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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 27, 2017
(ALMOST) EIGHTY-SIXED
U.S. defeats Mexico in CONCACAF U-20 qualifying tournament for first time in 31 years

TIBÁS, Costa Rica -- Erik Palmer-Brown’s 29th-minute goal gave the U.S. a 1-0 win over Mexico in a Group D match in the Classification Stage of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Monday.


February 27, 2017
OLYMPIAN CHALLENGE
USWNT opens SheBelieves Cup versus Germany

CHESTER, Pa. -- The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to extend its unbeaten streak at Talen Energy Stadium when it meets reigning Olympic champion Germany in the second SheBelieves Cup at 7 p.m. Wednesday (FS1-TV).


February 24, 2017
NEXT UP, MEXICO
U.S. U-20s advance in CONCACAF tournament

TIBAS, Costa Rica -- The U.S. advanced in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship with a 4-1 win over St. Kitts and Nevis Friday, setting up a Monday match with Mexico.


February 23, 2017
ON THE WAY TO NORWAY
USWNT set to play twice in Europe in June

The U.S. Women's National Team will conclude a two-game visit to Europe with a match against Norway at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday.


February 21, 2017
HATS OFF TO HIM
Brooks Lennon leads way as U.S. halts Haiti in U-20 tournament

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Real Salt Lake midfielder Brooks Lennon scored a hat trick as the U.S. took a 4-1 victory over Haiti in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Tuesday night.


February 18, 2017
HARKES FIRED
FC Cincinnati elevates assistant coach

CINCINNATI -- Former U.S. national team captain John Harkes has been fired as head coach by FC Cincinnati, the team announced Friday night.


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 14, 2017
KNOCKOUT ROUNDS SET
CONCACAF Gold Cup finalizes venues for quarters, semis

Gold Cup knockout rounds will be staged in the Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Phoenix metropolitan areas, CONCACAF announced Tuesday.


February 13, 2017
HONORING CHRISTIE
USWNT sets pre-game ceremony for SheBelieves Cup match

Christie Rampone, the second-most capped women’s player in history, will be honored by U.S. Soccer before the USA faces England in the SheBelieves Cup at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., March 4.


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
BLUE DEMON RECRUITS
DePaul women's team signs five newcomers

The DePaul women’s team has added five recruits, the Blue Demons announced Friday.


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 2, 2017
NOTRE DAME RECRUITS
Fighting Irish men sign six to letters of intent

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Notre Dame men’s team has signed six players for next season, the school announced Thursday.


February 2, 2017
IRISH WOMEN RECRUITS
Notre Dame signs seven to letters of intent

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame women’s team has signed seven players to National Letters of Intent, including record-setting forward Bailey Cartwright of Connellsville, Pa.


February 2, 2017
ON THE AIR
NWSL gets three-year deal with A+E; games to be televised by Lifetime

NEW YORK -- Lifetime will broadcast NWSL games this season as part of a three-year partnership with A+E Networks, the league announced Thursday.


February 1, 2017
ISU RECRUITS
Redbirds announce eight commitments

NORMAL, Ill. -- Illinois State announced eight commitments to National Letters of Intent Wednesday, the first class under coach Brad Silvey.


February 1, 2017
RAMBLER RECRUITS
Loyola women's team announces six signings

The Loyola Chicago women’s team announced sisters Gopika and Radhika Patel of Darien, Ill., among six National Letters of Intent signings Wednesday.


February 1, 2017
UIC RECRUITS
Flames men's team takes on three transfers

The defending Horizon League champion UIC Flames men’s team added three transfers with Chicago connections Wednesday.


February 1, 2017
FIGHTING ILLINI RECRUITS
Illinois signees include top in-state prospects

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Illinois Fighting Illini added a 10-player signing class Wednesday, including Naperville’s Elizabeth Cablk, a goalkeeper, and Team Chicago midfielders Maggie Hillman and Haley Singer.


February 1, 2017
IU MEN'S TEAM RECRUITS
Hoosiers sign highly-touted forwards

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Hoosiers men’s team announced nine players, including U.S. junior national team forwards Griffin Dorsey, Justin Rennicks and Mason Toye, signed letters of intent Wednesday.


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.


