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July 24, 2016
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
With a voice, WNT players can do greater good

On Saturday, the WNBA rescinded a fine it had issued to several teams and players because the players used pregame warm-up gear to promote social causes.

It wasn't that the league objected to the players taking a social stance, hence the rescinding of the fine. The players in question wore shirts that said #BlackLivesMatter and #Dallas5.

That’s not exactly a soccer story. But it is relevant.


July 24, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Red Bulls win Hudson River Derby; KC rout Sounders

HARRISON, N.J. -- Bradley Wright-Phillips led the way with two goal as the New York Red Bulls thrashed New York City FC 4-1 in Sunday's Hudson River Derby match at steamy Red Bull Arena.


July 23, 2016
GOING DOWN FIGHTING
Fire pay dearly for single mistake in Saturday's match against New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--A costly mistake sent the Chicago Fire home with no points Saturday night, as the New England Revolution capitalized on a late error from goalkeeper Sean Johnson in the 85th minute, scoring on a set piece and extending Chicago’s road winless streak to 35 games with a 1-0 win.


July 23, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Seattle, Sky Blue, KC post wins

ROCHESTER, NY---FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart made 14 saves and Shea Groom scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Western New York Flash at Rochester Rhinos Stadium Saturday night.


July 23, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Star power shines in Toronto, Montreal

PORTLAND, Ore.---The Los Angeles Galaxy got early goals from Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes on the way to a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers Saturday at Providence Park.


July 23, 2016
DASHING TO A DRAW
Red Stars squander early lead, tie Houston

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Red Stars scored early, then conceded an 82nd-minute goal in drawing, 1-1, with the Houston Dash Saturday night.


July 23, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Puerto Rico nets first win

JACKSONVILLE — A first half goal from newcomer Thomas Stewart and Carl Haworth's team-leading fourth of the season gave the Ottawa Fury FC a 2-0 win over the Jacksonville Armada at Community First Park Saturday.


July 23, 2016
BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN
Eleven top Eddies 1-0

INDIANAPOLIS – Greg Janicki scored the only goal of the game, giving the Indy Eleven a 1-0 win over Edmonton FC at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday evening


July 23, 2016
LATE LETDOWN
Fire surrender late goal for 1-0 loss to New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The effort was better, but the result was the same. The Chicago Fire extended their road winless streak to an unthinkable 35 games with a 1-0 loss to the New England Revolution Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.


July 22, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
RSL pull out draw with San Jose

SANDY, Utah--Luke Mulholland's 64th-minute goal lifted Real Salt Lake into a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes Friday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.


July 22, 2016
SHE'S BACK
Carli Lloyd leads USWNT to victory in final Olympic sendoff match

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Captain Carli Lloyd scored her first goal since returning from a knee sprain as the U.S. Women’s National Team took a 4-0 victory over Costa Rica in an Olympic Games sendoff match at Children’s Mercy Park Friday night.


July 22, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Miami FC draws RailHawks 3-3

CARY, NC - Jamie Chavez scored two goals, including the 80th minute equalizer as Miami FC played the Carolina RailHawks to a 3-3 draw at WakeMed Soccer Park Friday night.


July 22, 2016
PAYING IT FORWARD
Red Stars acquire USWNT attacker Stephanie McCaffrey

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Red Stars have acquired forward Stephanie McCaffrey from the Boston Breakers in exchange for four draft choices and an international roster spot, the team announced Friday.


July 22, 2016
BACK ON THE ROAD
Fire take epic winless streak to New England

After advancing in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday against the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the Chicago Fire (4-9-5, 17 points) have another chance to erase their MLS road woes against Eastern Conference rivals the New England Revolution (5-7-8, 23 points) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough (CSN Chicago Plus, 6:30pm CST).


July 21, 2016
IT'S AS EASY AS NBC
How to catch U.S. women in the Olympics

All three Olympic group matches for the U.S. women will be available across a wide array of options, airing on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), NBC Universo and the Soccer Specialty Channel as well as on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday.


July 20, 2016
RECORD RUN
Fire qualify for 12th US Open Cup semifinal

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire easily handled NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Wednesday night's Lamar Hunt US Open Cup quarterfinal at Toyota Park, , controlling from the start of the match and winning easily by a score of 3-0.


July 20, 2016
INSTANT REPLAY
Human, not tech, issues may be biggest hurdle for video



July 20, 2016
ANOTHER SEMIFINAL
Fire blanks Strikers in U.S. Open Cup quarters

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has returned to semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the fifth time in six seasons. The Fire used first half goals by David Accam and Michael de Leeuw, plus a second-half score by Khaly Thiam, to take a 3-0 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in a quarterfinal match at Toyota Park Wednesday night.


July 19, 2016
HARDWARE HUNT
Fire's Cup quest continues Wednesday against Strikers

The Chicago Fire hit the pause button on the MLS season for a midweek Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers Wednesday night at Toyota Park (7:30 pm).


