U.S. won't play or train during FIFA window in October because of COVID-19

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The U.S. national men's soccer team will not conduct a training camp or play matches during the FIFA window in October because of continuing issues with COVID-19.

U.S. Soccer said planning for a camp or match in October, when most of the rest of the world's national teams will play, was complicated by the difficulties of bringing an opposing to...Read more

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Dom Amore: For UConn's Ray Reid, scholarship fund is latest step in long-term effort to bring diversity to soccer coaching

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Bo Oshoniyi had finished a sensational freshman season at Southern Connecticut, the goalkeeper of the Division II national men's soccer champs, Final Four MVP, and he thought he had it made. Breezily, he kept assuring coach Ray Reid things were going fine in the classroom.

When the spring semester ended, Oshoniyi was summoned to the second ...Read more

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Orlando Pride striker Alex Morgan reportedly to join Tottenham

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando Pride striker Alex Morgan will play for the Tottenham Hotspurs in the FA Women's Super League for the remainder of the year, according to The Athletic.

She was scheduled to join the Pride for training Monday ahead of the NWSL Fall Series, but the workout session and a news conference featuring Morgan were canceled after ...Read more

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Inter Miami game vs. Atlanta United postponed as part of Black Lives Matter protest

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MIAMI - Inter Miami, fired up to play Atlanta United at home Wednesday night after its historic first win, will have to wait.

Minutes before kickoff, after both teams had warmed up, the game was called off as part of the Black Lives Matter protest that postponed NBA, WNBA and MLB games. The game boycotts were done in wake of the police shooting...Read more

Timbers announce game against Earthquakes is postponed

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Earthquakes' first game since March 7 was postponed hours before kickoff because players decided against participating in a show of support for Black people in the wake of another police shooting, according to a Portland Timbers statement.

Jacob Blake, 29, was shot seven times by police on Sunday in Kenosha, Wis....Read more

Sports can't run perfectly amid pandemic, but soccer is doing a good job

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The MLS Is Back tournament wasn't a day old when it appeared as if the league would have to make a quick U-turn and leave Orlando, Florida. Two teams had been withdrawn from the tournament because 20 players tested positive for COVID-19 and several others had initial unconfirmed positive tests.

The league's elaborate quarantine bubble at Disney...Read more

Galaxy fail to advance in MLS tournament after draw with Houston

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Galaxy arrived in Florida 18 days ago with high hopes and great expectations for the MLS Is Back tournament.

But they'll go home with little to show for their troubles after a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on a rain-slicked field at ESPN's Wide World of Sports on Thursday.

Houston's only goal came in the 17th minute ...Read more

Sacramento's entry into Major League Soccer delayed one year due to coronavirus

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Sacramento Republic FC's entry into Major League Soccer has been delayed one year due to complications from the coronavirus pandemic, including uncertainty about how to design a stadium for the post-COVID-19 era as well as a desire by the team and league to wait until fans and the Sacramento economy are back on their feet.

Matt Alvarez, a ...Read more

Diego Rossi's four goals power LAFC to victory over Galaxy in MLS tournament

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Despite its short history, the LAFC-Galaxy rivalry already has grown into the most passionate among pro teams in Southern California, fueled by two noisy, devoted fan bases in stadiums just 12 miles apart.

But on Saturday night, the L.A. County neighbors met again without fans -- and without Galaxy striker Javier "Chicharito" ...Read more

Fanless El Trafico rivalry between LAFC and Galaxy won't feel the same

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Galaxy captain Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has been involved in some of soccer's most passionate rivalries in his 14-year career. He's played for Chivas against Club America, for Manchester United against Liverpool and Manchester City, and for Mexico against the U.S.

One thing all those games had in common was fans.

But when...Read more

LAFC rallies to tie Houston Dynamo in MLS Is Back tournament

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Major League Soccer is back from its long COVID-19 suspension. At least that's the name the league gave its reboot tournament.

But LAFC showed up an hour late for the restart, spotting the Houston Dynamo a two-goal halftime lead before rallying for a hard-earned 3-3 tie Monday at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando.

The ...Read more

MLS Is Back tournament kicks off with silent ceremony and quiet game

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Major League Soccer is back.

And just to make sure everyone was clear on the concept, the league included that in the name of its return-to-play competition, the MLS Is Back tournament, which kicked off Wednesday before TV cameras and a handful of journalists at an otherwise-empty ESPN's Wide World of Sports.

The opening game ...Read more

Miami in running as FIFA begins narrowing 2026 World Cup host city list from 17 to 10

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MIAMI -- Like everything else, the 2026 World Cup venue selection process has been delayed by the COVID-19 crisis. It resumes this week when FIFA and U.S. Soccer conduct a workshop with officials from the 17 U.S. cities and stadiums bidding, including Miami and Hard Rock Stadium.

The field of 17 will be narrowed to 10 host cities, but that ...Read more

LAFC star Carlos Vela will not play in the MLS tournament in Orlando

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LOS ANGELES -- LAFC's Carlos Vela, the reigning MLS scoring champion and MVP, will not take part in the MLS Is Back tournament in Orlando, handing the league another setback in its push to become the first major professional sports league in the U.S. to return to play during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LAFC is scheduled to leave Monday for Florida, ...Read more

How COVID-19 could lead to opportunities and pitfalls for MLS TV coverage

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Amy Rosenfeld doesn't consider herself an artist. Yet in nearly three decades in television, she has helped bring some of the most memorable images in U.S. soccer history into tens of millions of American homes.

Brandi Chastain's shirt-doffing celebration at the 1999 Women's World Cup. Abby Wambach's game-tying header in the final seconds of ...Read more

'MLS Is Back' tournament could be in jeopardy

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Major League Soccer has confirmed six FC Dallas players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the team arrived in Orlando, Florida, but the number may actually be much higher, leaving the team's participation in the MLS Is Back tournament in doubt and raising questions over whether the competition should go forward at all.

"The ...Read more