February 1, 2017
GOLDEN LEVI'S
CONCACAF Gold Cup final set for Santa Clara

MIAMI -- The 14th Gold Cup final will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Wednesday, July 26, CONCACAF announced Wednesday.


January 31, 2017
MOVING TOWARD 28
MLS receives expansion bids from 12 cities

NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer announced 12 ownership groups and markets have submitted applications for the league’s next round of expansion. MLS will add four teams, increasing to 28 teams.


January 31, 2017
MAKING A BID
Indy Eleven formalizes attempt for MLS franchise

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven formally announced a bid for an MLS expansion franchise as team owner Ersal Ozdemir delivered an application book to the league’s headquarters in New York Tuesday.


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 30, 2017
CARDINALS CONNECTION
Fire sign draft picks Johnson, Cleveland

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire have signed former University of Louisville midfielder Daniel Johnson and goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland on one-season deals with three-year options, the team announced Monday.


January 29, 2017
STAYING WITH THE FLOCK
Indy Eleven re-signs former Mexico national teamer Gerardo Torrado

INDIANAPOLIS -- Mexican midfielder Gerardo “El Borrego” Torrado has re-signed with the Indy Eleven, the team announced Thursday.


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 29, 2017
KNOWING THE WAY TO SAN JOSE
Avaya Stadium to host USA-Honduras WCQ March 24

It's official. U.S. Soccer has selected Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., to host the critical World Cup qualifier between the U.S. and Honduras March 24.


January 27, 2017
HOMEGROWN SIGNING
Fire add forward Djordje Mihailovic

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has signed midfielder Djordje Mihailovic, 18, as their ninth Homegrown Player, the team announced Friday.


January 27, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Laying out a red carpet for the competition?

With the NFL’s Chargers move to Los Angeles and the LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center, the resulting vacancy at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium is apparently opening an opportunity for MLS, or prospective MLS club owners.


January 27, 2017
GOING FOR A CENTURY
Arena finalizes roster for Sunday's friendly against Serbia

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore is set to earn his 100th cap when the U.S. national team meets Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego at 1 p.m. PT Sunday. Altidore was named to the 23-man roster by coach Bruce Arena Friday.


January 25, 2017
CAMP DEBUT
Former Timber left back joins USMNT

Santos Laguna defender Jorge Villafaña has been called into his first U.S. national team training camp in preparation for Sunday’s game against Serbia.


January 25, 2017
CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION
D'Angelo, Sinclair on NWSL teams' list

The NWSL announced 10 Canadian Women's National Team players, including goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, who helped the Western New York Flash capture last year’s title, will be subsidized this season.


January 24, 2016
PIONEER PASSES
Former MISL Commissioner Earl Foreman was 92

Earl Foreman, who was one of the original owners in what became the North American Soccer League, and who founded the Major Indoor Soccer League died on Tuesday at the age of 92.


January 24, 2017
ON TO INDY
Former Crew, Minnesota midfielder joins Eleven

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven has signed midfielder Ben Speas, the team announced Tuesday.


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.



KICKING OFF
NASL sets dates for openers, Championship Final

NEW YORK -- The North American Soccer League will kick off the Spring Season on Saturday, March 25, the league announced Friday.


January 19, 2017
INDY RETURN
Eleven re-signs defender Marco Franco

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven has re-signed defender Marco Franco, the team announced Thursday.


January 18, 2017
BEST OF CONCACAF
Alex Morgan, Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz named players of year

U.S. national team star Alex Morgan has been named CONCACAF Female Player of the Year for the second time, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football announced Wednesday.


January 18, 2017
A JERMAINE SIGNING
LA Galaxy gets U.S. national team midfielder Jones

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy have signed U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones, the team announced Wednesday.


January 17, 2017
MLS SUPERDRAFT
Third and Fourth round selctions

The Colorado Rapids selected Pfeiffer University forward Jaime Siaj with the first pick of the third round of the MLS SuperDraft Tuesday.


January 17, 2017
CHARLOTTE TO CHICAGO
Fire drafts 49ers' defender and midfielder

The Chicago Fire selected the University of North Carolina-Charlotte midfielder Brandt Bronico (47th overall) and defender Matej Dekovic (69th overall) on the second day of the MLS draft Tuesday.


