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Berhalter starts 3-0 as US beats Ecuador 1-0 on fluke goal

Mar. 22, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter's vision for the U.S. national team started to unfold as the Americans passed the ball from side to side, played diagonal balls long and short. Possession is his key to success. The style was more pleasing. But the only goal of night was pretty weird. Gyasi Zardes's...

Pulisic, McKennie, Adams start together for 1st time for US

Mar. 21, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams, a trio of 20-year-olds who have become regulars in the German Bundesliga, started together for the first time in the United States' exhibition against Ecuador. In his first game with the full player pool to pick from, new U.S. coach...

Defender Ali Krieger returns to the US women's national team

Mar. 21, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ali Krieger was between training sessions with the Orlando Pride on Tuesday afternoon when U.S. coach Jill Ellis texted her and asked whether she had time to talk. Krieger informed Ellis she had one more practice, and she could speak in the evening. Ellis had the news the 34-year-old...

Indicted Philly labor leader challenges bribery charges

Mar. 21, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A powerful Philadelphia labor leader says the government overreached in charging him with bribing a city councilman. Johnny "Doc" Dougherty (DOK'-uhr-tee) wants a judge to dismiss a dozen charges in the 116-count indictment filed against him, the councilman and others. The January...

Valencia again targeted by Batman creators for bat logo

Mar. 21, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Batman is coming after Valencia's bat logo. The Spanish soccer club is again being targeted by DC Comics over the use of its logo, which serves as the centerpiece of its centennial celebrations this year. The comic book makers, who created the superhero Batman, have made another complaint...

Berhalter trying to transform US into possession-based team

Mar. 20, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter prepares for U.S. national team matches like a CEO getting ready for a deal. The new American coach uses video presentations when he meets with foreign-based players via computer. He has tripled the team's data analysts to three. Two white boards are on the grass at...

Ex Colombia soccer star arrested for drug shipments

Mar. 20, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Southampton and Portsmouth midfielder Jhon Viafara has been arrested in his native Colombia on a U.S. drug warrant, officials said Wednesday. Colombia's chief prosecutor's office said that prosecutors in Texas believe Viafara was part of a criminal network tied to the...

More arrests made in corruption scandal over Roma stadium

Mar. 20, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The president of Rome's city council has been arrested for allegedly accepting bribes in a widening corruption scandal centered on Roma's long-delayed plans to build a new stadium. Marcello De Vito of the governing 5-Star Movement was picked up by police for allegedly taking payments from the...

Pulisic wants opponents to fear US, knows it will take time

Mar. 20, 2019 3:23 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — Christian Pulisic has a vision of a transformed U.S. soccer team, a red-white-and-blue power that gives opponents sleepless nights similar the nightmares that plague players on the eve of facing Brazil or Germany. "I want them to fear them like a big team," he said Tuesday, quickly...

At low point after own goal, Gonzalez called Berhalter

Mar. 19, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — After the worst moment of his soccer life, after his own goal at Trinidad and Tobago helped cost the United States a World Cup, Omar Gonzalez called Gregg Berhalter. Gonzalez was 20 when he joined the LA Galaxy in 2009 and Berhalter was a 35-year-old fellow defender. "From that point...