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Bale lifts Real Madrid to third consecutive Champions League title

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KIEV, Ukraine -- A Gareth Bale wonder-strike and two massive errors from keeper Loris Karius saw Real Madrid down Liverpool, 3-1, on Saturday to earn a third successive Champions League and 13th European title overall.

Bale's sensational overhead kick, just moments after being introduced as a substitute, was in stark contrast to Real's first ...Read more

Which of these 10 young players will become World Cup stars?

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The 2018 World Cup in Russia is less than three weeks away, and club executives and managers all over the world will be paying close attention to the new crop of young players to see who has a breakout summer during the sport's biggest audition.

Which players will emerge as household names? Which will cave under the pressure? Colombia's James ...Read more

A closer look at the technology inside the 2018 World Cup soccer ball

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HERZOGENAURACH, Germany -- To design the most technologically advanced World Cup ball in history, Adidas had to go back to a time when TV transmissions were mostly in black and white, soccer balls were made from heavy, unforgiving leather and chips were something you put in cookies, not sports equipment.

The first time a World Cup game was ...Read more

MLS expansion teams making a name for themselves in their own way

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The Los Angeles Football Club, Minnesota United and Atlanta United made their MLS debuts within the past 15 months, marking the most ambitious wave of expansion in the league's 23-year history. But though the clubs share similar birthdates -- and two of them are officially United, at least in name -- there's really not much all three have in ...Read more

LAFC stamps out offensive chant, for now

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LOS ANGELES -- Late in the first half of Saturday's game with the Los Angeles Football Club, Dallas keeper Jimmy Maurer gathered the ball in his hands, swung his right leg forward and ...

Silence.

A week earlier, in LAFC's first game at Banc of California Stadium, many in the crowd accented each of the opponent's goal kicks with an offensive ...Read more

After US misses qualifying for World Cup, ex-coach Bruce Arena writes about state of US soccer

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When Bruce Arena was asked to rescue a struggling U.S. national team in the fall of 2016, he was also asked to write a book about how he did it.

He said yes to both requests. Neither one worked out quite the way he had hoped.

"The book," Arena said, "was going to be that we qualified for the World Cup and getting ready for the World Cup."

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American soccer star Christian Pulisic 'definitely excited' for game in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- America's best young soccer star is coming to Charlotte this summer.

And there's a reason the visit will be particularly special for him.

Christian Pulisic, the 19-year-old face of American soccer, will be one of a number of stars coming to Charlotte and Bank of America Stadium as part of the International Champions Cup. ...Read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is giving Galaxy and MLS quite a show on his world tour

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LOS ANGELES -- A pack of more than two dozen reporters from almost as many countries stood outside the Galaxy locker room Saturday, shivering each time a cold blast of air shot up the narrow, concrete corridor.

It wasn't long ago that Major League Soccer wouldn't have garnered this kind of attention had it staged a game on a beach in Hawaii. ...Read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives Galaxy a chilly 1-0 win over Bastian Schweinsteiger, Fire

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CHICAGO -- One-time teammates Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zlatan Ibrahimovic enjoyed a smile and a laugh in the tunnel Saturday before striding onto the frozen tundra of Toyota Park. But that might have been the last warm moment either of them shared in their first MLS matchup.

Because once the introductions were over, the former European ...Read more

Ibrahimovic finally joins Galaxy β€” and that's a big deal

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CARSON, Calif. -- When President Donald Trump arrived in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, he was welcomed at LAX by a light rain and a small group of protesters. When soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived late Thursday, he was greeted by clear skies and a raucous crowd of about 250 fans.

But then as Ibrahimovic himself will tell you, he's ...Read more

Galaxy and LAFC fans already don't like each other

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LOS ANGELES -- The first signs of a burgeoning Southern California sports rivalry came from a splat of paint.

Last month, hours after Jiovanny Lopez and Diego Mendoza finished a mural on a brick building in the Pico-Union neighborhood, one welcoming Mexican national team star Carlos Vela to the fledgling Los Angeles Football Club, the artwork ...Read more

L.A. Galaxy sign superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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LOS ANGELES--A little more than a decade ago, the Galaxy lured David Beckham to Southern California from one of Europe's top soccer clubs, a move that changed the direction of the sport in the U.S. forever.

On Thursday the Galaxy finalized a deal to bring an even bigger name to Major League Soccer -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose jaw-dropping ...Read more

LA bid to be host city for 2026 World Cup takes step forward

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles' bid for a part in World Cup 2026 moved forward Tuesday after the City Council moved to allow a private group to seek the international sporting event on behalf of several Southern California cities.

Los Angeles World Cup 2026 Host Committee, LLC, a group that includes the Los Angeles Football Club, will bid on behalf...Read more