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NASL files lawsuit against US Soccer

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:30:00 PDT

From the field to the court.

Two weeks after having its second-division status revoked, the North American Soccer League filed a federal anti-trust lawsuit against U.S. Soccer on Tuesday that claims the sport’s national governing body and Major League Soccer have conspired to “destroy” it.

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U.S. women cruise to 5-0 win over New Zealand

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:14:00 PDT

Alex Morgan scored twice and the U.S. women's national team concluded a two-game series against New Zealand with a 5-0 victory at Nippert Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Americans improved to 9-3-0 this year. There are four more games left on the team's 2017 schedule.

The U.S. defeated the Ferns...

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Digest (Sept. 19): MASL places Blast in Eastern Division

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:20:00 PDT

The Major Arena Soccer League announced the divisional and conference alignments for the 2017-18 season. The MASL enters its fourth season with 24 teams in the MASL pyramid, including an expected eight to 12 teams in the newly formed MASL2. The full 2017-18 MASL schedule is set to be released next...

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Atlanta United sets Major League Soccer attendance record

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:00:00 PDT

The Major League Soccer single-game attendance record has been broken by a team in its first season.

Atlanta United attracted 70,425 to the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Saturday's 3-3 draw with Orlando City. It was the best attended domestic game in the United States since the New York...

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MLS commissioner Don Garber calls Atlanta United crowd awe-inspiring

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:30:00 PDT

The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons will battle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday night during an NFL game broadcast nationally on NBC.

The field will show no signs of what happened 24 hours earlier, when an announced crowd of 70,425 packed the stadium for a different kind of football.

Atlanta...

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'It's time for change': Boston attorney will challenge Sunil Gulati for U.S. Soccer presidency

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:11:00 PDT

For several months, Boston attorney Steve Gans has been on a listening tour of sorts in deciding whether to run for the U.S. Soccer Federation presidency. He attended youth soccer's assembly in Dallas this summer, exchanged thoughts with former players and received feedback from those involved...

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England fears possible hacks at Russian World Cup

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:30:00 PDT

The English Football Association is concerned about its players and coaches being hacked at the World Cup in Russia and has written to FIFA expressing concerns about information already being accessed in a cyberattack.

England has told players, coaches and technical staff to avoid using public...

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Watch Ravens' Brandon Williams, Vikings' Stefon Diggs (Maryland) play 'proper football'

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:35:00 PDT

In two weeks, the Ravens will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, where “football” means a different thing to the locals. So when Brandon Williams visited England this summer to promote the game, he wore his Ravens jersey, of course, but he also had to play with a ball at his feet.

Along with...

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Orlando City ready for new-look D.C. United

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 17:25:00 PDT

It is hard to predict the outcome of Orlando City’s road match against D.C. United at 7 p.m. Saturday because the last time the teams met they looked completely different.

“I think they have four different players since we played them last, and four impactful players,” Lions coach Jason Kreis said....

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Coliseum, Rose Bowl and Inglewood NFL stadium apply to stage World Cup games

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Three Southern California stadiums have submitted paperwork to stage World Cup games in 2026 should the united bid of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to host the tournament win approval from FIFA.

The Coliseum, the new NFL stadium set at Hollywood Park and Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, site of the 1994 World...

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San Diego out of running for 2026 World Cup

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 12:05:00 PDT

In July, organizers bidding to host soccer’s 2026 World Cup reached out to 49 venues in 44 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico, giving them until Sept. 5 to declare their interest.

Forty-one responded that, heck yes, they’re interested in having the planet’s most popular sporting...

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Boys Soccer: Man Valley striking early, often so far this fall

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 19:20:00 PDT

The Manchester Valley boys soccer team returned a solid nucleus of players from last season, and the Mavericks expected to do well.

So far, they’ve probably exceeded expectations.

Manchester Valley kept its perfect record intact with a 1-0 victory over Howard on Thursday night to improve to 4-0.

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U.S. hopes bonds formed in Honduras will pave way to Russia

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 14:55:00 PDT

When the final whistle sounded on Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier, U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez dropped to his knees in the center circle, unable to move.

Around him exhausted teammates bent over at the waist, grasping for air and begging for relief. The Americans had battled Honduras to a 1-1 draw...

