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New Zealand Olympic soccer team complains after Canadian team drone flown over its training session

New Zealand Olympic soccer team complains after Canadian team drone flown over its training session

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 6:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

New Zealand says it has complained to the International Olympic Committee's integrity unit after a drone flown over a New Zealand women's soccer team training session was found to be operated by a member of the Canadian team's training staff. Defending Olympic champion Canada and New Zealand meet in their opening match at the Olympic tournament on Thursday. The drone incident occurred earlier this week, the New Zealand Olympic Committee said. The Canadian Olympic Committee has apologized.
Olympic court in Paris to judge Israeli soccer player Revivo's ban appeal hours before first game

Olympic court in Paris to judge Israeli soccer player Revivo's ban appeal hours before first game

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 1:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

Israeli soccer player Roy Revivo will have his appeal against a two-game ban heard by a sports court just hours before his team's opening game against Mali at the Paris Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday its panel of three judges will give an urgent verdict on Wednesday morning in Revivo's appeal against FIFA. Israel plays Mali in a 9 p.m. kickoff in Paris at the Parc des Princes stadium. Revivo was sent off when Israel played a European Championship qualifying playoff game against Iceland in March. FIFA ruled Revivo must serve his ban in the Olympics.
After Chelsea move, US defender Caleb Wiley has sights on medal at Paris Olympics

After Chelsea move, US defender Caleb Wiley has sights on medal at Paris Olympics

James Robson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 1:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Chelsea can wait. Caleb Wiley's priority over the next two and half weeks is to get his hands on an Olympic medal at the Paris Games. The United States defender has already secured a move to the Premier League with Chelsea - now he has his eyes fixed on another prize. The U.S. men's national team plays at the Olympics for the first time since 2008 when it takes on host nation and one of the tournament favorites France in Marseille on Wednesday. The 19-year-old Wiley is likely to be the subject of increased interest from Chelsea fans, at least, after he completed his move to the two-time Champions League winner from Atlanta United on Monday in a deal worth a reported $11 million.
UEFA charges Spain duo Rodri and Morata after song about Gibraltar during Euro 2024 celebrations

UEFA charges Spain duo Rodri and Morata after song about Gibraltar during Euro 2024 celebrations

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 11:29 a.m.  |  Save Story

UEFA has charged Spain captain Alvaro Morata and midfielder Rodri with violating its "basic rules of decent conduct" after singing about a sovereignty claim on Gibraltar at the team's European Championship title celebration. UEFA on Tuesday said the charges against two players also include "bringing the sport of football, and UEFA in particular, into disrepute." Morata and Rodri led thousands of fans singing "Gibraltar is Spanish" at a celebration in Madrid last week after the team's 2-1 win over England in the Euro 2024 final. Gibraltar on the southern tip of Spain has been a British overseas territory for more than 300 years. The Gibraltar soccer federation filed a formal complaint to UEFA.
Sam Coffey is reveling in the Olympic experience after being left off the US Women's World Cup team

Sam Coffey is reveling in the Olympic experience after being left off the US Women's World Cup team

Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 5:50 a.m.  |  Save Story

Sam Coffey turned her disappointment over missing out on the Women's World Cup into determination to be an Olympian. She met her goal and joins an American team in France that is in transition. With a new coach in former Chelsea boss Emma Hayes, the United States is looking to move on from the struggles of the recent past. Coffey is one of four players on the U.S. team making their first appearance in a major international tournament.
European soccer leagues, player unions challenge FIFA in formal legal complaint on competition law

European soccer leagues, player unions challenge FIFA in formal legal complaint on competition law

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 4:29 a.m.  |  Save Story

There's a new legal challenge to international soccer bodies. The European groups of leagues and player unions say they will formally complain to the European Commission about how FIFA adds competitions to congested fixture schedules. The legal move backs up warnings to FIFA in May by European Leagues and FIFPRO Europe. They urged FIFA to rethink what they claimed was an "inherently abusive" decision-making process, including to expand the men's World Cup and Club World Cup. It also follows a European Court of Justice ruling in December in the Super League case. It found FIFA and UEFA abused their dominant position as regulator and competition organizer.
The Dominican Republic will make its debut in Olympic soccer with several dual-nationality players

The Dominican Republic will make its debut in Olympic soccer with several dual-nationality players

Teresa Medrano, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 4:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Dominican Republic is days away from an unexpected Olympic debut in soccer. The Caribbean country, where baseball is the national pastime, will try to succeed in Paris 2024 with a bunch of players with playing experience in European leagues. Most of them will represent the country for the first time in their careers. The "Sedofútbol," or Dominican Republic's soccer team, hired Spaniard Ibai Gomez last February as the coach for the men's team tournament in France. Before taking on the challenge, Gomez analyzed over 100 player videos to assess their level and "we saw a chance to do good things."
Aguirre returns as Mexico coach for a third time with Marquez assisting

