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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

Hope Solo will not play for the Seattle Reign again this season

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Goalkeeper Hope Solo has informed the Seattle Reign that she will not play for the club again this season, explaining her rationale in a statement released on Tuesday morning.

Solo missed last Saturday's home win over rival Portland in the aftermath of her six-month suspension from the U.S. women's national team and the federation's decision to...Read more

Hope Solo granted 'personal leave' by Seattle Reign

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The Seattle Reign announced Saturday morning the signing of Andi Tostanoski as a goalkeeper replacement for Hope Solo, who has been "granted a personal leave" in the wake of her suspension from the U.S. women's national team. Solo is unavailable for the Saturday afternoon match against rival Portland.

U.S. Soccer announced Solo's six-month ...Read more

Clint Dempsey being evaluated for irregular heartbeat

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Sounders and U.S. national team forward Clint Dempsey is undergoing medical evaluations for an irregular heartbeat, the club announced Friday, and has been ruled out for this Sunday's match at Portland at the very least.

A more specific recovery timetable -- be it for early next month, later this season or beyond -- is on hold until Dempsey ...Read more

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