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What we learned from the USWNT's last games before World Cup and Olympics qualifying

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SANDY, Utah — The U.S. women’s soccer team finished its preparations for next month’s Concacaf World Cup and Olympic qualifying tournament late Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Colombia at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The win finished off a sweep of the two-game set, with the first game a 3-0 U.S. victory. But they were tougher tests than the Americans ...Read more

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Dylan Hernández: Gareth Bale signing with LAFC showcases how U.S. is winning over European stars

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So, let me get this right: LAFC is helping Gareth Bale take down the United States?

Once the world's most expensive soccer player, Bale signed a cut-rate deal with LAFC because the team can guarantee the Welsh attacker the minutes necessary to prepare for the World Cup.

The opponent for Wales in its group-stage opener on Nov. 21: the U.S.

"I'...Read more

Sophia Smith, Rose Lavelle lead U.S. women's soccer team to 3-0 win over Colombia

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — The U.S. women’s soccer team beat Colombia, 3-0, on Saturday night in the first of a two-game series that serves as the final tuneups for next month’s World Cup and Olympic qualifying tournament.

But while the score was favorable and parts of the box score were lopsided, the game was a test. Colombia’s defense ...Read more

Gareth Bale agrees to one-year deal with LAFC

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LOS ANGELES — The best team in MLS is about to get a whole lot better.

LAFC, which entered the weekend atop the Supporters' Shield standings while leading the league in points and goals, has reached agreement on a one-year deal that will bring Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale to the team, according to a person with knowledge of the talks who ...Read more

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Sam McDowell: 'Can't miss this opportunity': How Kansas City is thinking big as World Cup host

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — About 15 years ago now, Sporting Kansas City’s new ownership group contemplated a site for a soccer-specific stadium, making good on a vision Lamar Hunt had told them would be a necessity for survival in this town.

The initial two options, brightly as the renderings had glowed on paper, fell through without a shovel ...Read more

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U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe says overturning Roe v. Wade 'is not pro-life'

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DENVER — Megan Rapinoe would have liked to talk about soccer on Friday. But when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade a few hours before the U.S. women’s soccer team went off to practice, that became impossible.

So, as Rapinoe has done so many times in her 16-year national team career, she sat in front of a microphone to share her views...Read more

By beating MLS competition, Sacramento Republic is showing the organization is big-time

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Sacramento Republic FC was financially viable enough to be on the doorstep of joining MLS. Then the expansion deal fell through in February 2021 when billionaire Ron Burkle backed out shortly after he bought Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

In 2022, Sacramento Republic is proving it belongs in America’s top professional soccer league by ...Read more

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Megan Rapinoe salutes Sue Bird on the basketball legend's upcoming retirement

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DENVER — A household with Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird in it is always going to be in the news. But women’s sports’ most famous power couple has been especially atop the headlines lately.

Rapinoe’s return to the U.S. women’s soccer team was announced June 13. Three days later, Bird announced that this WNBA season will be her last. From ...Read more

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U.S. Soccer legend Briana Scurry is back in the spotlight with a new memoir and documentary

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PHILADELPHIA — Twenty-three years ago, Briana Scurry was suddenly launched into the spotlight, and she stayed in it for a long time.

Twelve years ago, Scurry was suddenly forced out of the spotlight, and she stayed out of it for a long time.

Yes, that’s how long it’s been since Scurry’s penalty shootout heroics in the 1999 women’s ...Read more

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Michelle Kaufman: Miami winning 2026 World Cup bid was a minor miracle. Here's what we can expect next

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MIAMI — If the scene at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables last Thursday was any indication, Miami soccer fans are ready for the 2026 World Cup.

They were in full party mode, American flags and cowbells in tow, as Miami was announced as one of 11 U.S. cities that will host the 2026 Cup along with three in Mexico and two in Canada. The ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: World Cup 2026 can change Philadelphia's reputation and profile

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PHILADELPHIA — It’s never too late to make a fresh impression.