January 16, 2017
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
Fire acquire Dax McCarty from NYRB

CHICAGO - The Chicago Fire has acquired midfielder Dax McCarty from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for $400,000 in General Allocation Money, designated as $200,000 in 2017 and $200,000 in 2018.


January 13, 2017
MLS SUPERDRAFT
College-by-college selections



January 13, 2017
MLS SUPERDRAFT
Team-by-team selections



January 13, 2017
MLS SUPERDRAFT
First and Second round selections



January 13, 2017
RIGHT TO BE NO. 1
Minnesota United selects UCLA forward Abu Danladi

LOS ANGELES -- Minnesota United FC selected UCLA forward Abu Danladi with the No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft Friday.


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 12, 2017
THREE FROM 'SC
Breakers, Sky Blue go for NCAA champs in first round

LOS ANGELES -- NCAA champion Southern Cal became the third school to have three players selected in the first round of the NWSL College Draft Thursday.



January 12, 2017
THE BIGGEST SEASON
MLS schedule includes two rivalry weeks, most games, new teams, new stadiums



NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer Thursday unveiled the regular season schedule for its 22 clubs, including broadcast coverage across the five national broadcast partners in the U.S. and Canada.


January 12, 2017
THREE PICKS
Red Stars draft Vasconcelos, Proffitt, Kaskie

The Chicago Red Stars selected BYU forward Michele Vasconcelos in the second round (11th overall) of the NWSL College Draft Thursday.


January 12, 2017
STAYING HOME EARLY
Fire finalize schedule for 20th MLS season

The Chicago Fire will play four of their first six matches at home this season, MLS announced Thursday.


January 11, 2017
DEFENDING THEIR BELIEF
USWNT to meet England, France, Germany

The defending champion U.S. Women’s National Team will meet England, France and Germany in the second SheBelieves Cup, with doubleheaders scheduled March 1-7, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.


January 9, 2017
SECOND STRAIGHT
Carli Lloyd captures FIFA player of the year award

U.S. Women’s National Team co-captain Carli Lloyd has been named Best FIFA Women's Player for the second consecutive year, becoming the fourth player to win the award in consecutive years.


January 9, 2017
AN AMICABLE DIVORCE
NASL, commissioner Peterson part ways

Only three days after announcing it will return in 2017, the North American Soccer League Monday announced that it has parted ways with commissioner Bill Peterson.


January 8, 2017
CATCH THE DRAFT
NWSL draft on Facebook, YouTube Thursday

The National Women's Soccer League will live stream its college Draft via Facebook and YouTube Thursday at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in Los Angeles.


January 7, 2017
'KEEPER COMPLEMENT
Fire sign Uruguayan Bava

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has signed Uruguayan goalkeeper Jorge Rodrigo Bava, the team announced Saturday.


January 6, 2017
PROVISIONAL STATUS TIMES TWO
U.S. Soccer grants both NASL, USL D-2 standing

Both the North American Soccer League and United Soccer League have a year to get their respective houses in order.


January 6, 2017
LIKE FATHER ...
Ian Harkes named MAC Hermann Trophy winner

ST. LOUIS -- Wake Forest midfielder Ian Harkes became the first son of a MAC Hermann Trophy winner to capture the award, it was announced during a ceremony during the Missouri Athletic Club banquet Friday night.


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 5, 2017
FIT FOR THE FIRE
Luis Solignac returning on two-year deal

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Argentinian forward Luis Solignac has signed a two-year contract with a club option for a third with the Chicago Fire, the team announced Thursday.


January 5, 2017
CAMP NEWCOMERS
Arena calls in Frei, Manneh for USMNT

U.S. Men's National Team coach Bruce Arena has called in 32 players, including the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Gambia-born forward Kekuta Manneh, for training camp starting Tuesday in Carson, Calif.


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.


January 3, 2017
THEY'RE ON TRACK
USMNT will make first stop in Chattanooga in February

The U.S. will play its final preparation match before 2018 World Cup qualifying resumes against Jamaica at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 (FS1 and UniMas, UDN) on an artificial turf field in Chattanooga, Tenn., U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday.


December 23, 2016
MLS RETURN
Fire sign former Galaxy midfielder Juninho

The Chicago Fire has acquired Brazilian midfielder Juninho on loan from Club Tijuana in Mexico, the team announced Friday.


