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Soccer Insider: April, 2014

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 04/30/2014

Atletico Madrid 3, Chelsea 1

With victory at Stamford Bridge, Atletico Madrid set up a Champions League final against Real Madrid May 24 in Lisbon.

By Steven Goff  |  04:40 PM ET, 04/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  atletico madrid, chelsea, uefa champions league

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 04/29/2014

Video: Real Madrid 4, Bayern Munich 0

Sergio Ramos scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo capped a stunning first half as Madrid advanced to the Champions League final.

By Steven Goff  |  04:40 PM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bayern munich, Real Madrid, uefa champions league

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 04/29/2014

D.C. United news and notes: Johnson expected to return to practice soon

D.C. United’s Eddie Johnson did not train Tuesday because of a hamstring injury but is optimistic about playing this weekend.

By Steven Goff  |  02:27 PM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Belgium adds another rising star

Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj commits to Belgium ahead of the World Cup, but will he join the squad in Brazil?

By Steven Goff  |  05:10 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, belgium

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Dani Alves gains global respect for reaction to banana-tossing incident during FC Barcelona match

Public’s reaction to Dani Alves taking bite of a banana tossed onto field as he prepared to take corner kick for Barcelona.

By Steven Goff  |  01:19 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barcelona

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 04/27/2014

American Top 30: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 18th edition

Clint Dempsey continues his scoring surge in MLS, while Terrence Boyd posts two goals for the second straight week.

By Steven Goff  |  02:53 PM ET, 04/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team

Posted at 01:10 AM ET, 04/27/2014

D.C. United 4, FC Dallas 1

Match report, notes, bonus quotes and the video package from United’s fifth consecutive match without a loss.

By Steven Goff  |  01:10 AM ET, 04/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 04/26/2014

D.C. United vs. FC Dallas

D.C. United seeks to extend its unbeaten streak to five when it faces MLS’s best club at RFK Stadium.

By Steven Goff  |  06:12 PM ET, 04/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 04/25/2014

Nike’s 4-minute World Cup video

Ronaldo, Neymar, Luiz, Iniesta, Ibrahimovic and many more appear in a new promo ahead of the World Cup this summer.

By Steven Goff  |  11:05 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, cristiano ronaldo

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 04/25/2014

United plans to play Fulham in Florida

D.C. United is close to finalizing a friendly against the London club in Jacksonville this summer.

By Steven Goff  |  10:16 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 04/24/2014

Seattle Reign 3, Washington Spirit 1

Four days after its first victory of the NWSL season, the Spirit fell behind by two goals and lost in Seattle. Details and video ...

By Steven Goff  |  09:25 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NWSL, washington spirit

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Video: Real Madrid 1, Bayern Munich 0

Karim Benzema’s early goal lifted the Spanish side over the title holders in the first leg of Champions League semifinal.

By Steven Goff  |  04:38 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bayern munich, Real Madrid, uefa champions league

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 04/23/2014

D.C. United news and notes: Pontius surgery, Hamid status, Olsen comments

Pontius’ hamstring surgery. Hamid’s status and other injuries. Olsen’s reaction to referee review. Academy updates.

By Steven Goff  |  02:19 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Video: Atletico Madrid, Chelsea draw

Peter Cech left in the first half with an injury but Chelsea secured a scoreless draw in Madrid in the first leg of a Champions League semifinal.

By Steven Goff  |  05:56 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  uefa champions league

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Visa requirements for World Cup visitors

With World Cup approaching, U.S. ticket-holders need to acquire visas ahead of travel to Brazil.

By Steven Goff  |  03:27 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Referee ‘failed to take correct action’ on goal-scoring play in D.C. United match

Juan Guzman should have issued a red card to a Columbus defender for fouling D.C. United’s Eddie Johnson, a high-ranking figure said.

By Steven Goff  |  02:13 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 04/21/2014

NBC’s plans for Premier League finales

On the last day of the Premier League May 11, the network will carry all 10 matches live simultaneously on a variety of channels.

By Steven Goff  |  07:23 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Premier League

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 04/21/2014

MLS moves benefit Parkhurst, Edu

Since returning to MLS from Europe, Crew defender Michael Parkhurst and Union midfielder Maurice Edu have bolstered their World Cup hopes.

By Steven Goff  |  02:02 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Video: superb goals by Spirit, Kickers

Watch these goals from beyond the penalty area by the Spirit’s Diana Matheson and Christine Nairn, and D.C. United’s Kyle Porter.

