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Arsenal easily handles Chivas

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CARSON, Calif. -- Only champion Leicester City finished the last English Premier League on a hotter streak than Arsenal, which was unbeaten in its last 10 games, a closing sprint that allowed the Gunners to rally from fourth to second in the final EPL standings.

The momentum is apparently carrying over to the summer, with Arsenal remaining ...Read more

Chelsea is doing well under new regime

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PASADENA, Calif. -- Carlo Cudicini cheered from afar last season as fellow Italian Claudio Ranieri guided longshot Leicester City to the English Premier League title in his first season as coach.

This season another Italian, Antonio Conte, goes after a championship in his first EPL season with Chelsea. And Cudicini will be much closer to the ...Read more

Carli Lloyd silences her critics to become key to US women's soccer success

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EVESHAM TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- When former soccer star Mia Hamm returned to her hometown of Selma, Ala., last winter, she was presented with a key to the city.

When Carli Lloyd, the U.S. team's current star, returned to Burlington County, N.J., after last summer's World Cup, she was presented with the key to the Evesham Township Recreational ...Read more

Portugal claim Euro 2016 over hosts France despite Ronaldo injury

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SAINT-DENIS, France -- Portugal overcame an injury to superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to capture their first major soccer title when it beat hosts France 1-0 on Sunday on an extra-time winner from substitute Eder.

Eder, who plays at French club Lille, beat Hugo Lloris with a low shot into the bottom left corner in the 109th minute.

The goal came ...Read more

Soccer star Messi given suspended 21-month sentence for tax evasion

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MADRID -- Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been given a suspended 21-month jail term for tax evasion along with his father, a Barcelona court ruled on Wednesday.

World footballer of the year Messi and father Jorge, who manages his financial affairs, had been accused by the Spanish tax agency of having defrauded Spain of more than 4 million ...Read more

Iceland eliminates England in Euro 2016

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NICE, France -- Iceland's romantic Euro 2016 saga went into euphoric overdrive Monday with a surprise 2-1 comeback defeat of dismal England, which immediately led to the resignation of England coach Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson, who has been in charge since 2012, read a prepared statement after his dull team's shocking defeat in the round of 16.

"I ...Read more

US men's soccer gets chance to grow, learn as it looks toward the 2018 World Cup

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For Juergen Klinsmann, the Copa America Centenario was something of a finishing school for his U.S. national team, a place for his players to grow in skill and confidence while learning they can compete with the best teams in the world.

"The more they have the opportunity to play these teams, the more confident and ...Read more

US to take Copa America lessons into World Cup qualifying

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For Juergen Klinsmann, the Copa America Centenario was something of a finishing school for his U.S. national team, a place for his players to grow in skill and confidence while learning they can compete with the best teams in the world.

"The more they have the opportunity to play these teams, the more confident and ...Read more

Better, but not good enough for U.S. vs. Colombia

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The U.S. finished the Copa America Centenario on Saturday the same way it started the tournament three weeks ago: by losing to Colombia.

But while the result didn't change, just about everything else did. Where the U.S. appeared passive and overwhelmed in the Centenario opener, in Saturday's third-place game it played ...Read more

US is seeking a little consolation

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dutch Coach Louis van Gaal left little doubt how he felt about his team having to contest a third-place game in the last World Cup.

"This match should never be played," he complained. "No football tournament ... should have players playing for third or fourth."

Juergen Klinsmann would beg to differ. In his final appearance ...Read more

Copa America Centenario is breaking records

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With two games still to play, the Copa America Centenario is already the most successful edition of the world's oldest international soccer tournament, having smashed records for attendance, television viewership, digital and social media engagement and revenue.

"It is beyond, certainly, all of our expectations," U.S. Soccer ...Read more

Chile weathers delay, beats Colombia in Copa America semifinal

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CHICAGO--A tornado watch and thunderstorms couldn't match the intensity of Chile's start against Colombia in the Copa America Centenario semifinal at Soldier Field on Wednesday night.

Defending champion Chile scored two goals in the first 12 minutes and withstood a weather delay of more than two hours to defeat Colombia 2-0 and secure its place...Read more

Klinsmann: U.S. players showed Argentina “far too much respect”

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U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann insisted his players were not afraid of top-ranked Argentina and Lionel Messi before Tuesday night's Copa America Centenario semifinal. He cautioned his team against "talking up Argentina any bigger than they are."

But it was clear from the opening minutes at NRG Stadium in Houston that the Americans were outmanned, ...Read more

Argentina advances to Copa America final after 4-0 rout of US

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HOUSTON -- Juergen Klinsmann's aim from his first day as coach of the national soccer team was to prove the U.S. could compete with the best in the world.

On Tuesday he learned that goal is still a few years away, with Argentina dominating the U.S., 4-0, in a Copa America Centenario semifinal played before a sellout crowd of 70,858 at NRG ...Read more

Chile, Colombia set to meet in Copa showdown at Soldier Field

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Wednesday in Chicago will be brought to you by the letter "C."

There will be the series finale of Cubs-Cardinals in the afternoon, with another pair of teams beginning with "C" locking horns and feet along the lakefront at night in a semifinal of the Copa America Centenario between Chile and Colombia -- two rising powers in soccer.

When the ...Read more

Klinsmann is working to convince US team that Messi, Argentina are beatable

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HOUSTON -- Matt Besler has spent the past couple of days studying film of Argentina's Lionel Messi, searching for flaws and weaknesses, only to come to a frightful conclusion: there aren't any.

And that could be a huge problem for the U.S., which faces Messi and Argentina, the world's top-ranked team, in a Copa America Centenario semifinal ...Read more

US men's coach Klinsmann on Argentina: 'We're not scared of them at all'

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If U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is intimidated by the challenge of facing No. 1 ranked Argentina and Lionel Messi in the Copa America Centenario semifinals Tuesday night, he certainly isn't letting on.

Klinsmann said before the tournament that his goal was reaching the final four. Now, he is dreaming bigger.

"There's no reason at all why we can...Read more

Vargas scores four goals as Chile blasts Mexico

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Chile, perhaps more than any other team, came into this month's Copa America Centenario feeling it had something to prove.

Although it is the defending champion, it wasn't given one of the tournament's four seeds. Although Chiles is ranked fifth in the world, most of the pre-Centenario attention focused on Argentina, ...Read more

Victory for US is a Copa coup

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SEATTLE -- Clint Dempsey has played in two World Cups, beat Spain in the semifinals of a Confederations Cup and participated in a Europe League final. But after scoring one goal and assisting on the second Thursday in a 2-1 win over Ecuador in a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal, Dempsey was ready to place his most recent game alongside the ...Read more

US advances to Copa America semifinals with 2-1 win over Ecuador

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SEATTLE -- The Pacific Northwest put its mark on a massive victory by the United States national team Thursday.

The USA advanced to the semifinals of Copa America Centenario with a 2-1 win over Ecuador, the 12-ranked team in the world.

Seattle Sounder Clint Dempsey figured in both goals -- scoring the first and assisting the second. And the ...Read more