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Mexico to play two World Cup qualifiers without fans due to use of homophobic chant

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Mexico's national team will play its first two home matches in World Cup qualifying without spectators, a penalty for its fans' use of an anti-gay chant during last spring's pre-Olympic tournament in Guadalajara, the country's soccer federation announced at a Mexico City news conference Friday.

The games Mexico will play behind closed doors are...Read more

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Cedric Golden: USWNT christens Austin's Q2 Stadium in grand style

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If Wednesday night was any indication, we just witnessed the beginning of a beautiful love affair.

Austin and soccer threw one hell of a party.

Q2 did it up something proper.

Austin FC owner Anthony Precourt’s swanky new venue delivered in what will go down as the best soccer opening since the Karate Kid kicked it around the pitch with ...Read more

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Christian Eriksen to have pacemaker implanted; Denmark-Belgium game stopped for tribute

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Christian Eriksen, the Danish midfielder who collapsed and nearly died in his team’s opening match, will have a pacemaker implanted.

“After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter),” national team doctor Morten Boesen said in a statement. “This device is ...Read more

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Christened by Queens: Press stars as USWNT opens Q2 Stadium with win over Nigeria

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Q2 Stadium was “Christened by Queens” as the TIFO unveiled by U.S. women's national team supporters group American Outlaws read on Wednesday night. A first-half goal by Christen Press, the first ever scored in Q2 Stadium, started the scoring in a 2-0 win for the Americans over Nigeria in the final match of a three-game Summer Series that ...Read more

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MLS and Liga MX aren't ruling out a merger, but they're not taking that step yet

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LOS ANGELES — Major League Soccer's decision to join Liga MX on a cross-border all-star game this summer isn't necessarily a step toward a long-rumored merger of North America's two most prominent soccer leagues.

But it's not a step away, either.

"If it makes sense at the right time, then we'll take that step," MLS Commissioner Don Garber ...Read more

Ireland's national team booed for taking a knee before soccer match with Hungary

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Ireland’s national soccer team was showered with boos after players took a knee to protest social injustice before a match with Hungary.

The Irish Times reported some among the 10,000 fans in Budapest Tuesday expressed disapproval for the gesture before a game that ended in a scoreless draw.

“It is a difficult time for everyone,” Irish ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Lionel Messi-to-Inter Miami is the shot of hope David Beckham's sagging club dearly needs

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What’s real isn’t always obvious or easily discernible in sports. We saw that Sunday night at Hard Rock Stadium.

If you stick a boxing ring on a football field, and put 44-year-old retired Floyd Mayweather inside it to fight a YouTube star turned made-up fighter named Logan Paul ... is it a boxing match?

If there are no judges scoring it ...Read more

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Mexico vs. Costa Rica Nations League semifinal halted over homophobic chants; stadium security ejects 'several fans'

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One of the CONCACAF Nations League soccer semifinals Thursday night was briefly halted over homophobic chants, an incident that also led security to eject a number of fans from the Empower Field at Mile High stadium in Denver, Colo.

The tense match that ultimately ended with Mexico’s penalty-kick victory over Costa Rica was halted for three ...Read more

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After winning the Premier League with Manchester City, Zack Steffen is ready to lead the U.S. men's soccer team's quest for trophies

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PHILADELPHIA — A 26-year-old Downingtown (Pa.) West alum recently became the first American ever to win a title in the English Premier League, one of the world's most prestigious soccer competitions.

Has that sunk in yet?

"No, it has not," said Zack Steffen, the alum in question.

"I don't know if it'll sink in until maybe I'm back home with...Read more

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Kevin Baxter: What Nations League will tell us about the future of U.S. and Mexico soccer teams

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LOS ANGELES — Alexi Lalas knows a turning point when he sees one.

It happened in his first national team start, at the Coliseum against a Mexican team that had lost only one of its previous 26 games against the U.S. But on that day, the 20-year-old Lalas helped the Americans gut out a 2-2 draw, starting a streak that would see them lose just ...Read more

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MLS slaps Inter Miami with record $2 million fine for violating roster rules in 2020

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MIAMI — On the eve of Inter Miami’s first game in a full home stadium, Major League Soccer slapped the club with a league-record $2 million fine and other costly sanctions for breaking salary and roster rules during the 2020 season.

The violations included under-reporting compensation and the incorrect roster categorization for players ...Read more

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Neurosurgeon, psychiatrist, 5 others charged with murder of Diego Maradona

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Seven people, including a neurosurgeon and a psychiatrist, are facing charges in Argentina related to the death of soccer star Diego Maradona.

The two doctors, along with two nurses, a nurse coordinator, another doctor and a psychologist, are accused of being negligent with Maradona and conducting themselves in an “inappropriate, deficient ...Read more

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Chicago Fire formally reinstates Sector Latino -- nearly 3 years after permanently revoking the ardent fan group's supporter privileges

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CHICAGO — Nearly three years after permanently revoking the supporter privileges of Sector Latino Chicago, the Fire on Friday announced the ardent fan group formally has been reinstated.

The group will return starting with the Fire’s match against Inter Miami CF on May 22 at Soldier Field, the team said.

Sector Latino’s formal return ...Read more

Manchester United-Liverpool soccer match called off after protesters storm field

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A protest against the Glazer family, who owns several sports franchises in the U.S and the United Kingdom, led to the postponement of Sunday’s Manchester United-Liverpool match at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, after a group of fans stormed the field.

The Glazers, who also own the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have ...Read more

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Galaxy star Chicharito works with 'emotional coach' to achieve his goals

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Before he became Chicharito, before he played in three World Cups and before he became Mexico’s all-time leading scorer, Javier Hernández wanted to quit soccer and go back to school.

So he organized a breakfast meeting with his agent and parents, during which they urged him to give the sport one more try. Twelve years later, that advice ...Read more

Larry Stone: Super League shows that U.S., European sports are separated by more than just an ocean

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SEATTLE — There's a scene in "Ted Lasso" when his fictional Premier League team, AFC Richmond, is facing the growing prospect of relegation.

During a team meeting, one of the Richmond players, Colin, says grimly: "We got relegated when I was at Cardiff. It was my family's team. My Nana never spoke to me after that."

That vignette, while ...Read more

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Mark Zeigler: Soccer's Super League may be dead, but the concept lives on in college football

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SAN DIEGO — The tombstone for The Super League, capital T, the breakaway soccer competition by Europe's biggest clubs that threatened to radically reshape the sport's global landscape, would look something like this:

R.I.P., April 18, 2021 - April 20, 2021

It was extinguished as quickly as it was ignited, the brainchild of Real Madrid ...Read more

MLS suspends Galaxy's Sebastian Lletget for homophobic slur

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LOS ANGELES — Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for using an anti-gay slur in an Instagram post. MLS will also require Lletget to attend diversity, equity and inclusion training.

The suspension follows a two-week league investigation into the incident, which began after ...Read more

Six teams pull out of European Super League

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It was ostensibly created to “save football” but has been scrapped after the surrounding controversy threatened instead to tear it apart.

Plans for a European Super League comprising 12 soccer teams were ditched on Tuesday after massive pushback by everyone from grassroots fans to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The venture lasted ...Read more

Marshawn Lynch's expanding empire adds Oakland Roots pro soccer to his portfolio

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Add professional soccer to Marshawn Lynch’s expanding empire. As an owner, that is.

Lynch has joined the Oakland Roots ownership ahead of the USL Championship season that begins next month.

“Growing up in The Town, we always could count on the pro teams in this area, but with most of those ones that I grew up with gone, I knew the minute I...Read more