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Soccer Insider: March, 2014

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 03/30/2014

American Top 40: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 14th edition

An MLS-heavy roster has gathered in Phoenix for Wednesday’s match vs. Mexico -- the final friendly before World Cup training camp opens.

By Steven Goff  |  02:10 PM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team

Posted at 11:41 PM ET, 03/29/2014

D.C. United 2, Chicago Fire 2

D.C. United ended its scoreless drought but settled for a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire in an MLS match at rainy RFK Stadium.

By Steven Goff  |  11:41 PM ET, 03/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/29/2014

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire

D.C. United seeks its first MLS victory of the season tonight when the Chicago Fire visits RFK Stadium.

By Steven Goff  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Mexico’s roster for U.S. friendly

Mexico’s Miguel Herrera selects 18 domestic league players for El Tri’s friendly against the Americans in Phoenix,

By Steven Goff  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mexico, U.S. national team

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Soccer on ‘Colbert Report’

” ... especially in soccer, or as the Europeans call it, footsoccer ...”

By Steven Goff  |  08:03 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  belgium, Soccer and Society

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Klinsmann sets roster for Mexico friendly

In the last friendly before World Cup training camp opens with a full squad, Juergen Klinsmann summoned mostly MLS players.

By Steven Goff  |  02:07 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team, ussf

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Soccer bookshop: new and old titles

With the World Cup approaching, several new soccer books are on sale this spring and others are being republished.

By Steven Goff  |  01:52 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer and Society

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 03/25/2014

D.C. United loans 4 to Richmond

Joe Willis, Jalen Robinson, Christiano Francois and Michael Seaton will play for the third-division Kickers this season.

By Steven Goff  |  03:49 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS, richmond kickers

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Does Michael Bradley deserve suspension?

Davy Arnaud did not suffer a concussion in collision with Michael Bradley but was held out of training Tuesday.

By Steven Goff  |  01:01 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS, toronto fc

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Looking at U.S. roster for Mexico friendly

Juergen Klinsmann is in the process of finalizing the U.S. roster for next Wednesday’s friendly against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium.

By Steven Goff  |  04:35 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, mexico, MLS, U.S. national team

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 03/23/2014

Video: Barcelona 4, Real Madrid 3

Living up to “clasico” billing, Lionel Messi upstaged Cristiano Ronaldo on Real Madrid’s turf to reassert Barcelona’s title credentials.

By Steven Goff  |  09:49 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FC Barcelona, Real Madrid

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 03/23/2014

American Top 40: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 13th edition

By committing to the U.S. program, Julian Green enters the World Cup conversation. Meantime, Geoff Cameron scores in Premier League.

By Steven Goff  |  04:30 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team

Posted at 11:39 PM ET, 03/22/2014

Toronto FC 1, D.C. United 0

Jermain Defoe scored in the 60th minute to lift Toronto FC to a home-opening victory over D.C. United, which remained goalless and winless.

By Steven Goff  |  11:39 PM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 03/22/2014

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC

D.C. United serves as guest for Toronto FC’s wildly anticipated home opener with Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe.

By Steven Goff  |  03:36 PM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Remembering Shawn Kuykendall

Ahead of Saturday’s memorial service for the former local player, a longtime Insider reader shares his memories.

By Steven Goff  |  01:53 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United

Posted at 01:13 AM ET, 03/20/2014

MLS referees reach collective bargaining agreement; San Jose, Kansas City ousted from Champions League

Good news: MLS’s regular referees will return to work. Bad news: San Jose and Kansas City were eliminated in the CONCACAF quarterfinals.

By Steven Goff  |  01:13 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  concacaf champions league, MLS

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 03/19/2014

D.C. United TV deal and notes

D.C. United announces a 14-game deal with Comcast SportsNet. Plus, other notes heading into Saturday’s MLS match at Toronto FC.

By Steven Goff  |  02:50 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 03/19/2014

Video: Galaxy loses in Champions League

Tijuana eliminated Los Angeles in the CONCACAF quarterfinals on 4-3 aggregate. San Jose and Sporting Kansas City visit Mexican clubs tonight.

By Steven Goff  |  09:55 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  concacaf champions league, MLS

Posted at 09:34 PM ET, 03/18/2014

10 questions about Julian Green

Bayern Munich forward Julian Green, 18, has switched his allegiance from Germany to the United States and may end up on the World Cup roster.

