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Sports >> Soccer

Surging Colombia adds to Group H drama
With Colombia, Japan, Poland and Senegal, Group H wasn't exactly enticing ahead of the World Cup. That all changed just three minutes into group play.
06/24/2018 - 04:22 PM


Serbia FA complains of 'biased' referee in Switzerland match
next prev KALININGRAD, Russia –  A day after being put under investigation by FIFA for complaining about the refereeing of their 2-1 World Cup defeat by Switzerland and misbehavior by fans, Serbia's football association has filed an official complaint with the sport's governing body alleging "biased officiating" by referee Feliz Brych. In a statement posted on its website Sunday, the Football Association of Serbia said it submitted to FIFA "seven videos that clearly showed tendency in officiating of the referee Brych to the detriment of our national team." Serbian officials have complained vociferously since Friday's match in Kaliningrad that their team was not awarded a penalty for a second-half
06/24/2018 - 10:50 AM


World Cup fans’ view: Local businessman unites Iranian Americans with World Cup parties
Soccer fans gather at Tysons Biergarten for the Iran-Spain World Cup match. (Emily Giambalvo/The Washington Post) Iran’s World Cup match against Spain last week was business as usual for Iman Huschmand. On days like this, the party scene is his workplace. As the owner of an entertainment company, Huschmand organizes and hosts hundreds of weddings, private parties and corporate events in the D.C. area. But this gathering of Iranians was different. Instead of being a spectator at an event with personal importance to someone else, this one mattered to him. “Every year we always do a handful of events that are catered to the Persian community,” said Huschmand, an Iranian American. “My driving force
06/24/2018 - 09:00 AM


UPDATE 3-World Cup Standings
Jun 24 (OPTA) - Standings for the World Cup on Sunday Stage : Group Stage Group A P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Russia 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 6 2 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6 3 Egypt 2 0 0 2 1 4
06/24/2018 - 03:57 PM


2018 World Cup: Schedule, scores and updates for Saturday's matches
Belgium defeated Tunisia 5-2 on Saturday in the highest scoring match of this year's World Cup. Meanwhile, Mexico held onto a 2-1 victory against South Korea and the defending champion Germany team pulled off a stunning 2-1 victory against Sweden. 2018 World Cup Standings Here are the current standings listed by wins, draws and losses. Teams are awarded three points for a win and one for a tie.  Group A Standings Russia  (2-0-0) 6 points Uruguay (2-0-0) 6 points Saudi Arabia (0-0-2), 0 points Egypt (0-0-2) 0 points Group B Standings Portugal (1-1-0 ) 4 points Spain (1-1-0) 4 points Iran (1-0-0), 3 points Morocco (0-0-2) 0 points Group C Standings France (2-0-0) 6 points Denmark (1-1-0) 4 points
06/23/2018 - 12:03 PM


'Battle of the Cleaners' ends in draw
By Jack Tarrant SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - It was perhaps fitting that the World Cup match between Senegal and Japan – whose fans have received international acclaim for their cleanliness in the stadium – ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday in Yekaterinburg. Both teams won their opening games of the World Cup, yet it was the two sets of fans who grabbed the headlines. Senegal fans were also filmed being similarly hygienic following their win over Poland.
06/24/2018 - 03:34 PM


Chelsea plan to dangle Morata as bait to lure Pulisic
Premier League bound? Chelsea plan to use record signing Alvaro Morata as bait to lure Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund. The Blues, according to reports, are willing to cut their losses on the Spanish striker after a difficult first year in the Premier League.
06/24/2018 - 07:44 AM


Belgium is becoming a serious 2018 World Cup Contender
After it's 5-2 domination of Tunsia, Belgium is showing that it will make some serious noise at the 2018 World Cup.
06/23/2018 - 12:27 PM


Enrique has rare brain tumor removed, faces battle
Former Newcastle and Liverpool defender Jose Enrique is now an agent, but the headache that came with a manager meeting had nothing to do with the conversation. [ MORE: Lozano to Barcelona? ] Enrique had a “brutal” headache following a meeting with
06/23/2018 - 08:00 AM