Aguirre returns as Mexico coach for a third time with Marquez assisting

Carlos Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 2:48 a.m.  |  Save Story

Javier Aguirre has been appointed coach of Mexico for the third time and will replace Jaime Lozano. The Mexican Football Association announced the appointment on Monday. Rafael Marquez, who played in five World Cups and was the coach of Barcelona's reserve team, will be Aguirre's main assistant. The 65-year-old Aguirre led Mexico to the round of 16 at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups. Aguirre's first games back in charge will be in September when Mexico plays friendlies against New Zealand and Canada in the United States.
US defender Caleb Wiley signs for Chelsea from Atlanta United

US defender Caleb Wiley signs for Chelsea from Atlanta United

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 5:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Chelsea has signed United States left-back Caleb Wiley from Atlanta United on a six-year contract. The 19-year-old Wiley is joining for a fee that is reported to be worth $11 million. He has been part of Atlanta's first team since 2022 and made his senior debut for the U.S. national team against Mexico last October. Wiley is currently in Paris to play for the U.S. in the Olympic soccer tournament and is reportedly expected to spend next season on loan at Strasbourg, which is part of the same ownership group as Chelsea.
Marseille signs Hojbjerg from on loan from Tottenham with an obligation to buy

Marseille signs Hojbjerg from on loan from Tottenham with an obligation to buy

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 4:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

Marseille has signed Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on loan for the season with an obligation to buy. Both clubs announced the deal Monday, with reports saying Marseille will pay 20 million euros to make the deal permanent next year. The Denmark international made 143 Premier League appearances for Tottenham after joining from Southampton in August 2020. Hojbjerg is one several veteran players to have departed the club this summer, along with Eric Dier who joined Bayern Munich permanently after a spell on loan and Ivan Perisic, who has returned to his native Croatia with Hajduk Split.
Rise of women's sports brings greater emphasis on maternity and parental needs

Rise of women's sports brings greater emphasis on maternity and parental needs

Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 4:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

At the Olympics in France, a nursery will be available for athletes' children in the Olympic village for the first time. Additionally, private rooms will be provided by organizers for nursing mothers. Olympic organizers are following a growing trend that has accompanied the rise of women's sports globally: Accommodations for soon-to-be mothers and parents of young children. That includes things like paid maternity leave, help with child-care costs and even greater attention on the impact menstruation has on athletes.
Inter Miami stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez to miss MLS All-Star Game

Inter Miami stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez to miss MLS All-Star Game

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 3:38 p.m.  |  Save Story

Inter Miami star Lionel Messi won't play in the MLS All-Star Game while nursing an ankle injury. Messi left the July 14 Copa America final win over Colombia with a right ankle injury. His teammate, Luis Suárez, also won't play in the game Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio, with what the team described as "knee discomfort." Both were listed among the unavailable players by the league on Monday.
Pec, Puig, Paintsil score in Galaxy's 3-2 victory over Timbers

Pec, Puig, Paintsil score in Galaxy's 3-2 victory over Timbers

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 11:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

Gabriel Pec scored a first-half goal, Riqui Puig and Joseph Paintsil found the net in the second half and the Los Angeles Galaxy held off the Portland Timbers for a 3-2 victory. Pec scored the only goal of the first half in the 38th minute to give the Galaxy (14-5-7) the lead. Paintsil and Puig had assists on the score for the Western Conference leaders. Puig used Paintsil's ninth assist of the season and one from Diego Fagúndez in the 48th minute to give LA a two-goal lead. It was Puig's eighth of the season to go along with 11 assists. Jonathan Rodríguez answered in the 52nd minute to pull the Timbers (10-9-6) within a goal.
Bassett converts penalty to lift Colorado past Real Salt Lake 3-2

Bassett converts penalty to lift Colorado past Real Salt Lake 3-2

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 11:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Cole Bassett scored on a penalty kick in the 89th minute to lift the Colorado Rapids to a weather-delayed 3-2 victory over Real Salt Lake. Bassett was fouled by Justen Glad and delivered the winning kick, beating RSL goalkeeper Gavin Beavers to the top center. Andrés Gómez scored two goals for his fourth brace of the season for Real Salt Lake. Gómez staked RSL to an early 1-0 lead but the Rapids went ahead 2-1 when Jonathan Lewis and Sam Vines scored four minutes apart late in the half. Bassett assisted on both goals. After the start of the second half was delayed for nearly two hours due to lightning and severe weather, Gómez tied it in the 49th minute.
Denis Bouanga scores twice as LAFC snaps Sounders' five-match win streak with 3-0 victory

Denis Bouanga scores twice as LAFC snaps Sounders' five-match win streak with 3-0 victory

