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August 27, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Red Stars, Reign score 3-1 wins

SEATTLE--- Manon Melis scored two goals to lead the Seattle Reign to a 3-1 win over the Portland Thorns FC in front of 5,888 at Memorial Stadium Saturday.


August 27, 2016
DOMINANT ATTACK
Red Stars fire past Sky Blue 3-1

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Three different players scored for the Chicago Red Stars as they cruised to a 3-1 win over Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field Saturday night.


August 27, 2016
DISASTER IN DC
Fire slammed 6-2

WASHINGTON, DC---Patrick Mullins scored three goals as DC United trounced the Chicago Fire 6-2 at R.F.K. Stadium Saturday night.


August 27, 2016
FIRST DEFEAT
UIC Flames fall to Drake Bulldogs

The UIC women's team surrendered four first-half goals in falling, 4-0, to Drake in a non-conference match at Flames Field Friday night.


August 27, 2016
OPENING DRAW
UIC men, Aztecs even in Gonzaga Tournament

SPOKANE, Wash. – The UIC men's team played San Diego State to a 1-1 draw in both teams’ season-opener in the Gonzaga Tournament at Luger Field Friday night.


August 27, 2016
RAMBLERS ROUTED
Loyola women shut out by Sun Devils

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Loyola Ramblers women’s team remained winless, falling, 4-0, to Arizona State in a non-conference match Friday night.


August 26, 2016
CLASSIC TIE
DePaul holds host Beavers to draw

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Erik Rodriguez scored in the 10th minute as the DePaul Blue Devils men's team played to a 1-1 tie with Oregon State in the Hensor/Zaher Classic Friday night.


August 26, 2016
QUICK SCORE
Hoosier women battle past Butler

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Caroline Dreher’s 78th-minute goal and goalkeeping of freshman Sarah L’Hommedieu made the difference as the Indiana women’s team took a 1-0 win over Butler in a non-conference match that was delayed for 75 minutes because of lightning Friday night.


August 26, 2016
BATTLING AND ADJUSTING
IU Hoosiers win opener on late PK

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Tanner Thompson’s late penalty kick gave the No. 13-ranked Indiana Hoosiers men’s team a 1-0 victory over the New Mexico Lobos in both teams’ season-opener in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament Friday.


August 26, 2016
DEDICATED
Medina PKs give Northwestern men win

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern men’s team took a 2-1 win over Florida Gulf Coast as the lake front Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium and Chap and Ethel Hutcheson Field were dedicated Friday night.


August 26, 2016
ON THE MOVE
Fighting Illini clawed by Missouri Tigers

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Illinois surrendered a 96th-minute penalty kick in falling, 3-2, in overtime to Missouri Friday night.


August 26, 2016
READY TO GO
Fighting Irish men open with win over Anteaters

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Jon Gallagher set up a goal and scored twice as the No. 9 Notre Dame men's team took a 4-0 win over the University of California Irvine in both teams’ season-opener in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at Alumni Stadium Friday night.


August 26, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
RSL edge Rapids to take Rocky Mountain Cup

SANDY, Utah--Yura Movsisyan scored on both sides of halftime to lift Real salt Lake into a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids Friday at Rio Tinto Stadium.


August 26, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Spirit edge Pride 2-1

ORLANDO--- Cheyna Williams and Christine Nairn scored to lead the Washington Spirit to a 2-1 win over the Orlando Pride at Camping World Stadium Friday night.


August 26, 2016
NO QUALIFIERS FOR HIM
Irregular heart beat sidelines Dempsey from WCQs, Sounders game

You can scratch Clint Dempsey from participating with the United States national team for its next two World Cup qualifying games.


August 26, 2016
ANOTHER CHALLENGE
Buoyed by recent success, Fire focus on posting rare win over DC United

The Chicago Fire head back out on the road this weekend for their second meeting of the season with D.C. United, Saturday at RFK Stadium (6:00 pm CT, CSN+). Their previous meeting, a 1-1 draw in April at Toyota Park, featured the return of Patrick Nyarko to Chicago, who netted the goal for D.C., offsetting Jonathan Campbell's first career MLS goal.


August 27. 2016
STILL NO. 1
No Olympic medals, but USA women top FIFA rankings

Despite not reaching the medal round at the Rio Olympics, the United States women still lead the latest FIFA world rankings, which were released Friday morning.


