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August 19, 2016
WILDCAT WIN
Northwestern women capture season-opener

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Brenna Lovera’s 98th-minute goal gave the Northwestern Wildcat women’s team a 1-0 win over Virginia Commonwealth in both teams’ season-opener in the JMU Tournament Friday afternoon.


August 19, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Short time can be a career in New York

When the Red Bull Arena stadium announcer declared Bradley Wright-Phillips had broken Juan Pablo Angel's club record for MLS goals with his 58th and 59th in Sunday's 3-1 victory over Montreal, the crowd of 23,459 roared its approval – as much for his perseverance if nothing else.


August 19, 2016
GOLDEN GIRLS
Germany holds off Swedes, win Olympic women's final

Germany became only the third women's soccer team to win an Olympic team Friday, defeating Sweden in the final at Maracana Stadium.


August 19, 2016
FINAL DATE SET
U.S. Open Cup title to be decided Sept. 13

The 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final between FC Dallas and the New England Revolution will be played at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, U.S. Soccer announced Friday.


August 18, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Nairn leads Spirit over Dash

HOUSTON – Christine Nairn scored two goals to lead the Washington Spirt to a 2-1 win over the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium.


August 18, 2016
LOOKING TO MAKE AN IMPACT
Fire will try to snap road skid Saturday at Stade Saputo

The Chicago Fire hit the road again on Saturday to take on the Montreal Impact for the second time this season (6:30 pm CT, CSN+), as they again hope they can lay to rest their 39 game winless streak and find redemption from a tough 2-1 loss to the Canadian side back in April at Toyota Park.


August 18, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Armada advances, Loons snap streak

The Jacksonville Armada improved its unbeaten streak to three games and moved into ninth place in the NASL Fall Season standings with a 1-1 tie with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Community First Park Wednesday night.


August 17, 2016
RFK ENCOUNTER
USMNT to meet New Zealand Oct. 11

CHICAGO -- For the third time, the U.S. Men's National Team will face Oceania champion New Zealand in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11.


August 16, 2016
DEATH OF A PRESIDENT
Ex-FIFA president Joao Havelange dies at 100

Former FIFA president Joao Havelange, who turned the organization into a multi-billionaire business before corruption caught up to soccer's governing body, died Tuesday morning. He was 100.


August 14, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dynamo salvage shorthanded draw

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire blew an early lead, but rallied to a 2-2 draw with Orlando City SC Sunday at Toyota Park.


August 14, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dynamo salvage shorthanded draw

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire blew an early lead, but rallied to a 2-2 draw with Orlando City SC Sunday at Toyota Park.


August 14, 2016
WELL-ADJUSTED
Fire find right formula in second half

Despite their road woes this season (and prior), the Chicago Fire extended their home unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 2-2 draw with Orlando City SC at Toyota Park Sunday afternoon.


August 14, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eleven edges Rayo, keeps league lead

The Indy Eleven maintained its hold on first place in the NASL Fall Season standings with a 2-1 win over Rayo OKC at Carroll Stadium Saturday night.


August 14, 2016
SPLITTING THE POINTS
Fire break losing streak against Orlando City

The Chicago Fire returned home Sunday afternoon, after back-to-back league and Open Cup losses to face a struggling Orlando City SC. The Fire took an early lead, thanks to John Goossens, but Orlando got two unanswered goals from Cyle Larin and Kaka in the first half. A second half equalizer from Razvan Cocis sent both teams home with a point in a 2-2 draw in front of 18,148 at Toyota Park.


August 13, 2016
TARGETING A STRIKER
Fire looking for offense against Orlando

The Chicago Fire (4-11-6, 18 points) return to Toyota Park on Sunday, after a two-game road trip that included an exit from U.S. Open Cup play, facing Orlando City SC (5-6-11, 26 points) for the second time this season.


August 12, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Quakes edge Caps

VANCOUVER--Simon Dawkins' 60th-minute goal gave the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC Friday at BC Place.


August 12, 2016
SORE LOSER
Solo claims Sweden was 'cowards' after USA elimination

Well, Hope Solo was at it again Friday afternoon. No, she wasn't making any saves to save the U.S. women's bacon in their Olympic quarter final elimination to Sweden in Brasilia, Brazil. It was her reaction to the defeat after the Swedes handed the Americans their earliest elimination from a tournament -- Women's World Cup or Olympics.


August 12, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
The most devastating result in U.S. women's soccer history

Sooner or later, it was going to happen. Sooner or later, the United States women were going to slip and not reach the final four of a major FIFA tournament for the first time. Well, sooner happened Friday afternoon.


August 12, 2016
A DEVASTATING ELIMINATION
Three-time defending champion U.S. women lose to Sweden in penalties, ousted from Olympic quarterfinals

For the first time in six Olympic appearances, the three-time defending Olympic champion United States women have failed to reach the semifinals. The Americans were eliminated by Sweden on penalty kicks, 4-3, in the Olympic women's soccer quarterfinals at Mane Garrincha Stadium Friday afternoon.



