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Soccer World Cup

Abby Wambach to join ESPN

Retired U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach is joining ESPN as an analyst and a contributor.

Date: 05/04/2016 | Sports

Serbia shocked by UEFA decision to accept Kosovo

BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia reacted with outrage against UEFA’s decision to accept the former province of Kosovo as its 55th member, saying Tuesday it will fight the decision by all legal means.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Sports

Taliban threats force Afghan boy, fan of Messi, into exile

KABUL, Afghanistan — The family of a 5-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from his soccer hero, Lionel Messi, was forced to leave Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats and a menacing Taliban letter, the boy’s father said Tuesday.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Sports

Soccer star Abby Wambach pleads guilty in DUI case

PORTLAND, Ore. — Court records show U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants Tuesday in a county courtroom in Portland.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Sports

Argentina regains top FIFA ranking; USA at No. 29

ZURICH — Argentina has regained the lead in FIFA’s world rankings, leading a surge by South America’s top teams after a round of World Cup qualifying matches.

Date: 04/07/2016 | Sports

Women accuse U.S. soccer federation of wage discrimination

Five female players from the World Cup-winning U.S. national team have accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of wage discrimination in an action filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Date: 03/31/2016 | Sports

U.S. get back on track in Cup qualifying, beats Guatemala 4-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio — American soccer fans fretted for four days: If the United States lost to Guatemala once again, the U.S. would have little chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Sports

Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff dies at age 68

Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the game as the personification of “Total Football,” has died. He was 68.

Date: 03/24/2016 | Sports

Dempsey to play for U.S. at World Cup qualifying in Guatemala

MIAMI — Clint Dempsey is expected to play his first game with the U.S. men’s national soccer team in nine months when the Americans play a World Cup qualifying match Friday in Guatemala.

Date: 03/21/2016 | Sports

FIFA acknowledges World Cup hosting bribes, asks U.S. for cash

GENEVA — FIFA acknowledged Wednesday that past World Cups were awarded based on bribes, and the organization wants U.S. prosecutors to give it “tens of millions of dollars” seized from the former FIFA officials who took the cash.

Date: 03/16/2016 | Sports

Gianni Infantino wins FIFA presidential election

ZURICH (AP) — Gianni Infantino pulled off a stunning victory Friday to take over as FIFA president, and called for a fresh start for soccer’s scandal-wracked world body.

Date: 02/26/2016 | Sports

Lloyd, Morgan, Solo on roster for Olympic qualifying

World Cup champions Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Hope Solo headlined the roster announced Tuesday by U.S. women’s national soccer team coach Jill Ellis for next month’s Olympic qualification tournament.

Date: 01/26/2016 | Sports

Sounders’ Evans called in for national team camp

U.S. Soccer announced Monday that Sounders defender Brad Evans has been added to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for its annual January camp in Carson, California.The first training camp of 2016 runs until Feb. 6.

Date: 01/18/2016 | Sports

USA's Carli Lloyd wins FIFA world player award

ZURICH —United States World Cup-winning captain Carli Lloyd has won the FIFA women's world player of the year award for 2015.Lloyd dominated a worldwide vote and collected the award at FIFA's annual awards ceremony in Zurich.In an emotional acceptance...

Date: 01/11/2016 | Sports

Messi wins FIFA world player award for fifth time

ZURICH — Lionel Messi has won the FIFA world player of the year award for a record fifth time.Messi ended Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on the Ballon d’Or trophy on Monday to lift soccer’s top individual honor.

Date: 01/11/2016 | Sports

Platini withdraws from FIFA presidential race

NYON, Switzerland — Michel Platini’s dream of becoming the next FIFA president is over.

Date: 01/07/2016 | Sports

Dempsey, Evans left off youthful U.S. soccer roster

CHICAGO — Seattle Sounders Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans were among the veteran players left off coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s training camp roster ahead of exhibition games against Iceland and Canada.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Sports

FIFA ethics court bans Blatter, Platini for 8 years

ZURICH — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning removal of world soccer’s most powerful leaders.

Date: 12/21/2015 | Sports

Michael Bradley wins U.S. Player of Year award

SAN FRANCISCO — Midfielder Michael Bradley has won the U.S. Player of the Year Award for the first time.The American captain had three goals and six assists in 18 appearances in 2015, the most assists on the team in a calendar year since Landon Donovan’s eight in 2013.

