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February 3, 2016
LABOR HEADACHES
U.S. Soccer sues women's players, says there is a CBA with women's national team players

CHICAGO - U.S. Soccer Wednesday night said it had reluctantly filed a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago to confirm the existence of the current collective bargaining agreement with the Women's National Team Player Association.


February 3, 2016
DYNAMIC BACK
Fire adds Brazilian defender on loan

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has acquired defender Rodrigo Ramos on loan for the 2016 season from Brazilian Série A club Coritiba, the team announced Wednesday.


February 2, 2016
OLYMPIC QUALIFYING DECIDER
USA to host Colombia in Frisco March 29

FRISCO, Texas -- The U.S. will host Colombia on Tuesday, March 29, at Toyota Stadium for the second leg of its two-game home-and-away playoff for a spot in the 2016 Olympic Games, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday.


February 2, 2016
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cardinal's Morris honored with College Boot

Stanford junior forward Jordan Morris is the winner of the 2015 Soccer News Net Men’s College Boot, recognizing the national player of the year.


February 2, 2016
GOING DUTCH
Fire signs FC Groningen defender

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire announced Tuesday the signing of Dutch defender Johan Kappelhof to a three-year contract.


February 2, 2016
RELEASED
Evans, Orozco return to clubs

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has released defenders Brad Evans and Michael Orozco after both were in the starting lineup for a 3-2 win over Iceland Sunday.


February 1, 2016
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mountaineers' Buchanan honored with Women's College Boot

West Virginia junior defender Kadeisha Buchanan is the winner of the 2015 Soccer News Net Women’s College Boot, recognizing the national player of the year.


January 31, 2016
BIRNBAUM PLAYS HERO
Defender nods U.S. past Iceland in 2016 opener

CARSON, Calif. -- Steve Birnbaum was something of an afterthought for the U.S. national team to start 2016, but when he took the opportunity that was offered and turned it into something special.


January 31, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 4 roundup

Bryan Rabello scored two goals in two minutes to give Santos Laguna a 2-0 win over Queretaro Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.


January 31, 2016
SUPPORTER'S CHOICE
Monmouth's Acuña Camacho leads College Boot fan vote

Monmouth senior defender David Acuña Camacho has been selected as the winner of the College Boot Supporter's Choice award. He received the most votes from soccer fans in the annual Soccer News Net poll recognizing the national player of the year.


January 30, 2016
SUPPORTER'S CHOICE
Monmouth's Murphy leads College Boot fan vote

Monmouth junior forward Erica Murphy has been selected as the winner of the Women's College Boot Supporter's Choice award. Murphy received the most votes from soccer fans in the annual Soccer News Net poll recognizing the national player of the year.


January 29, 2016
WERNER FRICKER AWARD WINNER
U.S. Soccer honors ex-USWNT, current UNC coach Dorrance

CHICAGO - Former U.S. women's national team head coach and current University of North Carolina head women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance has been named the 2016 winner of the Werner Fricker Builder Award.


January 29, 2016
DEFENDER ADDED
Michael Orozco joins U.S. for Iceland clash

Defender Michael Orozco has been added to the roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team match against Iceland Sunday afternoon. Orozco was set to be available for training Friday and return to Club Tijuana on Sunday evening.


January 28, 2016
GOING TO GRENADA
Sanchez leads U-17 qualifying roster

U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team coach B.J. Snow Thursday named a 20-player roster for the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship in St. George's, Grenada, from March 3-13. The top three finishers will qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan Sept. 30-October 21. Southern California Blues SC's Ashley Sanchez leads the way, having scored 11 goals in six matches for the team, plus converting the deciding goal as the U.S. won the U-20 qualifying title last month.


January 28, 2015
NEW U20 LEAGUE PLANNED
EDP Super League targets national footprint

EAST BRUNSWICK NJ --A new Under 20 league that hopes to achieve a national footprint is being formed by EDP. Several clubs have already been invited to join the EDP Super Club U20 League, which will begin an open application process within the next week.


January 27, 2016
ROLE MODEL
Fire signs free agent LaBrocca

The Chicago Fire has signed free agent midfielder Nick LaBrocca, the team announced Wednesday.


January 27, 2016
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
ND's Gallagher takes Chicagoland Soccer News honor

Notre Dame sophomore forward Jon Gallagher is the Chicagoland Soccer News men’s college player of the year.


January 27, 2016
FOX LANDS COPA
Multimedia rights will include all 32 matches

Fox Sports has acquired the multi media rights to the Copa America Centenario. All 32 matches of the tournament will be broadcast live from June 3-26, with matches appearing on FOX broadcast network, FS1 and FS2


January 26, 2016
CHICAGO'S BEST
ND's Gilbertson named Chicagoland Soccer News Women's College Player of the Year

Notre Dame senior forward Anna Maria Gilbertson is the Chicagoland Soccer News women’s college player of the year.