Sweden has a lot to be upset about after last-minute loss
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A last-minute goal. A non-called penalty. A disrespectful celebration. Sweden had a lot to be upset about when the final whistle blew on Saturday. The Swedes were within seconds of holding defending champion Germany to a draw, and moving into good position to advance to the round of 16 at the World Cup, when Toni Kroos scored deep into stoppage time to give Germany a 2-1 come-from-behind victory. "I'm sorry that we didn't get at least one point," Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. "But I'm not blaming anyone tactically or analyzing too much right now, there are so many emotions going around. This is probably the heaviest conclusion that I've experienced in my career." Kroos'
06/23/2018 - 06:35 PM


Column: Like Pele, Mbappe's World Cup timing is perfect
MOSCOW (AP) — The delicate move was ballet worthy of the Bolshoi. Having shaken off his marker, Kylian Mbappe spotted N'Golo Kante haring to his left. At this point in the attack on Peru's goal, a simple pass to his France teammate would have been just fine. But where's the fun in that? Instead, the 19-year-old did a prancing Bambi-like skip and flicked the ball to Kante with the back of his right heel. Completely unnecessary, but delightful to watch. Like 17-year-old Pele at the 1958 World Cup , France's thrillingly fleet and inventive forward is that most precious of football gems: A player whose searing debut on the sport's biggest stage is coming when the child in him is still alive and gloriously
06/24/2018 - 12:42 AM


Sigurdsson ready for Croatia reunion as Iceland go for broke
Gylfi Sigurdsson insists previous results will count for nothing when Iceland face familiar foes Croatia in a crucial Group D clash on Tuesday. The nations reached the tournament in Russia by qualifying from the same group, with Iceland topping the table to secure their place at a World Cup for the first time in their history. Iceland need a similar result in Rostov-on-Don to progress to the knockout rounds alongside Croatia, with Sigurdsson admitting they have "nothing to lose" if they are to avoid an early exit.
06/24/2018 - 05:55 AM


Missing the World Cup is a letdown for USA, but Weston McKennie is leading a new wave of young stars into the future
The pain won't go away for a long time. For U.S. fans, the failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup was both shocking but not all that surprising. Under Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena, the team lacked an identity, failed to play with conviction and showed that it didn't have enough chemistry to contend in what is arguably one of the most undemanding qualifying zones in the world. And with that, a page is turned. There's now a general manager for the U.S. men's national team in Earnie Stewart, there will likely be a new coach (assuming Dave Sarachan doesn't get the gig) and we've seen a huge influx of young players. Whether there will be a youth movement with a new coach remains to be seen,
06/24/2018 - 02:20 PM


Video replay (VAR) is a joke, and it's making the World Cup worse
USA TODAY Sports' Martin Rogers takes a look at the World Cup's brand spankin' new replay system. MOSCOW — There was a time when soccer looked hopelessly out of touch for refusing to implement video replay to assist with its most crucial decisions. Disgraced former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter was a longtime holdout, and given that Blatter didn’t do much that wasn’t inept or crooked, you’d think that would be a ringing endorsement for technological help. But now it is here – in the form of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system – and it is not welcome. VAR is terrible, and it is making the World Cup worse for its presence. It is slow, clunky and unpredictable, which are all the criticisms that were
06/23/2018 - 10:23 AM


Russia get 'twice as many' WC drugs tests
ESPN Russia team doctor Eduard Bezuglov said his side's players have been tested more than 300 times by a variety of anti-doping organisations amid greater scrutiny of the World Cup hosts' group-stage success. Victories in their first two games mean that Russia will move on to the knockout rounds with a final Group A game on Monday against Uruguay. And, according to the Telegraph, Russia players have run a greater distance than any other team, covering 73 miles in their first game and 71 miles in their second. "I'm willing to bet a bottle of low-fat milk that's at least twice as many tests England players have been given," Bezuglov told several Russian media outlets. "They need to worry about
06/23/2018 - 09:03 AM


Kroos Scores Late to Give Germany 2-1 Win Over Sweden
Sweden's Viktor Claesson, left, challenges Germany's Toni Kroos during the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) The Associated Press By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The desperate world champions from Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden's penalty area. With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a trick play from training that will live in World Cup lore. The Germans, down to 10 men after Jerome Boateng was given a second
06/23/2018 - 04:42 PM


