Professional soccer players spotted in San Antonio ahead of Mexico vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina match

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Interested in professional soccer? Check out Orange County Soccer Club’s 2018 schedule

By Tomoya Shimura | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterJanuary 24, 2018 at 7:31 am Orange County Soccer Club has released its 2018 regular season schedule, which kicks off at home on March 17 against Phoenix Rising FC. The Irvine-based club is part of the United Soccer League and is the highest tier professional soccer team in Orange County. The club plays its home games at the Orange County Great Park’s championship soccer stadium, which opened in August. Here’s the Orange County SC’s 34-game schedule (home games start 7 p.m. except Aug. 1 and 15): Saturday, March 17: Phoenix Rising FC (home) Saturday, March 24: Sacramento Republic FC (home) Wednesday, March 28: OKC Energy FC (away at Taft Stadium) Saturday, March 31: Tulsa Roughnecks FC (away at ONEOK Field) Saturday, April 7: LA Galaxy II (home) Saturday, April 14: San Antonio FC (away at Toyota Field)Wednesday, April 25: Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (away at H-E-B Park) Saturday, April 28: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (home) Saturday, May 5: Real Monarchs SLC (away at Rio Tinto Stadium) Saturday, May 12: Saint Louis FC (home) Saturday, May 26: Fresno FC (home) Saturday, June 2: Sacramento Republic FC (away at Papa Murphy’s Park) Sunday, June 10: LA Galaxy II (away at StubHub Center – Track & Field Stadium) Saturday, June 16: Reno 1868 FC (home) Saturday, June 23: Tulsa Roughnecks FC (home) Friday, June 29: Phoenix Rising FC (away at Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex) Tuesday, July 3: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (away at Weidner Field) Saturday, July 7: LA Galaxy II (home) Saturday, July 14: San Antonio FC (home) Wednesday, July 18: Swope Park Rangers (away at Children’s Mercy Victory Field) Saturday, July 21: Saint Louis FC (away at Toyota Stadium) Wednesday, Aug. 1: Portland Timbers 2 (home) Saturday, Aug. 4: Swope Park Rangers (home) Saturday, Continue Reading

Freddy Adu makes ‘decision’ to return to professional soccer

Freddy Adu seen here as a member of MLS’s Philadelphia Union in 2011, wants to play pro soccer again. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) Fifteen years ago, Freddy Adu was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, lauded as a sports prodigy and the future of  professional soccer in the United States. Fourteen years ago, Adu, was selected first overall in the 2004 MLS draft by D.C. United at age 14, making him the youngest ever American professional athlete. On Friday, Adu, who has been out of pro soccer for over a year (last appearing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the second-tier United Soccer League), announced plans for a comeback. Have made a decision to start fresh after a year away from soccer. This decision is solely based on the fact that I want to play as much as possible this year then move forward from there. Have discovered my love for the sport again . News soon! — Freddy Adu (@FreddyAdu) January 19, 2018 Adu, who was born in Ghana and immigrated with his family to the U.S. before settling in Rockville, Md., has been all over the place since leaving MLS in 2007 after three seasons with United and one with Real Salt Lake. He played in Portugal, France, Turkey, Luxembourg, Brazil, Serbia and Finland between 2007 and 2015, with a stint in Philadelphia as a member of MLS’s Union over parts of three seasons mixed in. He joined the Rowdies in 2015 and made 12 appearances for them over the course of the 2015 and 2016 seasons, then went through a trial with the Portland Timbers of MLS before the 2017 season, but was not offered a contract. Last August, it appeared that Adu would hook on with Polish first division club Sandecja Nowy Sacz, but that never panned out after its coach called the potential signing “a joke.” Adu, 28, also made 17 appearances for the U.S. men’s national team between 2006 and 2011, but never made a World Cup roster. It was only a couple of months ago when Adu, appearing at a send-off Continue Reading

