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U.S. National Teams

A history of soccer at Lincoln Financial Field

Sunday, December 20, 2015, 8:05 PM
The item was buried deep in the March 18, 2003 edition of the Inquirer, behind coverage of Phillies spring training, the Flyers and the NCAA tournament. Jim Thome had hit a pair of home runs against the Yankees, after all. Eric Desjardins, Tony Amonte and Sami Kapanen had scored in a win over the... Read more

2016 Copa América Centenario schedule unveiled

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 3:30 PM
Updated January 26 with confirmation that Fox Sports is the English-language rights holder, the results of the CONCACAF qualifying playoffs, and confirmation of the date of the group stage draw. Lincoln Financial Field will host arguably the biggest soccer game in its history when the United States... Read more

Games to Watch: MLS Cup final, Bundesliga, USWNT, UEFA Champions League

Friday, December 4, 2015, 8:23 PM
As I warned about last week, this is the final edition of Games to Watch. It's being discontinued because my work duties are changing at Philly.com, and at least for the forseeable future I am not going to have enough time to keep the column going. Thanks to all of you for reading it over the years... Read more

Philadelphia confirmed as 2016 Copa América Centenario host venue

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:45 PM
After months of waiting, Philadelphia has finally been confirmed as a host city for next summer’s much-anticipated Copa América Centenario soccer tournament. Lincoln Financial Field will be one of 10 venues across the United States for the event, which will feature the top national teams... Read more

Gina Lewandowski's national team dream finally comes true

Monday, November 9, 2015, 7:51 PM
By her own admission, Lehigh Valley native Gina Lewandowski had all but given up on any chance of joining the U.S. women's national team. At 30 years old, she figured her time had passed - especially with a new generation of young stars starting to finally crack coach Jill Ellis' lineup. Yet a few... Read more

Games to Watch: Dramatic end to MLS regular season

Friday, October 23, 2015, 1:58 PM
Manchester City at Manchester United 10:00 a.m. Sunday (NBCSN, Telemundo) The Manchester derby always produces fireworks, especially in recent years when both teams have been powerhouses. Expect the same in the 170th all-time meeting of the city's red and blue halves. Sergio Agüero and City... Read more

Games to Watch: Judgment day for U.S. national teams

Friday, October 9, 2015, 4:08 PM
There are Euro 2016 qualifiers across the pond this weekend, and CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers down in South America. But for just about everyone in the United States, the only games worth highlighting this weekend will be played in the United States. So this column focuses on those two contests exclusively... Read more

U.S. women's soccer stars charm Forbes Under-30 Summit

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 8:01 PM
Almost every time players from the U.S. women's national team make public appearances, they get received like rock stars. When they're at events with youth soccer players, they're swamped by screams of delight from start to finish. When they're amid crowds of grown-up soccer fans, they're revered... Read more

Games to Watch: Fox's Bundesliga debut, U.S. women return to action

Friday, August 14, 2015, 8:02 AM
Hamburg SV at Bayern Munich 2 p.m. Friday (WXTF 29.2, Fox Sports 2, Fox Deportes and YouTube) After many years outside the U.S. television mainstream, Germany’s Bundesliga finally arrives on the big stage this season. The opening kickoff game features Bayern’s cavalry of superstars: Arjen... Read more

Carli Lloyd 'excited' that Jill Ellis will remain U.S. women's coach

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 1:44 PM
One month to the day after the United States women won the World Cup - and one year to the day before the start of the 2016 Olympics - head coach Jill Ellis got a multi-year contract extension from the U.S. Soccer Federation. Although the news was greeted with mixed emotions in some quarters of the... Read more
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