Bobby Wood's late goal gives U.S. tie with Honduras, keeps World Cup hopes alive

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SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- Bobby Wood has played 34 games for the U.S. national soccer team, nearly half of them as a substitute. So he knew what was expected of him when came off the bench Tuesday.

"Coming on as a sub, you always want to change the game in some way," he said. "That's my job."

But on this steamy afternoon at the raucous ...Read more

U.S. falls to Costa Rica 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

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HARRISON, N.J.--When it comes to World Cup qualifying, Costa Rica has found a way to bring out the worst in the U.S.

Consider what happened Friday when, for the second time in 10 months, the Central Americans dealt the U.S. a loss of historic proportions, getting two goals from Marco Urena in a 2-0 victory before a sold-out crowd of more than ...Read more

Michael Bradley's leadership and play has keyed turnaround for US men's soccer team

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HARRISON, N.J. -- If last fall wasn't the lowest point of Michael Bradley's soccer career, he could certainly see the bottom from where he stood.

His club team, Toronto FC, had just become the first to lose an MLS Cup final despite not giving up a shot on goal. A month earlier, the U.S. national team had become the first to open the final round...Read more

US coach Bruce Arena calls up deep, experienced roster for World Cup qualifiers

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The time for Bruce Arena to experiment with his national team roster is over, so the team the U.S. coach called up Sunday for the resumption of World Cup qualifying is older, deeper and more experienced than the one he used in July's Gold Cup.

A dozen of the 26 players Arena summoned have made 10 or more appearances in World Cup qualifying, ...Read more

Somber mood as FC Barcelona opens season at home Sunday

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This is the Sunday FC Barcelona fans had been waiting for all summer, the day their beloved team -- minus recently-departed Neymar -- opens the 2017-18 season against Real Betis.

But instead of a celebration, the mood will be somber for the sellout crowd of 99,354 at Camp Nou, as Spain observes a third day of national mourning following ...Read more

Players from Mexican national team ignore their coach, join MLS

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Juan Carlos Osorio pulled a chair up to the breakfast table, pointed a fork at his inquisitor and cleared up a misunderstanding before cleaning up his eggs.

"I was misquoted as saying I don't like the MLS," the Mexican national team coach said this spring. "No. I never said that. I said it's a strong league."

There's no misunderstanding Osorio...Read more

Jill Ellis invites world to come to US to make the national team better

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LOS ANGELES -- Jill Ellis studied literature in college. But you don't need a medical degree to know that unexercised muscles will eventually lose their strength.

The same goes for teams. So when Ellis, coach of the U.S. women's soccer team, took stock of her program following the 2015 World Cup, some of what she found worried her.

The U.S. ...Read more

MLS takes another step toward approving franchise in Miami

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David Beckham's proposed Major League Soccer team in Miami is as close as it ever has been to a reality.

A Wednesday vote in Chicago authorized MLS Commissioner Don Garber to move forward and negotiate with the group to finalize its entrance to the league. He said that the league was not formally announcing MLS Miami on Wednesday, but expected ...Read more

Even without Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid a challenge for MLS All-Stars

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CHICAGO -- The greatest spectacle in soccer rolled into Chicago and even without its biggest attraction it still has managed to draw the eyes of the sport to the lakefront.

Real Madrid, the two-time defending European champions and arguably the most popular soccer team in the world, will face off against the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday night at ...Read more

Beckham Miami bid 'at the finish line', MLS Commissioner says

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Finally, after three and a half years of facing hurdles and navigating a complicated web of local politics, David Beckham's quest for a Major League Soccer team in Miami is "at the finish line," according to league commissioner Don Garber.

MLS owners are meeting in Chicago on Wednesday morning as part of All-Star Week, and Beckham's expansion ...Read more

Ronaldo, facing tax evasion charges, makes court appearance

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who skipped El Clasico Miami on Saturday, appeared in a Spanish court on Monday, where he is facing allegations of tax evasion.

Ronaldo is accused of dodging $17.3 million in taxes by creating foreign shell companies to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights. He has denied the allegations, and ...Read more

Messi scores, Neymar adds two assists as Barcelona beats Madrid in El Clasico Miami, 3-2

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- For one night in Miami, soccer was king. In the building crescendo of Saturday night's preseason El Clasico Miami, in the swelling hype surrounding one of the world's best rivalries, and in FC Barcelona's 3-2 win over Real Madrid, the sport owned its massive stage.

The two Spanish soccer titans transformed Hard Rock ...Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo won't be in Chicago to face MLS All-Stars

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CHICAGO -- The $93 million question has been answered.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning FIFA player of the year and the world's highest-paid athlete, will not be in town with Real Madrid on Wednesday when the La Liga superpower faces the MLS All-Stars at Soldier Field.

Ronaldo is on an extended summer break and will not be rejoining the team ...Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo will not play in El Clasico, official says

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MIAMI -- Cristiano Ronaldo will not be at El Clasico Miami on Saturday night.

The Real Madrid star told event organizers Friday afternoon that he could not make it because his schedule has been too full, and he has a court hearing on Monday in Madrid. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are scheduled to play at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p....Read more

Messi is in Miami, Ronaldo is not; a private jet waits

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Lionel Messi, the greatest soccer player in the world in the eyes of many, arrived in Miami on Thursday afternoon with his FC Barcelona teammates to prepare for Saturday's "El Clasico" clash against rival Real Madrid in front of an expected sellout crowd at Hard Rock Stadium.

The team bus arrived at the Brickell City Centre's East Hotel, ...Read more

Manchester City routs Real Madrid 4-1 in front of 93,098 at the Coliseum

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LOS ANGELES -- Real Madrid plays in a stadium nearly 6,000 miles away under a French coach and with a superstar from Portugal.

Yet each summer, it doubles as America's team.

Since the inception of the International Champions Cup five years ago Real Madrid has drawn the two largest crowds in U.S. soccer history, with 109,318 fans flocking to ...Read more

US wins Gold Cup on Jordan Morris' late goal

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- When the final whistle sounded on Wednesday's CONCACAF Gold Cup final, Bruce Arena pumped his fist, then turned to his assistants and smiled.

As celebrations go it was a muted one, especially since Arena was commemorating more than just a win. He was making history as well.

With the U.S. beating Jamaica, 2-1, Arena ...Read more

Ronaldo's status unknown for 'El Clasico' as Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to arrive in Miami

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MIAMI -- The Spanish soccer royalty -- Real Madrid and FC Barcelona -- arrive in Miami on Thursday and begin preparations for Saturday's El Clasico match at Hard Rock Stadium. Both teams are flying in from California, where they had International Champions Cup matches Wednesday night.

Barcelona players, coaches and officials are scheduled to ...Read more

Soccer lovers, from near and very far, descend on Miami for El Clasico

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MIAMI -- It is 5 p.m. Sunday, and Yatsuney Perez is where he always is when Real Madrid plays a televised soccer match -- at the Bru's Room Sports Grill on Bird Road in Miami, wearing his beloved team's white jersey and scarf, cheering alongside other members of the Pena Madridista Sur de Florida (the Official Real Madrid Fan Club of South ...Read more

Gold Cup is often a springboard to the World Cup for best US players

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Stuart Holden has a soft spot for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

"I love this tournament," the Fox Sports broadcaster and former national team midfielder said. "Any time you put on the national team jersey, it's an opportunity."

Holden's first opportunity came in the 2009 Gold Cup and he made the most of it, scoring 21 minutes ...Read more