Argentina: cocaine seized in World Cup trophy replicas
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Some Argentines are taking advantage of World Cup fervor. The security minister of Buenos Aires province said Friday that police have broken up an organization that trafficked marijuana and cocaine in fake World Cup trophies. The so-called “Narcos de la Copa” took advantage of the global merchandising boom generated by the soccer tournament to move the drug without raising suspicions. “These merchants of death have endless ingenuity, but don’t be fooled. They shouldn’t be admired. On the contrary... they are now in jail,” said minister Cristian Ritondo, according to a statement. Officials said 20 kilos of marijuana, 10 kilos of cocaine, 1,800 doses of crack-cocaine known
06/23/2018 - 01:20 PM


Ozil, Khedira both dropped for Germany-Sweden
Reuters SOCHI, Russia -- Germany coach Joachim Low has dropped Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira from the side that desperately needs a victory over Sweden in their World Cup Group F clash in Sochi on Saturday. The defending world champions came in for harsh criticism after their opening 1-0 loss to Mexico, with Ozil and Khedira singled out and the former having his string of 26 consecutive starts in competitive matches snapped. They have been relegated to the bench in favour of Marco Reus and Sebastian Rudy, while Jonas Hector comes in for the injured Mats Hummels and Antonio Rudiger replaces Marvin Plattenhardt. Centre-back Victor Lindelof returns to an otherwise unchanged Sweden side following his
06/23/2018 - 01:31 PM


After handling South Korea, swaggering Mexico has legitimate shot to win World Cup
USA TODAY Sports' Martin Rogers takes a look at the World Cup's brand spankin' new replay system. MOSCOW —Don’t laugh now, but here it is – Mexico could win the World Cup. As unexpected as that statement might have sounded at the start of the tournament, and as ludicrous as it would have been two years ago, it is now one of the most remarkable realities in the early part of this unpredictable event. Saturday’s 2-1 victory over South Korea in Rostov-on-don gave Mexico its second straight win of the competition and put it on the cusp of the knockout round. Beating South Korea isn’t, in itself, the kind of thing that should serve as a reliable pointer toward international glory, and it isn’t. What
06/23/2018 - 02:17 PM


Mexico's 2-1 victory over South Korea silences critics
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — The criticism of Mexico's national team heading into the World Cup was loud and scathing. The answer has been emphatic. The Mexicans won their second straight match at the tournament, beating South Korea 2-1 Saturday to move ever closer to a spot in the round of 16. "We didn't listen to the criticism," said Javier Hernandez, one of the scorers against South Korea. "It was just noise." Mexico opened its World Cup by upsetting defending champion Germany 1-0. A second victory on Saturday gives it six points and a chance to win Group F on Wednesday when the team faces Sweden. "We want the Mexican people to enjoy this. We are going to enjoy it," Hernandez said. "But as
06/23/2018 - 08:06 AM


Tactical changes get Nigeria's World Cup back on track
Ahmed Musa has clearly been the focus of attention for getting Nigeria's World Cup campaign back on track after his two well-taken goals in a 2-0 victory over Iceland on Friday in Volgograd. Following Nigeria's limp 2-0 opening loss to Croatia, the team faced the prospect of being eliminated from the tournament. Rather than stick with what had got Nigeria to the World Cup at a canter, Rohr opted for change.
06/24/2018 - 04:44 AM


Busquets recognises Iniesta's burning ambition
Andres Iniesta has extra motivation to bow out on top at his last World Cup, according to long-time Spain and Barcelona colleague Sergio Busquets. Iniesta unforgettably fired Spain to World Cup glory in 2010 with an extra-time winner against Netherlands in Johannesburg. The defending champions failed to make it past the group stage at Brazil 2014, meaning one of the greatest players of this generation has one more shot at global glory before beginning the next chapter of his career with J.League club Vissel Kobe - even if he has not entirely ruled out continuing at international level.
06/24/2018 - 02:54 PM


