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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.


June 14, 2016
TICO WARMUP
USWNT set for Costa Rica match

The U.S. Women's National Team will face Costa Rica in its final Olympic Games tuneup at 8 p.m. CT Friday, July 22 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.


June 13, 2016
PLAYING FOR PRIDE
Uruguay routs Reggae Boyz

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Uruguay might have only been playing for pride against Jamaica, and the Charruas showed they have plenty of that in taking a 3-0 victory in a Copa America Centenario match at Levi’s Stadium Monday night.


June 13, 2016
PLAYING FOR PRIDE
Uruguay routs Reggae Boyz

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Uruguay might have only been playing for pride against Jamaica, and the Charruas showed they have plenty of that in taking a 3-0 victory in a Copa America Centenario match at Levi’s Stadium Monday night.


June 13, 2016
TRI TOPPERS
Mexico win Group C with 1-1 draw against Venezuela

HOUSTON -- Jesus Corona scored in the 80th minute help Mexico secure the top spot in the Copa America Centenario's Group C with a 1-1 draw against Venezuela on Monday night at NRG Stadium.


June 12, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Reign end skid, Thorns stay unbeaten

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Christen Press scored in the 61st minute to lift the Chicago Red Stars to a 1--1 draw with the Portland Thorns at Toyota Park on Sunday.


June 12, 2016
STREAK EXTENDED
Press goal helps Red Stars draw with Thorns

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Christen Press scored in the 61st minute to lift the Chicago Red Stars to a 1-1 draw with the Portland Thorns at Toyota Park on Sunday.


June 12, 2016
INCA UPSET
Peru eliminates Brazil on controversial goal

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Raul Ruidiaz’s controversial goal gave Peru a 1-0 win over Brazil, giving the Peruvians first place in Group B and eliminating the Brazilians from the Copa America Centenario before a 36,187 crowd at Gillette Stadium Sunday night.


June 12, 2016
CONFIDENT COACH
Ecuador coach Quinteros on 1-0 friendly loss to USA: 'We were superior in our game'

Gustavo Quinteros had one thing to say after his team booked a spot in the Copa America Centenario quarterfinals Sunday night: Bring on the United States.


June 12, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Strikers' loss give Indy spring crown

EDMONTON -- The Indy Eleven won the North American Soccer League Spring Championship, by virtue of FC Edmonton defeating the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2-1 at Clarke Stadium Sunday afternoon.


June 12, 2016
QUARTERFINAL BOUND
Ecuador moves into knockout round with 4-0 win over Haiti

Ecuador did what it had to do to keep its knockout round hopes alive at Copa America Centenario at MetLife Stadium Sunday night. Riding the wave of a prolific attack, Ecuadorans remained unbeaten in the competition, recording a 4-0 Group B victory over Haiti.


June 11, 2016
NASL SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming game

Going into the weekend, it looked like the NASL Spring Title was the idle New York Cosmos for the taking, but needing to scored four goals and win by at least three, the Indy Eleven moved into the driver's seat with a 4-1 win over Carolina on Saturday putting them in the top spot.


June 11, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Indy poised to take spring title

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Armada and the Tampa Bay Rowdies drew 1-1 in front of 4,013 fans at Community First Park on Saturday.


June 11, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
KC, Sky Blue draw 1-1, Flash tops Pride 1-0

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Sky Blue FC and FC Kansas City to a 1-1 draw in a National Women's Soccer League game at Yurcak Field.


June 11, 2016
LETTING IT SLIP
Colombia topped by Ticos, loses Group A lead

HOUSTON -- Johan Venegas scored a goal and set up another before halftime, Celso Borges added a second-half strike, and Costa Rica helped the United States with a 3-2 victory over Colombia on Saturday night.


June 11, 2016
TAKING CENTER (BACK) STAGE
U.S. center back dominates when he has to, including a big time, goal-saving tackl

For the past year or so, John Brooks probably made more than his share of mistakes and inconsistent performances for the U.S. national team.


