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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi talks to the crowd ahead of the Joan Gamper trophy friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and Boca Juniors at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
August 16, 2018 - 5:53 pm
A regular-season Spanish league game is coming to the United States, possibly as early as this season, with Real Madrid or Barcelona potentially involved but unlikely to be playing each other. The league said Thursday it is planning to play a match across the Atlantic as part of a new 15-year...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug.12, 2018 filer, Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, right, controls the ball during a friendly match between the Juventus A and B teams, in Villar Perosa, northern Italy. The eyes of the footballing world will be on Verona where Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his Serie A debut when Chievo Verona hosts Juventus. Ronaldo has moved from Real Madrid to Juventus in a Serie A record 112 million-euro ($131.5 million) deal and is expected to make the Bianconeri even more dominant in Serie A. Carlo Ancelotti is back in Italian football after a nine-year absence and the new Napoli coach is keen to ensure that doesn’t happen. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File )
August 16, 2018 - 3:31 pm
The Italian and Spanish leagues get underway this weekend, a week after the English and French leagues started. In Germany, there are cup matches. What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe this weekend: ITALY Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his Juventus debut in the...
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Los Angeles FC's Christian Ramirez, second from left, is mobbed by teammates after scoring against Real Salt Lake during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
August 16, 2018 - 12:17 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christian Ramirez scored his first two goals since joining Los Angeles FC in a trade last week, helping the expansion team beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Wednesday night. LAFC acquired the high-scoring forward from Minnesota United on Aug. 6. The Garden Grove, California, left as the...
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August 15, 2018 - 10:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Rooney scored two goals and D.C. United beat the Portland Timbers 4-1 on Wednesday night to move out of last place in the Eastern Conference. D.C. (6-9-6) won its third consecutive home game. Portland (10-5-7) has lost two straight after going unbeaten in its previous 15...
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Vancouver Whitecaps forward Yordi Reyna, left, dives to get a header in front of Toronto FC defender Chris Mavinga during the first half in the second leg of the Canadian soccer championship final, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 9:59 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Jozy Altidore had a hat trick and Toronto FC won the Voyageurs Trophy for the seventh time Wednesday night, taking the Canadian Championship final 7-4 on aggregate with a 5-2 second-leg victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Sebastian Giovinco had a goal and two assists and Tosaint...
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Atletico's Antoine Griezmann lifts up the trophy to celebrate with teammates after the UEFA Super Cup final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Lillekula Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
August 15, 2018 - 7:01 pm
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Atletico Madrid finally got the better of Real Madrid on the European stage, scoring twice in extra time to win 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday in its rival's first game without Cristiano Ronaldo. Atletico got off to a flying start with Diego Costa scoring the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, Columbus Crew fans show their support for the team before the start of their MLS Eastern Conference semifinal soccer match against New York City FC in Columbus, Ohio. The Austin City Council is scheduled to decide Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 whether to move ahead with a stadium plan that could prompt Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew to leave its home city after 22 years. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
August 15, 2018 - 5:19 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt got a major boost to his effort to move the Major League Soccer club to Texas when the Austin City Council voted Wednesday to move ahead with a plan for a new, privately funded stadium on city land. Precourt has been courting Austin for a...
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August 15, 2018 - 1:01 am
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Edgar Castillo and Niki Jackson scored eight minutes apart in the second half, and the Colorado Rapids tied the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-2 on Tuesday night. Castillo tied it at 1 for Colorado (6-12-6) in the 74th minute after sending a loose ball in from distance. Jackson knotted...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 23, 2018, file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia. In two years as FIFA president, Infantino has been accused of violating governance rules and forcing out officials who threatened his position. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
August 14, 2018 - 8:37 pm
Justifying an overhaul of its ethics code, FIFA asserted Tuesday that people who "tarnish the reputations of others" must be banned from soccer. The Associated Press revealed Monday that a new offense of defamation had been added to the document governing the conduct of participants in soccer, with...
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August 14, 2018 - 12:05 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar says a Nepali worker has died while helping to build a stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Arab nation. Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said in a statement Tuesday the 23-year-old worker died at its Al Wakrah Stadium project site. It...
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