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U.S. soccer coach says Tim Howard could return for World Cup qualifiers

NEW YORK – Brad Guzan could start for the U.S. in critical World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama next month despite his lack of playing time with Middlesbrough, and Tim Howard may return...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Megan Rapinoe left off U.S. women’s soccer roster

CHICAGO – Midfielder Megan Rapinoe has been left off the U.S. roster for a training camp ahead of the SheBelieves Cup tournament. Midfielder/forward Kealia Ohai also was not among the 25 players...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Beautiful game? Not for exploited soccer players in Africa

LIBREVILLE, Gabon – Only a tiny minority of African soccer players achieve stardom and the rich rewards that go with it. Some of them will feature in Sunday’s African Cup of Nations final, while...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Morris’ goal leads U.S. over Jamaica 1-0

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Jordan Morris ended the U.S. scoring drought, gave Bruce Arena his first national team win in more than a decade and put himself in a position to make the roster for games that...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Arena to experiment with U.S. soccer roster against Jamaica

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – After a dismal 0-0 tie against an inexperienced group of Serbians in his first game as U.S. coach in more than a decade, Bruce Arena gets one more look at the domestic part of...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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North America mulls soccer World Cup bid in President Donald Trump era

GENEVA – When Donald Trump was just a presidential candidate, there was a belief in soccer that the United States, Mexico and Canada would be a strong choice to team up for a North American bid to...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Bruce Arena aims for quick start to save U.S. World Cup hopes

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Bruce Arena realizes he has very little time to get back into his groove with the U.S. national team. After all, two vital World Cup qualifiers are looming just two months...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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FIFA expands World Cup to 48 teams beginning in 2026

ZURICH – FIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament that is likely to be held in North America. President Gianni Infantino’s favored plan – for 16...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Carli Lloyd win FIFA best player awards

ZURICH — Capping what he called the best year of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth FIFA best player award on Monday. The double European champion with Portugal and Real Madrid beat great...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Seattle wins MLS Cup, beating Toronto on penalty kicks

TORONTO – Roman Torres scored in the sixth round of penalty kicks to give the Seattle Sounders their first MLS Cup title, 5-4 over Toronto FC after 120 scoreless minutes Saturday night. It was the...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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FIFA president suggests 16 groups in 48-team World Cup

LONDON – FIFA President Gianni Infantino has suggested having 16 three-team groups if the World Cup expands to 48 countries. Members of the FIFA Council received a recommendation from world...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Brazilian soccer team’s plane crashes in Colombia; 71 dead

LA UNION, Colombia – Colombian authorities searched for answers Tuesday into the crash of a chartered airliner that slammed into the Andes mountains while transporting a Brazilian soccer team whose...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports