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April 26, 2016
MOTOR CITY SOCCER
Detroit making a bid for MLS expansion team

An investor group is being formed to bring an MLS expansion team to downtown Detroit, Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert announced Tuesday.


April 26, 2016
SUCCESSFUL SURGERY
Heart transplant for U.S. Soccer CEO Flynn

U.S. Soccer CEO/secretary general Dan Flynn underwent heart transplant surgery Tuesday morning, according to the organization.


April 25, 2016
WOUNDED KNEE
Lloyd sidelined 3 to 6 weeks

U.S. women's international midfielder Carli Lloyd suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain and will miss from three to six weeks with the Houston Dash, the National Women's Soccer League team said Monday.


April 24, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 15 roundup

Pumas came up with a pair of late goals to pull away from Tijuana 3-1 Friday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.


April 24, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Wondo scores again; Wright-Phillips leads Red Bulls past Lions

SAN JOSE -- Chris Wondolowski converted a penalty kick in the 59th minute and goalkeeper David Bingham made five saves to help the San Jose Earthquakes defeat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Sunday at Avaya Stadium.


April 24, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Reign, Spirit winners

ALLSTON, Mass. – The Seattle Reign scored twice in the first half and once in the second, to defeat the Boston Breakers 3-0 in front of a near sellout crowd of 3,743 at Jordan Field.


April 24, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eddies post first win of season

EDMONTON, AB - FC Edmonton registered their first win of the 2016 season with a 2-0 victory over Canadian rivals Ottawa Fury FC Sunday at Clarke Field.


April 24, 2016
NASL SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming game

The Canadian Derby is set to heat up again with both sides needing a result to kick start their seasons.


April 23, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Union top the East; Galaxy hand RSL their first loss

MONTREAL - Sebastian Giovinco scored two goals, leading Toronto FC to a 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact Saturday afternoon in front of a sell-out crowd of 20,801 at Stade Saputo.


April 23, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Orlando sets attendance record, Lloyd hurt

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Casey Short’s 28th-minute goal gave the Chicago Red Stars a 1-0 win over the Western New York Flash in their NWSL home opener at Toyota Park Saturday night.


April 23, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
RailHawks stay unbeaten

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Carolina RailHawks defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-1 at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night, to push their record to 4-0 to start the NASL spring season. With the victory, the RailHawks stand all alone in first place with 12 points.


April 23, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Kansas City will try to end a two-game losing streak – and a skid that has seen it lose three of four – with a second straight road match.


April 23, 2016
HOME VICTORY
Short goal makes difference for Red Stars

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Casey Short’s 28th-minute goal gave the Chicago Red Stars a 1-0 win over the Western New York Flash in their NWSL home opener at Toyota Park Saturday night.


April 22, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
OKC wins first battle of expansion sides

MIAMI ---Michel’s penalty kick goal in the 86th minute broke a 2-2 deadlock to give Rayo OKC a 3-2 win over Miami FC at FIU Stadium in a battle of North American Soccer League expansion teams Friday night.


April 22, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Sebastian Giovinco has scored in two straight matches but nobody else from Toronto has tallied since March 13.


April 22, 2016
NASL SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will want to relive last year's success against Jacksonville Armada FC after clinching a postseason spot against last year's expansion side. In 2016, though, the Strikers have had a rough time to start the season. Recently the club added Ramon Núñez, who will bolster the club's attack moving forward.


April 22, 2016
TIME TO REGROUP
Fire try to pull things together during bye week

After losing at home to the Montreal Impact 2-1 last weekend, the Chicago Fire have their second bye week of the season to pull things together before welcoming DC United to Toyota Park on April 30.


April 22, 2016
ROLE PLAYER
Red Stars rookie Raetzman ready to contribute wherever she is needed

The Chicago Red Stars have been the team to watch when it comes to rookies making a name for themselves. For two straight seasons in the NWSL, a Red Stars player has taken home Rookie of the Year honors. One of the incoming rookies hoping to help keep that award in Chicago this season is midfielder Courtney Raetzman.


April 22, 2016
PARTNERSHIP
ESPN showing USL matches

TAMPA, Fla. -- ESPN and the United Soccer League have announced a partnership that will include 20 regular-season matches, plus the USL Championship game, on an over-the-air ESPN network.


April 22, 2016
NASL FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming game

Two expansion sides meet with look to earn a first win in club history. Miami FC has let leads slip away late in two of the three matches it has played so far


April 21, 2016
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
USMNT to play Puerto Rico for 1st time May 22

The U.S. men's national team will face Puerto Rico for the first time in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on May 22.