June 11, 2016
IT'S TIME TO FLIP THE MENTALITY
Klinsmann: being the forever underdog has gotten old, it's time for the USA to turn over a new leaf

Whether the United States plays Brazil, Ecuador or Peru in the Copa America Centenario quarterfinals, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is sure of one thing: his side has to step it up.


June 11, 2016
FIRST FOR THE MOMENT
Indy Eleven gets right result, now has to wait

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven accomplished exactly what it needed to take over first place in the NASL Spring Season Saturday.


June 11, 2016
JUST ENOUGH
Man down USA squeaks past Paraguay

PHILADELPHIA---The United States National Team did not get the performance they wanted, but still managed to get the result they needed, narrowly defeating Paraguay 1-0 in front of an announced crowd of 51,041 at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night.


June 10, 2016
NASL SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Tampa Bay is one of four teams that can walk away with silverware in the Spring Season, but the Rowdies will need to break down Jacksonville’s defense early and often to make up the necessary goal differential to move into the top spot in the standings


June 10, 2016
TEEN PHENOM
17-year-old Christian Pulisic ready to continue to put his best foot forward for USA in Copa America

PHILADELPHIA -- Christian Pulisic is another in a long line of young Americans who are expected to help the U.S national team move into another orbit internationally.


June 10, 2016
MESSI TIME
Argentina star produces second-half hat trick

CHICAGO -- Lionel Messi made a spectacular Copa America Centenario debut, producing a hat trick in a 19-minute span of the second half as Argentina pounded Panama, 5-0, before a 53,885 crowd at Soldier Field Friday night.


June 10, 2016
CENTENARIO SCENARIOS
Win and the Americans are in; tie and they likely fly to quarters, lose and they're going home

The United States' Copa America Centenario fate is as cut and dried as it can get as the Americans prepare for their Group A finale against Paraguay Saturday night.


June 10, 2016
CONTROVERSIAL CONCLUSION
Late Vidal penalty gives Chile win over Bolivia

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Arturo Vidal converted a controversial penalty kick 10 minutes into second half stoppage time as defending champion Chile took a 2-1 win over Bolivia in a Copa America Centenario Group B match before a 19,392 crowd at Gillette Stadium Friday night.


June 9, 2016
MLS INFORMER
DisCo doings

MLS may have suspended its schedule for the Copa America. That doesn't mean everything with the league stops


June 9, 2016
CHICHARITO CHIC
Hernandez lifts Mexico, closes on scoring record

PASADENA, Calif. – An early goal by Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez sent Mexico to a 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Thursday, putting the Mexicans into the quarterfinals of the Copa America.


June 9, 2016
HIGH PROFILE
Indy Eleven signs former Cruz Azul captain

Former Mexican National Team midfielder Gerardo “El Borrego” Torrado has signed with the Indy Eleven and will be eligible to play in the NASL Fall Season.


June 8, 2016
FIT TO BE TIED
Peru surrenders advantage, Ecuador rallies

Peru surrendered a two-goal lead in playing Ecuador to a 2-2 tie in a Copa America Centenario match at the University of Phoenix Stadium Wednesday night.


June 8, 2016
NO CONTEST
Brazil coasts to Copa victory over Haiti

Philippe Coutinho scored a hat trick, Renato Augusto had a brace, and Brazil rebounded from an uninspired opener with a 7-1 victory over Haiti in a Copa America Centenario Group B match Wednesday night.


June 8, 2016
OFFICIAL BAR
AJ Hudson’s Partners with Red Stars

AJ Hudson’s Public House in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood has been named the Official Bar of the Chicago Red Stars for the 2016 season.


June 7, 2016
COLOMBIA ADVANCES
Victory places them into semi-finals

PASADENA, Calif.---James Rodriguez had a goal and an assist to lead Colombia to a 2-1 win over Paraguay in a Copa American Centenario Group A match in front of over 42,000 fans at the Rose Bowl Tuesday night.