August 25, 2016
TWO CORNER OFFENSE
ISU Redbirds edged by Marquette

NORMAL, Ill. -- Illinois State surrendered two goals off corner kicks in falling, 2-1, to Marquette in a non-conference match at Adelaide Street Field Thursday night.



August 25, 2016
COSTLY MISTAKES
Fighting Irish women stopped by Wolverines

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Notre Dame women’s team surrendered two goals in a two-minute span in the second half in falling, 2-0, to Michigan at the U-M Soccer Stadium Thursday night.


August 25, 2016
THREE IN A ROW
Northwestern women rally past Blue Demons

CHICAGO -- Brenna Lovera and Kassidy Gorman scored late goals to lead No. 25 Northwestern to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over DePaul at Wish Field Thursday.


August 25, 2016
THROWING A SCARE
Blue Demon women falter against Wildcats

The DePaul women’s team surrendered two late goals in falling, 2-1, to No. 25-ranked Northwestern in a non-conference match at Wish Field Thursday.


August 25, 2016
HITTING THEIR STRIDE?
Paunovic feels things are finally coming together for the Fire

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire extended their home unbeaten streak to eleven games across all competitions on Wednesday with a 2-2 draw against the LA Galaxy. Chicago responded to a first half goal from Gyasi Zardes with two quick goals by Arturo Alvarez and David Accam in the first half, but could not hold onto the lead, as Gio Dos Santos equalized in the second half, giving both teams a point on a muggy night at Toyota Park.


August 24, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Impact rally in stoppage time, Reds move to the top in MLS East

MONTREAL--The Montreal Impact conceded an early penalty kick, but rallied to tie DC United 1-1 Wednesday night at Stade Saputo.


August 24, 2016
2-ALL
Fire play LA Galaxy to draw

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.-- The Chicago Fire rallied from an early deficit, but settled for a 2-2 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy Wednesday night at Toyota Park.


August 24, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Trying to overcome goal barriers

Being a defender, Keegan Rosenberry has a steeper hill to climb when making his case for the MLS rookie of the year award.


August 24, 2016
IT'S HOPE-LESS
U.S. Soccer suspends Solo for 6 months

U.S. Soccer Wednesday suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo from the U.S. women’s national team for six months for conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles.


August 23, 2016
ONE GAME AT A TIME
Motivated Fire prepare to host LA Galaxy

The Chicago Fire hope that they turned a corner with Saturday’s 3-0 win against the Montreal Impact. The win, Chicago’s first on the road since July 12, 2014, lifted a palpable weight off the club’s shoulders and brought visible relief to not only the players, but the technical staff as well.


August 22, 2016
WOMEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jennifer Westendorf

Freshman forward Jennifer Westendorf made a spectacular debut with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, scoring twice in a 3-0 victory over Wright State Friday.


August 21, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
DCU rallies in the rain; Sounders win third straight

WASHINGTON, DC--DC United rallied to a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls Sunday at rain-drenched RFK Stadium. The match was interrupted by lightning in the ninth minute and delayed for 73 minutes.


August 21, 2016
HIGH-QUALITY TESTS
Redbirds rally too late against Fighting Illini

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Illinois State Redbirds dropped their second straight game to a Big Ten Conference foe, falling, 1-0, to the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Illinois Soccer Stadium Sunday.


August 21, 2016
KICK SAVE
Fighting Irish women blank Badgers

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The 13th-ranked Notre Dame women’s team used strong defense and an own goal to take a 1-0 win over reigning Big Ten Conference co-champion Wisconsin Sunday.


August 21, 2016
SHUTOUT MARK
Northwestern women blank James Madison

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Lauren Clem tied a Northwestern record with her 24th career shutout as the Wildcats women’s team blanked James Madison, 3-0, in the James Madison Tournament Sunday.


August 21, 2016
STUCK IN A CORNER
Hoosiers bounced by Western Michigan Broncos

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana women’s team struggled to defend Western Michigan corner kicks in falling, 2-0, to the Broncos in a non-conference match Sunday.


August 21, 2016
ON HER TOES
Penalty save paces Illini past Redbirds

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Senior Michelle Denley saved a second-half penalty kick as the University of Illinois took a 1-0 win over Illinois State in a non-conference match Sunday.


August 21, 2016
SIGH OF RELIEF
Fire finally shed road jinx with win over Montreal

MONTREAL--Two years of road woes for the Chicago Fire finally came to an end Saturday night in Montreal, as goals by Luis Solignac, David Accam, and Matt Polster propelled the Fire to a 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo, bringing to an end their 38 game win-less streak across all competitions, dating back to July 12, 2014.


