Daily Sports: Soccer
‘Hillsborough’ (Do Not Read This in the UK)
Twenty-five years ago today, 96 soccer fans were crushed to death in the overcrowded stands at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. Just two weeks ago, a British coroner’s court finally opened a public inquiry to determine the cause of those deaths. This new ESPN documentary is the story of what happened that day, and in the 25 years since.

6:14AM Tue. Apr. 15, 2014, Nick Barbaro Read More | Comment »

Olympics Spoiler: U.S.-Canada
I missed the first half of today's Olympics semifinal between the USA and Canada, but what I did catch was one of the most amazing halves of soccer I've ever seen, and more. If by chance you recorded it this afternoon to watch later: good choice. Enjoy. Read no further.
Otherwise …

4:28PM Mon. Aug. 6, 2012, Nick Barbaro Read More | Comment »

Euro Champs League Draw Set
The UEFA Champions League draw was held Thursday, with the group stages set to start Sept. 14-15. The two toughest groups: Group G pits multiple winners AC Milan, Real Madrid, and Ajax Amsterdam with France's Auxerre. Group A has Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Tottenham, and Dutch champs Twente Enschede. The full draw below:

12:46PM Fri. Aug. 27, 2010, Nick Barbaro Read More | Comment »

Player reels in a big one after penalty
 
Best Goal Celebration Ever?
Here’s one from Halldor Orri and his teammates on Icelandic club Stjarnan.

2:43PM Wed. Jul. 28, 2010, Nick Barbaro Read More | Comment »

Red Bull Battle Del Toro
If you've still got soccer fever and happen to be in San Antonio this weekend, be sure to catch the Red Bull Battle Del Toro featuring the finest under-16 soccer stars from Texas and Mexico.

4:56PM Mon. Jul. 12, 2010, Mark Fagan Read More | Comment »

Fallout From 'Le Main de Dieu'
From the Headline Wire:
• "French president Sarkozy apologizes to Ireland" for the Thierry Henry hand-ball that knocked Ireland out of next year's World Cup. ("I told Brian Cowen how sorry I was for them," said Sarkozy.)
• "Economic fallout in Ireland over elimination" ("It would have lifted the gloom and got people spending.")

2:56PM Fri. Nov. 20, 2009, Nick Barbaro Read More | Comment »

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Longhorns Opener Friday; Aztex on TV Sunday
The UT Longhorns open their season this Friday, hosting TCU at 7pm, Aug. 21. UT has never lost to TCU, and has a 26-game home unbeaten streak, dating back to 2006. The very young Horns will start four or five freshmen; two to watch: Brazilian-born and Chicago-raised Leah Fortune, who had UT's lone goal, and over half of the team's shots, in a 2-1 exhibition loss last Friday at LSU, and midfielder Sophie Campise, out of Dallas' Ursuline Academy. There's a special $3 Opening Night Bundle: one ticket, one popcorn, and a discount coupon to Longhorns, Ltd.; advance sale only; call 232-3865.

The Austin Aztex are on the road this week, but you can catch them on TV; the nationally televised game at the Montreal Impact is on Fox Soccer Channel, 2:30pm Sunday, Aug. 23. The Aztex played well last Sunday against Minnesota, taking the lead twice before giving up a very disappointing equalizer in the 89th minute and settling for a 2-2 draw.

Below: more on the Aztex, plus Women's Pro Soccer and Champions League results.

7:44PM Wed. Aug. 19, 2009, Nick Barbaro Read More | Comment »

Backs Against the Wall
The Austin Aztex dropped a pair of games in the Carolinas last week: 1-0 to Charleston and 3-0 to Carolina. No disgrace there – those are two of the top teams in the USL First Division – but their playoff chances are rapidly slipping away. Realistically, the Aztex need at least six wins in their last nine games to be in the hunt. The team plays at Rochester this Saturday, then returns home next weekend... In other USL news, the Puerto Rico Islanders advanced into the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League for a second straight year, ousting the MLS' Toronto FC Tuesday night. The group stage will run Aug. 18-Oct. 22. Below: WC qualifying, WPS finale, and more

1:29AM Thu. Aug. 6, 2009, Nick Barbaro Read More | Comment »

Aztex Let One Get Away
The Austin Aztex lost a golden chance to make up ground in the playoff chase Satur­day, giving up two goals to the Montreal Impact in the last 13 minutes and settling for a 2-2 draw that felt more like a loss by the end. The Aztex dominated early in the second half, and got a goal and an assist each from Gifton Noel-Williams and A.J. Godbolt, before the meltdown. Montreal actually put the ball in the net five times in a 12-minute span, but three strikes were ruled out for offsides. Then after all that, the Aztex appeared to have snatched back a win in extra time, but Ryan Caugherty was judged to have fouled the Montreal keeper before scoring. So begins a tough three-game road swing, starting with Charleston and Carolina this Thursday and Saturday. The good news: the Aztex will have striker Jean Alexandre back on loan from Real Salt Lake; he nailed the probable goal of the year last month in Puerto Rico. The Aztex U-23s bowed out of the PDL playoffs last Wednesday with a 2-1 loss to West Texas United. Throughout the Gold Cup tournament, folks were talking about how young and green the U.S. was. In Sunday's final, they showed just what can happen to such a team, as a troubled Mexico roared to life, and totally dismantled the Americans in front of 80,000 fans in Giants Stadium, with five second-half goals, and their first win on U.S. soil in over 10 years. Next: a key World Cup qualifier Aug. 12 at the Azteca in Mexico City, where no American team has never won. It'll be a whole different U.S. squad, but a stronger Mexico as well, and 5-0 is a powerful motivator, both ways.

7:46PM Wed. Jul. 29, 2009, Nick Barbaro Read More | Comment »

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