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Pulisic and McKennie face each other as rivals in Italy before joining forces again for US

Apr. 16, 2024 17:28 PM EDT

Weston McKennie thought back to when he first met Christian Pulisic, a pair of 13-year-olds on a bus from a hotel to training camp in Carson, California. “I used to sit behind him. I used to squirt empty air with a little bit of water into his ear,” McKennie said. “I was scared...

Player whipped by fan during confrontation after Saudi Super Cup final

Apr. 12, 2024 13:59 PM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A fan at the Saudi Super Cup final lashed an Al-Ittihad player with a whip during a confrontation moments after the match Thursday night. The incident occurred following Al-Ittihad's 4-1 loss to Al-Hilal in the final played at Abu Dhabi’s...

CONCACAF Nations League final twice stopped because of homophobic chants in pro-Mexican crowd

Mar. 25, 2024 01:18 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The U.S.-Mexico CONCACAF Nations League final match was suspended in the late stages for the second straight year because of homophobic chants by pro-Mexican fans. Canadian referee Drew Fischer stopped play in the 88th minute of the United States' 2-0...

Major League Soccer players seldom used when full US national team gathers

Mar. 20, 2024 19:13 PM EDT

Just five of 110 starting positions on the U.S. national team have been filled with Major League Soccer players for the 10 matches the full pool has been available since the 2022 World Cup, including two of 66 since Gregg Berhalter returned as coach. There are two MLS players on the...

Japan prepares to host and then travel to North Korea for back-to-back FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Mar. 19, 2024 02:29 AM EDT

Even with the top continental ranking and players of vast international experience, Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan squad faces a journey into the unknown in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against North Korea. Asian qualifying resumes Thursday with Japan hosting North Korea in Tokyo....

After layoff of nearly a year, Tyler Adams back with US and hopes to play vs Jamaica

Mar. 18, 2024 17:24 PM EDT

American captain Tyler Adams thinks he can play at least 45 minutes when he returns to the U.S. national team for the first time since the 2022 World Cup for a CONCACAF Nations League semifinal against Jamaica on Thursday. Adams tore his right hamstring in training with Leeds last...

Sargent, de la Torre injured and will miss US games, replaced by Aaronson and Wright

Mar. 17, 2024 12:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Forward Josh Sargent and midfielder Luca de La Torre will miss the United States' Nations League games because of injuries and were replaced on the roster Sunday by winger Brenden Aaronson and forward Haji Wright. Sargent, who had been picked to return to the...

Tyler Adams returns to US roster after hamstring injury that sidelined him for nearly entire year

Mar. 13, 2024 17:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Captain Tyler Adams will rejoin the U.S. team for the first time since the World Cup after recovering from a hamstring injury and making just his second club appearance in the past year. The 25-year-old midfielder was among 23 players picked Wednesday for the...

Belgium's Euro 2024 alternate jersey is leaked. Is it a tribute to comic-strip hero Tintin?

Mar. 11, 2024 13:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Some Belgium soccer players in the European Championship this summer could resemble a world famous reporter. Belgium's Euro 2024 alternate jersey is a tribute to Tintin, the intrepid Belgian reporter and comic-book legend, according to leaks on specialized websites....

Saudi Arabia launches formal bid to host 2034 World Cup in FIFA contest effectively already won

Mar. 01, 2024 12:51 PM EST

Saudi Arabia launched its formal bid campaign Friday to host the 2034 World Cup, in a race that basically became a formality last October when the oil-rich kingdom was the only candidate to enter the contest. The Saudi Arabian soccer federation revealed the bid slogan “Growing....