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Michael Bradley stars, Julian Green debuts as U.S. draws 2-2 with Mexico

In the final audition before the U.S. men’s national soccer team begins its World Cup training camp, the Americans settled for a 2-2 draw as Mexico rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit in an exhibition match Wednesday night. U.S. star Michael Bradley, who played youth club soccer in the northwest suburbs for Sockers FC Chicago, was the Americans’ man of the match, scoring once and assiting on a second goal in a game that featured the U.S. debut of highly touted 18-year-old Julian Green.


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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile


After suffering a heartbreaking overtimes loss to Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game last season, Lincoln-Way West has put in extra work in the offseason to complete it’s state title run. read more...

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Fire sends Rolfe to D.C. United


The Chicago Fire on Wednesday sent Chris Rolfe to D.C. United for allocation money. The 31-year-old spent eight seasons with the Fire over two stints in Chicago, scoring 48 goals in 178 games.

Liverpool might play in Chicago


This summer is shaping up to be a memorable one for Chicago soccer fans.

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Notre Dame wins first NCAA men’s soccer title

CHESTER, Pa. — Confetti rained down, the Notre Dame fight song “Victory March” blasted over the loudspeakers and everyone on the Fighting Irish’s soccer team ran to one side of the field to celebrate. For the first time in the school’s proud athletic history, Notre …

Tough World Cup draw to see U.S. face Germany, Portugal, Ghana


The United States will play Germany, Portugal and Ghana in a tough first-round group at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Former Manchester United captain, suvivor of 1958 Munich air crash Foulkes dies


Bill Foulkes, a Manchester United defender who survived the 1958 Munich air crash that killed eight players and had a key role in the storied English soccer club’s recovery, died Monday at age 81.

Chicago Sting Twitter launched, but ex-owner denies comeback


The Chicago Sting is back!

On Twitter, that is.

It seems some nostalgic-types (read anti-Fire fans) started tweeting on Wednesday from @Chicago_Sting with the bio: “Chicago’s true football club. MIA since 1988. Some think it’s maybe time to make a comeback. Chicago’s footballing dreams”

When …

Soccer-loving pope meets world-class stars


Pope Francis cheered fellow Argentine Lionel Messi and other soccer stars Tuesday as he held a morality-focused pep rally of sorts at the Vatican for Argentina and Italy’s national teams ahead of their eagerly awaited friendly match.

Mexico beats Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 to advance to Gold Cup semifinals


ATLANTA — Mexico coach Jose Manuel De La Torre knows there’s only so much he can do to please his critics. A narrow win over Trinidad and Tobago might rekindle concerns about his job security, but De La Torre was not interested in discussing his …

NU great Matt Eliason scores highlight-reel goal in Messi game


With world-class players such as Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry playing in the Messi & Friends charity game Saturday at Soldier Field, no one thought the highlight would come from a former Northwestern star working in finance. But Matt Eliason, the Wildcats’ all-time leading scorer, …

Messi in messy tax suit

MADRID — A state prosecutor for the northeastern region of Catalonia has lodged a lawsuit against Lionel Messi for fraud in unpaid income tax amounting to 4 million euros ($5.3 million). The complaint, signed by prosecutor Raquel Amado, has been submitted for trial at the …

David Beckham to retire from soccer at end of season


LONDON — David Beckham says he is retiring from soccer at the end of the season.

The 38-year-old Beckham recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain. He has become a global superstar since starting his career at Manchester United.

Beckham …

Alex Ferguson to retire with Manchester United


Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of the season, bringing a close to a trophy-filled career of more than 26 years at Manchester United that established him as the most successful coach in British football history.

Soccer ref in critical condition after being punched by teenager

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A Salt Lake City man who was serving as a referee in a recreational football game in Taylorsville is in critical condition after being punched by a teenager. Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal says the attack happened over the weekend during a …

Chicago women’s pro soccer team to play in Lisle

The Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League will play at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The team is moving into professional soccer this season after two years of semi-professional seasons. The Red Stars will play at the suburban Chicago location …

Scoreless Fire still figuring things out

Despite its obvious struggles to score, the Fire doesn’t appear to be panicking. But that doesn’t mean the team isn’t considering immediate change. Coach Frank Klopas likes to play a compact style, which dictates that the team score most of its goals using counterattacks and …