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Liga MX and MLS take next step in partnership with World Cup-style tournament

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LOS ANGELES — The growing partnership between MLS and Mexico's Liga MX has given birth to two competitive tournaments and a unique All-Star game in the last four years, sparking rumors that a merger could be coming soon. On Tuesday the two leagues revealed what they've really been working on: an annual monthlong, World Cup-style tournament ...Read more

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Ishwara Glassman Chrein has a lot on her plate as the Chicago Fire president. But perhaps no priority is bigger than making Soldier Field work for the MLS team.

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Ishwara Glassman Chrein has an ever-growing list of priorities as the new Chicago Fire president.

Glassman Chrein, who filled the vacancy left by Nelson Rodríguez’s departure earlier this year, previously worked at Yahoo Sports/Verizon Media as the head of sports partnerships and business development. She recognizes the uphill battle that ...Read more

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U.S. Soccer urges men's and women's teams to consider splitting FIFA earnings equally

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The U.S. Soccer Federation, in an effort to address charges of gender inequality in pay and other benefits between its men's and women's senior national teams, is inviting players from both sides to join the federation in negotiating a more equitable split in FIFA prize money paid to men and women.

The women's national team sued U.S. Soccer in ...Read more

U.S. soccer braces for hostility, gamesmanship during World Cup qualifier in Honduras

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SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Shin-high grass. A rain of batteries, bags of urine and severed animal heads. Lost luggage, loud parties, hotels with no electricity and weather that is either way too hot, way too humid or way too much of both.

Those are just some of the distractions the U.S. national soccer team has had to deal with when playing ...Read more

U.S. soccer World Cup qualifying bid begins with tie on the road against El Salvador

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SAN SALVADOR — The U.S. was seeking redemption. El Salvador was seeking respect.

And both got a little of what they were after Thursday in their opening game of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, one which ended in a scoreless draw.

For the U.S., Thursday’s match came nearly four years after the final game of the last qualifying tournament, a ...Read more

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Never fully American or Salvadoran, but finding acceptance in soccer

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Like many children of immigrants, Sam Chinchilla has long felt trapped between two countries, never "American enough" in the U.S. or Salvadoran enough for those from his parents' homeland.

"We never felt like we were from here or there," said Chinchilla, a 30-year-old Los Angeles native who spoke with The Los ...Read more

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Dylan Hernández: LAFC can be a winner again, but Bob Bradley must return as coach

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Never mind the 3-3 draw against the Galaxy on Saturday, the two leads that were blown over the final 26 minutes at Banc of California Stadium, or the franchise-record winless streak, which is eight games and counting.

None of that changed the long-term prognosis.

In the maddening fourth season of its otherwise blessed existence, LAFC is at a ...Read more

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Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy arrested on 4 rape charges

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Benjamin Mendy, a star soccer player for Manchester City, was charged Thursday with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, British police said.

Mendy, 27, was arrested and will remain behind bars until at least his initial hearing Friday, the Crown Protection Service said in a press release.

Police said the charges are connected ...Read more

Angel City names Freya Coombe as new coach

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Angel City, Southern California's NWSL expansion team, has yet to sign a player, play a game or commit to a playing style.

But it does have a coach.

And for Freya Coombe, that absence of definition is what made the Angel City coaching job so attractive in the first place.

"The blank canvas presents such an exciting opportunity to get your ...Read more

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USWNT star Carli Lloyd content as she announces she's retiring at the end of this year

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Carli Lloyd, arguably the best big-game player in U.S. soccer history, announced her retirement from international competition Monday following a 17-year career in which she was twice named FIFA world player of the year.

Lloyd, 39, also won two Olympic gold medals — delivering the winning goal in both finals — and two World Cup titles. ...Read more

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Soccer star Lionel Messi's contract with Paris Saint-Germain includes crypto tokens

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Part of the multimillion-dollar deal that brought Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain includes crypto tokens, the club said on Thursday.

Earlier this week, the 34-year-old player agreed to a two-year deal, with an option for a third, with the French club. The package includes a reported annual salary of about $41 million, ...Read more

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Lionel Messi to sign with Paris Saint-Germain: reports

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Money talks, and GOATs have great hearing.

Lionel Messi is expected to sign a three-year contract with French superclub Paris Saint-Germain, according to multiple reports.

The 34-year-old all-time great shockingly split Thursday from Barcelona, the only European club he ever knew. The club blamed “financial obstacles” for the breakup, and ...Read more

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U.S. men's soccer joins women's team in pay fight

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The labor organization for the U.S. men’s soccer team and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed court papers supporting the legal fight by the women’s national team to earn equal pay.

The U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association told a federal appeals court that it understands the long-standing discrimination against the ...Read more

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Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes buys ownership stake in Sporting Kansas City soccer team

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes is becoming further entrenched in Kansas City by the day.

On Tuesday, Sporting KC of Major League Soccer announced that the superstar Kansas City Chiefs quarterback had purchased an ownership stake in the club. The amount of his buy-in was undisclosed in a news release shared by the team.

"I am grateful for...Read more

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U.S. women's soccer team narrowly advances after draw with Australia

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TOKYO — The highest-scoring team in women's soccer history was told to play defense Tuesday. The high-stakes gamblers were suddenly as conservative as a red-state politician.

For a U.S. team that has regularly risen to the occasion in international championships, Tuesday's scoreless tie with Australia must has been as difficult to play as it ...Read more

Atlanta United, Gabriel Heinze part ways after 13 MLS games

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Atlanta United fired first-year manager Gabriel Heinze on Sunday with the team amid a franchise-worst eight-game winless streak.

Part of the decision may have come down to, a person with knowledge saying that, the Major League Soccer Players Association filed a grievance with the league for multiple infractions related to how Heinze handled the...Read more

Growing up Gioacchini: Kansas City-born striker overcame hostility in Europe en route to USMNT

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nicholas Gioacchini was a world away from Kansas City, literally and figuratively.

The 20-year-old KC-born striker had spent his early years playing soccer in and around Overland Park. He and his family lived on Switzer Road.

The emphasis was on fun back then: Gioacchini's team, the Orange Stars, was mainly just a way for ...Read more

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European soccer's governing body punishes Hungary over fans' homophobic, racist behavior: 3 games behind closed doors, $118,000 fine

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European soccer’s governing body has ordered the Hungarian Football Federation to play its next three home matches “behind closed doors” over recent homophobic and racist behavior by its fans.

On Friday afternoon, UEFA’s Control Ethics and Disciplinary Body announced in a statement that it had concluded investigations on allegations of ...Read more

Matt Calkins: Brian Schmetzer prefers points, but this Sounders unbeaten streak is pretty cool

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TUKWILA, Wash. — First off, check out the dateline. That was a rare sight for a Sounders story, for a while. Tuesday marked just the second time reporters were allowed to watch the club from Starfire Sports in over a year, and coach Brian Schmetzer made sure to acknowledge it.

“It’s nice to have everybody back,” he quipped. “Put us in...Read more

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No, U.S. women's soccer team did not disrespect a WWII veteran playing national anthem

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The Post Millennial, a Montreal-based conservative online news site, instigated a faux controversy Monday night by claiming video shows the U.S Women’s soccer team “turn their backs to [a] 98-year-old WWII vet playing the national anthem.”

In reality, most of the team was turned toward the American flag in front of them. Others, with ...Read more