By Steven Goff  |  09:34 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, bayern munich, U.S. national team

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 03/17/2014

D.C. United news and notes: Pontius on slow road in comeback

D.C. United does not expect to see veteran midfielder Chris Pontius in an MLS match anytime soon.

By Steven Goff  |  03:52 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 03/16/2014

American Top 40: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 12th edition

With the U.S. friendly against Mexico approaching, several changes on the Insider’s World Cup roster depth chart.

By Steven Goff  |  03:54 PM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/16/2014

Thierry Henry: goal scorer, cameraman

Thierry Henry took a unique approach to celebrating his first goal of the MLS season for the New York Red Bulls.

By Steven Goff  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLS, new york red bulls

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 03/14/2014

10 years later: Whatever happened to D.C. United’s last MLS Cup squad?

On the anniversary of D.C. United’s last MLS Cup championship, the Insider looks at where the players and coaches are today.

By Steven Goff  |  09:20 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Wednesday kickaround

Remembering Shawn Kuykendall. U.S. women’s national team. Washington Spirit. CONCACAF Champions League. U.S.-Mexico ticket sales.

By Steven Goff  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS, u.s. women's national team, washington spirit

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Rodrigo Santoro: Xerxes and soccer

Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro talks soccer, World Cup and “300: Rise of an Empire.”

By Steven Goff  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brazil, Soccer and Society

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/10/2014

U.S. women lose 2nd straight game

The Americans conceded the most goals in program history, falling to Denmark 5-3 at the Algarve Cup.

By Steven Goff  |  12:55 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  u.s. women's national team

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 03/09/2014

American Top 40: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 11th edition

Aron Johannsson strengthened his claim for a World Cup starting job with a pair of goals for AZ Alkmaar. Jose Torres also scored abroad.

By Steven Goff  |  03:17 PM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team

Posted at 01:16 AM ET, 03/09/2014

Columbus Crew 3, D.C. United 0

D.C. United’s 2014 campaign picked up where last year’s left off: with a one-sided home loss to Columbus.

By Steven Goff  |  01:16 AM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 03/08/2014

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew

After winning just three matches last year, D.C. United opens the 2014 MLS season against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium.

By Steven Goff  |  06:05 PM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/07/2014

MLS referees locked out amid labor impasse; replacement officials called in

Major League Soccer will utilize replacement referees after the officiating union and management failed to settle a labor dispute on the eve of the season openers.

By Steven Goff  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLS

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/07/2014

U.S. unbeaten streak ends at 43

Sweden defeats the U.S. women’s national team, 1-0, at Algarve Cup.

By Steven Goff  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  u.s. women's national team

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 03/06/2014

United signs Johnson to DP deal

Eddie Johnson becomes D.C. United’s highest-paid player after signing a Designated Player contract worth up to $650,000 annually.

By Steven Goff  |  06:01 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS, U.S. national team

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Johnson, United near contract deal

D.C. United is about to make U.S. national team forward Eddie Johnson an MLS designated player.

By Steven Goff  |  12:08 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 12:45 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Videos: U.S. women draw, U.S. men lose

The U.S. women’s national team began the Algarve Cup with a 1-1 draw with Japan, while the men’s squad lost to Ukraine, 2-0, in a friendly.

By Steven Goff  |  12:45 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. national team, u.s. women's national team, ukraine

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 03/05/2014

D.C. United news and notes

Three days and counting until D.C. United opens the 2014 MLS season against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium.

By Steven Goff  |  03:18 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 03/04/2014

MLS refs’ union, management at impasse

Major League Soccer and the referees’ union remain far apart in efforts to reach a collective bargaining agreement before the season openers this weekend.

By Steven Goff  |  05:09 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLS

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Wednesday friendlies TV and live streams

On last FIFA fixture date before World Cup, several friendlies available for viewing, including USA-Ukraine, France-Netherlands, Mexico-Nigeria.

By Steven Goff  |  05:41 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Brazil, mexico, U.S. national team

Posted at 02:15 AM ET, 03/03/2014

American Top 40: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 10th edition

As a Euro-dominated U.S. squad prepares for Ukraine, DaMarcus Beasley and Terrence Boyd scored in Mexico and Austria respectively.

By Steven Goff  |  02:15 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team

Posted at 11:51 PM ET, 03/01/2014

D.C. United wins Carolina preseason title

In the final tuneup for the MLS season, D.C. United earned a 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders. Fabian Espindola and Perry Kitchen scored.

By Steven Goff  |  11:51 PM ET, 03/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United

 

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