April 9, 2014 FIRE OFFERING COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Initiative based on European programs
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — The Chicago Fire has instituted a new and formalized Soccer in the Community (SITC) program, a grassroots inspired by European clubs that will engage more than 40,000 kids and families in the greater Chicago area by offering a wide range of community-based soccer programs. The mission is to deepen the Fire's connection to the overall Chicagoland soccer community.
April 9, 2014 HIGH ASPIRATIONS
NASL tweaks playoff format, eyes berth in CONCACAF Champions League
The North American Soccer League plans to keep its new playoff format long into the future, and hopes that eventually the winner of that playoff format will get an automatic berth in the CONCACAF Champions League. But in the meantime, the league's goal is to get a team into the continental tournament through the U.S. Open Cup.
April 7, 2014 NO SINGLE FACTOR
Multiple issues led to Sermanni firing
The decision to fire U.S. Women's National Team coach Tom Sermanni on Sunday was not the result of a single factor, nor was it in response to a player uprising, according to U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, who spoke with reporters on Monday.
April 6, 2014 SPLIT DECISION
Red Stars draw De Paul, defeat Oakland
The Chicago Red Stars closed out their preseason with a 0-0 draw against DePaul University, and a 2-0 victory over Oakland University (MI) at Village of Lisle – Benedictine University Sports Complex Sunday.
April 6, 2014 ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH
Holiday, Rapinoe score in 2-0 USWNT win over China
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Lauren Holiday scored an unassisted goal in the first half and Megan Rapinoe followed with a second-half goal off a direct free kick as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated China PR 2-0 in front of 14,903 fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
April 6, 2014 MLS ROUNDUP
Galaxy dominate in SuperClasico
CARSON, Calif.—Robbie Keane and Stefan Ishikazi each had a goal and an assist, and Landon Donovan added two assists as the LA Galaxy shut out Chivas USA 3-0 in Sunday’s SuperClasico at the StubHub Center.
April 5, 2014 MLS ROUNDUP
Wild Saturday from coast to coast
PORTLAND, Ore. - Clint Dempsey scored twice in the final five minutes to complete his first career MLS hat trick as Seattle Sounders FC (2-2-1, 7 points) tied the Portland Timbers (0-2-3, 3 points) 4-4 Saturday afternoon at Providence Park.
April 5, 2014 ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
Fire confident win is on its way
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - There’s no doubt the Chicago Fire players have heart. There’s no doubt they have talent. And while a 0-1-4 record implies they cannot win, the Fire players have no doubt it’s only a matter of time.
April 5, 2014 FIGHTING BACK
Late Fire push earns 2-2 Result
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Five games into the season and the Chicago Fire is still searching for a win. The home team jumped out to a 1-0 lead, only to have the Philadelphia Union take charge and earn the 2-1 lead. The Fire equalized in the 87th minute and held on for the 2-2 draw.
April 4, 2014 MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games
Seattle Sounders FC return to Portland for the first time since the Timbers knocked them out of last season’s Western Conference semifinals 5-3, including a 3-2 second leg win at then-Jeld-Wen Field (now Providence Park).