For years, Minnesota United star Christian Ramirez was motivated by his past. Unheralded and, in many ways, unwanted during his early years,Ramirezstaked his claim as the NASL's best goalscorer time and time again, all while nursing a chip the size of Minnesota that sat firmly upon his shoulders.
The New England Revolution are taking a close look at an experienced American defender.
Former U.S. Men's National Team center back and free agent Oguchi Onyewu is training with the Revs. Although the MLS transfer window is closed, an MLS team would be able to sign free agents like Onyewu until the September 15 roster freeze.
The U.S. Women's National Team hasscheduleda pair of friendlies against one of Europe's rising teams.
The USWNT will twice face Switzerland on Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium and on Oct. 23 in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium. The matches will be the first for the U.S. following the completion of the NWSL season.
When it comes to World Cup qualifying, each and every match presents a unique set of challenges. On paper, St. Vincent & The Grenadines may not be a team that can challenge the U.S. Men's National Team with the talent that makes up their roster, but Friday's must-win clash provides difficulties all the same.
Stanford may not have Jordan Morris anymore, but the defending NCAA champions will have a target on its back nonetheless, and on Sunday, the Cardinal showed the heart of a champion by pulling off the comeback of the weekend.
No. 3 Stanford battled back from a 2-0 deficit, and a red card, to earn a 2-2 draw against St.
Another young American has made the move to Germany to kickstart his pro career.
FC Schalke announced on Tuesday that U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder Weston McKinnie has joined the club's Under-19 team. The FC Dallas product was named Player of the Tournament as the U.S. U-19s claimed April'sSlovakia Cup with a win over Russia.
The new captain of the Croatian National Team has been named following Darijo Srna's retirement, the early-season shuffle of players continues as the transfer window winds down, while a massive club in France has been sold.
Croatia coachAnte Cacic has named Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric captain as a successor to Darijo Srna, who retired in the wake of this summer's European Championship.
The LA Galaxy could be without one of their star forwards for the rest of the season.
Goal USA is reporting that Galaxy and U.S. Men's National Team forward Gyasi Zardes suffered a broken foot against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, which could knock him out for the rest of the MLS season.
The Fall Season standings in the NASL did not change too much, but there is a new team sitting on top of the table.
The New York Cosmos grabbed a huge victory against the Carolina RailHawks to jump into first place of the NASL standings.The RailHawks opened scoring in the sixth minute of the match, but would be thwarted when the Cosmos rallied to score five second half goals.
The Copa America is long over. However, Jurgen Klinsmann is hoping lessons learned from this summer's tournament can lead his team through a pair of games that could prove trickier than many may think.
World Cup qualifying continues on Friday night as the U.S. Men's National teamvisits St.
HARRISON, N.J. Kei Kamara, Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo, Diego Fagundez. The New England Revolution have one of the more talented attacking groups in MLS, but somehow are continuing to have trouble finding the back of the net.
It has proven costly throughout the course of the season, anddid so again on Sunday.
The Portland Timbers cruised to a statement win, while FC Dallas came from behind to continue their stay atop the West. In the East, Patrick Mullins shined while theMontreal Impact shocked Toronto FC at BMO Field.
Here's a closer look at all of this weekend's MLS action:
Led by a pair of goals from Kaka, Orlando City toppled NYCFC, 2-1, to remain in the playoff hunt.
HARRISON, N.J. Bradley Wright-Phillips was antarctic cold at the start of the season. Now, he is as hot as any striker in MLS.
The New York Red Bulls picked up their latest win of the campaign on Sunday afternoon by edging the New England Revolution, 1-0, and once again it was Wright-Phillips who was largely responsible for the three points that were picked up.
Bobby Wood scored on his first Bundesliga start for Hamburg as the league in Germany started up. Meanwhile,Brad Guzanand Lynden Gooch continued their runs in their respective midlands sides in the English top flight, while Geoff Cameron was called back into the fold for Stoke City.
As the Bundesliga began its 16/17 season this weekend, several American players were on showcase in Germany.
Heading into apair of crucial World Cup qualifiers, the U.S. Men's National Team will rely on a roster full of familiar faces.
Jurgen Klinsmann has called upon a 26-player roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers as the U.S. looks to clinch a spot in the Hexagonal round. The USMNT kicks off the final two matches of group play on Friday at St.
Bobby Wood started his Bundesliga tenure with a bang, while Christian Pulisic remained on the bench as transfer rumors continue to swirl.
Making his first league start for new club Hamburg, Wood provided his side's lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Alfredo Morales' Ingolstadt. The good fortune did not extend to Pulisic, who dressed for but did not enter Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Mainz.
Carson, Calif. The Vancouver Whitecaps left their finishing boots and their good luck charms behind in Canada, and left Southern Californiawith a 0-0 draw against Western Conference rival LA Galaxy.
The Whitecaps may have struggled to find the back of the net, but that was still a superior performance to the Galaxy, who struggled to generate shots in the first hour, and struggled all night to combine effectively in the final third.
The Montreal Impact brushed away Toronto FC's recent surge to claim the team's first-ever win at BMO Field.
A single Ignacio Piatti goal was all that was required in Saturday's 1-0 Impact win over Toronto FC. The win seals the Impact's 37th point through 26 games, moving the Canadian side level with the New York Red Bulls.
A win Friday night over the Colorado Rapids was a big accomplishment for Real Salt Lake, but the night was even more significant for two of its biggest stars.