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 11:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Denis Bouanga scored on a first-half penalty kick before adding a second-half goal and Los Angeles FC snapped the Seattle Sounders' five-match win streak with a 3-0 victory. LAFC (14-5-5) took a 1-0 lead just 16 minutes into the match after a hand ball foul on Seattle defender Nouhou Tolo following a video review led to Bouanga's PK. Mateusz Bogusz gave LAFC a two-goal lead when he scored unassisted in the 26th minute off a set piece. It was his 13th goal of the season. Bouanga found the net for the 16th time this season to make it 3-0 in the 74th minute. Stefan Frei, who posted the 112th shutout of his career to tie Kevin Hartman for second on the all-time list his last time out, had just one save for the Sounders (10-8-7).
Griffin Dorsey scores in each half to rally Dynamo to 4-3 victory over Whitecaps

Griffin Dorsey scores in each half to rally Dynamo to 4-3 victory over Whitecaps

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 10:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

Defender Griffin Dorsey had a goal in each half, scoring the winner in the 87th minute as the Houston Dynamo blew a two-goal lead before rallying for a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Houston (10-7-7) took a 2-0 lead into halftime on goals by Adalberto Carrasquilla and Dorsey. Carrasquilla used Ibrahim Aliyu's fourth assist of the season to score his second goal for a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute. Dorsey followed with his first netter this season, scoring unassisted in the 36th minute. Fafà Picault scored two of Vancouver's three unanswered goals and the Whitecaps (11-8-5) rallied to take a 3-2 lead.
Willy Agada delivers equalizer for Sporting KC in 1-1 draw with St. Louis

Willy Agada delivers equalizer for Sporting KC in 1-1 draw with St. Louis

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 9:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

Willy Agada scored the equalizer in the 73rd minute, lifting Sporting KC to a 1-1 draw with St. Louis. Agada scored with a header from the center of the box, finishing off a well-placed pass by Alan Pulido. Sporting's Tim Melia made a big save in the 86th minute and St. Louis was limited to three shots on goal to Kansas City's six. Roman Bürki made five saves for St. Louis. Nökkvi Thórisson got St. Louis on the board first, working hard to set up his right-footed shot from the center of the box in the 42nd minute.
Minnesota United snaps nine-match winless streak with 2-0 victory over Earthquakes

Minnesota United snaps nine-match winless streak with 2-0 victory over Earthquakes

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 9:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

in the 75th minute to score his seventh goal of the season Dayne St. Claire needed to make just one save to earn his third clean sheet of the season for Minnesota United. William Yarbrough saved five shots for the Earthquakes (4-19-2).
Jon Gallagher scores late to rally Austin to 2-2 draw with Charlotte

Jon Gallagher scores late to rally Austin to 2-2 draw with Charlotte

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 9:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

Defender Jon Gallagher scored late in the second half and Austin FC rallied for a 2-2 draw with Charlotte FC. Gallagher used assists from Alex Ring and Diego Rubio in the 80th minute to score his second goal of the season for Austin (8-10-7). Ring's assist was his sixth this season and Rubio's was his first. Ring used his head to score in the 11th minute and give Austin a 1-0 lead. Charlotte (10-8-7) pulled even in the 33rd minute on a penalty-kick goal by Karol Swiderski in his first appearance of the season. Swiderski's PK was set up when rookie Iúri Tavares drew a foul on Ring. Charlotte took a 2-1 lead on Tavares' third goal of the campaign, unassisted in the 56th minute.
Richie Laryea's goal lifts Toronto to 1-0 victory over Montreal

Richie Laryea's goal lifts Toronto to 1-0 victory over Montreal

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 9:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

Richie Laryea's first-half goal led Toronto to a 1-0 victory over Montreal. After combining with Federico Bernardeschi, Lorenzo Insigne found Laryea at the back post for a tap into the open goal with five minutes left to play in the first half. The goal stood up in a defensive battle in which Toronto finished with two shots on goal and Montreal had one. Toronto swept the season series with Montreal for the first time since 2019. Montreal entered the match riding a seven-game unbeaten streak at home.
Paul Arriola's PK goal in stoppage time gives Dallas 1-1 draw with Revolution

Paul Arriola's PK goal in stoppage time gives Dallas 1-1 draw with Revolution

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 9:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Paul Arriola scored on a penalty kick in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time and FC Dallas rallied for a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution. Arriola took the PK, scoring his third goal of the season for Dallas (8-11-6) after Tarik Scott drew a foul on New England defender Henry Kessler. Neither team found the net until an own goal by Dallas defender Nkosi Tafari in the 65th minute staked the Revolution (7-14-2) to a 1-0 lead.
Hannes Wolf scores equalizer in NYCFC's 1-1 draw with Orlando City

Hannes Wolf scores equalizer in NYCFC's 1-1 draw with Orlando City

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 8:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