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Bobby Wood's late goal gives U.S. tie with Honduras, keeps World Cup hopes alive

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 20:30:00 PDT

Bobby Wood has played 34 games for the U.S. national soccer team, nearly half of them as a substitute. So he knew what was expected of him when came off the bench Tuesday.

“Coming on as a sub, you always want to change the game in some way,” he said. “That’s my job.”

But on this steamy afternoon...

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US Soccer lowers NASL to 3rd division

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 17:30:00 PDT

Demba Ba and his group of foreign stars are continuing with their plan to bring professional soccer to San Diego next spring, hiring staff, picking a team name, securing property in North County, building a modular stadium, finding a coach, signing players.

Add this to the list of uncertainties:...

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U.S. soccer team faces another crucial test against Honduras

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 16:55:00 PDT

Things are heating up for the U.S. in soccer World Cup qualifying. And we’re not talking about the Americans’ suddenly precarious position in the six-team CONCACAF tournament, although we’ll get to that in a bit.

First let’s talk about the weather. It was 91 degrees with 67% humidity when the U.S....

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U.S. men's national team heads to Honduras feeling some self-inflicted pressure

Sun, 3 Sep 2017 12:19:00 PDT

The U.S. national soccer team boarded a charter flight Sunday, leaving behind a cool, pre-autumn rain and the jolt from an untimely home defeat for toasty conditions and mounting pressure in Honduras.

The Americans had opened training camp a week ago believing they would arrive in San Pedro Sula...

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After loss to Costa Rica, it's a harsh World Cup qualifying reality for the U.S.

Sat, 2 Sep 2017 13:05:00 PDT

When U.S. Soccer lured Bruce Arena away from the Galaxy to coach the national team last fall, it gave him just one objective.

“My goal is very clear,” Arena said at the time. “It’s to qualify our team for Russia 2018.”

Friday’s dismal 2-0 loss to Costa Rica has put that goal in peril. But if the...

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Barcelona says Liverpool made late offer to sell Coutinho

Sat, 2 Sep 2017 07:53:00 PDT

Barcelona says it rejected a last-minute offer from Liverpool to sell midfielder Philippe Coutinho for 200 million euros ($237 million) the Spanish club on Friday, the final day of the transfer window.

Club official Albert Soler said on Saturday that “at the last hour, after weeks of offers and...

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U.S. loses to Costa Rica, 2-0, in danger of not qualifying for World Cup

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 20:40:00 PDT

When it comes to World Cup qualifying, Costa Rica has found a way to bring out the worst in the U.S.

With Marco Urena scoring two goals and goalkeeper Keylor Navas making two splendid saves, Costa Rica dealt the U.S. a loss of historic proportions Friday, winning 2-0 before a sellout crowd of more...

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Police charge soccer star Wayne Rooney with drunk driving

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 07:40:00 PDT

Wayne Rooney has been charged with drunk driving and was released on bail ahead of a court appearance later this month, Cheshire police said Friday.

The 31-year-old Everton striker was reportedly stopped by police near his home outside Manchester early Friday. He is due to appear in court on Sept....

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U.S. playing crucial World Cup qualifier in a city it once avoided. Will it have home-field advantage?

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:40:00 PDT

The men’s national team has played World Cup qualifiers in blinding blizzards and stifling humidity. It has played on tiny junior college fields and in massive NFL stadiums. And it has played in 26 cities, 17 states and the District of Columbia.

But Friday it will do something it has never done...

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Blast excited about calling SECU Arena home, are eager for restart in Towson

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:00:00 PDT

Believing the time was right for a fresh start, the Blast ended their longstanding relationship with Royal Farms Arena for a newer facility. They’ll play the 2017-18 Major Arena Soccer League season at Towson University’s SECU Arena.

In conjunction with the university, the team had a news conference...

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Michael Bradley's leadership and play has keyed turnaround for U.S. men's soccer team

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:35:00 PDT

If last fall wasn’t the lowest point of Michael Bradley’s soccer career, he could certainly see the bottom from where he stood.

His club team, Toronto FC, had just become the first to lose an MLS Cup final despite not giving up a shot on goal. A month earlier, the U.S. national team had become...

