Argentina’s Aguero enjoying full fitness ahead of Copa

Soccer 05/30/19, 13:44

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero says he has never been in better physical shape heading into a major international tournament.The Manchester City forward has joined up with the Argentina squad as it prepares for the Copa America, which starts next month in Brazil."Of all the tournaments (with Argentina), this is the ...

Gatecrasher Tottenham takes on storied Liverpool in CL final

Soccer 05/30/19, 10:38

Familiar territory for Liverpool. So very unfamiliar for Tottenham.The second all-English Champions League final in history pits one of Europe's most successful clubs against a side unexpectedly gatecrashing the continent's elite.After losing last year's final to Real Madrid, Juergen Klopp's Liverpool has another shot at lifting the European Cup for ...

After botched promotion, Hecking is Hamburg’s latest coach

Soccer 05/30/19, 07:57

After years of mismanagement, Hamburger SV is hoping experienced coach Dieter Hecking can lead the club back to the Bundesliga - and keep it there.Hecking, respected across the league for his work at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg and Nuremberg, signed a one-year deal with Hamburg this week, though both sides hope ...

Spalletti leaves Inter, Conte expected to replace him

Soccer 05/30/19, 06:56

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has left the Serie A club, with Antonio Conte expected to replace him in the next few days.Spalletti joined Inter from Roma in 2017 and led the team to two straight fourth-place finishes and qualification to the Champions League. But he has failed to win ...

Sarri gets a winners’ medal, but may still leave Chelsea

Soccer 05/30/19, 04:06

Maurizio Sarri can take the Europa League title to the bank.The Chelsea manager and ex-banker already had the most improbable rise from Tuscan amateur teams to soccer's elite, but he had never before had a winners' medal.That all changed with Wednesday's 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Europa League final. ...

Galaxy win at Kansas City for 1st time since 2007

Soccer 05/29/19, 21:44

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 10th goal of the season in the 86th minute and Los Angeles beat Sporting Kansas City 2-0 on Wednesday night for the Galaxy's first road victory in the series since 2007.Los Angeles (9-5-1) has won two straight after losing four in a row. Kansas City (3-5-5) ...

Browne, Taider score in Impact’s victory over Real Salt Lake

Soccer 05/29/19, 20:53

Omar Browne and Saphir Taider scored in the Montreal Impact's 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night.Evan Bush made three saves to help the Impact (7-6-3) end win for the first time in four games.Sam Johnson scored a late goal for Real Salt Lake (6-7-1). The Utah club ...

Martínez scored twice, Atlanta beats Minnesota 3-0

Soccer 05/29/19, 20:18

Josef Martínez scored two goals in second-half stoppage time to help Atlanta United beat Minnesota United 3-0 on Wednesday night.Atlanta (7-5-2) ended a two-game losing streak with its sixth win in eight games. Minnesota (6-5-3) had its two-game winning streak snapped.Martínez has eight goals this season, six in the last ...

Martínez scores 2 goals in stoppage time, Atlanta wins

Soccer 05/29/19, 20:17

Josef Martínez scored two goals in second-half stoppage time to help Atlanta United beat Minnesota United 3-0 on Wednesday night.Atlanta (7-5-2) ended a two-game losing streak with its sixth win in eight games. Minnesota (6-5-3) had its two-game winning streak snapped.Martínez has eight goals this season, six in the last ...

Cech retires, beaten by the team he helped build

Soccer 05/29/19, 18:31

As Eden Hazard celebrated in a huddle with his Chelsea teammates, Petr Cech stood to one side, staring straight ahead.The last time Hazard and Cech played a Europa League final six years before, they won the trophy for Chelsea.On Wednesday, Hazard had just scored Chelsea's fourth goal, this time against ...

Neymar misses Brazil training session because of knee pains

Soccer 05/29/19, 15:02

Neymar sat out Brazil's training session on Wednesday, a day after he limped off the field with knee pains as the team began its Copa America preparations.Brazil's soccer confederation said in a statement that the striker would undergo physiotherapy instead of practicing with the rest of the team at the ...

Tottenham arrives in Madrid for Champions League final

Soccer 05/29/19, 14:23

Tottenham has arrived in Madrid for the Champions League final against Liverpool.The squad landed at Madrid's international airport on Wednesday evening, three days before Saturday's final at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.The team will practice at Real Madrid's training center in the city's suburbs. Its final training session on Friday will ...

UEFA tightens rules on Kosovo, but leaves loopholes

Soccer 05/29/19, 11:54

UEFA is tightening its rules to stop countries which don't recognize Kosovo from excluding its national soccer team, but left some loopholes."This policy obliges all other teams to accept to play against Kosovo national and club teams as the result of a draw, be it on their own territory or ...

Spaniards with little to cheer for in Champions League final

Soccer 05/29/19, 09:46

It will be an unusual Champions League final for Spain.Madrid will be hosting the final again after nearly a decade, but the country's streak of having at least one team playing for the European title ended this year after five straight seasons, giving home fans little to cheer for when ...

Update: 2 fans hurt before Europa League final

Soccer 05/29/19, 03:40

The Latest on the Europa League final (all times local):12:30 p.m.Two fans have been injured in confrontations ahead of the Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea.Tourists take pictures in at the fan zone in Baku, Azerbaijan, Tuesday May 28, 2019. English Premier League teams Arsenal and Chelsea are preparing ...

Arsenal faces Chelsea in Europa League final

Soccer 05/29/19, 03:34

Arsenal and Chelsea are gearing up to play a London derby far from home in the Europa League final.Playing three time zones and 2,460 miles (4,000 kilometers) from London in Azerbaijan, the game offers Arsenal coach Unai Emery the chance to win a record fourth Europa League title.It could be ...

Sarri says Kante 50-50 for Europa League final

Soccer 05/28/19, 12:34

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri says midfielder N'Golo Kante has a 50-50 chance of being fit for the Europa League final, and that the team will be pushed to the brink without him.Kante hurt his knee in training on Saturday and is fighting against the clock to be fit for Wednesday's ...

Milan coach Gattuso leaves club by mutual agreement

Soccer 05/28/19, 11:08

AC Milan has confirmed that coach Gennaro Gattuso will leave the club by "mutual agreement."The announcement on Tuesday came shortly after the club also confirmed that sporting director Leonardo has resigned.The departures follow in the wake of Milan's failure to qualify for next season's Champions League.Milan says it "will now ...

Arsenal hopes to win Europa League for missing Mkhitaryan

Soccer 05/28/19, 10:08

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka and Sokratis Papastathopoulos say they want to win the Europa League title for their teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is missing the final for political reasons.Xhaka says "of course we're disappointed he's not here," adding that "we want to give him a trophy too."Papastathopoulos says "we have also ...