January 26, 2016
INDY ADDS NASL VET
Paterson moves to Eleven after stint in Ottawa

INDIANAPOLIS---The Indy Eleven have signed Scottish born NASL veteran Nicki Paterson.


January 26, 2016
THREE STARS
Ellis names team for Olympic qualifying

The Chicago Red Stars’ Julie Johnston, Alyssa Naeher and Christen Press were named to the U.S. team for the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship Feb. 10-21 in Frisco and Houston, Texas.


January 24, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 3 roundup

Queretaro (1-0-2, 3 pts) shut out Dorados de Sinaloa 3-0 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.


January 25, 2016
PERFECT FIT
Red Stars acquire Amanda Da Costa

The Chicago Red Stars have acquired midfielder Amanda Da Costa and a natural fourth-round pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft from the Washington Spirit, the team announced Monday.


January 24, 2016
STAFF SET
Fire names Logan Pause among assistant coaches

Former Chicago Fire midfielder Logan Pause was Sunday named a Fire assistant coach, along with Marko Mitrovic, goalkeeper coach Aleksandar Saric and strength and conditioning coach Jordan Webb.


January 23, 2016
CARLI CONNECTS
First half hat trick leads USWNT 5-0 over Ireland

SAN DIEGO---Carli Lloyd scored a first half hat trick as the United States Women's National Team cruised to a 5-0 win over Ireland in front of 23,329 fans at Qualcomm Stadium Saturday.


January 23, 2016
VETERAN SIGNINGS
Cocis, Joao Meira sign with Fire

The Chicago Fire has re-signed midfielder Razvan Cocis and signed Portuguese defender/midfielder João Meira from Os Belenenses. Meira will be added to the roster upon receipt of his ITC and P1 Visa. Both players signed one-year deals with the club option through the second year.


January 22, 2016
BRINGING IN BUSCH
Eleven add veteran goalkeeper

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Chicago Fire goalkeeper Jon Busch is making another and perhaps final stop in his long career, signing with the Indy Eleven as both a player and Director of Goalkeeping.


January 22, 2016
BEST OF THE REGION
Lloyd, Chicharito named CONCACAF Players of the Year

Carli Lloyd and Javier Hernandez were the 2015 CONCACAF female and male players of the year, respectively, it was announced Friday.


January 21, 2016
RENEWED
Fire, Saint Louis FC partner

The Chicago Fire has renewed its USL affiliate partnership with Saint Louis FC, the team announced Thursday. Through the partnership, the Fire will loan players to STLFC with an option to recall those players at any time.


January 20, 2016
LINED UP
USL set with 29 teams

The USL Wednesday announced the alignment, plus regular season and playoff format for the 2016 USL season, with 29 teams set to compete in the league’s sixth season.


January 19, 2016
TRANSFERRING IN
Eleven acquire pair from Sacramento

INDIANAPOLIS The Indy Eleven acquired forward Justin Braun and defender Nemanja Vukoviæ from 2014 USL champion Sacramento Republic FC via transfer.


January 19, 2016
LAST PICKS
Fire goes for German Keller, Jamaican Mitchell

The Chicago Fire selected defender/midfielder Vincent Keller in the third round (57th overall) and midfielder Vincent Mitchell in the fourth round (62nd overall) of the MLS SuperDraft Tuesday.


January 19, 2016
DONE AND DUSTED
Rapids load up on final day of MLS SuperDraft

The Colorado Rapids selected four players and both New York teams – the Red Bulls and NYCFC – made no selections in the final two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft Tuesday.


January 19, 2016
SORTING IT OUT
Copa America Centenario draw in NYC Feb. 21

The Copa America Centenario draw will take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 21, the Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee announced Tuesday.


January 18, 2016
BACK IN CAMP
Sounders' Brad Evans called in to Carson

Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans is back with the U.S. national team, U.S. Soccer announced Monday.


January 18, 2016
DEFENSIVE MOVES
Fire adds goalkeeper, outside back

The Chicago Fire announced the signing of defender Michael Harrington and goalkeeper Patrick McLain Monday.


January 17, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 2 roundup

Leon cruised past Veracruz 3-1 Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.


January 15, 2016
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Time to scuttle the draft

BALTIMORE—The Major League Soccer SuperDraft has become irrelevant. College soccer is no longer the path to MLS for most American players.


January 15, 2016
NWSL DRAFT
Full results

BALTIMORE--The National Women's Soccer League conducted its 2016 College Draft Friday afternoon at the Baltimore Convention Center. Forty players were selected over four rounds. With the No. 1 overall pick, the Portland Thorns FC selected University of Virginia defender Emily Sonnett. Full results follow.


