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

Muslim ban drove soccer player Summer Bales into action

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SAN DIEGO -- For the first two years Summer Yousif Bales was at UC San Diego, her "world" amounted to about the size of a square city block.

She attended and lived in the dorms of Eleanor Roosevelt College, just a few hundred yards from the Tritons' soccer stadium.

On those grounds the former walk-on became a starting midfielder and captain on...Read more

Who is Vlatko Andonovski? Here's what to know about the potential next USWNT coach.

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Although nothing is official yet, there are many indications that Vlatko Andonovski is likely to become the next head coach of the U.S. women's soccer team.

Here's what you should know about Andonovski's career and potential:

-- Andonovski, 43, was born in Skopje, North Macedonia, which at the time was part of Yugoslavia. He played ...Read more

Megan Rapinoe named FIFA's women's world player of the year

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It's been nearly 2 1/2 months since the U.S. captured a second consecutive Women's World Cup title in France, but the accolades continue to pour in, with co-captain Megan Rapinoe winning the 2019 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year honor on Monday and Jill Ellis being named the top women's coach.

Rapinoe is the fourth American to be named the...Read more

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