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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

Beckham to Miami mayor: Soccer stadium next to Marlins Park can be 'world-class'

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David Beckham wants a "world-class stadium" next to Marlins Park, formally abandoning past reservations about the area and launching the latest chapter in Major League Soccer's quest to bring a franchise to the city.

In a letter to Mayor Tomas Regalado on Wednesday, Beckham and partners Marcelo Claure and Simon Fuller embraced the location next...Read more

US men's soccer team not taking Jamaica's Reggae Boyz lightly in Gold Cup semifinals

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A sellout crowd of nearly 70,000 is expected at the Georgia Dome for the Gold Cup semifinals Wednesday night, as the U.S. national team faces the speedy, physical Jamaican Reggae Boyz.

Mexico plays Panama in the other semifinal, and the winners advance to the final Sunday in Philadelphia. The U.S. team is going for a sixth consecutive final, ...Read more

US, Mexico face tough opponents in Gold Cup semifinals

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It has been 15 years since a CONCACAF Gold Cup final has been played without the U.S. or Mexico. And both countries will need big performances in this year's tournament semifinals Wednesday to prevent that from happening again.

The U.S., which scored only four times in group play, will face in a semifinal game a Jamaica defense that hasn't ...Read more

Galaxy's friendly with Barcelona helps pay bills, and that's not all

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LOS ANGELES -- Robbie Keane needed to take fluids intravenously just to get on the field for the Los Angeles Galaxy's last game three days ago. But that was an important league match with conference rival San Jose, so it was worth the effort.

Just don't expect the same level of sacrifice for the Galaxy's friendly Tuesday with Barcelona at a ...Read more

With scoring goals for U.S. soccer in mind, Clint Dempsey eyes two more Gold Cup chances

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In the days between the last of the preliminary games and the quarterfinals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, U.S. men's soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann tried to get into the head of his team's leading scorer.

Though Clint Dempsey had scored three of his team's four goals in the first three games of the tournament, Klinsmann said he gave the 32-year...Read more

Dempsey's hat trick leads US to 6-0 rout of Cuba in Gold Cup quarterfinals

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BALTIMORE -- Coach Jurgen Klinsmann didn't want a repeat of two years ago, when the U.S. men's soccer team couldn't score a goal against Cuba until the 45th minute of a preliminary-round game in the Gold Cup.

Nor did Klinsmann want his team to give Cuba any early confidence, as the Americans did when they allowed El Salvador to score the third ...Read more

Gerrard shines in his MLS debut as Galaxy routs Earthquakes

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CARSON, Calif. -- Steven Gerrard was well aware in whose footsteps he was following when he joined the Los Angeles Galaxy last week.

In his introductory news conference, the former Liverpool captain paid tribute to former players David Beckham and Landon Donovan. Then he thanked former teammate Robbie Keane for welcoming him to Major League ...Read more

US to face Cuba in a must-win Gold Cup quarterfinal

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In his four years as coach of the U.S. national soccer team, Juergen Klinsmann has preached the same message: CONCACAF is a lot tougher than it looks.

His players appear committed to proving their boss right. Two years after running the table and outscoring opponents 20-4 in the 2013 Gold Cup, the U.S. will limp into the quarterfinals of this ...Read more

Beckham group to start negotiations with Miami for soccer stadium next to Marlins Park

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David Beckham and his investors plan to start negotiations with Miami to build a soccer stadium on city land next to Marlins Park, rejecting past concerns about a site they now see as having the potential to be a thriving entertainment district.

The University of Miami is not part of the plan, though Beckham partner Marcelo Claure said talks ...Read more

Charlotte's international sports also bring Cuban defections

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hosting two international sporting events this month has again made Charlotte the scene of international politics in action.

At least one member of the Cuban national soccer team is believed to have defected to the United States before Wednesday evening's match against Guatemala at Bank of America Stadium, part of the ...Read more

Veterans Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley leading Team USA into Gold Cup quarterfinals

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The last appearance by the U.S. men's soccer national team in Baltimore for the 2013 Gold Cup quarterfinals was supposed to represent the beginning of a roster shift under coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

The team was becoming more multicultural -- and seemingly much younger.

Though the changes continued through last summer's World Cup with the notable...Read more

David Beckham group to discuss soccer stadium with Miami mayor

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David Beckham might be a step closer to building a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami.

His business partner, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, confirmed he is scheduled to have a video conference with Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and his staff Friday morning to discuss the stadium issue.

Beckham will not be at the meeting.

Beckham, his investment ...Read more