THAT FACE IS FAMILIAR
In the quarterfinals, USA women will take on their former coach who led them to last 2 gold medals

Pia Sundhage has found herself in a giant role reversal. Sundhage, who directed the United States to the last two gold medals in the Olympic women's soccer tournament, will use everything at her disposal to try and block the Americans' attempt to reach the Rio Summer Games final and vie for its fourth consecutive championship.


August 11, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Trophies, Tennessee and transfers

Victories by New England and Dallas over Chicago and Los Angeles, respectively, in the Lamar Hunt/ U.S. Open Cup semifinals this week give both teams another chance to fill two of the barest trophy cases in all of MLS, even including all the expansion teams since the original 10 and the folded teams.


August 10, 2016
'07 REMATCH
FC Dallas stuns Galaxy with two late goals

CARSON, Calif. -- FC Dallas scored on two late corner kicks to take a 2-1 extra time win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup at the StubHub Center Wednesday night.


August 10, 2016
SPINNING WHEELS
Fire's Cup campaign stalls in semis

The Chicago Fire hoped to make their seventh Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Tuesday night as they took on the New England Revolution. But the Fire’s fourth consecutive semifinal appearance ended as the previous three did, the Revolution getting goals from Kei Kamara, Je-Vaughn Watson and Teal Bunbury to propel them past the Fire by a score of 3-1 in Foxborough, Mass.


August 10, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
USA must hope for better performance from its GK in quarterfinals or it could feel so low

If you're an optimist, you will point out that that was only the group stage, that Hope Solo got a howler of a performance out of her system and that the United States women will start anew in the knockout round of the Rio Olympics.


August 9, 2016
QUEST OVER
Fire's Open Cup run ends with semifinal loss to New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The Chicago Fire's quest to reach their seventh-ever U.S. Open Cup Final ended Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium, with a 3-1 loss to the New England Revolution.


August 9, 2016
A QUESTIONABLE SOLO PERFORMANCE
Despite surrendering late free kick in 2-2 tie with Colombia, USA women still wins Olympic Group G

It’s a good thing the United States’ 2-2 draw with Colombia was a group stage match and not a knockout round encounter. In one of her shakiest performances, goalkeeper Hope Solo allowed two free kicks, including the equalizer in the 90th minute of their Group G encounter at Tuesday night.


August 7, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Epic day for Dempsey, epic rally for LAG

PORTLAND, Ore.--The Portland Timbers scored three second-half goals to pull away from Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Sunday at Providence Park.


August 7, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Cosmos draw Rayo OKC 1-1

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Cosmos squandered an opportunity to move into a first-place tie with Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League fall standings and overall table, playing to a 1-1 draw with Rayo OKC Sunday afternoon.


August 7, 2016
ALREADY FORGOTTEN
Fire shake off RSL loss, keep focus on Tuesday's Open Cup semifinal

The Chicago Fire faced Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night for the first time since 2013. While the Fire won that game on the back of a Marco Pappa hat trick, Saturday's outcome was far different, with the Fire falling 3-1, and extending RSL's home unbeaten record to 6-0-5.


August 6, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
3 more for Gio; Rimando notches record win

WASHINGTON, DC--Steve Birnbaum scored in stoppage time to lift DC United into a 2-2 comeback draw with the Philadelphia Union Saturday night at RFK Stadium.


August 6, 2016
LOOKING AHEAD
With an eye to Open Cup semi, Paunovic rests regulars in loss to RSL

SANDY, Utah--Javier Morales had two goals and an assist to lead Real Salt Lake past the Chicago Fire 3-1 Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.


August 6, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Indy moves into first

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--- Charles Eloundou scored two goals as the Jacksonville Armada FC held off the Carolina RailHawks in a 2-2 draw at Community First Parl Saturday night.


August 6, 2016
LATE HEROICS
Smart goal keeps Indy unbeaten at home

INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven stayed undefeated at home with more late drama, as a 92nd minute goal by midfielder Don Smart lifted them to a 1-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC in front of 7,760 spectators at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium.


August 6, 2016
SAME OLD, SAME OLD
Lloyd's goal, Solo's superb saves lift undefeated USA women over France in Olympics

Two veteran players pulled off familiar heroics for the United States, which moved closer to clinching a quarterfinal berth at the Rio Olympics Saturday. Midfielder Carli Lloyd scored the lone goal and goalkeeper Hope Solo stopped everything sent her way as the top-ranked Americans survived a late onslaught by No. 3 France, 1-0, in Group G at the Rio Olympics.


August 5, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Scoreless in San Jose

SAN JOSE--New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders earned his keep and then some in a scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium Friday night.