December 23, 2016
BELIEVE IT OR NOT?
French Federation says Philly, NJ, DC will host SheBelieves Cup

The French Football Federation just might have let the cat out of the bag before the official announcement as it released the dates and match-ups of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup tournament.


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 21, 2016
READY FOR SEASON NO. 20
Fire's 2017 opener set for Columbus

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire will open their 20th MLS season against the Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium at 1 p.m. CT Saturday, March 4, the league announced Wednesday.


December 21, 2016
NEW CHALLENGE, NEW TEAM
U.S. international Julian Green joins Stuttgart

U.S. international forward Julian Green has found a new team. Stuttgart of 2.Bundesliga Wednesday announced the signing of Green from Bayern Munich to a three-year deal.


December 20, 2016
GOAL-ORIENTED
Fire acquire Polish league's leading scorer

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire have acquired Hungarian striker Nemanja Nikolic via transfer from Legia Warsaw of Poland, the team announced Tuesday.


December 20, 2016
FRENCH CONNECTION
Alex Morgan skipping start of NWSL season to join Lyon

ORLANDO, Fla. -- U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan will play for Olympique Lyonnaise in France, then return to the Orlando Pride for the second half of the NWSL season.


December 19, 2016
GUNNING FOR A SIXTH CROWN
USMNT to play Gold Cup stage matches in Nashville, Tampa, Cleveland

he U.S. national team has been placed atop Group B for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup as it seeks its sixth confederation championship title.


December 16, 2016
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: TANNER THOMPSON
Meet the Candidates, and Vote!

Indiana senior midfielder Tanner Thompson is one of three nominees for the Chicagoland Soccer News men’s college player of the year and the Soccer News Net Men’s College Boot, recognizing the national player of the year.


December 16, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Two tracks

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 15, 2016
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: BRODY KRAUSSEL
Meet the Candidates, and Vote!

Loyola junior midfielder Brody Kraussel is one of three nominees for the Chicagoland Soccer News men’s college player of the year and the Soccer News Net Men’s College Boot, recognizing the national player of the year.


December 15, 2016
EXPANSION PLAN SET
MLS to grow to 28 teams; fee $150M for next 2 clubs

Major League Soccer seemingly has an insatiable appetite for growth. Following a board of governors meeting on Thursday, the league announced a timetable to grow to 28 teams, after announcing a year ago that was where the league was heading.


December 15, 2016
PLANNING AHEAD
Source: NASL hopes to have 8-10 teams in 2017

The North American Soccer League is making plans to go ahead with its 2017 season.

With talk and rumors that the league would merge with the United Soccer League, the NASL plans to have an 8-10 team league next year, according to a reliable soccer source.


December 14, 2016
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: JON GALLAGHER
Meet the Candidates, and Vote!

Notre Dame junior forward Jon Gallagher is one of three nominees for the Chicagoland Soccer News men’s college player of the year and the Soccer News Net Men’s College Boot, recognizing the national player of the year.


December 14, 2016
ARENA ERA KICKOFF GAME
USMNT set for friendly with Serbia in San Diego

Bruce Arena’s first game in his second stint as U.S. Men's National Team coach will be against Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 (ESPN2, Univision Networks).


December 13, 2016
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: JENNIFER WESTENDORF
Meet the Candidates, and Vote!

Notre Dame freshman forward Jennifer Westendorf is one of three nominees for the Chicagoland Soccer News women’s college player of the year and the Soccer News Net Women’s College Boot, recognizing the national player of the year.


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 13, 2016
MLS EXPANSION PICKS
Minnesota, Atlanta select five each

Atlanta United and Minnesota United FC conducted the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft Tuesday, with each team selecting five players.


December 12, 2016
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: ABBY REED
Meet the Candidates, and Vote!

DePaul senior forward Abby Reed is one of three nominees for the Chicagoland Soccer News women’s college player of the year and the Soccer News Net Women’s College Boot, recognizing the national 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
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: HANNAH DAVISON
Meet the Candidates, and Vote!

Northwestern sophomore defender Hannah Davison is one of three nominees for the Chicagoland Soccer News women’s college player of the year and the Soccer News Net Women’s College Boot, recognizing the national player of the year.


