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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Flamengo beats Gremio 5-0 to reach Copa Libertadores final

Brazil’s Flamengo outclassed compatriots Gremio 5-0 on Wednesday and will play the Copa Libertadores final against defending champions River Plate of Argentina.


Alejandro Pozuelo scores twice, Toronto advances to conference final

Alejandro Pozuelo converted a penalty kick in the 90th minute for his second goal of the game and Toronto FC beat top-seeded New York City FC 2-1 on Wednesday night …


Champions League roundup: Lionel Messi and Liverpool shine

Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday. Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Alex Morgan, Servando Carrasco announce they’re expecting baby

U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan and husband Servando Carrasco are expecting their first child.


MLS top coach Bob Bradley leads LAFC’s daily quest for greatness

Bob Bradley rocks in his chair under the sizzling Southern California sun and gives an exaggerated New Jersey shoulder shrug. The Los Angeles FC coach can use his entire body …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Spanish league considers legal action over ‘clasico’ change

In the latest twist of a never-ending power struggle, the Spanish league said Wednesday it will consider legal action against the Spanish soccer federation’s decision to play the “clasico” match …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

River reaches Copa Libertadores final despite loss at Boca

Argentinian powerhouse River Plate will defend its Copa Libertadores title after eliminating archrivals Boca Juniors in the semifinals.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

‘They’re happy, they’re ready to go’: Sounders eager for MLS Western Conference semifinal vs. Salt Lake

Gustav Svensson walked off the Sounders practice field Tuesday talking about sunny skies and rejuvenated legs.


Earthquakes sign Chris Wondolowski to 1-year deal

The San Jose Earthquakes have signed Major League Soccer all-time leading scorer Chris Wondolowski to a one-year contract.


Champions League roundup: Real Madrid, Tottenham get vital wins

Just when some of Europe’s top teams risked failing to advance from their Champions League groups, they steadied the ship.


Sounders’ Jordan Morris hopes comeback season still has more left

The last couple of weeks have felt like a blur for Jordan Morris, even if they’re filled with moments he’ll likely always remember.


Italy’s next move vs. racism: anti-terrorism listening tools

After five cases of racist chants in eight rounds of Serie A, the Italian soccer federation is considering employing advanced listening devices used in anti-terrorism operations to identify offending fans.


Ballon d’Or organizer explains why Neymar was left off list

Too many injuries. A Champions League ban for insulting match officials. Hitting a fan after losing the French Cup final. Agitating for a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.


David Beckham’s stadium complex for Inter Miami taking shape

Piles of steel sit at one end of the property, waiting to be lifted into place. Workers were going in all directions, some pounding nails into wood, others ready to …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Study raises fresh dementia concerns from playing pro soccer

A study of former professional soccer players in Scotland finds they were less likely to die of common causes such as heart disease and cancer compared to the general population …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Lionel Messi faces Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk but no Neymar for Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award. But not Neymar. When the long list of 30 candidates was announced …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Sacramento joining MLS, will begin play in 2022

Major League Soccer has awarded its 29th franchise to Sacramento. MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced the league’s newest team Monday, joined by Mayor Darrell Steinberg and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.


MLS playoff roundup: LA Galaxy, Philadelphia Union advance in MLS playoffs

Sebastian Lletget and Jonathan dos Santos scored four minutes apart midway through the second half, leading the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over Minnesota in the first round …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Jordan Morris has hat trick, Sounders outlast Dallas FC 4-3 to advance in MLS playoffs

Jordan Morris scored in the 113th minute to complete a hat trick in the Settle Sounders’ 4-3 extra-time victory over FC Dallas on Saturday in the first round of the …


‘Everybody is watching’: Nico Lodeiro searching for that 2016 feeling as the Sounders begin playoff run

Lodeiro came to Seattle to win championships. But the path to his second MLS Cup is stretching longer than planned.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes playoff debut as chase for MLS Cup begins

Here are some things to know about the first-round matchups:


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Sounders torn on MLS’s new playoff format: Some apprehension, yet ‘it’s going to be super dramatic’

A pause and a contorted face are among the frequent reactions to questions regarding Major League Soccer’s new playoff format.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid likely to be moved to December

This month’s Spanish league “clasico” match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is expected to be postponed until December because of a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital.


Germany spotlight: Borussia Monchengladbach’s coaching gamble paying off

Borussia Monchengladbach’s gamble on a new coach appears to be paying off. Former Salzburg coach Marco Rose has led the team to the top of the Bundesliga even though his …


Spain spotlight: Teenager Ansu Fati becomes next promising star

A 16-year-old forward born in Guinea-Bissau has become the next promising soccer star in Spain. Ansu Fati, who made his debut with Barcelona this season, has quickly attracted everyone’s attention …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Spanish soccer league tries again to stage game in Miami

Undeterred by the resistance it faced last season, the Spanish soccer league is trying again to take a regular season game to the United States.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

South Korean soccer team tells of ‘rough’ match in Pyongyang

South Korea’s national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a “rough” match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA.


Atlanta heads into MLS playoffs looking to defend its Cup

It’s been a strange season for Atlanta United. They’ve added more two more cups to their collection. They’ve endured some rather baffling losses. After all that, the defending MLS Cup …


Paul Pogba ruled out of Liverpool game; David De Gea major doubt

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League game against Liverpool, while goalkeeper David De Gea is unlikely to recover …


UEFA asked to remove Turkey as Champions League final host

UEFA has been asked to consider moving this season’s Champions League final out of Istanbul because of Turkey’s military action in Syria.