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Four-time champion Italy fail to qualify for 2018 World Cup

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MILAN -- Sweden have held Italy to a 0-0 draw in Milan to qualify for the 2018 soccer World Cup on aggregate, eliminating the four-time world champions in a hard-fought playoff.

The result at the San Siro, in combination with Sweden's 1-0 win in Stockholm on Saturday, means Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

The...Read more

San Diego stadium board wants to stamp out slurs at soccer matches

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego stadium board wants to stamp out the chanting of slurs at soccer games, in light of Mexican fans chanting an anti-gay slur in the Mission Valley stadium this July and recent efforts to broaden professional soccer's footprint in San Diego County.

"As San Diego becomes a host city for soccer, we should nip this culture in ...Read more

US Under-17s reach World Cup quarterfinal with hat trick by legend's son

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Don't despair, U.S. soccer fans. There is hope.

Six days after the U.S. men's national team was bounced from World Cup contention with an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. Under-17 team reached the quarterfinals of the U17 World Cup in India with a 5-0 victory over Paraguay.

They will play the winner of Tuesday's England ...Read more

Bruce Arena resigns as US soccer coach

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Moments after his U.S. national team was knocked out of the World Cup earlier this week, coach Bruce Arena was asked about his future.

"I think I have a good future," he said. "I don't know what I'm going to be doing, but whatever I'm doing, I think it's going to be good."

On Friday, Arena eliminated coaching the national team from the list of...Read more

American soccer needs changes, from players to coaches to its president

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If you're trying to make sense of the U.S. men's soccer team's stunning failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, start here:

What you saw in Tuesday's loss at Trinidad & Tobago represents just a fraction of the problem.

You could write a book the size of an encyclopedia on the reasons why. Here are a few points that should stand out even for...Read more

US eliminated from 2018 World Cup contention in 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago

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COUVA, Trinidad -- The longest, most arduous journey for a U.S. national team in 28 years reached the finish line Tuesday. But it wasn't the kind of finish the Americans had been hoping for, with a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, combined with wins by Honduras and Panama, denying the U.S. an automatic berth in next summer's World Cup.

The U.S....Read more

Christian Pulisic leads US rout of Panama 4-0 in World Cup qualifier

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The U.S. national team played a game it couldn't afford to lose Friday. And it didn't, overwhelming Panama 4-0 to move a big step closer to an eighth consecutive World Cup appearance next summer.

Christian Pulisic, who seemed unstoppable for much of the first half, and Jozy Altidore did most of the heavy lifting, with Altidore scoring two first...Read more

US team can boost World Cup hopes with victory over Panama

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It may not look that way on a map, but the most direct route for the U.S. national team to reach Russia for next summer's World Cup is to go through Panama.

In fact, it may be the only way. Because if the U.S. doesn't beat Panama in Friday's qualifier at Orlando City Stadium (7:35 p.m. EDT, ESPN2, Univision), it could miss the World Cup for the...Read more

World Cup team 'changed the game forever' for US

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Brian Bliss remembers coming off the field after the game that changed everything, believing nothing really was different.

Perhaps it was the fatigue of playing 90 minutes on a stiflingly humid day in Trinidad. Or the shock of the 1-0 win that had qualified the U.S. soccer team for a World Cup for the first time in four decades...Read more

Bobby Wood's late goal gives U.S. tie with Honduras, keeps World Cup hopes alive

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SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- Bobby Wood has played 34 games for the U.S. national soccer team, nearly half of them as a substitute. So he knew what was expected of him when came off the bench Tuesday.

"Coming on as a sub, you always want to change the game in some way," he said. "That's my job."

But on this steamy afternoon at the raucous ...Read more

U.S. falls to Costa Rica 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

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HARRISON, N.J.--When it comes to World Cup qualifying, Costa Rica has found a way to bring out the worst in the U.S.

Consider what happened Friday when, for the second time in 10 months, the Central Americans dealt the U.S. a loss of historic proportions, getting two goals from Marco Urena in a 2-0 victory before a sold-out crowd of more than ...Read more

Michael Bradley's leadership and play has keyed turnaround for US men's soccer team

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HARRISON, N.J. -- If last fall wasn't the lowest point of Michael Bradley's soccer career, he could certainly see the bottom from where he stood.

His club team, Toronto FC, had just become the first to lose an MLS Cup final despite not giving up a shot on goal. A month earlier, the U.S. national team had become the first to open the final round...Read more

US coach Bruce Arena calls up deep, experienced roster for World Cup qualifiers

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The time for Bruce Arena to experiment with his national team roster is over, so the team the U.S. coach called up Sunday for the resumption of World Cup qualifying is older, deeper and more experienced than the one he used in July's Gold Cup.

A dozen of the 26 players Arena summoned have made 10 or more appearances in World Cup qualifying, ...Read more