Baku quiet as Europa League fans struggle with travel

Soccer 05/28/19, 07:32

As Arsenal and Chelsea fans scramble for flights and buses to get to the Europa League final, Baku's streets are quiet.On the main shopping street, only soccer-shaped plant pots indicate there's a game on at all. Of the foreign fans scattered around the city on Tuesday, many were from Russia ...

Clouds hang over Neymar as Copa America looms in Brazil

Soccer 05/28/19, 05:51

Under a wave of suspicion and criticism, Neymar will start his Copa America preparations on Tuesday.The 27-year-old striker arrived at Brazil's training ground outside Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, but Tuesday will mark his first day of full training with the national team.The clouds hovering over the Brazilian are many, ...

Neymar loses Brazil captaincy to Dani Alves for Copa America

Soccer 05/27/19, 22:11

Brazilian star Neymar lost his national team's captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves, in another move suggesting the striker will be under heavy pressure to deliver the title of the South American tournament on home soil.Brazil's football confederation, CBF, said in a statement on Monday that 36-year-old ...

Soto leads US over Nigeria 2-0 at Under-20 World Cup

Soccer 05/27/19, 19:37

Sebastian Soto scored a pair of goals, and the United States beat Nigeria 2-0 Monday in the Under-20 World Cup at Bielsko Biala, Poland, to rebound from an opening loss to Ukraine. Soto headed in Alex Mendez's corner kick from 5 yards in the 18th minute, getting free from defender Zulkifilu ...

Cult club Union Berlin promoted to Bundesliga for 1st time

Soccer 05/27/19, 17:04

Union Berlin players were hoisted high and carried around their stadium after securing promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time on Monday.A scoreless draw at home to Stuttgart in the second leg of their playoff was enough for the Köpenick-based club, which finished third in the second division. Union ...

Argentinian women eye more at World Cup after equality fight

Soccer 05/27/19, 12:31

Exhausted players lie scattered on a field at Argentina's national team training complex on the outskirts of Buenos Aires after a double dose of training, including an exhibition against a teenage men's team.The concerns about things like a lack of uniforms and the refusal to allow them on fields previously ...

Azerbaijan’s Europa League final complex for teams, fans

Soccer 05/27/19, 07:41

Azerbaijan hoped the Europa League final would mark its emergence as an international football power — off the field, anyway. But it has instead found itself in a storm of bad PR.Arsenal and Chelsea meet Wednesday in a country that few of their fans have been able to reach, and ...

Wondolowski scores 149th, 150th goals; Earthquakes win

Soccer 05/26/19, 20:50

Chris Wondolowski scored his 149th and 150th MLS goals in the San Jose Earthquakes' 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Sunday night.The MLS career goals leader scored both from close range.Wondolowski got a yard's separation from Drew Moor and deftly redirected in Cristian Espinoza's cross in the 37th minute to ...

Russell’s hat trick helps Sporting beat Sounders, snap skid

Soccer 05/26/19, 19:38

Johnny Russell had a hat trick and Sporting Kansas City beat the Seattle Sounders 3-2 on Sunday to snap a seven-game winless streak.Nicolas Hasler took it away from Seattle's Handwalla Bwana near midfield and then led Yohan Croizet with a low pass to the right corner of the area. He ...

Beckham scores as United faces Bayern 20 years after CL win

Soccer 05/26/19, 15:26

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wound back the years as the Manchester United manager came off the bench to score for Alex Ferguson's side against a Bayern Munich team in the "Treble Reunion" match — 20 years to the day after United won the 1999 Champions League final.Fans young and old descended ...

Wambach, Gulati elected to US Soccer Hall of Fame

Soccer 05/26/19, 14:30

Retired forward Abby Wambach and former U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati have been chosen for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.The pair will be inducted Sept. 21 at the new hall building in Frisco, Texas.The 38-year-old Wambach scored a U.S. record 184 goals in 256 international appearances from ...

Suarez defends himself after missing Copa del Rey final

Soccer 05/26/19, 14:21

Luis Suarez has defended himself from criticism for undergoing knee surgery that prevented him from playing for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.The Uruguayan released a statement Sunday saying he had no option despite the timing of the final, which Barcelona lost 2-1 to Valencia on Saturday.Suarez said he ...

Valverde under pressure after dismal end to Barcelona season

Soccer 05/26/19, 10:14

A couple of weeks ago, few questioned Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona coach.The team had just won a second straight Spanish league title under his command and was close to making it to the Champions League final after beating Liverpool 3-0 in the first leg of the semifinals.The team was also ...

Timbers cap 12-game trip with 3-1 win over Union

Soccer 05/25/19, 20:52

Brian Fernández scored twice and the Portland Timbers beat Philadelphia 3-1 on Saturday night to knock the Union from the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.The game ended Portland's 12-game, season-opening trip because of stadium renovations. The Timbers will return home Saturday to re-open Providence Park against Los Angeles ...

Ali Adnan helps Whitecaps beat FC Dallas 2-1

Soccer 05/25/19, 20:20

Ali Adnan had his first MLS goal to help the Vancouver Whitecaps beat FC Dallas 2-1 on Saturday.Lucas Venuto also scored for Vancouver (4-6-3) and Maxime Crepeau made three saves.Adnan split defenders Michael Barrios and Reggie Cannon in the 30th minute and powered to the net for a high shot ...

Despite double, Bayern coach Kovac waiting for assurances

Soccer 05/25/19, 17:41

Niko Kovac is the first to win a domestic double in Germany as a player and coach, yet it may not be enough to keep his job as Bayern Munich coach.Kovac, whose side defeated Leipzig 3-0 in the German Cup final on Saturday, a week after clinching the Bundesliga title, ...

Bologna beat Napoli late to finish Serie A on high

Soccer 05/25/19, 16:29

Federico Santander scored a late winner for Bologna to beat Napoli 3-2 in the last round of Serie A on Saturday.Santander bagged the opening goal as Bologna, in mid-table, led 2-0 by halftime.Napoli, long guaranteed of finishing runner-up to league champion Juventus, dominated possession by almost two thirds and equalized ...

Valencia beats Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey

Soccer 05/25/19, 16:06

Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, denying Lionel Messi the chance to lead his team to a fifth consecutive domestic cup title.Strikers Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno scored after defensive errors by Barcelona in a first half dominated by Valencia.Other than the defending of ...

Bayern beats Leipzig 3-0 in German Cup final to seal double

Soccer 05/25/19, 15:06

Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer returned from six weeks out injured to help his side complete a domestic double after beating Leipzig 3-0 in the German Cup final on Saturday.Robert Lewandowski scored twice and Kingsley Coman grabbed the other as Bayern claimed a record-extending 19th cup win to make up ...

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel extends contract for another year

Soccer 05/25/19, 07:16

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has extended his contract at the French champion for another year until June 2021, despite a disappointing second half of the season.The German coach replaced Unai Emery on a two-year deal last summer and helped PSG defend its league title this season.PSG made a brilliant ...