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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Paris Saint Germain owner Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi waves to teams fans at the end of their soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi was charged Thursday Feb. 20, 2020 by Swiss federal prosecutors in connection with a wider bribery investigation linked to World Cup television rights. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)

Swiss prosecutors charge Al-Khelaifi in FIFA bribery case

Feb. 20, 2020 8:18 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi was charged Thursday by Swiss federal prosecutors in connection with a wider bribery investigation linked to FIFA and World Cup television rights. The office of Switzerland’s attorney general filed an indictment charging Al-Khelaifi...

FILE - In this Friday, May 24, 2019 file photo, Jill Ellis, coach of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Newly hired American men's soccer coach Gregg Berhalter earned nearly as much from the U.S. Soccer Federation in the fiscal year ending last March 31 as women's counterpart Jill Ellis. Ellis, who took over as women's coach in May 2014, had compensation of $390,409 in the fiscal year. She went on to lead the Americans to their second straight World Cup title, was voted FIFA Women's Coach of the Year, then left in October. Any bonus she earned as a result of the title likely will be listed on the next year's tax return. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Berhalter made almost as much as Ellis in his 1st few months

Feb. 19, 2020 8:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — American men’s soccer coach Gregg Berhalter earned nearly as much from the U.S. Soccer Federation in his first four months than women’s counterpart Jill Ellis took home in 12. Berhalter, hired on Dec. 2, 2018, had compensation of $304,113 from the USSF in the year ending last...

Members of a left-wing group Set (Network) attend a court hearing in Penza, Russia, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. The court convicted seven members of the group of terrorism charges Monday and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from six to 18 years. (AP Photo/David Frenkel)

Russia: Youth group members found guilty of plotting attacks

Feb. 10, 2020 10:40 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military court convicted seven members of a left-wing youth group of terrorism charges Monday and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from six to 18 years, in a case that human rights groups called fabricated. A three-judge panel of the court in Penza in western Russia found the...

Costa Rica defender Maria Coto (3) and United States forward Christen Press (20) both go for a header during the second half of a Concacaf women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

US guarding against letdown with Olympic berth on line

Feb. 6, 2020 6:59 PM EST

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The United States isn’t really motivated by what happened four years ago in the Rio Games as the team heads into an all-important Olympic qualifying match Friday night. Coming off a World Cup championship in France last summer, the United States just wants to guard against any...

U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe (15) moves the ball under pressure from Panama defender Hilary Jaen (4) during the first half of a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

US downs Panama 8-0 in Olympic qualifying tournament

Jan. 31, 2020 10:49 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Lindsey Horan scored three goals and the U.S. national team downed Panama 8-0 on Friday night in the the group stage of the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament. Panama goalkeeper Yenith Bailey got tangled up with one of her own players and Horan took advantage, scoring in the...

US men's soccer to play March 30 exhibition at Wales

Jan. 17, 2020 10:12 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men's soccer team will play an exhibition against Wales at Cardiff on March 30. The game announced Friday will follow a friendly against the Netherlands at Eindhoven on March 26. This will be the second match between the U.S. team and Wales. The Americans won 2-0 on March 26, 2003,...

In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 photo Bayern Munich fans gather for a panel discussion on the club’s sponsorship links with Qatar and its lack of response to alleged human rights abuses in the country at the EineWeltHaus (One World House) in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Ciaran Fahey)

Bayern Munich fans accuse club of turning blind eye to Qatar

Jan. 17, 2020 6:38 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich fans fed up with the club’s longstanding links with Qatar are taking a stand against the club's lack of action in response to allegations of human rights abuses in the country. Around 150 fans packed into a room in Munich’s EineWeltHaus (One World House) on...

UN body welcomes 'milestone' in Qatar labor reforms

Jan. 16, 2020 6:46 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar abolished exit visa requirements for virtually all migrant workers on Thursday in a move the U.N. labor organization said was a “milestone” in reform efforts ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The ministerial decree allows nearly all migrant workers in...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 file photo, United States head coach Gregg Berhalter shouts instructions to his team during an international friendly soccer match against the Mexico in East Rutherford, N.J. United States coach Gregg Berhalter is optimistic his team will train in Doha at some point before that nation hosts the 2022 World Cup. The American men U.S. planned to train at the Aspire Academy from Jan. 5-25 but the U.S. Soccer Federation called off the trip after a U.S. military air strike killed a top Iranian military commander. The camp was relocated to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where the team held a two-hour workout on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.  (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)

Berhalter optimistic US will train in Qatar before World Cup

Jan. 7, 2020 7:12 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Having canceled a training camp in Qatar that was to have started this week, U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter is optimistic his team will train in Doha at some point before that nation hosts the 2022 World Cup. The American men planned to train at the Aspire Academy from Jan. 5-25, but the...

Fire hire former US youth coach Raphael Wicky as MLS coach

Dec. 27, 2019 2:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Fire hired former U.S. youth coach Raphael Wicky as their coach Friday, the latest move in a makeover by the struggling MLS team. Wicky is also a former coach of the Swiss club Basel. He is leaving his job as coach of the U.S. under-17 team to join the Fire. He succeeds Veljko...