Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Michael Bradley stars, Julian Green debuts as U.S. draws 2-2 with Mexico ]]> Lead story image

In the final audition before the U.S. men’s national soccer team begins its World Cup training camp, the Americans settled for a 2-2 draw as Mexico rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit in an exhibition match Wednesday night. U.S. star Michael Bradley, who played youth club soccer in the northwest suburbs for Sockers FC Chicago, was the Americans’ man of the match, scoring once and assiting on a second goal in a game that featured the U.S. debut of highly touted 18-year-old Julian Green. ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:18:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire sends Rolfe to D.C. United ]]> Lead story image

The Chicago Fire on Wednesday sent Chris Rolfe to D.C. United for allocation money. The 31-year-old spent eight seasons with the Fire over two stints in Chicago, scoring 48 goals in 178 games. ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:02:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Liverpool might play in Chicago ]]> Lead story image

This summer is shaping up to be a memorable one for Chicago soccer fans. ]]> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:33:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame wins first NCAA men’s soccer title ]]> Lead story image

CHESTER, Pa. — Confetti rained down, the Notre Dame fight song “Victory March” blasted over the loudspeakers and everyone on the Fighting Irish’s soccer team ran to one side of the field to celebrate. For the first time in the school’s proud athletic history, Notre Dame was on top of the men’s college soccer world. Led by goals from Andrew O’Malley and Leon Brown, and another big game from College Cup co-Most Outstanding Player Harrison Shipp, Notre Dame won its first men’s soccer title with a 2-1 victory over Maryland on Sunday at PPL Park. The Fighting Irish finished the … ]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:18:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tough World Cup draw to see U.S. face Germany, Portugal, Ghana ]]> Lead story image

The United States will play Germany, Portugal and Ghana in a tough first-round group at next year’s World Cup in Brazil. ]]> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:56:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former Manchester United captain, suvivor of 1958 Munich air crash Foulkes dies ]]> Lead story image

Bill Foulkes, a Manchester United defender who survived the 1958 Munich air crash that killed eight players and had a key role in the storied English soccer club’s recovery, died Monday at age 81. ]]> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:13:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago Sting Twitter launched, but ex-owner denies comeback ]]> Lead story image

The Chicago Sting is back! On Twitter, that is. It seems some nostalgic-types (read anti-Fire fans) started tweeting on Wednesday from @Chicago_Sting with the bio: “Chicago’s true football club. MIA since 1988. Some think it’s maybe time to make a comeback. Chicago’s footballing dreams” When contacted about a possible return, former Sting owner Lee Stern, who led the team to NASL championships in 1981 and 1984, told the Sun-Times he had no intentions. However, he did say the NASL had sought his advice about running a team in Chicago. Stern told them the biggest struggle is securing a facility. NASL … ]]> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:21:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Soccer-loving pope meets world-class stars ]]> Lead story image

Pope Francis cheered fellow Argentine Lionel Messi and other soccer stars Tuesday as he held a morality-focused pep rally of sorts at the Vatican for Argentina and Italy’s national teams ahead of their eagerly awaited friendly match. ]]> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:39:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mexico beats Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 to advance to Gold Cup semifinals ]]> Lead story image

ATLANTA — Mexico coach Jose Manuel De La Torre knows there’s only so much he can do to please his critics. A narrow win over Trinidad and Tobago might rekindle concerns about his job security, but De La Torre was not interested in discussing his future or his team’s perceived struggles. When a reporter asked De La Torre if he thought this was a weak victory, the coach was quick to respond. “You don’t like it? We saw a different game,” De La Torre said. “That’s what I can tell you. Every time we win, we have to enjoy it. … ]]> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 22:44:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ NU great Matt Eliason scores highlight-reel goal in Messi game ]]> Lead story image

With world-class players such as Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry playing in the Messi & Friends charity game Saturday at Soldier Field, no one thought the highlight would come from a former Northwestern star working in finance. But Matt Eliason, the Wildcats’ all-time leading scorer, provided the most memorable moment on his goal in the 28th minute of a 9-6 victory by Messi & Friends over the Rest of the World. Eliason, playing for the World, chested down a chip from Henry and — before the ball hit the ground —made good contact with a bicycle kick that beat Messi … ]]> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 07:15:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Messi in messy tax suit ]]>

MADRID — A state prosecutor for the northeastern region of Catalonia has lodged a lawsuit against Lionel Messi for fraud in unpaid income tax amounting to 4 million euros ($5.3 million). The complaint, signed by prosecutor Raquel Amado, has been submitted for trial at the courthouse in Gava, the upscale Barcelona district where the Argentina forward lives. The document, presented to the court on Wednesday, brings a lawsuit against Barcelona star Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi. Both are accused of three offenses against the public purse for allegedly defrauding more than 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in income … ]]> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ David Beckham to retire from soccer at end of season ]]> Lead story image

LONDON — David Beckham says he is retiring from soccer at the end of the season. The 38-year-old Beckham recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain. He has become a global superstar since starting his career at Manchester United. Beckham says he is “thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level.” Beckham also played for Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy, winning titles with both those clubs as well as with United. On the international … ]]> Thu, 16 May 2013 09:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Alex Ferguson to retire with Manchester United ]]> Lead story image

Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of the season, bringing a close to a trophy-filled career of more than 26 years at Manchester United that established him as the most successful coach in British football history. ]]> Wed, 08 May 2013 10:38:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Soccer ref in critical condition after being punched by teenager ]]>

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A Salt Lake City man who was serving as a referee in a recreational football game in Taylorsville is in critical condition after being punched by a teenager. Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal says the attack happened over the weekend during a game held at Eisenhower Junior High School. Hoyal says the 46-year-old referee apparently made a call against the suspect, who lashed out with a single punch to the man’s face. Hoyal says the victim was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries, but doctors found the injury was much more severe. … ]]> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:04:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago women’s pro soccer team to play in Lisle ]]>

The Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League will play at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The team is moving into professional soccer this season after two years of semi-professional seasons. The Red Stars will play at the suburban Chicago location for its first professional season. The team includes Olympic medalists and players from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The facility will accommodate 3,600 spectators. The first game is Saturday against the Seattle Reign. … ]]> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Scoreless Fire still figuring things out ]]>

Despite its obvious struggles to score, the Fire doesn’t appear to be panicking. But that doesn’t mean the team isn’t considering immediate change. Coach Frank Klopas likes to play a compact style, which dictates that the team score most of its goals using counterattacks and combination plays. But without a goal through two games, some have considered making a tactical change in advance of the game Saturday at Sporting Kansas City. “Honestly, we need to figure out what kind of style we want to play as a team,” forward Chris Rolfe said. “We just need to get everybody on the … ]]> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:15:47 -0500