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Leon spoils Carlos Vela's return to Mexico as LAFC falls in CONCACAF Champions League match

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Carlos Vela received a rude welcome in his return to Mexico on Tuesday, with fans at Estadio Leon booing him every time he touched the ball. But the harshest part of the homecoming was the final score, with Leon beating Vela's LAFC 2-0 in the round of 16 of the CONCACAF Champions League.

The teams will meet in the return leg of the two-game ...Read more

Inter Miami jersey sponsor might be a country where homosexuality is illegal

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Inter Miami CF, the new South Florida soccer team owned in part by David Beckham, has reportedly reached a $234 million sponsorship deal with the state-owned airline of Qatar. The deal could have the uniforms and a new Miami stadium emblazoned with the name of an Arab state where homosexuality can bring a seven-year ...Read more

Carlos Vela looking forward to playing for LAFC in his native Mexico

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LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Vela has played 72 times for Mexico, taking part in two World Cups and winning two Gold Cups. Yet for all his international success, Vela remains as much an enigma as an icon in his homeland, where he has never played a club game.

Part of that veil will be lifted Tuesday when he leads LAFC into Estadio Leon for a CONCACAF ...Read more

Inter Miami has first practice at Fort Lauderdale site

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The backdrop of bulldozers, cranes and countless construction crews provided the perfect metaphor for Inter Miami, the expansion Major League Soccer team, which on Monday morning held its first full practice at the team's yet-to-be completed Fort Lauderdale practice facility.

The 50,000-square foot training headquarters and adjacent 18,000-seat...Read more

MLS reaches labor agreement with players

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Major League Soccer and its players association have reached agreement in principle on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement that eases rules on player spending, expands free agency and increases the number of charter flights each team can use during the regular season.

The agreement, a major victory for the players, must be ratified ...Read more

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez says he doesn't feel pressure as new face of Galaxy

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LOS ANGELES -- The Galaxy paid the highest transfer fee in franchise history to acquire Javier Hernandez, then gave him what could prove to be their second-most-lucrative contract ever, all to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the most dominant player the team has ever had.

But if that sounds like enormous pressure, Hernandez said he has nothing to ...Read more

Carli Lloyd focused on Olympics amid seething battle against her doubters

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LOS ANGELES -- There are two things you should know about Carli Lloyd. The first is, she's a very, very good soccer player.

The second is she's even better when she's angry. And Lloyd was very, very angry last year.

"I don't think I will ever be happy with how I was treated between 2016 and 2019," Lloyd wrote in an email interview last week. "...Read more

'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