Despite missing two penalty kicks, RSL came away with the 2-1 win thanks to a two-goal performance from Yura Movsisyan. Colorado's Shkelzen Gashi stayed hot with a goal in the match, his third in the last five games.
MLS returns to action Saturday with a series of six games that includes several matches with playoff implications.
Saturday's action is headlined by a clash pitting Toronto FC against Canadian rivals in the Montreal Impact. The two sides enter Saturday's clash first and fifth in the East, respectively, making the rivalry match a vital one as the season enters the fall months.
After a week of rumors and uncertaintyover Christian Pulisic's future with Borussia Dortmund took another turnon Friday afternoon with fresh reports linking two new clubs to big bids for the young American.
Sports Illustrated reported on Friday that German club Red Bull Leipzig had tabled a $16.
Clint Dempsey is set to miss this weekend's match due to a major medical issue.
The Seattle Sounders announced on Friday that Dempsey is undergoing medical evaluations for an irregular heartbeat. The U.S. Men's National Team forward will miss this weekend's match against the Portland Timbers as the situation is addressed.
A number of mid-table clubs are poised to make big jumps toward the top four with wins this weekend, while the race at the top also heats up. With New York Cosmos undefeated at home, the reigning championshave a good chance to challenge FC Edmonton for the top spot in the Fall Season.
The college soccer season kicks off today and while there is a large number of top prospects bypassing college to turn pro, there is still plenty of talent to watch for those wondering about which players will be turning pro in the coming years.
There are two different groups of players to keep an eye on.
There couldn't be a better slate of games for opening weekend in NCAA men's college soccer.
Saturday is chock full of top-25 match-ups. Leading the scheduleis a clashbetween the SBI #1 Maryland Terrapins and the SBI #4 UCLA Bruins, who will collide on Friday night.Also on Friday's agenda is a top-10 clash between #6 Akron and #7 Georgetown, as well as top-25 matches between in-state rivals South Carolina Carolina and Clemson, as well as cross-country opponents Monmouth and Denver.
It's an exciting weekend across the board as big matches headline each league's action this weekend to accompany the opening weekend of Bundesligafootball.
The German league kicks off with Bayern Munich opening their title defense against Werder Bremen. Borussia Dortmund gets underway on Saturday as they face a visit from Mainz 05, while Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen provide a tantalizing match featuring strong Bundesliga sides.
Jeremy Ebobisse won't learn of his first permanenthome until January's MLS Draft, but the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team forward has found a temporary landing spot to begin his professional career.
The Charleston Battery announced on Friday that the club has acquired Ebobisse on loan. The former Duke forward recently opted to forego his final two years of college to sign a professional contract with MLS, but is not eligible to play for an MLS team until he is selected in January's draft.
The German Bundesliga returns to action over the weekend as several Americans look to make an early impression to start the league campaign.
German action begins Friday with a clash between Julian Green's Bayern Munich and Aron Johannsson's Werder Bremen. Saturday's schedule could featureChristian Pulisic, Bobby Wood, Alfredo Morales and Fabian Johnson, while Saturday will see the season debuts of John Brooks' Hertha Berlin and Terrence Boyd's RB Leipzig.
Few teams have given Tottenham as much headache as Liverpool had in recent years and Spurs look to put an end to that dry spell this weekend.
Winless in its previous seven English Premier League games against Liverpool, Tottenham will play host to the Reds for an early Saturday fixture. Harry Kane, who was the league Golden Boot winner last year, has yet to get on the scoresheet after two weeks this season, but he will be looking to tally his 50th Premier League goal to help his side emerge victorious this weekend.
When DeAndre Yedlin made the move to Tottenham following the 2014 World Cup, everyone knew it was a calculated risk. Facing hearty competition at a club still trying to bully its way into England's elite, Yedlin knew he may never be Tottenham quality, even if the club paid out a hefty transfer fee to acquire his services.
The UEFA Champions League group stages are always filled with intriguing matchups, but few match the excitement that will be provided by Pep Guardiola's return home.
Guardiola's Manchester City was placed in Group C alongside Barcelona, headlining Thursday's Champions League draw. Joining the two powerhouses is Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach, creating what appears to be the most difficult foursome of the group stage.
D.C. United earned a crucial draw against the Montreal Impact and Orlando City fell to Toronto FC in two Eastern conference match-ups with serious playoff implications. Meanwhile in the West, a stunning last minute Nicolas Lodeiro goal helped the Seattle Sounders secure a draw against the Houston Dynamo and keep pace with the San Jose Earthquakes, who battled the New England Revolution to a scoreless draw.
The Philadelphia Union's rookies stepped up in a major way on Wednesday night.
Two of the three rookies selected in the 2016 MLS Draft by the Union contributed a goal each in a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew on Wednesday.Fabian Herbers opened the scoring for the visitors at Mapfre Stadium, while Keegan Rosenberry netted a vital winner in the 74th minute.
The Chicago Fire looked to be on their way to yet another shocking win before Giovani dos Santos fired the LA Galaxy to a come-from-behind point.
Dos Santos fired a second half equalizer to seal a 2-2 tie on Wednesday on at Toyota Park. The tie sees the Galaxy bounce back from a Sunday loss to NYCFC, a defeat that snapped their nine-game unbeaten run.
The United Soccer League has announced punishment stemming from an August 20th incident involving Robbie Rogers during his rehab match with the LA Galaxy II against the Orange County Blues.