January 15, 2016
HOMEGROWN TALENT
Red Stars bolster back line with Naughton, Gorden

The Chicago Red Stars stayed local for their first two picks in the NWSL draft, selecting defenders Katie Naughton and Sarah Gorden, both from Elk Grove.


January 15, 2016
CAVALIER PICK
Portland Thorns select Emily Sonnett No. 1

As expected, the Portland Thorns made U.S. national team defender Emily Sonnett the first pick in the NWSL draft Friday.


January 14, 2016
MULTIPLYING EFFECT
Fire use come away from SuperDraft with both new talent and cash for future acquisitions

BALTIMORE -- As many expected, the Chicago Fire traded away their top pick in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft. Few predicted the timing, or the secondary moves that followed.


January 14, 2016
MLS SUPERDRAFT
Second round selections




INSTANT REPLAY
Garber: MLS evaluating about USL testing it this year

BALTIMORE -- Instant replay could be coming to an American Soccer city near you sooner than you think.

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber Thursday afternoon said that the league is "evaluating, very closely," testing instant replay with the USL this year.


January 14, 2016
SUPERDRAFT UPDATE
Fire trade for 12th pick, take UNC's Campbell

BALTIMORE--The Chicago Fire have their first-round draft pick, but not the one they initially selected. The Fire selected Jack Harrison out of Wake Forest University with the first overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, only to trade him to New York City FC for the fourth pick as well as allocation money.



MLS SUPERDRAFT
First round selections

The first round selections in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft held at the Baltimore Convention Center as part of the National Soccer Coaches Association of American convention.


January 14, 2016
TRADE BAIT
Fire trade Harrison to NYC for fourth pick in SuperDraft

BALTIMORE--The Chicago Fire have their first-round draft pick, but not the one they initially selected. The Fire selected Jack Harrison out of Wake Forest University with the first overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, only to trade him to New York City FC for the fourth pick as well as allocation money.


January 14, 2016
TAKE TWO
Fire stock up with two of first four picks in MLS SuperDraft

BALTIMORE--The Chicago Fire selected midfielder Jack Harrison out of Wake Forest University with the first overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, and followed that by trading with New York City FC to acquire the fourth overall pick and select defender Brandon Vincent out of Stanford University.


January 14, 2016
FIRST PICK
Fire take Wake Forest midfielder Harrison to open MLS SuperDraft

BALTIMORE -- The Chicago Fire have selected midfielder Jack Harrison out of Wake Forest with the first overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.


January 13, 2016
FOUR FOR MLS
Campbell, Fisher, Irving, Wharton sign

Major League Soccer announced the signing of four college seniors in advance of Thursday’s SuperDraft.


January 12, 2016
SUBBING IN
Sean Johnson replaces Hamid at U.S. camp

U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made one change to the roster for the January training camp. Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson will report to U.S. Soccer's National Training Center to replace D.C. United’s Bill Hamid.


January 12, 2016
MOVING OVER
Lovel Palmer leaves Fire for Indy Eleven

The Indy Eleven began a string of roster signings slated for this week with the addition of Jamaican international defender Lovel Palmer Tuesday.


January 12, 2016
BELIEVE IT
U.S. Women's National Team to host four-team tournament

U.S. Soccer will host a four-team international tournament featuring four of the top five women's national teams as England, France and Germany join the U.S. for the SheBelieves Cup March 3-9.


January 11, 2016
SILVERBACKS SUSPENDED
NASL pulls plug on Atlanta team

The North American Soccer League announced Monday that it has suspended operations of the Atlanta Silverbacks for the 2016 season.


January 11, 2016
EARLY RECRUIT
Midfielder McCabe joins Notre Dame Fighting Irish men

The University of Notre Dame men’s team has added its first member of the 2020 recruiting class. Tommy McCabe of South Orange, N.J. and the IMG Academy, a midfielder who has spent the past three years in the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency Program, has signed a scholarship agreement and will begin taking classes Tuesday.


January 11, 2016
NEW TEAM IN THE WORKS
Wilt pursuing Chicago NASL franchise

Peter Wilt's soccer resume already includes starting the Chicago Fire, the Chicago Red Stars, the short-lived Chicago Riot and the Indy Eleven. Add a Chicago North American Soccer League team to that list.


January 11, 2016
CHANGE AT THE TOP
Wilt leaving Eleven, Belskus to take over

INDIANAPOLIS – Peter Wilt will be leaving the Indy Eleven, though not immediately. The club announced that former Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and CEO Jeff Belskus has assumed the president’s role with the North American Soccer League club effective immediately.


