professional soccer

New England Revolution

Steve Neumann Announces Retirement at 25

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The former 1st Round SuperDraft pick from Georgetown has decided to hang up his cleats.

Steve Neumann has announced on Twitter that he is retiring from professional soccer.

After a lot of reflection I've decided to retire from professional soccer.

Nueva liga a la vista

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Después de haber ganado Juegos Olímpicos, la mejor selección del mundo y todas aquellas jugadoras que componen el largo grupo de mujeres que practican futbol femenil en Estados Unidos no se podían quedar sin una liga 100% profesional. Según la poca información proporcionada por Boston Breakers, en 2013 se establecerá una liga de ésta índole.

Musket Rounds: Rest in Peace, Kirk Urso

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We're a little late to the game, and that's my fault, but I wanted to make sure we at The Bent Musket got a chance to express our deepest condolences to the Columbus Crew and to the family and friends of Kirk Urso, the Crew rookie and former UNC Tar Heel and NCAA champion who passed away early Sunday morning from what are now being called natural causes.

Adu Should Take Cues from Saer Sene's Performance Against the Union

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Freddy Adu has had problems this season with consistency. He has had those same problems his entire professional soccer career.

However, consistency is not his biggest issue at the moment. It is, instead, the fact that he's occupying a vital and important position on the Philadelphia Union without much influence.

Robbie Rogers

Brad Evans: 'I don’t think it would matter' if a teammate were gay

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TUKWILA - Playing collegiate and (very shortly) professional soccer exposed me to a number of different team environments and cultures. The one constant throughout was every locker room was a safe place.

Players often see the game as an escape from real life, and stepping into that room with the 30 other guys on the team never failed to put a smile on my face.

Robbie Rodgers Quits Professional Soccer; Announces He Is Gay

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Robbie Rogers, former U.S. Men's National Team, Leeds United and Columbus Crew midfielder, has announced that he is gay and that he is quitting professional soccer. He is a player the the Fire have the rights to thanks to the Dominic Oduro/Dilly Duka trade earlier this month.

Everyone here at Hot Time In Old Town is happy for Robbie.

Major League Soccer

USA vs. Canada 2013: So...that was fun?

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I have been to a number of sporting events, soccer and otherwise, in my lifetime, and none have left me wondering why I bothered to spend the money or time attending. Until the game on Tuesday night. As the seconds seems to drone on endlessly, so too did the inability of either team to mount anything resembling a cohesive attack.

USL PRO and MLS announce partnership

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Major League Soccer and USL PRO announced today that in 2013 they will begin a multi-year partnership regarding the MLS Reserve League and the development of players to compete at the highest levels. This first year is a step, but only a step. It will involve the creation of a handful of affiliate teams and some inter-league games between non-affiliated MLS teams and non-affiliated USL Pro teams that will count in the standings for both sides.

Stover discusses Cosmos’ stadium proposal

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A 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium in New York is being proposed for construction at the center of a rundown area of land with the aspiration of opening by 2016.

Sound familiar? You bet, but it isn't Major League Soccer's proposal we are talking about.

Mid-Day Ticker: Ballack retires, Solskjaer linked to Blackburn job, and more

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Michael Ballack, the man who scored the winning goal to defeat the U.S. Men's national team in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, has retired from professional soccer.

The former German national team captain most recently spent the summer as a TV analyst for ESPN during the European championships, and had been linked to a move to Major League Soccer, but that move never materialized and he has decided to stop playing at the age of 36.

MLS and the CONCACAF developmental model

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- From the outset, Major League Soccer wasn't just about getting professional soccer back on the American sports map after a decade-long absence. It wasn't just about mollifying FIFA so they'd give us a World Cup, or giving a few American professionals in need of a job a place to play.

Perlaza Reportedly Returns to Colombia, Joins Millonarios

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Under former head coach Peter Nowak, and Sporting Director Diego Gutierrez, Colombia was a source of talent for a Philadelphia Union team that needed an influx of it during an offseason. Now Colombia has become a place of departure for exiting Union players.

First it was Faryd Mondragon returning to Deportivo Cali, the team he began his professional soccer career with, and today it was Jorge Perlaza, heading to Millonarios after his rather forgetful time with the Union.

Richmond Kicker Nozomi Hiroyama to Retire

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Former J. League and Japanese National Team Midfielder Ends Career in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – (Friday, August 31, 2012) – Richmond Kickers midfielder, Nozomi Hiroyama, officially announced his retirement from professional soccer Thursday.
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to finish my career in Richmond," commented Hiroyama.

