US Under-17s reach World Cup quarterfinal with hat trick by legend's son

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Don't despair, U.S. soccer fans. There is hope.

Six days after the U.S. men's national team was bounced from World Cup contention with an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. Under-17 team reached the quarterfinals of the U17 World Cup in India with a 5-0 victory over Paraguay.

They will play the winner of Tuesday's England ...Read more

Bruce Arena resigns as US soccer coach

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Moments after his U.S. national team was knocked out of the World Cup earlier this week, coach Bruce Arena was asked about his future.

"I think I have a good future," he said. "I don't know what I'm going to be doing, but whatever I'm doing, I think it's going to be good."

On Friday, Arena eliminated coaching the national team from the list of...Read more

American soccer needs changes, from players to coaches to its president

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If you're trying to make sense of the U.S. men's soccer team's stunning failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, start here:

What you saw in Tuesday's loss at Trinidad & Tobago represents just a fraction of the problem.

You could write a book the size of an encyclopedia on the reasons why. Here are a few points that should stand out even for...Read more

US eliminated from 2018 World Cup contention in 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago

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COUVA, Trinidad -- The longest, most arduous journey for a U.S. national team in 28 years reached the finish line Tuesday. But it wasn't the kind of finish the Americans had been hoping for, with a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, combined with wins by Honduras and Panama, denying the U.S. an automatic berth in next summer's World Cup.

The U.S....Read more

Christian Pulisic leads US rout of Panama 4-0 in World Cup qualifier

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The U.S. national team played a game it couldn't afford to lose Friday. And it didn't, overwhelming Panama 4-0 to move a big step closer to an eighth consecutive World Cup appearance next summer.

Christian Pulisic, who seemed unstoppable for much of the first half, and Jozy Altidore did most of the heavy lifting, with Altidore scoring two first...Read more

US team can boost World Cup hopes with victory over Panama

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It may not look that way on a map, but the most direct route for the U.S. national team to reach Russia for next summer's World Cup is to go through Panama.

In fact, it may be the only way. Because if the U.S. doesn't beat Panama in Friday's qualifier at Orlando City Stadium (7:35 p.m. EDT, ESPN2, Univision), it could miss the World Cup for the...Read more

World Cup team 'changed the game forever' for US

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Brian Bliss remembers coming off the field after the game that changed everything, believing nothing really was different.

Perhaps it was the fatigue of playing 90 minutes on a stiflingly humid day in Trinidad. Or the shock of the 1-0 win that had qualified the U.S. soccer team for a World Cup for the first time in four decades...Read more

Bobby Wood's late goal gives U.S. tie with Honduras, keeps World Cup hopes alive

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SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- Bobby Wood has played 34 games for the U.S. national soccer team, nearly half of them as a substitute. So he knew what was expected of him when came off the bench Tuesday.

"Coming on as a sub, you always want to change the game in some way," he said. "That's my job."

But on this steamy afternoon at the raucous ...Read more

U.S. falls to Costa Rica 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

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HARRISON, N.J.--When it comes to World Cup qualifying, Costa Rica has found a way to bring out the worst in the U.S.

Consider what happened Friday when, for the second time in 10 months, the Central Americans dealt the U.S. a loss of historic proportions, getting two goals from Marco Urena in a 2-0 victory before a sold-out crowd of more than ...Read more

Michael Bradley's leadership and play has keyed turnaround for US men's soccer team

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HARRISON, N.J. -- If last fall wasn't the lowest point of Michael Bradley's soccer career, he could certainly see the bottom from where he stood.

His club team, Toronto FC, had just become the first to lose an MLS Cup final despite not giving up a shot on goal. A month earlier, the U.S. national team had become the first to open the final round...Read more

US coach Bruce Arena calls up deep, experienced roster for World Cup qualifiers

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The time for Bruce Arena to experiment with his national team roster is over, so the team the U.S. coach called up Sunday for the resumption of World Cup qualifying is older, deeper and more experienced than the one he used in July's Gold Cup.

A dozen of the 26 players Arena summoned have made 10 or more appearances in World Cup qualifying, ...Read more

Somber mood as FC Barcelona opens season at home Sunday

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This is the Sunday FC Barcelona fans had been waiting for all summer, the day their beloved team -- minus recently-departed Neymar -- opens the 2017-18 season against Real Betis.

But instead of a celebration, the mood will be somber for the sellout crowd of 99,354 at Camp Nou, as Spain observes a third day of national mourning following ...Read more

Players from Mexican national team ignore their coach, join MLS

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Juan Carlos Osorio pulled a chair up to the breakfast table, pointed a fork at his inquisitor and cleared up a misunderstanding before cleaning up his eggs.

"I was misquoted as saying I don't like the MLS," the Mexican national team coach said this spring. "No. I never said that. I said it's a strong league."

There's no misunderstanding Osorio...Read more

Jill Ellis invites world to come to US to make the national team better

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LOS ANGELES -- Jill Ellis studied literature in college. But you don't need a medical degree to know that unexercised muscles will eventually lose their strength.

The same goes for teams. So when Ellis, coach of the U.S. women's soccer team, took stock of her program following the 2015 World Cup, some of what she found worried her.

The U.S. ...Read more

MLS takes another step toward approving franchise in Miami

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David Beckham's proposed Major League Soccer team in Miami is as close as it ever has been to a reality.

A Wednesday vote in Chicago authorized MLS Commissioner Don Garber to move forward and negotiate with the group to finalize its entrance to the league. He said that the league was not formally announcing MLS Miami on Wednesday, but expected ...Read more

Even without Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid a challenge for MLS All-Stars

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CHICAGO -- The greatest spectacle in soccer rolled into Chicago and even without its biggest attraction it still has managed to draw the eyes of the sport to the lakefront.

Real Madrid, the two-time defending European champions and arguably the most popular soccer team in the world, will face off against the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday night at ...Read more

Beckham Miami bid 'at the finish line', MLS Commissioner says

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Finally, after three and a half years of facing hurdles and navigating a complicated web of local politics, David Beckham's quest for a Major League Soccer team in Miami is "at the finish line," according to league commissioner Don Garber.

MLS owners are meeting in Chicago on Wednesday morning as part of All-Star Week, and Beckham's expansion ...Read more

Ronaldo, facing tax evasion charges, makes court appearance

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who skipped El Clasico Miami on Saturday, appeared in a Spanish court on Monday, where he is facing allegations of tax evasion.

Ronaldo is accused of dodging $17.3 million in taxes by creating foreign shell companies to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights. He has denied the allegations, and ...Read more

Messi scores, Neymar adds two assists as Barcelona beats Madrid in El Clasico Miami, 3-2

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- For one night in Miami, soccer was king. In the building crescendo of Saturday night's preseason El Clasico Miami, in the swelling hype surrounding one of the world's best rivalries, and in FC Barcelona's 3-2 win over Real Madrid, the sport owned its massive stage.

The two Spanish soccer titans transformed Hard Rock ...Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo won't be in Chicago to face MLS All-Stars

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CHICAGO -- The $93 million question has been answered.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning FIFA player of the year and the world's highest-paid athlete, will not be in town with Real Madrid on Wednesday when the La Liga superpower faces the MLS All-Stars at Soldier Field.

Ronaldo is on an extended summer break and will not be rejoining the team ...Read more