'Chicharito' Hernandez signs with Galaxy to become highest paid player in MLS

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LOS ANGELES -- The Galaxy have agreed to a three-year contract with Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez that will make the Mexican striker the highest paid player in MLS, a person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed Friday. Precise terms of the deal were not known, but the team is expected to officially announce the signing next week.

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MLS launches new sports era in Charlotte as city, David Tepper land soccer expansion team

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- MLS is ushering in a new sports era for Charlotte.

It awarded the 30th Major League Soccer team to Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper on Tuesday, as MLS Commissioner Don Garber joined Tepper and Mayor Vi Lyles at Mint Museum Uptown for the long-anticipated announcement.

The event capped months of frenzied speculation and ...Read more

State balks on aid to help kick off St. Louis soccer stadium construction

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri officials are balking at approving $30 million in state aid to help finance the construction of a Major League Soccer stadium in downtown St. Louis.

Without explanation, officials canceled a meeting of the Missouri Development Finance Board set for Tuesday where the first $15 million installment of state tax ...Read more

Panthers official registers potential Charlotte MLS team names as announcement looms

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With an official Major League Soccer announcement expected soon, eight trademarks for potential Charlotte soccer team names have been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by a top Carolina Panthers official.

Billionaire Panthers owner David Tepper has been leading an aggressive drive to land an MLS soccer team in ...Read more

Lionel Messi wins record sixth Ballon d'Or; Megan Rapinoe gets her first

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Lionel Messi received his record sixth Ballon d'Or on Monday, after scoring 46 times and helping Barcelona claim the La Liga title this year.

In 2015, Messi became the first player to win the prestigious award five times, after also being honored in 2009-12. Cristiano Ronaldo tied that achievement in 2017. Luka Modric won it last year, becoming...Read more

Former US soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann hired by German team

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Jurgen Klinsmann, former coach of the U.S. national team, is returning to the sidelines in his native Germany after being hired Wednesday to guide struggling Hertha Berlin from relegation.

Klinsmann joined the advisory board of the Bundesliga club earlier this month, but the team hasn't won since, dropping four straight and going winless in its...Read more

How Germany's Bundesliga hopes to get more US soccer fans' attention

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PHILADELPHIA -- Andreas Heyden, head of digital operations for Germany's Bundesliga, knows his league is fighting an uphill battle to capture soccer fans' attention.

"1.5 billion people in the world speak English. 600 million people in the world speak Spanish," he said in a recent interview with The Inquirer, compared to just 150 million German...Read more

Yale women's soccer coach Brendan Faherty out amid allegations of sexual misconduct

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Women's soccer coach Brendan Faherty is out at Yale, the school announced Wednesday, amid allegations that he groped one former player and had a consensual sexual relationship with another.

Faherty's alleged conduct, reported on Wednesday night by the Yale Daily News, is said to have occurred while he coached at the University of New Haven from...Read more

Chicago Fire unveil new crest, adopt 'Football Club' as part of their name

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CHICAGO -- The list of changes to the Chicago Fire is growing larger ahead of the 2020 season. And now come two of the biggest changes yet: a new crest and a tweaked name.

The Fire on Thursday unveiled the new crest, ditching their previous logo for a complete overhaul, one day after trademark applications became public.

Additionally, the Fire...Read more

It's official: MLS All-Stars will face off with Liga MX stars in LA

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LOS ANGELES -- Landon Donovan has played soccer on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, starring for 15 years in MLS then coming out of retirement to spend part of one season with Leon in Liga MX. And, he said, that taught him there are more similarities than differences in the leagues.

So Wednesday's announcement of a midsummer all-star game ...Read more

Sounders celebrate MLS Cup title with parade and rally at Seattle Center

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SEATTLE -- Partway through a downtown Sounders victory parade Tuesday afternoon, head coach Brian Schmetzer got off the double-decker bus he'd been riding on with players and began high-fiving some of the thousands of fans gathered along the route.

The connection between the team and its supporters has been much discussed before, during and ...Read more

Sounders defeat Toronto FC at a raucous CenturyLink Field for second MLS Cup title

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SEATTLE -- In the calm of Sunday morning, Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer took time to gather his thoughts.

The magnitude of the day was never lost on the Nathan Hale High School graduate. Schmetzer grew up within the Sounders organization, first as a player and then coach as it evolved through various minor leagues, becoming an MLS franchise in...Read more