Professional soccer in downtown Memphis will be a blast

By shortly after 5 p.m, the United Soccer League flag had already been hung outside The Brass Door, and fans were already two or three deep at the bar.They drank to Tim Howard, the goalkeeper of the United States men's national team, who had opened the press conference. ► Soccer: Memphis welcomes United Soccer League franchise They drank to the Memphis Redbirds, who had the vision to realize a place as beautiful as AutoZone Park should be busy every summer weekend.They drank to the heroes of Memphis soccer past, and to the potential of Memphis soccer future, and to the certainty that starting in March of 2019, a USL franchise will be competing in downtown Memphis, just a corner kick from the pub’s front door.“I see nothing but upside,” said Seamus Loftus, one of the owners of The Brass Door. “It’s going to be atomic.”And yes, in case you had any doubt, atomic is good.Loftus and the rest were reveling in the wake of the official announcement Memphians have known was coming for quite some time.At 4 p.m., Howard stepped to a lectern at AutoZone Park to lend his considerable reputation to the proceedings and to tell everyone how excited he was that his adopted hometown would be getting a professional team.Shortly after, Jake Edwards, the commissioner of the league, made it official with the words, “On behalf of the USL, it’s my great pleasure to welcome Memphis to the USL for the 2019 season.”Big cheers, all around.To be certain, this is not like Memphis getting an NBA franchise. Nor is it like Nashville getting an MLS team.Indeed, if you want to feel grumpy about it, you could bemoan that Nashville is getting the MLS franchise while Memphis is getting one that is a step below.But that would be silly. This is a smart, entertaining and potentially lucrative addition to downtown Memphis that will bring families, millennials, tourists and soccer crazies of all sorts to one of the Continue Reading

A professional soccer team is one of the things New York has been missing

City Hall and Major League Soccer are moving toward a deal to put a 25,000-seat stadium — and a home team — in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Composed of 19 teams and looking for a New York base to enhance its visibility, the league is seeking to build on as many as 13 acres occupied by long-neglected remnants of the 1964-65 World’s Fair. The area is derelict and surrounded by soccer fields that are disgracefully in need of an upgrade. As planned, the facility would complement Citi Field and the U.S. Tennis Association’s Billie Jean King complex. It would also put a disused section of the park into potentially popular service. But the terms have to be right. At a minimum, MLS must build the $300 million stadium on its own dime, renovate seven adjacent fields, relocating four of them, and donate nearby acreage suitable for park usage equal to the land occupied by the stadium. Such an arrangement would hold taxpayers harmless, give recreational soccer players improved facilities, leave Queens with as much parkland as it now has and provide a venue for fans to enjoy the pro game. Let’s get it done. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Track superstar Usain Bolt says professional soccer is next on his list

Is there anything Usain Bolt can't do? Not in the mind of the world and Olympic champion sprinter.The 24-year-old Bolt told BBC Radio that he plans to play professional soccer once his track and field career ends."I'm definitely a good player - a defensive or attacking midfielder," Bolt told BBC's Sportweek show. "I always watch those guys and I think I could be a professional footballer."Bolt said that he probably has about four years left in track and field and plans to set a potentially-unbeatable 100m sprint record of 9.4 seconds.The Manchester United fan went public with his soccer aspirations just days after saying in an another interview he could have been a professional cricket player."I was playing cricket one day and my coach said, 'You know what? Try track and field', because I was running pretty quickly," he told the CBBC. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Professional soccer team in NYC would be match made in heaven

On paper, it would be a match made in sports heaven: New York City, the most cosmopolitan city in the world, and a professional soccer team. The city hasn't had a first division team since the Cosmos left Yankee Stadium for the Meadowlands in 1977. The Mets have made noises about operating a team, but it is not known whether they plan to file an expansion application by the Oct. 15 deadline. MLS, which will unveil expansion teams in .Seattle (2009) and Philadelphia (2010), plans to add two more clubs in 2011 for a total of 18 teams, according to MLS president Mark Abbott, the league's point man on expansion. A decision will be made later this year or in early 2009. "New York is a very important market," said Abbott, who added that the league and Mets have had ongoing talks for several years. "It is our belief that it could comfortably support two teams. "We think this Red Bull facility is going to be tremendous," .Abbott said about Red Bull .Arena, scheduled to open in Harrison, N.J., in late 2009. "We think the team will be very successful as a franchise into that facility. . . . The league can benefit by having another team here." Last week, David Howard, the Mets' executive vice president in charge of business, told Bloomberg Radio that the baseball team would vie for an MLS team after the completion of the new $600 million City Field. "We're a lot closer to that goal than we were five years ago," Howard said. If the Mets don't file, it would be 2012 at the earliest when an expansion team could be placed in the city, unless an existing franchise moves here. Howard did not return a call. MLS would love to have another team in the metro area. A Mets expansion team already meets two of the three league's main criteria: a strong market and viable ownership. A soccer-specific stadium must be built. "The location is a real great location for a second team in the New York metropolitan area," .Abbott said, adding that another key was "access to public Continue Reading

