D.C. United to face New York Red Bulls in Eastern Conference Semifinals

Submitted by cipitio on Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:56

Black-and-Red host second leg of Eastern Conference semifinals on Nov. 8

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2014) – D.C. United will take on I-95 rival New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs. United will kick off the playoffs with the first leg of a two-match aggregate series on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., followed by the return leg on Saturday, Nov. 8, at RFK Stadium. The fourth-seeded New York Red Bulls defeated fifth-seed Sporting Kansas City 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round match on Thursday, Oct. 30.

D.C United’s opening match will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (4 p.m. ET) on Sunday, Nov. 2, and the return leg will be broadcast nationally by NBC (2:30 p.m. ET) on Saturday, Nov. 8.

D.C. United is the most successful professional soccer organization in the history of the United States. United is four-time MLS Cup Champions (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004) and winners of the 1996, 2008 and 2013 U.S. Open Cup, the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the 1998 Interamerican Cup and the 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007 MLS Supporters Shield.


Source: DC United / Photo: Jorge O. Martinez /

Columbus Crew SC vs. Philadelphia Union: A Fitting Finale to an Exciting Season for CCSC

Submitted by cdemojica on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:53

by Carlos D. Mojica

COLUMBUS, OH. It was the third match of one of the most exciting series in MLS this season, and it was as hard fought as any match this past weekend. While the Columbus Crew needed at least a tie to stand any chance of getting the third seed in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Union had already been eliminated from playoff qualification, meaning it had nothing left to play for.

The beginning of the game seemed to follow this narrative, as Columbus got ahead on the scoreboard just 10 minutes into the game, when Jairo Arrieta went one-on-one with Zac MacMath, then dribbled around him to put the home team ahead.

However, despite the early setback, Philadelphia did not fold. In fact, Philadelphia went straight into attack mode, perhaps wanting to avenge the two previous losses against Columbus. It made for some very compelling soccer, as the two teams battled it out in midfield.


Submitted by cipitio on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:40

Abby Wambach Scores Four Goals and U.S. Sweeps Tournament's Individual Awards

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 26, 2014) - The U.S. Women's National Team held nothing back in closing out the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship. FIFA Women's World Player of the Year nominee Abby Wambach recorded a first-half hat trick and four goals in all, and the USA rolled to a 6-0 victory against Costa Rica in the title match before 11,625 spectators at PPL Park.

Carli Lloyd added a first-half goal to up her total to five goals in five tournament matches, and Sydney Leroux tallied her first goal of the competition in the second half.

Wambach recorded the eighth hat trick of her international career, and the all-time goal scoring leader now has 177 goals in 228 matches. With her fourth goal, Wambach broke the U.S. WNT record with her 18th goal in World Cup qualifying matches, surpassing the mark of 17 set by Michelle Akers.

Wambach scored seven goals in four games at the CONCACAF Women's Championship to earn the Golden Boot. Lloyd won the Golden Ball as the tournament's top player; and in addition to her five goals, Lloyd contributed four assists. Hope Solo was the Golden Glove winner, posting four shutouts.

As a team, the U.S. outscored its opposition 21-0 in the tournament.

The USA won the CONCACAF Women's Championship for the fifth time. The WNT previously won the tournament in 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2006. The USA did not participate in the 1998 event because the team was already entered in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup at the host nation.

As finalists, the U.S. and Costa Rica had already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. It will mark the USA's seventh consecutive appearance in the Women's World Cup, while Costa Rica is making its first appearance.

Earlier in the day, Mexico defeated Trinidad & Tobago 4-2 in overtime to win the third-place game and automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Mexico is the 21st team to qualify.


Submitted by cipitio on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:38

Abby Wambach Anota Cuatro Goles y Estados Unidos 
Arrasa Con Premios Individuales

CHESTER, Pensilvania (26 de octubre, 2014) - La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos no se detuvo en el cierre del Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF 2014. La nominada a la Jugadora del Año de la FIFA Abby Wambach registró una tercia de goles en el primer tiempo y cuatro goles en total, y Estados Unidos se llevó una victoria de 6-0 contra Costa Rica en el partido por el título frente a 11,625 espectadores en PPL Park.