Rookie Hannes Wolf scored five minutes after Ramiro Enrique had given Orlando City the lead in the second half and New York City earned a 1-1 draw. Neither team scored until Ramiro Enrique took a pass from Martin Ojeda and found the net in the 52nd minute to give Orlando City (9-9-7) the lead. Enrique has scored all four of his goals in four straight matches. Ojeda's assist was his seventh. New York City (11-9-5) pulled even five minutes later on the score by Wolf. Alonso Martínez was credited with his third assist of the season and Santiago Rodríguez notched his eighth on Wolf's fifth goal.
Jordi Alba delivers winner in Inter Miami's 2-1 victory over Fire

Jordi Alba delivers winner in Inter Miami's 2-1 victory over Fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 8:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

Defender Jordi Alba scored two minutes after Chicago pulled even in the second half to rally Inter Miami to a 2-1 victory over the Fire. Rookie Matías Rojas scored for a fourth time this season to give Inter Miami (16-4-5) a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute. Robert Taylor picked up his fourth assist and 20-year-old defender Tomás Avilés snagged his first of the season and the second of his two-year career on the goal. Chicago (6-12-7) trailed until defender Rafael Czichos used Gastón Giménez's third assist of the season in the 75th minute to score his first goal this season and the sixth in his three years in the league. The tie lasted until Alba scored unassisted with a left-footed shot from the left side of the box in the 77th.
Gazdag's hat trick sparks Philadelphia Union's 3-0 win over Nashville

Gazdag's hat trick sparks Philadelphia Union's 3-0 win over Nashville

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 8:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Dániel Gazdag scored all three goals and the Philadelphia Union defeated Nashville SC 3-0. Gazdag scored with a right-footed shot from the center of the box to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. Gazdag made it 2-0 with another right-footed shot from the center of the box in the 39th minute and he completed the hat trick with a right-footed shot from the center of the box in the 89th minute. Gazdag has 14 goals this season, matching his 2023 total. He had his MLS career high of 22 goals in 2022. Philadelphia's Andre Blake made three saves for the clean sheet.
Morgan scores twice, New York Red Bulls top FC Cincinnati 3-1

Morgan scores twice, New York Red Bulls top FC Cincinnati 3-1

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 8:13 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lewis Morgan scored twice, Kyle Duncan added a goal and the New York Red Bulls defeated FC Cincinnati 3-1 to remain the only unbeaten team at home in the MLS season. Morgan gave the Red Bulls an early 1-0 lead, connecting with a right-footed shot from the center of the box in the seventh minute. Early in the second half, Duncan made it 2-0 when he scored with a difficult right-footed shot from the central position outside the box. Morgan made it 3-0 in the 59th minute, completing the brace with a left-footed shot from the center of the box. Corey Baird scored in the 67th minute for Cincinnati.
Stian Gregersen scores twice on headers to rally Atlanta United past Columbus Crew 2-1

Stian Gregersen scores twice on headers to rally Atlanta United past Columbus Crew 2-1

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 7:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

Stian Gregersen scored twice in the second half and Atlanta United rallied to defeat the Columbus Crew 2-1. Columbus scored first when Diego Rossi connected with a right-footed shot from the center of the box in the 36th minute. The Crew led 1-0 at halftime, then Gregersen delivered for Atlanta in the second half, twice connecting on a header off a corner kick by Saba Lobjanidze. Gregersen's brace came after he missed Wednesday's match against New York City after being shown a red card in an earlier match against Montreal.
Marta pursues soccer gold at the Olympics while preparing to pass the torch to Brazil's youngsters

Marta pursues soccer gold at the Olympics while preparing to pass the torch to Brazil's youngsters

Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 5:34 a.m.  |  Save Story

Brazilian legend Marta will be playing in her final Olympics in France before stepping away from the national team. It will be Marta's sixth Olympics. She has won world player of the year honors six times, more than any other woman. But at 38, she has decided this will be her last major tournament with Brazil. The Brazilians have won silver medals twice during Marta's tenure but Olympic gold has eluded the team.
U.S. captain Tyler Adams has back surgery and will miss start of season with Bournemouth

U.S. captain Tyler Adams has back surgery and will miss start of season with Bournemouth

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 4:37 a.m.  |  Save Story

Bournemouth midfielder Tyler Adams will miss the start of the Premier League season while he recovers from back surgery. The United States captain missed most of last season because of a hamstring problem, and after a brief return he ended his debut Cherries' campaign with back spasms. The 25-year-old Adams played a full game for the U.S. in its 1-0 loss to Uruguay at the Copa America on July 1. Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola tells the BBC that Adams had surgery two days later. He says Adams "won't be fit for the start of the season. But September? October? I don't know."
Nashville midfielder Tyler Boyd out for season, will undergo reconstructive ACL surgery

Nashville midfielder Tyler Boyd out for season, will undergo reconstructive ACL surgery

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 6:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

Nashville midfielder Tyler Boyd has been placed on the season-ending injury list and will undergo knee surgery. The club announced on Friday that reconstruction surgery on Boyd's anterior cruciate ligament is expected to takes place in the coming weeks. Boyd went down with a non-contact injury in Wednesday night's 3-0 home loss to Orlando City. He was stretchered off the field and did not return. The 29-year-old New Zealand native has two goals and three assists in 21 matches this season.
Chicago Fire offer vouchers for fans if Messi doesn't play for Inter Miami on Aug. 31