World Cup 2018 memes: Brazil's Neymar takes Oscar-worthy dive
Diving: It's not just limited to swimming pools and ocean cliffs. In Friday's World Cup action, Brazilian star Neymar's team beat Costa Rica 2-0, but he didn't get away with a now-infamous dive. On the way to the victory, Neymar, barely touched by defenders, flopped on his back as if to hint the refs should call a foul. The referee went along with Neymar at first, but consulted the tournament's controversial new video assistant referee system and changed his mind. Viewers quickly made the failed flop into a meme.  "Neymar for best actor," joked several, while others dug up GIFs of various actors falling or fainting to compare to the player's dive.  "Who does Neymar think he is? Neo? The Matrix
06/22/2018 - 09:03 PM


Obuh unsurprised by composed Omeruo
Dami Ugbane, KweséESPN Former Nigeria U-17 and U-20 coach John Obuh was not surprised by the composed and committed display of Kenneth Omeruo against Iceland on Friday in Volgograd. Omeruo, 24, probably had his best game for Nigeria in a five-year international career, his sparkling statistics on the day doing justice to those claims. One hundred percent tackles won, 63 touches, 50 passes, six aerial duels won, five clearances, three interceptions, two chances created, two fouls won, and one assist. Obuh, who handed Omeruo his first taste of international football at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted by Nigeria and subsequently promoted him to the U-20 category two years later, reckons he has
06/23/2018 - 07:35 PM


Friendship Between Players Has Limits at World Cup
Senegal's Sadio Mane smiles during the official press conference on the eve of the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) The Associated Press By KAREL JANICEK, Associated Press YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Even a great friendship between players who used to be at the same club has its limits when it comes to the World Cup. Senegal forward Sadio Mane can attest to that. The African team faces Japan in their second Group H game on Sunday in Yekaterinburg, and a defensive mainstay of the Japanese team is Maya Yoshida with whom Mane once played with for Southampton
06/23/2018 - 12:57 PM


Kroos scores late to give Germany 2-1 win over Sweden
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The desperate world champions from Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden's penalty area. With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a trick play from training that will live in World Cup lore. Down to 10 men after Jerome Boateng was given a second yellow card, Germany rallied for a 2-1 victory over Sweden on Saturday to suddenly revive its title defense thanks to a strike from Kroos that caught the Swedes by surprise and won't soon be forgotten in Germany. "The fact Toni Kroos put it away is just incredible," Reus said. "He's shown that talent
06/23/2018 - 04:07 PM


World Cup: Colombia boost last 16 hopes by eliminating Poland
Colombia brushed aside Poland 3-0 in Kazan to boost their hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout stage with goals from Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado.
06/24/2018 - 05:54 PM


Germany on the ropes as it faces Sweden in World Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — The unpredictable World Cup could take yet another twist when Germany faces Sweden and attempts to avoid an embarrassing outcome that could prematurely end its title defense. Mexico plays South Korea in Saturday's middle game, and if Mexico earns at least one point and Germany loses to Sweden in the evening, the World Cup will have a new champion. A loss to the Scandinavians would send the World Cup champions out at the group stage for the first time since France in 2002. Germany found itself in this position with a 1-0 loss to Mexico in its opener, which was fairly one-sided and drew heavy criticism at home for coach Joachim Loew's squad. The debate has focused on the German lineup
06/23/2018 - 12:08 AM


Millions gather as fireworks brighten St Petersburg's skies
Soccer fans from all over the world were treated to a spectacular celebration in St Petersburg on Saturday as millions of people gathered in the city center for Scarlet Sails, the climactic event of the annual White Nights festival. The tradition celebrates the end of the school year with a stunning fireworks display as a ship with scarlet sails makes its way slowly along the English and Admiralty Embankments to the Winter Palace. Soccer fans who stayed behind after Friday's clash between Brazil and Costa Rica as well as thousands more making their way into the city for the next game between Argentina and Nigeria swelled the crowds to more epic proportions than usual.
06/24/2018 - 12:00 AM


