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Major League Soccer

Games to Watch: Premier League opening weekend, MLS, NWSL

Friday, August 15, 2014, 7:34 AM
Swansea City at Manchester United 7:45 a.m. Saturday (NBCSN, mun2) The Premier League season kicks off in spectacular fashion, as new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal takes charge of his first official game. United put together some impressive performances in an undefeated preseason, beating... Read more

Games to Watch: MLS, Capital One Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Ligue 1 kickoff

Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:28 PM
Paris Saint-Germain at Reims 2:25 p.m. Friday (beIN Sport) Zlatan Ibrahimović leads the two-time reigning French champions into their first game of the Ligue 1 season. It will also likely be the first game in Parisian colors for Brazilian defender David Luiz, who signed from Chelsea over the summer... Read more

Does the Major League Soccer All-Star Game really matter?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 2:06 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. - I bet that headline got your attention, didn't it. The Major League Soccer community seems to go run the same gauntlet of angst and excitement every summer when the All-Star Game comes around. It's a big game, but the result is meaningless; it's a chance to match wits with a big... Read more

Catching up with former Union midfielder Shea Salinas

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 2:10 PM
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - So much has happened in the Union's still-short history that four years seems like a long time ago. But it really hasn't been that long since Shea Salinas roamed the left wing at PPL Park in 2010, the Union's inaugural season. He was one of the team's expansion draft picks,... Read more

Games to Watch: International friendlies, MLS All-Star Week

Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:54 AM
Inter Milan vs. AS Roma 1:00 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports 2, ESPN Deportes) The Guinness Cup series of summer friendlies for European clubs rolls into Philadelphia this weekend. Both of these Italian powers will be looking to knock Juventus from the top of the pecking order when the Serie A season begins... Read more

Gedion Zelalem debuts on America's soccer stage

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 11:36 AM
HARRISON, N.J. - Arsenal's first journey to the United States in 25 years proved to be every bit the spectacle that its many American fans expected. The capstone of the Gunners' three-day tour of New York was a friendly against the Red Bulls on Saturday. Red Bull Arena was drenched in the English... Read more

Games to Watch: MLS and Guinness Cup in spotlight

Friday, July 25, 2014, 9:04 AM
I've gotten a fair amount of response to tweeting out commentator assignments for national TV games, so I'll include them below where I have them. Manchester United vs. AS Roma 4:00 p.m. Saturday (Fox, ESPN Deportes) The main event on the summer friendly calendar is the Guinness International Champions... Read more

Games to Watch: Liga MX, MLS, NWSL, International Friendlies

Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:43 PM
This post has been corrected. In the original version I wrote that Michael Orozco Fiscal was looking to get out of Puebla. That isn't true (at least as far as I know). The linked story refers to DaMarcus Beasley, who is looking to get out of Puebla, and may have already done so. I replaced Beasley... Read more

Union's Zach Pfeffer added to MLS Homegrown Game roster

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:21 PM
Updated on Tuesday, July 22: The news is now official. Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer is one of three additions to the MLS Homegrown Game roster, along with FC Dallas midfielder Danny Garcia and Real Salt Lake defender Carlos Salcedo. Three players were withdrawn: Seattle's DeAndre Yedlin made the... Read more

Lincoln Financial Field to host AS Roma vs. Inter Milan in Guinness International Champions Cup

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 2:56 PM
This post was originally written on February 20, 2014. It has been updated many times with schedule changes and TV broadcast information. Philadelphia will be one of the host venues for this summer's Guinness International Champions Cup series of friendlies. Italian giants AS Roma and Inter Milan... Read more
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