July 17, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Timbers' streak at 9; NYC tightens hold on MLS East

PORTLAND, Ore.--Diego Valeri scored two goals and Lucas Melano had two assists as the Portland Timbers defeated Seattle Sounders FC 3-1 Sunday at Providence Park.


July 17, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Sky Blue edges Breakers

ALLSTON, Mass. – Sarah Killion, Leah Galton and Erica Skroski scored to give Sky Blue FC a 3-2 win over the Boston Breakers at Jordan Field Sunday.


July 17, 2016
HE'S AN ALL-STAR
Fire's Vincent selected for MLS team

NEW YORK -- Chicago Fire defender Brandon Vincent has been selected to play in the MLS All-Star Game, the league announced Sunday.


July 17, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eddies extend home streak

EDMONTON, AB - FC Edmonton registered their sixth consecutive win at Clarke Field with a 1-0 victory over Canadian rival Ottawa Fury FC on Sunday afternoon.


July 17, 2016
DEFENSIVE LETDOWN
Reshuffled Fire backline no match for FC Dallas

The Chicago Fire (4-9-5, 17 points) continued their road struggles Saturday night against Western Conference leading FC Dallas (12-6-4, 40 points), falling 3-1 in Frisco, Texas and extending their road winless streak to 34 games, dating back to July 12, 2014.


July 16, 2016
NASL SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming game

The Canadian Derby returns to Clarke Field with FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC on different ends of the spectrum.


July 16, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
FCD take Brimstone Cup; 9-man Quakes rock TFC

COLUMBUS, Ohio--- Second half substitute Fabian Espindola scored in the 88th minute to give DC United a 1-1 draw against man-down Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday night.


July 16, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Houston ends drought with big win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Estefania Banini scored twice as the Washington Spirit took a 3-2 win over defending NWSL champion FC Kansas City before a 2,013 crowd Saturday night.


July 16, 2016
STREAK STOPPED
Red Stars shut out Pride

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Chicago Red Stars snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Orlando Pride at Camping World Stadium Saturday night.


July 16, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Loons snap Indy's streak

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joe Cole and Eric Avila carried the Tampa Bay Rowdies with a pair of spectacular goals in a 3-0 home win over Puerto Rico FC at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night.


July 16, 2016
BRIMSTONE BLITZ
Fire outplayed 3-1 by FC Dallas

FRISCO, Texas-- Looking ahead to Wednesday night's US Open Cup quarterfinal against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, the Chicago Fire rested numerous starters on Saturday night against FC Dallas, and the Supporters' Shield leaders took full advantage, roaring to a 3-1 win at Toyota Stadium.


July 16, 2016
SNAPPED
United ends Indy Eleven's unbeaten streak

BLAINE, Minn.---Minnesota United ended Indy Eleven’s NASL record-tying 13-game undefeated streak, scoring twice in the opening minutes to earn a 2-0 win in front of a franchise record crowd of 9,460 at the National Sports Center Stadium Saturday night.


July 16, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Portland comes into the weekend unbeaten in eight games, but has only one win its last five and one goal in its last three matches.


July 15, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Galaxy edge Dynamo

CARSON, Calif.--They didn't get many points for style, but the LA Galaxy did what they needed to do to eke out a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo Friday night at the StubHub Center.


July 15, 2016
NASL SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The Carolina RailHawks take to the road after an incredible week that started with a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Then, the RailHawks played West Ham United to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday night and announced Mexican star Omar Bravo as the club's newest signing at halftime - Bravo played the final 10 minutes in the friendly.


July 15, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Columbus is winless in its last six, and D.C., although it has a win, has only three goals in its last half dozen matches (and that includes a goalless penalty kick loss to the NASL's Fort Lauderdale in the U.S. Open Cup).


July 15, 2016
AIM HIGH
Fire try to snap road skid against league-leading FC Dallas

The Chicago Fire (4-8-5, 17 points) are coming off their second win in their last three league matches after Michael de Leeuw’s first half goal was enough to beat Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. The team now turns around quickly once again, this time heading back out on the road to face the red hot FC Dallas (11-6-4, 37 points) at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night (CSN Chicago Plus, 8pm CST).


July 15, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Remembering some nice times in Nice and in Paris on Bastille Day during more innocent times

My heart, thoughts, sympathies and prayers go out to the victims of the latest tragedy that occurred in Nice, France Thursday night.


July 15, 2016
MLS ALL-STAR ROSTER
Will be revealed at NYC FC-Montreal halftime

The Major League Soccer all-star game-day roster – as chosen by all-star head coach Dominic Kinnear – will be unveiled Sunday during ESPN’s halftime coverage of Montreal Impact vs. New York City FC.


July 14, 2016
MLS FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming game

For the second time this season the Galaxy will be without Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong for an extended period because of what might charitably be termed an ill-advised tackle.


