January 20, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Major League Soccer's second generation
Should the Washington Post report come to pass that MAC Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes has agreed to terms with D.C. United and is expected to sign so he can start training camp next week, he would become the fifth son of a former MLS player to join the league and second in less than two years.
January 13, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Coming full circle
When MLS started in 1996, all 10 teams played in stadia where either NFL or college football teams were the primary tenant (if not the building owners). Oversized seating capacity, narrow fields, obtrusive line markings, uneven surfaces and schedule changes necessitated by NFL games Ė not to mention the exorbitant rents in some cases, restrictions on advertising and the loss of other revenue streams Ė were among the many reasons MLS teams strived to distance themselves from their American football brethren.
January 13, 2017 ELEVEN RETURNEES
Indy announces nine players for upcoming NASL season
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven have announced the return of goalkeepers Jon Busch and Keith Cardona; defenders Colin Falvey, Lovel Palmer and Nemanja Vukovic; midfielders Don Smart and Sinisa Ubiparipovic; and forwards Justin Braun and Eamon Zayed for next season.
January 6, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Vegas wants back into MLS expansion race
Las Vegasí hopes of getting an MLS team were put on hold nearly two years ago when Commissioner Don Garber said Sin City wouldnít be considered ďuntil after 2018." Two years until the start of 2019, Las Vegas is moving to re-enter the race.
January 4, 2017 JANUARY CAMP
Amy Rodriguez returns to USWNT
U.S. Women's National Team coach Jill Ellis has selected six uncapped players, plus FC Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez, for a training camp roster at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., Jan. 13-23.
December 23, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Changing the whole guard
Curt Onalfo apparently wonít have to worry about hurting anybodyís feelings to make room for his own assistants at the LA Galaxy. According to one report (albeit on Twitter), Bruce Arena is taking his entire LA Galaxy staff (not counting Onalfo) with him to the U.S. national team.
December 16, 2016 MLS INFORMER
It was the most foreign of teams. It was the most American of teams.The patterns Atlanta and Minnesota have been going about stocking their rosters read like a Charles Dickens novel (OK, thatís a stretch for an analogy).
December 13, 2016 PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Tobin Heath, Ashley Sanchez earn U.S. Soccer awards
Tobin Heath has been named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday. Heath, known for her creativity and skillful style, gained 40 percent of the vote, ahead of Crystal Dunn (34 percent). UCLA-bound Ashley Sanchez (47 percent) finished ahead of Andi Sullivan (27 percent) to win Young Female Player of the Year.
December 12, 2016 OFF THE LIST
Four starters not protected by Fire
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Razvan Cocis, Michael Harrington, Rodrigo Ramos and Khaly Thiam, who all started more than half the games last season, were among the players left off the Expansion Draft protected list by the Chicago Fire, the team announced Monday.
December 11, 2016 FIRE SALE
Chicago ships Sean Johnson
The Chicago Fire has traded former team most valuable player Sean Johnson to Atlanta United in exchange for General Allocation Money, the team announced Sunday.
December 10, 2016 THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM
Outplayed Sounders win MLS Cup over Toronto FC in pks
TORONTO -- The third time was the charm for Seattle Sounders FC Saturday night. Despite being outplayed for most of the match, the Sounders won their first Division 1 pro soccer title, outlasting Toronto FC in penalty kicks, 5-4, after playing 120 minutes of scoreless soccer to capture MLS Cup at before a capacity crowd of 36,045 at BMO Field.
December 9, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Safe to return?
With Jurgen Klinsmann no longer making player selections for the U.S. national team, maybe Brad Guzan feels itís safe to return to Major League Soccer. One report quoting anonymous sources said the backup U.S. national team goalkeeper is ďexploring a potential return.Ē
December 3, 2016 MLS INFORMER
While expansion club Atlanta felt it needed to go all the way to Argentina for its coach, the MLS original LA Galaxy seems to think staying closer to home is a better bet.
November 30, 2016 MLS PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
Toronto wins East in extra time, will host MLS Cup
TORONTO--Toronto FC scored on three of their four corner kicks in regulation, but needed overtime goals by Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts to pull away from the Montreal Impact and win Wednesday's second-leg Eastern Conference Final at packed and rainswept BMO Field.
