BALTIMORE — After a standout soccer career at Baltimore's Calvert Hall High School and Maryland, Ben Bender is going pro.
Bender, who was named an All-American and Big Ten Midfielder of the Year as a sophomore this past season for the Terps, was the No. 1 overall pick Tuesday by expansion Charlotte FC in the 2022 Major League Soccer ...Read more
Could it finally be happening?
Could Major League Soccer finally be getting the Miami stadium it has been craving for 25 years?
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Inter Miami managing owner Jorge Mas told the Herald on Thursday that negotiations over the proposal to build Miami Freedom Park are complete. A long-awaited City Commission vote on ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — The U.S. women's national soccer team is returning to Southern California for the first time in more than two years next month when it opens the four-team SheBelieves Cup at Dignity Health Sports Park.
The reigning Women's World Cup champions, ranked No. 1 by FIFA, will face the 24th-ranked Czech Republic in the second game of a...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS — A new second-division women's soccer team in the Twin Cities has reached the funding milestone of $1 million and will start playing in May.
The leaders did not find a few wealthy individuals to fund the team, though. Instead, they crowdsourced their way to enough money.
"We're normal, everyday Twin Cities businesspeople," ...Read more
While researching a writing project, I began to pay closer attention to women’s soccer, including the U.S. women’s national team and the National Women’s Soccer League.
Both organizations include world-class players, and these athletes are not immune to the effects of the toxic division and human brokenness that is pervasive in our ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — We finally know the names of the Union players who are currently sidelined by the league’s health and safety protocols.
A quiet disclosure Saturday morning of the game notes for Sunday’s Eastern Conference final against New York City FC at Subaru Park (3 p.m.) revealed that 11 players are out of action for the moment, ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — To cap one of the most successful years in U.S. Soccer history, coach Gregg Berhalter has summoned a mostly domestically-based roster of 26 players to Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson for a two-week training camp that will end with a Dec. 18 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A win in that game would be a program-...Read more
Less than a week after leaving LAFC, Bob Bradley has landed a new job, being named Wednesday as head coach and sporting director at Toronto FC where he will be reunited with son Michael, the team's captain.
Speculation that Bradley would eventually land in Toronto began in the final weeks of the MLS season when the coach, whose contract expired...Read more
Several former Chicago Red Stars players accused coach Rory Dames of verbal, emotional and racial abuse and controlling behavior in a Washington Post article published Monday.
Dames, who was the longest-tenured coach in the National Women’s Soccer League, resigned Saturday after the team lost 2-1 to the Washington Spirit in the championship ...Read more
Another season ended in heartbreak for the Chicago Red Stars, who fell in the NWSL championship game in a 2-1 extra-time thriller Saturday.
More than 10,000 fans filled Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Ky,. for the first NWSL championship match since before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Stars also lost the 2019 championship ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — LAFC and Bob Bradley, the only manager the MLS franchise has ever had, are parting company after four seasons. The team confirmed Thursday that Bradley, the third-winningest coach in league history, is out after missing the playoffs in his fourth season.
Bradley led LAFC to a Supporters’ Shield title in 2019, when the team ...Read more
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tim Weah of the U.S. and Jamaica's Michail Antonio exchanged first-half goals 11 minutes apart in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier that finished in a 1-1 draw Tuesday before a sparse crowd limited by COVID-19 to less than 5,000 at National Stadium.
Damion Lowe briefly brought the crowd to its feet in the 84th minute, heading...Read more
CINCINNATI — The U.S. and Mexico have a history of fighting over the same territory. Friday that territory was the 115 yards of wet ryegrass and synthetic turf that lines the floor of TQL Stadium.
And the dispute was settled, in part, by a player whose participation was in doubt until he came onto the field, with Christian Pulisic’s goal in...Read more
CINCINNATI — Oswaldo Sánchez played 15 years for the Mexican national team, making 99 appearances in goal and participating in three World Cups. Yet two of the most challenging games he played during that time were the qualifiers he started in the U.S.
"The United States makes good use of its home sites," he said in Spanish. "They normally ...Read more
French women’s soccer may have its own Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan attack. Paris St.-Germain midfielder Aminata Diallo was arrested in a Paris suburb Wednesday morning, a week after her teammate Kheira Hamraoui was beaten by masked men wielding iron bars, according to L’Equipe.
Diallo and Hamraoui play the same position for PSG and the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — With the start of a first-ever winter World Cup looming next November, Major League Soccer will squeeze its 34-game regular season into 32 weeks in 2022, beginning in late February and ending in early October.
With a 28th team joining the league in Charlotte, N.C., MLS will go back to balanced 14-team conference tables, sending ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — Christian Pulisic is returning to the U.S. national team for next week’s World Cup qualifier with Mexico after missing last month’s three qualifiers with an ankle injury.
Pulisic proved his fitness in Tuesday's Champions League match, going 16 minutes in Chelsea's 1-0 win over Malmö.
"It's about progressing him in a safe ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — The women's national soccer team will close out 2021 with a pair of matches this month in Australia, marking the team's first trip to that continent in 21 years.
The U.S. is the two-time defending world champion and Australia is co-host of the next Women's World Cup, which it will share with New Zealand in 2023. The Americans, ...Read more
FOLSOM, Calif. — You couldn't help but notice all the deer.
As I prepared to enter Folsom State Prison with Sacramento Republic players and staff late Tuesday afternoon, there were about a dozen deer gathered around the entrance. We'd just driven through a countryside of rolling yellow hills to get to the prison; the American River flowed out...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Just over two years ago, Chris Long and one of his daughters spent nearly a month in Paris for the Women's World Cup. They were joined by his wife, Angie, and their other three children for a week.
The Longs were riveted by the competition, of course. But they also were dazzled by the pulse of the event, the fervor for the ...Read more