U.S. Soccer makes perfect tribute video to Landon Donovan


This Friday marks the final time Landon Donovan will strip on a USA jersey, as the 32-year-old will captain Jurgen Klinsmann’s side in a friendly match vs. Ecuador.

To mark this emotional occasion, U.S. Soccer has put together a touching tribute video for its all-time leader in both goals and assists. And it couldn’t be more perfect:

Here’s hoping No. 10 will go out with a goal or two to ring out his international career in style. We’ll miss you, Landon.


Former U.S. goalkeeper Jillian Loyden: Bench Hope Solo


Third-string goalkeeper Jillian Loyden (R) with teammate Hope Solo (L) after the USA’s friendly vs Canada last May (USA Today)

Count fellow U.S. national team goalkeeper Jillian Loyden among those who do not believe Hope Solo should still be on the field with domestic violence charges hanging above her head.

In the fallout of the National Football League’s run of domestic violence scandals involving its players — Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice among them — some have voiced concern over a double standard as Solo, the national team’s starting goalkeeper, continues to play despite her own charges.

Loyden, in an editorial to USA Today, called for the benching of Solo until the legal process took its course.

Loyden wrote:

"I believe that individuals are innocent until proven guilty, but in failing to take action against players’ behavior off the field, the league is not living up to its responsibilities.

U.S. Soccer needs to send the right message. They need to communicate that domestic violence is never okay and that it will not be tolerated.

Speaking out on these issues is not always easy. Hope Solo is my teammate and a personal mentor. But I cannot stand by as young fans receive the message that this behavior – even if the allegations proved to be inaccurate – can go unnoticed.”

Loyden, who also announced her retirement from the USWNT on Monday, has prioritized speaking out against domestic violence after being affected by personal tragedy. She started the Jillian Loyden Foundation after her sister Britton was murdered in 2012, allegedly at the hands of her former fiancé who is awaiting trial.

Solo was charged in Washington state with two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree domestic-violence assault for allegedly striking her 17-year-old nephew and half-sister. Solo faces up to six months in jail if convicted at a trial scheduled in November.


Sydney Leroux’s best moments on social media

The Women’s World Cup is fast approaching, and USA star Sydney Leroux is gearing up for the biggest tournament of her career.

And, as we’ve come to expect with Leroux, we’re sure she’ll document the journey. But if you’re like us and can’t wait to see what her the next adventure she posts about, here’s a look at some of her finest moments online.

And, make sure you check out how she got where she is now, and how an unexpected mentor — Kobe Bryant — is helping guide her on her path to greatness.


President Obama makes good on USA-Belgium World Cup beer bet


Barack Obama has a lot on his plate at the moment, but the POTUS still found time to make good on his World Cup bet with his Belgian counterpart.

As you may remember, Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo tweeted Obama a friendly wager ahead of the two nations’ Round of 16 tie, with the loser having to send a case of the country’s finest beer to the other. Though he never tweeted back, Obama accepted. Secretary of Defense Tim Howard did everything he could, but Belgium eventually squeaked out the win in extra time.

Two months later, Obama finally paid up, sending the Belgian embassy in Washington D.C. a case of Sam Adams Boston Lager, as well as a case of the Boston brewery’s seasonal variety pack. Fancy! (The POTUS’ choice was also pointed: Sam Adams is America’s largest USA-owned craft brewery.)

Attached was also a handwritten note from Obama personally, which ends with this great line: “As Americans, we’re always grateful for the partnership with our Belgian allies. Except on the pitch. See you in 2018.”

Sounds like a new bet!

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Soccer community reacts to Landon Donovan’s retirement


Landon Donovan’s announcement that he will retire at the end of the season was met with an outpouring of respect and adulation from his teammates, both past and present. Even his old Premier League club Everton checked in to send their best regards!

Check out some of the reaction on Twitter:


#TBT: Landon Donovan’s classic goal vs Algeria


Good thing Landon Donovan picked a Thursday to announce his impending retirement. This gives us the perfect excuse for possibly the greatest Throwback Thursday post to date.

Get ready for some goosebumps. Here is Donovan’s classic winner vs Algeria that sealed the USA’s progress into the 2010 World Cup knockout stage, and the world’s reaction to it:



Sydney Leroux battles tow truck

Sydney Leroux did not have a fun morning. The U.S. women’s soccer star watched in horror as her Audi was being towed on Wednesday, but not before she gave it one hell of a fight:

She may have lost her car for a couple hours, but we’re glad she hasn’t lost her humor!

UPDATE: Leroux has revealed what she did wrong. Could’ve happened to anyone!


Belgium vs. Team USA: As it happened on Twitter


Football is a cruel game.

Just when you start to believe, when you think the impossible just might be possible, your soul gets ripped right out of your body, and you remember you have to walk home in a full Captain America costume. The worst.

The United States men’s national team loss to Belgium in extra-time on Tuesday was the most painful kind of torture. For 90 minutes, we watched Tim Howard save the USA time and time again, putting forth arguably the greatest goalkeeping performance ever at a World Cup, only for it to all fall apart in extra-time. Just like four years ago.

But after the heartbreak, there was pride and hope; pride that the team wouldn’t ever, ever quit, and hope that in 2018, this team will be even stronger, and encourage even more belief. One team, one nation:

If you still have the mental and emotional capacity to do so, take a look at how America followed the USA’s thrilling 2-1 loss in the Round of 16:



The United States hadn’t even taken the field for warmups yet, when our blood pressure was already over 160. The heart-stopping finish between Argentina and Switzerland — Angel di Maria’s winner deep into extra time sent the Albiceleste through — should probably have told us that this was going to be a long, long day:


Oh NO! The first sign that the United States were in trouble:

Anyone still wondering if soccer has “made it” in America?

A pitch invader makes an appearance:


More bad news, Fabian Johnson is hurt:


Madeleine Albright with some wise words for the USA:

And England legend Gary Lineker perfectly summarizes the play thus far:


All Belgium, all of the time:




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