July 14, 2016
RECORD STREAK
Indy Eleven storms past Strikers

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven waited out a three-hour weather delay, then took a 3-0 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, upping its unbeaten streak to 13 games, tying the NASL modern era record in a match that ended at Carroll Stadium early Thursday morning.


July 13, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Sounders blitz FCD, de Leeuw opens his account for Fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC exchanged second-half goals on their way to a 1-1 tie Wednesday night at MAPFRE Stadium.


July 13, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Cosmos, Indy both win by 3-0

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.---Andres Flores had a goal and an assist to lead the New York Cosmos to a 3-0 win over the Jacksonville Armada FC in front of 3,827 fans at Shuart Stadium Wednesday night


July 13, 2016
DE LEEUW MAKES HIS MARK
Nets game-winner for Fire against SKC

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--After a nearly two-hour rain delay, the Chicago Fire (4-8-5, 17 points) defeated Sporting Kansas City (8-9-4, 28 points) 1-0 at Toyota Park Wednesday night.


July 13, 2016
MLS INFORMER
The Americas' League

MLS has long touted its efforts to lure home U.S. national team regulars from Europe. It may start adding their Canadian counterparts to that mission.


July 11, 2016
MLS HOMEGROWN TEAM
Fire's Calistri selected for match against Mexico U20s

NEW YORK -- Chicago Fire forward Joey Calistri has been selected to the 20-man roster for the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game by coach Landon Donovan, the league announced Tuesday.


July 12, 2016
MLS WEDNESDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Columbus Crew SC come home after three straight losses on the road – including a U.S. Open Cup elimination defeat at Chicago.


July 12, 2016
YA GOTTA BELIEVE
Fire hope return to Toyota Park will get them back on the winning track

The Chicago Fire (3-8-5, 14 points) return home for a mid-week match against Sporting Kansas City (8-8-4, 28 points) on Wednesday night (CSN Chicago, 7:30pm CST). The short turnaround comes off their 1-0 road loss to Toronto FC, their league leading 33rd match away from Toyota Park without a win.


July 11, 2016
RIO BOUND
Red Stars' Naeher, Johnston, Press named to U.S. Olympic team

Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, defender Julie Johnston and forward Christen Press have been named to the U.S. Women’s team Olympic Games roster, announced by coach Jill Ellis Tuesday.


July 10, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Pride rally past Breakers in stoppage time

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Midfielder Kristen Edmonds converted two late goals to rally the Orlando Pride to a 2-1 win over the Boston Breakers at Camping World Stadium Sunday night.


July 10, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
No goals at RBA; Sporting end NYC's run

HARRISON, NJ-- The New York Red Bulls played to a 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are undefeated in their last six home games, with five shutouts in that stretch.


July 10, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eddies, Rayo OKC post clean sheets

EDMONTON, AB - Daryl Fordyce scored the only goal and Matt VanOekel registered his fifth clean sheet of the season as FC Edmonton defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-0 at Clarke Field Sunday.


July 9, 2016
SHAKING IT OFF
Paunovic stays positive after another Fire road loss

TORONTO--The Chicago Fire (3-8-5, 14 points) hoped that they could register back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they visited Toronto FC (6-6-5, 23 points) on Saturday. However they instead extended their road winless streak to 33 games, after Justin Morrow put Toronto ahead in the ninth minute and the home team never looked back, leading Toronto to the 1-0 win.


July 9, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Thorns drop first, Flash edges Reign

ROCHESTER, NY ---Abby Erceg had a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Western New York Flash to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Reign FC at Frontier Field.


July 9, 2016
NASL SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Ottawa Fury FC is looking to shake off a tough start to the Spring Season after losing 2-1 against the New York Cosmos, and the Canadian side will try to do so without the services of their top goalkeeper, Romuald Peiser, who received a red card last game.


July 9, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Cosmos win late, Indy, Armada extend streaks

MIAMI -- Lucky Mkosana tallied his second goal of the game two minutes into stoppage time to give the New York Cosmos their second road win of the season, 3-2 over Miami FC at FIU Stadium Saturday.


July 9, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch's confidence in rookie Alex Muyl will be on display as the 20-year-old forward will in all likelihood assume the right side slot vacated by Lloyd Sam's trade to D.C. earlier this week.


July 9, 2016
TWELVE AND COUNTING
Indy remain unbeaten with 1-0 win

INDIANAPOLIS --Dylan Mares scored a late goal, giving the Indy Eleven a 1-0 win over Minnesota United at Carroll Stadium Saturday.


July 9, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Revs, Union romp; Rapids pull out dramatic draw

SEATTLE--The LA Galaxy got an early goal from Robbie Keane and a couple of lucky breaks down the stretch to hold on for an unconvincing 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC Saturday at CenturyLink Field.


