World Cup bid should be a lock for North America, but it's not and here's why

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The Los Angeles City Council considered a proposal this week that would have the city seek to host events for the 2026 World Cup. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and the NFL stadium under construction in Inglewood, Calif., are also in the running to stage World Cup games.

The only thing they need now is a World Cup. And that's not the sure ...Read more

Not a good idea to bet against Lloyd

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Carli Lloyd has won a lot of things in her long soccer career, including a pair of Olympic gold medals, a World Cup and two FIFA player-of-the-year awards.

Now she's chasing a more modest prize by trying to win back her job on the national team.

A midsummer ankle injury limited Lloyd to eight starts and two goals for the U.S. last year, her ...Read more

US men's soccer team announces roster with eye on future

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LOS ANGELES -- Interim coach Dave Sarachan summoned a young roster of 30 players into training with the U.S. national soccer team Monday, the first extended camp since the Americans were eliminated from the World Cup during regional qualifying in October.

And while the names on the roster indicate the U.S. has begun the process of building for ...Read more

Mas brothers join Beckham bid in shake-up that sees top partner exit Miami MLS venture

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The investors behind David Beckham's bid for a Miami soccer stadium have undergone a significant shake-up, with majority partner Todd Boehly out and Miami moguls Jorge and Jose Mas joining the venture, according to several sources close to the talks.

News of the shake-up comes days before the Beckham group hopes to finally win approval from ...Read more

Hope Solo announces she's running for US Soccer Federation president

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The crowded field of candidates running to succeed Sunil Gulati as president of the U.S. Soccer Federation just got a bit more crowded with former national team goalkeeper Hope Solo announcing she is joining the race.

"I know exactly what U.S. Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it, and I possess the fortitude to get it done," Solo ...Read more

US rises in FIFA rankings despite failing to qualify for the World Cup

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Nine teams that didn't qualify for the 32-team field for next summer's World Cup will have to be content with spots in the top 32 in the latest FIFA world rankings, which were announced Thursday.

The U.S., which failed to make the cut in soccer's quadrennial championship for the first time since 1986 on the final day of qualifying, is one of ...Read more

Four-time champion Italy fail to qualify for 2018 World Cup

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MILAN -- Sweden have held Italy to a 0-0 draw in Milan to qualify for the 2018 soccer World Cup on aggregate, eliminating the four-time world champions in a hard-fought playoff.

The result at the San Siro, in combination with Sweden's 1-0 win in Stockholm on Saturday, means Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

The...Read more

San Diego stadium board wants to stamp out slurs at soccer matches

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego stadium board wants to stamp out the chanting of slurs at soccer games, in light of Mexican fans chanting an anti-gay slur in the Mission Valley stadium this July and recent efforts to broaden professional soccer's footprint in San Diego County.

"As San Diego becomes a host city for soccer, we should nip this culture in ...Read more