U.S. Soccer is making a statement with Pride Crest during World Cup in Qatar
There are many reasons to criticize FIFA for the way they’ve handled the Men’s World Cup that is about to begin in Qatar, and at the top of that list is that they chose to have it in a nation with egregious human rights violations.
Will the U.S. men blow their chance for a World Cup spot, like they did for the 2018 event?
Nearly five years after the United States men’s national soccer team famously blew a spot in the 2018 World Cup by losing to a vastly inferior Trinidad and Tobago squad in October of 2017 in the final game of qualifying, the moment of redemption has finally arrived for the Americans.
Red Stars player Sarah Gorden claims she was racially profiled by security guard at Houston Dash game, NWSL now investigating
The Houston Dash released a statement Monday after a Red Stars player claimed she and her boyfriend, who are Black, were racially profiled during the opening match of the Challenge Cup tournament on Saturday.
“Ted Lasso’s” Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple talk award-winning streaming show
HOUSTON – Apple TV’s “Ted Lasso” stars Jason Sudeikis as the title character, a small-time college football coach hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, even though he has no experience coaching soccer. Actress Hannah Waddingham plays Rebecca Welton, the new owner of the team, and Juno Temple is Keeley Jones, a model who works for the team and also dates a few of the players. The streaming show recently earned three Critics’ Choice Awards, and a Golden Globe for Jason. I caught up with Hannah and Juno for the scoop on season 2, and if Ted Lasso’s famous mustache will also be returning.
Houston pitches 2026 World Cup bid to FIFA in virtual meeting
Houston may be one of 16 host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup if the city’s bid gets accepted. On Wednesday, the 2026 Houston World Cup Bid Committee met with FIFA and USA Football officials virtually, mainly to discuss stadium details, according to committee president Chris Canetti. THE COMPETITIONHouston has great odds to land the 2026 bid due to the amount of cities needed in the United States. 10 of the 16 host cities will be in the U.S., and with Houston checking in as the fourth-biggest city, along with a soccer history, the odds should be strong. FIFA is likely to decide on the final 10 American host cities late in 2021, with a possibility for the decision to bleed over into 2022, according to Canetti.
Houston Newsmakers: Holocaust Museum Houston offers free admission Thursday for International Human Rights Day
Holocaust Museum Houston hosts free admission day“When the Holocaust ended there was a outcry for the world to realize that this should never happen again,” said Kelly Zuniga, CEO of Holocaust Museum Houston. “And that was the beginning of the human rights movement.” That movement continues today and on December 10th International Human Rights day will be observed around the world. The Holocaust Museum Houston is hosting a free admission day to help focus on the past, the present and what more needs to be done. John Walker, President, Business Operations, Houston Dynamo/Dash FC· Website: https://www.houstondynamofc.com/· Twitter: @HoustonDynamoWhy is Congress taking so long to reach stimulus agreement? Congressional members have said the best way for constituents to make a difference is to contact them.
3 funeral workers fired over Maradona coffin photos
BUENOS AIRES – Three funeral workers have been fired for posing for photos alongside the body of soccer star Diego Maradona shortly before his funeral. The images distributed across social media created outrage, even death threats, across a nation that venerated Maradona, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at age 60. Claudio Fernández confirmed to Radio Diez that he'd lost his job at the Pinier funeral home, along with his son Ismael and Claudio Medina. One of the images shows Fernández and his son — smiling and with thumb raised — alongside Maradona's body in the coffin on Thursday. I'm from the neighborhood," Fernández said.
Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year’s World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. “Maradona inspires us,” said then-Argentina striker Carlos Tevez, explaining his country’s everyman fascination with Maradona at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Maradona said he was given a soccer ball soon after he could run. A year after losing the 1990 World Cup final to West Germany, Maradona moved to Spanish club Sevilla, but his career was on the decline. He failed another doping test for stimulants and was thrown out of the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
Houston Dynamo, Dash get new logos and new color
HOUSTON – The Houston Dynamo announced a “new club direction” on Tuesday. The team made the announcement via its website that the new name of the club is “Houston Dynamo FC.” “FC” stands for football club, and is used by several American soccer teams. The women’s team will still be known as the Houston Dash. We are Houston Dynamo FC. #HoldItDown pic.twitter.com/CDxDteBXTf — Houston Dynamo FC (@HoustonDynamo) November 17, 2020The rebranding includes new crests for both teams, which were created with help from a Houston-based, minority-owned company 9th Wonder.