July 9, 2016
SAME OLD STORY
Fire drop another road decision, 1-0 to Toronto

TORONTO--Justin Morrow scored the only goal Toronto FC needed to slip past the Chicago Fire 1-0 Saturday at BMO Field.


July 9, 2016
FALLING STARS
Chicago rattled by Spirit 2-0

BOYDS, Md. – Goals by Estefania Banini and Katie Stengel gave the Washington Spirit a 2-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars at the Maryland Soccer Complex Saturday.


July 9, 2016
SOLO EFFORT
USWNT blanks South Africa, 1-0

CHICAGO -- Hope Solo became the first goalkeeper to earn 100 international shutouts as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated South Africa, 1-0, in the teams’ first meeting before a crowd of 19,272 at Soldier Field Saturday.


July 9, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The two most experienced coaches in MLS face off for the first of two times in 11 days when Bruce Arena's LA Galaxy clashes with Sigi Schmid's Seattle Sounders.


July 8, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dynamo escape West cellar; Urruti's dazzler lifts FCD

ORLANDO--The Houston Dynamo posted their second straight shutout with Friday night's weather-delayed scoreless draw with Orlando City SC at Camping World Stadium.


July 8, 2016
NASL SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Jacksonville Armada FC and Puerto Rico FC are both coming off 1-1 draws in their Fall Season openers.


July 8, 2016
THE MISSING INGREDIENT?
Fire hope de Leeuw stabilizes their offense, starting Saturday against TFC

The Chicago Fire (3-7-5, 14 points) hope they can make it three wins in a row across all competitions on Saturday when they travel north of the border to take on Toronto FC (5-6-5, 20 points) at BMO Field (CSN Chicago, 6:30pm CST).


July 8, 2016
IN TALKS?
Report: Klinsmann in discussions to become England coach

U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann is believed to be talking with the English Football Association over becoming coach of the England national side, The Guardian reported Friday.


July 8, 2016
U.S.-MEXICO OPENER?
CONCACAF sets up Hexagonal schedule

MIAMI -- The schedule of matches for the final round of World Cup qualifying was announced after an official draw at CONCACAF headquarters Friday.


July 7, 2016
MLS FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Orlando comes into the match four days after its worst loss of the season, 4-0 to Dallas, and two days after the dismissal of coach Adrian Heath, who had been with the club for five years starting with its USL birth.


July 7, 2016
MLS ALL-STAR ANNOUNCEMENT
Fan XI selection will be announced during halftime of Sounders-Galaxy game Saturday

The 2016 All-Star Fan XI selections for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game will be unveiled Saturday during ESPN’s halftime coverage of the Seattle Sounders FC-LA Galaxy game.


July 6, 2016
READY FOR HIS DEBUT
De Leeuw expected to see action for Fire Saturday at TFC

The Chicago Fire have endured a long stretch of games after officially signing Dutch striker Michael de Leeuw, waiting for the July transfer window to open in order to officially add him to the roster and make him available for games. De Leeuw was officially added when the window opened on Monday, and he will get his first appearance for the club this Saturday when the Fire travel north of the border to take on Toronto FC at BMO Field.


July 6, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Winning the battle, losing the war – or vice versa

It's one of those moments when victory not only feels like a loss, it is a loss – a big, painful one. Vancouver seemed set to win a second straight Canadian Championship title last week, yet seized defeat from the steel jaws of victory.


July 6, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
NYC widens lead in the East

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Frank Lampard scored his third goal of the season to give New York City FC a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution and a four-point hold on first place in the MLS East Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.


July 5, 2016
MLS WEDNESDAY
A look at the upcoming game

Three straight victories – the last two by shutout – after a five-game winless streak, which included elimination from the U.S. Open Cup by the NASL's New York Cosmos -- has moved NYC to the top of the Eastern Conference.


July 4, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
FC Dallas romp to the top of MLS West; Keane helps Galaxy snap skid

FRISCO, Texas---FC Dallas got the July 4 fireworks started early on Monday night, cruising to a 4-0 win over Orlando City SC before a sellout crowd of 16,195 at Toyota Stadium.


July 3, 2016
MLS MONDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Since going on a five-game unbeaten streak – not counting U.S. Open Cup games -- Portland has climbed four spots in the Western Conference. Diego Valeri has scored five goals during the run, three on penalties.


July 3, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
NYC takes revenge on Red Bulls; Sporting outlast Columbus

BRONX, NY--New York City FC took over first place in the MLS East with Sunday's 2-0 Hudson River derby win over the New York Red Bulls Sunday at Yankee Stadium.


July 2, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Kawasumi brace leads Reign

BOYDS, Md. -- The Washington Spirit rallied in the second half for 2-0 win over FC Kansas City at the Maryland SoccerPlex Saturday night.