April 20, 2016
MLS INFORMER
NYC gets a Win! at Tribeca fest

NYC FC is the subject of a documentary film making its debut this week at the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan, the first MLS team to be “featured in a documentary at a major mainstream film festival” – according to MLSsoccer.com.


April 20, 2016
REUNITED
Notre Dame to meet Mexico U-20s

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s teams will play host to Mexico U-20 national teams at Alumni Stadium Friday.


April 20, 2016
AIMING HIGHER
Johnston, Red Stars determined to contend for NWSL championship

To say that Julie Johnston has had a whirlwind career since turning pro in 2014 would be an understatement.


April 19, 2016
NEW SECURITY STANDARDS
At all MLS stadiums starting Saturday

Major League Soccer Tuesday announced elevated security standards that will be applied across all MLS stadiums to ensure a safe environment for soccer fans.


April 19, 2016
CLEVELAND CONFRONTATION
USWNT to take on Japan again June 5

CHICAGO - The U.S. women's national team will face Japan on June 5 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland as it continues its preparations for the Rio Olympics.


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NWSL ROUNDUP
Sky Blue, Thorns take 2-1 wins

SEATTLE -- Kelly Conheeney scored the game winning goal in the 68th minute of her debut, giving Sky Blue FC a 2-1 win over the Seattle Reign at memorial Stadium Sunday.


April 17, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 14 roundup

Yerson Candelo scored the only goal Queretaro (4-4-6, 16 pts) needed to edge second-place Club America 1-0 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.


April 17, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Controversial draw in Orlando; FCD edges SKC

ORLANDO--Neither team went home happy as Orlando City SC (2-1-3, 9 pts) and the New England Revolution (1-1-5, 8 pts) battled to a wire-to-wire 2-2 tie Sunday at the Citrus Bowl.


April 16, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Crew get first win, escape Eastern Conference cellar; RSL claim share of first in the West

BRIDGEVIEW, ILL.--The Chicago Fire (1-2-3) set a new club record for consecutive shutout minutes (412 minutes) on Saturday against the Montreal Impact (4-2-0), but second half strikes by Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti canceled out a first half strike from Kennedy Igboananike to give the Impact the 2-1 win before 14,509 at Toyota Park.


April 16, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Flash, Dash, Spirit win openers

BOYDS, Md.--- Joanna Lohman scored the only goal of the game to give the Washington Spirit a 1-0 win over the Boston Breakers in front of 3,578 at the Maryland SoccerPlex Saturday.


April 16, 2015
NASL ROUNDUP
Rowdies, Indy earn first win, Cosmos fall

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ---Goalkeeper Matt Pickens made a late stop of a penalty kick to preserve a 1-0 win for the Tampa Bay Rowdies over FC Edmonton at Al Lang Stadium Saturday.


April 16, 2016
PLENTY OF WORK TO DO
Saturday's loss to Impact exposes Fire weaknesses on both defense and offense

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.-- The Chicago Fire established a new record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal on Saturday, extending the streak to 412 minutes against the Montreal Impact, beating the old mark of 356 minutes. Unfortunately for Chicago, that was the only piece of good news on the day, as two second half goals from Montreal, one of them in stoppage time, handed the Fire their second defeat of the season.


April 16, 2016
DASHED
Red Stars squander early advantage

HOUSTON -- Christen Press gave Chicago an early lead, but the Red Stars fell, 3-1, to the Houston Dash in both teams’ NWSL opener Saturday night.


April 16, 2016
LATE FLURRY
Stoppage goals give Indy first win

INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven turned a potentially disappointing defeat into a breath-taking victory during second half stoppage time against the New York Cosmos, as Eamon Zayed’s late brace gave the home side a 2-1 comeback win in front of 9,067 fans at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium.


April 16, 2016
NWSL TITLE GAME
Final will be played at BBVA Compass Stadium

HOUSTON -- BBVA Compass Stadium will play host to the National Women's Soccer League Championship, the league announced Saturday. The game will be played Sunday, Oct. 9 and will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1. Kickoff time will be announced later.


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

After being shut out in two straight games, New England has only scored one goal in each of its last three matches – and yet is unbeaten in that stretch.