June 7, 2016
BACK TO WORK (MOSTLY)
Fire return to training, without Gilberto

The Chicago Fire reconvened for their first day of training on Monday, after taking eight days off since their 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers at Toyota Park. The team used the opportunity afforded them by the start of the Copa America Centenario tournament to hit the reset button physically and mentally on a season that has gone against hopes and expectations.


June 7, 2016
FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER
Dempsey leads USA to 4-0 rout of Costa Rica to avoid elimination from Copa

The United States lived to play another day in another important Copa America Centenario match Tuesday night. Clint Dempsey scored one goal and set up two others in the first half to spark the United States to a 4-0 Group A victory over Costa Rica at Soldier Field.


June 6, 2016
COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO ROUNDUP
Argentina, Panama take command in Group D

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- No Messi. No problem. With Lionel Messi watching from the bench and a Levi’s Stadium crowd chanting his name, Argentina took a 2-1 victory over defending champion Chile in both teams’ Group D opener Monday night.


June 6, 2016
RAMPING IT UP
Perez paces Panama past Bolivia

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Blas Perez scored both Panama goals as the Canaleros took a 2-1 win over Bolivia in the Copa America Centenario Group D opener at Camping World Stadium Monday night.


June 6, 2016
COPA (NORTH) AMERICA?
Report: U.S. could become permanent home

Copa America Centenario marks the first time the South America championship has been conducted in the U.S. but it will not be the last, according to an ESPNDeportes report Monday.


June 5, 2016
TRI GOALS MORE THAN ENOUGH
Late strikes lift Mexico past Uruguay 3-1

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Rafael Marquez scored in the 85th minute and Hector Herrera added another in injury time to lift Mexico to a 3-1 victory over Uruguay on Sunday, earning the first victory and scoring the first goals by a CONCACAF team in five tries at the Copa America.


June 5, 2016
INCLEMENT IN CLEVELAND
U.S. Women win weather shortened game, 2-0

CLEVELAND - The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Japan 2-0 on goals from Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan in front of 23,535 fans - a record attendance for a WNT game in the State of Ohio - in a match that was abandoned in the 76th minute due to inclement weather.


June 5, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Copa start can't get any worse

The host team goes down by two goals, a pair of scoreless draws, three goals in four games and too many empty seats.

Not exactly the best of starts for Copa America Centenario..


June 4, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Cosmos don't clinch race remains open

FORT LAUDERDALE - Jose Angulo and Geison Moura struck each side of halftime giving the Fort Lauderdale Strikers a 2-1 win over the New York Cosmos Saturday at Lockhart Stadium.


June 4, 2016
COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO ROUNDUP
Goals at a premium on first full day of group play

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Costa Rica and Paraguay settled for a 0-0 draw in their Group A opener in the Copa America Centenario on Saturday evening at Camping World Stadium.


June 3, 2016
GETTING OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT
USA drops Copa opener to Colombia, 2-0

The tournament is barely 90 minutes old and already the United States finds itself in a hole at Copa America Centenario. Colombia struck twice in the opening half and held on to hand the Americans a 2-0 Group A loss in the opening match of the tournament before a sellout crowd of more than 68,000 at Levi's Stadium Friday night.


June 3, 2016
NASL SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The Spring Season title is within reach for the New York Cosmos, but they first have to take care of business at Lockhart Stadium Saturday.


June 2, 2016
THRILLER
US Women draw Japan 3-3 in rematch of WWC final

COMMERCE CITY, Colo.--The US Women's National Team battled back from two goals down and took a late lead before ultimately settling for a 3-3 draw with Japan Thursday in front of 18,572 at sold-out Dick's Sporting Goods Park.


June 2, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
RSL holds on against NYC; FCD and Houston play to waterlogged 1-1 tie

BRONX, NY--A deflected goal by Juan Manuel Martinez and an own goal by defender Frederic Brillant lifted Real Salt Lake over New York City FC 3-2 Thursday at Yankee Stadium.