July 2, 2015
NASL ROUNDUP
Minnesota routs RailHawks, Inmdy still unbeaten

FORT LAUDERDALE---Gale Agbossoumonde scored in the 53rd minute to give the Fort Lauderdale Strikers a 1-1 tie with Miami FC in a Coastal Cup match in front of 1,431 fans at Lockhart Stadium Saturday night.


July 2, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The Red Bulls have won all four meetings since NYCFC came into the league last year, and the last on May 21 was the most lopsided of all: a 7-0 rout that equaled the biggest margin of victory in MLS history.


July 2, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Impact rally past Revs, Maidana lifts Houston in stoppage time

MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact rallied from two goals down to edge the New England Revolution 3-2 Saturday at Stade Saputo.


July 2, 2016
LATE FIREWORKS
Indy scores in stoppage time to draw Puerto Rico

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico – Souleymane Youla scored two minutes into stoppage time to lift the Indy Eleven to a 1-1 draw with Puerto Rico FC in front of 6,474 fans in attendance at the Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel on Saturday night.


July 1, 2016
BEHIND THE SCENES
Ramos emerges as engine of the Fire attack

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire earned their fifth shutout of the season and John Goossens bagged his first MLS goal Friday night as the Fire extended San Jose’s winless streak on the road to nine games with a 1-0 win before 16,487 at Toyota Park.


July 1, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Despite a 2-0 loss to D.C. a week ago, New England has won three of its last five in MLS and four of its last five overall counting U.S. Open Cup victories over Carolina and the New York Cosmos.


July 1, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Flash overtakes Red Stars

ROCHESTER, NY --- Newcomer Lianne Sanderson and Lynn Williams each scored to lead the Western New York Flash to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars in a game that was weather-delayed an hour at Rhinos Stadium Friday night.


July 1, 2016
FLASH FLOOD
Western New York overtakes Red Stars

ROCHESTER, NY --- The Chicago Red Stars fell out of first place in the NWSL, after falling to the Western New York Flash 2-0 at Rhinos Stadium Friday night.


July 1, 2016
NASL SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers closed out the Spring Season as one of the hottest teams in the NASL. Despite a loss in their Spring finale, the Strikers were unbeaten in their five previous league games.


July 1, 2016
RARE WIN
Goossens goal lifts Fire over San Jose

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.-- John Goossens scored in his second league game back from injury to give the Chicago Fire their third win of the season, 1-0 over the San Jose Earthquakes Friday night at Toyota Park.


July 1, 2016
HEXAGONAL DRAW
CONCACAF's final 6 in World Cup set for July 8

CONCACAF announced Friday that the draw for the hexagonal -- qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will take place at CONCACAF headquarters on Miami Beach Friday, July 8 at 10 a.m. ET. The draw will determine the schedule of matches for the six-team, round-robin qualifying round.


June 30, 2016
MLS FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Chris Wondolowski has been away with the U.S. national team since May 22 and San Jose has scored three goals in the subsequent five games. Now that he's back, the Earthquakes will look to end a six-game winless streak against a team whose only two wins in their last five have come in the U.S. Open Cup.


June 30, 2016
NEW MONTH, NEW START
Inconsistent Fire host Quakes on Friday

The Chicago Fire (2-7-5, 11 points) have another quick turnaround this week following U.S. Open Cup play, hosting the San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-7, 22 points) Friday night at Toyota Park (7:00pm CST, Unimas).


June 30, 2016
MAKING THE GRADE
Sockers FC among 25 in Girls Development Academy

CHICAGO---Sockers FC, are among the 25 clubs admitted to U.S. Soccer's Girls' Development Academy. While six teams in the National Women's Soccer League were accepted into the program, the Chicago Red Stars are not among the group, though could join the Academy at a later date.


June 30, 2016
HAVANA BOUND
USMNT to play Cuba Oct. 7

CHICAGO -- The U.S. national team will meet Cuba Oct.7, the teams’ first meeting in a friendly match since 1947.


June 29, 2016
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
Strikers pull an upset, advance to quarters

CHICAGO - Thee NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers kept their Cinderella run alive in The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 with a 2-1 extra time victory against Major League Soccer's Orlando City SC Wednesday night.


June 29, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER REGION II CHAMPIONSHIPS
Illinois teams take four titles

WESTFIELD, Ind. – Of the 14 total champions at the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships Illinois Youth Soccer had four teams win championships.
Ohio South and Wisconsin were each represented by three champion teams, Ohio North had two and Nebraska as well as Missouri each had one team.


June 29, 2016
MLS INFORMER
No good deed goes unpunished

Tim Howard's long-anticipated arrival in Colorado, more than three months after his transfer from Everton was announced, has been feted with everything but a brass band. The Rapids are happy to have him. Colorado welcomes him. But what about Zac MacMath?


