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2011 Women's World Cup this week ...

[SCOREBOARD] Two-time defending champion Germany and France are through to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup. France humiliated Concacaf champion Canada, 4-0, while Germany edged African champion Nigeria, 1-0, in their Group A games on Thursday. For the complete schedule ...
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Tom Mulroy: soccer promoter extraordinaire

Only once has 53-year-old Tommy Mulroy had a job that wasn't about soccer. His stint at a New York delicatessen, when he was a sophomore in high school, lasted six weeks. The owner wanted Mulroy to cover an absent stock boy's shift. But Mulroy was on the way to his soccer game 40 miles away at Farcher's Grove in Union, ...
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YOUTH BEAT: The path to fame and fortune is ...

An expanding MLS and increased interest in American players from foreign clubs have created more paths to pro stardom than ever for the nation's elite youth players, for whom college ball can also serve as a springboard.
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Off the Post: Oddball Tales of the Soccer World

Refs have feelings, and middle fingers too
Swiss referee Massimo Busacca, who officiated the 2009 UEFA Champions League final, was banned for three games for flipping the bird at Young Boys fans who jeered him.

A clash and a crash
Universidad Chile striker Juan Manuel Olivera had to be taken away by ambulance after ...
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U-20 World Cup: USA Falls in Egypt

One good result (a 4-1 win over Cameroon) couldn't make up for two horrendous performances (3-0 losses to Germany and South Korea), and the USA exited the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt, marking the first time since 1987 that the Americans didn't make it out of the first round.

Players like Dilly Duka and Tony Taylor, not previously part ...
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U.S. Soccer: The Remarkable Rise of Jay DeMerit

DeMerit's extraordinary ascendancy in pro soccer has taken him into a prominent role with the national team.
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In The Game: Pioneer Gordon Jago Still Going Strong

Three years ago, Gordon Jago returned to his native England to meet Queen Elizabeth II at her palace.

He was given specific instructions for the encounter: When she extends her right hand, that's the signal it's over. Shake her hand, back off four paces, bow, turn to your right, go off.

Jago first came to the ...
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Youth Beat: A Nation Gone Tournament Mad

If you've been wondering why tournament play has become such a major part of the youth soccer experience, follow the money.
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MLS: Warzycha Keeps Crew Winning

A shaky start to the 2009 season under head coach Robert Warzycha caused some alarm among Crew fans, but a strong second half lifted Columbus atop the overall standings and into a prime position to repeat as league champion.
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U.S. Soccer: Qualifying is Just the Start

The team that qualifies for the World Cup isn't the same team that actually goes to the tournament, and there are slots to be filled and problems to be solved before the USA sets up camp in South Africa next year.
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Backline: ESPN's Derek Rae blazes new trail

Pond-hopping Rae helps blaze new trail for ESPN
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UEFA Champions League: Fox Soccer's hot property

Fox Soccer Channel, now in its 13th year, is only one of many properties Fox is using to showcase European Champions League programming.
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Youth Beat: Getting the most out of the best U-17s

For a decade now, U.S. Soccer has put the nation's top young boy players into its U-17 Residency Program. For the last two years, they have been mentored by Colombian World Cup veteran Wilmer Cabrera, who takes them to the U-17 world championship in October.
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Women's Professional Soccer: A mixed bag

Foreign players impressed and Sky Blue FC pulled off an amazing playoff run to lift the title, but low-scoring and modest crowds also featured in Year 1 of the women's league.
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MLS: Frantic summer transfers

MLS teams may not have spent wildly on the summer transfer market, but they sure dealt wildly.
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