December 11, 2016
CHAMPIONSHIP REPLAY
Stanford Cardinal men take PK decision in NCAA final

HOUSTON -- The Stanford Cardinal won its second successive NCAA Men’s Championship, taking a penalty kicks victory over Wake Forest after the teams played to a 0-0 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium Sunday.


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 10, 2016
SMALL IN STATURE, BIG IN IMPACT
Players like the Atomic Ant and El Topolino cast a giant shadow despite their height

TORONTO -- In soccer, bigger isn't always better. Sometimes that adage is spot on -- as big things do come from small packages and can cause some big headaches for opposing players.


December 10, 2016
CANCER FREE
MLS boss Garber says he is in great shape

TORONTO -- Don Garber says he feels great.

Two years after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, the Major League Soccer commissioner says he is cancer free.

"My health is great," Garber said at his state of the league address at the Intercontinental Hotel Friday afternoon. "I am a year cancer free.


December 9, 2016
THEY'RE HONORED
Altidore, Pulisic earn U.S. Soccer Player of the Year awards

Jozy Altidore has been named the Male Player of the Year and Christian Pulisic Young Male Player of the Year, U.S. Soccer announced Friday night.


December 9, 2016
NSCAA ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Hoosiers' Tanner Thompson first teamer for second time

Indiana Hoosier midfielder Tanner Thompson has been named to the NSCAA All-America first team for the second time.


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 6, 2016
TOP OF THE HEAP
New York City FC's David Villa named MLS MVP

NEW YORK -- New York City FC striker David Villa was named MVP of Major League Soccer for the 2016 season Tuesday morning.


December 6, 2016
THEY WANT IN
Tampa Bay, Carolina to seek MLS franchises

While the North American Soccer League teeters on the brink of extinction, the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the newly re-branded North Carolina Football Club hope to join Major League Soccer in the future.


December 6, 2016
NO DECISION
U.S. Soccer board postpones D-2, D-3 sanctioning for 7-10 days

Well, so much for any resolution or grand news about the future of the North American Soccer League and the United Soccer Leagues.

The U.S. Soccer board of directors Tuesday postponed a decision on sanctioning or re-certification of Division 2 and Division 3 professional leagues in a meeting in New York.


December 5, 2016
MLS BEST XI
Toronto FC's Giovinco leads way

Forward Sebastian Giovinco of MLS Cup finalist Toronto FC heads the Best XI team, the league announced Monday.


December 4, 2016
THEY'RE FIGHTING ON
USC Trojans trip West Virginia, win second NCAA title

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The USC Trojans became the fourth multiple winner of the NCAA Women’s Championship, taking a 3-1 victory over No. 1-ranked West Virginia in the final before a 6,612 crowd at Avaya Stadium Sunday.


December 3, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Buying local

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.


December 2, 2016
THEY'RE IN THE RUNNING
Ellis, Lloyd on FIFA short lists for top coach, player

U.S. Women's National Team coach Jill Ellis and co-captain Carli Lloyd have been named to short lists for FIFA honors they won last year.


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 29, 2016
MAC HERMANN TROPHY
Hatch, Sullivan head list of semifinalists

U.S. Women’s National Team members Ashley Hatch (BYU) and Andi Sullivan (Stanford) are among 30 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy award, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday.


November 29, 2016
NOT SEMIFINAL TOUGH ENOUGH
U.S. women fall in U-20 World Cup semis to North Korea

Ri Hyang Sim scored a minute into extratime to North Korea to a 2-1 victory over the United States in the semifinals of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Tuesday.


November 28, 2016
LACKING THE FINISHING TOUCH
IU men dominated offensively, but couldn't find the net

The Indiana Hoosiers had no trouble attacking in the 2016 season. The team created plenty of scoring opportunities. Finishing, on the other hand, was another story. Sunday proved to be no different, as Indiana (12-2-7) fell 2-1 to Virginia Tech in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.


November 27, 2016
MLS PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
Morris powers Seattle to Western Conference crown

COMMERCE CITY, Colo.-- MLS Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris scored the only goal Seattle Sounders FC needed to defeat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sunday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and sail through to the MLS Cup Final by a 3-1 aggregate score.


November 27, 2016
LUCKLESS IN LOUISVILLE
Notre Dame Fighting Irish eliminated in third round

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jon Gallagher scored his 14th goal of the season, but Notre Dame fell, 3-1, to No. 4-seeded Louisville in the third round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Championship at Lynn Stadium Sunday night.


