Latest 2018 FIFA World Cup News

Injuries, discipline and COVID disrupt US in qualifying

Sep. 07, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Two starters are injured, another tested positive for COVID-19 and a fourth was sent home as punishment. The star is regaining fitness after a bout with coronavirus. Less than a week into World Cup qualifying, much has gone wrong for the...

Pulisic returns as US held to 1-1 qualifying draw vs Canada

Sep. 06, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two games into World Cup qualifying, a rebuilt U.S. soccer team is in trouble. Three starters are hurt. Key midfielder Weston McKennie didn't dress because he violated team COVID protocols. Unable to break down a Canadian...

Pulisic uncertain for World Cup qualifier vs Canada

Sep. 05, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Winning home games is the key to World Cup qualifying, and the Americans go into Sunday night's match against visiting Canada uncertain whether star attacker Christian Pulisic will be available and knowing No. 1 goalkeeper Zack Steffen remains out. ...

Berhalter slams CONCACAF for no video review in qualifiers

Sep. 03, 2021 03:44 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a soccer world increasingly embracing technology to make sure referees' on-field decisions are correct, CONCACAF appears content to live with blown calls in its most important games. While the Union of European Football Associations...

US draws 0-0 at El Salvador in World Cup qualifying opener

Sep. 03, 2021 02:38 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — American players and the entire U.S. soccer community waited 1,424 days for this moment. Neither a triumph nor another tumble, the night showed problems mixed among promise. “First reaction is disappointed,” defender Tim Ream said...

Pulisic, Steffen to miss US qualifying opener at El Salvador

Sep. 01, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Star attacker Christian Pulisic and goalkeeper Zack Steffen will miss the Americans' opening World Cup qualifier at El Salvador on Thursday night, two major absences as the United States tries to rebound from its failure to qualify for the 2018 tournament. ...

Late-blooming Aaronson a rising force as US qualifying opens

Aug. 31, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brenden Aaronson played last weekend at Hartberg, Austria, drove to Munich, then flew to New Jersey and on to Tennessee. His first 11 days of September include games in El Salvador, Nashville and Honduras as the United States starts World Cup qualifying, then a...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 23, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Video...

Italy wins Euro 2020, beats England in penalty shootout

Jul. 11, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Italian soccer’s redemption story is complete. England’s painful half-century wait for a major title goes on. And it just had to be because of a penalty shootout. Italy won the European Championship for the second time by beating...

UEFA explores expanding European Championship to 32 teams

Jul. 11, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Buoyed by the success of this year's European Championship, UEFA is exploring whether to expand the event again to create a 32-team tournament. The review of the format comes as the bidding process is being put in place for Euro 2028 with a decision on the...