league, but if Major League Soccer really wants to make sure its playoff attendance numbers remain high, it needs to assure Seattle and Montreal are invited to the party.
November 22, 2016 MEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Indiana Hoosiers' defender Grant Lillard
Coach Todd Yeagley has made certain to organize the Indiana Hoosiers’ back line as the team finished in second place in the Big Ten Conference standings and has advanced to the third round of the NCAA Men’s Championship. No surprise, since Yeagley played seven seasons as a defender and holding midfielder in MLS with the Columbus Crew. And the Hoosiers have relied on junior Grant Lillard to lead the defense the last three seasons. Lillard, the Chicagoland Soccer News Men's College Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 20, made key plays as the Hoosiers took a 1-0 win over Akron in a second-round match.
November 22, 2016 WOMEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Northwestern Wildcats' junior Kassidy Gorman
The Northwestern Wildcats finished tied for first place in the Big Ten Conference standings and advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Women’s Championship mostly thanks to strong defending. The Wildcats had the best defensive record in NCAA Division 1, surrendering seven goals and recording 17 shutouts in 23 games.
Klinsmann, the former World Cup winner with Germany, was fired as head coach and technical director Monday after the United States dropped its opening two matches of the CONCACAF hexagonal of World Cup qualifying.
November 20, 2016 BEST SINCE '98
Northwestern Wildcats downed by Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Northwestern’s most successful season since 1998 came to an end as the Wildcats sustained a 1-0 loss to third-seeded Duke in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Women’s Championship Sunday.
November 20, 2016 DEFENSIVELY STRONG
IU men shut down Akron in 1-0 win
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Defense wins championships. It’s a motto synonymous with Indiana soccer. Every year, the coaches reiterate that point. Sunday afternoon, IU showed it’s defensive strength, as the No. 6 Hoosiers shutout the No. 24 Akron Zips 1-0.
November 20, 2016 MOVING FORWARD
IU men top Akron 1-0 to advance in NCAA Tourney
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – One goal proved to be the difference in a defensive battle vs. Indiana and Akron Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Billy McConnell tallied in the 54th minute for the 1-0 advantage, and eventual win.
November 19, 2016 MLS INFORMER
First Nigel de Jong left. Then Steven Gerrard. Then Robbie Keane. Add eight-year associate head coach Dave Sarachan. And if speculation is right, Bruce Arena could soon follow to replace the as yet-to-be fired Juergen Klinsmann at the U.S. national team.
November 17, 2016 EARLY EXIT
UIC Flames doused by Loyola
The UIC Flames’ first trip to the NCAA Men’s Championship since 2008 ended with a 2-0 loss to Loyola in a first-round match at Loyola Soccer Park Thursday night.
November 15, 2016 MASSACRED
MNT routed at Costa Rica in WCQ
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The United States has endured and experienced more than its share of problems, headaches and struggles in Costa Rica over the years. On Tuesday night, the Americans hit a new low.
November 14, 2016 HOWARD'S END
Colorado, USMNT keeper out for rest of the season
The U.S. national team's loss has turned out to be the Colorado Rapids' as well. The Rapids announced Monday that goalkeeper Tim Howard will miss the rest of the Major League Soccer playoffs due to an injury he suffered in first half of the United States' 2-1 World Cup loss to Mexico Friday night.
November 14, 2016 WOMEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Northwestern Wildcats' defender Kayla Sharples
The Northwestern Wildcats have based their success on defending, compiling 16 shutouts in their first 21 games. Sophomore defender Kayla Sharples, the Chicagoland Soccer News Women's Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 13, has been part of the back line’s foundation, also providing a scoring threat.
November 13, 2016 KICKED OUT
Eleven fall in title game to Cosmos
QUEENS, New York –The New Y0ork Cosmos converted on four penalty kicks in the shootout to defeat Indy Eleven and capture the North American Soccer League Championship for the third time in four years.
November 13, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Don't blame Trump for THIS anti-Americanism
The anti-Americanism in soccer is rarely uttered in public. The difficulty of U.S. players and coaches getting any respect – just because they're American – is palpable if not quotable. In the past two weeks, it's become far more glaring.
November 13, 3016 DOMINATING OPPONENTS
No. 1 Maryland on 15-game winning streak
WESTFIELD, Ind. – Maryland. That word alone equals dominance as of late in men’s college soccer. The Maryland Terrapins started the season ranked No. 7. Three weeks later, September 20, 2016 the Terps took over the No. 1 position. They haven’t looked back since, posting an 18-0-2 record.
November 13, 3016 WILL THEY ADVANCE?
Will Wisconsin make NCAA Tournament?
WESTFIELD, Ind. – Entering into the Big Ten Tournament, No. 18 Wisconsin’s post-season fate was unknown. After Sunday’s final match, a 2-1 loss to No. 1 Maryland, it’s still unknown what will happen to the Badgers. Will they or won’t they advance to the NCAA Tournament?