Latest Professional soccer News

Students walk beside a giant mural of former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna at a basketball court in Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Artists in this tenement building gathered and painted this image after learning of Bryant's death. Bryant, his daughter and 7 others died in a helicopter crash. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

'Citizen of the world': Bryant promoted basketball globally

Jan. 28, 2020 10:40 AM EST

ROME (AP) — At a Lakers preseason game in Beijing in 2013, the arena rang out with chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” — despite the injured superstar not even having suited up. From Los Angeles to Italy, Asia and beyond, Kobe Bryant was bigger than just a basketball player. He was the...

In this screenshot, the page on AC Milan's site, announcing that the AC Milan soccer team will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence during the Italian Cup game with Torino Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020,  in memory of devout fan Kobe Bryant. Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers and a lifelong soccer fan, died Sunday with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. (AC Milan via AP)

AC Milan preparing tribute to Kobe Bryant ahead of cup game

Jan. 28, 2020 8:59 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The AC Milan soccer team will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence during an Italian Cup game on Tuesday in memory of devout fan Kobe Bryant. The seven-time European champions host Torino in the quarterfinals at the San Siro. Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star with the Los Angeles...

Gregg Berhalter, right, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Soccer team, instructs some of his players during drills Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The team moved its training camp from Qatar to Florida in the wake of Iran's top military commander being killed during a U.S. airstrike in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

US national team also looks toward Olympic soccer qualifying

Jan. 27, 2020 3:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter will be looking toward Olympic soccer qualifying when the senior national team plays Costa Rica on Saturday in an exhibition at Carson, California. Thirteen of the 22 players on the American roster are eligible for Olympic qualifying, which is limited to players...

Fox to televise 2021 and 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cups

Jan. 27, 2020 2:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox will televise the 2021 and 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cups under an agreement for English-language U.S. rights reached between the network and the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football. As part of the deal announced Monday, Fox also will televise...

Shrewsbury's Scott Goldbourne, center, celebrates with fans at the end of the English FA Cup fourth round soccer match between Shrewsbury Town and Liverpool at the Montgomery Waters Meadow in Shrewsbury, England, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Status of FA Cup dealt further blow as Klopp stands firm

Jan. 27, 2020 7:58 AM EST

Fans young and old poured onto the field, holding aloft replica FA Cups made of foil and yellow-and-blue scarves, headed to embrace their players. Right then, as gleeful supporters of third-tier team Shrewsbury filled the playing surface of the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium after seeing their team fight back...

List of notable people killed in helicopter crashes

Jan. 26, 2020 9:15 PM EST

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among the nine people killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Here is a list of some other notable people who have died in helicopter accidents. Aug. 1, 1977 — Francis Gary Powers, a pilot whose U-2 spy plane was...

A giant canvas showing late Argentinian player Emiliano Sala is pictured in La Beaujoire stadium prior the French League One soccer match between Nantes against Bordeaux in Nantes, western France, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Nantes paid an emotional tribute to Emiliano Sala by wearing a special blue and white (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Nantes fans remember Sala; Neymar pays tribute to Bryant

Jan. 26, 2020 5:51 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Nantes fans paid an emotional tribute to Emiliano Sala before Sunday's home game against Bordeaux, a year after the Argentine striker's death in a plane crash shook the soccer world. Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar paid a tribute of his own to NBA great Kobe Bryant after scoring against Lille....

Shrewsbury's Scott Goldbourne, center, celebrates with fans at the end of the English FA Cup fourth round soccer match between Shrewsbury Town and Liverpool at the Montgomery Waters Meadow in Shrewsbury, England, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

FA Cup shock: Liverpool held 2-2 by 3rd-tier Shrewsbury

Jan. 26, 2020 3:09 PM EST

The sight of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino entering as substitutes late in the second half really summed up Liverpool’s desperation in its FA Cup match against supposed pushovers from the third tier on Sunday. Even the two superstar forwards couldn’t prevent the world, European and likely...

Athletic Bilbao's Inaki Williams, left, and Real Madrid's Luka Modric fight for the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spanish league president condemns racism, fan street clashes

Jan. 25, 2020 6:59 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish football was marred by a player being racially abused during a league game on Saturday, along with street clashes between rival fans outside stadiums before two matches. The league president said the incidents had done “serious damage to Spanish football.”...

Gregg Berhalter, right, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Soccer team, instructs some of his players during drills Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The team moved its training camp from Qatar to Florida in the wake of Iran's top military commander being killed during a U.S. airstrike in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Morris, Roldan to miss US exhibition against Costa Rica

Jan. 25, 2020 5:30 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Forward Jordan Morris and midfielder Cristian Roldan will miss the United States' exhibition against Costa Rica on Feb. 1 and will report to preseason with Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders. The U.S. Soccer Federation also said Saturday that goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski will report to the...