Carli Lloyd agregó un gol en el primer tiempo para aumentar su total a cinco goles en cinco partidos en el torneo, y Sydney Leroux anotó su primer gol de la competencia en el segundo tiempo.

Wambach registró la octava tercia de goles de su carrera internacional, y la lider de goléo ahora tiene 177 goles en 228 partidos. Con su cuarto gol, Wambach rompió el récord de la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. al anotar su gol No. 18 en partidos de eliminatoria mundialista, pasando el récord anterior de 17 impuesto por Michelle Akers.

Wambach anotó siete goles en cuatro partidos en el Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF para merecer el Botín de Oro. Lloyd recibió el Balón de Oro como la mejor jugadora del torneo, y además de sus cinco goles, Lloyd contribuyó cuatro pases a gol. Hope Solo recibió el Guante de Oro, con cuatro partidos sin conceder gol.

La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos anotó 21 goles en el torneo, a comparación con cero de sus rivales.

Preocupante presente de San Lorenzo

Submitted by Dario on Sun, 10/26/2014 - 18:14

por Dario Bardi

A un mes y medio para el comienzo del Mundial de Clubes, el representante de la CONMEBOL, San Lorenzo, sufre en el torneo argentino y las perspectivas a futuro no parecen ser las mejores. Con 14 puntos en 13 partidos disputados, el conjunto azulgrana se encuentra en los ultimos puestos.

Durante el receso por el Mundial, fueron dos las desvinculaciones que desarmaron la estructura en ataque del equipo. El desequilibrio del mediocampista Ignacio Piatti se mudo a tierras canadienses, mas precisamente al Montreal Impact. Piatti fue clave en la obtencion de la Copa Libertadores con su despliegue por el lado izquierdo del ataque y su llegada constante al gol. Por otro lado, Angel Correa fue transferido a Atletico Madrid. Con esta ida, San Lorenzo perdio mucha frescura y velocidad que podia proporcionarle este joven delantero de 19 años.


Submitted by cipitio on Sat, 10/25/2014 - 15:36

USA Advances to Final of 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship,
Faces Costa Rica on Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Oct. 24, 2014) - A focused and aggressive U.S. Women's National Team booked its seventh consecutive trip to the FIFA Women's World Cup with a 3-0 victory against Mexico in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship at PPL Park.

Carli Lloyd scored two first-half goals and Christen Press tallied in the second half as the USA became the 19th team this year to earn a spot in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.

The USA will next face Costa Rica in the title match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship on Sunday at PPL Park. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). (TICKETS)

Costa Rica defeated Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in penalty kicks earlier Friday to advance to the final and qualify for its first FIFA Women's World Cup.

The USA will be in search of its third World Cup crown in Canada next year, having previously won the title at the 1991 and 1999 events.

Just before kickoff of the USA's semifinal game, defender and team captain Christie Rampone was honored for making her 300th appearance over her 16-year international career. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb presented Rampone with commemorative gifts in recognition of this achievement. (Christie Rampone Tribute | In Her Own Words)

Estados Unidos Avanza a la Final del Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF 2014

Submitted by cipitio on Sat, 10/25/2014 - 15:33

CHESTER, Pensilvania (24 de octubre, 2014) - Una Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos concentrada y agresiva reservó su séptimo viaje consecutivo a la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA con una victoria de 3-0 contra México en las semifinales del Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF 2014 en PPL Park.

Carli Lloyd anotó dos goles en el primer tiempo y Christen Press anotó en el segundo tiempo en lo que Estados Unidos se convirtió en el equipo No. 19 este año en asegurar un puesto en la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2015.

Estados Unidos se enfrentará a Costa Rica en la final del Campeonato Femenino CONCACAF 2014 el domingo en PPL Park. El partido inicia a las 6 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). Costa Rica derrotó a Trinidad y Tobago 3-0 en tiros penales en el primer partido del viernes para avanzar a la final y clasificar a su primera Copa Mundial de la FIFA.