January 11. 2016
THEY'RE ON TOP OF THE WORLD AGAIN
Carli Lloyd named FIFA women's world player of the year; Jill Ellis top coach

ZURICH, Switzerland -- After securing the United States' third FIFA Women's World Cup crown last summer, team captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd and head coach Jill Ellis were feted with the highest honors possible.


January 10, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 1 roundup

Atlas kicked off the Clausura season with a 3-1 come-from-behind win over Queretaro Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.


January 9, 2016
NEW LEADERS
U.S. Women's National Team changes captains

Midfielder Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn have been named by coach Jill Ellis as captains of the U.S. Women's National Team.


January 8, 2015
TAKING THE TROPHY
Stanford's Morris, Penn State's Rodriguez win Hermann

ST. LOUIS – A player from each of the 2015 NCAA championship title teams has been named the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy winners: junior forward Jordan Morris of Stanford and senior midfielder Raquel Rodriguez of Penn State.


January 8, 2016
CHANGES
Klinsmann adds four for January camp

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made four additions to the roster for training camp in Carson, Calif.


January 7, 2016
THIRD ROUND PAIRINGS
US Open Cup play resumes April 2

CHICAGO - The pairings for the Third Open Division Qualifying Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup have been finalized. The six fixtures will take place across the country from April 2-3 and qualify the match winners for the tournament proper.


January 7, 2016
NO DOUBLE-DIPPING
MLS teams' USL affiliates no longer eligible for Open Cup

CHICAGO - U.S. Soccer has revised its Open Cup policies to allow professional clubs controlling teams at multiple levels to enter only their highest-level professional team.


January 7, 2016
HOME EARLY
Fire announces 2016 schedule

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club unveiled its 2016 regular season schedule in conjunction with Major League Soccer on Thursday. The slate includes home games against the two previous MLS Cup champions and a home-opener on the first weekend of regular-season play.


January 6, 2016
MIXING IN
Youth served in U.S. January camp

U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 23 players for the first training camp of the year, with the possibility of additions.


January 6, 2016
DRAFT ELIGIBLE
NCAA champion Nittany Lions feature on NWSL list

A total of 145 players are eligible for selection in the NWSL College Draft, the league announced Wednesday. The draft will take place at 10 a.m. ET Friday, Jan. 15 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention in Baltimore.


January 6, 2016
MOVING ON
Fire trade Nyarko to DC United

CHICAGO - The Chicago Fire announced Wednesday that the Club has acquired D.C. United's natural second round selection (33rd overall) in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for midfielder Patrick Nyarko.


January 4, 2016
LEADING THE YOUTH
Friedel, Namazi take over U19s, U18s

CHICAGO - U.S. Soccer has appointed three-time World Cup veteran Brad Friedel as Head Coach of the U-19 Men's National Team and former Iran National Team assistant coach Omid Namazi to lead the U-18 MNT program.


January 4, 2016
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOR
Ex-NASL coach Timo Liekoski named Walter Chyzowych Fund award recipient

Former North American Soccer League coach Timo Liekoski Monday was named the recipient of the 2016 Walt Chyzowych Fund lifetime Achievement award.


January 1, 2016
THURSDAY'S THE DAY
Garber: MLS will unveil 2016 schedule then



In a New Year's email to the league's fans, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber Friday said that the 2016 full schedule will be unveiled Thursday.


December 31, 2015
THE YEAR IN REVIEW
The top ten national soccer stories of 2015

Brilliant, simply brilliant. There was no other way to describe the United States' 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final on July 5.


December 31, 2015
THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Obituaries

Former U.S. Soccer Federation chairman and National Soccer Hall of Fame builder Milton Aimi passed away on January 27. He was 88.


December 31, 2015
CALLED IN
Colaprico, Johnston, Naeher and Press to train with U.S. women in January camp

CHICAGO – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis Friday named 26 players for the first training camp of 2016.


December 23, 2015
TAKING OVER THE 17s
U.S. Soccer tabs John Hackworth

CHICAGO - U.S. Soccer has appointed former Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth as the head coach of the U-17 Men’s National Team. He replaces Richie Williams, who has been named assistant coach of Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer.


December 23, 2015
DOUBLE SIGNINGS
Eleven adds Eamon Zayed, Neil Shaffer

INDIANAPOLIS Indy Eleven has signed a pair of veteran players, forward Eamon Zayed and defender Neil Shaffer.


December 22, 2015
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
U.S. Soccer honors Michael Bradley

CHICAGO – U.S. captain Michael Bradley has been voted the U.S. Soccer male player of the year, with the announcement taking place earlier Tuesday on ESPN’s SportsCenter.