Date: 12/18/2015 | Sports

Lloyd voted top U.S. women’s soccer player of 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Midfielder Carli Lloyd has been voted the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Female Player of the Year after her hat trick in the final led the Americans to the Women’s World Cup title.

Date: 12/17/2015 | Sports

U.S. celebrates Wambach’s final game, but falls 1-0 to China

NEW ORLEANS — Abby Wambach walked off the field for the final time like a rock star — mic drop and all.It sounded as if she was ready to party like one, too.

Date: 12/16/2015 | Sports

FIFA: 1.01 billion viewers watched 2014 World Cup final

ZURICH — More than 1 billion people watched the 2014 World Cup final, according to FIFA figures published Wednesday.

Date: 12/16/2015 | Sports

Spanish court drops tax fraud probe into Messi friendlies

MADRID — A Spanish court has dropped a tax fraud investigation into Lionel Messi and his foundation linked to six friendly matches.

Date: 12/14/2015 | Sports

Hawaii attorney general reviewing canceled soccer game

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s attorney general is reviewing a letter saying Aloha Stadium defaulted on its agreement with the U.S. women’s soccer team.

Date: 12/08/2015 | Sports

U.S. indicts 16 more in probe of world soccer corruption

WASHINGTON — Five current and former members of FIFA’s ruling executive committee were among 16 additional men indicted on corruption charges Thursday as part of U.S. prosecutors’ widening investigation into soccer corruption.

Date: 12/03/2015 | Sports

Blatter remains in hospital after stress-related ‘breakdown’

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Sepp Blatter remains in a Swiss hospital after what his spokesman called a “small breakdown” related to stress.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Sports

Sounders’ Dempsey dropped for U.S. World Cup qualifiers

CHICAGO — Seattle forward Clint Dempsey was left off the U.S. roster for its opening qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann included a pair of players who could make their national team debuts: Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe and New York Red Bulls defender...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Sports

Belgium moves to No. 1 in FIFA rankings for first time

ZURICH — Belgium has moved up to No. 1 in the FIFA rankings for the first time.Belgium, which reached the World Cup quarterfinals last year, rose two places after two wins in European Championship qualifying matches.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Sports

After White House celebration, Abby Wambach retires

Abby Wambach, the leading career scorer — male or female — in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer on Tuesday shortly after the U.S. national team celebrated its Women’s World Cup victory at the White House.

Date: 10/27/2015 | Sports

Lloyd scores in 85th minute, U.S. ties Brazil 1-1

SEATTLE — Carli Lloyd scored in the 85th minute and the World Cup champion United States women pulled out a 1-1 tie with Brazil on Wednesday night after trailing since the opening moments.

Date: 10/21/2015 | Sports

Messi to stand trial on three counts of tax fraud

MADRID — Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Sports

FIFA investigator said to call for Blatter suspension

FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter is facing suspension after the soccer organization’s chief investigator asked for him to be placed on leave for 90 days, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Date: 10/07/2015 | Sports

Defiant Blatter tells FIFA staff he won’t quit

RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter defiantly told staff of soccer’s governing body that he’s done nothing illegal and won’t quit his post despite a Swiss investigation into his dealings with other officials.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Sports

Swiss police open criminal case against FIFA boss Sepp Blatter

ZURICH — FIFA President Sepp Blatter was placed under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities on Friday as a probe into soccer corruption reached the highest levels and left his grip on the top job in peril.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Sports

Howard, Beasley called up to U.S. soccer team

CHICAGO — Goalkeeper Tim Howard is back with the U.S. national soccer team.The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Thursday that coach Jurgen Klinsmann had called up Howard and veteran defender DaMarcus Beasley for exhibitions next month against Peru and Brazil.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Sports

Mexico’s national soccer coach fired after journalist’s claim

MEXICO CITY — Embattled Mexican men’s soccer team coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday following a TV reporter’s claim that the coach known as “El Piojo” punched him.

