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Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and 25 others called up for U.S. national team

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Former world players of the year Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe are among the 27 women called up Wednesday for the national soccer team's first training camp of 2021, but captain Alex Morgan will not participate after testing positive for COVID-19.

The two-week training camp will open Saturday in Orlando, Fla., and will conclude with two matches...Read more

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US women’s national team captain Alex Morgan contracts COVID-19

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Alex Morgan, captain of the world champion U.S. women’s soccer team, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be called into the national team’s first training camp of 2021.

“Unfortunately, my family and I closed out 2020 learning that we had contracted Covid while in California over the holidays,” Morgan announced in a series of ...Read more

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Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan tests positive for COVID-19

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling home to California for the Christmas holiday.

The star U.S. women’s national team striker announced she and her family received positive tests at the end of the year on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. She did not specify whether her nine-month-old ...Read more

MLS invokes clause in CBA that could lead to work stoppage

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LOS ANGELES — Major League Soccer and the union representing its players could be on a collision course toward a work stoppage after the league announced it was invoking a force majeure clause in the collective bargaining agreement the league and players reached in June.

A force majeure is a clause commonly added to contracts that frees both ...Read more

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Landon Donovan, SD Loyal, having weathered storm, gear up for second season

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SAN DIEGO — As the San Diego Loyal soccer club puts together a team for its second season, here’s a ray of sunshine for fans to appreciate:

The club still exists.

One of its former top rivals no longer does.

More than half of the United Soccer League Championship’s 2020 season was lost to pandemic shutdowns, which also kept fans away ...Read more

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Columbus Crew routs Sounders to capture MLS Cup championship

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The salvation that occurred two Decembers ago, from the labors of the fans who wouldn’t let their team be ripped away from the city, culminated in a championship Saturday night at the first stadium specifically built for massive moments in Major League Soccer.

It’s not supposed to be comprehended, let alone believable. ...Read more

Sounders’ Jordan Morris, Raul Ruidiaz and Nico Lodeiro looking to lead Seattle to a third MLS Cup

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SEATTLE — There’s a series that epitomizes the dynamism on the soccer field between Raul Ruidiaz, Jordan Morris and Nico Lodeiro. The flash of brilliance happened in the 80th minute of the Sounders’ Major League Soccer playoff opener against Los Angeles FC.

Lodeiro lofted the ball from deep in the midfield over five LAFC defenders to land...Read more

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Columbus Crew: Second player tests positive for COVID-19; Nagbe, Santos out for MLS Cup

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COLUMBUS Ohio — Two days before the club's biggest match in half a decade, another player tested positive for COVID-19 and the Crew revealed it will be without two of its top players.

The Crew announced in a statement that a second player has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 this week, and midfielders Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos ...Read more

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Orlando City star Chris Mueller dazzles in national team debut as U.S. routs El Salvador, 6-0

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From the 17th minute of play, Wednesday night’s match between the U.S. men’s national team and El Salvador at Inter Miami CF Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., belonged to Orlando City winger Chris Mueller.

It started with a leap. Mueller hurdled a defender, sliding at him in the Salvadoran box and driving toward the end line before cutting ...Read more

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U.S. women's national soccer team, U.S. Soccer reach working conditions settlement

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For the first time in almost two years, the U.S. women's national soccer team and its governing body have reached a point of agreement.

The women's team and the U.S. Soccer Federation have reached a settlement on the working conditions claims of the team's equal pay and gender discrimination lawsuit, according to documents filed in a California...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: Too bad this amazing Orlando City season has to come to an end

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No, it can't be over, can it?

Please don't let it be over.

Don't let Orlando City's amazing, trailblazing season come to an end.

Don't let the Lions go home just yet.

They've been too much fun; they've spread too much joy; they've actually given us something to root for and rally around during this abysmal, awful pandemic-plagued year.

"I ...Read more

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U.S. women's national team defeats Netherlands in first match since March

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Goals from Rose Lavelle and Kristie Mewis lifted the U.S. women's national team to a 2-0 win over the Netherlands on Friday in Breda, Holland, in the Americans' first game since early March.

The match was a replay of the 2019 Women's World Cup final, won by the U.S. by the same 2-0 score. And the Americans, coming off their longest break in ...Read more

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Filip Bondy: Diego Maradona: The brilliant highs and tragic lows of a soccer genius

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Diego Maradona died on Wednesday near Buenos Aires at the age of 60 from an apparent heart attack, and really it is a wonder that this volatile genius lasted even that long on Earth. Those of us who covered his career, who watched in awe as he created divine goals while fighting internal demons, were forever concerned for the great athlete's ...Read more

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Appreciation: Diego Maradona lived the way he played, with reckless joy

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Five years ago, an overweight Diego Maradona played in a charity soccer match in Colombia to promote world peace. What made the game memorable wasn't the penalty kick he scored, but what happened after.

Maradona was escorted off the field by a halo of security guards, one of whom was pushed into him near the crowd that formed around them. ...Read more

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Michelle Kaufman: Diego Maradona was a genius player and flawed hero whose death hit South Florida hard

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MIAMI — An outpouring of sorrow and tributes flowed from all corners of the world Wednesday as news of Diego Maradona's death spread, for the Argentine soccer icon was not only among the best players of all time, but also a massive personality and tormented soul who transcended the sport.

The short, stocky product of a poor Buenos Aires ...Read more

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Diego Maradona, gifted Argentine soccer legend, dies at 60

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Diego Armando Maradona, the mop-haired boy from a Buenos Aires slum who dribbled and dazzled his way to world fame, becoming one of the greatest soccer players of all time but also one of the most self-destructive, has died.

Never far from the spotlight he chased with such fury, Maradona died on Wednesday from a heart attack, the Associated ...Read more

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Orlando City's Rodrigo Schlegel soaks in moment as club hero

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Before he became the unlikely hero of Orlando City's first playoff match, Rodrigo Schlegel just needed a chance.

It's why the 23-year-old centerback came to Orlando City in the first place. He was only getting scraps of playing time for his hometown club, Racing, in Argentina. He'd earned a single start against Corinthians, riding the bench for...Read more

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Orlando City earns wild playoff win over NYCFC in penalty kicks

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City centerback Rodrigo Schlegel eagerly tugged on the goalkeeper gloves, his face scrunched up in concentration as he jogged toward the goal during the final minutes of the first MLS playoff match in club history.

Behind him, the Wall roared in support as the 23-year-old shouldered the jersey and expectations of star ...Read more

Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. to join Seattle Sounders ownership group

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Another Seattle icon joined the Sounders FC ownership group. The club announced Ken Griffey Jr. and his family, including wife Melissa as a co-owners Tuesday afternoon.

During an interview with Sounders broadcaster and former player, Steve Zakuani, Griffey said Melissa being a former soccer player was key to joining the organization.

"My wife,...Read more

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Alex Morgan and 13 others from World Cup team are among 23 players called up for USWNT

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When Vlatko Andonovski was hired as coach of the women's national soccer team 13 months ago, he came into the job with an idea of how he wanted to mold the team and how he wanted it to play.

And that worked — for a while. Andonovski won his first 10 games and was pointing toward the Tokyo Olympics when COVID-19 froze everything, postponing ...Read more