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At 18, Christian Pulisic is becoming the player of U.S. soccer dreams

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:04:00 PDT

Christian Pulisic's status is blooming to such a degree with both his German Bundesliga club and the U.S. national team that global speculators are placing his market transfer value in the tens of millions -- incomprehensible figures for an American soccer player. Next summer, if all goes as planned...

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Blast find new home at Towson University's SECU Arena

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:10:00 PDT

After 37 years of professional indoor soccer at Royal Farms Arena, the Blast have a new home for the 2017-18 Major Arena Soccer League season: Towson University’s SECU Arena.

Sources close to the Blast and SECU Arena confirmed the move, and the team has scheduled a news conference for Thursday...

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Hurricane worries and unites players on U.S. national team

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:10:00 PDT

Houston was still dry when DaMarcus Beasley got on a plane for New Jersey, where he would join the U.S. men’s national team. By the time he landed, many of his neighbors were packing their belongings and beginning to plot their escapes before Hurricane Harvey dumped the worst of its deadly wrath...

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Digest: Former Terps Gonzalez, Zusi on U.S. World Cup qualifying roster

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 20:25:00 PDT

In the lead-up to two critical World Cup qualifiers, the United States will begin workouts today in northern New Jersey with a group familiar with one another and with coach Bruce Arena. All 26 players have served under Arena since his appointment last winter, including former Terps Omar Gonzalez...

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U.S. coach Bruce Arena calls up deep, experienced roster for World Cup qualifiers

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 14:40:00 PDT

The time for Bruce Arena to experiment with his national team roster is over, so the team the U.S. coach called up Sunday for the resumption of World Cup qualifying is older, deeper and more experienced than the one he used in July’s Gold Cup.

A dozen of the 26 players Arena summoned have made...

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Navy men relying on youth to take the next step

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:05:00 PDT

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What to watch in soccer this weekend

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:30:00 PDT

A capsule look at some of the weekend’s best TV offerings from Europe’s top soccer leagues:

Ligue 1: Neymar is off to a good start in France, with three goals and three assists in his first two games for unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain. On Friday, he faces another unbeaten team in St.-Etienne and...

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Hackers take over Barcelona's Twitter account to announce fake signing of Angel di Maria

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:10:00 PDT

The collective jaw of the soccer world dropped late Tuesday night when Barcelona's Twitter account announced a blockbuster deal: Paris Saint-Germain had agreed to send Argentine star Angel di Maria to Barcelona. Finally, fans thought, a suitable replacement for outgoing star Neymar, who signed...

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England eyes Champions League revival with 5 clubs in group stage

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:53:00 PDT

England aims to revive a fading record in the Champions League with five teams in the group-stage draw for the first time on Thursday.

Liverpool's advance through the playoffs Wednesday means it joins top-seeded Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, plus Tottenham in the 32-team draw...

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Wayne Rooney announces his retirement from England's national team

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:36:00 PDT

England record-scorer Wayne Rooney retired from international football on Wednesday after spurning an offer to return to the squad.

"I believe now is the time to bow out," the former England captain said in a statement. "I will always remain a passionate England fan."

A return to form since leaving...

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For much of Europe, soccer season is again a battle for second place

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:35:00 PDT

European soccer’s top leagues have been ruled by super clubs for much of the past decade.

Bayern Munich has won the past five Bundesliga titles in Germany, Juventus has captured the past six crowns in Italy’s Serie A, and Barcelona and Real Madrid have combined to win 12 of the past 13 championships...

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Baltimore interested in hosting games in combined North American bid for 2026 World Cup

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:35:00 PDT

Baltimore was named one of 34 potential American host cities Tuesday for a combined bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

M&T Bank Stadium was among 49 stadiums in 44 cities identified by the United Bid Committee as a potential venue for soccer’s most popular...

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Navy women's soccer determined to finish better

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:04:00 PDT

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Ronaldo banned for 5 games after pushing referee

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:15:00 PDT

Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five matches after shoving a referee following his red card during Real Madrid's 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's return leg of the Super Cup in Madrid plus the first four matches of the Spanish league season.(image)



Upon further review, MLS embraces use of video replay

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 13:05:00 PDT

Howard Webb is widely recognized as one of the top soccer referees of all-time. But even he remains haunted by a call he got wrong.

After Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands flattened Spain’s Xabi Alonso early in the 2010 World Cup final, Webb gave De Jong a yellow card — though replays clearly showed...

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Players from Mexican national team ignore their coach, join MLS

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:40:00 PDT

Juan Carlos Osorio pulled a chair up to the breakfast table, pointed a fork at his inquisitor and cleared up a misunderstanding before cleaning up his eggs.

“I was misquoted as saying I don’t like the MLS,” the Mexican national team coach said this spring. “No. I never said that. I said it’s a...

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Soccer players narrowly escape injury when 15-foot tree branch crashes onto bench in Pasadena park

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 19:10:00 PDT

A group of soccer players narrowly escaped injury in Pasadena on Tuesday afternoon when a massive tree limb crashed to the ground, crushing a bench where the players were sitting, officials said.

About 3 p.m., half a dozen players seeking shade under the tree at Villa Parke heard a crack from above...

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Bayern Munich launches U.S. fan survey

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Bayern Munich would like to ask you a question.

Several questions, in fact.

The German soccer powerhouse, which claims 27 million supporters in the U.S., has launched a survey to find out when its American fans became part of the Bayern family, how long they’ve followed the team, how they consume...

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Hope Solo looks to revive her soccer career abroad

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 16:40:00 PDT

American goalkeeper Hope Solo is looking to resume playing and says she had had offers to play overseas.

Solo was handed a six-month suspension and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated last year following the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after she called Sweden's team “cowards” for their defensive...

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U.S. Heading To Gold Cup Final Four For 9th Straight Time With 2-0 Win Over El Salvador

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:17:29 PDT

The U.S. is heading to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the ninth straight time, riding first-half goals from Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj to a chippy 2-0 win over El Salvador on Wednesday.

The U.S., unbeaten in 12 games under coach Bruce Arena, will play Costa Rica on Saturday in Arlington,...

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Paris Saint-Germain soccer club insists Neymar deal will make both dollars and sense

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 12:20:00 PDT

Here are a few things worth $613 million:

The combined 2017 payrolls of the Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox A fleet of a dozen Boeing 737 jets Four Rembrandts and a painting each by da Vinci and...(image)



Arsenal defeats Chelsea in new shootout format to win Community Shield

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Arsenal will start the Premier League season on a high note after mastering the experimental ABBA penalty shootout pattern to beat Chelsea for the Community Shield.

Wembley Stadium provided the biggest stage yet for global trials with the format that mixes up the order of penalties rather than...

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Neymar signs 5-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain in world-record soccer transfer

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 13:25:00 PDT

Neymar has become the most expensive player in soccer history after completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona on Thursday for $262 million.

PSG triggered the release clause in the forward's Barcelona contract, which was more than double the previous transfer record...

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Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher is making up for lost time with U.S. women's soccer team

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:25:00 PDT

Alyssa Naeher may be the best women’s goalkeeper you’ve never heard of.

But that has less to do with Naeher than it does with the woman who long played in front of her on the U.S. national team.

Hope Solo is undisputedly the best goalie in women’s soccer history. In 15 years she won 153 games and...

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MLS launches new instant replay program

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 17:45:00 PDT

A big red button sitting in front of four computer screens looked like it belonged in a cartoon, the tool of an evil villain glowing in a small, dark room at Toyota Park.

“You’ll notice what looks like a missile launch button here,” said James Japhet, a representative responsible for explaining...

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Jill Ellis invites the world to come to the U.S. to make the national team better

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Jill Ellis studied literature in college. But you don’t need a medical degree to know that unexercised muscles will eventually lose their strength.

The same goes for teams. So when Ellis, coach of the U.S. women’s soccer team, took stock of her program following the 2015 World Cup, some of what...

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Barcelona says Neymar has 'intention' to leave club amid Paris Saint-Germain rumors

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 03:20:00 PDT

Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent.

The club said Wednesday that the Brazil striker told his teammates "that he had the intention of leaving the club and seeking his future elsewhere, and the coach has given...

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Galaxy II make Efrain Alvarez, 15, youngest player in USL history

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 12:50:00 PDT

Efrain Alvarez became the youngest player to join the second-tier USL on Wednesday when the 15-year-old signed a professional contract with LA Galaxy II, an affiliate of the Major League Soccer franchise.

