June 15, 2017 THROWBACK THURSDAY
Pele lights the spark
There have been many seminal moments in the history of United States Soccer. Joe Gaetjens' goal to beat England at the 1950 World Cup, Paul Caligiuri's goal against T&T on November 19, 1989 to put the U.S. in the World Cup for the first time in 40 years, Brandi Chastain's penalty kick to give the U.S. WNT the 1999 Women's World Cup title, the start of MLS. All were part of bringing the game of soccer to where it is today.
June 1, 2017 THROWBACK THURSDAY
When Clint Dempsey scored his first goal
Two young players scored their first international goals on May 28, 2005 at Soldier Field in front of 47, 637 fans when England defeated the U.S. 2-1. Kieran Richardson, making his National Team debut scored both goals for England, while Clint Dempsey notched his first tally for the United States.
May 25, 2017 THROWBACK THURSDAY
Beckham makes his MLS debut With David Beckham appearing on the National Soccer Hall of Fame Ballot released on Wednesday, we thought a story on his MLS debut 10 years ago would be an appropriate way to kick off our Throwback Thursday feature. This story originally appeared on LA Soccer News the day of the game--August 9, 2007
February 22, 2017 SHARP OPENER
Bethlehem Steel shuts out NPSL foe, 7-0
Spanish forward Santi Moar and Philadelphia Union Academy forward Justin McMaster scored twice as Bethlehem Steel FC took a 7-0 win over Junior Lone Star FC of the NPSL in its preseason opener at YSC Sports Wednesday.
February 15, 2017 SHE'S A CITIZEN
USWNT co-captain Carli Lloyd joining Manchester City
The exodus of U.S. Women's National Team stars continues. On Wednesday, Carli Lloyd officially became the latest player to leave the National Women's Soccer League and sign with a European club, joining Manchester City Women for the remainder of their 2017 season.
February 9, 2017 ROSTER SET
Ramos tab's 20 for U-20 Championship
CHICAGO - U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named the 20-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which doubles as the team's 2017 World Cup qualifying tournament, running Feb. 17-March 5 in Costa Rica.
February 9, 2017 SHOULDER SURGERY
Union's Yaro goes under the knife
CHESTER, Pa. – Philadelphia Union defender Josh Yaro underwent successful shoulder surgery this week in Glen Mills, Pa. The surgery was conducted by the Union’s Orthopedic Surgery Team at Premier Orthopedics to repair a labral tear after suffering the injury during preseason in Clearwater, Florida.
February 8, 2017 FRICKER WINNER
Mary Harvey honored by U.S. Soccer
CHICAGO - Former U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Mary Harvey, a 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup champion, 1996 Olympic gold medalist and longtime advocate for the sport, has been named the 2017 winner of U.S. Soccer's prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award.
February 8, 2017 SET FOR SHE BELIEVES
Ellis names 25 to camp roster
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 25 players to a training camp roster prior to the 2017 SheBelieves Cup that will feature the USA, Germany, France and England, playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period. The match days on March 1, 4 and 7 will see four of the best teams in the world meet over six games.
February 6, 2017 NEW MIDFIELDER
Epps signs with Union
CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union have signed midfielder Marcus Epps. Epps was the Union’s first selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 13 in Los Angeles, going 25th overall. Philadelphia traded up in the draft with Minnesota to acquire the 25th pick, which they would use to select Epps.
February 3, 2017 FIRST FOR SECOND
USMNT wins in Arena's return
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The U.S. Men's National Team used Jordan Morris' 59th minute strike to defeat regional rivals Jamaica 1-0 on Friday night at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. The win marked the first victory of Bruce Arena's second tenure in charge of the MNT.
February 3, 2017 MLS INFORMER
“Bailing out” Detroit
MLS has been very vocal about wanting its teams to have stadia in downtown locales to appeal to its “hip," “urban” and “millennial” fans. The bid by a hopeful Detroit expansion group headed by Pistons’ owner Tom Gores and his Cleveland counterpart Dan Gilbert meets that criterion – with a different flavor to it.
January 31, 2017 BIG STAGE
MLS sets All-Star game at Chicago's Soldier Field
The MLS All-Star Game will be played at Soldier Field in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 2, the league announced as commissioner Don Garber was joined at the stadium Tuesday by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Fire owner and chairman Andrew Hauptman.
January 29, 2017 NO GOAL ZONE
USMNT, Serbia draw in Arena's first game back
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Jozy Altidore became the 17th U.S. Men’s National Team player to earn 100 caps as the U.S. struggled to a 0-0 tie with Serbia in a friendly match before a 20,079 crowd at Qualcomm Stadium Sunday.
January 20, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Major League Soccer's second generation
Should the Washington Post report come to pass that MAC Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes has agreed to terms with D.C. United and is expected to sign so he can start training camp next week, he would become the fifth son of a former MLS player to join the league and second in less than two years.
January 13, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Coming full circle
When MLS started in 1996, all 10 teams played in stadia where either NFL or college football teams were the primary tenant (if not the building owners). Oversized seating capacity, narrow fields, obtrusive line markings, uneven surfaces and schedule changes necessitated by NFL games – not to mention the exorbitant rents in some cases, restrictions on advertising and the loss of other revenue streams – were among the many reasons MLS teams strived to distance themselves from their American football brethren.
NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer Thursday unveiled the regular season schedule for its 22 clubs, including broadcast coverage across the five national broadcast partners in the U.S. and Canada.
January 12, 2017 HOME SWEET REMATCH
Union set schedule for eighth MLS season
The Philadelphia Union’s only home match of the first month of their eighth MLS season will be a playoff rematch against Toronto FC at Talen Energy Stadium at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, the league announced Thursday.
January 6, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Vegas wants back into MLS expansion race
Las Vegas’ hopes of getting an MLS team were put on hold nearly two years ago when Commissioner Don Garber said Sin City wouldn’t be considered “until after 2018." Two years until the start of 2019, Las Vegas is moving to re-enter the race.
January 4, 2017 JANUARY CAMP
Amy Rodriguez returns to USWNT
U.S. Women's National Team coach Jill Ellis has selected six uncapped players, plus FC Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez, for a training camp roster at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., Jan. 13-23.
December 23, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Changing the whole guard
Curt Onalfo apparently won’t have to worry about hurting anybody’s feelings to make room for his own assistants at the LA Galaxy. According to one report (albeit on Twitter), Bruce Arena is taking his entire LA Galaxy staff (not counting Onalfo) with him to the U.S. national team.
December 16, 2016 MLS INFORMER
It was the most foreign of teams. It was the most American of teams.The patterns Atlanta and Minnesota have been going about stocking their rosters read like a Charles Dickens novel (OK, that’s a stretch for an analogy).
December 15, 2016 RIVERHOUND ADDITIONS
Pittsburgh signs Arguez, Jamal Jack
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have signed midfielder Bryan Arguez and Trinidad & Tobago national team defender Jamal Jack to one-year contracts, including an option for the 2018 season, the team announced Thursday.
December 13, 2016 PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Tobin Heath, Ashley Sanchez earn U.S. Soccer awards
Tobin Heath has been named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday. Heath, known for her creativity and skillful style, gained 40 percent of the vote, ahead of Crystal Dunn (34 percent). UCLA-bound Ashley Sanchez (47 percent) finished ahead of Andi Sullivan (27 percent) to win Young Female Player of the Year.