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Earthquakes hire ex-Argentina player Matias Almeyda as coach

Oct. 8, 2018 6:10 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former Argentina midfielder and Chivas Guadalajara coach Matias Almeyda has been hired as coach of the San Jose Earthquakes. The Quakes made the announcement Monday and said interim coach Steve Ralston would stay in the job for the final two matches of the season. Almeyda will make...

Boys rescued from Thai cave play friendly match in Argentina

Oct. 7, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The 12 boys and soccer coach from Thailand who were found in a partially flooded cave once again found themselves capturing the media's attention on Sunday. The team played a friendly match against the prestigious River Plate youth soccer team of Argentina — which was...

Panama wins opener of CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying

Oct. 4, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Marta Cox, Kenia Rangel and Erika Hernandez all scored to give Panama a 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in the group stage of the CONCACF Women's World Cup qualifying tournament Thursday. Panama, ranked 66th in the world by FIFA, was making just its third appearance in the CONCACAF...

US, Canada embark on World Cup qualifying

Oct. 3, 2018 7:52 PM EDT

Crystal Dunn is pragmatic about her shifting roles: Whatever helps get the U.S. women's national team to next year's World Cup in France is fine with her. Dunn plays midfielder for the North Carolina Courage, which just won the National Women's Soccer League championship after a record-breaking season. On...

Thailand's celebrity cave boys head out on overseas tour

Oct. 3, 2018 9:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The 12 village boys who were trapped with their soccer coach in a flooded cave in northern Thailand for almost three weeks are ready to spread their wings, heading out to meet fellow youth players in Argentina and do a brief tour of the United States. The members of the Wild Boars soccer...

With no Messi, 35K see Argentina-Colombia draw at MetLife

Sep. 12, 2018 1:41 AM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — With Lionel Messi not on Argentina's roster, a crowd of just 35,624 turned out at MetLife Stadium to watch a 0-0 draw between La Albiceleste and Colombia on Tuesday night. With Messi, Argentina drew three large crowds to MetLife: 78,936 for a friendly against the United States...

Girl soccer player challenges gender rules in Argentina

Sep. 11, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

CHABAS, Argentina (AP) — At age 7, Candelaria Cabrera goes after the soccer ball with determination. She drives toward her rivals without caring much about getting hurt and deftly manages the bumps on the dirt field. She wears a loose white jersey from Huracan de Chabas, her hometown, located 230 miles...

Maradona to coach soccer club in Mexico's cartel heartland

Sep. 10, 2018 12:05 AM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Diego Maradona, whose public battles with cocaine made him soccer's poster child for the perils of substance abuse, is setting up camp in Mexico's drug cartel heartland as the new coach of a second-tier team. Draped in official club gear, the Argentine soccer legend arrived this...

Diego Maradona hired as coach of 2nd-tier Mexican team

Sep. 6, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The president of the second-tier Mexican soccer club Dorados of Sinaloa says Argentine great Diego Maradona has been hired as the team's coach. Club president Jose Antonio Nunez confirmed Maradona's hiring without providing details of his contract. The club's Twitter account also...

Palestinian soccer chief: I'll appeal Messi incitement ban

Aug. 25, 2018 9:28 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The head of Palestinian soccer said Saturday he will appeal FIFA's year-long ban on him for inciting fans against Argentine superstar Lionel Messi as part of his campaign to stop Argentina's national team from playing in Israel. Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press he was...