April 16, 2016
NEGATIVE IMPACT
Fire drop 2-1 decision to Montreal

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire (1-2-3) set a team record for consecutive shutout minutes (412) on Saturday against the Montreal Impact (4-2-0), but second half strikes by Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti canceled out a first half strike from Kennedy Igboananike, giving the Impact a 2-1 win before 14,509 at Toyota Park.


April 16, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Armada give Meola first coaching win

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Haitian international Pascal Millien’s 37th-minute goal made the difference as the Jacksonville Armada FC took a 2-1 win over Miami FC at Community First Park Friday night.


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

Didier Drogba might actually be available to Montreal – for only the second time this season – on Saturday since Chicago's Toyota Park has a grass surface.


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

Midfielder Austin da Luz is off to the fastest start in the NASL this year. He has scored two game-winning headers for Carolina and has three goals overall.


April 15, 2016
PUT UP OR SHUT UP
Fire need to get their offense in gear against Montreal on Saturday

As far as storylines go, you may not find a more stacked match-up than this weekend’s between the Chicago Fire (1-1-3) and Montreal Impact (3-2-0).


April 15, 2016
MLS FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming game

The Galaxy have allowed only four goals in five games this season, tied with the Rapids for the fewest, but their defense took a hit when the MLS Disciplinary Committee suspended midfielder Nigel de Jong three games for his yellow-card tackle on Darlington Nagbe last week.


April 14, 2016
NASL FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming game

Jacksonville opened its 2016 season with a tough road match against the New York Cosmos. If you just looked at the box score, it would appear that the Armada came away with a convincing victory, but they struggled to finish and fell to the Cosmos, 2-0 in Tony Meola's coaching debut.


April 14, 2016
NWSL ON FOX
Three games, playoffs, to be televised

CHICAGO -- The National Women's Soccer League and FOX Sports announced a one-year agreement to telecast six NWSL games for the second consecutive season Thursday.


April 14, 2016
FAMILIARITY
Jamaican striker joins Indy Eleven

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven added Jamaican forward Owayne “Omar” Gordon via a loan deal with Montego Bay United, the team announced Thursday.


April 14, 2016
DRAWN TOGETHER
USWNT to face New Zealand, France, Colombia in Olympic group play

The United States will face New Zealand, France and Colombia in Group G at the 2016 Olympic women's soccer tournament throughout Brazil from Aug. 3-19.


April 13, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dallas to the top of MLS West; Red Bulls' struggles continue

KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Shkelzen Gashi's first MLS goal was a big one, giving the Colorado Rapids a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City Wednesday at Sporting Park.


April 13, 2016
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Solid defense will be foundation for Fire success as the season goes on

The Chicago Fire posted their third consecutive shutout on Sunday against NYCFC, a solid defensive effort that extended their shutout streak to 356 minutes, second only to the 395 minutes between goals allowed in 2009.


April 13, 2016
MLS INFORMER
No, No, Nigel

Nigel de Jong's 73rd-minute foul tackle of Darlington Nagbe during the Timbers' and Galaxy's 1-1 draw has been getting as much, if not more, attention than Nat Borchers' wrong-headed own-goal in the 84th minute – and it soon will be getting the attention of the MLS Disciplinary Committee.


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

Don't expect a goal-fest as both the Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City are tied for allowing a league-low three goals each.


April 11, 2016
BEST RECORD
Red Stars building on solid foundation

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Red Stars finalized their roster Monday, returning 12 players from the team that finished with the best record in franchise history.


April 10, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 13 roundup

Queretaro and Toluca battled to a scoreless draw Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.


April 10, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
No winners, no losers on Sunday

HOUSTON - Chad Marshall scored a 94th-minute equalizer as Seattle Sounders FC earned a road point against the Houston Dynamo Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium.


April 10, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Cosmos, Loons post 2-0 win

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta and Adam Moffat scored to lift the Cosmos to a 2-0 victory over Jacksonville Armada FC at James M. Shuart Stadium on Sunday night.


April 10, 2016
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
Fire take point from NYC, but extend road winless streak to 27 games with 0-0 draw

BRONX, NY--The Chicago Fire tied an ignominious MLS record with Sunday's scoreless draw with New York City FC at Yankee Stadium, their 27th straight road match without a win.


April 10, 2016
SECOND GLANCE
Johnston completes her brace against Colombia



April 10, 2016
JULIE'S JEWEL
Johnston brace leads US Women past Colombia

CHESTER, Pa.---Julie Johnston scored two goals, both on free kick assists by Tobin Heath, as the U.S. Women’s national team blanked Colombia for the second time in four days, this time taking a 3-0 win Sunday at sold-out Talen
Energy Stadium.