June 2, 2016
LOOKING FOR LEADERSHIP
Red Stars aim to continue winning ways even without absent national teamers

The Chicago Red Stars knew coming into the 2016 season that they had the tools to build on their successful 2015 campaign. After getting to the league semifinals before falling to eventual NWSL champs FC Kansas City, head coach Rory Dames and his team knew they could make strides in 2016 towards getting even further in a Cup run.


June 1, 2016
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
Kitsap Pumas pull off upset, 7 NASL clubs advance

The Third Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was highlighted by a surprising "Cupset" as the PDL's Kitsap Pumas earned a 3-1 away win at the USL's Sacramento Republic on Wednesday night. Javier Castro's brace and Mike Ramos' tally were enough to push the PDL side past the perennial USL power and into a Fourth Round date with Seattle Sounders FC (MLS).


June 1, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Union edge Columbus, DCU's home woes continue

CHESTER, Pa. – Chris Pontius, Vincent Nogueira and Fabian Herbers each scored one goal and the Philadelphia Union overcame an early deficit to post a 3-2 victory over Columbus Crew SC Wednesday night at Talen Energy Stadium.


June 1, 2016
MLS THURSDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Both Real Salt Lake and New York City FC have sunk in the last month from shares of the lead of their respective conferences to fourth place.


June 1, 2016
GETTING BACK
Indy Eleven edges Louisville City

Goals by Omar Gordon and Eamon Zayed 10 minutes apart in the second half gave the Indy Eleven a 2-1 win over Louisville City FC in a third-round match in the 103rd U.S. Open Cup at Carroll Stadium Wednesday night.


June 1, 2016
MLS INFORMER
CCL breakdown

The CONCACAF Champions League draw once again gave hope, or cause to groan, to MLS clubs with regard to the league's international aspirations.


May 31, 2016
MLS WEDNESDAY
A look at the upcoming games

A 1-1 draw at Colorado on Saturday may be an indication of Philly's tangible chances.


May 30, 2016
INJURY CHANGE
Colombia replaces defender prior to USA Copa match

The Colombian national team Monday replaced injured defender Oscar Murillo with defender Yerry Mina on its roster ahead of the side's Copa America Centenario match against the United States Friday.


May 29, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Red Stars unbeaten in six

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The first-place Chicago Red Stars extended their unbeaten run to six games, playing to a 1-1 tie with Sky Blue FC before a 2,502 crowd at Toyota Park Sunday night.


May 29, 2016
SIX AND COUNTING
Red Stars stay on top in NWSL

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The first-place Chicago Red Stars extended their unbeaten run to six games, playing to a 1-1 tie with Sky Blue FC before a 2,502 crowd at Toyota Park Sunday night.


May 29, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Pachuca wins the championship

Pachuca played top seeds Monterrey to a 1-1 draw in Sunday's second leg of the Gran Final at Estadio BBVA Bancomer, enough to give them the Clausura championship by a 2-1 aggregate score.


May 29, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Lions rally from two goals down to tie NYC FC 2-2

BRONX, NY--Kevin Molino's gutsy header on the last play of the game lifted Orlando City SC into an unlikely 2-2 tie with New York City FC Sunday before 25,039 at Yankee Stadium.


May 28, 2016
TEAMING UP
Accam, Igboananike forming potent attacking partnership for Fire

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire played their final game before the Copa America break Saturday night, as they took on the defending MLS Cup champ Portland Timbers at Toyota Park. A first half Portland goal from Diego Valeri was quickly canceled out by Fire Designated Player David Accam, who netted his third goal of the season.


May 28, 206
NWSL ROUNDUP
Blues blank Pride 2-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Yael Averbuch’s 53rd minute goal ended the Orlando Pride's 348 minute shutout streak and FC Kansas City ended their three game winning streak, 2-0 at Swope Soccer Park Saturday.