November 27, 2016 STUNNED
IU drops 2-1 decision to Virginia Tech
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Virginia Tech stunned Indiana Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers found themselves down 1-0 in the first half, then netted a 77th-minute goal, sending the game into overtime. But The Hokies sunk the ball into the net in the 98th minute, upsetting Indiana 2-1.
November 26, 2016 PLAYING TO WIN
Louisville hosts Notre Dame in NCAA Tournament Action
Sunday evening the No. 4 seeded Louisville Cardinals host No. 13 seeded Notre Dame. In their second meeting of the 2016 campaign, the Irish look to avenge a 1-0 loss earlier in the season. But both teams will be battling to the final seconds as the bigger prize on the line is a trip to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
November 26, 2016 ALL BETS ARE OFF
IU hosts Virginia Tech Sunday at noon in NCAA Tournament
When it comes to the end of the soccer season for menís college teams. Itís all about playing a complete game and finishing. Sunday afternoon, the Indiana Hoosiers host Virginia Tech in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Both teams enter the match with their eyes on the prize Ė the College Cup. At this point in the season, all bets are off. Anything is possible.
November 25, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Life of the playoff party
Not that it will be a major surprise to the suits on Fifth Avenue or other close followers of the league, but if Major League Soccer really wants to make sure its playoff attendance numbers remain high, it needs to assure Seattle and Montreal are invited to the party.
November 22, 2016 MEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Indiana Hoosiers' defender Grant Lillard
Coach Todd Yeagley has made certain to organize the Indiana Hoosiersí back line as the team finished in second place in the Big Ten Conference standings and has advanced to the third round of the NCAA Menís Championship. No surprise, since Yeagley played seven seasons as a defender and holding midfielder in MLS with the Columbus Crew. And the Hoosiers have relied on junior Grant Lillard to lead the defense the last three seasons. Lillard, the Chicagoland Soccer News Men's College Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 20, made key plays as the Hoosiers took a 1-0 win over Akron in a second-round match.
November 22, 2016 WOMEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Northwestern Wildcats' junior Kassidy Gorman
The Northwestern Wildcats finished tied for first place in the Big Ten Conference standings and advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Womenís Championship mostly thanks to strong defending. The Wildcats had the best defensive record in NCAA Division 1, surrendering seven goals and recording 17 shutouts in 23 games.
Klinsmann, the former World Cup winner with Germany, was fired as head coach and technical director Monday after the United States dropped its opening two matches of the CONCACAF hexagonal of World Cup qualifying.
November 20, 2016 BEST SINCE '98
Northwestern Wildcats downed by Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Northwesternís most successful season since 1998 came to an end as the Wildcats sustained a 1-0 loss to third-seeded Duke in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Womenís Championship Sunday.
November 20, 2016 DEFENSIVELY STRONG
IU men shut down Akron in 1-0 win
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Ė Defense wins championships. Itís a motto synonymous with Indiana soccer. Every year, the coaches reiterate that point. Sunday afternoon, IU showed itís defensive strength, as the No. 6 Hoosiers shutout the No. 24 Akron Zips 1-0.
November 20, 2016 MOVING FORWARD
IU men top Akron 1-0 to advance in NCAA Tourney
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Ė One goal proved to be the difference in a defensive battle vs. Indiana and Akron Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Billy McConnell tallied in the 54th minute for the 1-0 advantage, and eventual win.
November 19, 2016 MLS INFORMER
First Nigel de Jong left. Then Steven Gerrard. Then Robbie Keane. Add eight-year associate head coach Dave Sarachan. And if speculation is right, Bruce Arena could soon follow to replace the as yet-to-be fired Juergen Klinsmann at the U.S. national team.
November 17, 2016 EARLY EXIT
UIC Flames doused by Loyola
The UIC Flamesí first trip to the NCAA Menís Championship since 2008 ended with a 2-0 loss to Loyola in a first-round match at Loyola Soccer Park Thursday night.
November 15, 2016 MASSACRED
MNT routed at Costa Rica in WCQ
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The United States has endured and experienced more than its share of problems, headaches and struggles in Costa Rica over the years. On Tuesday night, the Americans hit a new low.
November 14, 2016 HOWARD'S END
Colorado, USMNT keeper out for rest of the season
The U.S. national team's loss has turned out to be the Colorado Rapids' as well. The Rapids announced Monday that goalkeeper Tim Howard will miss the rest of the Major League Soccer playoffs due to an injury he suffered in first half of the United States' 2-1 World Cup loss to Mexico Friday night.
