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Rooney sets record in Manchester United victory

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BERLIN -- Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's record scorer in continental competition in Thursday's 4-0 Europa League win over Feyenoord, which kept alive their hopes of reaching the knock-out stage.

Rooney broke the deadlock with his 39th goal in European games, moving one clear of Ruud van Nistelrooy. Juan Mata, an own goal from Brad ...Read more

Q&A with Bruce Arena: 'The savior in this project are the players, not me'

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Two World Cup appearances with the national team and five MLS titles with D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy make Bruce Arena the most successful soccer coach in U.S. history. Now he faces his biggest challenge: trying to get the U.S. team to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Arena returned to the national team this week, replacing Jurgen ...Read more

US Soccer names Bruce Arena new men's national team coach

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U.S. Soccer formally announced Bruce Arena's return as national coach Tuesday.

Arena, who has been the Galaxy's coach and general manager for more than eight seasons, replaces Jurgen Klinsmann, who was fired Monday after 5 1/2 years with the national team.

"When we considered the possible candidates to take over the national team at this time,...Read more

US Soccer fires Jurgen Klinsmann as national coach

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Jurgen Klinsmann is out as coach of the U.S. national soccer team, fired Monday after starting the final round of World Cup qualifying with losses to Mexico and Costa Rica.

Klinsmann, a World Cup champion as a player with Germany, was 55-27-16 since taking over the U.S. program in the summer of 2011. In 2013, he led the team on a record-setting...Read more

MLS ownership group announces $200 million stadium plans downtown

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ST. LOUIS -- Voters could be asked to help pay for a $200 million Major League Soccer stadium as owners look to field a team here by 2020 or 2021.

The ownership group, SC STL, includes former Anheuser-Busch President Dave Peacock and other members of a group known as MLS2STL that began efforts in January to bring professional soccer to St. ...Read more

U.S. bottoms out in Costa Rica shutout

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Juergen Klinsmann's post-game news conference was only three questions old when he was asked the one that was on everybody's mind: Is he the right man to lead the U.S. national team to another World Cup?

"Um, I think so," Klinsmann responded quietly.

There will be some who disagree with that assessment after Klinsmann's...Read more

U.S. falls to Mexico, 2-1, in World Cup qualifier

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mexico came to Columbus to make history and a statement Friday. And it accomplished both, rallying for a 2-1 victory over the U.S. in a World Cup qualifier.

The win was Mexico's first in five games in cozy -- and chilly -- Mapfre Stadium, a bandbox the U.S. has dubbed a fortress after going unbeaten in 10 games here. But it ...Read more

Clash of the past and the present

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The U.S. has played Mexico four times in Columbus' cozy Mapfre Stadium since 2001 and not only have the Americans never lost there, they haven't even given up a goal, winning all four games by identical 2-0 scores.

So earlier this week U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann invited three players from that first team to address the ...Read more

Election results bring 'added layer' to US-Mexico World Cup qualifier

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Like most Americans, Michael Bradley was glued to the television watching election results deep into Wednesday morning.

But unlike most Americans, Bradley is captain of the U.S. national soccer team that begins the final round of World Cup qualifying Friday. It's the first major competition for any national team since the ...Read more

Rapids eliminate Galaxy from MLS playoffs in a shootout

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy didn't so much lose Sunday as they were beaten.

Physically, mentally and emotionally, the Galaxy's season seemed to come to an end before their playoff series with the Colorado Rapids did. And fittingly it was a series that ended in the most frustrating way possible, with the Rapids winning Sunday'...Read more

US roster for World Cup qualifying is a mix of young, old

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The U.S. heads into the final round of World Cup qualifying this week with a 26-man roster featuring a mix of youth and experience.

The team that coach Juergen Klinsmann chose Sunday includes 15 players who have been part of a World Cup roster, among them goalkeeper Tim Howard, who has been on three World Cup teams, and ...Read more

Giovani dos Santos' goal lifts Galaxy over Rapids in first game of Western Conference semifinal

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CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan has been with the Los Angeles Galaxy just seven weeks, so his point of reference may be a bit skewed. But the team, he said Sunday, may finally have found the personality it's been looking for all season.

"We have a way we play now. It's just a mentality," he said after the Galaxy's 1-0 win over the Colorado ...Read more

For Galaxy's Landon Donovan, coming back meant taking a new path

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When Landon Donovan decided in September to end his 21-month retirement from soccer and rejoin the Los Angeles Galaxy, he had a vision of how his return would unfold.

He imagined he'd step back into his old midfield position and play like the man who retired as the owner of Major League Soccer records for regular-season goals and assists, and ...Read more

Sounders forward Clint Dempsey ruled out for the remainder of this season

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Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, the club's highest-paid and highest-profile player, will not play again this season, general manager Garth Lagerwey confirmed on Tuesday morning at Starfire Sports.

Dempsey, 33, has been out since late August while undergoing evaluations on an irregular heartbeat.

He did return to practice two weeks ago, having ...Read more

Rapinoe kneels during anthem at Georgia Dome

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ATLANTA -- For the second consecutive game, U.S. women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe kneeled during the national anthem. This time she did so before the team's game against Netherlands at the Georgia Dome. She did stand during the playing of Netherland's national anthem.

Her protests, which she has been doing for several games as a player for ...Read more

Galaxy defeat Orlando City, 4-2, in Landon Donovan's return

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CARSON, Calif. -- A sold-out crowd of more than 27,000 jammed StubHub Center for Landon Donovan's comeback Sunday. And though they were rewarded when Donovan was sent on to slog through the final minutes of the L.A. Galaxy's 4-2 win over Orlando City, they missed his biggest impact on the game.

That came at halftime, in the privacy of the ...Read more

Landon Donovan returning to soccer, will play for Galaxy

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Landon Donovan, who retired after leading the Galaxy to an MLS Cup title in 2014, is returning to soccer and could formally rejoin the team Thursday.

Two sources who were unable to speak on the record confirmed Donovan's return. He is the all-time Major League Soccer leader in goals and assists but has not been training regularly with the ...Read more

To prevent Megan Rapinoe from kneeling during the national anthem, the Spirit played it early

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In order to prevent Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe from kneeling during the national anthem ahead of Wednesday night's match against the Spirit, the Washington-D.C.-based club played the song ahead of schedule "rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent."

Rapinoe made national news ...Read more

Juergen Klinsmann wants to make sure US doesn't let up in World Cup qualifier

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It would take an epic collapse to keep the U.S. out of the next round of World Cup qualifying. But coach Juergen Klinsmann is taking nothing for granted heading into Tuesday's game with Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville, Fla.

"We're not through yet," Klinsmann said. "And this is what you clearly tell the players so that even for one second we (...Read more