April 9, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Montreal, DC, KC, RSL post clean sheets

MONTREAL, PQ--The Montreal Impact blanked Columbus Crew SC 2-0 Saturday at Stade Olympique.


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

The first match of the Flyover Cup kicks off in Edmonton with both sides back after difficult matches last weekend.


April 9, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
RailHawks come back to top Rayo OKC

INDIANAPOLIS--- Indy Eleven's Nemanja Vukoviæ scored an 89th minute goal to force a 1-1 tie with the Ottawa Fury FC in front of 9,104 fans at Carroll Stadium Saturday night.


April 9, 2016
LAST GASP
Indy ties Ottawa 1-1 with 89th minute goal

INDIANAPOLIS--- Indy Eleven's Nemanja Vukoviæ scored an 89th minute goal to force a 1-1 tie with the Ottawa Fury FC in front of 9,104 fans at Carroll Stadium Saturday night.

Ottawa forward Idan Vered put the visitors ahead in the 56th minute.


April 9, 2016
SECOND CHANCE
Fire have high hopes for Sunday rematch against NYC

Revenge has been the theme of the week for the Chicago Fire (1-1-2), as they prepared this week to face NYCFC (1-1-2) for a second time this season, Sunday at Yankee Stadium (6pm, FS1). New York got the best of Chicago in the season opener, beating them 4-3 at Toyota Park, but Veljko Paunovic and the Fire plan on not replicating that result this weekend in the Bronx.


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

Both teams come into this one limping – at best. After scoring an MLS record 11 goals in its first three games, Houston was shut out by Vancouver two weeks ago in its last match – and lost a second straight after starting the season with a draw and a win.


April 8, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

For making it to the MLS Cup Final last year, the Crew are one of only two winless teams still remaining in MLS, mainly due to an anemic offense.


April 8, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Barnetta's golazo lifts Union over Orlando City

CHESTER, Pa. – C.J. Sapong and Tranquillo Barnetta each scored one goal and the Philadelphia Union defeated Orlando City SC, 2-1, before a crowd of 15,011 Friday night at Talen Energy Stadium.


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

When Indy Eleven and Ottawa Fury FC meet on the field, it will be a reunion of sorts, as Indy's Colin Falvey, Nicki Paterson, and Sinisa Ubiparipovic were members of last year's Fury FC squad that reached The Championship Final.


April 7, 2016
MLS FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming game

Orlando will have a short turnaround having played Sunday, when Kaka made his season debut with a goal and two assists to lead a 4-1 win over Portland and claim Player of the Week honors.


April 6, 2016
THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT
Allie Long's brace helps USA women over Colombia, 7-0

Midfielder Allie Long scored her first two international goals to spark the United States women to a 7-0 win over Colombia in a friendly at Pratt & Whitney Stadium Wednesday night.


April 6, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Deja vu all over again

Adam Jahn isn't Eric Wynalda. Avaya Stadium is clearly not Spartan Stadium. And a draw isn't a win. But you'll have to excuse those who can remember from 20 years ago for drawing comparisons.


April 6, 2016
A MATTER OF HONOR
Paunovic, Fire focused on avenging opening day loss to NYC

Coming off his first win of the season as head coach of the Chicago Fire, Veljko Paunovic addressed the media in his weekly conference call with payback against Eastern opponent NYCFC on his mind.


April 4, 2016
WORLD CUP REMATCH
USWNT set for Japan in June

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Women's National Team will face Japan at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., at 7 p.m. MT June 2, U.S. Soccer announced Monday. The match will be broadcast on FS1.


April 3, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Cosmos blank Ottawa 3-0

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Juan Arango struck for two first half goals to lead the New York Cosmos to a 3-0 win over the Ottawa Fury FC in front of 5,094 chilly spectators at Shuart Stadium Sunday.


April 3, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 12 roundup

Toluca (2-6-4, 12 pts) and Santos Laguna (5-3-4, 18 pts) played to a lackluster scoreless draw Friday night at Estadio Nemesio Diez.


April 3, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Kaka powers Lions past Portland

ORLANDO--In his first game of the season, Kaka didn't steal the show, he was the show. The Brazilian midfielder scored one goal and set up two others, leading Orlando City SC to a stunning 4-1 win over the defending champion Portland Timbers Sunday night at the Citrus Bowl.


April 3, 2016
DUI
Abby Wambach arrested in Portland

Former U.S. women's international standout Abby Wambach was arrested early Sunday on a DUI charge in Portland, Oregon.