Rapids down Dynamo late behind Rubio in 2-1 win
(AP) – Diego Rubio scored in extra time and the Colorado Rapids beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Sunday night. Colorado (8-6-4), which clinched a playoff berth with a 1-0 win over Portland on Wednesday, enters post-season play for the first time since 2016. Houston (4-9-9) ended the season without a win its last seven contests. Rubio took a pass from Cole Bassett, started his run down the left, planted and fired across his right for the game winner. Younes Namli put the Rapids up 1-0 at the 61st minute before Mauro Manotas evened the score for Houston eight minutes later.
Picault scores twice, FC Dallas beats Dynamo 3-0
FRISCO, Texas – Fabrice-Jean Picault scored twice in FC Dallas' 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Franco Jara tapped in a sliding goal off a headed centering pass from Michael Barrios in the 19th minute to give Dallas (8-5-7) the lead. In the 27th minute, Fabrice-Jean Picault headed in a book pass from Andrés Ricaurte. Piicault added one more in the 93rd for the final margin. Houston (4-9-9), which beat Dallas 2-0 on Oct. 7, is winless in six matches.
Houston salvages 2-2 tie with Minnesota United
(AP) – Niko Hansen’s goal in the 83rd minute helped rally the Houston Dynamo to a 2-2 tie with Minnesota United on Sunday night. The Dynamo's (4-7-8) Memo Rodríguez scored in the 59th minute, cutting the their deficit to 2-1. Minnesota United (6-5-6) failed to capitalize on a fast start that included two goals in a 19-minute span in the first half by Ethan Finley. Finley scored at 11 minutes on a well-timed run off a throw-in from midfield. At 30 minutes, Finley started a run and took a feed from Jacori Hayes past a defender, beating the keeper.
Mukhtar scores twice, Nashville beats Houston Dynamo 3-1
HOUSTON – Hany Mukhtar scored two of Nashville’s three first-half goals in a 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night. Mukhtar opened the scoring in the 15th minute, and Abu Danladi scored on a header four minutes later. Mukhtar added another one in the 23rd, beating Dynamo goalkeeper Marko Maric on a free kick. Darwin Quintero, who leads Houston with six goals, scored in the 75th minute. Joe Willis made five saves for Nashville, which has allowed just nine goals in its last 11 games.
Morgan scores on penalty kick, Inter Miami beats Houston 1-0
(AP) – Lewis Morgan scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute, leading Inter Miami a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night. The shot was set up when Houston's Aljaz Struna committed a foul in the penalty area. Miami (5-10-2) won its second straight and moved within a point of Nashville for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Houston (4-6-7) and Colorado have 19 points and are tied for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. ___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Dash defeat Courage 4-1 in NWSL’s fall series
(AP) – Kristie Mewis had a goal and three assists and the Houston Dash beat the North Carolina Courage 4-1 in the National Women’s Soccer League fall series Sunday night. After Lynn Williams scored for the Courage to avoid the shutout, Shae Groom scored the final Dash goal in the 83rd minute. The Dash (2-1-0), who hadn’t ever defeated the Courage, close the fall series next week against the Orlando Pride in Kissimmee, Florida. The Courage (1-1-1), the two-time defending NWSL champions, wrap up the series on Oct. 17 against the Pride in Orlando. ___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
US soccer team forfeits match after anti-gay slur
SAN DIEGO – San Diego Loyal forfeited a second-division soccer match in the United States in protest against an anti-gay slur apparently hurled at one of its players. When they came back out for the second half, Loyal’s players and coaches took a knee and then walked off, thereby forfeiting the match. “SD Loyal forfeited the match in support of Martin and the diversity that the club stands for within its community,” the club said. Loyal said in a statement that players and coaches heard the slur, but the match referees did nothing about it. Loyal forfeited its previous match -- a 1-1 draw against LA Galaxy II -- after player Elijah Martin was the victim of a racial slur by an opponent in the second half.
Beric scores again as Fire beats Dynamo, snaps skid
CHICAGO – Robert Beric scored for the third consecutive game and the Chicago Fire beat the Houston Dynamo 4-0 on Wednesday night. Jonathan Bornstein played a one-touch pass to Beric for a one-touch redirection from 7 yards in the 15th minute. Sapong converted from the spot in the 89th to cap the scoring after Aljaz Struna was called for a foul in the area. Sapong's first penalty kick was stopped but, after video review, goalkeeper Marko Maric was ruled to have come off his line and Sapong put away his second attempt. It was the Fire’s highest-scoring game of the season and just their fourth with more than one goal.
Pure Soccer Katy is an indoor soccer facility where kids and adults can train safely
HOUSTON – Pure Soccer is Katy’s premiere indoor soccer facility that combines high quality training with high quality academics. This is a great way to show everyone how the sport safely continues for the pros, and also for the kids heading back into the school year. Kids can safely train indoors, prepare for tryouts, and get their physical activity in during the day if they are learning virtually. Pure Soccer Katy has been open for one year, and they’ve also got a new schooling program. They have a new classroom where kids homeschooling will be taught by certified teacher for 3 hours, and then train for 3 hours.