December 22, 2015
OPENING AT HOME
Fire host NYC March 6 at Toyota Park

CHICAGO - The Chicago Fire will open their 2016 MLS regular season at home on Sunday, March 6 against New York City FC (1 p.m. CT / CSN Chicago).


December 22, 2015
SHIFT IN SAN ANTONIO
Scorpions drop out, Spurs to operate USL team

One of the most successful franchises in the North American Soccer League is dropping out of the league. The San Antonio Scorpions have announced that as a result of a sale of Toyota Field to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County, and a subsequent agreement with the San Antonio Spurs, the team will cease operating.


December 21, 2015
BANNED
Blatter, Platini suspended from soccer for 8 years

ZURICH, Swizterland -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been banned from all soccer activities for eight years as was UEFA president Michel Platini, the organziation's ethics committee announced Monday morning.


December 21, 2015
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: FEMI HOLLINGER-JANZEN
Meet the candidates, and vote!

Indiana’s Femi Hollinger-Janzen is one of three nominees for the Chicagoland Soccer News men’s college player of the year and a finalist for the Soccer News Net Men’s College Boot, recognizing the national player of the year.


December 20, 2015
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: JON GALLAGHER
Meet the candidates, and vote!

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


December 18, 2015
TRYOUT SET
Red Stars to test potential newcomers in February

The Chicago Red Stars will host open tryouts on February 18-19, 2016 in McCook, IL.


December 18, 2015
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: TIM DOBROWOLSKI
Meet the candidates, and vote!

Loyola senior goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski is one of three nominees for the Chicagoland Soccer News men’s college player of the year and a finalist for the Soccer News Net Men’s College Boot, recognizing the national player of the year.


December 18, 2015
LANDSLIDE VICTORY
Michael Bradley named Fútbol de Primera's player of year

SAN FRANCISCO– U.S. national team and Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley has won the 2015 Player of the Year Award, presented by Fútbol de Primera, it was announced Friday.


December 17, 2015
FILLING A VOID
UWS plans to be D II women's league

United Women's Soccer plans to launch in the spring of 2016, filling the void left by the demise of the W-League following this past season.


December 17, 2015
BACK FOR ANOTHER YEAR
Eleven signs Cardona, Keller

INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven continued to bring back more familiar faces from its 2015 roster with the re-signing of goalkeeper Keith Cardona and defender Daniel Keller.


December 17, 2015
THE COPA'S COMING
Soldier Field to host matches in the Copa America Centenario

Soldier Field will host three matches in next year's Copa America Centenario, including Group matches featuring the United States and Argentina and a tournament semifinal.


December 17, 2015
THE GROUP STAGE
USA to play in Santa Clara, Chicago, Philly at Copa America Centenario 1st round

The U.S. men's national team will play group-stage matches of the Copa America Centenario in three cities and in as many time zones. The Americans will anchor Group A and will play in in Santa Clara (JUne 3), Chicago (June 7) and Philadelphia (June 11) for Copa America Centenario.


December 17, 2015
SHOPPING LOCAL
Fire sign pair of Homegrown Players

CHICAGO - The Chicago Fire signed forward Joey Calistri and midfielder Drew Conner as Homegrown Players on Thursday. The former Fire Academy and PDL products become the seventh and eighth Homegrown Players in club history.


December 16, 2015
BITTERSWEET FAREWELL
Wambach's U.S. career ends with loss to China PR

NEW ORLEANS - China PR put a damper on Abby Wambach's retirement celebration, defeating the US Women's National Team 1-0 Wednesday in front of a record crowd of 32,950 at the Superdome.


December 16, 2015
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Carli Lloyd takes US Soccer top honor

CHICAGO - Midfielder Carli Lloyd has been voted the 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. The announcement was made Wednesday during FOX Sports 1's pre-game coverage of the USA's final Victory Tour match against China PR.


December 15, 2015
BRENER TAKES CONTROL
Buys AEG's interest in Dynamo, Dash and BBVA Compass Stadium

HOUSTON –Gabriel Brener, CEO of Brener International Group, LLC, has acquired AEG’s interests in the Houston Dynamo, the NWSL’s Houston Dash and BBVA Compass Stadium.


December 15, 2015
OPENING THE CAMPAIGN
USMNT to host Iceland, Canada in Carson

CHICAGO - The U.S. men's national team will kick off 2016 with friendlies against Iceland and Canada at the StubHub Center.


December 15, 2015
SIGNING SINISA
Indy adds Ubiparipovic from Ottawa

INDIANAPOLIS–The Indy Eleven ahs added some well travelled experience to their roster, with the acquisition of Siniša Ubiparipoviæ from the Ottawa Fury FC.