April 2, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
First win for Seattle, first loss for SKC

The Chicago Fire notched their first win of the season on Saturday, edging the shorthanded Philadelphia Union 1-0 at Toyota Park.


April 2, 2016
NASL SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming game

The opening weekend's final game is a rematch of The Championship Final, won by New York, 3-2, last November.


April 2, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Railhawks the lone winners

CARY, NC - The Carolina RailHawks opened the 2016 regular season with a strong 2-1 home win over Minnesota United on Saturday.


April 2, 2016
STAYING CLEAN
Busch records shutout for Indy in 0-0 draw

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Indy Eleven earned a point from their season opener for the third season in a row, playing to a 0-0 draw against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night.


April 2, 2016
TEAM EFFORT
Fire pull together for win over Philadelphia

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The hard work put in by the Chicago Fire over the international break paid dividends on both ends of the pitch Saturday, as Chicago (1-1-2) beat the visiting Philadelphia Union (2-2-0) before 12,073 cold but happy supporters.


April 2, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming game

Orlando is one of only two undefeated teams remaining, but needed an injury time collapse by Real Salt Lake to score twice and earn a 2-2 draw in their opener; couldn't capitalize on a 58-minute advantage against Chicago and settled for a 1-1 tie; and beat a NYC team that hasn't won at home since September.


April 2, 2016
FIRST WIN
Fire edge Philadelphia 1-0

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire braved frigid, wintery conditions on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Park to give head coach Veljko Paunovic his first win of the season, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Union.


April 1, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Revs notch first win

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Diego Fagundez ran on to Juan Agudelo's 55th-minute cross to score the only goal New England needed to beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 Friday night at Gillette Stadium.


April 1, 2016
NASL SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The Carolina RailHawks are celebrating their 10th anniversary and have a new owner in local entrepreneur Stephen Malik. Coach Colin Clarke made several key signings with the goal of bringing a title to The Triangle.


April 1, 2016
FOCUSED ON FINISHING
Fire looking for first win Saturday at home against Philadelphia

In what could be considered a bit of serendipity, former Philadelphia Union striker Veljko Paunovic leads the Chicago Fire against former Fire defender Jim Curtin, as Chicago still seeks their first win of the season (and at Toyota Park) when they face the Union on Saturday (4 pm, CSN).


April 1, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Both Philadelphia and Chicago are coming off a two-week break and the Union are hoping that doesn't stall the momentum of their two-game winning streak and surprisingly good start to their season


March 31, 2016
MLS FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Neither team is roaring out of the gate, but at least the Red Bulls have a victory.


March 31, 2016
GOING WEST
NASL expanding to San Francisco

NEW YORK -- The North American Soccer League has officially reached the West Coast. The San Francisco Deltas, led by a group of Silicon Valley and Brazilian entrepreneurs, will take the field in 2017 as the league's first West Coast team since the days of the original NASL (1967-85).


March 31, 2016
NASL ON CBS
Partnership kicks off in July

NEW YORK -- The North American Soccer League and CBS Sports Network announced a national television partnership Thursday, kicking off with Rayo OKC meeting FC Edmonton on Saturday, July 2.


March 31, 2016
WANTING EQUAL PAY
U.S. women's team files wage discrimination action against U.S. Soccer

Before meeting its next opponent, the U.S. women's national team has taken on an imposing foe -- U.S. Soccer.

Five players have filed on behalf of the entire team a wage-discrimination action against U.S. Soccer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


March 30, 2016
NEW COMPETITIONS
EDP Plans U20 and U23 Open Cups

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Jersey-based EDP announced today that it will be working hand-in-hand with the United States Adult Soccer Association to expand its EDP Open Cup to U20 and U23 men's and women's teams across the nation including an additional open-age division for women.


March 30, 2016
RESTED AND READY
Fire take advantage of international break

The Chicago Fire should be well rested after time off due to the international break, as they prepare to take on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at Toyota Park.


March 30, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Anniversary match - sort of

Saturday's night's San Jose-D.C. United match is being billed as a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the league's inaugural game between the two. It'll be at least half of that.


March 30, 2016
ON THE AIR
NASL going live on ESPN3, beIN SPORTS

NEW YORK -- The North American Soccer League has announced a national broadcast television partnership with beIN SPORTS, becoming the first North American professional league to team with the network. The league also will have more than 100 matches carried live on ESPN3 for the second successive year.