June 29, 2016
DIFFERENCE MAKER
Newly healthy Goossens plays key role in Fire's open Cup win

The Chicago Fire claimed another berth in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, defeating Columbus Crew SC 2-1 at Toyota Park on the back of a David Accam brace. Accam had plenty of help in the attack, thanks in part to the return of midfielder John Goossens to the lineup.


June 28, 2016
MOVIN' ON UP
Fire claim berth in Open Cup quarterfinals

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--David Accam scored both goals as the Chicago Fire defeated Columbus Crew SC 2-1 Tuesday at Toyota Park to move on to the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.


June 28, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER REGION II CHAMPIONSHIPS
Eight Illinois teams in finals

WESTFIELD, Ind. – After four days of competition, eight teams from Illinois have advanced to the finals of the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships.


June 27, 2016
MUCH TO GAIN
Fire looking to advance in Open Cup with win over Columbus

The Chicago Fire enter Round of 16 play on Tuesday in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, hosting league rival Columbus Crew SC at Toyota Park.


June 26, 2016
SOME RETIRING THOUGHTS
Messi says he's stepping away from international career after Argentina loses Copa final to Chile

If he has indeed played his last game with the Argentina national team, the great Lionel Messi will go out as a loser.


June 26, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER REGION II CHAMPIONSHIPS
Semifinalists set for Tuesday

WESTFIELD, Ind.– Three Chicago Fire youth clubs, as well as the Red Stars U-19 and Chicago Celtic have all advanced to the semi-finals of the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships at Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield, Ind.


June 26, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Thorns come back to remain unbeaten

ORLANDO-- Portland Thorns FC rallied in the final 10 minutes with a pair of goals from midfielders Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Lindsey Horan to remain unbeaten through their first 11 games this season, earning a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride in front of 7,143 fans Sunday evening at Camping World Stadium.


June 26, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Timbers top Houston

PORTLAND, Ore.--The Portland Timbers reeled off three goals in the last 26 minutes to rally past the Houston Dynamo 3-2 Sunday at Providence Park.


June 25, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming game

Portland returns home after a 2-2 draw at Salt Lake, which will be welcome since it has a 5-2-1 record in Providence Park, and not a single win away from it this season.


June 25, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Controversial start, dramatic finish for busy Saturday

SEATTLE--Frank Lampard scored early and Ronald Matarrita added a late insurance goal as New York City FC blanked Seattle Sounders FC 2-0 Saturday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.


June 25, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Sky Blue topples Spirit, Reign scoreless in KC

BOYDS, Md. – Raquel Rodriguez and Sam Kerr scored goals to lift Sky Blue to a 2-1 win over the Washington Spirit at the Maryland Soccerplex Saturday night.


June 25, 2016
IN THE GAME
U.S. clipped by Colombia in third-place contest

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The U.S. national team lost to Colombia for the second time in Copa America Centenario, dropping a 1-0 decision in the third-place game at University of Phoenix Stadium Saturday night.


June 25, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER REGION II CHAMPIONSHIPS
Libertyville FC comes back for second day win

WESTFIELD, Ind.---After falling in their opening Girls U-15 game on Friday, the Libertyville FC 1974 (IL) fought back for a 2-0 win over Sporting BV Roma (KS) on Saturday in the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships.


June 24, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

After losing two of three on the road , Seattle returns to CenturyLink Field, where it has won five of its last six since the beginning of April.


June 24, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Flash rout Breakers 7-1

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Jess McDonald had three goals and an assist, and Lynn Williams added two goals and an assist as the Western New York Flash routed the Boston Breakers 7-1 at Rhinos Stadium Friday night.


June 23, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Pride get a late lift

ORLANDO - Jasmyne Spencer scored in stoppage time to lift the Orlando Pride to a 1-0 win over the Houston Dash at Camping World Stadium on Thursday night.



JERSEY CEREMONY
Red Stars to retire Chalupny's No. 17

The Chicago Red Stars will retire Women’s World Cup champion Lori Chalupny’s No. 17 jersey at the game against FC Kansas City at 7 p.m. CT Saturday, July 30.


June 23, 2016
BACK IN THE MIX
Lloyd, Rapinoe return for USWNT training camp

CHICAGO -- Co-captain Carli Lloyd and midfielder Megan Rapinoe will return to the U.S. Women's National Team training camp roster in preparation for next month’s match against South Africa, coach Jill Ellis announced Thursday.


June 22, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Thorns overtake Red Stars

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim scored as the Portland Thorns overtook the Chicago Red Stars for first place in the NWSL with a 2-0 victory in front of 16,931 fans at Providence Park Wednesday night.


June 22, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Red Bulls falter late, Union hang on

SANDY, Utah -- Jordan Allen's deflected goal in the 88th minute capped a comeback for Real Salt Lake, giving them a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls at Rio Tinto Stadium Wednesday night.


