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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...

Flamengo's Gabriel Barbosa celebrates with Flamengo fans end of the Club World Cup semifinal soccer match between Flamengo and Al Hilal at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).

Influx of club fans a '22 World Cup testing ground for Qatar

Dec. 20, 2019 5:29 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cut-price beer being downed in a field. Roadside walls being urinated against. Drum-beating passengers leading chants through the metro. Qatar has taken on a new, very unfamiliar guise this week for a Muslim state that adheres to a strictly conservative religious code. This Persian Gulf...

In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 photo US national goal keeper Zack Steffen, playing for the German Bundesliga soccer club Fortuna Duesseldorf, gestures during an interview with the Associated Press at the Stadium in Duesseldorf, Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

US goalkeeper Zack Steffen follows in Tim Howard's footsteps

Dec. 16, 2019 5:47 AM EST

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Zack Steffen is the new Tim Howard. Sort of. The United States national team goalkeeper admired Howard growing up and now he’s being mentored by him in Europe. It’s been a breakout year for Steffen, who signed for Manchester City in July for a record transfer...

FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, the United States players hold the trophy as they celebrate winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match against The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

FIFA to consider four bids to host 2023 Women's World Cup

Dec. 13, 2019 2:06 PM EST

FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. Soccer's international governing body will now assess the bids, which will include visiting each country. Evaluations will be submitted to the FIFA Council and a vote on the host...