Barcelona routs rival Real Madrid, 4-0

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MADRID -- Visiting Barcelona routed Real Madrid, 4-0, in the Spanish Liga "Clasico" to move six points clear at the top.

A brace from Luis Suarez plus goals from Neymar and Andres Iniesta sealed victory for Barca against Real, which had Isco sent off for hacking down Neymar.

"This victory is glorious, especially in the way that it came about,"...Read more

Mayors embrace UM joining David Beckham in stadium push

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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado on Friday embraced a new push by soccer star David Beckham for a Miami stadium, saying a central role by the University of Miami would be helpful as the school seeks a new home for its football games.

"I think that it's a good idea-- and it's something I brought up to the Beckham ...Read more

Sources: Bomb threat cited in cancellation of German soccer match

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HANOVER, Germany -- The threat of a bomb attack by an Islamist group prompted the decision to call off Tuesday's football friendly between Germany and the Netherlands, according to security sources.

Security crews received the warning before the start of the game that possible attackers were in the stadium.

"We had concrete warnings that ...Read more

In World Cup qualifying, task is twofold for US coach Juergen Klinsmann

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Juergen Klinsmann faces two challenges in World Cup qualifying. The coach needs to put the U.S. national team on the path to qualify for the World Cup while fielding a younger team with an eye toward Russia 2018.

He did both last week, giving six players their qualifying debuts while ending a three-game losing streak with a decisive win over St...Read more

US soccer team trains in Miami for World Cup qualifying, hopes to atone for recent setbacks

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U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his team are coping with heat from critics, and with South Florida's sweltering humidity, as they head into the first two qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.

The team gathered at Barry University in Miami Shores on Monday for a three-day camp to prepare for a Friday match against St. Vincent ...Read more

Beckham partner: Land owners 'probably will' blow up soccer deal

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David Beckham's top Miami negotiator said Thursday that owners of the private land needed for a Miami soccer stadium "probably will blow this deal up," sounding the alarm over a potential failure of negotiations he said must be completed within a few weeks.

In an interview with the Miami Herald Editorial Board, Miami Beckham United's Tim ...Read more

Sepp Blatter's top FIFA aide is focus of reported $10-million payment

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FIFA sent out a surprising news release early Monday, saying that its secretary general, Jerome Valcke, would not be attending a women's World Cup news conference Thursday in Vancouver, Canada, because he had to attend to matters at FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

A few hours later, the New York Times explained what those matters ...Read more

Sepp Blatter stuns soccer world by saying he will step down as FIFA's leader

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Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter relinquished his post as the most powerful man in soccer on Tuesday, ending a 17-year reign atop the sport's governing body that has been marked by scandal and corruption allegations.

At a news conference at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Blatter said he will be in a better position to institute ...Read more

Five possible candidates to head FIFA

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In last Friday's vote for FIFA president, Sepp Blatter faced only one challenger: Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein. But after Blatter announced Tuesday his plans to resign, several names have surfaced as possible candidates in this winter's special election to choose his successor. Here are some of the favorites:

Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein (...Read more

Winners and losers in FIFA scandal

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After FIFA President Sepp Blatter's surprise announcement Tuesday that he would resign after new elections to find his successor, we take a quick look at its effect on the soccer world.


Soccer: International soccer has been trying to escape a cloud of doubt caused by game-fixing, run largely by international crime syndicates, and ...Read more

Senate subcommittee planning hearing on FIFA scandal

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WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the scandal that has rocked FIFA, the international soccer governing body, a Senate subcommittee is getting ready for a hearing on human rights in Qatar.

Qatar has been criticized for human rights abuses in connection with the migrant laborers helping build the World Cup facilities, and aides to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-...Read more

Former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer admitted to accepting bribes in 2013 plea

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Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer told a federal judge that he helped to "facilitate" a bribe in connection with selecting France to host the 1998 World Cup and "agreed to accept bribes" to bring the tournament to South Africa in 2010.

The admissions were included in a transcript of Blazer's guilty plea in U.S. District Court ...Read more

Soccer's corruption scandal could undermine shining moment for US

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In the spring of 2014, international soccer officials made a historic announcement -- Copa America, one of the world's oldest and most-prestigious tournaments, was coming to the U.S. for the first time.

American officials saw the choice as validation of the game's continued growth in this country. The Rose Bowl and other venues quickly jumped ...Read more

Loss means Galaxy will have to start playoffs on the road

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Three weeks ago the Los Angeles Galaxy had Major League Soccer's best record, was just a win away from locking up home-field advantage for the playoffs and had begun clearing a place for a record sixth MLS Cup trophy.

That's all history.

After Sunday's 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City, the Galaxy will limp into the ...Read more

St. Paul scores, lands Major League Soccer

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After months of aggressive pursuit by city leaders, St. Paul will become home to Minnesota's new Major League Soccer franchise.

Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on Friday announced the team's -- and the league's -- commitment to play at a new, privately built 18,000-seat stadium in St. Paul's Midway area.

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In Seattle friendly, Carli Lloyd's late goal saves US in 1-1 tie with Brazil

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SEATTLE -- For the better part of 84 minutes, the Brazilians spoiled the party.

The United States women's national team Victory Tour rolled through Seattle on Wednesday night, part of a 10-match commemoration of this summer's World Cup title win. But when the visitors scored an early goal and held on tight, "Victory Tour" sounded increasingly ...Read more

Galaxy suffers second-half collapse and loses, 5-2, to Timbers

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CARSON, Calif. -- With one game left in the regular season, the Los Angeles Galaxy's playoff picture is only slightly clearer than it was when the season started.

For that you can thank an epic second-half collapse Sunday that ended in a 5-2 loss to the Portland Timbers before a seventh consecutive sold-out crowd at StubHub Center.

With a win,...Read more

Has Clint Dempsey been worth the Sounders' investment?

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SEATTLE -- Clint Dempsey stepped from the darkness of a CenturyLink Field tunnel, unzipped his sweatshirt and revealed an unmistakable shade of bright green growing beneath.

In the stands, neighbors nudged neighbors, diehards rubbed their eyes in disbelief and casual fans stood there with gaping mouths. Word spread fast, from Renton dive bars ...Read more

Win or stay home: US must beat Canada for shot at 2016 Olympics

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The U.S. under-23 national team faces a must-win game with Canada on Tuesday in Sandy, Utah, to keep alive its flagging hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

The Americans could have punched their ticket to Brazil by beating Honduras in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament last weekend. However, ...Read more

Aguilar's OT goal gives Mexico a wild 3-2 win over US

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LOS ANGELES--Ricardo Ferretti never really wanted to coach the Mexican national team. And he took the job only because he was promised it was an interim position.

But Saturday he pulled off one of the biggest wins in the country's long soccer rivalry with the U.S., with Paul Aguilar's goal with two minutes remaining into overtime giving Mexico ...Read more