November 14, 2016 WOMEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Northwestern Wildcats' defender Kayla Sharples
The Northwestern Wildcats have based their success on defending, compiling 16 shutouts in their first 21 games. Sophomore defender Kayla Sharples, the Chicagoland Soccer News Women's Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 13, has been part of the back lineís foundation, also providing a scoring threat.
November 13, 2016 KICKED OUT
Eleven fall in title game to Cosmos
QUEENS, New York ĖThe New Y0ork Cosmos converted on four penalty kicks in the shootout to defeat Indy Eleven and capture the North American Soccer League Championship for the third time in four years.
November 13, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Don't blame Trump for THIS anti-Americanism
The anti-Americanism in soccer is rarely uttered in public. The difficulty of U.S. players and coaches getting any respect Ė just because they're American Ė is palpable if not quotable. In the past two weeks, it's become far more glaring.
November 13, 3016 DOMINATING OPPONENTS
No. 1 Maryland on 15-game winning streak
WESTFIELD, Ind. Ė Maryland. That word alone equals dominance as of late in menís college soccer. The Maryland Terrapins started the season ranked No. 7. Three weeks later, September 20, 2016 the Terps took over the No. 1 position. They havenít looked back since, posting an 18-0-2 record.
November 13, 3016 WILL THEY ADVANCE?
Will Wisconsin make NCAA Tournament?
WESTFIELD, Ind. Ė Entering into the Big Ten Tournament, No. 18 Wisconsinís post-season fate was unknown. After Sundayís final match, a 2-1 loss to No. 1 Maryland, itís still unknown what will happen to the Badgers. Will they or wonít they advance to the NCAA Tournament?
November 12, 2016 ON THE WRIGHT PATH
UIC Flames men capture MVC title
DAYTON, Ohio -- Oscar Rivero headed in a Max Todd corner kick in the 86th minute to give the UIC Flames a 1-0 win over Wright State in the Horizon League tournament championship game at Alumni Field Saturday night.
November 12, 2016 FLYING ON
ISU Redbirds eliminate Michigan Wolverines
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Illinois State earned a penalty kicks win over Michigan after playing the Wolverines to a 2-2 draw in the first round of the NCAA Womenís Championship at U-M Soccer Stadium Saturday night.
November 12, 2016 FLASHY VICTORY
Northwestern women win NCAA opener
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern Wildcats earned their 16th shutout of the season, taking a 3-0 victory over Kent State, in the first round of the NCAA Womenís Championship at the Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium Saturday.
November 12, 2016 BIG TEN FINAL PREVIEW
No. 1 Maryland to face No. 18 Wisconsin
Sundayís Big Ten Championship final will feature a match up of No. 1 Maryland (17-0-2) vs. No. 18 Wisconsin (11-3-4). The teams were seeded No. 1 and No. 3 respectively in the tournament. The clubs will take the pitch at 2 p.m. ET Sunday at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.
November 11, 2016 BESTED BY BEARS
Loyola Rambler men stopped in semifinals
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The No. 1-seeded Loyola Ramblers menís team squandered the lead in falling, 2-1, in extra time to host Missouri State in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley tournament at the Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium Friday night.
November 11, 2016 NO PAYOFF
Notre Dame women out in first round of NCAA tourney
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Notre Dame women's teamís home-field advantage failed to pay off as the Fighting Irish fell on penalty kicks after playing Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville to a 0-0 draw in the first round of the NCAA Womenís Championship at Alumni Stadium Friday night.
November 11, 2016 ADVANCING ON PKS
Wisconsin upsets Indiana, advances to B1G Final
WESTFIELD, Ind. Ė Wisconsin goalkeeper Philipp Schilling stopped two penalty kicks and buried one of his own to help the No. 18 Badgers move past No. 3 Indiana in the B1G Ten Tournament Friday afternoon at Grand Park. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, but Wisconsin advanced 5-3 on penalty kicks.
November 10, 2016 OSCAR-WORTHY
Soph's first goal sends Flames to Horizon title game
DAYTON, Ohio -- Sophomore Oscar Gonzalez' first collegiate goal, in the 98th minute off a Dimitris Strantzalis feed, gave the UIC men's team a 2-1 extra time win over Milwaukee in the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament at Alumni Field Thursday.