August 20, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Fire post historic road win; Villa and Giovinco both score to stay on top of Golden Boot race

CARSON, Calif.--David Villa scored in the sixth minute and New York City FC guaranteed themselves sole possession of first place in the MLS East for another week with a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy Saturday at the StubHub Center.


August 20, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eddies edge ahead with another 1-0 victory

FC Edmonton moved atop the Fall Season and Combined NASL standings with a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday.


August 20, 2016
VENGEANCE IS GOLDEN
Brazil, Neymar capture Olympic Games title

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Neymar and Brazil got their gold medal and gained some revenge along the way, taking a penalty kicks victory over Germany in the Olympic Games final at Estadio do Maracana Saturday.


August 20, 2016
THE MONKEY'S OFF THEIR BACKS
Fire end epic road winless streak by blanking Impact 3-0

MONTREAL--The Chicago Fire ended their epic 36-game road winless streak in decisive fashion on Saturday, blanking the Montreal Impact 3-0 at Stade Saputo for their first victory away from Toyota Park since July 12, 2014.


August 19, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Horst goal lifts Dynamo over San Jose

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The Houston Dynamo edged the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Friday night at Avaya Stadium.


August 19, 2016
SENIOR SCORES
Fighting Illini open with dominant victory

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Seniors Summer Schafer and Alia Abu-Douleh scored their first career goals as the University of Illinois Fighting Illini blanked Morehead State, 2-0, in both teams’ season-opener Friday night.


August 19, 2016
FIRING AWAY
UIC Flames, Northern Illinois play to draw

DEKALB, Ill. -- The UIC Flames women’s team had plenty of chances to score, but settled for a 0-0 tie with Northern Illinois in both teams’ season-opener at the NIU Complex Friday night.


August 19, 2016
HOLDING THEIR OWN
ISU Redbirds bested by Badgers

NORMAL, Ill. -- The Illinois State Redbirds rallied late in falling, 1-0, to Wisconsin in both teams’ season-opener at the Adelaide Street Field Friday night.


August 19, 2016
TAKING ADVANTAGE
Hoosier women start strong, tie Louisville

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Hoosiers women’s team took an early lead, then twice hit the crossbar in playing to a 1-1 tie with Louisville in both teams’ season-opener at Bill Armstrong Stadium Friday night.


August 19, 2016
OPENING STATEMENT
Fighting Irish women rout Wright State

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Freshman forward Jennifer Westendorf scored twice as the University of Notre Dame women's team took a 3-0 win over Wright State in both teams’ season-opener at Alumni Stadium Friday night.


August 19, 2016
READY FOR 2017
Minnesota United FC will begin play next year

SAINT PAUL, Minn. --Despite not having a stadium ready, Minnesota United FC will begin play in Major League Soccer in 2017. The team is planning a new privately financed stadium in St. Paul, but will begin play at TCF Bank Stadium while their new facility is built.


August 19, 2016
EARLY LESSON
Blue Demon women rally to tie Fordham

CHICAGO -- Abby Reed scored on a late penalty kick and nearly decided the match with a long-distance attempt as the DePaul Blue Demon women’s team tied Fordham, 1-1, in both teams’ season-opener Friday.


August 19, 2016
WILDCAT WIN
Northwestern women capture season-opener

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Brenna Lovera’s 98th-minute goal gave the Northwestern Wildcat women’s team a 1-0 win over Virginia Commonwealth in both teams’ season-opener in the JMU Tournament Friday afternoon.


August 19, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Short time can be a career in New York

When the Red Bull Arena stadium announcer declared Bradley Wright-Phillips had broken Juan Pablo Angel's club record for MLS goals with his 58th and 59th in Sunday's 3-1 victory over Montreal, the crowd of 23,459 roared its approval – as much for his perseverance if nothing else.


August 19, 2016
GOLDEN GIRLS
Germany holds off Swedes, win Olympic women's final

Germany became only the third women's soccer team to win an Olympic team Friday, defeating Sweden in the final at Maracana Stadium.


August 19, 2016
FINAL DATE SET
U.S. Open Cup title to be decided Sept. 13

The 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final between FC Dallas and the New England Revolution will be played at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, U.S. Soccer announced Friday.