August 5, 2016
REAL CHOICES
Will Paunovic hold players back against RSL for Open Cup semi on Tuesday?

The Chicago Fire (4-10-6, 18 points) hit the road again Saturday night to open one of, if not the most important two-game set in their season, as they travel to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake (9-7-7, 34 points), before heading cross country to face the New England Revolution in Tuesday night's US Open Cup semifinal.


August 4, 2016
TUNING IN
NBCSN averages 1.3 million for USWNT game

RIO DE JANEIRO ––NBCSN averaged 1.3 million viewers for the U.S. women’s soccer team’s 2-0 victory over New Zealand Wednesday day on the opening day of soccer competition at the Rio Olympics – topping by 107% the viewership for the team’s 2012 London Olympics opener (629,000 viewers for U.S.-France).


August 4, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Lies, damn lies – better known as statistics

Don't mistake Peter Vermes for Sigi Schmid, but in the same week the latter was fired, the former put himself in the same sentence with MLS' winningest coach.


August 4, 2016
SUSPENDED
Thiam will miss Fire's next game

NEW YORK -- The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended midfielder Khaly Thiam for one game and issued an undisclosed fine for serious foul play in the 37th minute of the Chicago Fire's game against the New York Red Bulls on July 31.


August 3, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Indy's Zayed hangs a hat trick

INDIANAPOLIS –Eamon Zayed registered a hat trick as the Indy Eleven set a club record for most goals scored in an NASL regular season game en route to a 5-2 win over the Jacksonville Armada FC in front of 8,017 fans at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium.


August 3, 2016
HANGING HIS HAT
Zayed leads Eleven to 5-2 win

INDIANAPOLIS –Eamon Zayed registered a hat trick as the Indy Eleven set a club record for most goals scored in an NASL regular season game enroute to a 5-2 win over the Jacksonville Armada FC in front of 8,017 fans at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium.


August 3, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Reds top RSL

TORONTO--Tosaint Ricketts opened his MLS scoring account with the 68th-minute game-winner as Toronto FC edged Real Salt Lake 1-0 Wednesday night at BMO Field.


August 3, 2016
WHEELING AND DEALING
Fire close transfer window with flurry of activity

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire were busy as Deadline Day came and went on Wednesday. When the transfer window closed at midnight, they had allocation money and picks for U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya and two new forwards, one acquired via an international transfer and the other from the Colorado Rapids.


August 3, 2016
STRIKING ACQUISITION
Fire add another forward in deal with Rapids

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has acquired Argentinan striker Luis Solignac from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for General Allocation Money, the team announced Friday.


August 3, 2016
RUNNING IN RIO
USWNT opens Olympics with 2-0 win

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil---Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan each scored as the United State Women's National Team opened the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics with a 2-0 win over New Zealand at Mineirăo Stadium Wednesday.


August 3, 2016
SIZABLE SIGNING
Fire adds Armenian striker Arshakyan

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has acquired striker Armenian striker David Arshakyan from the Lithuanian A Lyga’s FK Trakai, the team announced Wednesday.


August 3, 2016
BUILDING FOR FUTURE
Fire makes deal with Union for Bedoya

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire acquired allocation money, a draft pick and Discovery Priority from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for the right to sign U.S. national team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, the team announced Wednesday.


August 3, 2016
NEXT UP
USWNT sets post-Olympic Games dates

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Women's National Team will meet Thailand and the Netherlands in its first two matches following the Olympic Games, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.


August 2, 2016
FIRST-TEAMERS
Blue Heat leads inaugural UWS all-league team

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Three members of the champion Santa Clarita Blue Heat have been named to the inaugural United Women’s Soccer first team, the league announced Tuesday.


July 31, 2016
DEMORALIZING RESULT
Fire hit hard by draw with Red Bulls

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire snatched another game from the clutches of victory Sunday night, as a 90th minute goal from New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips sent both teams home with a point, in a game that ended in a 2-2 draw.


July 31, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dallas tightens grip on top spot; Giovinco powers Toronto - again

KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Jacob Peterson's 50th-minute goal lifted Sporting Kansas City (10-10-4, 34 pts) over the Portland Timbers 1-0 Sunday at rainswept Children's Mercy Park.


July 31, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Winners crowned

FRISCO, Texas — The remaining champions were crowned Sunday at the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Toyota Soccer Center.


July 31, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Spirit, Breakers come up winners

BOYDS, Md. – First-half goals from midfielder Estefania Banini and forward Cheyna Williams and a second-half goal in stoppage time from defender Alyssa Kleiner led the Washington Spirit to a 3-1 win over Sky Blue FC at Maryland SoccerPlex Sunday afternoon.