Midfielder Richard Chaplow has been suspended two matches and fined an undisclosed amount for his use of abusive and offensive language towards Rogers in the last 15 minutes of the match between the two USL teams on August 20th.
The transfer rumor mill is in full effect as we enter the final week of player movement. The maligned Italian striker Mario Balotelli has been linked with several moves this summer, with the latest reportedly coming out of Switzerland. Meanwhile Serie A contenders Napoli are the subject of several rumored moves for forwards.
Christian Pulisic's father insisted that the 17-year-old was happy to remain at Borussia Dortmund, but the recent comments have done little to stop the rumor mill from linking the U.S. Men's National Teamwinger with moves to several clubs.
According to German outlet Bild, Pulisic is the target of several clubs.
One of Europe's top midfielders will make his next move away from the continent, while Juventus is reportedly nearing a replacement for Paul Pogba.
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says Manchester United will be his last club in Europe. The German midfielder has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, but insists he will be ready if called upon by Jose Mourinho.
Christian Pulisic appears to be ready for the new season.
The 17-year-old U.S. Men's National Team midfielderscored a well-worked goal in the 23rd minute as Borussia Dortmund defeated German third division side Hallescher FC 3-0 in the club's final friendly of the preseason.
Pulisicmade a brilliant run, which was spotted by Emre Mor.
A Canada vs. America showdown headlines this week's CONCACAF Champions League action
Sporting Kansas City travels north of the border to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in an all-MLS group C match-up. Elsewhere, FC Dallas will travel down to Nicaragua to face Group H cellar-dwellers Real Esteli.
Another American is set to begin his professional career in Germany.
Fortuna Dusseldorf announced the signing of 19-year-old Justin Vom Steeg. The US Under-20 Men'sNational Team goalkeeperhas been on trial for the past two weeks and joins the German side on contract until June 30th, 2017.
Another round of rumors are swirling around the Deandre Yedlin.
It has been reportedthat both Newcastle United and Aston Villa of the English Football Championship have placed bids of£5 million for the Tottenham fullback, who is seeking regular first team football this season.
Giventhe deep depth chart of Tottenham at right back and following last year's successful loan spell at Sunderland, a move seems inevitable for the U.
Just over a week remains in the summer transfer window, and another club has reportedly joined the race to sign Chelsea centerback Matt Miazga before the window shuts.
German outlet Bild says that 1860 Munich is interested in making a move for the U.S. Men's National Team defender. The 2. Bundesliga club hopes to bring in a central defender before the end of the window, with a loan deal for Miazga being seen as a "conceivable" option.
It seems like MLS teams are keeping tabs on their next big designated player acquisition.
Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson has confirmed that MLS clubs are monitoring Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United, according to the Mirror.Rooney was reportedly attracting interest from China, where clubs were willing to pay the United captain upwards of £500k ($656k) a week.
Bobby Wood's competitive debut with Hamburg was a successful one, even if the forward could not etch his name on the scoresheet.
In DFB-Pokal action, Hamburg topped FSV Zwickau, 1-0, on a 70th minute finish fromAlen Halilovic. Wood, whostarted Monday's match and played the complete 90 minutes, nearly scored his first goal for the club in the 75th minute, but saw his shot from the center of the box denied by the post.
After a busy weekend that featured plenty of Americans in action, Monday sees several big-name stars return to the field.
Headlining Monday's schedule is a series of matchups in the DFB-Pokal as a group of Americans look to continue through Germany's domestic cup. Christian Pulisic will be in the squad for Borussia Dortmund's meeting with fourth-division Eintracht Trier, while Bobby Wood will make his competitive debut in Hamburg's match againstFSV Zwickau.
SEATTLE Things just got interesting in the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Sounders routed the Portland Timbers in front of 53,302 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night. All but written off just weeks ago, Seattle's 3-1 victory puts it back in the thick of the playoff race, hot on the heels of the archrival Timbers.
Up 2-0 in the 64th minute, the New York Red Bulls appeared to be cruising to a rivalry win over D.C. United. However, a three-minute breakdownsaw the Red Bulls shut off defensively as two precious points slipped away at RFK Stadium.
Goals from Marcelo Sarvas and Patrick Mullins saw the hosts erase a two-goal deficit between the 70th and 73rd minutes, earning D.
NEW YORK Deep in the tunnels of Yankee Stadium, Robbie Keane was asked if there were any positives to take away from Saturday's 1-0 loss to New York City FC. Noticeably disappointed from what had been an overwhelmingly frustrating performance, the Galaxy forward's answer was short, but certainly not sweet.
Controversy around a penalty kick usuallyhinges on whether the penalty should or should not have been called. In the case of Sporting KC and the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday night, the confusion arose from what occurred after the ball was struck.
Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted easily saved Benny Feilhaber's penalty kick, which was called as Jacob Peterson went down in the box in the 63rd minute.
NEW YORK — The dynamic qualities of Ronald Matarrita had been missed by New York City FC for almost a month-and-a-halfdue to an ankle injury. His full return on Saturday proved just how crucial his presence can be for his team.
TheCosta Rican international started and played 85 minutes in NYCFC's 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy at Yankee Stadium, helping create the lone goal of the contest while limiting threats on the defensive side of the ball for his club's seventh shutout of the season.
CHESTER, PA Every player in the Toronto FC locker room knows what the schedule looks like at the back end of the season, but they aren't relying just on their long stretch of home games in September and October.