Alvarez, a native of Los Angeles, is just 45 days past his 15th birthday and will enter his...

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Even without Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid a challenge for MLS All-Stars

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 16:41:00 PDT

The greatest spectacle in soccer rolled into Chicago and even without its biggest attraction it still has managed to draw the eyes of the sport to the lakefront.

Real Madrid, the 12-time European champions and arguably the most popular soccer team in the world, will face off against the MLS All-Stars...

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Digest: Baltimore boys soccer team wins U-17 national title

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:35:00 PDT

Baltimore Celtic SC 2000 defeated FC Dallas 00 Premier, 2-1, to earn the under-17 boys title Sunday at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas. Herson Morales (North County) and Justin Gielen (DeMatha) each scored for Celtic. Ryan Miller (C. Milton Wright) earned the Golden...

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U.S. rallies from two-goal deficit to beat Brazil in Tournament of Nations

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:00:00 PDT

Julie Ertz came in off the bench and scored in the 89th minute and the United States overcame a late two-goal deficit to beat Brazil 4-3 on Sunday night in the Tournament of Nations.

The United States was in danger of losing for the fourth time this year before the three-goal flurry in about nine...

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Messi scores, Neymar adds two assists as Barcelona wins El Clasico Miami, 3-2

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 19:15:00 PDT

For one night in Miami, soccer was king. In the building crescendo of Saturday night’s preseason El Clasico Miami, in the swelling hype surrounding one of the world’s best rivalries, and in FC Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Real Madrid, the sport owned its massive stage.

The two Spanish soccer titans...

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Two killed in stampede at South Africa soccer stadium

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 13:05:00 PDT

Fans at a soccer match in a South African stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final tried to push through the gates on Saturday, causing a stampede that killed two people.

One person was critically injured and 16 others had minor injuries in the accident at FNB Stadium in the Soweto area of...

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Bruce Arena, Sigi Schmid and Bob Bradley aren't too old to chase dreams

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:55:00 PDT

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez was both a fervent soccer fan and a tireless writer who rebelled against the idea that age should lessen his love of either pursuit.

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old,” he said. “They grow old because they stop pursuing...

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo won't be in Chicago to face MLS All-Stars

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:29:00 PDT

The $93 million question has been answered.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning FIFA player of the year and the world's highest-paid athlete, will not be in town with Real Madrid on Wednesday when the La Liga superpower faces the MLS All-Stars at Soldier Field.

Ronaldo is on an extended summer break...

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Bob Bradley is back in the MLS to become Los Angeles Football Club's first coach

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:35:00 PDT

The Los Angeles Football Club began laying the foundation for its inaugural Major League Soccer season Thursday, hiring Bob Bradley, who formerly headed the U.S. national team, as its first coach.

Bradley, 59, who guided the U.S. to the knockout stage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, returns...

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Jordan Morris strikes Gold for U.S.

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:20:00 PDT

When the final whistle sounded on Wednesday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final, Bruce Arena pumped his fist, then turned to his assistants and smiled.

As celebrations go it was a muted one, especially because Arena was commemorating more than just a win, he was making history as well by becoming the first...

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U.S., Jamaica have something to prove in Gold Cup final

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:10:00 PDT

The last time Bruce Arena and Theodore Whitmore faced each other across a soccer field, Arena was two games into his second stint as coach of the U.S. national team and Whitmore was three games into his second stretch as Jamaica’s manager.

That was five months ago and a lot has changed since then....

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Zinedine Zidane looks to add to coaching success with Real Madrid

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:45:00 PDT

Less than three years ago, Zinedine Zidane was starting his coaching career after retiring as one of the most celebrated players in soccer history, taking over Real Madrid’s B team.

Fast forward to 2017, and Zidane is on his way to becoming one of the most successful coaches in European soccer...

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The Gold Cup is often a springboard to the World Cup for best U.S. players

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:50:00 PDT

Stuart Holden has a soft spot for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“I love this tournament,” the Fox Sports broadcaster and former national team midfielder said. “Any time you put on the national team jersey, it’s an opportunity.”

Holden’s first opportunity came in the 2009 Gold Cup and he made the most...

