December 10, 2016 THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM
Outplayed Sounders win MLS Cup over Toronto FC in pks
TORONTO -- The third time was the charm for Seattle Sounders FC Saturday night. Despite being outplayed for most of the match, the Sounders won their first Division 1 pro soccer title, outlasting Toronto FC in penalty kicks, 5-4, after playing 120 minutes of scoreless soccer to capture MLS Cup at before a capacity crowd of 36,045 at BMO Field.
December 9, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Safe to return?
With Jurgen Klinsmann no longer making player selections for the U.S. national team, maybe Brad Guzan feels it’s safe to return to Major League Soccer. One report quoting anonymous sources said the backup U.S. national team goalkeeper is “exploring a potential return.”
December 3, 2016 MLS INFORMER
While expansion club Atlanta felt it needed to go all the way to Argentina for its coach, the MLS original LA Galaxy seems to think staying closer to home is a better bet.
CALLING IT QUITS
Havertown's Sinead Farrelly retires
SEATTLE – Sinead Farrelly has announced her retirement from professional soccer. The Havertown, Pa., native spent four years in the National Women's Soccer League, but missed the entire 2016 season while on the injured list. She registered three goals and tallied two assists during her four years in the NWSL.
November 30, 2016 MLS PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
Toronto wins East in extra time, will host MLS Cup
TORONTO--Toronto FC scored on three of their four corner kicks in regulation, but needed overtime goals by Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts to pull away from the Montreal Impact and win Wednesday's second-leg Eastern Conference Final at packed and rainswept BMO Field.
November 25, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Life of the playoff party
Not that it will be a major surprise to the suits on Fifth Avenue or other close followers of the league, but if Major League Soccer really wants to make sure its playoff attendance numbers remain high, it needs to assure Seattle and Montreal are invited to the party.
Klinsmann, the former World Cup winner with Germany, was fired as head coach and technical director Monday after the United States dropped its opening two matches of the CONCACAF hexagonal of World Cup qualifying.
November 19, 2016 MLS INFORMER
First Nigel de Jong left. Then Steven Gerrard. Then Robbie Keane. Add eight-year associate head coach Dave Sarachan. And if speculation is right, Bruce Arena could soon follow to replace the as yet-to-be fired Juergen Klinsmann at the U.S. national team.
November 18, 2016 NO REPEAT
Nittany Lions knocked out by Virginia
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Penn State’s defense of its NCAA championship concluded with a 3-0 loss to No. 15-ranked Virginia in the second round of the tournament at Shaw Field Friday.
November 17, 2016 STAYING POWER
Pontius has a career year for Union
There was no magic formula for Chris Pontius which led to the midfielder scoring 12 goals and adding six assists this season. The MLS Comeback Player of the Year started strong, continued that way and ended on a torrid note. His hamstring surgery from 2014 was in the past.
November 17, 2016 DOING ZIP
'Nova knocked out in NCAA debut
AKRON, Ohio -- Villanova’s debut appearance in the NCAA Men’s Championship concluded with a 2-0 loss to No. 24-ranked Akron at FirstEnergy Field Thursday night.
November 15, 2016 MASSACRED
MNT routed at Costa Rica in WCQ
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The United States has endured and experienced more than its share of problems, headaches and struggles in Costa Rica over the years. On Tuesday night, the Americans hit a new low.
November 14, 2016 HOWARD'S END
Colorado, USMNT keeper out for rest of the season
The U.S. national team's loss has turned out to be the Colorado Rapids' as well. The Rapids announced Monday that goalkeeper Tim Howard will miss the rest of the Major League Soccer playoffs due to an injury he suffered in first half of the United States' 2-1 World Cup loss to Mexico Friday night.
November 14, 2016 WOMEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn State Nittany Lions' Charlotte Williams
Penn State’s defense of its NCAA Women’s Championship has been facing some difficult obstacles. Among the seniors the Nittany Lions lost were Hermann Trophy winner Raquel Rodriguez and Mallory Weber, who combined on the deciding score in a 1-0 win over Duke in the final, plus five players competing for the U.S. and one for Germany in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
November 13, 2016 CHAMPS AGAIN
Cosmos win third NASL title
QUEENS, New York –The New York Cosmos converted on four penalty kicks in the shootout to defeat Indy Eleven and capture the North American Soccer League Championship for the third time in four years, and second straight.
November 13, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Don't blame Trump for THIS anti-Americanism
The anti-Americanism in soccer is rarely uttered in public. The difficulty of U.S. players and coaches getting any respect – just because they're American – is palpable if not quotable. In the past two weeks, it's become far more glaring.
November 10, 2016 ENDING UP IN INDY
'Nova bounced by Butler in Big East semis
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Villanova men’s team’s 287-minute shutout streak was snapped as the Wildcats fell, 1-0, in extra time to Butler in the semifinals of the Big East Conference tournament at the Butler Bowl Thursday night.
November 9, 2016 TAMED BY LIONS
Penn Quakers conclude season
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Penn Quakers men’s team was blanked, 3-0, by Columbia in its final Ivy League match of the season at Roberts Stadium Wednesday night.
November 6, 2016 MLS ROUNDUP
Canadian teams KO New Yorkers; Rapids, Sounders advance
FC Dallas went all out in attack in producing a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Stadium Sunday night. But FC Dallas, attempting to rally from a three-goal first-leg deficit, fell short, falling, 4-2 on aggregate, despite headers from Tesho Akindele in the 25th minute and Maxi Urruti in the 56th minute. The Sounders, who will meet the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference finals, weathered a first-half storm.
November 6, 2016 STYMIED BY STEINER
'Nova men advance to Big East semifinals
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Redshirt junior Will Steiner stopped three shots in a penalty kick shootout as the Villanova men’s team defeated DePaul in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference tournament before a capacity crowd at the Higgins Soccer Complex Sunday.