March 29, 2016
NO RIO
U.S. ousted in Olympic bid by Colombia

FRISCO, Texas -- The U.S. seemed to have everything going for it in its playoff series against Colombia for the final Olympic Games berth Tuesday night. But the U.S. failed to build on the 1-1 result it had obtained in Barranquilla last week, falling to the Colombians, 2-1, and missing out on the Olympics for the second successive time.


March 29, 2016
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
This is our house

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Perhaps U.S. Soccer should consider playing all their future World Cup qualifying games at MAPFRE Stadium.


March 29, 2016
MONKEY OFF THEIR BACKS - FOR NOW
Rout of Guatemala eases pressure on MNT, Klinsmann

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The United States Men’s National Team got a cure for what ails it. A game in Columbus, and a 4-0 win over Guatemala at MAPFRE Stadium.


March 29, 2016
CONVINCING WIN
U.S. pounds Guatemala 4-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The United States kept its World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a convincing 4-0 win over Guatemala at MAPFRE Stadium on Tuesday night.



SITES SET
USMNT to play in KC, Frisco, Jacksonville

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Men's National Team announced Tuesday two Copa America preparation matches and the site of a World Cup qualifier.


March 29, 2016
MUST WIN
USA needs three points vs. Guatemala in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No one has to remind United States national coach Jurgen Klinsmann how vital Tuesday night's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Guatemala is.


March 28, 2016
LET THE VOTING BEGIN
U.S. Soccer finalizes Hall of Fame ballots

CHICAGO -- Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016 elections, and voting will continue for three weeks for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories, U.S. Soccer announced Monday.


March 27, 2016
WELCOME ABOARD
USMNT adds Pulisic, Zusi for Columbus WCQ

U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann Sunday added midfielders Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund and Graham Zusi from Sporting Kansas City and to the roster for the USA-Guatemala World Cup qualifying match in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday.


March 26, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Revs, DC still winless; Morales pk lifts 'Caps

BRONX, NY -- Chris Tierney’s deflected free kick neutralized an early score by Thomas McNamara and the New England Revolution escaped Yankee Stadium with a 1-1 draw despite playing the final forty minutes shorthanded after Gershon Koffie was sent off early in the second half.


March 26, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Klinsmann era has been a failure and it's time for him to go

The last time I looked, Jurgen Klinsmann still was head coach of the United States national team.

That's too bad, because he should have been replaced over the winter.


March 25, 2016
DOMINANT PERFORMANCE
Chicharito leads Mexico to 3-0 win over Canada

VANCOUVER--Javier Hernandez had a goal and an assist as Mexico shut out Canada 3-0 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Friday at BC Place.


March 26, 2015
THE WRONG END OF DOS A CERO
Stumbling USA loses to Guatemala for the first time WCQ, 2-0

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – The United States took a major World Cup qualifying hit Friday night, losing to Guatemala for the first time in the competition.


March 25, 2016
FINAL DRAW
Indy Eleven, Louisville Cardinals tie

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Indy Eleven dueled the University of Louisville to a 0-0 draw in the squad’s preseason finale at Cardinal Park Friday night.


March 25, 2016
HOLDING ON JUST BARELY
USA get out of Colombia with 1-1 tie in Olympic qualifier

BARRANQUILLA, Colombia -- The United States held off a relentless Colombia attack and recorded a 1-1 draw in the first leg of an Olympic qualifying playoff at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez Friday night.


March 25, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

New England's slow starts are getting routine, but a third straight year beginning winless in three matches has to be getting old.


March 25, 2016
WARM RECEPTION
Fire loans two to Saint Louis FC

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has loaned midfielder Drew Conner and defender Patrick Doody to USL affiliate Saint Louis FC, the team announced Friday.


March 24, 2016
R.I.P. JOHAN CRUYFF
Dutch superstar made NASL stay count

Johan Cruyff made his name with AFC Ajax, FC Barcelona and the Dutch national team. But Cruyff also made his mark in the U.S., bringing his game to the North American Soccer League from 1978-81.


March 23, 2016
TIME TO HEAL
Fire, Accam taking advantage of international break

The Chicago Fire (0-1-2) enter this week’s bye still searching for their first win of the season under new head coach Veljko Paunovic, after a 0-0 draw against MLS Cup runners up Columbus Crew on Saturday.


