Latest 2018 FIFA World Cup News

Dempsey: Steffen, Turner should consider loans next season

May. 16, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Demspey says he thinks American goalkeepers Zack Steffen and Matt Turner should consider going on loans for the start of next season to get sharp ahead of the World Cup if they are not going to be playing regularly for their Premier League clubs. Turner is...

Costa Rican defender Ronald Matarrita out for 6 months

Apr. 08, 2022 22:08 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Costa Rican defender Ronald Matarrita had ankle surgery and will miss the World Cup playoff against New Zealand in June. Major League Soccer's Cincinnati team said Friday that Matarrita will be sidelined for at least six months, which could cause him to miss the...

Russians hear FIFA Congress plea from Ukraine to end the war

Mar. 31, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The appearance by video of the head of Ukrainian soccer, wearing an armored vest from the streets of Kyiv, brought the impact of Russia’s war into the FIFA Congress on Thursday. “We have regularly received sad news of the deaths of members of the Ukrainian...

Qatar and FIFA criticized harshly ahead of World Cup draw

Mar. 31, 2022 11:20 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — World Cup host Qatar and FIFA received scathing criticism from within soccer on Thursday, a day before the tournament’s draw. On their own territory. In their own house. By a member of soccer's extended family. The president of Norwegian soccer...

US returns to World Cup despite 2-0 loss at Costa Rica

Mar. 31, 2022 04:05 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Christian Pulisic walked across the field with a towel draped around his head, angry after another U.S. defeat. “We're competitors, man. We hate to lose. In the moment I was frustrated,” he said. “It took me a little bit for it to sink in, that the...

Qatar divides soccer, FIFA seeks unity ahead of WCup draw

Mar. 30, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A chance to change perceptions of a country. A tournament to foster unity. Heard it before? Qatar is the next stop on the global tour of major sports events to nations led by autocratic governments who are often decried by human rights activists,...

Close to reaching World Cup, US looks to avoid last-day flop

Mar. 30, 2022 02:02 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — American soccer's harrowing memory of the loss in Trinidad 4 1/2 years ago remains omnipresent, if no longer raw. Denied a berth in the 2018 World Cup by a 2-1 defeat to an already-eliminated opponent, U.S. players try not to think about the fact they...

Infantino: Qatar 'not paradise' but World Cup seeing changes

Mar. 29, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Through the enduring howls of outrage over Qatar, Gianni Infantino is not completely isolated from the divisiveness of the looming World Cup. “I was one of those as well criticizing when I was elected president,” the FIFA leader recalled. No...

Pulisic 1st hat trick leads US to 5-1 win, World Cup brink

Mar. 28, 2022 02:53 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — American players unfurled a red-and-blue banner with “QUALIFIED” in bold, white letters, when Christian Pulisic realized what was going on. “The guys didn’t know at all what it said. It was just hand handed to them,” the U.S. star said. “Once we...

With dazzling 14-touch run, Reyna shows promise, frustration

Mar. 25, 2022 12:17 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — All at once, Gio Reyna showed the promise of the U.S. national team’s future and the frustration of its present. Just back from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for more than half a season, the young American midfielder entered Thursday night's World Cup...