BBVA Stadium to reopen to some fans for Dynamo, Dash home games
HOUSTON BBVA Stadium announced a limited number of fans will soon be able to attend Houston Dynamo, Dash home games, according to a press release. This reopening plan, which has been approved by the city of Houston, Major League Soccer and the National Womens Soccer League, marks the first time a major league sports stadium has reopened to some fans. The Dash is scheduled to play on Sept. 26 at BBVA Stadium against the Orlando Pride. BBVA Stadium is implementing policy changes and safety enhancements to protect fans, players and employees' health. The team also outlined that seating will be limited to the upper seating bowl at BBVA Stadium.
Houston billionaire buys Italian soccer club for $700 million
HOUSTON Houston billionaire Dan Friedkin of The Friedkin Group has closed the sale on Italian soccer club AS Roma. In a press release Monday, Friedkin, a Rice alumni, purchased the club for an estimated $700 million. As one fan wrote recently, Take our iconic club and make it one of the greatest names in world football. We intend to do just that.AS Roma confirmed in the release that the club received written resignations from the teams president, Jim Palotta, and board of directors. This is an incredibly special football club and I leave with many unforgettable memories.
Second Baptist School Magazine Feature: What a Winter
The 2019-2020 version of the Second Baptist School women's basketball team won't soon be forgotten. Leyla Ertan '21, Kaitlyn Kollmorgen '20 and Victoria Ryan '20 were first-team picks, while Emily Blackmon '20 was named second team. Alyssa Elias '20 and Caroline Torn '20 earned honorable mention nods. "The men's basketball program at Second Baptist School was young and hungry. Cameron Kelley '22 and Helena Platis '22 earned second-team honors and Julia Sauvageau got an honorable mention nod.
Houston Dash to celebrate championship win with drive-by parade Thursday
HOUSTON Houston Dash is inviting fans to celebrate its National Womens Soccer League (NWSL) Challenge Cup title win during a drive-by parade on Thursday at BBVA Stadium. Typically, when a Houston team wins a championship, they are celebrated with a parade in H-Town. But, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the team was forced to come up with an alternative celebration. RELATED: Houston Dash land in Houston celebrating championship winDash players and coaches, all of whom have undergone a rigorous coronavirus testing protocol, will gather on a stage in the parking lot south of BBVA Stadium for a socially distanced celebration, allowing fans to drive by to congratulate the team. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the south end of BBVA stadium, near the intersection of Walker Street and Emancipation Avenue.
4 things to watch in Houston sports this week
Its a big week in the Houston sports scene. Here are the four most important things youll see this week:Houston Astros deal with rotation woesJustin Verlander will miss at least the next two weeks, if not more with a forearm strain. Losing Verlander makes the whole Astros rotation shaky, with the Astros No. Dash championship celebrationWhat a week for the Houston Dash! Texans start training campThe NFL and NFLPA agreed to a health-and-safety deal, meaning training camp starts on time.
The Latest: Postponed Belgian Cup final now set for Aug. 1
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The postponed Belgian Cup final has been rescheduled for Aug. 1. That is one week before the start of the leagues next season. Belgian soccer authorities say the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp will take place in an empty King Baudouin Stadium. Club Brugge has the opportunity to secure a league-cup double after it was awarded its 16th Belgian title this month following a decision to end the current season prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic. The new season is set to start on Aug. 7.
Messis back: Spanish soccer league set to resume in June
MADRID Lionel Messi's Barcelona and the rest of the Spanish league can resume play in June after three months of waiting for the coronavirus pandemic to subside. Of course, play will resume under conditions that guarantee the maximum health security for all the competitors, Snchez said. It is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches, CSD (Spain's sports authority), agents, etc, Spanish league president Javier Tebas wrote on Twitter. Earlier this month, the league said five players had tested positive for the virus and were confined until they recover. But before the Spanish league was stopped there were plans to hold games without fans as the virus began its spread into Europe.
FIFA unveils emblem for 2022 World Cup
(CNN) - Soccer fans can officially get excited about the 2022 World Cup. FIFA says the World Cup emblem is meant to embody the vision of "an event that connects and engages the entire world," while also reflecting the culture in which the sporting event is taking place. Culturally, the symbol resembles a woolen shawl that is typically worn by the citizens of Arab and Gulf countries in winter, which is when the 2022 World Cup will take place, according to FIFA. The World Cup is normally held during the summer months. The US men's national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.