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June 15, 2017
THROWBACK THURSDAY
Pele lights the spark

There have been many seminal moments in the history of United States Soccer. Joe Gaetjens' goal to beat England at the 1950 World Cup, Paul Caligiuri's goal against T&T on November 19, 1989 to put the U.S. in the World Cup for the first time in 40 years, Brandi Chastain's penalty kick to give the U.S. WNT the 1999 Women's World Cup title, the start of MLS. All were part of bringing the game of soccer to where it is today.


June 1, 2017
THROWBACK THURSDAY
When Clint Dempsey scored his first goal

Two young players scored their first international goals on May 28, 2005 at Soldier Field in front of 47, 637 fans when England defeated the U.S. 2-1. Kieran Richardson, making his National Team debut scored both goals for England, while Clint Dempsey notched his first tally for the United States.


May 25, 2017
THROWBACK THURSDAY
Beckham makes his MLS debut

With David Beckham appearing on the National Soccer Hall of Fame Ballot released on Wednesday, we thought a story on his MLS debut 10 years ago would be an appropriate way to kick off our Throwback Thursday feature. This story originally appeared on LA Soccer News the day of the game--August 9, 2007


March 25, 2017
FIT TO BE TIED
Miami opens 2017 with road draw

CARY, NC---Poku’s first goal of the year in the 14th minute was enough to give Miami FC a 1-1 road draw with North Carolina FC in front of 6,058 fans at WakeMed Soccer Park Saturday night.


February 28, 2017
CALL THEM CAPTAINS
Pitchkolan, Kevan George selected by Armada

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Defender Aaron Pitchkolan has been named captain and Trinidad and Tobago national team midfielder Kevan George vice-captain for the Jacksonville Armada, the team announced Tuesday.


February 27, 2017
A KICK IN THE GRASS
Orlando City coach Kreis, Larin impressed with new stadium

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando City SC's Cyle Larin was impressed by the grass field as the Lions took a 3-1 win over St. Louis FC in a preseason match Sunday, the first game at Orlando City Stadium.


February 27, 2017
(ALMOST) EIGHTY-SIXED
U.S. defeats Mexico in CONCACAF U-20 qualifying tournament for first time in 31 years

TIBÁS, Costa Rica -- Erik Palmer-Brown’s 29th-minute goal gave the U.S. a 1-0 win over Mexico in a Group D match in the Classification Stage of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Monday.


February 27, 2017
OLYMPIAN CHALLENGE
USWNT opens SheBelieves Cup versus Germany

CHESTER, Pa. -- The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to extend its unbeaten streak at Talen Energy Stadium when it meets reigning Olympic champion Germany in the second SheBelieves Cup at 7 p.m. Wednesday (FS1-TV).


February 26, 2017
KICKOFF WIN
Armada fires past Flagler College in preseason opener

The Jacksonville Armada FC kicked off the preseason with a 5-0 win over Flagler College Saturday.


February 25, 2017
IMPACTFUL VICTORY
Rowdies knock off Montreal in Suncoast Invitational

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Deshorn Brown and Joe Cole combined to lead the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact in a Suncoast Invitational match at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night.


February 25, 2017
TRADED AWAY
Orlando City sends Shea to Vancouver for Giles Barnes

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Brek Shea, one of Orlando City SC’s original signings in 2014, has been traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for Jamaican forward Giles Barnes, the team announced Saturday.


February 25, 2017
TWO FOR MARTINEZ
Miami FC rallies past Florida Gulf Coast, 3-1

MIAMI -- Ariel Martinez scored twice as Miami FC took a 3-1 win over Florida Gulf Coast University in a preseason match at St. Thomas University Saturday.


February 24, 2017
NEXT UP, MEXICO
U.S. U-20s advance in CONCACAF tournament

TIBAS, Costa Rica -- The U.S. advanced in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship with a 4-1 win over St. Kitts and Nevis Friday, setting up a Monday match with Mexico.


February 23, 2017
ON THE WAY TO NORWAY
USWNT set to play twice in Europe in June

The U.S. Women's National Team will conclude a two-game visit to Europe with a match against Norway at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday.


February 22, 2017
BANGED OUT
Tickets gone for Orlando City Stadium opener

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Single-game tickets have been sold out for Orlando City SC’s season-opening match against New York City FC at the new, 25,500-capacity, Orlando City Stadium, scheduled at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 5, the team announced Tuesday.


February 21, 2017
HATS OFF TO HIM
Brooks Lennon leads way as U.S. halts Haiti in U-20 tournament

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Real Salt Lake midfielder Brooks Lennon scored a hat trick as the U.S. took a 4-1 victory over Haiti in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Tuesday night.


February 21, 2017
ATTENDANCE MARK CHALLENGE
Pride set opener against Spirit in new stadium

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Pride will be hoping to challenge the NWSL attendance record when they meet the Washington Spirit in their first match in a new 25,500-seat stadium at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, the team announced Tuesday.


February 19, 2017
DOUSED BY FIRE
Miami FC drops preseason match, 5-2

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Miami FC lost its second successive preseason match to an MLS team, falling, 5-2, to the Chicago Fire Sunday.


February 19, 2017
ZACH'S BACK
Armada sign midfielder Steinberger

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Midfielder Zach Steinberger has signed with the Jacksonville Armada FC, the team announced Friday.


February 18, 2017
STAYING CLOSE
Rowdies drop Suncoast Invitational opener to Philadelphia Union

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies surrendered a second-half goal to Derrick Jones in falling, 1-0, to the Philadelphia Union in the opener of the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational at Al Lang Stadium Saturday.


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