All pro soccer matches in Argentina called off this weekend after player’s death

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — All professional soccer matches in Argentina this weekend have been called off out of respect for a fourth-division player who died on Thursday after fracturing his skull more than a week ago. Argentine soccer officials at first said they would cancel all fourth-division games, but later Thursday said they were calling off all divisions. Emanuel Ortega, a 21-year-old forward, was playing for San Martin de Burzaco in a match on May 3 when he was pushed by an opponent and struck his head on a concrete pillar used to anchor a fence. “Everyone agreed to it,” said Luis Segura, president of the Argentine Football Association. “One shouldn’t play, out of respect for the magnitude of the tragedy. I don’t think anyone is in the mood to think about a football match.” Segura deflected questions about stadium security and safety. “Today is not the time to think about taking (safety) measures,” Segura said. “We’ll see afterward.” Many matches are played in stadiums ringed by fences and other barriers to separate players and fans. Fan violence threatens almost every match in all divisions in Argentina, where stadiums are old and policing is often lax. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Argentine soccer player Cristian Gomez dies of heart attack during game

Argentine soccer was rocked by its second on-the-field tragedy this month with the death of Atletico Parana player Cristian Gomez of a heart attack. The 27-year-old defender collapsed shortly after the half-hour mark of Sunday's second division game at Boca Unidos and died at a nearby hospital, TyC Sports of Argentina reported. Argentina’s Football Association (AFA) released a statement claiming that Boca’s Stadium had the required defibrillator, which team doctors reportedly opted not to use on Gomez as they were treating him on the field. Parana is facing additional criticism following statements made by Ariel Bulay, a teammate of Gomez who told TV station La Red, via La Nacion, that Gomez’s last physical exam came back with irregularities. “He [Gomez] told me there was something wrong with his electrocardiogram. Ivan [his brother] said it was something normal, that he always tested that way.” MOBILE USERS: SEE THE VIDEO HERE Gomez’s death comes just weeks after Emanuel Ortega, of fouth division club San Martin de Burzaco, was pushed from behind by an opponent and smashed head-first into a concrete pillar. He died a few days later, May 7, in the hospital of a fractured skull. Argentina suspended all professional soccer games that weekend in the wake of Ortega’s death. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Talkin’ Soccer: Q & A session with MLS commissioner Don Garber

It’s Don Garber’s 15th season as MLS commissioner, and he’s overseen what was once considered impossible: a steady growth of a professional soccer league in America, to the point of nine-figure expansion fees and TV deals combining to pay the league $90 million annually. Since every season seems to eclipse the previous in terms of popularity, 2015 figures to be Garber’s best, filled with an influx of new franchise players like Kaka, Steven Gerrard, David Villa and Jozy Altidore. But there’s another reason to beat his chest after a contentious CBA negotiation and a public spat with USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann: Garber’s longstanding goal of getting a second team in the New York area was achieved. The Daily News sits down with MLS’ top man to talk some soccer: Q: How important was it for you to get a second team in this market? A: It had always been an objective since the league was founded to have two teams in New York City and the Tri-State area and now we do. So now we’re very excited about it and we believe it will help us capture this very passionate and knowledgeable soccer market. Q: It didn’t work in L.A. with Chivas USA (suspended operations), why do you think this market can support two teams? A: I believe Los Angeles can and will support two teams. I think we did not execute as well as could have with Chivas USA. That’s behind us now. We’ve launched a team L.A.F.C. with great ownership that have working on a stadium plan and I believe will be very successful. We feel very, very strongly that the large markets in this country, over time, will be able to support more than one team. And we’re just highly confident that we’ll be able to deliver on that objective. And one point, and I think this is a key point: the Red Bulls have told us that they’ve sold more season tickets this year compared to the last ten years. And we believe and they believe that Continue Reading