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Wed, 12 Oct 2016 05:56:00 -0400
Soccer-Romania players complain of burglary in Kazakhstan

So, it turns out dropping Wayne Rooney isn't the simple cure to England's problems. ''We have taken over a mess, really,'' interim manager Gareth Southgate said after seeing his team stutter to a scarcely deserved 0-0 draw at Slovenia in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday. Southgate has been in charge for two weeks after coming in as an emergency replacement for Sam Allardyce and clearly understands the challenge facing him and the national team, which possibly reached an all-time low in losing to Iceland in the last 16 of the European Championship in Jun

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:36:24 -0400
Soccer-Brazil beat Venezuela to go top of South American group

Green scored his second goal in two matches, before Monty Patterson's equalizer forced the U.S. to settle for a 1-1 draw in an exhibition against New Zealand on Tuesday night. Lynden Gooch also impressed Klinsmann in his U.S. debut as a second-half substitut

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:46:02 -0400
Soccer-Green scores again for U.S. in 1-1 draw with New Zealand

(Reuters) - Bayern Munich's Julian Green scored with a long-range shot for a largely second-string United States side in their 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Tuesday, the last friendly for Jurgen Klinsmann's team before they start the final phase of World Cup qualifying. Teenager Monty Patterson equalized for the visitors in the second half at RFK Stadium in Washington. Klinsmann's team had beaten Cuba 2-0 in a friendly four days ago in Havana, with Green scoring one of the goal

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:26:42 -0400
Green scores again, US settles for 1-1 draw vs New Zealand

Liverpool will be looking to end a dismal Premier League run against Manchester United and build on a promising start to the campaign with victory over their bitter north west rivals on Monday. Resurgent Liverpool are three points ahead of United in the table as Jose Mourinho's rebuilding programme stutters, but their current run of four successive league defeats to the Old Trafford club is their worst against them for eight years. Liverpool, who knocked United out of the Europa League last season, have not beaten them in domestic competition since March 2014, but they meet for the first time in this campaign with Juergen Klopp's men in supreme for

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:00:01 -0400
Soccer-Liverpool bid to end woeful league run against United

Argentina, lacking the inspiration of injured captain Lionel Messi, suffered a humiliating setback in their World Cup qualifying campaign when they lost 1-0 at home to Paraguay on Tuesday. Paraguay stunned the twice world champions with a fast break from deep in their own half, Angel Romero playing the ball into the path of Derlis Gonzalez who beat Sergio Romero with a shot inside the near post in the 18th minute. The defeat left Argentina in fifth place in the South American group with 16 points, one point ahead of Paraguay and four behind leaders Uruguay, who could be overtaken by Brazil if they win in Venezuela late

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:41:22 -0400
Germany wins again, England stumbles in World Cup qualifying

Two quick-fire goals earned Germany a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland to put the defending champions in control of World Cup qualifying Group C on Tuesday. Early goals from Julian Draxler and then Sami Khedira maintained Germany's perfect start after three games with no goals conceded and moved it two points clear of Azerbaijan, which settled for a scoreless draw against the Czech Republic in Ostrava. ''We completed the job,'' said Joachim Loew, who equaled Sepp Herberger's record of 94 wins as Germany coac

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:39:34 -0400
Soccer-Inspired Hart earns sloppy England a point in Slovenia

England required a series of brilliant saves from Joe Hart to salvage a 0-0 draw at Slovenia in World Cup qualifying, with the dropping of captain Wayne Rooney failing to have the desired effect on Tuesday. The goalkeeper tipped Jasmin Kurtic's header onto the bar off a corner early in the second half with the best of his saves, and rushed from his line to keep out two one-on-one chances after sloppy England back-passes were intercepted. England's 100 percent start to Group F, after wins over Slovakia and Malta, ended on a night that saw Rooney begin on the bench in a big call from interim manager Gareth Southgat

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:16:10 -0400
Germany beats Northern Ireland 2-0 in World Cup qualifying

Robert Lewandowski proved once again to be Poland's lethal weapon on Tuesday, scoring deep in stoppage time to earn his team a 2-1 victory over 10-man Armenia in their World Cup qualifier. The Poland captain struck in the 95th minute at the National Stadium in Warsaw, scoring for the eighth consecutive qualifier and just three days after his hat trick secured a 3-2 win over Denmark. Armenia's Gael Andonian was sent off in the 30th minute after he received two yellow cards in two minutes, but the hosts struggled to use the numerical advantage until Lewandowski's goa

