Vela has goal, 2 assists as LAFC tops Montreal 4-2

Soccer 05/24/19, 23:38

Carlos Vela scored his league-leading 15th goal and Tristan Blackmon got the first of his career as the Los Angeles Football Club beat the Montreal Impact 4-2 on Friday night.Vela's goal, a pretty easy touch after a perfect feed in from Eduard Atuesta in the 28th minute made it 2-0. ...

Savarino scores late, Real Salt Lake beats Atlanta United

Soccer 05/24/19, 22:31

Jefferson Savarino's long-range blast late in stoppage time gave Real Salt Lake a 2-1 victory over Atlanta United on Friday night.Savarino shook free and sent a high, hard shot from outside the box to the far side for his second goal of the season.Sebastian Saucedo opened the scoring for Salt ...

Savarino’s stoppage goal lifts Real Salt Lake past Atlanta

Soccer 05/24/19, 22:29

Jefferson Savarino's long-range blast late in stoppage time gave Real Salt Lake a 2-1 victory over Atlanta United on Friday night.Savarino shook free and sent a high, hard shot from outside the box to the far side for his second goal of the season.Sebastian Saucedo opened the scoring for Salt ...

Dos Santos early goal lifts Galaxy past Orlando City 1-0

Soccer 05/24/19, 20:30

Jonathan dos Santos scored in the 19th minute, David Bingham made six saves for his fourth shutout and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat Orlando City 1-0 on Friday night to end a four-game losing streak.The Galaxy (8-5-1) played their second game without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the star forward banned for two ...

Timing right for France to make impression on big stage

Soccer 05/24/19, 17:49

France has an opportunity to translate dominance at the European club level to success on the World Cup stage.With a highly experienced and skilled team, host France will be among the favorites at the women's tournament kicking off next month, and that suits coach Corinne Diacre just fine.She is happy ...

US loses Under-20 World Cup opener 2-1 to Ukraine

Soccer 05/24/19, 16:47

Denys Popov scored on a header off a corner kick in the 51st minute, and Ukraine beat the United States 2-1 Friday at Bielsko Biala, Poland, in the Americans' opener at the Under-20 World Cup.Serhii Buletsa put Ukraine ahead in the 26th minute. Heorhii Tsitaishvili played a long pass from ...

Sinclair says she’s been waiting for this Canadian team

Soccer 05/24/19, 16:24

While Christine Sinclair edges closer to the all-time international goals record, her team will be chasing a title.Fifth-ranked Canada embarks on its Women's World Cup quest in France with its captain sitting at 181 career goals — four away from breaking former U.S. star Abby Wambach's global record (among men ...

US faces greater challenges this time around at World Cup

Soccer 05/24/19, 15:54

The U.S. women's national team is well aware the rest of the world is catching up.Long dominant on the international stage, the No. 1-ranked Americans are heading to France for the Women's World Cup with any number of teams potentially in position to topple the defending champions.Among the challengers are ...

Messi: Barca must say sorry for Liverpool defeat

Soccer 05/24/19, 14:13

Barcelona must apologize for its "lamentable" Champions League semifinal exit at the hands of Liverpool earlier this month, according to Lionel Messi.In his first Barca news conference for four years, the Argentina great said on Friday: "We are still recovering from what happened in Liverpool. At least I am."Our performance ...

Small blast in French city of Lyon wounds 7; cause unclear

Soccer 05/24/19, 12:56

A small explosion Friday on a commercial street in the French city of Lyon injured seven people, local officials said.The cause of the blast that occurred in or outside a branch of the bakery chain Brioche Doree wasn't immediately clear, according to Kamel Amerouche, the regional authority's communications chief. ...

FIFA restoring ‘corruption’ to ethics code after criticism

Soccer 05/24/19, 12:32

FIFA is restoring the offense of "corruption" to its code of ethics, almost one year after facing criticism over the symbolic removal of the term.The Associated Press has seen a proposal that will be presented to the FIFA Council meeting next month showing section 27 will become "Bribery and corruption", ...

Pochettino’s joke falls flat at Real Madrid

Soccer 05/24/19, 11:26

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's comments about Real Madrid's lack of hospitality didn't go over too well in the Spanish capital.Pochettino told Spanish radio station Cope, in a joking tone, that Madrid president Florentino Perez told him that he can sleep at Real Madrid City only when he becomes coach of ...

Bayern’s history meets upstart Leipzig in German Cup final

Soccer 05/24/19, 08:23

Their histories, and lists of achievements, couldn't be more different.Bayern Munich has won 54 major titles, while Leipzig has none. Bayern has been around for 119 years, Leipzig 10.Luckily for Leipzig, though, those numbers won't mean much when the two teams meet in the German Cup final on Saturday.Bayern won ...

Marcello Lippi returns for second stint as China head coach

Soccer 05/24/19, 02:40

Marcello Lippi is set to return for a second stint in charge of China's national team as the country targets a place at the 2022 World Cup.The Chinese Football Association announced Friday that the 71-year-old Lippi, who guided Italy to the World Cup title in 2006, will start back next ...

Barcelona wants to redeem itself with Copa del Rey title

Soccer 05/23/19, 07:35

Although Barcelona is still smarting from its collapse at Liverpool two weeks ago, the team has another cup final to play in this weekend.The Spanish champions can complete a second straight domestic double when it faces Valencia on Saturday in the Copa del Rey final."It's the last game of the ...

PSG president targeted by French corruption probe

Soccer 05/23/19, 06:09

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been placed under investigation for corruption as part of an inquiry into the bidding process for the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said Thursday.The official told The Associated Press the preliminary charge of "active corruption" was filed against the beIN ...

Montero scores on penalty kick, Whitecaps tie Red Bulls 2-2

Soccer 05/22/19, 21:09

Fredy Montero tied it for Vancouver with a penalty kick in the 61st minute and the Whitecaps held on for a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.Referee Victor Rivas awarded the Whitecaps (3-6-5) the kick after using video review to determine Sean Nealis handled the ...

Ayo Akinola to miss U20 World Cup, replaced by Julian Araujo

Soccer 05/22/19, 14:33

Toronto forward Ayo Akinola will miss the Under-20 World Cup because of an ankle injury and has been replaced on the U.S. roster by LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo.Araujo has played in five games for the Galaxy this season. His addition to the roster was announced Wednesday by the U.S. ...

Source: FIFA to keep 2022 World Cup with 32 teams

Soccer 05/22/19, 14:15

A person with knowledge of the situation says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping a proposal to expand the tournament to 48 nations.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision publicly.FIFA ...

Seattle’s Chad Marshall announces retirement due to injuries

Soccer 05/22/19, 14:14

Three-time MLS defender of the year Chad Marshall has announced his retirement due to injury, bringing an end to a 16-year career that included stints with the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders.Marshall announced his decision Wednesday after missing Seattle's last two games with knee inflammation. The 34-year-old is the only ...