By Steven Goff  |  09:48 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NWSL, richmond kickers, usl, washington spirit

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 04/20/2014

American Top 30: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 17th edition

Terrence Boyd rejoined the U.S. national team rankings with 2 goals for Rapid Vienna, while Alejandro Bedoya scored for Nantes.

By Steven Goff  |  02:03 PM ET, 04/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team

Posted at 01:21 AM ET, 04/20/2014

D.C. United 1, Columbus Crew 1

Fabian Espindola scored in the 31st minute, but Hector Jimenez equalized in the 90th at Columbus Crew Stadium.

By Steven Goff  |  01:21 AM ET, 04/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 04/19/2014

D.C. United at Columbus Crew

D.C. United boasts a three-game unbeaten streak but hasn’t won in central Ohio since 2007.

By Steven Goff  |  06:39 PM ET, 04/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 04/17/2014

U.S. World Cup training camp details

Four weeks from today, the U.S. national team will begin World Cup preparations in earnest at Stanford University.

By Steven Goff  |  05:18 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, U.S. national team

Posted at 09:27 PM ET, 04/16/2014

Video: Real Madrid 2, Barcelona 1

Gareth Bale scored in the late stages as Real Madrid won Copa del Rey for the 19th time, defeating Barcelona.

By Steven Goff  |  09:27 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, spain

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 04/16/2014

New releases from Insider bookshop

New reading material ahead of the World Cup ...

By Steven Goff  |  05:10 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, world soccer

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 04/16/2014

Bobby Boswell, unplugged

In an epic media exchange, D.C. United’s captain touches on weathermen, stockbrokers, psychics, fortune tellers, fishing, MLS and NBA refs, and baseball.

By Steven Goff  |  01:52 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/16/2014

Pontius to miss several more months

D.C. United’s Chris Pontius, who has yet to play this season, is expected to undergo additional hamstring surgery.

By Steven Goff  |  12:07 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 04/15/2014

MLS’s imperfect expansion plans

As the next growth spurt approaches, one can’t help but wonder whether blind ambition, not to mention lucrative expansion fees, have clouded MLS judgement.

By Steven Goff  |  12:52 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  david beckham, MLS

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 04/14/2014

World Cup trophy visits Washington

The World Cup arrived in America on Monday. Not the tournament -- Brazil’s got that -- but the trophy. Joe Biden and John Kerry provided the official welcome.

By Steven Goff  |  06:10 PM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 04/14/2014

Atletico Madrid embracing life at top

Atletico lies ahead of both Real Madrid and Barcelona and is threatening to become the first club other than the two global titans to win the championship since Valencia 10 years ago.

By Steven Goff  |  10:52 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 04/13/2014

American Top 30: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 16th edition

With training camp a month away, U.S. roster candidates are positioning themselves for a trip to the World Cup in Brazil.

By Steven Goff  |  05:06 PM ET, 04/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team

Posted at 12:22 AM ET, 04/13/2014

D.C. United 1, New York Red Bulls 0

Davy Arnaud’s header in the fourth minute lifts D.C. United to consecutive league victories for the first time since October 2012.

By Steven Goff  |  12:22 AM ET, 04/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 04/12/2014

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls

Fresh off a 2-0 win over New England, D.C. United faces longtime rival New York Red Bulls in an MLS match at RFK Stadium.

By Steven Goff  |  06:09 PM ET, 04/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Video: U.S. women 3, China 0

Carli Lloyd scored twice in 3-minute span of first half and Sydney Leroux struck 14 seconds into 2nd half during friendly in San Diego.

By Steven Goff  |  08:47 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  u.s. women's national team

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 04/10/2014

MLS suspends United’s Lewis Neal

Lewis Neal will miss this Saturday’s home match against the New York Red Bulls.

By Steven Goff  |  02:17 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 04/10/2014

2014 MLS player salaries

The Major League Soccer Players Union releases the salary figures for the 2014 season, led by Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and Clint Dempsey.

By Steven Goff  |  12:26 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 04/10/2014

U.S. national team(s) news and notes

With interim coach, women’s team faces China again. Aron Johannsson in Europa League. Jose Torres celebrates Copa MX title. ESPN’s American Outlaws video.

By Steven Goff  |  10:36 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team, u.s. women's national team

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 04/09/2014

United news and notes: Hamid returns

Bill Hamid has returned to D.C. practice after missing last weekend’s MLS match against New England with a foot injury.

By Steven Goff  |  01:46 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Poll: Altidore’s place in U.S. team

With World Cup approaching, what should Juergen Klinsmann do about his out-of-form striker, Jozy Altidore?