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:04:46 -0400
China coach resigns after 2018 World Cup setback

Global soccer governing body FIFA has appointed Sarai Bareman as its first ever Chief Women's Football Officer, the association announced on Tuesday. The New Zealand native will lead the newly created Women's Football Division as part of FIFA's management board, Zurich-based FIFA said. "As the only female member of FIFA's 2016 Reform Committee, Sarai was a strong advocate for change within the organization, in particular calling for concrete requirements on women in leadership positions at FIFA," FIFA said in a statemen

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:04:47 -0400
Japan holds Australia to 1-1 draw in World Cup qualifying

Taking their cue from interim manager Gareth Southgate's decision to drop Rooney from England's starting XI for its 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia on Tuesday, some observers are now prematurely digging the 30-year-old's footballing grave, predicting that his time is running out. It doesn't take a genius to argue that age, the wear-and-tear of nearly 700 appearances for clubs and country and the displacement of older players by younger ones will, in the not unforeseeable future, combine to permanently sideline Rooney. It has for several seasons been clear to all, including Rooney, that he no longer has the scything speed that made him such a bulldog forward in his younger days and that he is increasingly struggling with football's ever-quicker tempo, notably in England's Premier Leagu

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:19:51 -0400
Infantino - grand World Cup plan under scrutiny

A second-half penalty from Mile Jedinak gave Australia a 1-1 draw against Japan in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday. Genki Haraguchi had put Japan ahead in the sixth minute after a mistake from the Australian backline, but the Hertha Berlin forward gave away a penalty early in the second half with a push on Tomi Juric. Jedinak, who plays for Aston Villa, then scored from the spo

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:15:40 -0400
Soccer-Infantino - grand World Cup plan under scrutiny

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA president Gianni Infantino's controversial proposal for a 48-team tournament will come under the microscope when the decision makers at soccer’s governing body discuss the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup this week. The FIFA Council, which meets on Thursday and Friday in Zurich, still has to decide on basic questions such as the size of the tournament and which continents are eligible. A decision was due this week under the timeline drawn up in May but Infantino has now said that discussions will continue until Januar

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:50:53 -0400
Argentina look to improve in third qualifier without Messi

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Forward Yura Movsisyan has been permanently acquired by Real Salt Lake from FC Spartak Moscow, general manager Craig Waibel said Monda

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:32:37 -0400
Soccer-Argentina look to improve in third qualifier without Messi

(Reuters) - An injury to talisman Lionel Messi and suspensions of his defenders have created some serious thinking about Argentina's lineup for coach Edgardo Bauza ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at home to Paraguay in Cordoba. Messi, who missed the 2-2 draws against Venezuela and Peru with a groin injury that had his side drop from top of the South American qualifying group to fifth, looks set to return for his club Barcelona at the weekend. Bauza is holding his breath the five time Ballon d'Or winner stays healthy in the next month before they have to travel to Belo Horizonte to face arch-rivals Brazil on Nov. 1

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:26:38 -0400
Soccer-Captain Rooney dropped for England trip to Slovenia

Jurgen Klinsmann rejects Bob Bradley's claims the former German star angled in 2010 to succeed him as U.S. coach. Bradley was fired soon after a 4-2 loss to Mexico in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final and replaced by Klinsmann, a former German national team star player and coach. Bradley made the claim Friday when he was introduced as Swansea, the first American head coach in England's Premier Leagu

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:03:08 -0400
Belgium leads Group H with fastest World Cup goal: 7 seconds

The fastest goal in World Cup history capped a night of 6-0 routs and the Netherlands' further fall in European qualifying on Monday. Seven seconds ticked by when Belgium forward Christian Benteke's shot finished his surging run through the Gibraltar defense which kicked off but coughed up the ball. Benteke beat the 8.3 seconds that FIFA timed Davide Gaultieri taking to score for San Marino against England in 1993 and set the tone for the visiting Belgians' 6-0 wi

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:19:57 -0400
Belgium leads Group H with fastest World Cup goal: 7 seconds

France lived up to its billing as favorite in World Cup qualifying Group A by beating the Netherlands 1-0 Monday, thanks to a long-range strike by midfielder Paul Pogba and a late save by Hugo Lloris. Sweden, meanwhile, continued to show it can play without retired superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, going level on points at the top of the group by registering its second victory in qualifying for the 2018 tournament in Russia, beating Bulgaria 3-0. European Championship runner-up France looked dangerous throughout the match at the Amsterdam Arena, with Pogba bossing the midfield and the searing pace of right back Djibril Sidibe and powerful runs of Moussa Sissoko and Kevin Gameiro proving a menac