Philadelphia landed a bid to be one of the 11 cities in the U.S. chosen by FIFA to host World Cup games when the tournament visits North America in 2026. So did Dallas and Boston, but hey, everyone makes mistakes.

None of the lucky 11 needs this sort of boost more than Philly. ...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: Why Kansas City's World Cup 2026 host duty could hasten end of Arrowhead as we know it

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Over the last few years, the Chiefs say they have spent nearly as much of their own money ($40 million) on renovations and upgrades to Arrowhead Stadium as it cost Jackson County taxpayers ($43 million through a bond i,ssue) to build both stadiums in the Truman Sports Complex completed in 1972.

Then there was the $125 ...Read more

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Matt Calkins: Give the city's passionate soccer fans a big assist for bringing the World Cup to Seattle

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SEATTLE — Those cheers you heard if you were walking down 36th Ave. in Fremont? It was only about 10% joy.

Yes, the patrons at The George and Dragon Pub were pumped that the biggest sporting event in the world is coming to Seattle, but that other 90% — that was relief.

All the logic in the world couldn't provide comfort to the soccer ...Read more

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World Cup solidifies vision for Hard Rock Stadium as 'global entertainment destination'

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MIAMI — Some of the curves and bends of the Miami International Autodrome were still easy to make out from the suite level at Hard Rock Stadium on Friday when representatives from South Florida’s local governments, the Miami Dolphins and the visitors bureau all gathered there to formally welcome the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Miami-Dade County. ...Read more

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Baltimore not among 16 host cities for 2026 World Cup held in U.S., Canada and Mexico

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BALTIMORE — When Boston and Philadelphia were announced, it was obvious what was to come. And by the time New York was selected — the final nail in the coffin — Baltimore officially had been eliminated as a 2026 World Cup host.

Baltimore, vying to host World Cup matches at M&T Bank Stadium as part of a joint bid with Washington, came up ...Read more

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Philadelphia will host 2026 men's World Cup games, bringing a global sports spectacle to America's birthplace

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NEW YORK — Just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Philadelphia’s place in the sports world changed forever.

After many years of waiting, the city for the first time officially became a host of a men’s soccer World Cup, the planet’s biggest and most famous sports event.

In 2026, Philadelphia will be among a group of co-hosts of a sporting ...Read more

Seattle selected as one of 11 U.S. cities to host 2026 men's World Cup

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SEATTLE — A global spotlight will shine on Seattle again as the city learned Thursday it was selected to host FIFA men’s World Cup matches in 2026.

Soccer’s governing body made the announcement during a live broadcast from New York City. Seattle is one of 11 U.S. cities and 16 total that will be venues for the revamped 48-team tournament ...Read more

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Matt Calkins: Anything is possible, but Seattle seems like a no-brainer choice to host the 2026 men's World Cup

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SEATTLE — The Sounders play two games this week — one against Vancouver on Tuesday and another vs. LAFC on Saturday. The matches mark a reboot in a season that has given the club the past two weeks off.

But those contests aren't what the rabid soccer fans in Seattle are most concerned about this week. They're all looking toward Thursday ...Read more

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Apple TV becomes the new home of Major League Soccer with a 10-year deal for every game

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PHILADELPHIA — The home of Ted Lasso will soon become the major home of Major League Soccer.

Apple and MLS announced a huge new rights deal on Tuesday that will start next year and run for 10 seasons, with streaming broadcasts of every game in the league — including those on traditional national TV.

From 2023-32, the Apple TV app will be ...Read more

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Real Madrid's summer tour will have stops at the Rose Bowl and Las Vegas

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LOS ANGELES — The International Champions Cup, a summer tournament founded by the Relevent Sports Group and international soccer executive Charlie Stillitano, regularly brought as many as eight top European clubs to the U.S. for a series of exhibitions before the competition was suspended two years ago because of COVID-19.

With the pandemic ...Read more