August 18, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Nairn leads Spirit over Dash

HOUSTON – Christine Nairn scored two goals to lead the Washington Spirt to a 2-1 win over the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium.


August 18, 2016
LOOKING TO MAKE AN IMPACT
Fire will try to snap road skid Saturday at Stade Saputo

The Chicago Fire hit the road again on Saturday to take on the Montreal Impact for the second time this season (6:30 pm CT, CSN+), as they again hope they can lay to rest their 39 game winless streak and find redemption from a tough 2-1 loss to the Canadian side back in April at Toyota Park.


August 18, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Armada advances, Loons snap streak

The Jacksonville Armada improved its unbeaten streak to three games and moved into ninth place in the NASL Fall Season standings with a 1-1 tie with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Community First Park Wednesday night.


August 17, 2016
RFK ENCOUNTER
USMNT to meet New Zealand Oct. 11

CHICAGO -- For the third time, the U.S. Men's National Team will face Oceania champion New Zealand in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11.


August 16, 2016
DEATH OF A PRESIDENT
Ex-FIFA president Joao Havelange dies at 100

Former FIFA president Joao Havelange, who turned the organization into a multi-billionaire business before corruption caught up to soccer's governing body, died Tuesday morning. He was 100.


August 14, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dynamo salvage shorthanded draw

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire blew an early lead, but rallied to a 2-2 draw with Orlando City SC Sunday at Toyota Park.


August 14, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dynamo salvage shorthanded draw

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire blew an early lead, but rallied to a 2-2 draw with Orlando City SC Sunday at Toyota Park.


August 14, 2016
WELL-ADJUSTED
Fire find right formula in second half

Despite their road woes this season (and prior), the Chicago Fire extended their home unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 2-2 draw with Orlando City SC at Toyota Park Sunday afternoon.


August 14, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eleven edges Rayo, keeps league lead

The Indy Eleven maintained its hold on first place in the NASL Fall Season standings with a 2-1 win over Rayo OKC at Carroll Stadium Saturday night.


August 14, 2016
SPLITTING THE POINTS
Fire break losing streak against Orlando City

The Chicago Fire returned home Sunday afternoon, after back-to-back league and Open Cup losses to face a struggling Orlando City SC. The Fire took an early lead, thanks to John Goossens, but Orlando got two unanswered goals from Cyle Larin and Kaka in the first half. A second half equalizer from Razvan Cocis sent both teams home with a point in a 2-2 draw in front of 18,148 at Toyota Park.


August 13, 2016
TARGETING A STRIKER
Fire looking for offense against Orlando

The Chicago Fire (4-11-6, 18 points) return to Toyota Park on Sunday, after a two-game road trip that included an exit from U.S. Open Cup play, facing Orlando City SC (5-6-11, 26 points) for the second time this season.


August 12, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Quakes edge Caps

VANCOUVER--Simon Dawkins' 60th-minute goal gave the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC Friday at BC Place.


August 12, 2016
SORE LOSER
Solo claims Sweden was 'cowards' after USA elimination

Well, Hope Solo was at it again Friday afternoon. No, she wasn't making any saves to save the U.S. women's bacon in their Olympic quarter final elimination to Sweden in Brasilia, Brazil. It was her reaction to the defeat after the Swedes handed the Americans their earliest elimination from a tournament -- Women's World Cup or Olympics.


August 12, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
The most devastating result in U.S. women's soccer history

Sooner or later, it was going to happen. Sooner or later, the United States women were going to slip and not reach the final four of a major FIFA tournament for the first time. Well, sooner happened Friday afternoon.


August 12, 2016
A DEVASTATING ELIMINATION
Three-time defending champion U.S. women lose to Sweden in penalties, ousted from Olympic quarterfinals

For the first time in six Olympic appearances, the three-time defending Olympic champion United States women have failed to reach the semifinals. The Americans were eliminated by Sweden on penalty kicks, 4-3, in the Olympic women's soccer quarterfinals at Mane Garrincha Stadium Friday afternoon.



THAT FACE IS FAMILIAR
In the quarterfinals, USA women will take on their former coach who led them to last 2 gold medals

Pia Sundhage has found herself in a giant role reversal. Sundhage, who directed the United States to the last two gold medals in the Olympic women's soccer tournament, will use everything at her disposal to try and block the Americans' attempt to reach the Rio Summer Games final and vie for its fourth consecutive championship.