Estados Unidos buscará su tercer título de la Copa Mundial en Canadá el año que viene. EE.UU. ganó el torneo en 1991 y 1999.

Justo antes de empezar el partido, la defensa y capitana de la Selección Femenina Christie Rampone fue honrada por jugar en su partido No. 300 en su carrera de 16 años. El Presidente de U.S. Soccer Sunil Gulati y el Presidente de la CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb le presentaron regalos comemorativos en reconocimiento del gran logro.

Factsheet on Finance for the 2015-2018 period

Submitted by cipitio on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:11

A total budget of USD 2,153 million has been planned for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The financial responsibility is shared between FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). FIFA pays directly to cover areas such as prize money, TV production, teams and match operations and the LOC is mainly responsible for the event logistics and operations side (e.g. local transportation, stadium operations and security). The budget for the Local organisation amounts to USD 700 million and is entirely financed by FIFA. More details on the budget items can be found on page 33 of the FIFAFinancial Report 2013.

FIFA has budgeted revenues of USD 5,000 million for the 2015-2018 period (as stated in the FIFA Financial Report available on This total is made up of income from TV broadcasting rights of USD 2.7 billion and marketing rights of USD 2.3 billion. The income from marketing rights includes in particular revenue from the FIFA Partners, the FIFA World Cup Sponsors and the Regional Supporters. Marketing income is also made up of revenue from ticketing and hospitality rights.

For the 2015-2018 cycle FIFA has budgeted expenses of USD 4,900 million, whereof about 78% (USD 3,800 million) will be invested directly into football through development projects, competitions and football governance.

The budget for development projects for the period amounts to USD 900 million, whereas USD 2,639 million are planned to be spent for the organisation of FIFA competitions including the FIFA World Cup, but also youth, women's, futsal and beach soccer tournaments as well as other FIFA events.

LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan Determined to Go Out with a Big Bang

Submitted by cdemojica on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:17

by Carlos Mojica / Photo by Frank Chávez

When listing off Landon Donovan’s accomplishments in both international and MLS play, the list seems endless. Earlier this year, and just days after being left off of the USMNT World Cup roster, Donovan broke the MLS all-time record for goals scored with a brace in LA Galaxy’s 4-1 victory against Philadelphia.

Now, Donovan can add yet another item to his list of accolades. On October 4 of this year Donovan made his 19th assist of the season, a personal best and good enough to take him past Steve Ralston and make him the MLS all-time leader in assists.

While breaking records is nothing new for Landon Donovan, this season has a particularly nostalgic feeling to it. The reason for this is that Donovan announced he would retire from soccer at the end of the season, prompting soccer analysts and fans everywhere to take a retrospective look into his career and all that it has meant for the MLS and US Soccer.


Submitted by cipitio on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:20

USA Faces Group B Runner-Up on Oct. 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania;
Semifinal Victory Books Automatic Spot to 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 20, 2014) - The U.S. Women's National Team is one victory away from booking its spot in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

USA all-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach scored two goals and the United States soundly defeated Haiti 6-0 at RFK Stadium to earn first place in Group A and a top seed heading into the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship. The U.S. will face the Group B runner-up on Friday, Oct. 24, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Morgan Brian each scored a goal, and defender Meghan Klingenberg added her first international tally.

The top three teams in the CONCACAF Women's Championship earn automatic qualification to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, while the fourth-place team enters a two-leg playoff against South American third-place finisher Ecuador for the final berth.

The USA's semifinal opponent will be determined Tuesday with the conclusion of Group B play, and the U.S. WNT will take on the runner-up from that group. Costa Rica (2-0-0, 6 points) currently holds the top spot, followed by Mexico (1-1-0, 3 points) and Jamaica (1-1-0, 3 points). Martinique (0-0-2, 0 points) is in last place, but could not qualify for the semifinal stage anyway as it is not recognized as a FIFA country.

Trinidad & Tobago was the Group A runner-up, holding off Guatemala for a 2-1 win earlier Monday to conclude the group stage with a 2-1-0 record and six points. Trinidad & Tobago will face the Group B winner in the semifinals.


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