December 14, 2015
FINAL FIVE
Bradley, Dempsey, Guzan, Johnson, Yedlin are up for U.S. Soccer male player of the year

CHICAGO - U.S. Soccer Monday announced the five nominees for 2015 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year.


December 14, 2015
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: ANNA MARIA GILBERTSON
Meet the candidates, and vote!

Notre Dame senior forward Anna Maria Gilbertson 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 10, 2015
LIGA MX APERTURA
Tigres win Gran Final in pk thriller

Tigres brought a 3-0 lead into Sunday's second leg of the Apertura championship finals, but needed 120 minutes and eight rounds of penalty kicks to claim their fourth title after top seeds Pumas rallied to a 4-4 aggregate draw.


December 13, 2015
DUNN DEAL
Crystal Dunn nets game-winner for WNT against China

GLENDALE, Arizona - The US Women's National Team continued its post World Cup Victory Tour with a 2-0 win over China PR Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium in front of 19,066 fans, a record crowd to watch a WNT game in Arizona.


December 13, 2015
FIRST FOR STANFORD
Cardinal men crush Clemson to capture College Cup

KANSAS CITY, Kan.--U.S. national team striker Jordan Morris scored twice as Stanford took a 4-0 victory over Clemson in the NCAA Men’s Championship at Sporting Park Sunday, the first national title in the Cardinal’s century-long soccer history.


December 13, 2015
COLLEGE BOOT SPOTLIGHT: ELISE WYATT
Meet the candidates, and vote!

DePaul all-time leading scorer Elise Wyatt 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, 2015
WOMEN'S FINALISTS
Hermann down to Buchanan, Rodriguez and Sonnet

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--- West Virginia junior defender Kadeisha Buchanan (Brampton, Ontario), Penn State senior midfielder Raquel Rodriguez (San Jose, Costa Rica), and Virginia senior defender Emily Sonnet (Marietta, Ga.) are the women's finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy.


December 11, 2015
HERMANN FINALISTS
Allen, Herbers, Morris get nod for men's trophy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Georgetown senior forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J.), Creighton junior forward Fabian Herbers (Ahaus, Germany), and Stanford senior forward Jordan Morris (Mercer Island, Wash. were named the men's Finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy.


December 11, 2015
NSCAA MEN'S ALL -AMERICANS
First, second, third teams



December 11, 2015
TRADING THE PICK
Fire gets allocation money for Re-entry Draft slot

The Chicago Fire acquired general allocation money and the No. 17 selection in Stage One of the 2015 MLS Re-Entry Draft from FC Dallas in exchange for the Fire's top spot in the same draft on Friday.


December 11, 2015
RING IN THE NEW YEAR
Indy Eleven exercises option on midfielder

INDIANAPOLIS ---Indy Eleven has exercised the contract option on midfielder Brad Ring.


December 11, 2015
REGIONAL HONOR
NSCAA names Indiana's Maisonneuve Regional Assistant Coach of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana University associate head coach Brian Maisonneuve was named the Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America .


December 10, 2015
HIGH PRESS-URE
Press connects for three as WNT romps past T&T

SAN ANTONIO - The U.S. Women's National Team's Victory Tour continued Thursday with a lopsided 6-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago at the Alamodome.


December 10, 2015
LIGA MX APERTURA
Tigres take control of the Gran Final

Fifth-seeded Tigres shut out #1 Pumas 3-0 in the opening leg of the Apertura Gran Final Thursday at Estadio Universitario.


December 10, 2015
FINAL FIVE
Lloyd, Rapinoe, Holiday, Sauerbrunn, Solo up for U.S. Soccer female player of the year

CHICAGO - U.S. Soccer has announced the five nominees for 2015 U.S. Soccer female player of the year Thursday.


December 10, 2015
BACK TO TOYOTA PARK
Red Stars to share stadium with Fire

The Chicago Red Stars will return to Toyota Park, playing all home games in the venue for the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League season. Toyota Park was home to the Red Stars during the 2009 and 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer campaigns.


December 9, 2015
NASL INFORMER
Clubs busy as elves with post-season moves

The Ottawa Fury named Paul Dalglish head coach, taking over for Marc dos Santos, who left to join the Sporting Kansas City organization as the coach of their USL team.


December 9, 2015
BIGGER SPENDERS
MLS clubs will have $37M to spend to bolster rosters in 2016, 2017

NEW YORK -- With its goal of becoming one of the top-flight soccer leagues in the world in sight, Major League Soccer Wednesday took another step towards bulking up team rosters.


December 8, 2015
CALLING IT A CAREER
Red Stars Lori Chalupny retires

After ending her national team career, Chicago Red Stars captain Lori Chalupny has decided to hang up her boots all together.


