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Billionaire Joe Mansueto takes full ownership of Chicago Fire

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Fire have a new boss.

Joe Mansueto, the billionaire chairman and founder of investment research firm Morningstar, has taken full ownership of the Major League Soccer team.

Andrew Hauptman, who bought the team in 2007 for a reported $35 million and became its chairman, sold his 51% stake to Mansueto, who also takes over ...Read more

No Messi, no thanks: the challenges of staging a soccer friendly

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LOS ANGELES -- It's not quite noon on a Monday, just the start of the work week, but Rodger Champagne already looks tired as he slides behind a table in a darkened restaurant dining room a couple of blocks from the Coliseum. The Canadian TV and music producer is four months into his first try at putting on an international soccer match and it's ...Read more

Isolation and darkness in an enclosed space isn't a nightmare. It's flotation therapy, and Chicago Fire forward C.J. Sapong uses it to recover.

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CHICAGO -- Imagine you're defying gravity, floating in an enclosed space. There are no lights, no sounds, only darkness and silence.

Oh, and only one thing keeps you company: your thoughts.

That might sound like a nightmare to some. But for C.J. Sapong, floating in a sensory deprivation tank is where he finds peace -- and recovery.

The ...Read more

Rose Lavelle leads U.S. women's soccer's new generation of stars into activism

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PHILADELPHIA -- If you would prefer to keep sports and politics separate, you probably figured out long ago that the U.S. women's soccer team would like you to not.

So it's no surprise that, while in Philadelphia, some players from the back-to-back World Cup winners met on Tuesday with representatives of Time's Up, an advocacy organization ...Read more

Atlanta in 'very good position' to host World Cup, but cost will be high

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ATLANTA -- The chief organizer of the bid that secured the 2026 World Cup for North America offered an encouraging assessment Wednesday of Atlanta's chances of hosting key parts of the event -- and a sobering assessment of the costs of doing so.

John Kristick, who was executive director of the joint bid committee for the United States, Mexico ...Read more

Pulisic tops 26-player US men's team roster that includes some surprises

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Chelsea's Christian Pulisic tops the 26-player roster called into camp for the U.S. national team's September friendlies with Mexico and Uruguay. But after that, Gregg Berhalter's team contains a number of surprises.

Missing are Toronto teammates Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Omar Gonzalez, who have 317 national team appearances combined; ...Read more

Ben Frederickson: From 'dead in the water' to 'we're gonna get this done.' How St. Louis recovered to win an MLS team

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ST. LOUIS -- An hour before Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber spoke into existence the words that have made sense to him for decades, the most powerful man in MLS sat with the most powerful woman on an ownership group that turned hopeless into history.

Garber is hard to catch off guard, but he paused for a moment Tuesday morning ...Read more

'The moment has arrived:' St. Louis will get 28th MLS team

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ST. LOUIS -- Carolyn Kindle Betz didn't realize the presentation she and her family made in Orlando on July 31 would end the suspense. She didn't know the Major League Soccer Board of Governors would vote later that day to award her hometown a professional soccer franchise.

On Tuesday, she and league Commissioner Don Garber finally shared the ...Read more

MLS to announce St. Louis as expansion team winner, sources say

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ST. LOUIS -- Major League Soccer plans to announce next week that St. Louis has secured an expansion team, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the league's expansion timeline.

Sources spoke on condition of anonymity, as the St. Louis ownership group and MLS have not publicized the announcement.

Plans have been made for an event ...Read more

Atlanta United's de Boer clarifies remarks on equal pay for female soccer players

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer issued a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday to clarify controversial comments he made in a recently published article in which he twice described equal pay for men's and women's athletes as "ridiculous."

The story was published on Tuesday by The Guardian. Though de Boer did...Read more

Russell Wilson, Ciara, Macklemore, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and more join Sounders ownership

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SEATTLE -- It took 15 months to finalize, but the Sounders woke up Tuesday morning with one of the world's most diverse soccer ownership groups.

The Sounders announced 11 families have become owners, forming the Seattle Futbol Club LLC that partially bought out Hollywood producer Joe Roth's stake in the team. The latter was a founding father in...Read more

Could Dolphins fan, women's soccer national team coach Jill Ellis be in Inter Miami's future?

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U.S. women's soccer national team coach Jill Ellis lives in South Florida, just won her second World Cup title, and has four games remaining in her role during the team's World Cup victory tour this year.

But what does the future hold for Ellis, especially with Jorge Mas and David Beckham's Inter Miami team taking root in the area?

"Right now,...Read more

Alejandro Bedoya's gun violence protest won't be punished by MLS

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A day after Alejandro Bedoya won widespread acclaim for his protest against gun violence during a nationally televised Union game at D.C. United, Major League Soccer said Monday afternoon that it won't punish Bedoya for his remarks.

When Bedoya scored the opening goal in the Union's 5-1 win Sunday night, he ran over to a field microphone on the...Read more

Union's Alejandro Bedoya yells for Congress to 'end gun violence' during goal celebration

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WASHINGTON -- After scoring the opening goal in the Union's game at D.C. United on Sunday, team captain Alejandro Bedoya took the opportunity to send a message 12 blocks up nearby South Capitol Street.

Bedoya ran over to a field microphone on the sideline and shouted: "Hey, Congress: Do something now! End gun violence! Let's go!"

The 32-year-...Read more

U.S. women's soccer players start to cash in on licensing — that's using your bobblehead

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In 1999, when the United States won the Women's World Cup, the iconic pose was that of Brandi Chastain ripping off her jersey, celebrating in her sports bra. The photographs live forever.

In 2019, another U.S. victory featured two iconic poses: Megan Rapinoe spreading her arms outward, almost wider than humanly possible, after scoring against ...Read more

US women's soccer coach Jill Ellis to step down after leading team to back-to-back World Cups titles

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U.S. women's soccer team coach Jill Ellis will step down from the position at the end the program's post-World Cup victory tour in October.

Ellis' decision was announced by the U.S. Soccer Federation on Tuesday. Her contract was to expire on Wednesday. The team, which is gathering in Los Angeles this week, will play the Republic of Ireland on ...Read more

Jill Ellis will step down as coach of US women's national team

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Jill Ellis, who led the U.S. to a pair of Women's World Cup championships, is stepping down as coach. Her contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation expires Wednesday, although an extension offer was on the table.

The news was first reported by Jeff Kassouf of the Equalizer. U.S. Soccer did not immediately confirm the report but a spokesman said ...Read more

'This is what it should be like': At World Cup, former US women's star envisions new era for sport

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Shannon Higgins-Cirovski won four NCAA women's soccer titles at North Carolina and the 1989 Hermann Trophy, given to the sport's best player. She assisted the legendary Michelle Akers on both of her goals in the 1991 Women's World Cup final, when the Americans first conquered the globe. She appeared in 51 games for the United States before ...Read more

In changing the face of soccer, Latinas keep eyes on the prize

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LOS ANGELES -- It's a steamy Saturday morning in Norco, and the girls from downtown are flying.

April Flores streaks downfield, smoothly passes the ball to Nayelli Barahona, who kicks it over to Michelle Bracamonte, who boots a 20-yard laser past a diving goalkeeper.

They leap, they hug, they squeal, and four minutes later, they win. The game ...Read more

Billie Jean King adds her voice to the USWNT's equal pay fight

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LOS ANGELES -- Moments after the U.S. women's national soccer team won the World Cup in France, a familiar chant began to rain down from the crowd at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

"Equal pay! Equal pay!"

It was an appropriate chant given the disparity in compensation for the U.S. women's team, winner of back-to-back World Cups and four-time World ...Read more