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France's Paul Pogba, right, duels for the ball with Russia's Fyodor Smolov during the international friendly soccer match between Russia and France at the Saint Petersburg stadium in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
March 28, 2018 - 12:43 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA has opened an investigation after France national soccer team players were racially abused by fans in Russia, less than three months before the country hosts the World Cup. Monkey chants could be heard from the crowd in St. Petersburg on Tuesday when black French...
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United States' Bobby Wood (7) chases the ball with Paraguay's Cristian Riveros during the first half of an international friendly soccer match in Cary, N.C., Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
March 27, 2018 - 10:05 pm
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Tim Weah made his U.S. debut, Bobby Wood scored on a penalty kick and the Americans beat Paraguay 1-0 in an exhibition Tuesday night for their first win in three games under interim coach Dave Sarachan. Weah, the 18-year-old son of Liberian president and 1995 FIFA Player of the...
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United States' Bobby Wood (7) chases the ball with Paraguay's Cristian Riveros during the first half of an international friendly soccer match in Cary, N.C., Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
March 27, 2018 - 9:57 pm
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Tim Weah made his U.S. debut, Bobby Wood scored on a penalty kick and the Americans beat Paraguay 1-0 in an exhibition Tuesday night for their first win in three games under interim coach Dave Sarachan. Weah, the 18-year-old son of Liberian president and 1995 FIFA Player of the...
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Lionel Messi, centre, and Sergio Aguero are seen in the stands during the international friendly soccer match between Argentina and Italy at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Friday March 23, 2018. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)
March 26, 2018 - 1:59 pm
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi has recovered from his adductor muscle problems and will play against Spain in a friendly on Tuesday. Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said on Monday that "yesterday and today (Messi) trained and he was fine ... I don't think he will have any problem playing." A minor...
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March 24, 2018 - 9:16 pm
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Bradley Wright-Phillips had two goals and Alex Muyl added another to help the New York Red Bulls beat Minnesota United 3-0 on Saturday night. Wright-Phillips is tied for 11th place on the MLS career list with 89 goals. Luis Robles had four saves in his second shutout of the...
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March 24, 2018 - 8:10 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Ismael Tajouri scored two goals and Sean Johnson had five saves to help New York City FC play the New England Revolution to a 2-2 draw Saturday. The 23-year-old Tajouri, who has appeared in four MLS games, has three goals in the last two matches while filling in for the...
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Jamaica's former sprinter Usain Bolt takes part in a practice session of the Borussia Dortmund soccer squad in Dortmund, Germany, Friday, March 23, 2018. (Guido Kirchner/dpa via AP)
March 23, 2018 - 9:19 am
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Usain Bolt trained again with German soccer club Borussia Dortmund on Friday and this time scored a header and a penalty in front of nearly 1,500 spectators. The 31-year-old retired sprint great took part in team exercises under coach Peter Stoeger, exchanging passes with...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 file picture, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris answers to a question during a news conference at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris says in an AP interview that Spurs, which plays Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals next month, deserves a trophy because of its "attractive," risk-taking football. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
March 22, 2018 - 10:40 am
CLAIREFONTAINE, France (AP) — The risk-taking, attacking soccer pursued by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino deserves to be rewarded with a trophy, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris told The Associated Press. And next month's FA Cup semifinal match against Manchester United is a chance for the London team...
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A view of the 45,000-seat Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. FIFA says a World Cup stadium in the Russian city of Samara requires "a huge amount of work" to be ready on time. (AP Photo/Oleksandr Stashevskyi)
March 21, 2018 - 10:35 am
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — FIFA has urged Russia to speed up World Cup preparations at a stadium which needs "a huge amount of work" to be ready on time. With less than three months to go until the World Cup, the 45,000-seat Samara Arena is the only one of 12 stadiums which doesn't yet have a pitch...
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FILE- In this file photo dated Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, England's soccer team manager Gareth Southgate speaks to the media in Vilnius, Lithuania, before a World Cup qualifying match. At least half of England’s starting lineup for its opening match of the World Cup in Russia are thought to remain uncertain, making upcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Italy pivotal for Southgate and for squad hopeful players. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, FILE)
March 20, 2018 - 5:51 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With less than three months to go, at least half of England's starting lineup for its opening match of the World Cup remains uncertain. It makes the upcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Italy pivotal for England coach Gareth Southgate — and also for a slew of...
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