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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 Two teams had been withdrawn from the tournament because 20 players tested positive for COVID-19 and several others had initial unconfirmed positive tests.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

2 players test positive for COVID-19 as teams arrive in Orlando for MLS tournament

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Major League Soccer is officially back, with five teams already in Orlando, Florida, and sequestered in the league bubble at the Swan and Dolphin Resort and Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The rest of the teams will arrive this week in advance of the MLS is Back Tournament, which kicks off July 8 with Inter Miami vs. Orlando City (8...Read more

Second Atlanta United player tests positive for COVID-19

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ATLANTA -- An Atlanta United player has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the second in three days, according to information provided by the team on Saturday.

The names of the players weren't released by the team. Both players are asymptomatic, according to the team. The second positive test occurred on Friday. The second player has been...Read more

'We want to go over there and win': Inter Miami preparing for Orlando tournament

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There is light at the end of the tunnel for Inter Miami CF.

July 8 is the date. Exactly 129 days after the club's inaugural Major League Soccer game, a 1-0 loss at Los Angeles FC, Inter Miami will return to the field after a stoppage during the coronavirus pandemic. It won't be on their home field. And it won't be in front of fans.

But there ...Read more

MLS players Nedum Onuoha and Mark-Anthony Kaye discuss their own experiences with racism

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LOS ANGELES -- The first time he watched the horrifying video of George Floyd's death on a Minneapolis street corner, Nedum Onuoha saw more than just a police officer kneeling on the neck of an unarmed black man. He saw more than the asphyxiation of someone who repeatedly called out, "I can't breathe!"

Like many black men he also saw himself ...Read more

Galaxy release Aleksandar Katai following racist posts by his wife

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Galaxy released midfielder Aleksandar Katai on Friday, two days after the team was made aware of inflammatory social media messages posted on an account belonging to the player's wife.

Tea Katai's posts, which have been taken down, appeared to make light of the protests and looting that occurred in the wake of ...Read more

MLS players union ratifies agreement clearing the way for return in early July

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Major League Soccer's players association voted to ratify a new collective bargain agreement with the league Wednesday, clearing the way for MLS to become the first major league in the U.S. to come back from the coronavirus pandemic that shut down professional sports in March.

The deal includes significant economic concessions from both sides ...Read more

National Women's Soccer League returning to play with summer tournament in Utah

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Soccer could be the first professional team sport to return from the COVID-19 break with the NWSL on Wednesday announcing plans for a 25-game tournament to be played behind closed doors in Utah beginning June 27.

The NWSL will house players from its nine teams at two hotels in the Salt Lake City area, where they will live and train during the ...Read more

MLS cancels All-Star game scheduled to be held in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES -- Major League Soccer announced Tuesday that its 2020 MLS All-Star game scheduled to be held at Banc of California Stadium has been canceled, the latest marquee sporting event to be called off amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The All-Star game, which would have pitted all-star squads from MLS and Mexico's Liga MX against one another, ...Read more

How to watch the Bundesliga return, American players to know, the best and worst teams, and whom to root for

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This weekend, Germany's Bundesliga becomes the first major soccer league in Europe to return to action after stopping because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Here's a viewer's guide to the players to know about, how to watch the games, and picking a favorite team.

If you're new to this

Let's get the simple stuff out of the way first. The ...Read more