By Steven Goff  |  08:51 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Gyau begins rebuilding the Bison

Phillip Gyau, a former U.S. national team player, will attempt to rebuild a Howard University program that won one game last year.

By Steven Goff  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ncaa soccer

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Gulati explains Sermanni firing

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati outlines the decision to fire Tom Sermanni, coach of the top-ranked women’s team.

By Steven Goff  |  06:07 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  u.s. women's national team, ussf

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 04/07/2014

D.C. United news and notes

Some DCU supporters are upset with their seat assignments at FedEx Field for the June 7 doubleheader featuring Spain.

By Steven Goff  |  03:59 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, el salvador, MLS, spain

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Video: U.S. women 2, China 0

Watch Lauren Holiday score in the first half and Megan Rapinoe in the second during the U.S. squad’s friendly near Denver.

By Steven Goff  |  01:52 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  u.s. women's national team

Posted at 11:04 PM ET, 04/06/2014

U.S. women’s coach Sermanni fired

In a stunning development, the U.S. Soccer Federation fired Tom Sermanni, coach of the world’s top-ranked women’s team.

By Steven Goff  |  11:04 PM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  u.s. women's national team

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 04/06/2014

American Top 30: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 15th edition

Five weeks from the start of World Cup training camp, Juergen Klinsmann is narrowing his roster candidates for Brazil.

By Steven Goff  |  04:57 PM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Americans abroad, U.S. national team

Posted at 12:17 AM ET, 04/06/2014

D.C. United 2, New England Revolution 0

An own goal and a late strike by new arrival Chris Rolfe lifted United to its first victory of the MLS season.

By Steven Goff  |  12:17 AM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 04/05/2014

D.C. United vs. N.E. Revolution

D.C. United is seeking its first victory of the MLS season after two defeats and a draw.

By Steven Goff  |  06:07 PM ET, 04/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Pele joins Jon Stewart on ‘Daily Show’

Pele, pitching a book, chats with former player Jon Stewart about the beautiful game.

By Steven Goff  |  10:54 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Silva out 3 weeks, Pontius indefinitely

D.C. United’s Luis Silva is sidelined several weeks with an ankle injury, while Chris Pontius might need additional surgery.

By Steven Goff  |  10:33 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 04/03/2014

U.S. highs and lows in Mexico draw

A look at three U.S. players who stood out in 2-2 draw with Mexico, and three who did not fare as well.

By Steven Goff  |  10:50 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, mexico, U.S. national team

Posted at 01:33 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Video of U.S.-Mexico goals

Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski scored in the first half, but Mexico answered in the second for a 2-2 friendly draw.

By Steven Goff  |  01:33 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mexico, U.S. national team

Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Matchday: U.S. vs. Mexico friendly

With World Cup training camp six weeks away, the U.S. national team faces Mexico in a friendly in Arizona.

By Steven Goff  |  10:10 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, mexico, U.S. national team

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/02/2014

D.C. United acquires Chris Rolfe from Fire

In need of attacking depth, D.C. United trades allocation money to the Fire for veteran attacker Chris Rolfe.

By Steven Goff  |  02:09 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Retired MLS midfielder Clyde Simms awaiting kidney transplant

His kidney function down to 14 percent, longtime D.C. United midfielder Clyde Simms is raising awareness about the disease.

By Steven Goff  |  12:32 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 12:38 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Wednesday kickaround

D.C. mayor’s race. USA vs. Mexico friendly. CONCACAF Champions League. UEFA Champions League. Charity match. ESPN World Cup promo.

By Steven Goff  |  12:38 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, concacaf champions league, D.C. United, U.S. national team, washington spirit

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Howard hiring Gyau to coach Bison

Philip Gyau is slated to become coach of the Howard University men’s program, which won one match last season.

By Steven Goff  |  07:10 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ncaa soccer

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 04/01/2014

D.C. United news and notes

Luis Silva injury update. Chris Pontius’s status. Chris Korb’s recovery. Eddie Johnson and Bill Hamid on U.S. duty. D.C.’s winless skid. RFK for sale?

By Steven Goff  |  02:59 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS, U.S. national team

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 04/01/2014

How D.C. mayoral primary will impact United’s stadium outlook at Buzzard Point

D.C. United’s stadium outlook at Buzzard Point doesn’t hinge on today’s mayoral primary results, but the MLS club is watching closely.

By Steven Goff  |  09:46 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United

 

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