England scores 6 but falls well short of World Cup record
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) -- England's 6-1 rout of Panama is the biggest winning margin at this year's World Cup. However, it falls well short of the tournament record. Here's a look at the biggest World Cup winning margins: HUNGARY 10, EL SALVADOR 1 Hungary
06/24/2018 - 01:55 PM


Mexican Soccer Fans and Pride Marchers Mingle in Celebration
Thousands of soccer fans and Gay Pride revelers converge on Mexico City’s Angel of Independence on Reforma Avenue, Saturday, June 23, 2018. Soccer fans were celebrating Mexico’s victory over Korea in today’s World Cup soccer match as they met the massive Gay Pride Parade marching towards down town Mexico City. (AP Photo/Christian Palma) The Associated Press By AMY GUTHRIE, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Soccer fans converged at Mexico's Angel of Independence monument to celebrate the national team's second win in the World Cup, mingling with an annual gay pride parade in a country that has been reprimanded for anti-gay slurs during soccer matches. Revelers cheered the Mexican team's second
06/23/2018 - 05:45 PM


World Cup 2018: South Korea vs. Mexico odds, expert picks, and top insider predictions
Mexico pulled off a shocking upset when it beat defending champions Germany, 1-0, in its opening match of the 2018 World Cup. Now, Mexico faces South Korea on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. ET. These two countries have met one time at the World Cup before, with Mexico winning 3-1 in 1998. Mexico enters this match as a -160 favorite on the money line, meaning you'd need to wager $160 on a Mexico victory to win $100. South Korea is +500 (risk $100 to win $500), while a draw is +275. The Over-Under on total goals is 2. Mexico has 25-1 World Cup odds to win it all, while South Korea is 1,000-1. Before you lock in your 2018 World Cup picks, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to
06/23/2018 - 12:24 PM


LIVE Transfer Talk: Barca line up €70m Thiago
ESPN The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. Barcelona, Real Madrid battle for Thiago Thiago Alcantara will be the focus of Barcelona and Real Madrid as the Spanish giants go head to head for the Bayern Munich star. The Spain international is currently in Russia for the World Cup, but after five years in Germany, Sport says he set for a move back to La Liga. Bayern will sell for €70 million, having signed the 27-year-old for just €25m in 2013. Sporting director Eric Abidal and Ernesto Valverde have agreed to sign a ball-playing midfielder and will move for Thiago to ensure he does not join
06/23/2018 - 11:28 PM


Neymar 'fully recovered' from foot injury, says Brazil team doctor
Neymar has now "totally recovered" from the foot injury that required surgery and saw him miss the end of the club season, Brazil's team doctor said on Saturday. "I would like everyone to understand Neymar's situation, and that he no longer has any problem with his right foot," Rodrigo Lasmar told journalists at Brazil's World Cup training base in Sochi. Lasmar sought to reassure Brazilian media worried about Neymar's fitness after he limped out of a training session with a sore right ankle following Brazil's opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland last weekend.
06/23/2018 - 11:54 AM


Brazil hit by injures, not even coach escapes medical report
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazilian doctors have been busy lately at the World Cup, with even the team's coach needing medical attention. The team says Douglas Costa and Danilo have been ruled out of the match against Serbia on Wednesday, but adds Brazil coach Tite was doing just fine despite undergoing treatment after pulling a muscle while celebrating a goal. Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says it is the first time in his career he has had to talk about the coach's condition in his medical report to the media. There was no reason to joke about Costa and Danilo, though, who will not travel with the rest of the squad for the match against Serbia in Moscow. Danilo had already missed the match against Costa
06/23/2018 - 12:43 PM


Soccer-World Cup heading for record number of penalties
There have already been more penalties awarded in the first 28 games of Russia 2018 than in the entire World Cup four years ago in Brazil. Carlos Vela's penalty in Mexico's match with South Korea on Saturday was the 14th of the tournament in the first 28 games, meaning there has now been a penalty once every two games. 11 of the penalties have been successfully converted.
06/23/2018 - 11:55 AM