December 7, 2015
HAVING A (NEW) BALL
MLS unveils official ball for 2016 season

NEW YORK – adidas and Major League Soccer Monday unveiled a newly designed NATIVO, the official match ball for the 2016 season.


December 6, 2015
"A GREAT FEELING"
Four decades after starting as a soccer club, Timbers finally earn their first championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 40-year wait is over. Forty years after playing and losing in its first pro soccer championship game, the Portland Timbers have a title they can call their own.


December 6, 2015
"WE'LL BE BACK"
MLS Cup disappointment strengthens Crew SC's resolve for next season

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus Crew SC entered Sunday's MLS Cup final with home field advantage and one of the league's most dangerous goalscorers in Kei Kamara. But they and the 21,747 fans, most of them in black-and-gold, at MAPFRE Stadium were in for a rude awakening from the upstart Portland Timbers.


December 6, 2015
LIGA MX APERTURA
Pumas, Tigres to Gran Final

Club America won the battle but lost the war against top seeded Pumas on Sunday, posting a 3-1 second leg win at Estadio Olimpico Universitario but falling in the Liguilla semifinals by a 4-3 aggregate score.


December 6, 2015
WHEN EAST MEETS WEST
Left coast teams dominate MLS Cup

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Historically the Western Conference has dominated MLS Cup. Well at least, the way the league is aligned today. With 20 teams, 10 in each conference the West was leading 13-6 going into Sunday’s 20th MLS Cup.


December 6, 2015
FIRST TITLE
Penn State Nittany Lion women win College Cup

CARY, N.C.--Costa Rican international Raquel Rodriguez’ 72nd-minute goal gave Penn State a 1-0 win over Duke before 10,676 fans at WakeMed Soccer Park Sunday, the Nittany Lions capturing their first NCAA Women’s Championship.


December 6, 2015
40-YEAR ITCH IS SCRATCHED
Four decades after starting as a soccer club, Portland Timbers finally earn a championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 40-year wait is over. Forty years after playing and losing in its first pro soccer championship game, the Portland Timbers have a title they can call their own.


December 6, 2015
UNPLAYABLE FIELD
U.S. Soccer cancels USWNT's Victory Tour match in Hawaii

CHICAGO - U.S. Soccer has cancelled the U.S. Women's National Team Victory Tour match scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, after a determination that the artificial turf surface is not suitable to hold an international soccer match.


December 5, 2015
SMALL MARKETS EYEING THE BIG PRIZE
Columbus, Portland vie for MLS Cup crown

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sorry folks, there are no big-name stars in Sunday's MLS Cup.

There's only a pair of hard-working small-market teams striving for some Major League Soccer glory at MAPFRE Stadium -- host Columbus Crew SC and the Portland Timbers.


December 5, 2015
MORE EXPANSION
MLS owners support growing to 28 clubs;make competition changes

Major League Soccer owners gave hope to Sacramento and other cities that want to hop on the bandwagon and get an expansion franchise, voting in Columbus on Saturday to support future expansion to 28 teams.


December 5, 2015
A COLUMBUS SCARE
Kamara injured in practice,; Berhalter hopeful striker will play Sunday

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kei Kamara, who has been an absolute terror to opposing defenders and goalkeepers all season long, gave Columbus Crew SC one big scare Saturday.


December 5, 2015
WOUNDED KNEE
Megan Rapinoe tears ACL, out of Olympic qualifying

CHICAGO - U.S. women's national team and Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe, the side's best playmaker, has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, U.S. Soccer said Saturday.


December 4, 2015
WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP ROUNDUP
Penn State, Duke advance to final

Penn State advanced to the NCAA Women's College Cup final for the second time and Duke for the third time, both taking 2-0 victories Friday night.


December 4, 2015
ALL AMERICAN HONOR
Notre Dame's Roccaro named third team

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame senior Cari Roccaro has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of American All-America Third Team, the NSCAA announced Friday.


December 4, 2015
NSCAA WOMEN'S ALL-AMERICANS
First, second, third teams

Complete list of National Soccer Coaches Association of America Women's DI All-America selections.


December 3, 2015
LIGA MX APERTURA
Liguilla semifinals first leg roundup

Top-seeded Pumas took a giant step toward the Gran Final with a 3-0 semifinal road win over shorthanded Club America Thursday at Estadio Azteca.


December 3, 2015
ROSTER MOVES
Indy picks up 8 options, declines 8 others

INDIANAPOLIS – Less than 24 hours after installing a new head coach in Tim Hankinson, Indy Eleven continued to solidify plans for its 2016 season by announcing several roster transactions.


