Copa America: A team-by-team look at each group

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The Copa America Centenario, the 100th-anniversary edition of the world's oldest international soccer tournament, kicks off a 10-city, 23-day run Friday when the U.S. meets Colombia in Santa Clara. Times soccer writer Kevin Baxter takes a look at the 16 teams in the competition:

Group A


World ranking: 29

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Dunga, Brazil's soccer coach, is returning to the Rose Bowl

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LOS ANGELES -- The last time Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, better known as Dunga, participated in a major international soccer game at the Rose Bowl, he delivered the penalty kick that gave Brazil its fourth World Cup title.

That was 22 years ago. Yet, Dunga, in his second stint as coach of the Brazilian national team, still gets emotional ...Read more

Injury might force Argentina's Messi out of Copa America Centenario

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Lionel Messi, the five-time world player of the year, is uncertain for next month's Copa America Centenario after suffering bruises to his lower back and rib cage Friday in the second half of Argentina's tournament tuneup against Honduras.

Team officials said Messi was in "intense pain" after being kneed in the back by Honduran Oliver Morazan. ...Read more

Real Madrid captures 11th European crown in shootout victory over Atletico

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MILAN -- Cristiano Ronaldo converted the deciding spot kick after a quiet evening by his standard as Real Madrid beat crosstown rival Atletico Madrid for the second time in three seasons in the Champions League final, 5-3 on penalties Saturday.

Ronaldo stepped up after Atletico's Juanfran was denied by the left post in the shootout. Real won ...Read more

US soccer team ready for friendly in Puerto Rico

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Jurgen Klinsmann and his U.S. national team are in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, for a friendly at noon Sunday after training for four days at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., last week in what the coach termed a "transition camp."

It was a chance for him to see the Europe and Mexico-based players just off the finish of their seasons before the...Read more

Tim Howard's goal: To start as keeper for USMNT

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MIAMI -- Tim Howard knew, as he contemplated taking a year off from the national team after the 2014 World Cup, that the personal benefits -- spending more time with his two children -- may come at a professional price.

"Anytime you take a year out, you open doors for other people; but I knew that going into the decision," Howard said Thursday ...Read more

China is making a commitment to soccer

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BEIJING -- The world's most populous country is turning its attention to the world's most popular sport. And if China can follow through on an ambitious plan pushed by President Xi Jinping, the nation could someday become a soccer superpower.

Last spring Xi, a fervent soccer fan, signed off on the most sweeping reforms in the history of modern ...Read more

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is chasing a lot of goals with Mexico's national soccer team

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Jared Borgetti is the most prolific scorer in the history of the Mexican national team, a significant accomplishment in a country where soccer is more a religion than a sport.

But his record is now endangered. When the national team gathers in two weeks, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will enter the training camp with 43 international goals, ...Read more

Brandi Chastain elected to U.S. soccer hall of fame

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brandi Chastain, who began her career at Archbishop Mitty High and Santa Clara University, has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, the group announced Thursday.

Chastain, a leader in women's sports and pioneer soccer professional, joined former national team member Shannon MacMillan and MLS commissioner Don ...Read more

Leicester win Premier League title as Tottenham held by Chelsea

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LONDON -- Leicester City won their first Premier League title on Monday after Chelsea staged a second-half comeback to draw 2-2 with Tottenham.

Goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard canceled out first-half scores from Tottenham's Harry Kane and Son Heung Min at Stamford Bridge.

The result leaves Leicester seven points clear of Tottenham with ...Read more

US women's soccer team shuts out Colombia in friendly

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CHESTER, Pa. -- After last year's World Cup championship, the U.S. women's soccer team appears even hungrier as it approaches this summer's Olympic Games.

The Americans continued their dominance Sunday with a 3-0 win over Colombia in an international friendly before 17,275 at Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Union.

Defender Julie Johnston, ...Read more

Five top female players accuse US Soccer of wage discrimination

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Five members of the World Cup-champion U.S. women's soccer team filed a wage-discrimination action against U.S. Soccer on Thursday, saying women's players were paid as much as 62 percent less than their male counterparts for the same work.

Using figures from U.S. Soccer's 2015 financial report, the filing charges that while the women's team ...Read more

World Cup qualifying: US wins a game it couldn't lose, beating Guatemala, 4-0

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The U.S. soccer team's fading World Cup hopes got a much-needed boost Tuesday. And for that coach Juergen Klinsmann can thank one player he has been playing out of position and another who wasn't even on the roster until this week.

Geoff Cameron, moved back to his preferred position in central defense, set up one first-half ...Read more

US men's soccer team is in danger of not qualifying for World Cup

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Juergen Klinsmann's job may not be on the line Tuesday when the U.S. men's soccer team resumes World Cup qualifying against Guatemala. But that line probably isn't far away because Klinsmann's team has achieved a number of firsts for the program over the last nine months.

And none of them were good.

Last summer, Jamaica beat the U.S. at home ...Read more

German-born sons of American soldiers fulfill their dreams on US national teams

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BERLIN -- John Anthony Brooks and Jerome Kiesewetter were close friends growing up in Berlin, where they quietly harbored the same dream.

As dual-national, German-born biracial children of U.S. soldiers stationed in Berlin, both knew they had a choice of playing soccer for Germany or the U.S. And both pledged their allegiance to the U.S. before...Read more

David Beckham group buys private land needed for Miami soccer stadium

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David Beckham and his investors have purchased the private land needed for a new stadium in Miami's Overtown neighborhood, the organization announced Thursday, marking the first time the celebrity athlete has actually acquired Miami real estate for his Major League Soccer franchise.

The milestone gives the Beckham partnership ownership of about...Read more

Dempsey back with US soccer team for Cup qualifier in Guatemala

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Clint Dempsey, America's second-all-time leading scorer behind Landon Donovan, was back with the U.S. national team Monday morning as training began in Miami for a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala.

The Seattle Sounders forward had been left off the U.S. roster for qualifiers in November as coach Jurgen Klinsmann took a ...Read more

Linda Robertson: US women's soccer team still competing on uneven playing field

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The uncompromising tweet went out from Hope Solo with a photo she snapped showing a bald patch of the soccer field at FAU Stadium.

"This is what the top two women's teams in the world will play on tomorrow night. (hashtag)SheBelieves (hashtag)EqualMeansEqual."

Leave it to Solo, the outspoken goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's National Team, to ...Read more

Brandi Chastain says she will donate her brain for CTE research

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Brandi Chastain, best known as the player who scored the game-winning penalty kick that gave the United States the 1999 Women's World Cup title, announced Thursday that she will donate her brain for concussion research when she dies.

"It is really about: How I can help impact soccer beyond scoring a goal in 1999 in the World Cup final. Can I do...Read more