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Protesters in Iraq celebrate soccer win against Iran

Nov. 14, 2019 2:59 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters in Iraq’s capital city celebrated with fireworks a 2-1 win over Iran in a much-anticipated World Cup qualifying match, hoping it would return momentum to their movement that has been hit by a deadly security crackdown. Crowds watched the game...

Iraqi protests celebrate 2-1 win over Iran in soccer match

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters in Iraq’s capital city are celebrating with fireworks a 2-1 win over Iran in a much-anticipated World Cup qualifying match, hoping it’ll return momentum to their movement. Crowds watched the game Thursday on a large screen in Baghdad’s main...

Dest: Best decision was stay with US and not switch to Dutch

Nov. 13, 2019 5:27 PM EST

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — Sergiño Dest’s decision to stay with the U.S. national team rather than switch to the Netherlands got a mixed reaction from his Ajax teammates. "Some of them, they didn't like it," Dest said. "Some of them, they said just: `Congratulations: You followed your heart. So...

Fire part with Paunović after 4 seasons

Nov. 13, 2019 4:41 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Fire have parted with coach Veljko Paunović after four seasons. The 42-year-old Serbian was 41-58-37 with Chicago along with one playoff appearance. He was let go after leading the Fire to a 10-12-12 mark this season. Paunović took over for the fired Frank Yallop...

NYC agrees to sell 16-year-old defender to Moenchengladbach

Nov. 13, 2019 1:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Scally, a defender on the U.S. team that was eliminated in the group stage of the Under-17 World Cup, will leave Major League Soccer's New York City team and transfer to Germany's Borussia Moenchengladbach in January 2021. NYC said Wednesday the transfer fee for the Lake Grove, New...

US sporting director Stewart says Berhalter's job is safe

Nov. 12, 2019 2:59 PM EST

The sporting director of the U.S. Soccer Federation says Gregg Berhalter's job as men's national team coach is safe despite some disappointing results. Berhalter was hired last December after the Americans failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The U.S. lost to Mexico 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in...

Villa to be part-owner of 2nd tier USL team in New York

Nov. 12, 2019 2:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Spanish national team star David Villa is becoming a part-owner of a second division team in New York that intends to launch in 2021. The United Soccer League said Tuesday that Queensboro will play in its League Championship. The majority owner is Jonathan Krane, CEO of the asset...

UEFA signs Takeaway.com to replace McDonald's at Euro 2020

Nov. 12, 2019 4:26 AM EST

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has announced a new food sector sponsor for the European Championship, replacing McDonald's which owned the slot since 1992. UEFA says food delivery platform Takeaway.com has signed for the Euro 2020 tournament. The value was not disclosed. Until cutting short its longstanding...

Tab Ramos hired as coach of Houston Dynamo

Oct. 25, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Tab Ramos has been hired as coach of Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo and has quit as coach of the U.S. under-20 team. Ramos was hired Friday to replace Wilmer Cabrera, who was fired in August after 2½ seasons. Ramos had eight goals in 81 international appearances and played for the...

South Korean soccer team tells of 'rough' match in Pyongyang

Oct. 17, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a "rough" match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA. The historic match ended in a scoreless draw Tuesday at huge Kim Il Sung Stadium, which was...