May 28, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Miami gets first win, Cosmos hold onto first

JACKSONVILLE ---The Jacksonville Armada put an end to their scoreless streak on Saturday night, but could not end their winless streak, playing Indy Eleven to a 1-1 draw at Community First Park.


May 28, 2016
MLS SUNDAY
A look at the upcoming game

New York City FC will look to recover from its record-tying loss to cross-Hudson rivals the Red Bulls a week ago. The 7-0 loss equaled the biggest margin of victory in MLS history and was last reached 15 years ago.


May 28, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Another record performance by Red Bulls; Conference leaders in 1-1 draw

VANCOUVER--Octavio Rivero's 52nd-minute goal lifted Vancouver Whitecaps FC into a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo Saturday at BC Place.


May 28, 2016
MORALE BOOST
Zardes scores two, Pulisic adds one; U.S. throttles Bolivia 4-0

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Gyazi Zardes scored a goal in each half and paced the United States to 4-0 victory over Bolivia on Saturday, completing the Americans' preparation for the Copa America Centenario.


May 28, 2016
TRADING GOALS
Fire, Timbers in 1-1 draw

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--- The Portland Timbers got a first half goal from Diego Valeri, however the Chicago Fire's David Accam answered quickly to equalize as the teams played to a 1-1 draw in front of 14,729 at Toyota Park Saturday night.


May 28, 2016
MORE BRAUN
Late equalizer lifts Indy to 1-1 draw

JACKSONVILLE – Justin Braun scored a second half equalizer, lifting the Indy Eleven to a 1-1 draw with the Jacksonville Armada at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Saturday night.


May 27, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

With manager Owen Coyle resigning on Wednesday, Houston will be run by a committee of assistants: Wade Barrett, Paul Caffrey and Paul Roger. They will need to figure out how to rectify the Dynamo's woes on the road, where they have lost all six games and scored only two goals in their last five road matches.


May 27, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Newcomer Kamara takes less than a minute to lift DC United over Sporting KC

KANSAS CITY, Kansas--Alhaji Kamara scored less than a minute into his MLS debut to lift the DC United to a 1-0 road victory over Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Friday night.


May 27, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Flash rout Breakers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. –The Western New York Flash kept their offense rolling in a 4-0 victory over the Boston Breakers on Friday evening.


May 27, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Strikers win another on the road

OTTAWA, Ontario---The Fort Lauderdale Strikers won their third consecutive road game, taking a 2-1 decision over the Ottawa Fury at TD Place Friday night.


May 27, 2016
SEEKING A STREAK
Fire try again for consecutive wins on Saturday against Timbers

The Chicago Fire (2-5-4) are poised to register back-to-back wins for the first time this season, when they welcome the Portland Timbers to Toyota Park on Saturday (7:30 pm, CSN).


May 27, 2016
NASL SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

Indy Eleven showcased their resiliency once again in their 4-2 win over Minnesota United, remaining as the sole unbeaten side in the Spring Season.


May 27, 2016
INJURY CHANGE
Castillo replaces Chandler on USMNT for Copa

U.S. men's national coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Monterrey defender Edgar Castillo to the roster for the Copa America Centenario. it was announced Friday morning.


May 26, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Gran Final: advantage Pachuca

Pachuca seized the early advantage in the Clausura championship series with a 1-0 win over top seeds Monterrey Thursday at Estadio Hidalgo.


May 26, 2016
MLS FRIDAY
A look at the upcoming game

Both teams come into Friday's featured match on steep downward trends. D.C. hasn't won away from home all year and has scored only three goals in the five games. But that's little compared to KC.


May 26, 2016
MLS INFORMER
It's not the dollars - it's what you do with them

Former MLSer/U.S. national teamer and now TV analyst Brian Dunseth last week tweeted out that Thursday – the day that the MLS Players' Union issued its semi-annual release of player salary data – was the day calls were made to agents with screams the equivalent of “That guy is making that?!”


