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Costa Rica believes it has found an edge in Gold Cup semifinals with U.S.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The U.S. is unbeaten, unabashed and largely untested four games into the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Which wasn't completely unexpected.

But the Americans have also been uncertain and uncreative at times. And those are just two of the faults Costa Rican coach Oscar Ramirez hopes to capitalize on in Saturday's tournament semifinal at ...Read more

With chippy win over El Salvador, US reaches Gold Cup semis

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PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. is heading to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the ninth straight time, riding first-half goals from Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj to a chippy 2-0 win over El Salvador on Wednesday.

The U.S., unbeaten in 12 games under coach Bruce Arena, will play Costa Rica on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The Central ...Read more

Despite rumors, Ronaldo expected at El Clasico Miami

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be in Miami July 29 for the El Clasico Miami match against Barcelona, an event source said, despite published reports that he will not travel to the United States with the team for a series of games over the next few weeks.

Ronaldo is on an extended summer vacation after a long season with Real ...Read more

ESPN pulling out all the stops for El Clasico Miami

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Calling it "a sexy rivalry in a sexy city," ESPN executives are sparing no expense for the network's English and Spanish-language coverage of El Clasico Miami, the highly-anticipated July 29 match between Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona at Hard Rock Stadium.

Plans include weeklong content, 25 on-air commentators, SportsCenter from ...Read more

CONCACAF's Gold Cup campaign to silence fans' chanted slur gets off to slow start

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SAN DIEGO -- CONCACAF took on an unbeaten foe Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. And it got routed.

The ruling confederation for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean used the opening-round games of its biennial Gold Cup tournament to launch the latest campaign intended to stamp out the offensive anti-gay slur Mexican fans have ...Read more

CONCACAF's Gold Cup campaign to silence fans' chanted slur gets off to a slow start

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SAN DIEGO -- CONCACAF took on an unbeaten foe Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. And it got routed.

The ruling confederation for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean used the opening-round games of its biennial Gold Cup tournament to launch the latest campaign intended to stamp out the offensive anti-gay slur Mexican fans have ...Read more

SC youth soccer officials call for month of silence in response to unruly fans

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Sidelines will be strangely quiet at some youth soccer games in South Carolina this fall.

Last week, South Carolina Youth Soccer Association leaders unanimously approved "Silent September," a one-month code of conduct for parents and visitors at games. That means no yelling at coaches, no chastising refs and no loud celebrations.

In a ...Read more

Will Cristiano Ronaldo play for Real Madrid vs. the MLS All-Stars?

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Thursday night, Major League Soccer announced the first 11 MLS All-Stars who will play in the game against Real Madrid on Aug. 2 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

But what many fans want to know is this: Will Cristiano Ronaldo be there too? And will he play?

Neither Real Madrid nor Major League Soccer will say if Ronaldo, one of the world's great ...Read more

Bruce Arena returns to bigger, better Gold Cup with an inexperienced roster

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The last time Bruce Arena coached in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the field included South Africa and Colombia, attendance averaged less than 14,000 a game and the U.S. won the title on a penalty kick from a 24-year-old Brad Davis after 120 scoreless minutes against Panama.

That was a dozen years ago and since then attendance has tripled, the field ...Read more

US holds on and earns a tie in Mexico City

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico and the U.S. battled to a 1-1 draw Sunday in their quadrennial World Cup qualifier before a sellout crowd at Estadio Azteca. And while it was a result that satisfied neither side, nor did it disappoint either team.

For the U.S., the tie kept the team unbeaten in seven games under coach Bruce Arena and kept the Americans ...Read more

U.S. players might be up against a wall

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MEXICO CITY -- Bruce Arena, the head coach of the United States men's national soccer team, wanted to make something clear.

When his team takes the field against Mexico at Azteca Stadium on Sunday, it will be representing the United States. It won't be representing its president.

It's a strange time to be an American, especially an American ...Read more

U.S. players with Mexican roots understand rivalry

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MEXICO CITY -- Herculez Gomez grew up surrounded by the U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry.

As a boy, he remembers getting up early on weekends to watch games from Mexico with his immigrant parents. Then when he got older, he would drive to the Rose Bowl to see the Galaxy play.

"I had two sets of heroes," he said. "I idolized Cobi Jones, I idolized ...Read more

Bruce Arena tries to keep US team focused on Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualifiers

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Since Bruce Arena called the U.S. national team into training camp last month, he has tried to keep the spotlight on one game: Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago.

"We've stressed for 10 days that the focus has to be Trinidad," Michael Bradley said Wednesday. "They're a good team. They're dangerous...Read more

Clint Dempsey would rather get a win than a record in World Cup qualifier

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- For a soccer player as accomplished as Clint Dempsey, asking him to choose a favorite international goal can be a little like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. The answer you'll most likely get is "they're all special in their own way."

Plus Dempsey, who has scored 56 times for the national team, has so many to ...Read more

David Beckham wins $9 million land deal for Miami soccer stadium

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After a four-year quest, David Beckham on Tuesday finally secured land to build a soccer stadium in Miami after county commissioners approved selling him three acres for $9 million.

"Yes, it has taken a while to get to this point," said Commissioner Xavier Suarez. "But I think this community needs it...It is going to improve this community in ...Read more

Johnson, Arena meet in the middle in search for a starting spot

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Until last winter, all that Fabian Johnson and Bruce Arena knew about each other was what they had heard from others. So when Arena was named coach of the U.S. national team two games into the final round of World Cup qualifying, one of his first trips was to Germany to meet with Johnson.

"Just to get to know each other ...Read more

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