A section of Turkey’s soccer fans decided not to honor the scheduled minute of silence in honor of the Paris attacks before the country’s friendly match against Greece in Instanbul on Tuesday night.
The United States Soccer Federation has adopted a new policy prohibiting children under the age of 11 from heading balls, and in turn resolves a class-action lawsuit brought last year by former child athletes.
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 92nd minute, giving the Red Bulls a 1-0 victory over United on Sunday and allowing them to advance in the two-game, total-goals Eastern Conference semifinal series.
United enters the second leg of Sunday’s two-game Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Red Bulls on Sunday and understands the magnitude of the challenge being presented.
The Red Bulls channeled the emotion from a takedown of D.C. United’s Markus Halsti into a goal by Dax McCarty three minutes later in a 1-0 victory in the first leg of the teams’ two-game Eastern Conference semifinal.
Pontius scored in the 45th minute and Rolfe added a goal in the 83rd as D.C. United defeated the New England Revolution, 2-1, to move out of the knockout round and into the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The end of the season was not kind to United, which wanted to build momentum and secure a playoff bye with a victory over the Crew. Instead, it will begin the playoffs with a one-off match against the Revolution.
The team was honored in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, almost four months after it defeated Japan to win the Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Complaining that he is being “dragged through the mud” in the FIFA corruption investigation, Michel Platini believes he is “bullet-proof” and has not lost support in his bid to replace Sepp Blatter as the head of world soccer’s governing body.
Last year, D.C. United clinched a playoff berth with a month to spare and was knocked out of the first round of the playoffs. This time, coach Ben Olsen is trying to increase the urgency with United in a similar position.
FIFA has provisionally banned Blatter and Platini, the UEFA president, for 90 days in the wake of a Swiss criminal investigation.
Blatter is back at work at FIFA headquarters, three days after being interrogated there by Swiss investigators, and is due to address staff at the scandal-battered governing body later on Monday.