Reality is starting to set in for Carli Lloyd, who plays her last game for the United States on Tuesday night.
Lloyd, who memorably scored three goals in the opening 16 minutes of the U.S. victory in the 2015 Women's World Cup final, is retiring from soccer after a decorated career that includes two World Cup titles and a pair of Olympic gold medals.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man found shot to death in a Manchester park has been identified as a former high school soccer star.
Investigators said Monday that Thamba Mbungu, 20, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the back Sunday in Derryfield Park, and his death was a homicide.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zardes likely will be sidelined for two to four weeks after he sprained his left knee, an injury that could cause him to miss the United States' World Cup qualifiers next month against Mexico and Jamaica.
HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Luis García showed the poise of an October ace, MVP Yordan Alvarez stayed hot at the plate and the Houston Astros earned yet another trip to the World Series, beating the Boston Red Sox 5-0 Friday night in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series.
GENEVA (AP) — Europe’s top soccer leagues cautioned that FIFA’s biennial World Cup plan is still on the table and they vowed Friday to resist the proposed overhauls of the international match schedule.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Prosecutors in the United Arab Emirates on Friday announced they had imprisoned a television journalist over apparently leaked pre-match comments made before the Emirates' tie with Iraq during a World Cup qualifier earlier this month.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. women's national team had its 22-match winning streak on home soil snapped Thursday night in a scoreless draw against a surprisingly resilient South Korean team.
The Americans were one win away from matching the longest home streak in team history, set from April 1993 to February 1996.,
Jose Mourinho's Roma was routed 6-1 by Norwegian team Bodø/Glimt in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, the first time the Portuguese manager has seen one of his team's concede six goals in a game.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Voters in Albuquerque may be confused about how a proposed soccer stadium will be funded because the ballot measure includes inconsistent language about financing for the city’s $50 million stadium bond proposal.
ZURICH (AP) — The playoff brackets to decide Europe’s final three qualifiers for next year's World Cup will be drawn on Nov. 26, FIFA said Thursday.
The 12-team playoffs will decide who joins the 10 European qualifying group winners at the World Cup in Qatar.
ZURICH (AP) — France's Nations League title moved the country's national team up to No. 3 in Thursday's FIFA rankings.
France, which won the World Cup in 2018, still trails both top-ranked Belgium and No.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Cristian Arango's hat trick, which included two goals four minutes apart late in the second half, led LAFC over a Ricardo Pepi-less FC Dallas team 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Pepi did not play after injuring a foot last week in the U.S.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and teenage forward Ansu Fati have agreed on a contract extension to 2027 that includes a buyout clause of 1 billion euros ($1.17 billion).
The club's announcement came after its 1-0 home win over Dynamo Kyiv in the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday.
If Gianni Infantino was in any doubt how divisive his rule of world football has become, it was revealed to the FIFA president during an hour-long video call with leaders of European federations.
Trying to convince UEFA members to back his plans for biennial World Cups, Infantino instead faced a torrent of criticism in a recording obtained by The Associated Press.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA is set to make the 2022 World Cup finals tournament draw in Qatar on April 1 — with two of the qualifying teams still unknown because of match schedule delays in the COVID-19 pandemic.
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA’s drive to get approval in December for holding World Cups every two years stalled Wednesday, one day after its president met with fierce resistance from European soccer leaders.
VERSAILLES, France (AP) — The trial of French soccer player Karim Benzema and four others began Wednesday outside Paris, without the Real Madrid forward in attendance.
Benzema, who played in Kyiv on Tuesday against Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, is accused of being involved in an attempt in 2015 to blackmail France teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brazilian winger Luiz Araújo has a $3.6 million base salary after joining Atlanta from Lille and has total compensation of $3,941,667, the highest among players to join Major League Soccer teams during the 2021 season.
GENEVA (AP) — More than half of the European Union member states have formally opposed soccer’s Super League project at the European Court of Justice, UEFA said Wednesday.
Of the 27 EU members, 16 filed written submissions against the league to the court in Luxembourg by Monday’s deadline.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pohang Steelers reached the Asian Champions League final by beating Ulsan Hyundai on penalties Wednesday after scoring an 89th-minute equalizer in an all-South Korean matchup.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit a tying, three-run homer and Mookie Betts then lined an RBI double as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied in the eighth inning, beating Atlanta 6-5 Tuesday night and cutting the Braves’ lead in the NL Championship Series to 2-1.
Alex Morgan said increased investment in the women's game must be part of any plan for a biennial World Cup.
Morgan, a star on the U.S. women's national team, is part of a FIFA technical advisory group announced this week that is looking into a proposal to stage the World Cup every two years.
More than a dozen European nations are considering the option of last resort in the fight to prevent biennial World Cups: quitting FIFA, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.
Plans to double the frequency of World Cups were pitched by FIFA President Gianni Infantino on a private call on Tuesday with many leaders from the 55 European member associations that are resisting the transformation of the global game.
LYON, France (AP) — Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema will stand trial outside Paris starting Wednesday after being accused of trying to blackmail former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino believes the suspended World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina should be decided on the pitch.