July 31, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eddies blank RailHakws 1-0

EDMONTON, AB - FC Edmonton registered their eight consecutive win at Clarke Field, defeating Carolina RailHawks 1-0 on Sunday.


July 31, 2016
TOUGH POINT
Fire and Red Bulls draw 1-1

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--Matt Polster scored a goal for both sides as the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls battled to a 2-2 draw Sunday night at Toyota Park.


July 30, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Thorns, Red Stars take 1-0 wins

HOUSTON – – Western New York Flash forward Lynn Williams’ late second half goal salvaged a draw for the visitors at BBVA Compass Stadium Saturday in a 3-3 match with the Houston Dash.


July 30, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Four champions crowned

FRISCO, Texas — Four of the 14 champions were crowned Saturday night at the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Toyota Soccer Center.


July 30, 2016
MAKING HER MARK
Newcomer McCaffrey gives Red Stars 1-0 win

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Stephanie McCaffrey scored her first goal of the season as the Chicago Red Stars battled to a 1-0 victory over FC Kansas City at Toyota Park Saturday night.


July 30, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Strikers close Lockhart with a win

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers closed their final match at Lockhart Stadium, their home since 1977, with a 1-0 victory over the Jacksonville Armada thanks to a late goal by Maicon Santos.


July 30, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
NYC routs Rapids

BRONX, NY--Frank Lampard netted the first hat trick in New York City FC history as the Eastern Conference leaders hammered the shorthanded Colorado Rapids 5-1 Saturday at Yankee Stadium.


July 30, 2016
SLIPPING IN THE SUNSHINE
Indy fall to Miami FC 2-1

MIAMI – Goals by Dario Cvitanich and substitute Ariel Pedro Martinez gave Miami FC a 2-1 win over the Indy Eleven at FIU Stadium Saturday night.


July 30, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Finalists all set

FRISCO, Texas — Several teams are one step closer to realizing the ultimate youth soccer dream after securing a spot in Sunday’s final matches with semifinal victories at the US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Toyota Soccer Center on Saturday morning.


July 29, 2016
ROSTER DEVELOPMENT
Fire sends striker to D.C. United

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has traded Nigerian striker Kennedy Igboananike to D.C. United in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and a third-round selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, the team announced Friday.


July 29, 2016
BACK IN ACTION
Fire host Red Bulls Sunday at Toyota Park

The Chicago Fire used the break provided by this week’s All Star festivities to reset and rest from training for a few days before preparing to take on New York Red Bulls Sunday at Toyota Park (6:00 pm CT, CSN).


July 28, 2016
NO-STAR GAME
Young Gunners defeat MLS All-Stars, 2-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Arsenal FC went with a no-star lineup in the second half, and the Gunners were good enough to edge the MLS All-Stars, 2-1, at Avaya Stadium Thursday night.


July 28, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Finalists for U-13, U-19 set

FRISCO, Texas —Finalists for the U-13 and U-19 groups at the US Youth Soccer Championships at the Toyota Soccer Center have been set.


July 28, 2016
MLS INFORMER
MLS' all-star record can be measured differently

Since switching the format of the MLS all-star game from an intra-league affair to essentially a club friendly in 2003, the results have been somewhat mixed – depending on how you view the game.


July 27, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Ottawa, Edmonton, OKC winners

OTTAWA, ON - Carl Haworth and an own goal helped the Ottawa Fury FC to a 2-0 win over the Carolina RailHawks at TD Place Wednesday night.


July 27, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
FC Florida gets past defending champs Kickers SC Arsenal to advance

FRISCO, Texas — For the second straight game, FC Florida 96/97 Elite (FL) used a big second half to pull away for a win — this time a 4-2 victory over 2013 National Champion Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal (NY-E) on the second day of play at the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships.


July 26, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Newcomer falls in first match

FRISCO, Texas--- In a matchup between two newcomers to the National Championships, U-17 Girls CR S Burgundy Rapids (NC) started off with a 1-0 victory over Team Chicago Academy – Brasilia (IL) at the US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Toyota Soccer Complex on Tuesday.


July 26, 2016
TIME FOR CHANGE
Schmid, Sounders 'part ways' after eight years

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Seattle Sounders and coach Sigi Schmid have “agreed to mutually part ways,” the team announced Tuesday.


July 24, 2016
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
With a voice, WNT players can do greater good

On Saturday, the WNBA rescinded a fine it had issued to several teams and players because the players used pregame warm-up gear to promote social causes.

It wasn't that the league objected to the players taking a social stance, hence the rescinding of the fine. The players in question wore shirts that said #BlackLivesMatter and #Dallas5.

That’s not exactly a soccer story. But it is relevant.


July 24, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Red Bulls win Hudson River Derby; KC rout Sounders

HARRISON, N.J. -- Bradley Wright-Phillips led the way with two goal as the New York Red Bulls thrashed New York City FC 4-1 in Sunday's Hudson River Derby match at steamy Red Bull Arena.


