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FIFA keeps 32 teams for 2022 World Cup, scrapping expansion

May. 22, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World Cup in the region were...

Ayo Akinola to miss U20 World Cup, replaced by Julian Araujo

May. 22, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Toronto forward Ayo Akinola will miss the Under-20 World Cup because of an ankle injury and has been replaced on the U.S. roster by LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo. Araujo has played in five games for the Galaxy this season. His addition to the roster was announced Wednesday by the U.S....

Seattle's Chad Marshall announces retirement due to injuries

May. 22, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Three-time MLS defender of the year Chad Marshall has announced his retirement due to injury, bringing an end to a 16-year career that included stints with the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders. Marshall announced his decision Wednesday after missing Seattle's last two games with...

AP Source: 2022 World Cup will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping proposal to expand tournament to 48 nations

May. 22, 2019 3:04 PM EDT
ZURICH (AP) — AP Source: 2022 World Cup will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping proposal to expand tournament to 48 nations.

Pulisic, Bradley among veterans reporting later to US

May. 22, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the U.S. under-23 pool and a few foreign-based veterans are among the 21 Americans who will start training Monday ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, while regulars such as Christian Pulisic and Michael Bradley will report in early June. Just 11 players on the 40-man preliminary Gold...

FIFA working on solution for World Cup ticketing issue

May. 21, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

Responding to criticism after some fans buying tickets for the Women's World Cup were not given seats together, FIFA said it was working toward a solution with the local organizing committee in France. Tickets were made available for printing Monday and ticket holders learned their seats were sometimes split up...

DaMarcus Beasley to retire at end of Houston Dynamo season

May. 21, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — DaMarcus Beasley says he will retire after 20 years in professional soccer when the Houston Dynamo finish their season. The midfielder and left back turns 37 this week and is the only American to either play in four World Cups or appear in a European Champions League semifinal. Beasley said...

Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final for political reasons

May. 21, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team's most talented players pulled out of the game for political reasons. After holding lengthy talks with Arsenal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan said he would not be traveling to Azerbaijan...

English Premier League broadcast rights rise to $12 billion

May. 21, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The cost of English Premier League broadcast rights has risen almost 8% to 9.2 billion pounds ($12 billion) for the next three seasons. Despite a drop in the value of domestic rights, interim chief executive Richard Masters says foreign broadcasters are paying about 30% more for games....

US to host Cuba on Oct. 11, Canada on Nov. 15

May. 21, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The United States will host Cuba on Oct. 11 and Canada on Nov. 15 in the first CONCACAF Nations League. CONCACAF said Tuesday that the Americans, seeded in Group A, will play at Canada on Oct. 15 and at Cuba on Nov. 19. Sites have not been determined. Other Nations League groups are: B...