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FIFA awards 2026 World Cup contract for high-end hospitality to NFL specialist On Location

Jul. 18, 2024 11:18 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA picked hospitality provider On Location to run its high-end billion-dollar program for the 2026 World Cup that will see 104 men's games in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The value of the deal was not disclosed on Thursday but is expected to earn at least...

Argentina fans revel in their Copa America triumph, a brief respite from their country's crises

Jul. 15, 2024 06:28 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentines taking to the streets to revel in their Copa América triumph late Sunday inhabit a very different place now than they did 19 months ago, when their World Cup win sent millions surging into the same Buenos Aires square in a howl of collective celebration....

Argentina wins record 16th Copa America title, beats Colombia 1-0 after Messi gets hurt

Jul. 15, 2024 02:28 AM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi pumped his arms. The trophy bounced up and down in his grasp. Tears of frustration from an hour or so earlier had turned to laughs and hugs for the two-time Copa America champion and World Cup winner. Messi was forced to watch much of the...

Gregg Berhalter fired as U.S. men's soccer coach after Copa America first-round exit

Jul. 10, 2024 19:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Berhalter was fired 10 months into his second stint as U.S. men's soccer coach, leaving the Americans searching for a leader less than two years before they host the World Cup. Berhalter was dismissed Wednesday, nine days after his team's first-round exit from...

Lionel Messi will start vs. Canada in Copa America semifinal, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni says

Jul. 08, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lionel Messi won't be stopped by a leg injury and will play in Argentina's Copa America semifinal against Canada on Tuesday night. Messi has been dealing with a right leg problem since the group stage win over Chile on June 25. He missed the first-round finale four...

Palestinian soccer team plans to play World Cup qualifiers in the West Bank

Jul. 05, 2024 03:09 AM EDT

After advancing further than ever in World Cup qualifying, the Palestinian soccer team is determined to host a game for a change. The football association has proposed playing games in the third stage of its Asian qualification campaign in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and already...

U.S. loss in Copa America averaged 3.78 million viewers, most-watched non-World Cup match on FS1

Jul. 02, 2024 21:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The United States' 1-0 loss to Uruguay in its final Copa America group stage match Monday night averaged 3.78 million viewers. It was the most-watched non-World Cup soccer telecast on FS1 and the most-watched English-language Copa America telecast in the U.S. ...

Venezuela advances to Copa America quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Mexico on Rondón goal

Jun. 27, 2024 00:35 AM EDT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Arriving at Copa America seeking redemption after disappointing performances in the World Cup and in the CONCACAF Nations League, Mexico is on the verge of an early exit. Salomón Rondón scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute, and Venezuela advanced...

Messi and Argentina overcome Canada and poor surface, start Copa America title defense with 2-0 win

Jun. 21, 2024 01:31 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Lionel Messi's passing brilliance got Argentina off to a winning start in the defense of its Copa America title, overcoming Canada and a poor playing surface at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Messi's through ball led to Julián Álvarez’s 49th-minute goal and the...

Lionel Messi could be playing in his final tournament with Argentina at Copa America

Jun. 19, 2024 14:32 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — It's sad but true, Copa America could mark Lionel Messi's final chapter with Argentina's national soccer team. The World Cup winner will turn 37 during the tournament in the United States, which kicks off Thursday. He's clearly past his peak at Inter...