Chicago Fire offer vouchers for fans if Messi doesn't play for Inter Miami on Aug. 31

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 6:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Chicago Fire said Friday that they will offer vouchers for fans if Inter Miami star Lionel Messi doesn't play when the teams meet at Soldier Field on Aug. 31. Messi injured a ligament in his right ankle during Argentina's win over Colombia in the Copa America final on July 14. If he can't play, the team will offer single-match buyers who purchase between now and game day $250 off two or more new 2025 Chicago Fire season-ticket memberships or $100 off two or more single match tickets for the 2025 home match against Inter Miami.
Injured and locked-out fans file first lawsuits over Copa America stampede and melee

Injured and locked-out fans file first lawsuits over Copa America stampede and melee

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 1:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

The first lawsuits have been filed in connection with last weekend's melees that broke out when fans without tickets forced their way into the Copa America soccer final at South Florida's Hard Rock Stadium. Court records show that at least four lawsuits have been filed. In one, a woman who had flown in her father from Colombia for the game says she suffered knee, shoulder and chest injuries when she was shoved against a barrier. Others are suing because they had spent thousands to attend the game only to be turned away because of the security issues. The stadium and tournament organizers have previously denied wrongdoing.
The English FA has publicly invited applications to be the next England coach

The English FA has publicly invited applications to be the next England coach

James Robson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 9:35 a.m.  |  Save Story

but said it had already identified a "number of" potential replacements. The FA laid out its high ambitions for the role, which includes ending England's decades-long wait for a first trophy since the World Cup in 1966. It said part of the job description was to lead and develop the team to "win a major tournament and be consistently ranked as one of the top teams in the world."
South Korean FA files complaint to FIFA after Como player's alleged racist remark sparks outrage

South Korean FA files complaint to FIFA after Como player's alleged racist remark sparks outrage

Juwon Park, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 9:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Korean Football Association has filed a complaint with FIFA over an alleged racist remark toward Wolverhampton's Hwang Hee-chan during a recent preseason match against an Italian team in Spain and urged for stronger anti-racism measures. The incident involved an alleged anti-Asian comment from a Como player and sparked angry reactions both from Hwang's teammates and in South Korea. Como denies racism, claiming their player only referred to Hwang as "Jackie Chan."
Serie A newcomer Como appoints Cesc Fabregas as head coach

Serie A newcomer Como appoints Cesc Fabregas as head coach

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 8:48 a.m.  |  Save Story

Serie A newcomer Como appointed Cesc Fabregas as its head coach on Friday after the former Spain midfielder helped the club earn promotion last season as an assistant. Como said Friday that Fabregas signed a four-year contract and that "the appointment comes after a successful campaign last season as interim and assistant coach culminating in the promotion back to Serie A." Fabregas and his former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry are minority shareholders in the club, located in Italy's Lombardy region, and the Spaniard joined Como as a player in 2022 before becoming interim manager in November last year. He then served as an assistant to former Wales manager Osian Roberts as he did not have the required coaching license yet to take charge of the team on a permanent basis.
Spain players Morata and Rodri face UEFA disciplinary case over Gibraltar song at Euro 2024 party

Spain players Morata and Rodri face UEFA disciplinary case over Gibraltar song at Euro 2024 party

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 8:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

UEFA has started a disciplinary process against Spain captain Alvaro Morata and European Championship player of the tournament Rodri for singing about a sovereignty claim on Gibraltar at the team's title celebration in Madrid. UEFA says a disciplinary inspector "is being appointed to evaluate a potential violation" of its rules by the two players. Morata and Rodri led thousands of fans singing "Gibraltar is Spanish" at a celebration in Madrid on Monday after the team's 2-1 win over England in the Euro 2024 final. Gibraltar on the southern tip of Spain has been a British overseas territory for more than 300 years.
Playoff draw for women's Euro 2025 gives past champions Norway, Sweden path to tournament

Playoff draw for women's Euro 2025 gives past champions Norway, Sweden path to tournament

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 6:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

to play Luxembourg in the first round. The winner advances to face Bosnia and Herzegovina or Serbia. The first-round games will be played from Oct. 23-29. The second round is scheduled for Nov. 27-Dec. 3. Seven of the 28 teams in the playoffs will advance to complete the 16-nation tournament lineup.
AC Milan signs Spain striker Álvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid on a 4-year deal

AC Milan signs Spain striker Álvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid on a 4-year deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 5:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

