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Format revealed for 2016 U.S. Open Cup; Sounders U-23s among 92-team field

Format revealed for 2016 U.S. Open Cup; Sounders U-23s among 92-team field

The first round of the 103rd edition of the U.S. Open Cup will kick off May 11, the federation announced Friday in a release, with Major League Soccer clubs again waiting until the fourth round to enter the fray.

17-year-old American Christian Pulisic gets Bundesliga debut

Tuchel had a hand in settling any nerves Pulisic may have had before running out in front of so many passionate football fans. A son of soccer-mad parents Mark (a former Harrisburg Heat star) and Kelley, Pulisic played club soccer for the Michigan Rush and then the Pennsylvania Classics in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Dortmund scouts noticed him at the 2013 Nike Friendlies, where he was MVP, and the Aegean Cup tournament in Turkey in January 2014, which the U.S. under-17s won. Despite a first-round elimination for the U.S. at last year's Under-17 World Cup in Chile, Pulisic...

After disclosing player information, USSF moves to seal suit

The U.S. Soccer Federation's original lawsuit against the union for its champion women's national team has been sealed after the governing body realized it had disclosed the home addresses and email accounts of many players. According to the documents, Nichol maintains that the memorandum of understanding expires on Feb. 24, shortly after the final day of the Olympic qualifying tournament for the North and Central America and Caribbean region. A group of players filed a complaint in Canada over the artificial turf playing surface, claiming that the men's World Cup is played on natural...

Fearing strike, US Soccer Federation sues women's team union

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation sued the union of its world championship women's soccer team on Wednesday, saying it fears players may attempt to strike ahead of this year's Olympics. In a complaint filed in federal court in Chicago, the USSF said Richard Nichols, who became executive director of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Players Association in late 2014, has refused to acknowledge a Dec. 31 expiration date contained in a memorandum of understanding agreed to by the governing body and the union in March 2013. In a Jan. 6 email attached to the lawsuit, Nichols told...
Seattle Sounders fall to Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in 2016 preseason opener

Seattle Sounders fall to Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in 2016 preseason opener

Whitecaps attacker Darren Mattocks scored two second-half goals as Vancouver defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-1 on Wednesday night at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz., in the preseason opener for both teams.

American midfielder Stuart Holden retires from soccer at 30

CHICAGO (AP) — American midfielder Stuart Holden is retiring from soccer, unable to recover from knee injuries that have sidelined him for most of the past four years. The countless sleepless nights, the aches and pains, and the constant mental battles were all signs pointing to a new path. Holden had three goals in 25 appearances for the U.S. national team and scored against Japan in the Americans' opener at the 2008 Olympics. "Certain memories are always at the front of my mind: representing the USA in the Olympics and a World Cup, two MLS Cup championships with the Houston Dynamo, the...

Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong acquired by LA Galaxy

The 31-year-old De Jong is a standout defensive midfielder adding even more toughness to the Galaxy, who entered training camp last month with a renewed focus on their own end. "Nigel is an experienced midfielder who will help the players around him get better," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. The Galaxy parted ways with former U.S. international defender Omar Gonzalez and midfielder Juninho in the offseason, retooling their roster around captain Robbie Keane in the wake of last season's disappointing early exit from the playoffs.
5-year-old with Lionel Messi jersey made from a plastic bag might meet idol

5-year-old with Lionel Messi jersey made from a plastic bag might meet idol

A 5-year-old Afghan boy who made a splash on the Internet by wearing a Lionel Messi jersey made from a plastic bag might get the chance to meet the Argentine superstar who plays for FC Barcelona of Spain.
U.S. U-23 national team to host second leg of Olympic qualifier in Frisco, Texas

U.S. U-23 national team to host second leg of Olympic qualifier in Frisco, Texas

The United States U-23 men’s national team will host the second leg of its Olympic qualifying series against Colombia on March 29 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, the federation announced Tuesday in a release. The first leg of the home-and-home series to decide a berth at this summer’s Rio Games is scheduled for March […]

Brad Evans leaves US camp because of tight right hamstring

CHICAGO (AP) — Defender Brad Evans has left the U.S. national team training camp to rejoin the Seattle Sounders after coming out of Sunday's 3-2 win over Iceland at halftime because of a tight right hamstring. Defender Michael Orozco, who scored a tying goal in the 59th minute, also left, as planned, to rejoin Tijuana, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Tuesday.
Captain Brad Evans returns to Seattle Sounders after experiencing hamstring tightness in USMNT win

Captain Brad Evans returns to Seattle Sounders after experiencing hamstring tightness in USMNT win

Seattle Sounders captain Brad Evans will rejoin his club teammates ahead of schedule after experiencing hamstring tightness during the U.S. national team’s 3-2 win over Iceland last weekend, the federation announced Tuesday. Evans started at right back on Sunday but was removed at halftime as what the release called a “precaution in order to be […]

Former German soccer president wins preliminary court ruling

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The former president of the German soccer federation can continue to refer to Qatar as a "cancerous growth on world football" — at least until a final ruling by a German court. The Qatar Football Association filed a civil lawsuit against Zwanziger after he made the statement in a radio interview in June, calling the description "unacceptable slander and vilification" of Qatar and its citizens. Zwanziger has argued he never intended to insult the people of Qatar but wanted to criticize the FIFA process which awarded the 2022 World Cup to the gas-rich country.

Panamanian defender Roberto Chen joins Seattle Sounders preseason camp

Panamanian international Roberto Chen has joined the Seattle Sounders' preseason camp in Tucson, Ariz., the club confirmed on its website, and the 21-year-old center back practiced with the team for the first time on Monday.

Birnbaum's 90th-minute header puts US men past Iceland, 3-2

Birnbaum headed home the tiebreaking goal on Michael Bradley's corner kick in the 90th minute, and the U.S. men's opened 2016 with a 3-2 exhibition victory over Iceland on Sunday. Birnbaum had his first international goal and an assist as a second-half substitute in his second U.S. appearance. The Orange County native set up Michael Orozco's tying goal in the 59th minute before knocking in the late winner, celebrating in front of a crowd that included his mother and grandmother. Klinsmann's team is preparing for World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala in March, and the coach fielded a...

Guardiola to become Man City manager, replacing Pellegrini

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Pep Guardiola will take over as manager of Manchester City on a three-year contract starting next season, the Premier League club announced Monday. "Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation," City said. Manuel, who is fully supportive of the decision to make this communication, is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead and retains the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the club.

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