June 22, 2016
THERE IS NO FAILURE
Paunovic, Fire look for positives in loss to Union

CHESTER, Pa.-- The Chicago Fire have now played 32 road games without a victory, a streak kept alive Wednesday with a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Union.


June 22, 2016
OVERTAKEN
Red Stars' streak stopped by Thorns

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim scored as the Portland Thorns overtook the Chicago Red Stars for first place in the NWSL with a 2-0 victory at Providence Park Wednesday night.


June 22, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Not-so-memorable milestone

It wasn't a game Sigi Schmid wants to – or will – remember. Despite coaching in his 500th MLS game – the first and only one to reach the milestone, the Seattle Sounders coach admits Sunday's 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls was one he'd rather forget.


June 22, 2016
COPA REMATCH
Chile sets up Centenario final with Argentina

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Chile scored two early goals, then weathered a nearly three-hour rain delay in taking a 2-0 win over Colombia in a Copa America Centenario semifinal match at Soldier Field Wednesday night.


June 22, 2016
BACK IN PLAY
Chile leads Colombia before weather delay

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Chile held a 2-0 advantage over Colombia after one half before the Copa America Centenario semifinal match was suspended because of weather at Soldier Field Wednesday night.


June 22, 2016
ANOTHER STUMBLE
Fire fall 4-3 to Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA.--David Accam scored in the second minute, but Roland Alberg's hat trick and an own goal by Jonathan Campbell doomed the Chicago Fire to a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Union Wednesday night at Talen Energy Stadium.


June 22, 2016
EYES ON THE GAME
USA-Argentina most watched men's match in FS1 history

The Copa America Centenario semifinal between the United States and top-ranked Argentina delivered 3,290,000 viewers on FS1 Tuesday night, according to Nielsen Media Research.


June 22, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Why the USA is far away from being one of the world's elite

So much has been written about Argentina's 4-0 triumph over the United States Tuesday night that it could have broken the internet two or three times over. The USA reminded us how far it has to go before it can be an elite soccer country.


June 22, 2016
TRY, TRY AGAIN
Fire take epic road winless streak to Philadelphia

The Chicago Fire (2-6-5, 11 pts.) are dealing with another quick turnaround after Saturday’s defeat on the road at Colorado, as they travel to Philadelphia (6-4-5, 23pts.) to take on the Union at Talen Energy Stadium Wednesday night (6pm CT, CSN+).


June 21, 2016
MLS WEDNESDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The Union is hoping that Talen Energy Stadium, where it hasn't lost since September of last year – a stretch of eight games in MLS -- will help it recover from its 3-2 loss at New York City on Saturday.


June 21, 2016
A MESSI WIN AND A MESSY LOSS
Argentina rolls over USA, 4-0, in Copa America semifinals

A magnificent performance by Lionel Messi and his teammates was too much for a mediocre United States side to overcome in the Copa America Centenario semifinals Tuesday night.


June 20, 2016
REJECTED
Copa turns down USA appeal on Jones, Wood

HOUSTON -- The United States will have to play without midfielder Jermaine Jones and forward Bobby Wood when it takes on Argentina in the Copa America Centenario semifinals Tuesday night.


June 19, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
KC Blanks Dash, Reign-Sky Blue go scoreless

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Sky Blue FC played Seattle Reign FC to a scoreless draw before 1,547 at Yurcak Field Sunday night.


June 19, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
SKC snaps slump, Grella lifts Red Bulls

KANSAS CITY, Kansas--Benny Feilhaber had a goal and an assist as Sporting Kansas City blanked FC Dallas 2-0 Sunday in front of a sellout crowd at Children's Mercy Park.


June 19, 2016
DON'T STOP BELIEVING
Fire try to stay positive after loss to Colorado

After a three week break from league play, the Chicago Fire returned to action Saturday night to face the Colorado Rapids. Despite rookie homegrown player Joey Calistri netting his first MLS goal to offset a second half strike from Kevin Doyle, the Fire fell in the late going when former Fire winger Marco Pappa had a shot deflected in, giving Colorado the 2-1 win in front of 18,103 in Commerce City.


June 18, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Red Stars move to top

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Sofia Huerta scored two goals, leading the Chicago Red Stars to a 3-0 win over the Boston Breakers at Toyota Park Saturday night..


June 18, 2016
BACK ON TOP
Red Stars blank Boston to move into first

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.---Sofia Huerta scored once in each half and Casey short added another goal after the break to give the Chicago Red Stars a 3-0 win over the Boston Breakers at Toyota Park Saturday.


June 18, 2016
DRAWN AND QUARTERED
Chile demolish El Tri 7-0

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Eduardo Vargas scored four goals and had a fifth called back as Chile roared into the Copa America Centenario semifinals with a 7-0 win over Mexico Saturday at sold-out Levi's Stadium.