Italian club AC Milan says Spain striker Álvaro Morata has joined on a four-year deal with the option to extend for another year. The 31-year-old Morata captained Spain to the European Championship title last Sunday and joins from Spanish club Atletico Madrid, where he scored 21 goals last season. The Rossoneri won the last of their 19 Serie A titles in 2022 and have won the Champions League seven times. Morata has also played for Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea during a career in which he has scored over 200 club goals and 36 for Spain. He will wear the No. 7 jersey.
Colorado Rapids host Real Salt Lake in Western Conference action

Colorado Rapids host Real Salt Lake in Western Conference action

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 5:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Colorado Rapids host Real Salt Lake in conference play.
Everton's proposed sale to Texas-based Friedkin Group has fallen through

Everton's proposed sale to Texas-based Friedkin Group has fallen through

James Robson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 5:12 a.m.  |  Save Story

The proposed sale of Premier League club Everton to the Texas-based Friedkin Group has fallen through, both parties said in a joint statement. The Friedkin Group, which has a portfolio of companies in the automotive, entertainment, hospitality, sports and adventure industries, entered into exclusive discussions to buy a majority stake in Everton last month. But the two parties said on Friday that discussions had ended and the proposed deal would not go ahead.
Aston Villa completes signing of Jaden Philogene from Hull

Aston Villa completes signing of Jaden Philogene from Hull

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 4:40 a.m.  |  Save Story

Aston Villa re-signed Jaden Philogene on Friday, a year after selling the forward to Hull City. The 22-year-old Philogene graduated through Villa's academy before he was sold to second-division team Hull last year. Villa, which has qualified for this season's Champions League, quickly moved to bring him back to the club after his impressive season for Hull where he scored 12 league goals. Villa did not disclose the fee for Philogene or the length of his contract.
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand steps down ahead of 2026 World Cup qualifying

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand steps down ahead of 2026 World Cup qualifying

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 3:23 a.m.  |  Save Story

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand has decided to leave the job and not take the team into qualifying for the 2026 World Cup. Hjulmand says in a statement the team needs new energy after the European Championship. Denmark was eliminated in the round of 16 by Germany after a game that featured one of the tournament's most controversial refereeing decisions. Germany was awarded a penalty for handball to take the lead in a 2-0 win. The 52-year-old coach took Denmark to the semifinals of the previous Euros played in 2021, and helped the team qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Assistant coach Morten Wieghorst takes interim charge.
Patrick Vieira leaves Strasbourg ahead of French season, becomes candidate for US job

Patrick Vieira leaves Strasbourg ahead of French season, becomes candidate for US job

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 8:50 p.m.  |  Save Story

Patrick Vieira left as coach of the French club Strasbourg less than one month before the Ligue 1 season starts, making him a candidate to succeed Gregg Berhalter as U.S. national team coach. Strasburg, owned by the parent company of England's Chelsea, said in a statement Vieira left by mutual agreement. He was one year into a three-year contract. The French league season opens Aug. 16. Berhalter was fired last week as U.S. coach after the team's first-round elimination in the Copa America. Vieira previously coached Major League Soccer's New York City, Nice and Crystal Palace.
Israel clear to play in Olympic soccer tournament after FIFA postpones decision on possible ban

Israel clear to play in Olympic soccer tournament after FIFA postpones decision on possible ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 4:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

FIFA has postponed a decision on a Palestinian proposal to suspend Israel from international soccer because of the conflict with Hamas, clearing the way for the Israeli men's national team to play at the Paris Olympics. Soccer's world governing body had been set to make a decision Saturday at an extraordinary council meeting after asking for an independent legal assessment of the Palestinian proposal two months ago. That decision would have come just four days before the start of the Olympic soccer tournament, where Israel has been drawn into a group with Japan, Mali and Paraguay. However, FIFA said Thursday that it had pushed back the timeline because "more time is needed to conclude this process with due care and completeness."
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel reunites with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel reunites with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 3:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Scottish club Celtic has signed Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel on a one-year deal. The 37-year-old Schmeichel helped Leicester win the 2016 Premier League title and also the FA Cup in 2021, when current Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was manager. He left for French club Nice in 2022 and spent last season at Anderlecht. Rodgers said Schmeichel will bring a positive mindset to the squad.
DirecTV signs multiyear deal as kit sponsor for the MLS expansion San Diego FC

DirecTV signs multiyear deal as kit sponsor for the MLS expansion San Diego FC

Bernie Wilson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 2:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

DirecTV has signed a multiyear deal to become the jersey partner of the San Diego FC, its first foray into kit sponsorship in MLS while expanding its presence in the local sports market. DirecTV will appear across the front of SDFC's primary and secondary jerseys when the expansion club begins play in February. CEO Tom Penn says the kit sponsorship is the most important commercial partnership a club can have. The announcement comes about five weeks after SDFC signed Mexican star Chucky Lozano to a four-year contract.
Mason Greenwood, once considered a top prospect at Man United, joins Marseille

