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D.C. United's Bobby Boswell in action in the first period against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Luis Silva's goal in the 10th minute was enough to lift United to a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium. (Pete Marovich for the Washington Times)

D.C. United leans on MLS Cup veterans as playoffs begin

United’s postseason kicks off Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals when the club travels to face the winner of Thursday’s knockout-round match between the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City.

U.S. women top Haiti to advance in World Cup qualifying

- Associated Press

The U.S. women’s soccer team completed Part I of its trip to the 2015 World Cup by doing the expected, dominating play Monday night in a 6-0 win over Haiti to finish unbeaten - and unscored upon - in group play in the CONCACAF championship.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis (11) goes up for a header against D.C. United midfielder/defender Perry Kitchen (23) during the first half of an MLS soccer match at BBVA Compass Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Karen Warren)

D.C. United has to-do list as MLS playoffs near

As United (16-9-7) prepared for Saturday’s match against Chicago (5-9-18) at RFK Stadium, the message was clear: These final two matches are about maintaining momentum.

FILE - In this June 11, 2014, file photo, MLS Commissioner Don Garber speaks to reporters prior to an MLS soccer game between the Montreal Impact and DC United in Montreal. Garber has criticized U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for saying some players' careers were damaged by returning to the league. Klinsmann said Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, that decisions by Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley to play in MLS rather than for European clubs make it "very difficult for them to keep the same level that they experienced at the places where they were." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes, File)

Don Garber blasts Jurgen Klinsmann for MLS, Donovan snubs

- Associated Press

Klinsmann’s future as U.S. coach was called into question Wednesday when Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber criticized the German star for not taking Landon Donovan to the World Cup and for saying Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley damaged their careers by returning to MLS from European clubs.

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Falcao out of Manchester derby, Rooney fit

Associated Press

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says striker Radamel Falcao will miss Sunday's derby match against Manchester City but captain Wayne Rooney is fit to play.

Jessica Smith, left, Monica Ramsey, center, McCall Smith, top right, and Cassidy Smith, bottom right, laugh while talking about a music video that McCall made with her younger siblings at the Smiths' home in Alpine, Utah, Thursday Oct. 16, 2014. The Smiths are triplets playing in their final soccer season together. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Ian Maule) MANDATORY CREDIT

Lone Peak triplets share soccer season to remember

- Associated Press

It's senior night at Lone Peak High School as the girls soccer team takes on Herriman in its final home regular season game. Seniors and their parents are announced and given flowers as the crowd cheers. The announcer pauses and announces three names in a row and a trio of fiery red-haired girls walk to the center of the field and hug their parents.

File: In this Monday, June 30, 2014 file photo, Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike, center, looks up as his team form a huddle before the start of the second half during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil. FIFA says it is giving Nigeria one last chance to avoid a "lengthy" ban, by demanding that the government stops interfering in NFF Nigeria Football Federation business. The threatened ban would prevent the reigning champions from defending its title at next year's Africa Cup of Nations.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner, FILE)

Nigeria says it has avoided FIFA ban

Associated Press

The Nigeria Football Federation says it has avoided a long-term ban by FIFA after in-fighting over the leadership of the football body was ended through intervention by the country's president.

Diego Costa available for Chelsea against QPR

Associated Press

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says striker Diego Costa will be available for Chelsea's home match against Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Saturday following a hamstring injury.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Spanish league looking for foothold in China

Associated Press

In an effort to expand its reach overseas, the president of the Spanish league invited 40 leading Chinese businessmen to watch Real Madrid play Barcelona.

Sam Meyiwa, the father of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, bottom left, reacts as he walks past a poster with his son's portrait during a memorial service held for three South African sports figures who died within days of each other at an indoor sports arena in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. South Africa's sport ministry organized a combined memorial service for fans of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and welterweight boxer Phindile Mwelase. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa: Suspect arrested in soccer killing

- Associated Press

A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa's national soccer team captain, authorities said Friday.

Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal's Mihai Doru Pintilii rolls on the ground after he clashed with Western Sydney Wanderers' Mateo Poljak during their Asian Champions League Final in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Wanderers in confident mood ahead of AFC final

Associated Press

With a narrow one-goal advantage, the Western Sydney Wanderers are confident they can upset Saudi powerhouse Al Hilal in Saturday's final to become the first Australian club to win an Asian Champions League.

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko, left, and Stevan Jovetic stand over an injured David Silva during the English League Cup soccer match between Manchester City and Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

David Silva out for 'around 3 weeks' for Man City

Associated Press

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says attacking midfielder David Silva will be sidelined for "around three weeks" with a knee ligament injury, missing the Manchester derby on Sunday.

Gerrard: Up to Liverpool to offer new contract

- Associated Press

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he could be forced to play for a different team next season if the club doesn't offer him a new contract when his current deal expires in May.