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Davidson goes No. 1 in NWSL draft, will skip senior year

Jan. 10, 2019 5:38 PM EST

Defender Tierna Davidson, who decided to skip her senior season at Stanford to play professionally in the National Women's Soccer League, went to the Chicago Red Stars with the No. 1 pick in the league's draft Thursday. Davidson, named U.S. Soccer's Young Player of the Year for her play last season, is also a...

Top American soccer referee Mark Geiger is retiring

Jan. 9, 2019 2:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Geiger looks at the calendar and feels aged out of his job. The first American to referee in the knockout stage of the World Cup is retiring after 15 seasons in Major League Soccer. "At 48 when the next World Cup would happen, I didn't think I would be at the same point that I am right...

Mexico's Martino won't promise a World Cup quarterfinal

Jan. 7, 2019 3:30 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Aware Mexico is obsessed with reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1986, Gerardo "Tata" Martino did not make any promises when he was introduced as El Tri's new coach. "I can't answer how is it that I will be able to reach the fifth game of a World Cup that it's...

Putin scores some wins but tensions with the West mount

Dec. 30, 2018 9:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — It's been a mixed year for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin may look like a winner after an abrupt U.S. decision to pull out of Syria. But Russia's leader faces massive challenges in Syria and elsewhere, and he hasn't moved an inch closer toward throwing off the Western sanctions that...

Bradley on Berhalter's 1st roster, Guzan, Altidore left off

Dec. 20, 2018 1:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. captain Michael Bradley has an immediate chance to show new coach Gregg Berhalter he deserves to be considered for the next World Cup cycle. The 31-year-old midfielder was the oldest player and among just four veterans selected for a 27-man roster that will attend Berhalter's first...

Mutko resigns as president of Russian soccer federation

Dec. 19, 2018 9:23 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of the country's doping scandals, has resigned as president of the Russian Football Union. The RFU says Mutko stepped down during Wednesday's executive committee meeting. Russian soccer league...

English announcer Champion to become lead MLS voice for ESPN

Dec. 10, 2018 3:56 PM EST

Jon Champion is making a Brexit of his own, leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer. The 53-year-old has been broadcasting British matches since 1988 and is heard around the world calling games for Premier League Productions. He has been working part-time for ESPN during...

US draws Sweden again for 2019 Women's World Cup

Dec. 8, 2018 6:07 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — U.S. national coach Jill Ellis was asked before the Women's World Cup draw whether she thought her team would be grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight time. "Oh, we will," Ellis laughed, recalling her reply. Turned out she was right. The defending champion Americans were grouped —...

The Latest: Swedes can win it, says coach Gerhardsson

Dec. 8, 2018 3:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the draw for the Women's World Cup (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson is confident he can deliver a first World Cup title. Recent results leave him feeling confident Sweden can do one better than when it lost the 2003 final to Germany — and even...

18-year-old American Sargent scores 2 minutes into pro debut

Dec. 7, 2018 5:58 PM EST

Josh Sargent scored on his first touch 2 minutes into his professional debut, a 78th-minute header by the 18-year-old American that helped Werder Bremen beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-1 on Friday in the Bundesliga. Sargent, who left O'Fallon, Missouri, to join Bremen last winter, scored after Davy Klaassen sent a...