July 22, 2011
What a time it is for area soccer fans. The Women's World Cup team ended as runner-up to Japan with a squad that included nine people with Philadelphia-area ties. The Union hold first place in the Eastern Conference in only their second Major League Soccer season. The U.S men's national team will play a rematch of its Gold Cup final against Mexico in a friendly on Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field. And one of the greatest soccer players on the planet will invade Philadelphia this weekend when Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo take on the Union at 9 p.m. Saturday in a friendly at the Linc as part of the World Football Challenge.
June 1, 2011
Tickets for the Union's game against Real Madrid at Lincoln Financial Field on July 23 go on sale at 10 a.m. today. Real Madrid is coached by Jose Mourinho, who coached championship teams in Portugal, England and Italy before joining Madrid. Real features Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 53 goals in all competitions in the season just ended, as well as goalkeeper Iker Casillas, captain of Spain's 2010 World Cup champions. "We are honored to host Real Madrid at Lincoln Financial Field," said Eagles president Joe Banner.
August 10, 2012
Who: Real Madrid vs. Celtic What: World Football Challenge Where: Lincoln Financial Field When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. (kickoff approx. 1:55 p.m.) TV: ESPN2 Tickets/parking: Log onto www.ticketmaster.com; parking is $20 on stadium grounds. Commuter info: SEPTA will run its Sports Express subway trains all day, with the Phillies hosting the Cardinals at 7:05. For kicks: Real Madrid has been on another scoring tear in its annual tour of the United States, coming off a 5-1 rout of Italian giants AC Milan at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night.
September 23, 2011
Manchester City vs. Everton 7:30 a.m. Saturday (ESPN2/ESPN3.com) U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard will be tested by City's attacking stars. Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko have combined for 14 goals in five games this season. Arsenal vs. Bolton Wanderers 10 a.m. Saturday (Fox Soccer Channel) It's been another wild week for the Gunners: a 4-3 loss at Blackburn and a come-from-behind Carling Cup win over fourth-division Shrewsbury Town.
June 19, 2012 |
Germany advanced to the European Championship quarterfinals without playing brilliantly. But after grinding out its third straight victory with a 2-1 win over Denmark on Sunday in Lviv, Ukraine, Germany finished on top of a group that didn't end up being as dangerous as it looked on paper. World Cup finalist the Netherlands was a major disappointment, losing all three Group B matches. Cristiano Ronaldo found his form just in the nick of time to beat the Dutch, 2-1, and take Portugal to the quarterfinals as runner-up to Germany.
March 29, 2013
The Week in Soccer Manchester United at Sunderland 8:30 a.m. Saturday (ESPN2) Led by Robin van Persie, United has a commanding 15-point lead atop the English Premier League, with just nine games left. Juventus at Inter Milan 10 a.m. Saturday (beIN Sport) Sixth-place Inter, led by forward Antonio Cassano, tries to knock off Italian league leaders Juventus, with ageless midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo. Barcelona at Paris Saint-Germain 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (Fox Soccer Channel)
October 23, 2011 |
Diego Chaves scored on a rebound in the 81st minute to lift the Chicago Fire to a 3-2, Major League Soccer win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night in Bridgeview, Ill. Chicago's win allowed the Union to avoid the wild-card round in the MLS Cup playoffs. Jalil Anibaba had two goals for the Fire. Emilio Renteria and Dilly Duka hit for the Crew (13-13-8), who missed out on securing the Eastern Conference title and home field advantage. Columbus, now third in the East, could fall into a wild-card spot pending results of Sunday's games.
April 12, 2012
The NCAA put Baylor on three years of probation Wednesday after an investigation turned up hundreds of impermissible telephone calls and text messages sent to prep recruits by coaches and assistants on the basketball teams. The violations were considered to be major infractions, and they were announced less than a week after the Bears won the women's national basketball championship with the first 40-0 season in NCAA history. Akosa Maduegbunam , a 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard from Boston, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Penn State.
December 4, 2011
Messiah captured its third NCAA Division III women's soccer championship in four years by defeating Wheaton, 3-1, in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday afternoon. Erin Hench scored twice for the Falcons and assisted on her team's third goal. The Falcons previously won NCAA championships in 2005, 2008, and 2009. Messiah coach Scott Frey was full of praise for his seniors. "Think about a group that has lost one game in their career. That's what this group has done," he said. In the English Premier League, Phil Jones scored to give Manchester United a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in Birmingham and Sergio Aguero , Samir Nasri , Yaya Toure , Mario Balotelli , and Adam Johnson tallied as Manchester City thrashed visiting Norwich, 5-1. Spanish league leader Real Madrid extended its winning streak to 14 games in all competitions by beating host Sporting Gijon, 3-0, with goals from Angel Di Maria , Cristiano Ronaldo , and Marcelo . Second-place Barcelona overwhelmed Levante, 5-0, with Cesc Fabregas scoring twice.