November 6, 2016 DRAGONS DEFEATED
Drexel women fall in CAA final
BROOKLINE, Mass. -- The Drexel women's team fell, 3-0, to top-seeded Northeastern in its first appearance in the Colonial Athletic Association title game at Parsons Field Sunday.
November 6, 2016 BIG TEN LOSS
Penn State men stopped by Spartans
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Connor Maloney scored his eighth goal of the season but the Penn State men’s team was defeated, 2-1, by No. 15-ranked Michigan State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at DeMartin Stadium Sunday.
November 6, 2016 NINETEEN AND DONE
St. Joe's women destroyed by Dayton
KINGSTON, R.I. -- The top-seeded Saint Joseph's women's team had its 19-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 7-0 loss to seventh-seeded Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Championship final at the URI Soccer Complex Sunday.
November 5, 2016 NASL ROUNDUP
Indy to meet Cosmos in finals
INDIANAPOLIS – Sinisa Ubiparipovic smashed a 20-yard shot into the upper corner for the game’s only goal as Indy Eleven defeated FC Edmonton, 1-0, in a semifinal clash in The Championship, the North American Soccer League’s four-team postseason tournament.
November 5, 2016 FIVE-GAMER
Explorer men edge Minutemen
Matt Robinson scored off a Zach Rutherford throw-in in the 32nd minute as the La Salle men’s team took a 1-0 win over UMass in both teams’ Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season finale at McCarthy Stadium Saturday.
November 5, 2016 NO NOGUERA
Biggest of Union 'what-ifs?'
CHESTER, Pa. -- Had Vincent Nogueira remained with the Philadelphia Union, would last season have turned out differently? Would they still be alive in the playoffs?
November 3, 2016 BATTERING THE RAMS
St. Joe's women advance in A-10 tournament
KINGSTON, R.I. -- The Saint Joseph's women's team capitalized on an own goal and a penalty kick save to defeat Rhode Island, 1-0, in extra time in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship at the URI Soccer Complex Thursday night.
November 3, 2016 HE'LL BE BACK
Union confirms Curtin for '17 season
CHESTER, Pa. -- An unnerving skid over the final seven regular season games left the Philadelphia Union barely earning the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Going 0-5-2 to finish 11-14-9, and then being bounced by Toronto FC, 3-1, in the knockout round of the postseason was hardly ideal. It also left fans wondering if coach Jim Curtin would be back.
November 2, 2016 REPLACEMENT PLAYERS
USWNT adds two for Romania matches
CHICAGO -- Forward Jessica McDonald and defender Emily Menges will join the U.S. Women’s National Team for training camp in California in preparation matches against Romania, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.
October 31, 2016 WOMEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
St. Joe's sophomore striker Dakota Mills
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks have not lost since an Aug. 26 visit to Rutgers (1-0), compiling a 17-game unbeaten streak. And sophomore Dakota Mills has emerged as a scoring threat worthy of national attention, totaling 16 goals – tied for fourth in NCAA Division and first among underclassmen, along with Alexis Pelafas (Central Michigan) and Evelyne Viens (South Florida).
October 30, 2016 MLS ROUNDUP
Underdogs rule in conference semis
MONTREAL--The Montreal Impact seized the early advantage in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 1-0 win over the top-seeded New York Red Bulls Sunday at Stade Saputo.
October 30, 2016 NASL ROUNDUP
Armada, Rayo end with wins
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Zach Steinberger, tallied two assists and then the winning goal in the 84th minute to lead the Jacksonville Armada to cap a 3-2 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Sunday afternoon at Community First Park.
October 30, 2016 END OF THE TRAIL
Explorer women dropped by Dukes
PITTSBURGH -- The La Salle women’s team surrendered a 110th-minute goal in falling, 2-1, in extra time to Duquesne in the Explorers’ Atlantic 10 Conference season-ending match Sunday.
October 30, 2016 CLOSING LOSS
Temple women toppled by Cincinnati
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The Temple women’s team concluded the season with its 10th successive defeat, a 2-1 decision to Cincinnati in an American Athletic Conference match Sunday.
October 30, 2016 A-10 CHAMPS
St. Joe's women bounce Bonnies
Sophomore Dakota Mills set a Saint Joseph’s women’s team scoring record as the Hawks clinched the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title with a 2-1 win over St. Bonaventure at Sweeney Field Sunday.
October 29, 2016 GOMEZ SANCHEZ SEALS IT
Temple Owl men nudge Knights
Jorge Gomez Sanchez scored the deciding goal as the Temple men’s team took a 1-0 extra time win over the Central Florida Knights in an American Athletic Conference match at the Temple Sports Complex Saturday night.
October 29, 2016 CLOSE CALL
Drexel men tripped by Tribe
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The Drexel men’s team surrendered an 89th-minute goal losing its 11th successive game, a 1-0 defeat against William & Mary in a Colonial Athletic Association match Saturday night.
October 28, 2016 WINNING NOTE
'Nova women shut down Seton Hall
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Junior Sam DePinho and senior Katie Martin scored as the Villanova women’s team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Seton Hall in both teams’ Big East Conference season-ending match at the Higgins Soccer Complex Friday.
October 27, 2016 MLS ROUNDUP
Impact, Sounders round out semifinal field
WASHINGTON, DC--If the Montreal Impact missed disgruntled star forward Didier Drogba during Thursday's Eastern Conference knockout round match against DC United at RFK Stadium, they didn't show it. Laurent Ciman scored in the fourth minute and the Impact ran up a 4-0 lead on their way to a 4-2 win that set them up for a two-game semifinal against top seeds the New York Red Bulls starting Sunday at Stade Saputo.