Toronto's 3-1 road win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium was proof of that as the Reds earned some valuable separation from the teams beneath them in the Eastern Conference table and remained one point back of New York City FC in the race for first place .
20 total shots were fired in the Colorado Rapids' clash with Orlando City on Saturdaynight. None went in.
The Rapids and Orlando City settled for a 0-0 draw on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The draw sees the Rapids move within two points of Western Conference leaders FC Dallas with two games in hand while Orlando City sits sixth in the Eastern Conference.
A pair of Americans face off in English Premier League action in a match that headlines a busy Sunday.
Lynden Gooch and Sunderland take on Brad Guzan's Middlesbrough in the second match of their Premier League campaigns. Joining them on theEnglish top flight schedule is a clash between West Ham United and Emerson Hyndman's Bournemouth in the first league game at the former's Olympic Stadium.
The news from an MLS announcement today provided relief for Minnesota soccer fans.
Not only will Minnesota United FC keep its name, as the league and club announced Friday evening, but the club is officially set to join MLS in the 2017 season.The three-part announcement included the confirmation that Minnesota United would join the league next season, that it would begin its season at TCF Bank Stadium and that it will not be changing its name.
Three teams sit within two points of one another atop the Fall Standings, making each match vital as the NASL's second phase nearsits midway point.
Entering Week 8 of the Fall campaign, Spring Season champions Indy Eleven remain atop the standings due to goal differential. Just behind them is FC Edmonton, who can make up ground on Saturday with a visit to the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Week 24 in MLS features a couple of big rivalry matches with huge playoff implications.
This weekend's action is headlined by a Cascadia Cup clash between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders. The Sounders have been heating up in recent weeks andcould move to within two points ofPortland in the Western Conference.
It's kickoff weekend in Spain and Italy as the Primera Divisionand Serie A play their first matches of the season, respectively. Meanwhile Germany begins their domestic cup while waiting another week for Bundesliga action to start. England and France continue where they left off after exciting opening weekends.
Transfers are heating up with less than two weeks remaining before deadline day in Europe's top divisions.
Juan Cuadrado's agent is reportedly seeking a loan deal for his client to Serie A champions Juventus. Cuadrado joined Chelsea in 2015, but the Colombian winger spent a good portion of the season with Juventus.
Add Megan Rapinoe to the list of people frustrated by Hope Solo's post-Sweden comments.
Following the U.S. Women's National Team's Olympic quarterfinal loss to Pia Sundhage's Sweden last week, Solo bashed the opposition, calling them "cowards" while stating her belief that the USWNT were the more deserving team on the day.
Another club has reportedly joined the pursuit of DeAndre Yedlin.
Yedlin is reportedly attracting interest from Championship club Aston Villa, who is weighing a move for the 23-year-old Tottenham fullback, according to the Telegraph.The fee being reported is£3 million ($3.95 million) as Villa needs a new right-back.
A disappointing opening weekend for both Leicester City and Arsenal sets the two sides up for an early clash this Saturday.
After the Foxes dropped a 2-1 decision at Hull City to open their title defense last week, they will return home to King Power Stadium to host a Gunners squad that trailed 4-1 at one point to Liverpool last week before finishing with a 4-3 scoreline.
After spending the first six years of his career in England, Cody Cropper has returned to the U.S. to continue his club career.
The New England Revolution announced on Thursday that the club has signed the former U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team goalkeeper as a Discovery signing. The deal comes after Cropper left English side MK Dons following the conclusion of the English Championship season.
After making a move to Europe last October to kick start his professional career, U.S. defender Kyle Duncan is making strides within the first team at Valenciennes.
The French Ligue 2 side has listed Duncan as a member of the regular squad ahead of this weekend's season kickoff. Valenciennes will continuethe 2016/17 campaign on Friday when the side travels to Brest.
Despite recent reports, it doesn't appears that Christian Pulisic is set to leave Borussia Dortmund any time soon.
Kicker reported on Thursday that Stuttgart approached Dortmund over a potential move for the U.S. Men's National Team star, but were told that a move is "not an option". Furthermore, the 17-year-old winger's father, Mark, rebuffed rumors himself, stating Pulisic "isn't looking to leave any time soon.
After dismantling Denmark, 4-0, in their final group stage match and subsequently defeating Colombia, 2-0, in the quarterfinals, a lightning start devolved into an utter beatdownin the Olympic semifinals as Brazil laid waste to Honduras by a final scoreline of 6-0.
DeAndre Yedlin is a wanted man as the summer transfer window inches towards its close.
The Tottenham defender continues to draw interest from clubs throughout Europe, with a pair ofPremier League club headlining those interested. David Moyes and Sunderland have publicly made their interest known in the U.
Olympic soccer takes centerstage for a pair of semifinals, while the Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Champions League qualifiers return on Wednesday afternoon.
Neymar and Brazil look to continue their pursuit of a gold medal on Wednesday in a semifinal clash with Honduras with a bit of added pressure following the Brazil's loss to Sweden in Tuesday's women's semifinal.
Christian Pulisic has always been ambitious. At 16-years-old, he was off to Germany, pursuing his professional dream with one of the top clubs in the world. At 17, he had cracked the roster, firmly establishing himself on the highest level while earning a call-up to the U.S. Men's National Team for a major tournament.
Aron Johannsson's road back to competitive action has been a long one, but this Sunday could represent a major step forward for the U.S. Men's National Team striker.