Dempsey scores first goal of season, Sounders tie Fire, 1-1
SEATTLE (AP) — Clint Dempsey scored his first goal of the season to match the Seattle regular-season career goals record, helping the Sounders tie the Chicago Fire 1-1 on Saturday night. Dempsey tied the club record for regular-season goals with 47 set by Fredy Montero from 2009-12. It was Dempsey's 57th goal across all competitions for the Sounders, three away from Montero's overall mark. Harry Shipp started the scoring play for the Sounders (3-8-3) midway through the first half, taking the ball up the attacking right side. He sent it ahead to Will Bruin, who took it to the top right corner of the 6-yard box. Bruin tapped the ball across, and Dempsey slid into it, sending his shot into the upper
06/24/2018 - 12:12 AM


Soccer-Panama pick same team for tougher test against England
Panama will field the same line-up that lost their opening World Cup game to Belgium when they face an England side that coach Hernan Dario Gomez expects to be an even tougher proposition on Sunday. Gomez confirmed he was sticking with the team beaten 3-0 in Sochi on Monday in their opening match in Group G as Panama lost on their World Cup debut. "We have a certain stability and I liked how hard my team worked (against Belgium).
06/23/2018 - 09:48 AM


Chicago Cubs owners in talks to purchase AC Milan
MILAN (AP) — The Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs says it is negotiating to purchase the debt-ridden AC Milan soccer team. The Milan office of the Edelman public relations firm, which has been hired to represent the Ricketts, says the entire family is interested in Milan for "a medium- to long-period investment" and wants to create "a strong bond with the city." The interest comes as seven-time European champion Milan faces UEFA sanctions over a breach of financial fair play regulations. Milan last year spent more than 200 million euros (then nearly $250 million) on new players amid questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio
06/23/2018 - 04:25 AM


Red Bulls survive a red card and whip FC Dallas
FC Dallas strolled into Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening with a seven-game unbeaten streak and a stranglehold on second place in the MLS’s Western Conference. They also played most of the game with one more player than the Red Bulls. None of that seemed to matter much. The Red Bulls survived a first-half red card to midfielder Daniel Royer and calmly dispatched FC Dallas 3-0, as two first-half strikes put the game in control for the home team. After a cagey first quarter of the match, the Red Bulls found a breakthrough via its youngest star. Tyler Adams broke loose from the Dallas defense in the 23rd minute. The 19-year-old mopped up a loose ball and crossed it to Bradley Wright-Phillips for
06/23/2018 - 09:11 PM


Germany, pushed to an unfamiliar brink, keeps World Cup hopes alive with stunning goal
Toni Kroos’s shot in the 95th minute curls into the net to give Germany victory. (Michael Steele/Getty Images) SOCHI, Russia — What happened Saturday night in the Sochi Olympic stadium defied earthly norms in enough ways that it wound up altering the brain until the scene looked misshapen. So it finally kind of made a demented sense in the 95th minute when the whole thing drifted into psychedelia, as Germany’s relieved players went streaming down the sideline to heave into a festive pile in the stadium corner, having just beheld Toni Kroos’s whiplash winner. They did so as German fans boomed a sound German fans never boom, that unmistakable sound of escape. What in the World Cup was this 2-1
06/23/2018 - 08:43 AM


Algeria dismiss coach Madjer, says sports minister
Ed Dove Football Editor, KweséESPN Ed Dove is a writer and scout who has a deep and enduring passion for African sport, politics and literature. Instagram: @EddyDove22, Facebook: @EddyDoveAfrica Follow on Twitter Algeria's Minister of Youth and Sports, Mohamed Hattab, has confirmed that the Algerian Football Federation have parted ways with head coach Rabah Madjer after just five matches. FAF organised an extraordinary general meeting on Saturday in order to discuss the coach's future, with Hattab confirming that the decision has been taking to dismiss the former international. "[Madjer] is a former great, a great school of Algerian football, but concerning the post of head coach, he hasn't succeeded,"
06/24/2018 - 07:28 AM


Draw with Quakes ends RSL's home win streak
Real Salt Lake's Damir Kreilach and San Jose's Danny Hoesen scored second-half goals as the Earthquakes and RSL battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night in Sandy, Utah. The draw snapped Salt Lake's six-game home winning streak. RSL (7-7-2) needed one more win to break the club record.
06/24/2018 - 12:56 AM