Date: 07/28/2015 | Sports

Boxx, Holiday to retire from U.S. women’s soccer team

PORTLAND, Ore. — U.S. soccer formally announced that midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday will retire from the U.S. national team following the team’s victory tour to celebrate the Women’s World Cup title.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Sports

Tim Howard ready to return to the U.S. national team

LONDON — Goalkeeper Tim Howard is ready to make himself available for the United States national team again after taking a break since the 2014 World Cup.

Date: 07/22/2015 | Sports

Klinsmann shakes up U.S. roster for Gold Cup knockout rounds

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Jurgen Klinsmann spouted optimism after the United States played Panama to a 1-1 draw to wrap up the group stage of the Gold Cup, reasoning that despite a trio of sluggish performances the Americans still survived unbeaten.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Sports

FIFA expels Chuck Blazer for life for bribery, corruption

GENEVA — Chuck Blazer was banned for life by FIFA’s ethics committee on Thursday for widespread corruption, ending the career of the most senior American in world soccer.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Sports

Argentina takes FIFA rankings top spot from Germany

ZURICH — Argentina passed World Cup champion Germany to take the top spot in the FIFA men’s rankings for the first time in seven years, and the United States dropped to 34th — its lowest since 2012.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Sports

Beast or weirdo?

World Cup star Carli Lloyd is bundle of contradictions

Date: 07/08/2015 | Sports

FIFA bans former 2018-2022 World Cup inspector for 7 years

GENEVA — The official chosen by FIFA to inspect 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting candidates was banned from soccer for seven years on Monday for breaking ethics rules.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Sports


U.S. defeats Japan 5-2 for 3rd Women's World Cup title

Date: 07/05/2015 | Sports

England beats Germany 1-0 to finish 3rd at Women’s World Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta — Fara Williams scored on a penalty kick in the 108th minute, helping England beat Germany 1-0 on Saturday for third place in the Women’s World Cup.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Sports

Heartbreaking loss

Late own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup semi

Date: 07/01/2015 | Sports

Blatter won’t attend Women’s World Cup final in Canada

MONTREAL — FIFA President Sepp Blatter will skip the Women's World Cup final in Canada, avoiding a visit to North America at a time when U.S. officials are pursuing a criminal investigation into the soccer's ruling body.Blatter's second-in-command, secretary general...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Sports

Japan faces upstart England in World Cup semifinal

EDMONTON, Alberta — Coach Norio Sasaki can say whatever he wants in suggesting his Japanese players are superior to England’s.

Date: 06/30/2015 | Sports

U.S. stunner

Americans head to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

Date: 06/30/2015 | Sports

Blatter not traveling to Women’s World Cup final

MONTREAL — FIFA President Sepp Blatter will skip the Women’s World Cup final in Canada, avoiding a visit to North America at a time when U.S. officials are pursuing a criminal investigation into the game’s ruling body.

Date: 06/30/2015 | Sports

Keeping a low profile

Hope Solo has stayed out of the spotlight at the Women's World Cup

Date: 06/29/2015 | Sports

England eliminates host Canada at Women’s World Cup

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze each scored in the first 14 minutes, and England eliminated Canada from its home World Cup with a 2-1 victory Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Sports

Japan beats Australia 1-0 in Women’s World Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta — Mana Iwabuchi scored during a scramble in front in the 87th minute and defending champion Japan beat Australia 1-0 on Saturday in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Sports

U.S. beats China 1-0

Women's national team will face Germany in World Cup semifinals

Date: 06/26/2015 | Sports

Germany beats France in shootout to reach World Cup semis

MONTREAL — Celia Sasic tied the score in the 84th minute, Nadine Angerer stopped Claire Lavogez in the final attempt of a shootout and Germany beat France 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie Friday to reach the Women’s World Cup semifinals.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Sports

U.S. women hoping World Cup ‘bubble’ won’t burst

OTTAWA, Ontario — Tucked inside "the bubble," that literal and figurative shelter where the U.S. women's national soccer team has retreated between matches and practices at this worrisome World Cup, players say they have blocked out biting criticism from fans fearing...

Date: 06/25/2015 | Sports

Japan beats the Netherlands 2-1 to reach World Cup quarterfinal

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Mizhuo Sakaguchi scored what turned out to be the deciding goal in the 78th minute on a pretty left-footed shot from the top of the 18-yard box, and defending Women’s World Cup champion Japan held off a late attack to beat the Netherlands 2-1 on Tuesday night and reach...