August 11, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Trophies, Tennessee and transfers

Victories by New England and Dallas over Chicago and Los Angeles, respectively, in the Lamar Hunt/ U.S. Open Cup semifinals this week give both teams another chance to fill two of the barest trophy cases in all of MLS, even including all the expansion teams since the original 10 and the folded teams.


August 10, 2016
'07 REMATCH
FC Dallas stuns Galaxy with two late goals

CARSON, Calif. -- FC Dallas scored on two late corner kicks to take a 2-1 extra time win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup at the StubHub Center Wednesday night.


August 10, 2016
SPINNING WHEELS
Fire's Cup campaign stalls in semis

The Chicago Fire hoped to make their seventh Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Tuesday night as they took on the New England Revolution. But the Fire’s fourth consecutive semifinal appearance ended as the previous three did, the Revolution getting goals from Kei Kamara, Je-Vaughn Watson and Teal Bunbury to propel them past the Fire by a score of 3-1 in Foxborough, Mass.


August 10, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
USA must hope for better performance from its GK in quarterfinals or it could feel so low

If you're an optimist, you will point out that that was only the group stage, that Hope Solo got a howler of a performance out of her system and that the United States women will start anew in the knockout round of the Rio Olympics.


August 9, 2016
QUEST OVER
Fire's Open Cup run ends with semifinal loss to New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The Chicago Fire's quest to reach their seventh-ever U.S. Open Cup Final ended Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium, with a 3-1 loss to the New England Revolution.


August 9, 2016
A QUESTIONABLE SOLO PERFORMANCE
Despite surrendering late free kick in 2-2 tie with Colombia, USA women still wins Olympic Group G

It’s a good thing the United States’ 2-2 draw with Colombia was a group stage match and not a knockout round encounter. In one of her shakiest performances, goalkeeper Hope Solo allowed two free kicks, including the equalizer in the 90th minute of their Group G encounter at Tuesday night.


August 7, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Epic day for Dempsey, epic rally for LAG

PORTLAND, Ore.--The Portland Timbers scored three second-half goals to pull away from Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Sunday at Providence Park.


August 7, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Cosmos draw Rayo OKC 1-1

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Cosmos squandered an opportunity to move into a first-place tie with Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League fall standings and overall table, playing to a 1-1 draw with Rayo OKC Sunday afternoon.


August 7, 2016
ALREADY FORGOTTEN
Fire shake off RSL loss, keep focus on Tuesday's Open Cup semifinal

The Chicago Fire faced Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night for the first time since 2013. While the Fire won that game on the back of a Marco Pappa hat trick, Saturday's outcome was far different, with the Fire falling 3-1, and extending RSL's home unbeaten record to 6-0-5.


August 6, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
3 more for Gio; Rimando notches record win

WASHINGTON, DC--Steve Birnbaum scored in stoppage time to lift DC United into a 2-2 comeback draw with the Philadelphia Union Saturday night at RFK Stadium.


August 6, 2016
LOOKING AHEAD
With an eye to Open Cup semi, Paunovic rests regulars in loss to RSL

SANDY, Utah--Javier Morales had two goals and an assist to lead Real Salt Lake past the Chicago Fire 3-1 Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.


August 6, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Indy moves into first

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--- Charles Eloundou scored two goals as the Jacksonville Armada FC held off the Carolina RailHawks in a 2-2 draw at Community First Parl Saturday night.


August 6, 2016
LATE HEROICS
Smart goal keeps Indy unbeaten at home

INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven stayed undefeated at home with more late drama, as a 92nd minute goal by midfielder Don Smart lifted them to a 1-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC in front of 7,760 spectators at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium.


August 6, 2016
SAME OLD, SAME OLD
Lloyd's goal, Solo's superb saves lift undefeated USA women over France in Olympics

Two veteran players pulled off familiar heroics for the United States, which moved closer to clinching a quarterfinal berth at the Rio Olympics Saturday. Midfielder Carli Lloyd scored the lone goal and goalkeeper Hope Solo stopped everything sent her way as the top-ranked Americans survived a late onslaught by No. 3 France, 1-0, in Group G at the Rio Olympics.


August 5, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Scoreless in San Jose

SAN JOSE--New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders earned his keep and then some in a scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium Friday night.


August 5, 2016
REAL CHOICES
Will Paunovic hold players back against RSL for Open Cup semi on Tuesday?

