Steve Birnbaum makes most of his chance for US soccer team

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LOS ANGELES -- A month ago, Steve Birnbaum's future with the national soccer team appeared uncertain at best.

He had been called into training camp just once, played in one game, and was sent back to his club team with the admonition, "Don't call us, we'll call you."

Nearly a year passed before the phone rang. And even then it was clear ...Read more

Steve Birnbaum's goal lifts US soccer team past Iceland, 3-2

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CARSON, Calif. -- The recent past wasn't kind to the U.S. soccer team. And the present is still a work in progress.

But the future could be bright if Sunday's 3-2 win over Iceland at a chilly and rain-soaked StubHub Center is any indication.

The winning goal came from D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum on a header in the final minute of regulation ...Read more

Carli Lloyd of the U.S. is named FIFA world player of the year, and Jill Ellis is coach of the year

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Carli Lloyd has won just about everything there is to win during her 11 years with the U.S. women's soccer team. A World Cup title, two Olympic gold medals, three tournament MVP awards.

What she's never gotten, however, is the recognition she thinks she deserves. That changed Monday when Lloyd won soccer's highest individual honor by being ...Read more

No joke: Will Ferrell joins ownership group of Los Angeles Football Club

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Football Club, Southern California's expansion Major League Soccer franchise, unveiled its team crest and color scheme in a news conference Thursday at Union Station.

But those announcements were overshadowed by another unveiling near the end of the event, when actor Will Ferrell stepped on the stage to be ...Read more

David Beckham announces Miami site for soccer stadium

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David Beckham on Friday dropped his pursuit of a stadium next to Marlins Park in favor of a nine-acre site on the western edge of the Miami neighborhood of Overtown, revealing preliminary land deals with private owners and county officials to secure a Miami home for Major League Soccer.

The announcement marked the first time in two years that ...Read more

Real Madrid out of Spanish Cup due to ineligible player

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MADRID -- Real Madrid has been expelled from the Spanish Cup for using an ineligible player, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) said Friday.

Denis Cheryshev played in Real's 3-1 win at Cadiz Wednesday despite being suspended for one match in the competition for picking up three yellow cards in the cup last season while on loan at Villarreal...Read more

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