The forward appeared in a pair of Werder Bremen friendlies last week, and could now be in line to make his competitive return to action this Sunday for a German Cup meeting withthird-division side Lotte.
A U.S. Under-20 Men's National team forward is set to begin his MLS journey, although it will come with a bit of a wait.
According to the Washington Post, Duke forward Jeremy Ebobisse haswithdrawn from college in favor of signing a contract with MLS as a Generation Adidas signing. Per MLS rules, Ebobisse will be available in January's MLS Draft, where he is expected to be one of the first few names off the board.
One of La Liga's top goalkeepers is likely heading to England to replace a veteran, while the Champions League format is set to take on an altered format.
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is expected to join Manchester City later this week for over $28 million. Veteran City keeper Joe Hart appears to be on his way out after new head coach Pep Guardiola sidelined the Englishman for the team's 2-1 season-opening win over Sunderland.
Julian Green has seen some real peaks and valleysthroughout his young career. A 2014 World Cup goal solidified the young forward's status as American soccer's next big thing, but the struggles that have come sincesaw the21-year-oldall but fade out of the picture for both club and country. However,it now seems that Green's career has reached a major turning point.
Surprising scorelines and big-name debuts were on tapin the debut weekend of some of Europe's biggest leagues. The English Premier League and French Ligue 1 kicked off their seasons, the German and Spanish Super Cups dazzled, and, in Italy, the Coppa Italia provided competition down the pyramid.
Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris both impressed and foundthe back of the netfor the Seattle Sounders against Real Salt Lake, while Philadelphia Union and new signing Alejandro Bedoya took down the New England Revolution with style to cement fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
The start of the English Premier League season was headlined by a surprising start for a young midfielder, while several U.S. Men's National Team veterans did not feature in the season-opening festivities.
Lynden Gooch might have been a surprise start for some Sunderland fans, but the Santa Cruz-born midfielder certainly held his own against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in a 2-1 defeat.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Sunday marked the end of a rough week for the Chicago Fire.
On Tuesday, the Fire's best chance at a trophy ended when they crashed out of the U.S. Open Cup semifinals. Then Sunday in league play, the teamsquandered an early lead but came back to settle for a 2-2 home draw against Orlando City.
A U.S. Men's National Team star made his MLS debut, while two others played vital roles in securing draws for their side. Elsewhere, Nicolas Lodeiro continued to lift the Seattle Sounders in just his third game in MLS. Here's a closer look at this weekend's MLS action.
SEATTLE Two touches. That's all it took for Nicolas Lodeiro to provide a goal and an assist on Sunday. And that bit of class gave the Seattle Sounders a desperately needed 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake in front of 39,491 at CenturyLink Field.
Lodeiro opened the scoring in the 24th minute, collecting a short pass from Andreas Ivanschitz and slapping a one-touch shot past goalkeeper Nick Rimando from 12 yards out.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – The Chicago Fire coughed up an early lead, but managed to come from behind and earn a point Sunday against Orlando City in a 2-2 draw at Toyota Park.
For the Fire, it was the first time all season that they've earned any points when trailing at halftime, but for Orlando City, sitting on the Eastern conference playoff line, it was two points lost toward postseasonpositioning.
Following yet another Jozy Altidore goal, Toronto FC had a whole half to attack a 10-man Houston Dynamo side. Yet, the Eastern Conference contender failed to capitalize on a match that turned out to be a missed opportunity.
Altidore scored his third goal in four games on Sunday night, leading Toronto FC ina 1-1 draw with the Dynamo at BBVAA Compass Stadium.
A stoppage time goal from David Villa seemingly had New York City FC on the path to three points. Up a goal with just seconds remaining in what had been an attack-heavy thriller, NYCFC looked like they would emerge from MAPFRE Stadium with a hard-fought win.
When considering how short Bradley Wright-Phillips' time in Major League Soccer has been, it really puts into perspective just how incredible the Englishman has been since coming to the United States in 2013.
On Saturday night, Wright-Phillips added another record to his list of accolades in a New York Red Bulls uniform after netting his 59th career regular season goal for the club.
CARSON, Calif. The LA Galaxy supplied the pressure, Tim Howard supplied the class, and the 2nd and 3rd place teams in the Western Conference battled to a highly entertaining 1-1 draw before a raucous crowd of 25,667at the Stub Hub Center on a balmy Saturday night.
The Galaxy spent almost the entire evening on the front foot, outshooting Colorado 8-3 in the first half alone.
The English Premier League kicked off on Saturday, but several of the league's heavy hitters make their season debut on Sunday morning.
Headlining Sunday's action is a clash between Arsenal and Liverpool that serves as each side's first match of the Premier League season. Prior to that match, though, will be the season debut of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, who open their campaign against Emerson Hyndman and Bournemouth.
The San Jose Earthquakes failed to win each of their first 12 road matches, but Quincy Amarikwa and Simon Dawkins ensured Friday night would be a successful one for a team still in the thick of a playoff race.
Amarikwa and Dawkins each contributed goals on the night, leading the Quakes to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.
DeAndre Yedlin did not take part in Tottenham's season-opener on Saturday, but the U.S. Men's National Team fullback's future could see him return to the field soon as a member of a new, but familiar, club.
ESPN FC reported on Saturday that Sunderland remains in discussions with Tottenham over a move for the 23-year-old fullback.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND AUGUST 13: Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on August 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
The English Premier League season kicks off today, with Everton and Tottenham squaring off in the match of the day, while eight countries look to move a step closer to Olympic gold.
The U.S. Women's National Team's pursuit of a fourth-straight gold medal ended Friday in the cruelest of ways.
After 120 grueling minutes, Swedendefeated the USWNT, 4-3, on penalty kicks in Friday's Olympic quarterfinal. Regular time ended in a 1-1 draw on goals from Stina Blackstenius and Alex Morgan, but the USWNT could not reach the gold medal game for the first time since the tournament's inception.
As seasons gradually begin around Europe, an exciting amount of youngAmericantalent isset to compete in the world's top leagues, despite big U.S. international names like Tim Howard and Alejandro Bedoya returning to the states over the Summer.
A potential clash between two of American soccer's hottest prospects headline's the weekend as Bayern Munich takes on Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.
Leicester City's Cinderella tale took the English Premier League by storm in 2015/16, but the league's traditional powers have since retooled and added some major firepower to dethrone the Foxes this season.
With major additions like Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United, N'Golo Kante with Chelsea and Liverpool's acquisition of Sadio Mane, Leicester City will have to watch its back from the opening day as 19 other teams gun for the top spot in the world's top league.
For five years and 107 games, Pia Sundhage was the leader of the U.S. Women's National Team, guidingthe team to two of the program's fourOlympic gold medals. On Friday, Sundhage won't be aiding the USWNT's pursuit of gold medal No. 5; she'll be standing in the way.
A new season of the English Premier League begins this weekend.
Reigning champions Leicester City will open their title defense at Hull City on Saturday as Claudio Ranieri and Co. look to bounce back from the FA Community Shield loss to Manchester United last weekend.
As for United, they will travel to Bournemouth to kick off their first league campaign under Jose Mourinho.
Officiating has, once again, been a hot topic in MLS circles this week, and the league has taken action against a trio of players while admitting to a series of mistakes over the weekend.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Thursday that LA Galaxy defender Jeff Larentowicz, Orlando City midfielder Antonio Nocerino and Houston Dynamo defender David Horst have each earned one-game suspensions for incidents over the weekend.
The 2016-17 Premier League season is just days away with several Americans set to face interesting club situations as play begins in England's top flight.
Following the departure of Tim Howard, Brad Guzan is now the longest-tenured American in the Premier League. However, the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper faces a new club situation following the relegation of Aston Villa.
Just when it looked like Bruce Arena's star-studded second-half subs were going toput the LA Galaxy through to the U.S. Open Cup final, FC Dallas conjureda response. Then seconds away from the uncertainty of penalties, Dallas came up with another goalto decide Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup semifinalon its own.
Wednesday's action at the men's Olympic soccer tournament featured several twists, includingthe hosts coming up with a massive result when they needed it most.
Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 win over Denmark in the team's final Group A match. A brace from Gabriel Barbosa paced the Brazilians to their first win of the 2016 Olympics, after previously tying their opening two matches, while Gabriel Jesus and Luan each added tallies.
In a season spentrebuilding and stuck in last place, the U.S. Open Cup seemed to provide the Chicago Fire with a glimmer of hope. Five wins to a trophy seemed like the most realisticchance for silverwareand a chance for the first-year management team to buy goodwill among frustrated fans.
Those hopes ended Tuesday with a semifinal loss to theNew England Revolution.
HARRISON, N.J. While the New York Red Bulls' newcomers might be relatively unknown commodities to most observers in MLS, the club believes they are just what is needed to round out the roster and make a serious run at that ever-elusive MLS Cup.
The Red Bulls formally introduced their latest additions on Tuesday afternoon, presenting striker Omer Damari and midfielder Daniel Royer at a press conference at Red Bull Arena.
Matt Miazga has been in limbo for the past several weeks, but it now appears a resolution is nearing for the U.S. Men's National Team centerback
The 21-year-old defender reportedly missed Chelsea training on Wednesday, foreshadowing a potential loan move away from the club. Miazga was also absent from Chelsea'sfinal pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen.
The New England Revolution are back in the U.S. Open Cup final for the first time since 2007. Jay Heaps was a player on that Revolution team, and now the current Revs head coach is hoping the 2016 sidecan replicate some ofwhat he and his teammatesdid to reach both U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup final that season.
Real Madrid's manager was quick to deflect transfer rumors surrounding one of his biggest stars, while it appears another star midfielder could be on the move in the very near future.
Zinedine Zidane played down rumors regarding the possible sale of James Rodriguez. According to the Real Madrid manager, Rodriguez missed Tuesday's Super Cup victory due to his fitness, not because of any impending sale.
HARRISON, N.J. One player is out for the season, another for about a month, andanother remains a question mark.
The New York Red Bulls are hurting in a big way right now.
Bradley Wright-Phillips, Damien Perrinelle, and Connor Lade all suffered injuries during the Red Bulls' 2-2 road draw with the LA Galaxy this past weekend, adding them to the club's list of walking wounded that already includes captain Dax McCarty and reserve centerback Gideon Baah.
Even before Saturday's record-breaking win, Nick Rimando was considered among the best goalkeepers ever to play in MLS. For 17 years, Rimando has defied expectations while accomplishing virtually everything a player could in MLS.
No matter how you spin it, Rimando is one of the greats, but is he the best goalkeeper to ever ply his trade in MLS?