June 18, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Both FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City come in off Wednesday U.S. Open Cup wins: KC 2-1 in extra time over MLS wannabe Minnesota United, Dallas dragged into penalties before prevailing over USL side OKC Energy.


June 18, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Quakes pull out dramatic draw with Orlando City; Rapids extend Chicago's record winless streak

BRONX, NY--Frank Lampard, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo each scored and New York City FC defeated the Philadelphia Union, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.


June 18, 2016
SNATCHED AWAY
Late goal dooms Fire against Colorado

COMMERCE CITY, Colo.--Chicago Fire rookie Joey Calistri opened his MLS scoring account, but it was not enough to help the Fire avoid a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and extend their league-record road winless streak to 31 games.


June 18, 2016
DOING IT ALL
Messi leads Argentina past Venezuela; U.S. next

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Lionel Messi made his first start in Copa America Centenario count, leading Argentina to a 4-1 win over Venezuela and scoring his 54th international goal before a 59,183 crowd at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.


June 17, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

New York has lost three of its last four in Yankee Stadium and won only once in 10 home games this season – including Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to the Cosmos in the U.S. Open Cup.


June 17, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Thorns extend unbeaten string to nine

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Second-half goals from forwards Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim, helped the Portland Thorns FC extend its unbeaten streak to nine games, including six games on the road, with a 2-0 win against the Western New York Flash in front of 2,235 fans at Rhinos Stadium on Friday evening.


June 17, 2016
THE PENALTY PHASE
Colombia outlasts Peru in a shootout to reach Copa semis

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Colombia qualified for the semifinals of Copa America Centenario Friday night, defeating Peru in a shootout, 4-2, after playing to a scoreless draw at MetLife Stadium.


June 17, 2016
MILE HIGH CHALLENGE
Fire take road winless streak to Colorado

The Chicago Fire (2-5-5, 11 pts) return to league play this weekend with their only matchup of the season against the Colorado Rapids (8-2-4, 28 pts), who currently sit atop the Western Conference. While it will be their first game back in MLS play in three weeks, the team is dealing with a short turnaround after their fifth round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup win on Wednesday.


June 16, 2016
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A SEMIFINALIST
Dempsey leads USA to a 2-1 quarterfinal win over Ecuador in gutsy performance

If the citizens of this Pacific Northwest City had any say, they probably would vote Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey mayor by a landslide. Heck, they might elect the rest of the U.S. national team to the city council.


June 16, 2016
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
Round of 16 set

The final 12 teams needed to fill in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 Bracket were decided Wednesday night with the NASL's New York Cosmos and Ft. Lauderdale Strikers the only two non-Division I clubs to join the host of MLS sides that make up the rest of the field for the business end of the competition.


June 16, 2016
EXTRA EFFORT
Rusty Fire need pks to advance in Open Cup

The Chicago Fire advanced to the next round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night, but after putting just eight of their 27 shots on frame, it took penalties to down NASL's Indy Eleven. The win marked the second consecutive year the Fire needed at least extra time to beat a lower division side in the tournament.


June 15, 2016
SQUEAKING BY
Fire advance in Open Cup by pks over Indy Eleven

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire needed penalty kicks to defeat the NASL's Indy Eleven Wednesday at Toyota Park and advance to the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup.


June 15, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Dempsey defies father time, but eventually that will catch up to him; who will be his successor?

Clint Dempsey came through not once, but twice for the United States in the group stage of Copa America Centenario.

And the sun also rises.


June 14, 2016
PERFECT RECORD
Argentina doesn't need Messi to win -- again

SEATTLE -- Argentina is showing it does not need Lionel Messi, or most of the rest of its regular starters, to succeed in Copa America Centenario group play. The Albiceleste displayed an electric short passing game, giving a dominating performance in taking a 3-0 win over Bolivia at CenturyLink Field Tuesday night, clinching first place in Group D.


June 14, 2016
FROM THE COPA TO THE CUP
Fire break ends with US Open Cup match against Indy Eleven

The Chicago Fire open their 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday. With the introduction of MLS sides in the fourth round of the tournament, Chicago hosts NASL Spring Season champs Indy Eleven at Toyota Park.


June 14, 2016
HERE AT LAST
Fire introduce Dutch forward Michael de Leeuw

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--On the eve of the Chicago Fire’s fourth round entry into the 103rd U.S. Open Cup tournament, the club unveiled new forward signing Michael de Leeuw to the media on Tuesday afternoon. The 29-year old forward from Dutch Eredivisie side FC Groningen signed with the club on May 17, but will not be available for selection under after the July transfer window opens on July 4, making his likely MLS debut match the team's July 9 road match against Toronto FC at BMO Field.


June 14, 2016
IN STRIDE
Chile clinches quarterfinal spot

PHILADELPHIA -- Chile advanced to the quarterfinals of Copa America Centenario with a 4-2 victory over Panama before a 20,432 crowd at Lincoln Financial Field Tuesday night.


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