July 23, 2016
GOING DOWN FIGHTING
Fire pay dearly for single mistake in Saturday's match against New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--A costly mistake sent the Chicago Fire home with no points Saturday night, as the New England Revolution capitalized on a late error from goalkeeper Sean Johnson in the 85th minute, scoring on a set piece and extending Chicago’s road winless streak to 35 games with a 1-0 win.


July 23, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Seattle, Sky Blue, KC post wins

ROCHESTER, NY---FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart made 14 saves and Shea Groom scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Western New York Flash at Rochester Rhinos Stadium Saturday night.


July 23, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Star power shines in Toronto, Montreal

PORTLAND, Ore.---The Los Angeles Galaxy got early goals from Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes on the way to a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers Saturday at Providence Park.


July 23, 2016
DASHING TO A DRAW
Red Stars squander early lead, tie Houston

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Red Stars scored early, then conceded an 82nd-minute goal in drawing, 1-1, with the Houston Dash Saturday night.


July 23, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Puerto Rico nets first win

JACKSONVILLE — A first half goal from newcomer Thomas Stewart and Carl Haworth's team-leading fourth of the season gave the Ottawa Fury FC a 2-0 win over the Jacksonville Armada at Community First Park Saturday.


July 23, 2016
BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN
Eleven top Eddies 1-0

INDIANAPOLIS – Greg Janicki scored the only goal of the game, giving the Indy Eleven a 1-0 win over Edmonton FC at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday evening


July 23, 2016
LATE LETDOWN
Fire surrender late goal for 1-0 loss to New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The effort was better, but the result was the same. The Chicago Fire extended their road winless streak to an unthinkable 35 games with a 1-0 loss to the New England Revolution Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.


July 22, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
RSL pull out draw with San Jose

SANDY, Utah--Luke Mulholland's 64th-minute goal lifted Real Salt Lake into a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes Friday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.


July 22, 2016
SHE'S BACK
Carli Lloyd leads USWNT to victory in final Olympic sendoff match

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Captain Carli Lloyd scored her first goal since returning from a knee sprain as the U.S. Women’s National Team took a 4-0 victory over Costa Rica in an Olympic Games sendoff match at Children’s Mercy Park Friday night.


July 22, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Miami FC draws RailHawks 3-3

CARY, NC - Jamie Chavez scored two goals, including the 80th minute equalizer as Miami FC played the Carolina RailHawks to a 3-3 draw at WakeMed Soccer Park Friday night.


July 22, 2016
PAYING IT FORWARD
Red Stars acquire USWNT attacker Stephanie McCaffrey

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Red Stars have acquired forward Stephanie McCaffrey from the Boston Breakers in exchange for four draft choices and an international roster spot, the team announced Friday.


July 22, 2016
BACK ON THE ROAD
Fire take epic winless streak to New England

After advancing in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday against the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the Chicago Fire (4-9-5, 17 points) have another chance to erase their MLS road woes against Eastern Conference rivals the New England Revolution (5-7-8, 23 points) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough (CSN Chicago Plus, 6:30pm CST).


July 21, 2016
IT'S AS EASY AS NBC
How to catch U.S. women in the Olympics

All three Olympic group matches for the U.S. women will be available across a wide array of options, airing on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), NBC Universo and the Soccer Specialty Channel as well as on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday.


July 20, 2016
RECORD RUN
Fire qualify for 12th US Open Cup semifinal

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire easily handled NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Wednesday night's Lamar Hunt US Open Cup quarterfinal at Toyota Park, , controlling from the start of the match and winning easily by a score of 3-0.


July 20, 2016
INSTANT REPLAY
Human, not tech, issues may be biggest hurdle for video



July 20, 2016
ANOTHER SEMIFINAL
Fire blanks Strikers in U.S. Open Cup quarters

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has returned to semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the fifth time in six seasons. The Fire used first half goals by David Accam and Michael de Leeuw, plus a second-half score by Khaly Thiam, to take a 3-0 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in a quarterfinal match at Toyota Park Wednesday night.


July 19, 2016
HARDWARE HUNT
Fire's Cup quest continues Wednesday against Strikers

The Chicago Fire hit the pause button on the MLS season for a midweek Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers Wednesday night at Toyota Park (7:30 pm).


July 17, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Timbers' streak at 9; NYC tightens hold on MLS East

PORTLAND, Ore.--Diego Valeri scored two goals and Lucas Melano had two assists as the Portland Timbers defeated Seattle Sounders FC 3-1 Sunday at Providence Park.


July 17, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Sky Blue edges Breakers

ALLSTON, Mass. – Sarah Killion, Leah Galton and Erica Skroski scored to give Sky Blue FC a 3-2 win over the Boston Breakers at Jordan Field Sunday.