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City of Orlando contacted about 2026 World Cup bid

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:05:00 PDT

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer has said many times he wants the city to be a destination for the world’s biggest sporting events, including the next World Cup held in America.

That goal is now closer than ever.

The City of Orlando has been contacted about being part of the joint bid for the United States,...

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Manchester City bets big on global expansion of its brand and sport

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:50:00 PDT

When Claudio Reyna played for Manchester City more than a decade ago, it was less a soccer club than a disaster.

Just two years removed from the second-tier Football League when Reyna arrived, City lost 48 times in his three full seasons there, narrowly escaping relegation again in 2006.

So it...

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Jamaica stuns Mexico 1-0, will face U.S. in CONCACAF Gold Cup final

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:26:00 PDT

Kemar Lawrence scored on an exquisite 24-yard free kick in the 88th minute, and Jamaica advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final with a 1-0 upset victory over Mexico on Sunday night.

Jamaica will face the United States on Wednesday night at Santa Clara, California. The Reggae Boyz are seeking their...

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U.S. to play for Gold Cup title after Dempsey sparks win

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:40:00 PDT

Quietly, quickly and methodically, Bruce Arena has remade the U.S. national team in his image.

Eight months into his second term as coach, the dispirited team Arena inherited is now resilient, confident and more than a little bit cocky.

But most of all it is successful, with Saturday’s 2-0 victory...

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Gold Cup longshots closing gap on powerhouses

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:30:00 PDT

The latest edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup began earlier this month the same way it always does, with a 14-team field full of unlikely longshots such as Canada, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Curacao and Martinique.

And if Mexico can get past Jamaica in Sunday’s semifinal at the Rose Bowl (FS1, Univision,...

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El Salvador's Romero, Ceren suspended after biting U.S. players during Gold Cup match

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:00:00 PDT

El Salvador defender Henry Romero was suspended for his nation's next six competitive matches and midfielder Darwin Ceren for the next three, penalties announced three days after they bit American players during a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean...

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European soccer is big business in America

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:50:00 PDT

As many fans attended an exhibition match on a drizzly summer Saturday night between two European soccer teams than typically attend a regular-season UCF football game in the fall.

This, above all else, should prove to all of you stubborn soccer haters out there that the Beautiful Game has literally...

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U.S. to meet Costa Rica in Gold Cup semifinal, eight months after lopsided loss

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:55:00 PDT

The last time the U.S. national team lost a soccer game, Jurgen Klinsmann was the coach, Bruce Arena still worked for the Galaxy and Donald Trump had been the president-elect for only a week.

Eight months and 12 games have passed since that match in Costa Rica, the Americans’ most one-sided loss...

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El Salvador's Henry Romero gives U.S. forward Jozy Altidore a purple nurple during Gold Cup quarterfinal [Video]

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:15:00 PDT

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore doesn’t necessarily mind being bitten and having his nipple twisted, but he would prefer if El Salvador defender Henry Romero wasn’t the one doing the biting and twisting.

Romero gave Altidore a purple nurple and chomped down on the back of his left shoulder, tactics...

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U.S. earns spot in Gold Cup semis after sloppy victory over El Salvador

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:50:00 PDT

It’s not always a good idea to combine family vacations with business trips. But so far, Eric Lichaj has managed to make both work this summer.

The U.S. defender decided to bring his English-born wife Kathryn and the couple’s two daughters with him to the Gold Cup, footing the bill for their flights...

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Police arrest Spanish Football Federation president in anti-corruption probe

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:15:00 PDT

Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was arrested Tuesday along with his son and three more federation executives as part of an anti-corruption probe.

Spain's Guardia Civil said in a statement that Villar, his son Gorka Villar, and three other soccer officials were detained...

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Reunion with Bruce Arena has Gyasi Zardes confident that his struggles are over

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:40:00 PDT

When Gyasi Zardes was named last month to the U.S. team for the Gold Cup, it raised a few eyebrows — but little concern — around the Galaxy.

Zardes, a forward, was mired in the longest goalless drought of his career. He had managed only one assist and five shots on goal in 12 games. Even Dave...