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 25, 2016
COMEBACK KIDS
Late goals lift U.S over Mexico in quarterfinals of U-20 World Cup

The U.S. men might have experienced problems defeating their Mexico counterparts in a World Cup qualifying match Nov. 11, but don't tell that to the U.S. women's Under-20 side.


November 24, 2016
GONE FOR GOOD
Ex-Galaxy star Gerrard retires from soccer

Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, who left the LA Galaxy last week, is now leaving the game. On Thursday he announced his retirement from soccer.


November 23, 2016
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
25 nominated for College Boot

Twenty-five of the nation's top men's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2015 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the men's college player of the year.


November 23, 2016
WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
32 Nominated for College Boot

Thirty two of the nation's top women's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2016 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the women's college player of the year.


November 23, 2016
GOALKEEPING OPTIONS
Fire contract Johnson, Lampson for next season

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire have exercised contract options goalkeepers Sean Johnson and Matt Lampson, plus seven other players, the team announced Wednesday.


November 22, 2016
MLS PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
Impact, Sounders seize advantage in Conference Finals

MONTREAL--Just when it looked like the Montreal Impact were going to run away with the first league of the Eastern Conference championship, Toronto FC came up with a pair of late road goals and trim the Impact's lead to 3-2 Tuesday night at sold-out Stade Olympique.


November 22, 2016
SOME ARENA FUTBOL
U.S. names Bruce Arena national coach to succeed Klinsmann

Bruce is back. LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was named the new head coach of the U.S. national team Tuesday afternoon by U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati.


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.


November 21, 2016
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE OLD
Arena expected to replace Klinsmann

The tumultuous tenure and reign of error of Jurgen Klinsmann is over.

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 21, 2016
YOU'RE FIRED!
Klinsmann out as MNT coach and technical director

CHICAGO - Jurgen Klinsmann has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team and Technical Director for U.S. Soccer.


November 20, 2016
IRISH FIGHTING ON
Late Gallagher goal gives Notre Dame victory

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year Jon Gallagher’s 78th-minute goal gave Notre Dame a 1-0 win over Loyola in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Championship at Alumni Stadium Sunday night.


November 20, 2016
RAMBLING OUT
Loyola knocked off in NCAA tourney by Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Loyola Ramblers surrendered a late goal in falling, 1-0, to Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Championship at Alumni Stadium Sunday night.


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
LA Supernova

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 18, 2016
DROPPED BY DUKE
ISU Redbirds eliminated by Blue Devils

DURHAM, N.C. -- Illinois State’s 15-game unbeaten streak was snapped as the Redbirds fell, 3-1, to Duke in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Championship Friday night.


November 18, 2016
SWEET SHUTOUT
Northwestern advances to third round in NCAA tourney

DURHAM, N.C. -- Northwestern’s defensive play and possession game paid off again as the Wildcats took a 1-0 victory over SIU-Edwardsville in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Championship Friday.


November 17, 2016
FANNING THE FLAMES
Loyola rambles past UIC in NCAA opener

The Loyola Ramblers won their ninth successive home match, taking a 2-0 victory over the UIC Flames in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Championship at Loyola Soccer Park Thursday night.


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 17, 2016
HE'S KEANE TO LEAVE
Robbie departs after leading Galaxy to three MLS Cup titles

Forward Robbie Keane will depart the LA Galaxy after helping the team win three MLS Cup titles, the team announced Thursday.


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 15, 2016
LEAVING LA
Galaxy announce Gerrard departure

CARSON, Calif. -- Midfielder Steven Gerrard will not return to the LA Galaxy, the team announced Tuesday.


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
MEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
UIC Flames' sophomore Max Todd

The UIC Flames started slow this season, and it took until the seventh game of the season before they won a game, thanks to a Max Todd corner kick headed in by Oscar Rivero in a 1-0 victory over Milwaukee.


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
ROUTING ROMANIA
USWNT concludes calendar year unbeaten for first time since '13

CARSON, Calif. -- The U.S. Women’s National Team concluded the year with an unbeaten record for the first time since 2013, taking a 5-0 victory over Romania in a friendly match at the StubHub Center Sunday night.


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?


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