July 17, 2016
HE'S AN ALL-STAR
Fire's Vincent selected for MLS team

NEW YORK -- Chicago Fire defender Brandon Vincent has been selected to play in the MLS All-Star Game, the league announced Sunday.


July 17, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eddies extend home streak

EDMONTON, AB - FC Edmonton registered their sixth consecutive win at Clarke Field with a 1-0 victory over Canadian rival Ottawa Fury FC on Sunday afternoon.


July 17, 2016
DEFENSIVE LETDOWN
Reshuffled Fire backline no match for FC Dallas

The Chicago Fire (4-9-5, 17 points) continued their road struggles Saturday night against Western Conference leading FC Dallas (12-6-4, 40 points), falling 3-1 in Frisco, Texas and extending their road winless streak to 34 games, dating back to July 12, 2014.


July 16, 2016
NASL SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming game

The Canadian Derby returns to Clarke Field with FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC on different ends of the spectrum.


July 16, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
FCD take Brimstone Cup; 9-man Quakes rock TFC

COLUMBUS, Ohio--- Second half substitute Fabian Espindola scored in the 88th minute to give DC United a 1-1 draw against man-down Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday night.


July 16, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Houston ends drought with big win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Estefania Banini scored twice as the Washington Spirit took a 3-2 win over defending NWSL champion FC Kansas City before a 2,013 crowd Saturday night.


July 16, 2016
STREAK STOPPED
Red Stars shut out Pride

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Chicago Red Stars snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Orlando Pride at Camping World Stadium Saturday night.


July 16, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Loons snap Indy's streak

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joe Cole and Eric Avila carried the Tampa Bay Rowdies with a pair of spectacular goals in a 3-0 home win over Puerto Rico FC at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night.


July 16, 2016
BRIMSTONE BLITZ
Fire outplayed 3-1 by FC Dallas

FRISCO, Texas-- Looking ahead to Wednesday night's US Open Cup quarterfinal against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, the Chicago Fire rested numerous starters on Saturday night against FC Dallas, and the Supporters' Shield leaders took full advantage, roaring to a 3-1 win at Toyota Stadium.


July 16, 2016
SNAPPED
United ends Indy Eleven's unbeaten streak

BLAINE, Minn.---Minnesota United ended Indy Eleven’s NASL record-tying 13-game undefeated streak, scoring twice in the opening minutes to earn a 2-0 win in front of a franchise record crowd of 9,460 at the National Sports Center Stadium Saturday night.


July 16, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Portland comes into the weekend unbeaten in eight games, but has only one win its last five and one goal in its last three matches.


July 15, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Galaxy edge Dynamo

CARSON, Calif.--They didn't get many points for style, but the LA Galaxy did what they needed to do to eke out a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo Friday night at the StubHub Center.


July 15, 2016
NASL SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The Carolina RailHawks take to the road after an incredible week that started with a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Then, the RailHawks played West Ham United to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday night and announced Mexican star Omar Bravo as the club's newest signing at halftime - Bravo played the final 10 minutes in the friendly.


July 15, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Columbus is winless in its last six, and D.C., although it has a win, has only three goals in its last half dozen matches (and that includes a goalless penalty kick loss to the NASL's Fort Lauderdale in the U.S. Open Cup).


July 15, 2016
AIM HIGH
Fire try to snap road skid against league-leading FC Dallas

The Chicago Fire (4-8-5, 17 points) are coming off their second win in their last three league matches after Michael de Leeuw’s first half goal was enough to beat Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. The team now turns around quickly once again, this time heading back out on the road to face the red hot FC Dallas (11-6-4, 37 points) at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night (CSN Chicago Plus, 8pm CST).


July 15, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Remembering some nice times in Nice and in Paris on Bastille Day during more innocent times

My heart, thoughts, sympathies and prayers go out to the victims of the latest tragedy that occurred in Nice, France Thursday night.


July 15, 2016
MLS ALL-STAR ROSTER
Will be revealed at NYC FC-Montreal halftime

The Major League Soccer all-star game-day roster – as chosen by all-star head coach Dominic Kinnear – will be unveiled Sunday during ESPN’s halftime coverage of Montreal Impact vs. New York City FC.


July 14, 2016
MLS FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming game

For the second time this season the Galaxy will be without Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong for an extended period because of what might charitably be termed an ill-advised tackle.


July 14, 2016
RECORD STREAK
Indy Eleven storms past Strikers

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven waited out a three-hour weather delay, then took a 3-0 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, upping its unbeaten streak to 13 games, tying the NASL modern era record in a match that ended at Carroll Stadium early Thursday morning.


July 13, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Sounders blitz FCD, de Leeuw opens his account for Fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC exchanged second-half goals on their way to a 1-1 tie Wednesday night at MAPFRE Stadium.