Date: 06/23/2015 | Sports

On to the quarterfinals

U.S. beats Colombia 2-0 in Women's World Cup

Date: 06/22/2015 | Sports

England advances to quarterfinals

OTTAWA, Ontario — Lucy Bronze scored in the 76th minute, and England rallied to beat Norway 2-1 Monday night for its first knockout-stage victory at the Women’s World Cup.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Sports

China beats Cameroon 1-0, advances in Women’s World Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta — Wang Shanshan scored early and China held on to stay alive at the Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 knockout-round victory over upstart Cameroon on Saturday.

Date: 06/20/2015 | Sports

Germany eliminates Sweden with 4-1 win in Women’s World Cup

OTTAWA, Ontario — Celia Sasic scored twice in helping top-ranked Germany advance to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals with 4-1 win over Sweden on Saturday.

Date: 06/20/2015 | Sports

Serbia, Brazil to meet in under-20 World Cup final

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Brazil beat Senegal 5-0 to join Serbia in the final of the Under-20 World Cup soccer tournament.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Sports

Wambach's goal gives U.S. a 1-0 win over Nigeria

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Abby Wambach is used to scoring with her head. She’s not sure how she got her latest goal.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Sports

Serbia beats USA at U-20 World Cup

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Serbia beat the United States 6-5 on penalties Sunday to advance to the Under-20 World Cup semifinals for the first time.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Sports

World Cup battle

U.S. women, Sweden play to 0-0 draw in group stage match

Date: 06/12/2015 | Sports

Rubin goal, Steffen save lead U.S. to U-20 quarterfinals

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Rubio Rubin scored early in the second half, Zack Steffen saved an 81st-minute penalty kick, and the United States beat Colombia 1-0 Wednesday night to reach the Under-20 World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2007.

Date: 06/10/2015 | Sports

Women's World Cup

United States beats Australia in its opener

Date: 06/08/2015 | Sports

U.S. can be soccer’s impartial referee

We're used to seeing soccer players fling themselves to the ground, writhe in feigned agony and complain bitterly about the injustice of it all. Now the international overlords of the game are beginning to do the same.Metaphorically, I mean. Targeted in a stunning corruption...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Canadian-born Leroux set for World Cup with USA

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — U.S. forward Sydney Leroux, a native of British Columbia, has no idea what the reception will be when she steps onto the field for the World Cup in Canada.Any Canadian fans who think Leroux betrayed her roots, be warned.

Date: 06/06/2015 | Sports

Meet the reporter who exposed FIFA crimes

The biggest news story of the year was breaking, but the journalist responsible was fast asleep.

Date: 06/03/2015 | Nation & World

Blatter says he will resign as FIFA president

ZURICH — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will resign from soccer’s governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor.

Date: 06/02/2015 | Sports

Not America’s place to fix the world of soccer

The competent Loretta Lynch can no doubt handle the job of cleansing professional soccer of widespread corruption. But why is that the U.S. attorney general's job? One must ask.The World Cup does attract a large U.S. audience every four years, but largely because it's played...

Date: 06/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

With the world’s eyes on FIFA, Blatter vows to regain trust of fans

ZURICH — A day after 18 individuals and two companies were named in connection with a wide-ranging corruption scandal that rocked world soccer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter vowed to help officials root out wrongdoing "from top to bottom," and regain the trust of fans...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Sports

Putin casts FIFA scandal as U.S. plot to wreck Russia’s 2018 World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted Thursday with trademark indifference to the bribery scandal plaguing the world soccer federation FIFA, denying any wrongdoing by Russia and accusing the United States of trying to wreck his country’s hosting of the 2018 World Cup.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Sports

U.S. prosecutors file case against FIFA officials

NEW YORK — The leaders of soccer federations corrupted the sport for nearly a quarter century by taking $150 million in bribes and payoffs, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday as they laid out a sweeping case involving over a dozen people and marquee events as the World Cup.

Date: 05/27/2015 | Sports

U.S. women shut out Ireland in exhibition

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Abby Wambach scored twice and the United States women’s soccer team defeated Ireland 3-0 Sunday in a tuneup for the Women’s World Cup.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Sports

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