FIFA inspection team set to pen US report

USA may still withdraw from running for 2018 World Cup
FIFA complete inspection

NEW YORK – Mission accomplished.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati indicated as much on Friday after the conclusion of the three-day, five-city visit by FIFA’s World Cup inspection team.

“We were able to show FIFA the things they needed to see,” Gulati said in a conference call with reporters. “It’s impossible not to be impressed by some of the magnificent NFL stadiums on this trip.”

DC focused on cutting out the mistakes

Olsen's gang pushing to make themselves better in trip to Toronto
DC look to cut mistakes

WASHINGTON – Last week’s close-run, back-to-back defeats to the Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew reminded last-place D.C. United that they are capable of competing with the league’s best.

But the ruthlessness shown by the defending Supporters’ Shield holders also underlined a basic MLS reality: Errors and missed opportunities will be punished.

Match preview: Toronto FC

Troy Perkins and Stephen King discuss the team's preparations
Preview: TFC

D.C. United midfielder, Stephen King and goalkeeper, Troy Perkins discuss United's upcoming match vs Toronto FC and what the team needs to focus on for the remaining 7 matches.

Olsen's new job "hasn't been much fun"

DC's interim boss adjusting to new life as MLS coach
Olsen's job not much fun

WASHINGTON – When a boss uses the phrase “taking one for the team” to
describe an employee’s new job, there's no mystery about who can
usually expect long hours and seemingly endless work in the days ahead.

was D.C. United president Kevin Payne’s choice of words when he
elevated rookie assistant coach Ben Olsen to the top job immediately
following the dismissal of Curt Onalfo on Aug. 4.

Sure enough, United’s interim leader had to negotiate the steepest of learning curves in the subsequent weeks.

Postcard from Europe: Bradley's checklist for 2014

Some adjustments are needed ahead of next World Cup cycle
Postcard: US checklist

AMSTERDAM – US National Team boss Bob Bradley has been signed up for another World Cup cycle, which of course means it's time for another round of entirely unsolicited advice.

Though there is a great big forthcoming slate of activities before that next chance at the big stage, let's look beyond all the qualifying and Gold Cupping to come.

Instead, let's focus on what needs to happen for greater success at that next World Cup in Brazil, which represents both the culmination and crunch time pinnacle of any four-year cycle.

FIFA Delegation inspection visit - Washington, DC: Day 2

Comments from National Team Head Coach Bob Bradley
FIFA visit - Day 2


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.


Injuries leave United hurting for players

Hamid, Pontius have serious issues to add to DC's pile of wounded
Injuries leave DC hurting

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.

FIFA delegation kicks off five-city US tour

World Cup group tours nation to evaluate stadiums, infrastructure
FIFA begins US tour

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.


FIFA Delegation inspection visit - Washington, DC: Day 1

Comments from participants of the first day of the visit, including John Harkes
FIFA visit - Day 1


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.


Movsisyan, Boskovic big contributors in Euro quals

Former RSL striker scores first Armenia goal; England, France win
Euro: Yura's on the board

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.

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