World Cup, Group A, Matchday 3
All the permutations ahead of matchday three in Group A.
06/23/2018 - 07:47 AM


Iran-Portugal group finale has high stakes, juicy subplots
SARANSK, Russia (AP) — If Iran can be the first team to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring at this year's World Cup, the result could be historically significant. A final score favorable enough to move Iran into the knockout round for the first time also would carry considerable personal meaning for the Asian team's Portuguese coach, Carlos Queiroz, who was once Ronaldo's coach on their country's national team. Queiroz, who also coached Iran at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, called Monday's game against with Portugal "the most interesting and important match in my seven years with Iran." "People gave us no chance, but we still have chances to qualify for the second round. We'll fight for our
06/23/2018 - 12:48 PM


Subhasish Bose - For us the Asian Cup is like the World Cup
Subhasish Bose was one of the best Indian defenders in the Indian Super League (ISL) last season. The 22-year-old was an integral part of the Bengaluru FC side which reached the final of ISL, won the Super Cup and also qualified for the AFC Cup knockout stages. Most recently, Bose made his international debut against Chinese Taipei in the Intercontinental Cup.
06/22/2018 - 11:54 PM


Shelton's late goal helps Sporting KC beat Dynamo 3-2
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Daniel Salloi had a goal and two assists and Khiry Shelton scored a late goal in Sporting Kansas City's 3-2 comeback victory over the Houston Dynamo on Friday night. Shelton, who came on in the 76th minute, gave Sporting KC its first lead in the 88th. Salloi, on the left side, played a cross to a charging Shelton, who finished from just outside of the 6-yard box to make it 3-2. Mauro Manotas scored in the opening and closing minutes of the first half to give Houston (6-6-3) a 2-0 lead at the break. Salloi, a 21-year-old homegrown, slipped the rebound of a shot by Gerso Fernandes inside the near post in the 59th minute and Tim Melia, who finished with four saves, made
06/23/2018 - 11:01 PM


Will not qualifying for the World Cup be the catalyst for change the USMNT needs?
Sometimes, facing adversity and feeling failure is a good thing. For the most part, growing is the result of facing adversity. Although, missing the World Cup was a big bummer, it could possibly be the catalyst that pushes this soccer generation forward. Right now, in this present moment, there’s a massive youth movement is the United States Men’s National team. Players like Christian Pulisic, Weston McKinnie, Tim Weah, Josh Sargent and Matt Miazga are ready to lead this country going forward. When the U.S. Soccer Federation hired Earnie Stewart as its first general manager, a new position created in order to oversee the program, he vowed to take advantage of the youth. In an interview with,
06/23/2018 - 01:00 AM


Wright-Phillips, Robles help Red Bulls beat FC Dallas
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 11th goal of the season and the New York Red Bulls beat FC Dallas 3-0 on Saturday night, playing a man down for the final 60-plus minutes. New York's Daniel Royer was given a straight red card in the 27th minute for a dangerous foul . Luis Robles had a season-high six saves in his fourth shutout of the season for New York (9-4-2). Wright-Phillips tapped in a cross by Tyler Adams to open the scoring in the 23rd. Adams darted past defender Kellyn Acosta to win a failed clearance at the top-left corner of the area, raced toward the endline and made a sliding pass to Wright-Phillips for the point-blank finish. Aaron Long's falling volley of
06/23/2018 - 08:20 PM


'Provocative' World Cup goal celebration 'mixes sport and politics'
Sweden's Pontus Jansson, top left, and South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng try to head the ball during Sweden's 1-0 victory on Monday.
06/23/2018 - 10:27 AM


Seeing red: Iceland promises Croatia grueling group finish
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Iceland defender Kari Arnason isn't afraid to see red if it means stopping one of the World Cup's most creative sides when it takes on Croatia on Tuesday. Arnason sees Croatia as one of teams that could win the tournament, but the central defender's teammates aren't giving them a free ride and are promising grueling physical challenges. With the Croats already qualified, Iceland must win their final Group D game in Rostov-on-Don, while keeping fingers crossed that Nigeria can't inflict another defeat on Argentina.
06/24/2018 - 09:56 AM



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