Silva ahead of schedule with recovery

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

With the MLS playoff opener Sunday, Ben Olsen is hopeful his co-leading scorer as well as other ailing regulars will return.

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Thursday kickaround

Thursday kickaround

FC Dallas advances under controversial circumstances. Red Bulls vs. KC. Diana Matheson injured. Steve Zakuani retires. Americans abroad. NCAA soccer.

Boyd, Kljestan score goals in Europe

Boyd, Kljestan score goals in Europe

Terrence Boyd, in his third match back from injury, scored in the German Cup, while Sacha Kljestan struck for Anderlecht.

Harkes girls continue tradition

Harkes girls continue tradition

GIRLS’ SOCCER | Lauren and Lily Harkes, daughters of soccer stars John and Cindi, have found their own paths in the sport.

And my MLS MVP is ...

And my MLS MVP is ...

Who deserves the league’s most prestigious award: Robbie Keane, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Obafemi Martins or Lee Nguyen?

So you want to be a pro athlete? You might not get paid well.

So you want to be a pro athlete? You might not get paid well.

Here’s a comparison of the minimum salaries offered in MLB, NBA, NFL, MLS, NHL, WNBA and even WWE. Find out which league pays the best and which pays the worst.

Dempsey wins it with a kiss for B-CC

Dempsey wins it with a kiss for B-CC

GIRLS’ SOCCER | Tirhas Dempsey scores the golden goal for the Barons in a 2-1 win over No. 2 Churchill in the Maryland 4A West playoffs.

Russia unveils 2018 World Cup logo -- from space!

Russia unveils 2018 World Cup logo -- from space!

Prepare yourself for a design that ‘unites magic and dreams.’

Calverton wins MISAL championship

Calverton wins MISAL championship

BOYS’ SOCCER | The Cougars avenged last year’s early exit in the postseason, beating Avalon, 2-1.

Silva ahead of schedule with recovery

Silva ahead of schedule with recovery

With the MLS playoff opener Sunday, Ben Olsen is hopeful his co-leading scorer as well as other ailing regulars will return.

Luis Suarez left off shortlist for FIFA Ballon d’Or, Barcelona teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi make the cut

Luis Suarez left off shortlist for FIFA Ballon d’Or, Barcelona teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi make the cut

Other big names on the list: James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and over half the starting lineup of Germany’s World Cup team.

D.C. United, by the numbers

D.C. United, by the numbers

Everyone knows DCU made great strides this year after a terrible 2013 campaign. Here are a few numbers showing that improvement.

CSKA Sofia’s soccer coach denies taking a dive after ‘snowball attack’ in Bulgaria

CSKA Sofia’s soccer coach denies taking a dive after ‘snowball attack’ in Bulgaria

It wasn’t a drone this time that interrupted a European soccer match, but a snowball. Seriously.

Five area college teams to watch

Five area college teams to watch

The Virginia women, Maryland men, Georgetown men, Navy men and Catholic women have caught our soccer-watching eye.

MLS announces playoff schedule

MLS announces playoff schedule

D.C. United and the Seattle Sounders are the top seeds in their respective conferences.

U.S. women win CONCACAF championship, 6-0

U.S. women win CONCACAF championship, 6-0

Abby Wambach scored three of her four goals in the first half as the Americans won their fifth straight tournament match by shutout.

U.S. soccer players abroad, weekend roundup

U.S. soccer players abroad, weekend roundup

Tim Howard earned a victory with Everton, while Herculez Gomez scored in Mexican league play for the first time since March 2013.

United earns late draw at Montreal in finale

United earns late draw at Montreal in finale

Fabian Espindola scored an 86th-minute equalizer for United, which is unbeaten in six straight heading into the MLS playoffs.

MLS matchday: D.C. United at Montreal

MLS matchday: D.C. United at Montreal

DCU seeks to end a remarkable regular season on a winning note with a visit to the last-place Impact at Saputo Stadium.

U.S. women qualify for 2015 World Cup

U.S. women qualify for 2015 World Cup

Carli Lloyd scored twice and Christen Press added a goal as the Americans blanked Mexico, 3-0, in the CONCACAF semifinals.

D.C. United wants to keep foot on the gas

D.C. United wants to keep foot on the gas

The Eastern Conference leaders seek to retain their momentum entering the MLS playoffs.

Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique confirms Luis Suarez will face Real Madrid in El Clasico after FIFA bite ban is lifted

Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique confirms Luis Suarez will face Real Madrid in El Clasico after FIFA bite ban is lifted

Enrique would not say whether Suarez will be in the starting XI, however.

Manchester United-Chelsea highlights this weekend’s Premier League action

Manchester United-Chelsea highlights this weekend’s Premier League action

The Red Devils sit in sixth place, thanks mostly to their easy season-opening schedule. Things get a lot harder on Sunday.

UEFA awards Serbia a win over Albania in abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier, but deducts points for bad behavior

UEFA awards Serbia a win over Albania in abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier, but deducts points for bad behavior

Both sides were also fined $127,000 and Serbia was ordered to play its next two host matches behind closed doors.

United is top seed in Champions League knockout stage

United is top seed in Champions League knockout stage

After winning all four group matches, DCU will face Alajuelense in a two-leg series in February and March.

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid developing into a star

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid developing into a star

It’s been a breakout season for Hamid in his third campaign as D.C. United’s starter. He’s among the league’s best in almost every statistical goalkeeping category.

See why this is being widely hailed as the goal of the year

See why this is being widely hailed as the goal of the year

Tottenham’s Erik Lamela hits the back of the net with a strike that leaves everyone else on the pitch stunned.

After concussion, when to return?

After concussion, when to return?

BOYS’ SOCCER | A senior at DeMatha and Virginia Tech recruit, Nolan Axenfeld has had to sit out this season because of a concussion he suffered in June.

Here are some awkward images of One Direction wearing American sports jerseys

Here are some awkward images of One Direction wearing American sports jerseys

Actually, not all of them are wearing them. Harry Styles is just holding his and pouting.

Md. girls’ soccer playoff breakdown

Md. girls’ soccer playoff breakdown

GIRLS’ SOCCER | A region-by-region look at the four Maryland state tournaments, highlighting the top teams and best potential matchups.

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