July 13, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Cosmos, Indy both win by 3-0

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.---Andres Flores had a goal and an assist to lead the New York Cosmos to a 3-0 win over the Jacksonville Armada FC in front of 3,827 fans at Shuart Stadium Wednesday night


July 13, 2016
DE LEEUW MAKES HIS MARK
Nets game-winner for Fire against SKC

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--After a nearly two-hour rain delay, the Chicago Fire (4-8-5, 17 points) defeated Sporting Kansas City (8-9-4, 28 points) 1-0 at Toyota Park Wednesday night.


July 13, 2016
MLS INFORMER
The Americas' League

MLS has long touted its efforts to lure home U.S. national team regulars from Europe. It may start adding their Canadian counterparts to that mission.


July 11, 2016
MLS HOMEGROWN TEAM
Fire's Calistri selected for match against Mexico U20s

NEW YORK -- Chicago Fire forward Joey Calistri has been selected to the 20-man roster for the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game by coach Landon Donovan, the league announced Tuesday.


July 12, 2016
MLS WEDNESDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Columbus Crew SC come home after three straight losses on the road – including a U.S. Open Cup elimination defeat at Chicago.


July 12, 2016
YA GOTTA BELIEVE
Fire hope return to Toyota Park will get them back on the winning track

The Chicago Fire (3-8-5, 14 points) return home for a mid-week match against Sporting Kansas City (8-8-4, 28 points) on Wednesday night (CSN Chicago, 7:30pm CST). The short turnaround comes off their 1-0 road loss to Toronto FC, their league leading 33rd match away from Toyota Park without a win.


July 11, 2016
RIO BOUND
Red Stars' Naeher, Johnston, Press named to U.S. Olympic team

Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, defender Julie Johnston and forward Christen Press have been named to the U.S. Women’s team Olympic Games roster, announced by coach Jill Ellis Tuesday.


July 10, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Pride rally past Breakers in stoppage time

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Midfielder Kristen Edmonds converted two late goals to rally the Orlando Pride to a 2-1 win over the Boston Breakers at Camping World Stadium Sunday night.


July 10, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
No goals at RBA; Sporting end NYC's run

HARRISON, NJ-- The New York Red Bulls played to a 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are undefeated in their last six home games, with five shutouts in that stretch.


July 10, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eddies, Rayo OKC post clean sheets

EDMONTON, AB - Daryl Fordyce scored the only goal and Matt VanOekel registered his fifth clean sheet of the season as FC Edmonton defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-0 at Clarke Field Sunday.


July 9, 2016
SHAKING IT OFF
Paunovic stays positive after another Fire road loss

TORONTO--The Chicago Fire (3-8-5, 14 points) hoped that they could register back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they visited Toronto FC (6-6-5, 23 points) on Saturday. However they instead extended their road winless streak to 33 games, after Justin Morrow put Toronto ahead in the ninth minute and the home team never looked back, leading Toronto to the 1-0 win.


July 9, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Thorns drop first, Flash edges Reign

ROCHESTER, NY ---Abby Erceg had a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Western New York Flash to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Reign FC at Frontier Field.


July 9, 2016
NASL SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Ottawa Fury FC is looking to shake off a tough start to the Spring Season after losing 2-1 against the New York Cosmos, and the Canadian side will try to do so without the services of their top goalkeeper, Romuald Peiser, who received a red card last game.


July 9, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Cosmos win late, Indy, Armada extend streaks

MIAMI -- Lucky Mkosana tallied his second goal of the game two minutes into stoppage time to give the New York Cosmos their second road win of the season, 3-2 over Miami FC at FIU Stadium Saturday.


July 9, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch's confidence in rookie Alex Muyl will be on display as the 20-year-old forward will in all likelihood assume the right side slot vacated by Lloyd Sam's trade to D.C. earlier this week.


July 9, 2016
TWELVE AND COUNTING
Indy remain unbeaten with 1-0 win

INDIANAPOLIS --Dylan Mares scored a late goal, giving the Indy Eleven a 1-0 win over Minnesota United at Carroll Stadium Saturday.


July 9, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Revs, Union romp; Rapids pull out dramatic draw

SEATTLE--The LA Galaxy got an early goal from Robbie Keane and a couple of lucky breaks down the stretch to hold on for an unconvincing 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC Saturday at CenturyLink Field.


July 9, 2016
SAME OLD STORY
Fire drop another road decision, 1-0 to Toronto

TORONTO--Justin Morrow scored the only goal Toronto FC needed to slip past the Chicago Fire 1-0 Saturday at BMO Field.


July 9, 2016
FALLING STARS
Chicago rattled by Spirit 2-0

BOYDS, Md. – Goals by Estefania Banini and Katie Stengel gave the Washington Spirit a 2-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars at the Maryland Soccer Complex Saturday.


