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Messi and Inter Miami to skip US Open Cup, which has just 8 Major League Soccer teams enter

Mar. 01, 2024 14:09 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Lionel Messi and Inter Miami won't compete in this year's U.S. Open Cup and just eight of Major League Soccer's 26 American teams will enter the competition. Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles FC, Salt Lake, San Jose and Seattle will enter the 96-team...

Saudi Arabia launches formal bid to host 2034 World Cup in FIFA contest effectively already won

Mar. 01, 2024 12:51 PM EST

Saudi Arabia launched its formal bid campaign Friday to host the 2034 World Cup, in a race that basically became a formality last October when the oil-rich kingdom was the only candidate to enter the contest. The Saudi Arabian soccer federation revealed the bid slogan “Growing....

Spain women celebrate another soccer title. This time without the distractions

Feb. 29, 2024 15:50 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s women’s soccer team is finally getting attention for its play on the field, rather than the behavior of its officials. Spain followed up its Women’s World Cup title in August with victory in the inaugural Women’s Nations League on Wednesday, and this...

The first stadium built for a National Women's Soccer League club is ready to open in Kansas City

Feb. 29, 2024 12:36 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One by one the women walked onto the field for the first time, shortly before they departed for a warm-weather camp in Florida, and gazed at the stands towering above them on three sides and the scoreboard looming over them on the fourth. For the first time,...

AP source says Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been banned for four years for doping

Feb. 29, 2024 07:20 AM EST
ROME (AP) — AP source says Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been banned for four years for doping.

Cristiano Ronaldo suspended for one match over alleged offensive gesture in Saudi league game

Feb. 28, 2024 21:13 PM EST

Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for one match for making an alleged offensive gesture during a Saudi Arabia league game while playing for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League. After Al-Nassr defeated Riyadh rival Al-Shabab 3-2 on Sunday, video footage appeared to show Ronaldo...

Cristiano Ronaldo suspended for one match for making alleged offensive gesture during a Saudi Arabia league game

Feb. 28, 2024 20:27 PM EST
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo suspended for one match for making alleged offensive gesture during a Saudi Arabia league game.

Saudi Arabian soccer's international ambitions for clubs including Super Leagues aired at conference

Feb. 28, 2024 17:09 PM EST

Saudi Arabia sees placing its soccer clubs in more international games including Super Leagues as key to achieving the kingdom’s ambitions, a leading industry conference was told Wednesday. A debate on the emerging power of Saudi money and influence in world soccer opened the...

Japan defeats North Korea 2-1 to reach women's soccer tournament at the Paris Olympics

Feb. 28, 2024 16:53 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan defeated North Korea 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the women’s soccer tournament at the upcoming Paris Olympics. But not without a tiny bit of VAR controversy. The first match in the two-game series to determine one of Asia’s two qualifiers ended in a 0-0 draw on...

US men's soccer to play exhibition against Brazil on June 12 at Orlando, Florida

Feb. 27, 2024 19:33 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The United States will play Brazil in an exhibition at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, on June 12 ahead of the Copa América. The game, announced Tuesday, follows a June 8 friendly against Colombia at Landover, Maryland. The matches are in a FIFA...