December 14, 2013 |
New Mexico's Kyle Venter had a reaction similar to that of most amateur and professional soccer players seeing PPL Park for the first time. Venter, a senior defender, and his teammates had a walk-through on a chilly Thursday morning in preparation for Friday's College Cup soccer semifinals at the stadium in Chester. In the 5 p.m. game, New Mexico (14-5-2) will face Notre Dame (15-1-6). Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Maryland (16-3-5) and Virginia (13-5-5) will meet in the 7:30 p.m. semifinal.
October 11, 2013 |
Since the firing of Peter Laviolette as Flyers coach, a lot has been made of Eagles coach Chip Kelly's being the longest-tenured Philadelphia coach among the four "major" sports teams in Philadelphia after only five games. This news, which has been reported frequently, has the Union of Major League Soccer taking exception. John Hackworth was named the Union's interim manager (which in soccer is head coach) on June 13, 2012, replacing the fired Peter Nowak. Hackworth had the interim tag removed on Aug. 30, 2012.
July 8, 2013 |
As millions took to Egypt's streets over the last week, as the government fell and clashes turned bloody, the coach of the country's national soccer team happened to be home. In New Jersey. Even as the United States ordered all nonessential embassy employees home, there was little question Bob Bradley would return to Egypt. For many Egyptians, he is the Essential American. Right now, two documentaries are being made about this man and his team. One is titled We Must Go . The words were chosen because Bradley has heard them from so many Egyptians referring to next year's World Cup. Egypt has played in the World Cup just once since 1934, but has sailed into the final round of qualifying.
June 27, 2013 |
Jack McInerney knows when to drift away from the crowd. These days, the Union forward is the last man opponents should want to lose track of. Yet at the most interesting times, it keeps happening. "For me, it's just, expect to get the ball where no one else [thinks of] - why would it land there?" said McInerney, a 20-year-old in his first full season as a starter, currently tied for the Major League Soccer scoring lead with 10 goals. Over 90 minutes in a recent game at Toronto, McInerney had touched the ball maybe four or five times.
May 29, 2013 |
IT FINALLY happened. Sunday night on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Robbie Rogers walked onto the pitch for a Major League Soccer match between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC and became the first verified psychic to play in a U.S. professional sports league. Well, not really. But Rogers did tell ESPN soccer analyst Alexis Lalas before the game that, "I'm just hoping we're up 4-0 so I can get in the game and enjoy myself," and that was exactly the score when Galaxy coach Bruce Arena subbed in Rogers for Juninho in the 77th minute.
May 24, 2013
The Week in Soccer Chelsea vs. Manchester City 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Fox Soccer Channel) The Europa League winners face last year's English champions at Yankee Stadium, just days after City announced a partnership with the Yankees to launch NYC FC, a new Major League Soccer team. Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City 3:30 p.m. Sunday (NBC Sports Network) Kansas City ended Houston's MLS-record 36-game home unbeaten streak earlier this month.
May 22, 2013 |
The New York Yankees are combining with English Premier League power Manchester City as owners of a Major League Soccer expansion team in New York that will start play in 2015. The team, the 20th in a league that has doubled in size in two decades, will be called New York City Football Club. It has less than two years to find a temporary home while focusing on a permanent stadium. The expansion fee for the new team is $100 million. Manchester City, owned by Sheik Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, will be the controlling owner.
May 17, 2013 |
THE TRUTH is that Landon Donovan simply picked the wrong time to take 4-month hiatus from soccer to re-energize. At a time when United States Senior National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann emphasized the fact that players in America don't play enough high-level soccer, Donovan, the USA's all-time leading scorer, took a break from the game from January to late March. Donovan's sabbatical cost him the first three games of the 2013 Major League Soccer season with the Los Angeles Galaxy and made him unavailable for three World Cup qualifying matches for the national team.
May 13, 2013
Delaware quarterback Trevor Sasek was in stable condition after sustaining multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen during a fight early Sunday morning in Newark, Del., according to the website Delawareonline.com. Sasek, a Spring-Ford High graduate from Limerick, is a fifth-year senior expected to compete for the Blue Hens' starting job this fall. University officials would not comment on the incident or confirm that Sasek was the victim. Delaware football coach Dave Brock , citing university policy, also would not comment.
May 7, 2013
Former Masters winner Fred Couples and Ryder Cup stalwart Colin Montgomerie shared the stage in St. Augustine, Fla., on Monday night when both were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, along with three others in the Class of 2013. Also inducted: former U.S. Open champion and broadcaster Ken Venturi , former European Tour director Ken Schofield and two-time British Open champion and architect Willie Park Jr. SOCCER: New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry ($4.35 million)