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South Korea faces potential WCup qualifier in North Korea

Jul. 18, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and North Korea will meet on the qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but it's unclear whether a rare match between them in Pyongyang will materialize considering their political tension. With the Koreas, there's never a separation between sports and...

Mongolia awaits star players in 2022 World Cup qualifying

Jul. 17, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — European glamor teams such as Manchester United and Real Madrid do not visit Mongolia on lucrative preseason tours, but this oft-forgotten Asian soccer outpost is about to get a taste of the big time on the qualifying road to the 2022 World Cup. Soccer is far from the most...

North and South Korea to meet in 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Jul. 17, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

North Korea and South Korea have been drawn together in an Asian qualifying group as the road to soccer's 2022 World Cup in Qatar became clearer Wednesday. The Korean neighbors will play each other north of the border on Oct. 15 and in the south on June 4 in the five-nation Group H that includes Lebanon,...

Ex-Caribbean soccer official hit with $79 million judgment

Jul. 10, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Caribbean soccer official fighting extradition in the FIFA bribery scandal has been ordered to pay $79 million in damages from a related U.S. lawsuit. U.S. District Judge William Kuntz ordered the default judgment against Jack Warner in the 2017 civil action accusing him of...

CONCACAF limits direct World Cup qualifying to top 6

Jul. 10, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — CONCACAF is limiting direct qualifying for the World Cup to only its six highest-ranked nations. The regional governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean announced a new qualifying format on Wednesday and scrapped the early stages that led to the six-nation final round in...

US men also seek soccer title, face Mexico for Gold Cup

Jul. 6, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Remember the U.S. men's soccer team? It's also playing for a trophy on Sunday, taking on Mexico at Soldier Field in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. Gone from the national sports consciousness since its October 2017 loss at...

Brazil looks to future, Peru chases glory at Copa América

Jul. 6, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Can a team that was trashed by the favorites in a major soccer tournament win a final against the same opponent only two weeks later? The answer will be known on Sunday after Copa América host Brazil takes on underdogs Peru in an unexpected final at Rio de Janeiro's historic...

Pulisic, McKennie show plenty of promise for US in Gold Cup

Jul. 3, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie are offering hope for the future of U.S. men's soccer while contributing plenty to its present. After combining on the lone goal in a 1-0 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal victory over Curacao, the two 20-year-old midfielders will try to help the...

Sri Lanka welcomes FIFA ruling Macau out of WCup qualifying

Jun. 29, 2019 2:21 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan soccer officials welcomed a FIFA decision to advance its team to the next round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers after removing Macau for its refusal to travel to Sri Lanka because of security concerns over recent terror attacks. Anura de Silva, president of the sport's...

Altidore makes 1st start for US since 2017 loss at Trinidad

Jun. 26, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Jozy Altidore is making his first start for the U.S. since the World Cup qualifying loss at Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017 as American coach Gregg Berhalter changed all 11 starters for Wednesday night's CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage finale against Panama. Omar Gonzalez...