December 3, 2015
FINAL TUNE-UP
WNT to play Ireland in last match before Olympic qualifying

CHICAGO - The U.S. Women's National Team will open its 2016 schedule against the Republic of Ireland on January 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Kickoff will be at 4 p.m. CT.


December 3, 2015
TAKING A ROLE
MLS, other pro leagues look to influence FIFA in wake of corruption

As the FIFA corruption scandal widened on Thursday with the arrest of the current president of CONCACAF Alfredo Hawit of Honduras and the President of CONMBEOL, Juan Ángel Napout of Paraguay, Major League Soccer and other professional leagues around the world are looking for a way to influence the organization.


December 2, 2015
SELECTING FROM WITHIN
Strikers hand coaching reins to General Manager

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--Fort Lauderdale Strikers General Manager Caio Zanardi will assume the club's Head Coaching duties He received a two year deal with an additional one-year option.


December 2, 2015
NEW MAN IN CHARGE
Indy Eleven names Tim Hankinson head coach

INDIANAPOLIS--- – Indy Eleven has ended its search for its permanent head coach position by hiring former North American Soccer League and Major League Soccer veteran coach Tim Hankinson .


December 2, 2015
MOST VALUABLE
Toronto's Giovinco named MLS MVP

NEW YORK – Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco was named the 2015 Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player.


December 2, 2015
RUNNING THE SHOW
SUM, IMG awarded Copa America Centenario rights

MIAMI -- CONCACAF and and South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) Wednesday announced that IMG and Soccer United Marketing have been selected to market and service the Copa America Centenario 2016’s commercial rights.


December 1, 2015
MAC HERMANN TROPHY
Men's, women's semi-finalists

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A total of 30 NCAA Division I players were named semifinalists for the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy.


December 1, 2015
MEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jon Gallagher

Notre Dame fought to the end before being defeated, 2-1, by Maryland in the third round of the NCAA Men’s Championship Sunday. And sophomore striker Jon Gallagher, the Chicagoland Soccer News Men's College Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 30, led the way as the Fighting Irish nearly pulled off a comeback after falling behind by two goals.


November 30, 2015
ROSTER MOVES
Fire exercises options on four, declines nine

The Chicago Fire has exercised options on midfielders Kingsley Bryce, Matt Polster and Harry Shipp, as well as defender Patrick Doody.


November 30, 2015
MAKING THE SHORT LIST
Lloyd finalist for FIFA women's player of the year, Ellis for women's coach of the year

It should come as no surprise that Carli Lloyd and Jill Ellis are on the FIFA short list for Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively..


November 29, 2015
LIGA MX APERTURA
Liguilla quarterfinals - second leg roundup

Tigres advanced to the Liguilla semifinals with a 1-0 win over Jaguares Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.


November 29, 2015
MLS ROUNDUP
Portland, Columbus to vie for MLS Cup

FRISCO, Texas--The Portland Timbers are headed to their first-ever MLS Cup after playing top-seeded FC Dallas to a 2-2 draw in Sunday's Western Conference Final second leg at Toyota Stadium.


November 29, 2015
UPSET
Maryland hands ND men 2-1 loss

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – No. 10 seed Maryland came to town and upset No. 7 seed Notre Dame Sunday afternoon. Maryland overcame adversity including playing the final 12 minutes with 10 men to top the Irish 2-1.


November 29, 2015
SHUT OUT
Wake Forest tops IU 1-0 in NCAA play

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – No. 1 Wake Forest proved to be a bit too much for the Hoosiers Sunday afternoon. An 88th minute goal ended IU’s season and sent the Demon Deacons to the quarterfinals of the College Cup.


November 29, 2015
MLS BEST XI
Columbus, Dallas, NYRB lead the way

NEW YORK---Players from eight different clubs, with two each from Conference Finalists, the Columbus Crew SC , FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls were named to the MLS Best XI.


November 28, 2015
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the Conference Finals

FC Dallas have battled back from one heavy deficit already during this playoff season, and will need to do so again when they host the Portland Timbers on Sunday if they are to make it to their second-ever MLS Cup final.


November 28, 2015
GO BIG OR GO HOME
Notre Dame, Maryland face off Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

No. 7 seed Notre Dame and No. 10 seed Maryland met in the first match of the season on August 28th, a 0-0 draw. Sunday the two teams meet again. Only this time one team will advance, while the other will end its season.


November 28, 2015
FACING THE DEMONS
IU men to take on No. 1 seed Wake Forest

It’s time to return to action. After topping UConn 1-0, No. 16 seed Indiana travels to North Carolina to take on the No. 1 seed Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons (16-2-2) also advanced to round three with a 1-0 win over Charlotte. Both teams are one win away from the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.


November 27, 2015
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
29 nominated for College Boot

Twenty nine 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.


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