Atlanta United defeats Timbers to win MLS Cup

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ATLANTA -- The Kings of the South are the Kings of MLS.

Behind goals from Josef Martinez and Franco Escobar, Atlanta United defeated Portland, 2-0, to win the MLS Cup in front of record announced attendance of more than 73,000 on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

No one from owner Arthur Blank to the players were shy in the past few weeks ...Read more

New 4-year deal means AT&T Stadium will become second home for Mexican National Team

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AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will play host to an annual match of the Mexican National Team for the next four years, the Dallas Cowboys, Federacion Mexicana de Futbol (FMF), MLS' FC Dallas, and the Dallas Sports Commission announced on Wednesday.

The first match will take place on June 9, 2019, just days before the start of the 2019 ...Read more

Ex-soccer star Eric Wynalda loses home to massive Ventura fire

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SAN DIEGO -- It's bad enough when you're evacuated at 3 a.m. because flames from a raging wildfire are bearing down on your neighborhood. The experience becomes even rawer, even more visceral, when you watch your home -- and priceless soccer memorabilia from three World Cups -- burn on television.

That's what happened to former U.S. soccer star...Read more

Crew's Zardes says breakthrough season result of change of scenery

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When Los Angeles Galaxy President Chris Klein traded Gyasi Zardes to Columbus last winter, he did so with a heavy heart -- and a prediction.

"It would surprise me not at all if he had a great year," he said.

Klein might have been surprised by how great, though, with Zardes scoring a career-high 19 goals, most by an American-born player since ...Read more

A fluke play turns into the winning goal as LAFC's first season ends

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Football Club was born amid hype and expectation in a small Hollywood movie studio four years ago this week. And Thursday its first Major League Soccer season ended in frustration and disappointment, with Real Salt Lake scoring two unanswered goals for a 3-2 playoff victory that was repeatedly interrupted by fans ...Read more

Leicester City confirm billionaire owner's death in helicopter crash

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LONDON -- Leicester City have confirmed that club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who died in a helicopter crash outside its stadium on Saturday.

In a statement late Sunday, the club praised the Thai billionaire as a "man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and ...Read more

US qualifies for World Cup with 2-0 victory over Canada in CONCACAF Championship final

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FRISCO, Texas -- The participation of the U.S. in next year's Women's World Cup was never really in doubt. That kind of certainty is owed to the world's top-ranked national team, one that has never missed the tournament and has won it a record three times.

But just to make it official, the Americans won their qualifying tournament on Wednesday,...Read more

US, Canada to play in CONCACAF Women's Championship final after producing semifinal routs

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FRISCO, Texas -- The CONCACAF Women's Championship will end Wednesday exactly as everyone knew it would when the tournament kicked off 10 days ago -- with the U.S. playing Canada.

Both easily won their semifinal games Sunday, with Canada blasting Panama 7-0 and the U.S. blowing out Jamaica 6-0 on a rainy night in suburban Dallas. With the ...Read more

US soccer's new generation of players are more diverse than ever

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TAMPA, Fla. -- As an African-American soccer player growing up in the South a generation ago, Eddie Pope didn't have many role models to look up to.

"The first black player I saw was Pele on a videotape," he said. "You definitely notice that you're the only one. I had people saying the N-word and things of that nature."

Cobi Jones had a ...Read more

US Soccer is looking to find the right mix of youth and experience

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The last time Michael Bradley played for the national team was a year ago, in Trinidad and Tobago, in the final game of World Cup qualifying. It was his 140th international appearance, most among active U.S. players.

The last time Ben Sweat played for the national team was, well, never. Sweat hadn't even trained with the U.S. until Monday, when...Read more

Alex Morgan in peak form as top-ranked US team opens World Cup qualifying tournament

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Alex Morgan has played in two Women's World Cups but feels like she didn't really leave her mark on the tournament.

"I had a couple of injuries going into last World Cup. The one before that, I wasn't starting. I was new on the team," she said.

So if the third time really is the charm, Morgan said she believes she should have a great ...Read more

Julie Ertz ready for stacked US women's soccer team to start World Cup qualifying

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As the U.S. women's soccer team heads into CONCACAF's 2019 Women's World Cup qualifying tournament this week, Julie Ertz insists she isn't thinking ahead.

She insists her mind isn't drifting toward France, which will host next year's spectacle. Or the win-and-clinch-a-berth semifinal in the qualifying tournament.

Right now, Ertz's mind is only...Read more

US puts together a veteran women's roster for CONCACAF Championship

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Coach Jill Ellis has called up a veteran U.S. team for next month's CONCACAF Championship, with more than half the 20 women selected having made at least 56 international appearances.

Leading the way is two-time world soccer player of the year Carli Lloyd, who has played in 259 games for the national team. She is one of 11 holdovers from the ...Read more

What we learned from the US men's soccer team's September friendlies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Young teams from the U.S. and Mexico got their first taste of the cross-border soccer rivalry Tuesday and the advantage clearly went to the Americans.

Defender Matt Miazga seized on the emotion of the moment to bait Mexico's Angel Zaldivar into a red card and four minutes later teenager Tyler Adams scored the game's only ...Read more

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