The Chicago Fire (4-10-6, 18 points) hit the road again Saturday night to open one of, if not the most important two-game set in their season, as they travel to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake (9-7-7, 34 points), before heading cross country to face the New England Revolution in Tuesday night's US Open Cup semifinal.


August 4, 2016
TUNING IN
NBCSN averages 1.3 million for USWNT game

RIO DE JANEIRO ––NBCSN averaged 1.3 million viewers for the U.S. women’s soccer team’s 2-0 victory over New Zealand Wednesday day on the opening day of soccer competition at the Rio Olympics – topping by 107% the viewership for the team’s 2012 London Olympics opener (629,000 viewers for U.S.-France).


August 4, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Lies, damn lies – better known as statistics

Don't mistake Peter Vermes for Sigi Schmid, but in the same week the latter was fired, the former put himself in the same sentence with MLS' winningest coach.


August 4, 2016
SUSPENDED
Thiam will miss Fire's next game

NEW YORK -- The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended midfielder Khaly Thiam for one game and issued an undisclosed fine for serious foul play in the 37th minute of the Chicago Fire's game against the New York Red Bulls on July 31.


August 3, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Indy's Zayed hangs a hat trick

INDIANAPOLIS –Eamon Zayed registered a hat trick as the Indy Eleven set a club record for most goals scored in an NASL regular season game en route to a 5-2 win over the Jacksonville Armada FC in front of 8,017 fans at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium.


August 3, 2016
HANGING HIS HAT
Zayed leads Eleven to 5-2 win

INDIANAPOLIS –Eamon Zayed registered a hat trick as the Indy Eleven set a club record for most goals scored in an NASL regular season game enroute to a 5-2 win over the Jacksonville Armada FC in front of 8,017 fans at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium.


August 3, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Reds top RSL

TORONTO--Tosaint Ricketts opened his MLS scoring account with the 68th-minute game-winner as Toronto FC edged Real Salt Lake 1-0 Wednesday night at BMO Field.


August 3, 2016
WHEELING AND DEALING
Fire close transfer window with flurry of activity

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire were busy as Deadline Day came and went on Wednesday. When the transfer window closed at midnight, they had allocation money and picks for U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya and two new forwards, one acquired via an international transfer and the other from the Colorado Rapids.


August 3, 2016
STRIKING ACQUISITION
Fire add another forward in deal with Rapids

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has acquired Argentinan striker Luis Solignac from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for General Allocation Money, the team announced Friday.


August 3, 2016
RUNNING IN RIO
USWNT opens Olympics with 2-0 win

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil---Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan each scored as the United State Women's National Team opened the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics with a 2-0 win over New Zealand at Mineirão Stadium Wednesday.


August 3, 2016
SIZABLE SIGNING
Fire adds Armenian striker Arshakyan

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has acquired striker Armenian striker David Arshakyan from the Lithuanian A Lyga’s FK Trakai, the team announced Wednesday.


August 3, 2016
BUILDING FOR FUTURE
Fire makes deal with Union for Bedoya

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire acquired allocation money, a draft pick and Discovery Priority from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for the right to sign U.S. national team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, the team announced Wednesday.


August 3, 2016
NEXT UP
USWNT sets post-Olympic Games dates

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Women's National Team will meet Thailand and the Netherlands in its first two matches following the Olympic Games, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.


August 2, 2016
FIRST-TEAMERS
Blue Heat leads inaugural UWS all-league team

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Three members of the champion Santa Clarita Blue Heat have been named to the inaugural United Women’s Soccer first team, the league announced Tuesday.


July 31, 2016
DEMORALIZING RESULT
Fire hit hard by draw with Red Bulls

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire snatched another game from the clutches of victory Sunday night, as a 90th minute goal from New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips sent both teams home with a point, in a game that ended in a 2-2 draw.


July 31, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dallas tightens grip on top spot; Giovinco powers Toronto - again

KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Jacob Peterson's 50th-minute goal lifted Sporting Kansas City (10-10-4, 34 pts) over the Portland Timbers 1-0 Sunday at rainswept Children's Mercy Park.


July 31, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Winners crowned

FRISCO, Texas — The remaining champions were crowned Sunday at the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Toyota Soccer Center.


July 31, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Spirit, Breakers come up winners

BOYDS, Md. – First-half goals from midfielder Estefania Banini and forward Cheyna Williams and a second-half goal in stoppage time from defender Alyssa Kleiner led the Washington Spirit to a 3-1 win over Sky Blue FC at Maryland SoccerPlex Sunday afternoon.