In many ways, the U.S. Women's National Team has completed phase one. A spot in the Olympic knockout stage has been sealed ahead of a third and final group stage match against Colombia. However, there is still plenty on the line for a U.S. team that is determined to finish the group stage in the best way possible.
While most teamsare either just beginning their new seasons or concluding their preseasons, several U.S. players were involved in action over the weekend.
Danny Williams began the new English Championship campaign with a solid performance for Reading in his side's 1-0 win against newcomers Preston North End, while Jonathon Spector was involved in Birmingham City's scoreless draw against Cardiff City.
Indy Eleven and FC Edmonton remain the class of the NASL following Week 6, but it was a resounding win from an expansion side that served as the weekend's highlight.
Miami FC cruised past Minnesota United, 4-0, on Saturday in what was the weekend's most lopsided result. Both Indy Eleven and FC Edmonton joined Alessandro Nesta's group as winners, defeating Ottawa Fury FC and Puerto Rico FC, respectively.
Toronto FC's biggest star is clicking on all cylinders for the surging Eastern Conference side, while the Seattle Soundersand Portland Timbers each earned key victories as both teams look to make a playoff push. Here's a closer look at all of theMLS action during Week 22:
New York City FC and the San Jose Earthquakes played to a goalless tie on Friday night at Avaya Stadium.
The Jacksonville Armada have struggled throughout the NASL season, and those struggles have cost Tony Meola his jobless than a year into his tenure with the club.
Currently 11th in both the Fall and Combined standings, the Armada announced on Sunday that the club has parted ways with Meola, who joined the team in November 2015 as head coach and technical director.
The Montreal Impact's new striker made quite an impression in his first MLS start.
In just his fourth game, Matteo Mancosu scored his second goal, leading the Impact to a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night. The goal comes following three appearances off the bench for the Italian forward, who previously scored in the Impact's 5-1 thumping of the Philadelphia Union on July 23.
Several inter-conference matchups take center stage over the weekend as MLS hits Week 22.
Eastern Conference leaders New York City FC kick off the action when Patrick Vieira's side heads west to meet the San Jose Earthquakes, while the New York Red Bulls also travels to California to take on the LA Galaxy.
One of the NASL's newest clubs appears to be in disarray while several veteran strikers are working with teams throughout the league.
Rayo OKC head coach Alen Marcina resigned on Thursday, while the club's operating management group,Sold Out Strategies has also left the organization. Rayo Vallecano has also announced that the club will be selling shares of the NASL club, which named Rayo Vallecanoassistant technical directorGerard Nus as head coach.
It always seemed a bit unlikely that Argentina's biggest star was calling a quits during the prime of his career, and the Barcelona forward appears to have reversed his decision.
Lionel Messi is reportedly prepared to come out of international retirement with theAlbiceleste. following making the decision last month when Argentina fell to Chile on penalty kicks at the Copa America Centenario.
The U.S. Women's National Team didn't exactly look like a fine-tuned machine on Wednesday night. Still, the reigning Olympic gold medalists began their defense with an ideal result, one which sets them up nicely for themore difficult hurdles that lie ahead.
Day after day, Zack Steffen returned home from training withBundesliga club Freiburg and day after day, he felt the same uneasiness.
On the field, he was rising through the club's ranks, all but sealing a spot with the first teamahead of what could have been a breakthrough season. But off the field Steffen had never felt more alone, more isolated, as days came and went.
First-team regulars Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez will return to Arsenal's squad as the Premier League side begins final preparationsfor the Premier League, but a familiar U.S. international has also been included in the team.
Arsene Wenger has included U.S. Men's National Team midfielderGedion Zelalem in the Gunners' 25-man roster ahead of the squad's trip to Scandinavia.
One American is conspicuously absent from Tottenham's latest traveling roster, while another is set to join the team on its next preseason trip.
DeAndre Yedlin was not named to Tottenham's 24-man roster for an upcoming friendly match against Inter Milan in Oslo, Norway. However, Cameron Carter-Vickers was included in the squad, joining Spurs regulars like Dele Alli, Moussa Dembele, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris.
BMO Field has always been kind toTosaint Ricketts.
Eight of Ricketts' 12 international goals have been scored inside that stadium,so it was only fitting that he opened his MLS account in the same building to give Toronto FC a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.
Just hours after acquiring Alejandro Bedoya, the Philadelphia Union bolstered their attack with the addition of a veteran forward.
The Union announced on Thursday that the club has acquired forward Charlie Davies from the New England Revolution forGeneral Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money and the Union's first round selection in the 2018 MLS Draft.
The Colorado Rapids were very active in the waning moments of the transfer window.
Just hours before the close of the transfer window, the Rapids completed two separate deals. The Western Conference club sentGeneral Allocation Money to the Union in exchange for veteran Sebastien Le Toux before trading Luis Solignac to the Fire for the very same roster mechanism.
The U.S. Women's National Team will probably want some of their chances back after watching the highlights, but Jill Ellis' side came away with a comfortable result in Wednesday's Olympics opener in Rio de Janeiro.
Goals from Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan gave the USWNT a 2-0 win over New Zealand to kick off Group G play, while the All Whites failed to manage any shots on target in the match.
The Olympics in Rio 2016 kick off their games on Wednesdaywith women's soccer, even before the opening ceremony and the lighting of the torch. However, the day is set to be chock full of plenty of club team action as well.
Olympic hosts Brazil face off against China in the first round of games.