November 7, 2016 MEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Loyola Ramblers midfielder Brody Kraussel
Three years after moving to the Missouri Valley Conference, the Loyola Ramblers have finally won their first title Ė in any sport. The Ramblersí menís team clinched the championship with a 2-0 victory over Bradley Saturday night. And junior midfielder Brody Kraussel, the Chicagoland Soccer News Men's College Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 6, played a key role.
November 7, 2016 WOMEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Illinois State Redbirds forward Lauren Koehl
Redshirt senior forward Lauren Koehl led the way as Illinois State finished the regular-season strong, being named Missouri Valley Conference player of the year. And Koehl, the Chicagoland Soccer News Women's Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 6, carried the Redbirds to the MVC tournament title, upping her goal total to 15.
November 6, 2016 MLS ROUNDUP
Canadian teams KO New Yorkers; Rapids, Sounders advance
FC Dallas went all out in attack in producing a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Stadium Sunday night. But FC Dallas, attempting to rally from a three-goal first-leg deficit, fell short, falling, 4-2 on aggregate, despite headers from Tesho Akindele in the 25th minute and Maxi Urruti in the 56th minute. The Sounders, who will meet the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference finals, weathered a first-half storm.
November 6, 2016 EXTRA TIME EFFORT
IU Hoosiers advance in Big Ten tourney
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 4-ranked Indiana University men's team improved its unbeaten streak to seven games, taking a 1-0 extra time win over the Northwestern Wildcats in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at Bill Armstrong Stadium Sunday.
November 6, 2016 PUSHING THINGS
Northwestern men eliminated in extra time
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Northwestern menís team took No. 4-ranked Indiana to extra time for the second time this season, but fell, 1-0, to the Hoosiers in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Sunday.
November 6, 2016 MVC TITLISTS
Redbirds rally past Purple Aces
NORMAL, Ill. -- Illinois State improved its unbeaten streak to 14 games, taking a 2-1 win over Evansville in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final Sunday.
November 6, 2016 KO'D BY 'NOVA
DePaul men fall in Big East quarterfinals
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- The DePaul menís team dropped a penalty kicks decision to Villanova after playing the Wildcats to a 0-0 draw in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference tournament at the Higgins Soccer Complex Sunday.
November 5, 2016 NASL ROUNDUP
Indy to meet Cosmos in finals
INDIANAPOLIS Ė Sinisa Ubiparipovic smashed a 20-yard shot into the upper corner for the gameís only goal as Indy Eleven defeated FC Edmonton, 1-0, in a semifinal clash in The Championship, the North American Soccer Leagueís four-team postseason tournament.
November 5, 2016 FINALISTS
Indy blanks Eddies; will play Cosmos for title
INDIANAPOLIS Ė Sinisa Ubiparipovic smashed a 20-yard shot into the upper corner for the gameís only goal as Indy Eleven defeated FC Edmonton, 1-0, in a semifinal clash in The Championship, the North American Soccer Leagueís four-team postseason tournament. The game was played before a sellout crowd of 9,702 fans at Carroll Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
November 4, 2016 GRIZZLY LOSS
UIC men routed by Oakland
ROCHESTER, Mich. -- The UIC men's team mounted a strong attack but was routed, 5-2, by Oakland in both teamsí final Horizon League regular-season game at the OU Soccer Field Friday night.
November 4, 2016 BEST NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Rambler women edged by Evansville
NORMAL, Ill. -- The Loyola womenís team was eliminated on penalty kicks by Evansville for the second successive season in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at Adelaide Street Field Friday.
November 4, 2016 ROLE REVERSAL
Notre Dame women tripped by Tar Heels
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The University of Notre Dame womenís team had a 522-minute shutout streak snapped in falling, 2-1, to North Carolina in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at MUSC Health Stadium Friday night.
November 3, 2016 FIGHTING ON
Irish men blow by Blue Devils in ACC tournament
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Jon Gallagher scored his 12th goal of the year in the 100th minute, lifting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish menís team to a 3-2 extra time win over Duke in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Thursday.
November 2, 2016 REPLACEMENT PLAYERS
USWNT adds two for Romania matches
CHICAGO -- Forward Jessica McDonald and defender Emily Menges will join the U.S. Womenís National Team for training camp in California in preparation matches against Romania, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.