July 31, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Eddies blank RailHakws 1-0

EDMONTON, AB - FC Edmonton registered their eight consecutive win at Clarke Field, defeating Carolina RailHawks 1-0 on Sunday.


July 31, 2016
TOUGH POINT
Fire and Red Bulls draw 1-1

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--Matt Polster scored a goal for both sides as the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls battled to a 2-2 draw Sunday night at Toyota Park.


July 30, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Thorns, Red Stars take 1-0 wins

HOUSTON – – Western New York Flash forward Lynn Williams’ late second half goal salvaged a draw for the visitors at BBVA Compass Stadium Saturday in a 3-3 match with the Houston Dash.


July 30, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Four champions crowned

FRISCO, Texas — Four of the 14 champions were crowned Saturday night at the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Toyota Soccer Center.


July 30, 2016
MAKING HER MARK
Newcomer McCaffrey gives Red Stars 1-0 win

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Stephanie McCaffrey scored her first goal of the season as the Chicago Red Stars battled to a 1-0 victory over FC Kansas City at Toyota Park Saturday night.


July 30, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Strikers close Lockhart with a win

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers closed their final match at Lockhart Stadium, their home since 1977, with a 1-0 victory over the Jacksonville Armada thanks to a late goal by Maicon Santos.


July 30, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
NYC routs Rapids

BRONX, NY--Frank Lampard netted the first hat trick in New York City FC history as the Eastern Conference leaders hammered the shorthanded Colorado Rapids 5-1 Saturday at Yankee Stadium.


July 30, 2016
SLIPPING IN THE SUNSHINE
Indy fall to Miami FC 2-1

MIAMI – Goals by Dario Cvitanich and substitute Ariel Pedro Martinez gave Miami FC a 2-1 win over the Indy Eleven at FIU Stadium Saturday night.


July 30, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Finalists all set

FRISCO, Texas — Several teams are one step closer to realizing the ultimate youth soccer dream after securing a spot in Sunday’s final matches with semifinal victories at the US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Toyota Soccer Center on Saturday morning.


July 29, 2016
ROSTER DEVELOPMENT
Fire sends striker to D.C. United

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire has traded Nigerian striker Kennedy Igboananike to D.C. United in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and a third-round selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, the team announced Friday.


July 29, 2016
BACK IN ACTION
Fire host Red Bulls Sunday at Toyota Park

The Chicago Fire used the break provided by this week’s All Star festivities to reset and rest from training for a few days before preparing to take on New York Red Bulls Sunday at Toyota Park (6:00 pm CT, CSN).


July 28, 2016
NO-STAR GAME
Young Gunners defeat MLS All-Stars, 2-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Arsenal FC went with a no-star lineup in the second half, and the Gunners were good enough to edge the MLS All-Stars, 2-1, at Avaya Stadium Thursday night.


July 28, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Finalists for U-13, U-19 set

FRISCO, Texas —Finalists for the U-13 and U-19 groups at the US Youth Soccer Championships at the Toyota Soccer Center have been set.


July 28, 2016
MLS INFORMER
MLS' all-star record can be measured differently

Since switching the format of the MLS all-star game from an intra-league affair to essentially a club friendly in 2003, the results have been somewhat mixed – depending on how you view the game.


July 27, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Ottawa, Edmonton, OKC winners

OTTAWA, ON - Carl Haworth and an own goal helped the Ottawa Fury FC to a 2-0 win over the Carolina RailHawks at TD Place Wednesday night.


July 27, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
FC Florida gets past defending champs Kickers SC Arsenal to advance

FRISCO, Texas — For the second straight game, FC Florida 96/97 Elite (FL) used a big second half to pull away for a win — this time a 4-2 victory over 2013 National Champion Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal (NY-E) on the second day of play at the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships.


July 26, 2016
US YOUTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Newcomer falls in first match

FRISCO, Texas--- In a matchup between two newcomers to the National Championships, U-17 Girls CR S Burgundy Rapids (NC) started off with a 1-0 victory over Team Chicago Academy – Brasilia (IL) at the US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Toyota Soccer Complex on Tuesday.


July 26, 2016
TIME FOR CHANGE
Schmid, Sounders 'part ways' after eight years

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Seattle Sounders and coach Sigi Schmid have “agreed to mutually part ways,” the team announced Tuesday.


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.


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