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United States head coach Gregg Berhalter stands on the sideline before an international friendly soccer match against Venezuela, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
June 17, 2019 - 4:50 pm
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The overarching goal for the fledgling U.S. men's soccer team, as frequently stated by new coach Gregg Berhalter, has been to improve the perception of this sputtering program within the cutthroat hierarchy of global soccer. Though a strong performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 file photo, Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich sits in his box before their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. Chelsea has mastered the art of thriving amid adversity more than any other English club. This offseason looks to be particularly challenging for Chelsea because of a transfer ban, the departure of its best player and the need for another new coach following the departure of Maurizio Sarri. There might also be questions marks about the long-term commitment of Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
June 17, 2019 - 10:35 am
If there's any English club that thrives in chaos and adversity, it's Chelsea. And there's plenty of that at Stamford Bridge this offseason. Days after selling Eden Hazard — the club's best player and one of the greatest to pull on the blue shirt — Chelsea allowed manager Maurizio Sarri to leave...
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France's Eugenie Le Sommer, celebrates with France's Amel Majri after scoring her side's second goal on a penalty kick during the Women's World Cup Group A soccer match between France and Norway in Nice, France, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
June 16, 2019 - 3:56 pm
PARIS (AP) — France hit its first goal by advancing to the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup. Now the host nation wants to make a statement by rolling through group play undefeated. France closes its Group A play Monday against Nigeria in Rennes, and Corinne Diacre expects her squad to have a 3-...
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United States' Carli Lloyd , center, celebrates with Lindsey Horan and Tierna Davidson, right, after scoring the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Chile at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
June 16, 2019 - 3:20 pm
PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd wasn't thrilled to open the Women's World Cup on the bench for the United States. She accepted the role, but made no secret she wanted to start. When the call came Sunday, Lloyd made it count with a pair of goals to lead the defending champions to a 3-0 victory over Chile...
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Thailand's players celkebrate their side's first goal scored by Kanjana Sung-Ngoen during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and Thailand at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
June 16, 2019 - 9:47 am
NICE, France (AP) — A couple of seconds elapsed before a disbelieving Kanjana Sungngoen raised her arms in celebration. It really happened. Thailand had finally scored at this Women's World Cup. By the time Sungngoen found the net against Sweden in the first minute of stoppage time, Thailand was...
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June 16, 2019 - 6:14 am
Maurizio Sarri has left Chelsea after one season to return to Italy to manage Juventus. The former Napoli coach has joined Serie A champion Juventus on a three-year contract to replace Massimiliano Allegri. Sarri won the Europa League with Chelsea, beating Arsenal in his final game in charge last...
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Canadian team celebrate after their 1-0 win in their Women's World Cup Group E soccer match between Canada and Cameroon in Montpellier, France, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
June 14, 2019 - 3:43 pm
PARIS (AP) — Inspired by Canada's first NBA title, the country's national women's soccer team is aiming to emulate the Toronto Raptors' magical run. The fifth-ranked Canadians were fast asleep in France when the Raptors won early Friday morning. But the players copped to immediately checking the...
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Scotland's Kim Little, center, vies for the ball with Japan's Narumi Miura, right, and Japan's Yuika Sugasawa, left, during the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Japan and Scotland at the Roazhon Park in Rennes, France, Friday, June 14, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
June 14, 2019 - 8:27 am
RENNES, France (AP) — Mana Iwabuchi had an early goal and then Japan held off a late charge from Scotland for a 2-1 victory on Friday at the Women's World Cup. Iwabuchi, who was on the Japanese team that won the World Cup in 2011, scored in the 23rd minute to give Japan its first goal of the...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 file photo, Zvonimir Boban, FIFA's Deputy Secretary General for Football, holds the lot of Germany during the draw for the soccer Confederations Cup 2017, in Kazan, Russia. FIFA presidential adviser Zvonimir Boban is returning to AC Milan as its chief football officer, it was announced Friday, June 14, 2019. Boban has been the deputy secretary general with responsibility for soccer issues. FIFA says he is leaving within days. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, file)
June 14, 2019 - 6:18 am
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA presidential adviser Zvonimir Boban is returning to the club closest to his heart, AC Milan, as its chief football officer. Boban, the deputy secretary general with responsibility for soccer issues, is leaving within days, FIFA said Friday announcing the news . Boban teams up...
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Portugal players celebrate with their trophy after defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League final soccer match at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
June 14, 2019 - 1:57 am
ZURICH (AP) — Nations League champion Portugal is up two places to No. 5 in the FIFA men's rankings which are still led by Belgium. World champion France in second, Copa America host Brazil, and England complete an unchanged top four in the standings published Friday. World Cup runner-up Croatia...
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