Mason Greenwood, once considered a top prospect at Man United, joins Marseille

James Robson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 1:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mason Greenwood has left Manchester United to join Marseille in a move that brought an end to his troubled spell at the Premier League team where he was once considered one of the club's most promising prospects Marseille paid a reported 31.6 million euros ($34.5 million) for the 22-year-old forward but did not disclose details of his contract. The move could see him eventually fulfil his potential as one of the top talents in European soccer after he was compared to United great Wayne Rooney when bursting onto the scene as a 17-year-old. His promising career was brought to a sudden halt when he was arrested in 2022 and later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault. The case was dropped last year.
18-year-old defender Leny Yoro joins Man United from Lille

18-year-old defender Leny Yoro joins Man United from Lille

James Robson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 1:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Manchester United announced the signing of 18-year-old defender Leny Yoro from Lille on Thursday. The France under 21 centre back cost a reported 62 million euros ($68 million) and signed a five-year deal. He is United's second signing of the transfer window after Netherlands forward Joshua Zirkzee joined from Bologna. United manager Erik ten Hag made defense one of the key areas he wanted to strengthen during the offseason following the departure of France World Cup winner Raphael Varane. Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite has also been targeted, while Bayern Munich's Matthijs de Ligt is reportedly of interest.
MLS modifies rules to improve flexibility in how teams add world-class or developing players

MLS modifies rules to improve flexibility in how teams add world-class or developing players

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 1:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Major League Soccer is modifying roster rules to give clubs more flexibility in how they build their rosters as well as providing more benefits when players are transferred or loaned to clubs outside of the league. MLS announced the changes Thursday, saying they would go into effect for the secondary transfer window. That comes after an evaluation that began in 2023. MLS rosters will now have six prime roster spots to acquire or retain world-class or emerging players.
Leverkusen signs French forward Martin Terrier from Rennes

Leverkusen signs French forward Martin Terrier from Rennes

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 12:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

Bayer Leverkusen has signed French forward Martin Terrier from Rennes. The German champion says the 27-year-old Terrier signed a contract through June 2029. Terrier made 202 French league appearances for Lille, Strasburg, Lyon and Rennes. Leverkusen is reportedly paying 20 million euros ($22 million) to Rennes for the player. He's the German club's second signing from Rennes this offseason after 19-year-old French center back Jeanuël Belocian. The club also signed 16-year-old Italian defender Andrea Natali from Barcelona's youth setup, and 27-year-old Spanish midfielder Aleix García from Girona.
American midfielder Alejandro Zendejas out with broken left leg

American midfielder Alejandro Zendejas out with broken left leg

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 12:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

American midfielder Alejandro Zendejas will be sidelined for at least four weeks with a broken left leg after getting injured playing for Club América in Mexico. The 26-year-old was hurt last weekend in the 69th minute of a match against Queretaro, Club América. Zendejas joined the Liga MX team in January 2022 and scored nine goals in his last 30 regular season matches. He has one goal in seven international appearances, last playing for the U.S. at the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Man City completes signing of Brazil star Savinho for $43.6 million

Man City completes signing of Brazil star Savinho for $43.6 million

James Robson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 11:09 a.m.  |  Save Story

also known as Savio —has moved from City's sister club Troyes and signed a five-year contract. Savio spent last season on loan at another of City's sister clubs, Girona, and helped the team qualify for next season's Champions League. Savio was one of the stand out players in Spain last year - scoring 11 goals and providing 10 assists.
French club Lyon signs Georgia forward Georges Mikautadze on a four-year deal

French club Lyon signs Georgia forward Georges Mikautadze on a four-year deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 10:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

Ambitious French side Lyon has taken its pre-season spending to over 100 million euros ($109 million) by signing Georgia forward Georges Mikautadze on a four-year contract. The 23-year-old Mikautadze joins from second tier French club Metz for 18.5 million euros. Lyon said the deal includes a possible additional payment of 4.5 million euros and 15 percent of any sell-on profit. The seven-time French champion already signed central defender Moussa Niakhaté for 31.9 million euros and midfielder Orel Mangala for 23.4 million euros along with Ghana forward Ernest Nuama for 28.5 million euros. Mikautadze stood out for Georgia at the recent European Championship and finished as joint top scorer with three goals.
FIFA awards 2026 World Cup contract for high-end hospitality to NFL specialist On Location

FIFA awards 2026 World Cup contract for high-end hospitality to NFL specialist On Location

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 9:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

FIFA has picked hospitality provider On Location to run its high-end billion-dollar program for the 2026 World Cup in men's soccer. The tournament will see 104 games in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The value of the deal was not disclosed on Thursday but is expected to earn at least $1 billion for the world soccer body. The next World Cup will be played in 16 cities, including 11 in the U.S. that host NFL games where On Location already operates. On Location already has the hospitality contract for three Olympic Games starting next week in Paris.
Borussia Dortmund signs Guinea forward Serhou Guirassy from Stuttgart