March 23, 2016
EARLY GOAL
Indy Eleven bests Butler Bulldogs

WESTFIELD, Indiana -- The Indy Eleven used a goal from Eamon Zayed in the first half and a stout defense to post a 1-0 victory over the Butler University Bulldogs in a preseason game at Grand Park Wednesday night.


March 23, 2016
MLS INFORMER
MLS teams answer the call (-ups)

International fixture date call-ups will claim 70 players from Major League Soccer this coming week, and no club is immune – although some are hit harder than others.


March 22, 2016
GROWTH, GROWTH, GROWTH
Peterson says NASL has taken positive steps

As the North American Soccer League begins year six on April 2nd, the league's Commissioner Bill Peterson feels the league has taken some giant steps in the off season, this despite the loss of two teams, the San Antonio Scorpions and Atlanta Silverbacks.


March 22, 2016
FRIENDLY PREPARATION
Ellis names USWNT roster for Colombia matches

CHICAGO -- U.S. Women's National Team coach Jill Ellis has named 23 players for training camp in preparation for friendly matches against Colombia. The USA will train in Orlando, Fla., for six days before meeting the Colombians at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn., at 7 p.m. April 6 (FS1) and at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., at 2 p.m. ET April 10 (ESPN).


March 22, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
No more halfway measures on international playing dates for MLS

If Major League Soccer wants to become one of the great soccer leagues of the world, it must act like one.

Case in point:

International playing dates, when 12 CONCACAF teams are competing for berths in the 2018 World Cup on Friday and next Tuesday.


March 22, 2016
CHICAGO KICKOFF
Bayern Munich, AC Milan meet July 27

FC Bayern Munich and AC Milan will meet in an International Champions Cup match at Soldier Field in Chicago July 27, tournament organizers announced Tuesday. This will be the kickoff for Bayern Munich’s three-game Audi Summer Tour 2016.


March 20, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 11 roundup

Queretaro and Chiapas traded goals within a two-minute span on their way to a 1-1 draw Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.


March 20, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Sapong brace leads Union win

CHESTER, Pa. – C.J. Sapong scored two goals and Sebastien Le Toux added a late goal leading the Philadelphia Union to their second straight victory, a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution Sunday afternoon before an announced crowd of 17,027 at Talen Energy Stadium.



ON TO GUATEMALA
Klinsmann calls in 26 players

CHICAGO -- U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 26 players to prepare for World Cup Qualifying matches against Guatemala.


March 20, 2016
RAPID RETURN
Tim Howard headed to Colorado

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The Colorado Rapids announced the acquisition of U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard from Everton FC as a Designated Player Sunday.



MLS ROUNDUP
Braces key comebacks in New York, Portland

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.---Both the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew SC are still looking for their first win of the season after they struggled throughout a 0-0 draw in front of a chilled 12,605 at Toyota Park on Saturday afternoon


March 19, 2016
FIREWALL
Chicago defense shuts down Columbus

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire earned their first clean sheet of the 2016 season, as they played MLS Cup runners up Columbus Crew SC to a 0-0 draw Saturday at Toyota Park.


March 19, 2016
BIG CHILL
Fire, Crew struggle through scoreless draw

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.---Both the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew SC are still looking for their first win of the season after they struggled throughout a 0-0 draw in front of a chilled 12,605 at Toyota Park on Saturday afternoon.


March 19, 2016
OLYMPIC PLAYOFF
Fire's Polster, Vincent called in

Chicago Fire midfielder Matt Polster and defender Brandon Vincent have been selected by U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team coach Andi Herzog to the 23-man roster for home-and-away Olympic playoff against Colombia.


March 19, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Philadelphia returns home after splitting its first two games on the road and is looking to stem a trend against New England that has seen the Union go winless in four of the last five meetings between the two.


March 18, 2016
BEST FOOT FORWARD
Fire will need to be at their sharpest to take points from Crew SC on Saturday

The Chicago Fire’s quest for their first win of the season and first win for new head coach Veljko Paunovic won’t get any easier this weekend, when Chicago welcomes Eastern Conference rival Columbus Crew SC to Toyota Park on Saturday.


March 18, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Lions get first win

BRONX, NY--Cyle Larin scored in the seventh minute and Orlando City SC held on for their first win of the season, 1-0 over New York City FC Friday night at Yankee Stadium.


March 18, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

About the only thing Columbus Crew SC can say good about their season two games in is that the New York Red Bulls are worse.


March 17, 2016
MLS FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming game

NYC FC is one of only seven remaining undefeated teams after the first two weeks of the season, but it surrendered an early two-goal lead to finish with a 2-2 draw against Toronto last week at home.


