Latest 2022 FIFA World Cup News

US World Cup worries grow, 0-0 draw vs Saudis in last tuneup

Sep. 27, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

The United States will limp into the World Cup, and not just because of all the Americans' injuries. The U.S. played a 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night at Murcia, Spain, that was somewhere between unimpressive and alarming. After managing no shots on goal...

Qatar tests out massive bus fleet ahead of World Cup

Sep. 27, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar has tested out a massive fleet of buses ahead of next month's World Cup, when an estimated 1.2 million soccer fans will descend on the small Gulf nation, an official said Tuesday. Thani Al Zarraa, who is overseeing transport preparations, said some 4,000...

Croatia, Dutch advance in Nations League; France loses

Sep. 25, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Croatia and the Netherlands finished warming up for the World Cup in style on Sunday by winning their last Nations League games to qualify for the Final Four tournament next year. Croatia topped Group A1 by winning 3-1 in Austria to relegate the hosts to the second...

Defender Reggie Cannon joins lengthy US soccer injury list

Sep. 25, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

Right back Reggie Cannon will miss the United States' last World Cup warmup against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday because of a strained left groin strain, the latest in the Americans' long injured list. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Sunday that Cannon is expected to be sidelined for...

Lackluster US loses to Japan 2-0 in World Cup warmup

Sep. 23, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

With the World Cup approaching and final roster decisions looming, U.S. soccer players gave a dismal performance in a 2-0 exhibition loss to Japan on Friday in Düsseldorf, Germany. Daichi Kamada scored following Weston McKennie’s giveaway in the 24th minute and Kaoru Mitoma added...

US missing many starters ahead of World Cup warmup vs Japan

Sep. 22, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

Gregg Berhalter's U.S. roster as the World Cup approaches is as notable for its absences as for those set to play in Friday's warmup against Japan at Düsseldorf, Germany. Tim Weah, Yunus Musah, Chris Richards, Antonee Robinson and Zack Steffen are out with injuries for the Japan...

German soccer club Hoffenheim skipping World Cup coverage

Sep. 22, 2022 08:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German soccer club Hoffenheim is skipping this year's World Cup in Qatar. The club said Thursday it will not give any coverage to the tournament because of the difficulty in providing what it says is the “urgently required analytical commentary contextualizing the...

Ronaldo says he is not planning to retire after World Cup

Sep. 21, 2022 13:38 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — This year's World Cup apparently won't be the end for Cristiano Ronaldo. The 37-year-old Portugal star said he is not considering retiring from international soccer in December after the tournament in Qatar, and plans to play at the 2024 European...

World Cup captains want to wear rainbow armbands in Qatar

Sep. 21, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA came under pressure Wednesday from several European soccer federations who want their captains to wear an armband with a rainbow heart design during World Cup games in Qatar to campaign against discrimination. France and Germany, the last two World Cup champions,...

Bale energized for World Cup after feeling the love in LA

Sep. 21, 2022 07:48 AM EDT

During his difficult final years at Real Madrid, Gareth Bale only truly found happiness on a soccer field when he linked up with Wales for matches with his national team. Now, after moving to the United States, he is feeling the love at club level, too. Bale joined Los...