May 26, 2016
WINDY CITY WARMUP
USWNT sets South Africa match

The U.S. Women's National Team will meet South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago at 12 p.m. CT Saturday, July 9 in a warmup game before the Olympic Games, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Thursday.


May 25, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Union, Orlando City play to draw

ORLANDO--A missed first-half penalty kick came back to bite Orlando City SC on Wednesday night. The Lions scored two goals in a three-minute span of the second half but had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Eastern Conference leaders the Philadelphia Union at Camping World Stadium.


May 25, 2016
SHAPING UP
Fire becoming comfortable with Paunovic's 4-3-3 formation

The Chicago Fire picked up their second win of the season Saturday against the equally-struggling Houston Dynamo, thanks to Arturo Alvarez’s third minute goal. Chicago hopes to carry that momentum into their last match before the Copa America break, when they face defending MLS Cup champs in the Portland Timbers this weekend at Toyota Park.


May 25, 2016
YOUTH MOVEMENT
Youngsters make difference as U.S. edges Ecuador

FRISCO, Texas -- The U.S. left it to the youngsters to make the difference in a 1-0 victory over Ecuador before a crowd of 9,893 at Toyota Stadium Wednesday night.



FRIENDLY FINALISTS
Indy Eleven will host Pachuca in June

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Eleven will meet Liga MX finalist CF Pachuca in a friendly match at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 26, the team announced Wednesday.


May 24, 2016
MLS WEDNESDAY
A look at the upcoming game

Orlando City, which felt short-changed from the teams' first meeting of the season in Philadelphia after PRO said the Union's 90th-minute winning goal on a free kick by Tranquillo Barnetta should have been disallowed because of Philly's wall, gets a shot at the Eastern Conference leaders in Florida.


May 24, 2016
FLYING IN
Club America set for Toyota Park match

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Club América, Mexico’s all-time winningest club, will meet León in a friendly match at Toyota Park at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 3.


May 22, 2016
NWSL ROUNDUP
Breakers get first win

ALLSTON, Mass. – With a goal off the head of Whitney Engen and a shutout from goalkeeper Libby Stout, the Boston Breakers earned their first win of the season, 1-0, against FC Kansas City Sunday night at Jordan Field.


May 22, 2016
FIRST-PLACE TIE
Red Stars stifle Seattle Reign

SEATTLE -- The Chicago Red Stars extended their unbeaten streak to five games a 2-1 win over the two-time defending NWSL regular-season champion Seattle Reign FC Sunday night.


May 22, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Liguilla semifinals first leg roundup

The top two teams in the Clausura regular season will face off for the championship, as #1 Monterrey and #2 Pachuca won their semifinal series.


April 22, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Timbers stand tall against Caps, Quakes rally to draw Galaxy

PORTLAND, Ore.--Portland Timbers FC used two penalty kicks and a set piece to roar past Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4-2 Sunday afternoon at Providence Park.


May 22, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Cosmos move to top

OTTAWA, Ontario – A late goal by Marcel De Jong gave the Ottawa Fury FC a 1-0 win over the Jacksonville Armada on Sunday afternoon at TD Place Stadium.


May 22, 2016
NEWCOMERS SHINE
U.S. Men cruise past Puerto Rico 3-1

BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico - The U.S. Men's National Team eased to 3-1 win against Puerto Rico thanks to goals from Tim Ream, Bobby Wood and senior team debutant Paul Arriola in its first warm-up match ahead of the upcoming Copa America Centenario.


April 21, 2016
THE CAMPBELLHOFF FACTOR
Campbell, Kappelhof tandem bringing stability to Fire defense

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire returned to Toyota Park Saturday after a long road trip, hoping to turn the corner on a rough stretch of games that included three straight losses over a ten-day period. The Fire were able to do so thanks to a third minute strike from Arturo Alvarez. The goal gave Chicago the 1-0 win against a struggling Houston Dynamo team that is now 0-6 on the road in 2016, and sit in last place in the Western Conference.


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