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 ...
U-20 World Cup: USA Falls in Egypt
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Oct. 30, 6:50 p.m.
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 ...
U.S. Soccer: The Remarkable Rise of Jay DeMerit
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Oct. 30, 6:47 p.m.
DeMerit's extraordinary ascendancy in pro soccer has taken him into a prominent role with the national team.
In The Game: Pioneer Gordon Jago Still Going Strong
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Oct. 30, 6:44 p.m.
Three years ago, Gordon Jago returnedto 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 ...
Youth Beat: A Nation Gone Tournament Mad
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Oct. 30, 6:38 p.m.
If you've been wondering why tournament play has become such a major part of the youth soccer experience, follow the money.
MLS: Warzycha Keeps Crew Winning
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Oct. 30, 6:36 p.m.
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.
U.S. Soccer: Qualifying is Just the Start
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Oct. 30, 6:26 p.m.
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.
Backline: ESPN's Derek Rae blazes new trail
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Sep. 25, 6:03 p.m.
Pond-hopping Rae helps blaze new trail for ESPN
UEFA Champions League: Fox Soccer's hot property
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Sep. 25, 5:59 p.m.
Fox Soccer Channel, now in its 13th year, is only one of many properties Fox is using to showcase European Champions League programming.
Youth Beat: Getting the most out of the best U-17s
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 25, 5:55 p.m.
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.
Women's Professional Soccer: A mixed bag
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Sep. 25, 5:50 p.m.
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.
MLS: Frantic summer transfers
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Sep. 25, 5:43 p.m.
MLS teams may not have spent wildly on the summer transfer market, but they sure dealt wildly.