WASHINGTON – An old coaching maxim claims that the only elements a team really needs are 11 players and a ball.
While that may technically be accurate, match preparations at the professional level are in fact a bit more intricate, and D.C. United’s ongoing injury woes have complicated the lead-up to Saturday’s road match against Toronto FC.
Marc Burch and Adam Cristman underwent surgery this week and will be out for the duration of the season.
NEW YORK — For the USA Bid Committee, one of the biggest challenges it faces in landing either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cups is the international community's often negative perception of soccer in the United States.
US Soccer president Sunil Gulati made the admission Tueday during a press conference in which an official FIFA delegation began its five-cities tour of the United States.
A six-person delegation is touring potential stadiums and facilities as part of the evaluation process for determining if the United States should host for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.
AMSTERDAM – Qualifying for the 2012 European Championship heated up on Tuesday, with former Real Salt Lake man Yura Movsisyan striking his first Armenia goal in a 2-2 draw at Macedonia.
In the 41st minute, the forward capped a fine move to break the ice in a match that eventually saw each team score a goal in second-half stoppage time.
The soccer world as we’ve known it for the last 20 years changed last week. And when it did, there were no alarm bells. No barking dogs, no crying children, no notice of any kind save for a months-old dispatch from CONCACAF and a 200-word afterthought of a story in La Prensa – a Honduran paper, no less.
In an unmarked grave next to the Hexagonal – the six-team, final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying – rests the US-Mexico rivalry. Sure, it will go on. But it will never be the same.
TORONTO – José Carlos Fernández and Jean Tragodara scored second-half goals to lead Peru to a 2-0 win over Canada at BMO Field on Saturday in both countries’ first game since the 2010 World Cup.
A sparse yet pro-Peruvian crowd of 10,619 witnessed Canada’s first match in Toronto since a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Aug. 20, 2008. It erupted when Fernández scored in the 69th minute after Canada failed to clear the ball from their end.
Three minutes later, Tragodara scored to put the game away.
WASHINGTON -- El técnico del D.C. United,
Ben Olsen, lamentó la jugada de gol que le costó a su equipo una nueva derrota
en la campaña 2010. Al minuto 23 de su partido frente al Crew, el portero Bill Hamid le regaló el balón a
Guillermo Barros Schelotto, quien no perdonó el error y anotó el gol del
triunfo 1-0 de su equipo este sábado en el Estadio RFK.
It’s been a painful season for everyone associated with D.C. United, but the club and the fans have taken solace in the promising crop of homegrown youngsters already making a striking impact at the senior level.
When play resumed after the World Cup break, the Columbus Crew hosted D.C. United. At that point, the Crew trailed Los Angeles by 11 points in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. Columbus beat United 2-0 to end a three-game winless streak that night.
The chase was on.
Saturday in RFK Stadium, the Crew once again downed United, thanks to Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s gift goal in the 23rd minute, and the chase was over. The Crew had caught up to the Galaxy.