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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona “Clasico” in Miami this summer? Not so fast

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Reports that Real Madrid and Barcelona are playing a "Clasico" next summer in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium are premature, according to two stadium sources.

Real Madrid is committed to play at the newly-renovated, soccer-perfect stadium as part of the International Champions Cup. But the opponent has not yet been determined. Several options are ...Read more

Bruce Arena gets US national team soccer camp off to good start

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Bruce Arena's second stint as coach of the national soccer team got off to a trouble-free start Wednesday, with the former Los Angeles Galaxy manager opening a month-long winter training camp with a brisk morning workout at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

"I was pleased with the enthusiasm of the players. We got through the first session with ...Read more

Arena's US national team roster marks break from Klinsmann era

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Bruce Arena called 32 MLS players into winter camp with the U.S. national team Thursday, among them Galaxy attackers Sebastian Lletget and Gyasi Zardes.

The three-week camp, the first of Arena's second term as national team coach, will begin Tuesday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and conclude with friendlies against Serbia in San Diego on...Read more

Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe are among 29 players called up by women's national soccer team

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Coach Jill Ellis has called 29 players into the first women's national soccer team training camp of 2017, to be held Jan. 13-23 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

The roster is topped by Carli Lloyd, a world player of the year candidate; midfielders Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Morgan Brian; forwards Crystal Dunn and Lynn Williams, the ...Read more

MLS will expand to 26 by 2020

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While the Major League Soccer clock continues to tick on David Beckham's quest to put a 24th team in Miami, league commissioner Don Garber announced on Thursday the blueprint for expanding to 26 teams by 2020 and 28 eventually -- with or without Miami.

Atlanta United and Minnesota United join the league in 2017, bringing the total number of ...Read more

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