Even with their 2016 successes, the Philadelphia Union always felt a piece or two away from being legitimate contenders.On Wednesday, the Union made a major move by acquiring a U.S. Men's National Team veteran that the club believes isthat piece that brings them to thatnext level.
Ligue 1 side FC Nantes announced on Wednesday that the Union acquired USMNT midfielder Alejandro Bedoya.
Alejandro Bedoya's long-discussed move to MLS is finally complete.
FC Nantes announced on Wednesday that Bedoya has left the French club in favor of a move to the Philadelphia Union. The move will see Bedoya feature in MLS for the first time after playing the first nine years of his career in Europe.
Matt Miazga's path to Chelsea's first team is a crowded one, and it now appears that the club's new manager is expecting the U.S. Men's National Team centerback's development to continue elsewhere for the time being.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte stressed the importance of playing time for Miazga's development while also hinting at a potential loan move away from Stamford Bridge.
To date, Julian Green has been seen as a wide option, one who possessed the technique and physical abilities to create down either the right or left wing. However, it now appears that the U.S. Men's National Team forward will be utilized in a very different way under his new club manager.
Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti says he sees the 21-year-old as a true center forward, a player capable of leading the attack down the middle.
Brad Guzan is not the only veteran goalkeeper Middlesbrough has added this summer, but the U.S. Men's National Team No. 1 is hoping to be the one that emerges as the team's go-to keeper heading into the Premier League season.
After experiencing relegation with Aston Villa last season, Guzan officially joined Middlesbrough last week with a move that keeps the goalkeeper in the Premier League.
DeAndre Yedlin didn't get off to the best start during his loan spell with Sunderland last season, but the young American defender certainly made an impression over the second half of the season.
The U.S. Men's National Team right back joined the Black Cats on loan from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, and now, Yedlin could be on his way back to the Stadium of Light for the 2016/17 season.
The U.S. Women's National Team is a group that tends to have the spotlight fixed upon them, especially when it comes to Olympic soccer. It's only natural, given the team's successes. With three straight gold medals and four of the firstfive, the USWNT has proven dominant since the women's game was added to the Summer slate in 1996, but with a mix of old and new faces, the 2016 tournamentrun presents a new series of challenges.
The U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team's clash with Bahrain got very, very ugly, as a brawl broke out between the two sides due to a late incident.
On the field, the U.S. fell, 3-1, but it was what happened just before the final whistle that marred Monday's match. Just moments before the final whistle, a brawl broke out between the two teams, as benches cleared and control was lost.
First it was on, then it was off, and now it could be back on again.
Fabian Castillo's agent is reportedly in New York City at MLS headquarters looking to finalize the FC Dallas attacker's move to Turkish side Trabzonspor. Reports on Sunday suggested that the deal was "dead.
Bayern Munich's Julian Green celebrates scoring his first goal against Inter Milan during an International Champions Cup match in Chatrlotte, North Carolina, on July 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_DQ0O2
Julian Green remains in pursuit of a first-team role with Bayern Munich, but after a hat-trick performance over the weekend, the U.
More and more teams are becoming intrigued with Major League Soccer as the league continues to develop, and one of the world's biggest clubs could be next on the list to get involved.
In an interview with Sports Business Daily, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummeniggetalked about the prospect of teaming up with an MLS side, stating that European teams have an "obligation" to help grow soccer in the United States.
Without its biggest star, New York City FC kicked off a busy weekend in MLS with an emphatic victory against the Colorado Rapids, while Orlando City SC kicked off the Jason Kreis era with an impressive three point-performance. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:
Frank Lampard's hat-trick paced New York City FC to a 5-1 win against the Colorado Rapids at Yankee Stadium.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. –When the New York Red Bulls went to thelocker room athalftime Sunday they had lost their captain to injury, were being outshot 4-0 and had just conceded two goals in 12 minutes,allowingan early lead disappear against the Chicago Fire.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Veljko Paunovic sat down in the postgame press conference Sunday nightlookingmore dejected thanhe hadfollowingany of the other 19 Chicago Fire matcheshe had presided over. Even though theFire left with a point from the team's meeting withthe second-place New York Red Bulls, the first-year head coach was clearly more haunted by the two points lost than happy with the one gained.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Two defensive miscues by the Chicago Fireallowed the New York Red Bulls to walk away from Toyota Park with a late point Sunday.
On a nightwhen the visitors struggled to break down the Fire andlost captain Dax McCarty to a first-half injury, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 90th minute to seal a 2-2 draw after a Matt Polster own goal provided the other tally for the Red Bulls.
CHESTER, Pa. — Two weeks after being cheered off their home field for a miraculous come-from-behind draw against the New York Red Bulls, the Philadelphia Union walked into the locker room serenaded by boos.
The frustration on the faces of the players and manager Jim Curtin showed just how much the defeat hurt in what some saw as a must-win game.
The temperature in Houston was high Sunday night, enough to warranttwo drink breaks for the players, and just as highwere the stakes for the two teams both struggling to cement themselves in playoff places. In the end, a classic Chris Wondoloski finish was enough to redeem a point for the San Jose Earthquakes on Dominic Kinnear's return to Houston.
SEATTLE There hasn't been much cause to congratulate the Seattle Sounders this season, but at first blushit looks like they got this one right, the first all-caps acquisition of the Garth Lagerwey era.
When it comes to Designated Players, you never really know if the goodsmerit the bill until that sexy name donsan MLS uniform and kicks a ball in a meaningful match or two.