Jaime Penedo, Alan Gordon lead Galaxy to 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders

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CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy had just one direction to go heading into Sunday's game with the Seattle Sounders.

The team was already in the Western Conference cellar, hadn't won in its last four tries and was missing so many regulars to injury -- among them reigning league most valuable player Robbie Keane -- it had to call Bradford...Read more

Kevin Baxter: New L.A. club should acquire Hernandez

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LOS ANGELES -- The last time the majority of the Los Angeles Football Club's 22-person ownership group gathered was in October, when the fledgling Major League Soccer franchise was introduced.

More than five months later the team hasn't officially decided on a color scheme or a logo. And this being Hollywood, even the team's name is still ...Read more

Mexico's soccer success knows no boundaries

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Mexico's national soccer team will play 13 games in two hemispheres and three time zones within the first seven months of this year. It will play on two continents, in outdoor stadiums, indoor stadiums and some with retractable roofs.

Where it won't play is in Mexico.

The reason is money -- a lot of it. Playing in the United States is more ...Read more

Mexico coach works charm, then watches team beat Ecuador

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LOS ANGELES--Two weeks ago, Mexican national team Coach Miguel Herrera was in a Mexico City museum unveiling a wax likeness of himself. Before that he was at the Super Bowl in Phoenix. In between, he's been at tennis tournaments, on talk shows -- everywhere, it seems, but with his team.

That vacation ended Saturday with a 1-0 win over Ecuador ...Read more

Major League Soccer coming to Minnesota

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At a news conference Wednesday at Target Field, MLS Commissioner Don Garber -- flanked by Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire -- made the long-anticipated news official that Minneapolis has been awarded an expansion franchise.

"It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Minnesota to Major League Soccer," Garber said while standing next to McGuire ...Read more

MLS to make 'major announcement' Wednesday at Target Field

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Major League Soccer announced Monday that it is coming to Minnesota on Wednesday for what it describes as "a major announcement."

The announcement is hardly a secret, since last week the MLS said it was in "advanced discussions" with former UnitedHealth executive Bill McGuire to bring an expansion team to Minnesota.

Wednesday's announcement ...Read more

FIFA approves Dec. 18 final for 2022 World Cup

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In a move that surprised no one, FIFA's executive committee voted Thursday to move games of the 2022 Qatar World Cup from summer to November and December to avoid July temperatures that average about 106 degrees in the Middle Eastern country.

Thursday's announcement approves the recommendation of a FIFA task force, which last month called for ...Read more

Minnesota a major step closer to getting an MLS team

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Minnesota is on the verge of joining Major League Soccer.

Bill McGuire's status as frontrunner -- both locally and nationally -- was secured Monday when MLS Commissioner Don Garber confirmed in a statement that the league was in "advanced discussions" with McGuire and his Minnesota ownership partners.

Minnesota, Sacramento and Las Vegas had ...Read more

Sounders roll to 3-0 win over Revolution in opener

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SEATTLE -- Barely three months passed from the time the Seattle Sounders trudged off the CenturyLink Field turf in disappointment at the end of last November and when they came back out of that tunnel Sunday for their 2015 opener against the New England Revolution.

With such little turnover this offseason -- 10 of Seattle's 11 regular starters ...Read more

Sporting KC, New York Red Bulls play to 1-1 draw in MLS season opener

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer laid with his back flat on the Sporting Park grass, his head turned toward a darkening sky and his hands covering his face. As he popped to his feet, he pounded a fist into the dirt.

A late scoring chance eluded Dwyer.

A victory eluded Sporting KC.

Sporting KC and New York played to ...Read more

MLS kicks off its 20th season on Friday

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Major League Soccer's 20th season also could be its biggest in a variety of ways.

When the reigning champion Los Angeles Galaxy kicks off against the Chicago Fire at 7 p.m. Friday, it will begin an MLS season with the most teams, a record broadcasting contract, and every indication of building on the record in-stadium attendance of a season ago...Read more

MLS and its players union continue negotiating without agreement as opener nears

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TUKWILA, Wash. -- The Seattle Sounders have begun game-week preparations for a weekend in which there may be no games.

While the Sounders trained Tuesday for their scheduled Major League Soccer opener Sunday against the New England Revolution, captain Brad Evans was in Washington, D.C., with other union representatives for collective bargaining...Read more

Prosecutors reportedly plan to appeal dismissed case against Hope Solo

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Hope Solo may be back with the U.S. women's soccer team but her legal troubles are not over.

Chris Daniels of Seattle TV station KING-5 reported earlier this week that prosecutors in Kirkland, Wash., plan to appeal a judge's decision to dismiss two charges of fourth-degree domestic violence against Solo, a two-time Olympic champion goalkeeper. ...Read more

Hope Solo speaks out on her suspension from U.S. soccer team

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Goalkeeper Hope Solo, reinstated to the women's national soccer team last weekend after a 30-day suspension, told "Good Morning America" that she made "a horrible choice" when she got into a van with husband Jerramy Stevens for a ride that ended with his arrest on suspicion of DUI.

Solo, a two-time Olympic champion and the national record-...Read more

Qatar World Cup's later start assailed

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LOS ANGELES--A FIFA task force's recommendation to avoid Qatar's sweltering summer heat by pushing the start of the 2022 World Cup to November has left European officials a little hot under the collar, igniting a feud between soccer's world governing body and the sport's top professional leagues and players.

The World Cup has always been played...Read more

Hope Solo returns to U.S. women's soccer team

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Goalkeeper Hope Solo's suspension was lifted by U.S. Soccer on Saturday when the two-time Olympic champion was named to the roster for the women's national team ahead of next month's Algarve Cup tournament in Portugal.

Solo, whose brilliance on the field has been rivaled by her troubles off it, was sent home from January's training camp and ...Read more

Hope Solo act may be wearing thin with U.S. Soccer

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The U.S. women's soccer team is in Europe this week for a pair of friendlies, readying for the start of the World Cup in four months. Who will be the American goalkeeper in that tournament is an open question.

Hope Solo, at 33, is still considered one of the best goalies in the world, but she isn't traveling with the U.S. squad because of her ...Read more

David Beckham: Miami team, stadium 'will happen'

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David Beckham admitted frustration with the difficulty in finding a site to build a stadium for his Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami, but said Monday that he is closing in on that quest.

"We're making some really good progress. At some point in the next couple of months there will be some announcements," Beckham said in an interview ...Read more

Where soccer truly is religion

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The Clericus Cup rule book is the Bible of soccer at the Vatican. And just like that other Good Book, it contains certain commandments.

The first commandment is thou shalt not foul an opponent who has a free path to the goal. Disobey and the punishment is not a red or yellow card but a blue one that leads to soccer's version of purgatory: a ...Read more

A star is born as US soccer team beats Panama, 2-0

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CARSON, Calif. -- Juergen Klinsmann's goals for U.S. Soccer's winter training camp were to expand the national team's player pool and to win at least one of the first two exhibitions of the year.

He accomplished both goals Sunday, with Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes putting an indelible stamp on a 2-0 win over Panama that not only ...Read more