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Mexico beats Curacao to win CONCACAF Group C

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:05:00 PDT

Angel Sepulveda and Edson Alvarez scored and Mexico held on to beat Curacao 2-0 on Sunday night at the Alamodome to win Group C in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and continue its bid for a fourth championship in five years.

Mexico advanced to face Honduras in the quarterfinals Thursday night in Glendale,...

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U.S. adds veterans back onto its Gold Cup team roster

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:45:00 PDT

A day after the U.S. won its group in the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament, coach Bruce Arena made six changes to his 23-man roster ahead of Wednesday’s quarterfinal game in Philadelphia. The U.S. won’t know its next opponent until Group C play is concluded late Sunday.

Goalkeepers Tim Howard...

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Gold Cup: U.S. tops Nicaragua 3-0 to win group

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Matt Miazga scored on a closer-range header from Graham Zusi's corner kick in the 88th minute, giving the United States first place in its CONCACAF Gold Cup group with a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua on Saturday night.

Panama's 3-0 win over Martinique meant the U.S. needed a three-goal win to move...

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Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho finds a second home at UCLA

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:45:00 PDT

Jose Mourinho’s college career included one day in business school and five years at the Technical University of Lisbon, from which he earned a diploma in sports science.

But if he had to pick a favorite school, it would probably be UCLA. The Manchester United coach has spent more time on the Westwood...

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Costa Rica advances to Gold Cup quarterfinals with 3-0 win

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 22:40:00 PDT

Costa Rica assured itself of a spot in the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup by posting a 3-0 win over French Guiana on Friday night at Frisco, Texas.

Ariel Rodriguez scored in the fourth minute, and Rodney Wallace and David Ramirez added insurance goals late in the second half.

The result...

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United States edges Martinique 3-2 in unexpectedly close Gold Cup match

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:10:00 PDT

In a closer-than-expected match, the United States finally pulled ahead and closed out a 3-2 Gold Cup victory against Martinique late Wednesday night.

Forward Jordan Morris scored two goals to lead the Americans past their Group B opponent at Raymond James Stadium.

Morris scored the game-winner...

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Chuck Blazer, who touched off soccer scandal, dead at 72

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:38:00 PDT

Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that ultimately toppled FIFA President Sepp Blatter, died Wednesday. He was 72.

Blazer's death was announced by his lawyers, Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan. At a November 2013 court hearing...

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Canada, Costa Rica tie 1-1; Honduras may win by forfeit

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:35:00 PDT

Alphonso Davies and Francisco Calvo each scored first-half goals, and Canada and Costa Rica tied 1-1 on Tuesday night at Houston.

Davies gave Canada a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute and Calvo drew Costa Rica even with a header three minutes before halftime.

Canada and Costa Rica are tied in Group...

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Kellyn Acosta relishes chance to shine for U.S. in Gold Cup

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:05:40 PDT

TAMPA, Fla. — Kellyn Acosta is young, talented and eager to make the most of another opportunity to shine on the international soccer stage.

The U.S. faces Martinique in its second match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with Acosta and teammates hoping to make amends Wednesday night for a subpar performance...

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Iranian soccer stars call on government to repeal ban on women in stadiums

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:19:00 PDT

For the last 38 years, it's been illegal for women to attend soccer matches in Iran. Two of the country's most prominent names in the sport say it's time to change that.

"This is the demand of millions upon millions of female fans who'd like to watch soccer matches and other events up close," Ali...

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CONCACAF's Gold Cup campaign to silence fans' chanted slur gets off to a slow start

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:20:00 PDT

CONCACAF took on an unbeaten foe Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. And it got routed.

The ruling confederation for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean used the opening-round games of its biennial Gold Cup tournament to launch the latest campaign intended to stamp out the offensive...

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Mexico's coach Juan Carlos Osorio has gathered plenty of wins — and criticism

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:30:00 PDT

By his own reckoning, Juan Carlos Osorio should be out of a job by now.

“At this level, you as a manager are three defeats away from crisis,” the coach of Mexico’s national team said this spring. “If I was in another country, maybe they would allow me three defeats. In Mexico, no. Probably one...

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Wayne Rooney rejoins Everton; Romelu Lukaku heads to Manchester United 

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 06:57:00 PDT

Wayne Rooney rejoined boyhood club Everton on Sunday after 13 years at Manchester United, leaving English soccer's biggest club as its record scorer having won every major trophy.