Mondragon Thriving Since Return to Colombia

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The 2012 Major League Soccer preseason was a tumultuous one for the Philadelphia Union.

Under then-head coach Peter Nowak, the Union were quickly dissolved of much of their resemblance to the squad that had made the playoffs in the previous season. Despite the franchise's quick success - a playoff appearance in its second season of existence - Nowak, and the rest of the Philadelphia brass, felt it necessary to change the makeup of the team.

Musket Rounds: US Open Cup Final, Urso Tributes, Women's Soccer League, And More

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Good afternoon and welcome to today's Musket Rounds. Forgive me if the preamble is short; I've got a busy day ahead of me at work today. This edition of the Rounds features a lot of Open Cup news, as well as some good stuff on the American women's professional soccer front, a few odds and ends from the New England Revolution, and much more.

North American Soccer League

VIP Sports and Entertainment bring NASL Soccer to Loudoun County

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via NASL Virginia Facebook page
Ashburn, VA – November 5, 2012 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional sports and entertainment options to Northern Virginia, VIP Sports & Entertainment announces that it is partnering with Loudoun Professional Soccer, LLC (LPS), who have been awarded a franchise in the North American Soccer League (NASL).

Show Your Support for Professional Soccer in Minnesota Tonight at the Stars FC Match

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If you're going to the Minnesota Stars FC match tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Blaine, Minn., make sure you seek out a member of the Dark Clouds supporters group and ask them where you can sign a letter that will soon be sent to the NASL office. That letter asks the NASL team owners and [...]

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History Night with the Minnestoa Stars FC this Saturday

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For the second year the Minnesota Stars will be celebrating History Night and they'd like you to be part of it. The Stars will honor more than 35 years of professional soccer history in Minnesota August 11 when they take on the North American Soccer League leading San Antonio Scorpions at NSC Stadium.

Manchester City

What Hope Is There To End Pirated Soccer Streams When Even Soccer Players Are Watching Them?

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What hope is there to end pirated soccer Internet streams when even soccer players are doing it?

Above and below are screenshots of US international Alejandro Bedoya's desktop yesterday where he was watching three separate UEFA Champions League games including one illegal stream of FOX Soccer's broadcast of Manchester City against Borussia Dortmund.

The Champagne League

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The Champions League pits champions against champions in group stages. HOW DARE THEY!!!??? But seriously, lots of Real Madrid fans clenched and shook many a fist after last Thursday's Champions League draw. Why? Because we got suck in a group with English Premier League champions Manchester City. The same Manchester City that did not advance out of the group stages last year.


Sounders Reserves 4-2 Chivas: Recap

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In a game that was really in their control throughout, the Sounders needed to come from behind to beat that other Chivas USA, after two set pieces had the home team down 2-1. But as the first team did on Saturday, so the reserves mimicked on Sunday, as Seattle picked up their second straight come-from-behind reserve win with a 4-2 victory.

State pros: Ricketts joins Norwegian club

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Tosaint Ricketts (UW-Green Bay) might finally be able to continue his professional soccer career.

The 25-year-old striker signed with Norwegian club VÃ¥lerenga in Oslo on Friday as he looks to get back on the field for a club team for the first time since leaving Romanian second division side FC Politehnica TimiÅŸoara in April.

Wednesday Kickoff: Muamba retires, Grella scores in Capital One Cup & more

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That Fabrice Muamba is alive is a miracle in itself, considering that his heart stopped for 78 minutes after he collapsed during a match against Tottenham in March. The Muamba miracle will not, however, include a return to the playing field.

Muamba announced his retirement from professional soccer Wednesday, citing a recent visit with a cardiologist that dissuaded him from attempting to continue his career.

Cruz Azul

Toluca Holds on to Mexico's Top Spot

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If one thing is for certain in the Liga MX, surprises are a given. This year, two teams fit that description after just four weeks into the Apertura 2012. Toluca, who lost last year's league leader in goals Ivan Alonso to an unexpected retirement, and newly promoted Leon continue to impress and look like the real deal.

Cruz Azul Umbro 2012/13 Home and Away Jerseys

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Cruz Azul (full name: Club Deportivo Social y Cultural Cruz Azul) is a Mexican professional soccer (football) club. The team is nicknamed "Los Cementeros" (the "Cement Makers" in English) or...

professional league

Pro Women’s Soccer Returning?

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Just prior to the U.S. Women's National Team grabbing Gold at the Olympics, the Boston Breakers issued a press release announcing the formation of a new professional women's soccer league slated to begin play in the spring of 2013. The teams announced in the release are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, a newly formed team in Seattle, and New Jersey's Sky Blue FC, with four other teams finalizing their participation in the league.