July 9, 2016
SOLO EFFORT
USWNT blanks South Africa, 1-0

CHICAGO -- Hope Solo became the first goalkeeper to earn 100 international shutouts as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated South Africa, 1-0, in the teams’ first meeting before a crowd of 19,272 at Soldier Field Saturday.


July 9, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The two most experienced coaches in MLS face off for the first of two times in 11 days when Bruce Arena's LA Galaxy clashes with Sigi Schmid's Seattle Sounders.


July 8, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dynamo escape West cellar; Urruti's dazzler lifts FCD

ORLANDO--The Houston Dynamo posted their second straight shutout with Friday night's weather-delayed scoreless draw with Orlando City SC at Camping World Stadium.


July 8, 2016
NASL SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Jacksonville Armada FC and Puerto Rico FC are both coming off 1-1 draws in their Fall Season openers.


July 8, 2016
THE MISSING INGREDIENT?
Fire hope de Leeuw stabilizes their offense, starting Saturday against TFC

The Chicago Fire (3-7-5, 14 points) hope they can make it three wins in a row across all competitions on Saturday when they travel north of the border to take on Toronto FC (5-6-5, 20 points) at BMO Field (CSN Chicago, 6:30pm CST).


July 8, 2016
IN TALKS?
Report: Klinsmann in discussions to become England coach

U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann is believed to be talking with the English Football Association over becoming coach of the England national side, The Guardian reported Friday.


July 8, 2016
U.S.-MEXICO OPENER?
CONCACAF sets up Hexagonal schedule

MIAMI -- The schedule of matches for the final round of World Cup qualifying was announced after an official draw at CONCACAF headquarters Friday.


July 7, 2016
MLS FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Orlando comes into the match four days after its worst loss of the season, 4-0 to Dallas, and two days after the dismissal of coach Adrian Heath, who had been with the club for five years starting with its USL birth.


July 7, 2016
MLS ALL-STAR ANNOUNCEMENT
Fan XI selection will be announced during halftime of Sounders-Galaxy game Saturday

The 2016 All-Star Fan XI selections for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game will be unveiled Saturday during ESPN’s halftime coverage of the Seattle Sounders FC-LA Galaxy game.


July 6, 2016
READY FOR HIS DEBUT
De Leeuw expected to see action for Fire Saturday at TFC

The Chicago Fire have endured a long stretch of games after officially signing Dutch striker Michael de Leeuw, waiting for the July transfer window to open in order to officially add him to the roster and make him available for games. De Leeuw was officially added when the window opened on Monday, and he will get his first appearance for the club this Saturday when the Fire travel north of the border to take on Toronto FC at BMO Field.


July 6, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Winning the battle, losing the war – or vice versa

It's one of those moments when victory not only feels like a loss, it is a loss – a big, painful one. Vancouver seemed set to win a second straight Canadian Championship title last week, yet seized defeat from the steel jaws of victory.


July 6, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
NYC widens lead in the East

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Frank Lampard scored his third goal of the season to give New York City FC a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution and a four-point hold on first place in the MLS East Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.


July 5, 2016
MLS WEDNESDAY
A look at the upcoming game

Three straight victories – the last two by shutout – after a five-game winless streak, which included elimination from the U.S. Open Cup by the NASL's New York Cosmos -- has moved NYC to the top of the Eastern Conference.


July 4, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
FC Dallas romp to the top of MLS West; Keane helps Galaxy snap skid

FRISCO, Texas---FC Dallas got the July 4 fireworks started early on Monday night, cruising to a 4-0 win over Orlando City SC before a sellout crowd of 16,195 at Toyota Stadium.


July 3, 2016
MLS MONDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Since going on a five-game unbeaten streak – not counting U.S. Open Cup games -- Portland has climbed four spots in the Western Conference. Diego Valeri has scored five goals during the run, three on penalties.


July 3, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
NYC takes revenge on Red Bulls; Sporting outlast Columbus

BRONX, NY--New York City FC took over first place in the MLS East with Sunday's 2-0 Hudson River derby win over the New York Red Bulls Sunday at Yankee Stadium.


July 2, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Kawasumi brace leads Reign

BOYDS, Md. -- The Washington Spirit rallied in the second half for 2-0 win over FC Kansas City at the Maryland SoccerPlex Saturday night.


July 2, 2015
NASL ROUNDUP
Minnesota routs RailHawks, Inmdy still unbeaten

FORT LAUDERDALE---Gale Agbossoumonde scored in the 53rd minute to give the Fort Lauderdale Strikers a 1-1 tie with Miami FC in a Coastal Cup match in front of 1,431 fans at Lockhart Stadium Saturday night.


July 2, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The Red Bulls have won all four meetings since NYCFC came into the league last year, and the last on May 21 was the most lopsided of all: a 7-0 rout that equaled the biggest margin of victory in MLS history.


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