The Sept. 5 match in Sao Paulo was suspended after seven minutes due to alleged breaches of COVID-19 protocols.
Former U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis is now leading a group that is exploring a biennial Women's World Cup as a way to grow the game, but insists the controversial plan isn't a foregone conclusion.
GENEVA (AP) — A second soccer legal case is heading to the European Court of Justice, after the referral of the Super League clubs’ dispute with UEFA.
A judge in Belgium has asked the European Union’s court in Luxembourg to examine if UEFA-backed homegrown player rules, designed to protect young local talents, comply with free movement of labor and competition law in the 27-nation bloc.
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA and Qatari organizers of next year's World Cup teamed up with the World Health Organization on Monday to use soccer’s marquee event for promoting public health.
The move follows years of scrutiny on Qatar and criticism of conditions for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers needed for massive projects tied to the tournament.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA ordered England on Monday to play one men's national team game in an empty stadium as punishment for chaotic disorder around Wembley Stadium at the European Championship final in July.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Fans in Germany racially abused soccer players and threw objects during a game between Hamburger SV and Fortuna Düsseldorf, both clubs and a player confirmed Sunday.
Hamburg said players from both teams were racially abused when the club drew 1-1 with Fortuna Düsseldorf in the second division on Saturday.
GENEVA (AP) — The International Olympic Committee said on Saturday it has “concerns” about FIFA’s push for soccer World Cups every two years.
Though IOC President Thomas Bach said last month “we will not interfere in this discussion,” his organization stepped in on Saturday after meeting in Athens to detail objections it shared with soccer stakeholders.
Fabián Coito has been fired as coach of Honduras' soccer team and replaced by Hernán Darío Gómez.
Honduras is last in the eight-nation final round of World Cup qualifying for North and Central America and the Caribbean, with no wins, three losses and three draws as the 14-match round nears the halfway point.
PANAMÁ (AP) — Panamá deberá disputar el próximo partido de la eliminatoria al Mundial sin público, luego que la FIFA impuso una sanción ante las expresiones homofóbicas coreadas por los aficionados durante los partidos de septiembre.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Brazil players Alisson Becker and Fabinho are travelling directly to Spain to complete their 10-day quarantine period after international duty and are in line to feature for Liverpool against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.
GENEVA (AP) — The six-nation Nordic group of European soccer federations detailed their opposition Friday to FIFA’s push to stage the World Cup every two years.
Increasing the number of World Cups would “cannibalize” existing competitions, make European Championships “obsolete” and marginalize women’s tournaments, the federations wrote in a co-signed statement.
ZURICH (AP) — A request to increase halftime breaks to 25 minutes for Super Bowl-style entertainment shows will be discussed this month, soccer’s lawmaking panel IFAB said Friday.
South American soccer body CONMEBOL made the request last month suggesting it would work for cup finals like its Copa Libertadores competition.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar started the week facing criticism after a poor performance in a World Cup qualifying match and his suggestion that the next tournament in Qatar might be his last.
But the striker helped erase many of those thoughts by providing key elements in all of the Brazil goals in Thursday's 4-1 win against Uruguay.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Leaders Brazil easily defeated Uruguay 4-1 in Thursday's South American World Cup qualifying match, putting the team in standby mode for its direct spot at Qatar next year. Neymar and Raphinha shone for the Seleção in its home match at Manaus.
Female soccer players were evacuated from Afghanistan on Thursday on a flight to Doha, the Qatari government said.
“Around 100 footballers & their families including female players are on board,” tweeted Lolwah Al Khater, Qatar's assistant foreign minister.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Getting through the first six games of World Cup qualifying has taken a village for the United States.
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A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday:
Paris Saint-Germain hosts Angers without its contingent of Argentine and Brazilian players, who are busy abroad playing World Cup qualifiers.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City forward Ferran Torres has broken a bone in his right foot, the English club said Thursday, potentially ruling him out of Spain's crucial World Cup qualifiers next month.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona midfielder Pedri González has agreed to a new contract with the team through 2026, the club said Thursday.
Barcelona said Pedri’s new contract will include a release cause of 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion).
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian soccer federation on Thursday deplored the violent behavior of its fans and blamed visiting Polish supporters for provocation during a World Cup qualifying match this week.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sixty seconds in, Costa Rica was celebrating and the U.S. World Cup campaign was spinning out of control.
Sergiño Dest and Tim Weah, two young Americans unscarred by the failure of four years ago, got them back on track.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A month ago, Raphinha feared Brazil's national team might never again call on him to play in a World Cup qualifier — he and other England-based players were stopped from playing due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in Britain.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas injured his right adductor muscle during Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against the United States and was replaced by Leonel Moreira at the start of the second half.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter shook up his lineup, inserting goalkeeper Zack Steffen among nine changes to the starting 11 for Wednesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Wales midfielder David Brooks will begin cancer treatment after being diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma.
The 24-year-old Bournemouth player, who was part of the Wales squad at the European Championshp, earlier withdrew from this month's World Cup qualifiers.