The 31-year-old Rooney, the most recognized and scrutinized English soccer player, has been getting accustomed to a...

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U.S. held to 1-1 tie by Panama in Gold Cup opener

Sat, 8 Jul 2017 16:25:00 PDT

Dom Dwyer scored for the second straight game but Miguel Camarago's goal gave Panama a 1-1 tie Saturday against the United States, the first time the Americans failed to win their opener in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

After scoring in his U.S. debut last weekend against Ghana, the England-born Dwyer...

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Orlando Pride surrender late goal, settle for draw with Washington Spirit

Sat, 8 Jul 2017 15:05:00 PDT

Penalty kicks continue to haunt the Orlando Pride.

Orlando held a 2-1 lead late on the road against the Washington Spirit Saturday, but a foul in the 89th minute set up a deflating penalty kick equalizer.

The Pride (4-5-5, 16 points) couldn’t rally in stoppage time and settled for a 2-2 draw with...

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Will Cristiano Ronaldo play for Real Madrid vs. the MLS All-Stars?

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 07:08:00 PDT

Thursday night, Major League Soccer announced the first 11 MLS All-Stars who will play in the game against Real Madrid on Aug. 2 at Soldier Field.But what many fans want to know is this: Will Cristiano Ronaldo be there too? And will he play?

Neither Real Madrid nor Major League Soccer will say...

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Mexico soccer coach Osorio suspended 6 games

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Mexico was already without its A team for soccer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Now it’s without its coach.

FIFA suspended Juan Carlos Osorio for six games following an ugly incident at the Confederations Cup last weekend in Russia, where the 56-year-old Colombian coach spewed obscenities at an official...

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Digest (July 7): Washington Spirit hosting 1st televised game of week

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 19:24:00 PDT

The Washington Spirit will host the Orlando Pride today in the first National Women's Soccer League Lifetime Game of the Week played at the Maryland SoccerPlex. National TV coverage on Lifetime starts at 3:30 p.m. with kickoff set for 3:50 p.m. This will be the second meeting this season between...

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Bruce Arena returns to bigger, better Gold Cup with an inexperienced roster

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 13:45:00 PDT

The last time Bruce Arena coached in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the field included South Africa and Colombia, attendance averaged less than 14,000 a game and the U.S. won the title on a penalty kick from a 24-year-old Brad Davis following 120 scoreless minutes against Panama.

That was a dozen years...

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Messi To Extend Contract With Barcelona Until 2021

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 14:53:33 PDT

Lionel Messi will play out the best remaining years of his trophy-rich career at Barcelona.

The Spanish club said Wednesday that Messi had agreed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the club through the 2020-21 season. By then, Barcelona's all-time leading scorer will be 34 years...

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U.S. Soccer Liked What Newcomers Brought To Table In East Hartford

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 14:57:12 PDT

It took Dom Dwyer, an English-born forward for the United States men's soccer team, about 19 minutes into his national team career to get fans at Rentschler Field in East Hartford excited about the future.

After an active start to his first game, including a shot on net five minutes early, Dwyer...

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Germany wins Confederations Cup with 1-0 victory over Chile

Sun, 2 Jul 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Germany's experimental young side overcame street-wise Chile to win a bruising Confederations Cup final 1-0 on Sunday, vindicating Joachim Loew's decision to leave most of his world champions at home.

The only goal in St. Petersburg came in the 20th minute from the 28-year-old Lars Stindl, who...

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Portugal beats Mexico in extra time for third place in Confederations Cup

Sun, 2 Jul 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Portugal fought back from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in extra time in the Confederations Cup third-place game on Sunday.

Facing defeat at the end of the 90 minutes, Portugal sent the game into extra time with Pepe's volley. Adrien Silva won it with a 104th-minute penalty following Miguel Layun's...

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Marshawn Lynch might have used his hands just a little during a charity soccer game. Watch the video

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Marshawn Lynch didn’t get the memo about not using his hands while playing soccer.

Or, more likely, he didn’t care.

Playing in a charity soccer event near Seattle, the former Seahawks and now Oakland Raiders running back entered the game in the second half wearing official Beast Mode socks and...

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