Borussia Dortmund signs Guinea forward Serhou Guirassy from Stuttgart

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 8:31 a.m.  |  Save Story

Borussia Dortmund has finally completed the signing of Guinea forward Serhou Guirassy from Bundesliga rival Stuttgart after an injury-related delay. Guirassy's expected transfer was delayed after a medical examination revealed an injury sustained while playing for Guinea at the end of last season. Dortmund says the injury will "not require an operation" and that "medical personnel expect him to be available later in the summer." The 28-year-old Guirassy joins on a four-year deal and will add a new dimension to Dortmund's attack after it reached the Champions League final. Guirassy's 28 Bundesliga goals last season were second only to Bayern Munich's Harry Kane. Altogether he scored 44 goals in 58 games in two seasons for Stuttgart.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's son Maximilian signs first pro contract with AC Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's son Maximilian signs first pro contract with AC Milan

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 6:28 a.m.  |  Save Story

Maximilian Ibrahimovic, Zlatan's eldest son, has signed his first professional contract with AC Milan. Ibrahimovic junior will play with Milan Futuro, Milan's new under-23 team that will feature in Serie C, the third division. Maximilian will turn 18 in September and has previously played for Milan youth teams. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 93 goals in 163 appearances over two spells at Milan. He retired last year and serves as an adviser to the club.
Argentina tops FIFA men's rankings as government hits back at critics of team's racist France song

Argentina tops FIFA men's rankings as government hits back at critics of team's racist France song

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 4:26 a.m.  |  Save Story

Argentina is confirmed as the world's No. 1 team in the FIFA men's rankings. FIFA published them after the national government in Argentina doubled down on defending the players who celebrated winning the Copa America by singing a racist song targeting No. 2-ranked France. The song mocked the African heritage of some France players and was filmed on Sunday by midfielder Enzo Fernandez. A sports official in Argentina's government who urged Lionel Messi to apologize was fired. The vice president in Argentina's far-right government hit back at critics as hypocrites. FIFA and Fernandez's club Chelsea are looking into the incident.
Rookie Joseph Paintsil has goal, two assists to propel Galaxy to 3-2 victory over Rapids

Rookie Joseph Paintsil has goal, two assists to propel Galaxy to 3-2 victory over Rapids

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 11:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

Rookie Joseph Paintsil had a goal and two assists by halftime to spark the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids. Diego Fagúndez staked the Galaxy (13-5-7), who moved into first place in the Western Conference, to a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute with his fourth goal of the season. Gabriel Pec notched his third assist on the score and Paintsil picked up his sixth. Pec became the second Galaxy player to contribute to a goal in 10 straight home matches, joining Robbie Keane (2012-13). The Rapids (11-9-5) knotted the score in the 32nd minute when Kévin Cabral scored for a fifth time this season. The Galaxy regained the lead in the 38th minute when Paintsil used another assist from Pec and Edwin Cerrillo's second helper to score for a seventh time.
LAFC, Real Salt Lake fall out of first place in the West while playing to a 1-1 tie

LAFC, Real Salt Lake fall out of first place in the West while playing to a 1-1 tie

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 10:53 p.m.  |  Save Story

Los Angeles FC and Real Salt Lake both fell out of first place in the Western Conference while playing to a 1-1 tie. Both clubs began the night tied with the LA Galaxy in first place, but neither scored in the second half. Cristian Olivera scored an early goal for LAFC in its first outing since its 13-match unbeaten streak ended last weekend with an ugly 5-1 home loss to Columbus. Brayan Vera scored his first goal of the season for Real Salt Lake. Salt Lake had more shots and more possession despite playing without MLS goals leader Cristian "Chicho" Arango.
Stefan Frei climbs all-time shutout list in Sounders' 2-0 victory over St Louis City

Stefan Frei climbs all-time shutout list in Sounders' 2-0 victory over St Louis City

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 10:51 p.m.  |  Save Story

and the Sounders used an own goal in the first half and a Jonathan Bell score against his former team in the second to beat St. Louis City 2-0. Seattle (10-7-7) has won five in a row and is on a seven-match unbeaten streak, going 6-0-1 during the run to climb into sixth place in the Western Conference. St. Louis City (4-10-10), which won the regular-season title as an expansion team last season, continues to struggle in its sophomore campaign, falling to 0-4-0 in four all-time matchups with the Sounders.
Daniels Steres scores 1st goal of season, Dynamo beats Earthquakes 1-0

Daniels Steres scores 1st goal of season, Dynamo beats Earthquakes 1-0

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 10:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Daniel Steres scored his first goal of the season in the 86th minute to help the Houston Dynamo beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0. Steres, who came on in place of Griffin Dorsey in the 73rd minute, headed home a perfectly-placed ball played by Amine Bassi for the game's only goal in the closing minutes. The Dynamo had 58% possession and outshot San Jose 22-8, 7-0 on target. Jacob Daniel Jackson started in goal for the Earthquakes, the 24-year-old's first appearance since he allowed six goals to Los Angeles FC on June 24, and had six saves.