Analysis: FIFA ban of Jack Warner may be part of larger strategy

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FIFA's campaign to keep President Sepp Blatter in office -- and, presumably, out of jail -- once again caught Jack Warner in its crosshairs Tuesday when world soccer's governing body banned its former vice president for life.

Warner "committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in ...Read more

Barcelona's Messi out 6-8 weeks; Villarreal climbs into 1st place

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MADRID -- Villarreal jumped to the top of the Spanish Liga Saturday with a 1-0 home victory over Atletico Madrid on an early goal from Leo Baptistao.

"We are not going to give too much importance to being top of the table," Villarreal coach Marcelino Garcia said.

"We are just going to carry on working hard and taking each game as it comes, ...Read more

Swiss open criminal investigation against FIFA president Sepp Blatter

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Switzerland's attorney general opened criminal proceedings against FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday, saying world soccer's most powerful man will be charged with "suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation."

Blatter, 79, who has run FIFA since 1998, denied any wrongdoing. He was questioned by Swiss authorities Friday, and ...Read more

Kevin Baxter: For UCLA soccer team, it is a kick start

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It took Jorge Salcedo eight years to climb back to the top of college soccer's highest mountain.

But it took just one afternoon for him and his UCLA team to be knocked off, with Virginia winning last December's national championship game in the most deflating way possible -- on penalty kicks.

Now Salcedo is hoping that experience will fuel ...Read more

Marketing to millennials, Los Angeles Football Club looking to stand apart

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LOS ANGELES -- In a narrow, windowless room hidden on the third floor of a mid-Wilshire office building, Rich Orosco is making history.

In a marketplace already saturated with professional sports franchises, Orosco is helping create another. Yet 11 months into that process, his team has no stadium, no coaches and no players.

It will announce ...Read more

US attorney general says more charges possible in FIFA probe

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ZURICH -- More charges could follow in investigations of corruption surrounding football world governing body FIFA, U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch said Monday.

So far 14 people including nine former football officials and five sports marketing executives are facing corruption charges as part of the US investigation, Lynch said.

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Galaxy cruises past New York City FC

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CARSON, Calif. -- Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez has played in a World Cup and Bruce Arena has coached in two. Together, they've won three Major League Soccer titles.

The point being, they've been in some big games. Yet, even by their lofty standards, the Galaxy's 5-1 victory over New York City FC on Sunday was special.

"There was a...Read more

Kevin Baxter: MLS has an international buzz

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LOS ANGELES -- Soccer may be the world's game, but for much of Major League Soccer's existence, the world only rarely penetrated the U.S. borders, leaving the country's top league a primarily domestic one.

That isolationism is gone now, swept aside by a vigorous internationalism.

This season a majority of MLS players -- 50.9 percent -- were ...Read more

U.S. women's soccer team tops Costa Rica, 8-0, at Heinz Field

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PITTSBURGH -- Meghan Klingenberg ran nearly the length of Heinz Field, arms outstretched. She ran past her team's bench for high fives, the rest of the on-field players chasing after her, and grabbed a gold Terrible Towel to whip around her head before jumping into goalkeeper Hope Solo's arms. Her smile could probably be seen all the way up in ...Read more

Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos scores in his MLS debut

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CARSON, Calif. -- Giovani dos Santos held his hands aloft and clapped as he walked off the field midway through the second half. It was his turn to soak in the revelry on a day the Galaxy spent celebrating the newest star of its high-powered attack.

An introductory video featuring dos Santos played on the video board at StubHub Center before he...Read more

Record attendance on tap for U.S. women's soccer match at Heinz Field

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Pittsburgh's enthusiasm for the U.S. women's soccer team has far surpassed the expectations of U.S. Soccer officials. Now, it is in line to surpass team attendance records, too.

Fans have bought 40,000 tickets for the United States-Costa Rica friendly Aug. 16 at Heinz Field, meaning the game likely will break a U.S. women's team record for the ...Read more

US women's soccer coach Jill Ellis enjoying rewards of winning World Cup

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Until this summer, Jill Ellis went unnoticed around Palmetto Bay as she dropped off her daughter, Lily, at Coral Reef Elementary School, ran errands and stopped at Starbucks for coffee.

But it's hard to remain anonymous after you coach the U.S. Women's World Cup team to its first championship in 16 years, get national TV exposure for weeks, ...Read more

Michel Platini confirms intention to run for FIFA president

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BERLIN -- Union of European Football Associations president Michel Platini on Wednesday confirmed his intention to run for the FIFA presidency as successor to Joseph Blatter.

Platini said in a statement on the UEFA website that he has written to the 209 members of FIFA declaring his candidacy and asking for support in his bid to lead the global...Read more

Miguel Herrera out as Mexican national soccer coach

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Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday as coach of the Mexican national team, less than two days after leading the squad to the CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

Herrera's dismissal was announced Tuesday afternoon at a Mexican soccer federation news conference in Mexico City.

"I've made the decision to take the position away from Miguel Herrera," said Decio ...Read more

Mexico wins CONCACAF Gold Cup final

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Corruption scandals off the field, refereeing fiascos in both the quarterfinals and semis, all that already had given this CONCACAF Gold Cup its unsavory flavor. Until Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. In the final, it was all about the soccer.

After taking advantage of the events that got its national team to the Linc, Mexico displayed ...Read more

U.S. learns next step in road to World Cup

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The U.S. men's soccer team has been placed in a four-team group that will include Trinidad and Tobago and the winners of two summer playoff series in the semifinal round of regional World Cup qualifying in November.

Saturday's draw in St. Petersburg, Russia, appeared to be a favorable one for the Americans, who will also play the winners of two...Read more

US loses to Panama in Gold Cup third-place game

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CHESTER, Pa. -- If this was DaMarcus Beasley's final moment with the U.S. men's national soccer team, it isn't the way he wanted to go out.

Beasley, who announced he was planning to retire from the national team, had his penalty kick blocked by Panama's Luis Mejia. That clinched the penalty kick shootout for Panama, 3-2, in the CONCACAF Gold ...Read more

Counterfeit soccer items seized outside Bank of America Stadium

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Authorities seized 1,675 soccer items bearing counterfeit trademarks from sales venues outside Bank of America Stadium during two CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer matches July 15.

The matches pitted Cuba against Guatemala and Mexico against Trinidad and Tobago.

The primary violation found by law enforcement outside the stadium ...Read more

Gold Cup semifinal between Mexico, Panama turns chaotic

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The heart of SEC football country got a first-hand look at the sometimes misguided passion of world football Wednesday night at the Georgia Dome.

Mexico defeated Panama 2-1 in the semifinals of the Gold Cup, but not without several calls -- one on a penalty kick in the 88th minute that tied the game -- that incensed the losing team into ...Read more

US upset by Jamaica in Gold Cup, 2-1

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ATLANTA -- It might be another 38 years before the U.S. men's national team returns to Atlanta after Wednesday's showing in the semifinals of the Gold Cup at the Georgia Dome.

Playing in Atlanta for the first time since 1977, the U.S. was upset by Jamaica 2-1 on first-half goals by Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes, whose free kick was the ...Read more