Women's Pro League Final Takes Backseat to US Women's Olympic Team

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The highest level of women's pro Soccer in the U.S. played its final Saturday. The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Elite match was played in Rochester, New York, home of the Western New York Flash.

The game went to Pk's after the two finalists, the Flash and Chicago Red Stars, played 120 minutes to a 1-1 tie.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Jul 27, 2017

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It's Day 208 of 2017.

2 HUGE moves in the City of Angels professional soccer coaching ranks today!

1) Out goes Onalfo. In comes Schmid.
  • LA Galaxy fired head coach Curt Onalfo today and rehired their former coach Sigi Schmid.
  • And you won't believe who LA plays this Saturday in Schmid's first game?

Fresno Football Club set to join USL in 2018

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A new club is coming to the ever-expanding USL.

On Wednesday, the USL announced that Fresno Football Club will join the league in 2018. The club will join Nashville SC and one more club to be announced as expansion clubs in 2018. The team's ownership group is headed bylocal businessman Ray Beshoff.

Charlie Horton is suing Fabian Espindola, D.C. United over attack

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Espindola allegedly elbowed Horton following an argument last year according to complaint filed by Horton

Charlie Horton, a goalkeeper brought in by D.C. United at the start of the 2016 season, is going to court over an incident that he claims has ended his professional soccer career. In a filing with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Horton, who did not have his option picked up by United this year, alleges that he picked up his concussion when former teammate, Fabian Espindola, attacked him last March after a video session before a practice.

Whose MLS Draft stock is up and whose is down

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Daniel Johnson may be out of the Sounders reach now, but a few others have emerged as first rounders

While the excitement behind the MLS SuperDraft as a method of club-building is waning, for some players it is their biggest shot to catch on with a club and prove they can make it in professional soccer.

Pro/Rel report highlights potential for soccer but misses the target

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A Deloitte report on the pros and cons of Pro/Rel, commissioned by the owners of Miami FC, was released to the public. Don't get your hopes up.

David slung a pebble at Goliath, but this one won't strike the giant in the forehead. The ownership group of NASL club Miami FC commissioned an analysis of the impact of a system of promotion and relegation would have on US Soccer.

FC Tucson Announce Big Stadium News Ahead of Busy Schedule

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Article By Pedro Gomes

Many people may not have heard of FC Tucson but if you are a fan of MLS or professional soccer in the Southwest, that may soon change.

FC Tucson and Pima County made some big waves today as they announced plans for a $2 million dollar renovation of Kino Sports Complex.

Pavel Pardo Retires

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The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Saturday that midfielder Pavel Pardo has retired from professional soccer. He represented Mexico twice in the World Cup and is in fact the second-most capped player in Mexican National Team history. Pardo play club soccer for 19 years at the top levels in Mexico, Germany and the United States.

SBI College Preview: Alvarez ready to lead UConn to glory and realize his pro dream

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photo courtesy of UConn Athletics


Before he was a college soccer player, and before he developed into one of the best playmakers in the nation for national power UConn, Carlos Alvarez was just a teenager with a life-changing decision to make.

The Shaky Future of U.S. Women's Professional Soccer

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Insightful stuff from Noah Davis over at Grantland regarding the formation of the new women's professional soccer league here in the States: Extra Time.

No time to read today? In short, as you expect, it's going to take time and money...and quite possibly a miracle.

Too Much Energy Drink and Portland returns home with a headache

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Let's get this out of the way first, Portland lost because of Portland and not because of the Ref. The Ref sucked and should have made New York Take the PK instead of blowing the whistle and then saying he didn't blow the whistle. Also the first yellow was on Chara? Not the late tackles and reckless tackles from McCarty and Tainio?

Should EA Sports add women’s soccer players to ‘FIFA’ game?

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Video games giant EA Sports has received criticism for failing to include women's players and teams on its popular title "FIFA" in the wake of the United States' dramatic victory over Japan for the Olympic gold medal.

The Americans' 2-1 triumph was watched by over 80,000 fans in Wembley Stadium and an audience of 4.

Bolt angles for Manchester United trial

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The world's fastest man thinks he can offer some assistance to one of the world's most storied soccer clubs.

Usain Bolt, who set an Olympic record in the 100-meter dash with his 9.63-second run on Sunday to capture his second straight gold medal in the event, claims that he could make a difference for Manchester United if given the opportunity for a trial, something that he is reportedly serious about taking on before he departs England after the conclusion of the Olympics.