March 17, 2016
LEAVING HOME
Final Red Star season for Quon

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Red Stars announced Thursday Canadian international Rachel Quon will not be returning to the team.


March 16, 2016
RIVER CITY DEBUT
Indy Eleven rallies for tie with Saint Louis FC

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The Indy Eleven rallied for the tying goal in the second half for the second successive game in playing to a 1-1 tie with Saint Louis FC in a preseason match at Arad McCutcheon Stadium Wednesday.


March 16, 2016
"A TOUGH TEAM TO BEAT"
Paunovic pleased with Fire's progress

The Chicago Fire took plenty of positives from their 1-1 draw in Orlando over the weekend, 59 minutes of which was played a man down due to a straight red card to Michael Harrington. Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic was excited by the result, which hopefully will give the Fire some momentum as they head back to Toyota Park to take on Columbus Crew SC this weekend.


March 16, 2016
BLACK STAR CALLUP
Fire's Accam set for Ghana qualifiers

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Chicago Fire midfielder David Accam has been selected by Ghana national team coach Avram Grant for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Mozambique March 24 and 27.


March 16, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Wondo climbs the MLS scoring list

It won't be long before Chris Wondolowski climbs into fourth place on MLS' career scoring list. With two goals in as many games to start the new season, Wondolowski sits among the leaders and has hiked his career total to 111. That leaves him three behind Ante Razov.


March 15, 2016
LEADING THE WAY
USWNT players boost Red Stars

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- U.S. Women’s National Team members Julie Johnston, Alyssa Naeher and Christen Press lead the way as the Chicago Red Stars open preseason training under coach Rory Dames this week.



PREPPING FOR '17
U.S. U-20s enter Dallas Cup

U.S. Under-20 coach Tab Ramos has named a 22-player roster to compete in the Dallas Cup March 20-26, U.S. Soccer announced Monday.


March 14, 2016
MEXICAN CHALLENGE
Blue Demons set spring schedule

The DePaul Blue Demons women’s team will meet Mexico’s U-20 team April 20 as part of its spring exhibition schedule.


March 13, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 10 roundup

Santos Laguna scored three early goals and held on for a 3-2 win over Pachuca Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.


March 13, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Giovinco lifts TFC, Wondo leads Quakes past Timbers

BRONX, NY--Toronto FC rallied to a 2-2 draw with New York City FC Sunday at Yankee Stadium.


March 13, 2016
WEARING THE CROWN
U.S. U17 Women win CONCACAF title

ST. GEORGES, Grenada - Forward Civana Kuhlmann scored a dramatic game-winner in the 86th minute as the U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team won the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship with a 2-1 victory against Mexico.


March 12, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Toronto FC will try to start their season two-for-New York when they visit New York City FC Sunday at Yankee Stadium.


March 12, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Impact blank Red Bulls, Dynamo rout FCD

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--DC United and the New England Revolution battled to a scoreless draw Saturday at Foxborough Stadium.


March 12, 2016
"THEY LEFT THEIR HEARTS ON THE FIELD"
Resilient Fire pull out against-the-odds draw with Orlando City

ORLANDO--After a shaky start in Orlando and conceding an early goal for the second consecutive week, it appeared another long night was in store for the Chicago Fire, reminiscent of their struggles throughout the 2015 season. Cyle Larin found the back of the net in the fourth minute, an unnerving piece of deja vu for a Chicago backline that gave up four goals just six days prior.


March 1, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

DC United knocked the New England Revolution out of the MLS East playoffs in 2015. The Revs will have a chance to seek payback on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.


March 11, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Shorthanded Fire hang on for draw with Lions

ORLANDO-- The Chicago Fire's hopes of ending their 17-game road winless streak went for naught, but they did earn their first point of the 2016 season on Friday, overcoming an early goal from Cyle Larin and an early red card to Michael Harrington to hang on for a 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC at the Citrus Bowl.


March 11, 2016
HANGING IN
Shorthanded Fire manage draw with Orlando City

ORLANDO-- The Chicago Fire's hopes of ending their 17-game road winless streak went for naught, but they did earn their first point of the 2016 season on Friday, overcoming an early goal from Cyle Larin and an early red card to Michael Harrington to hang on for a 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC at the Citrus Bowl.


March 11, 2016
HE'S THE FIRST
Fire signs former North Florida midfielder

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire announced the signing of former University of North Florida midfielder Alex Morrell Friday.


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