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:04:47 -0400
Soccer-Silva hat-trick for Portugal brings Faroes down to earth

Cristiano Ronaldo may have finally have found a worthy goalscoring partner in Portugal's 6-0 rout the Faeroe Islands in World Cup qualifying on Monday. Andre Silva, the 20-year-old Porto prospect, scored a first-half hat-trick before Ronaldo added a fourth midway through the second half in a comfortable visit to the North Atlantic for the European champion. In stoppage time, goals from Joao Moutinho and Joao Cancelo completed Portugal's second six-goal shutout in four day

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:41:20 -0400
Soccer-Captain Rooney dropped for England trip to Slovenia

England captain Wayne Rooney has been dropped from the starting lineup for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia. The 30-year-old Rooney was deployed in midfield in Saturday's win against Malta, when he was booed by sections of the Wembley Stadium crowd. England's all-time top scorer and most-capped outfield player will be among the substitutes for Tuesday's Group F qualifier in Ljubljan

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:41:20 -0400
Soccer-Captain Rooney dropped for England trip to Slovenia

England captain Wayne Rooney has been dropped from the starting lineup for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia. The 30-year-old Rooney was deployed in midfield in Saturday's win against Malta, when he was booed by sections of the Wembley Stadium crowd. England's all-time top scorer and most-capped outfield player will be among the substitutes for Tuesday's Group F qualifier in Ljubljan

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:49:39 -0400
Napoli eyes January return for injured Poland forward Milik

Sergio Ramos is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks because of a knee injury sustained while playing for Spain's national team. Real Madrid said test results Monday showed the defender sprained a left knee ligament. It's unclear whether he will be fit for the league derby at Atletico Madrid on Nov. 2

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:23:47 -0400
Soccer-Germany - fast start a reaction to Euro 2016 loss - Hummels

NAPLES, Italy (AP) -- Napoli hopes to have Arkadiusz Milik back in training in January after the in-form Poland forward was injured on World Cup dut

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 21:06:08 -0400
Western NY Flash beat Spirit on penalties for the NWSL title

China's lengthy exile from the top table of international soccer looks set to continue for at least another six years unless Gao Hongbo can deliver a major turnaround in fortunes after a miserable start to the final round of World Cup qualifying. While moves inspired by President Xi Jinping to turn the country into a dominant player in the sports marketing sector continue apace, and the cash-rich club scene flourishes, there has been no upturn for the national team. Xi's "three wishes" for Chinese soccer are that the country qualifies for another World Cup after their first and only appearance in 2002, host a World Cup and eventually win on

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 19:46:24 -0400
Soccer-Pique to quit Spain team after latest controversy

Influential Spain defender Gerard Pique has said he will retire from international soccer after the 2018 World Cup, because he is "tired" of the criticism leveled at him from supporters. The Barcelona center-back was the focus of attention in Sunday's World Cup qualifier with Albania after having cut off the sleeves from his shirt which bore Spain's colors of yellow and red. Pique, who has an awkward relationship with Spain fans for his repeated jibes at Real Madrid and his support for a referendum on Catalan independence, was heavily criticized on social media and in the sports press for the ac

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:57:03 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 2nd round results and standings

Gerard Pique says the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be his final tournament with Spain because he feels he is not wanted in the national team. The Barcelona defender made the announcement after Spain's 2-0 win at Albania on Sunday in European qualifying for the World Cu

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:03:04 -0400
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

Iceland is showing that its run to the European Championship quarterfinals was no fluke. The small nation keeps surprising and Turkey was the latest victim at the Laugardalsvollur stadium in Reykjavik, beaten 2-0 thanks to two goals shortly before halftime Sunday in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. The first was an own-goal from center back Omer Toprak before Iceland forward Alfred Finnbogason scored with a volley 90 seconds later, hitting the back of the net for his third international game in successio

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:51:52 -0400
Ukraine beats nomadic Kosovo 3-0 to end winless run

Spain's Diego Costa and Nolito scored second-half goals to seal a battling 2-0 win away to Albania on Sunday that moved them top of World Cup qualifying Group G on goal difference. Costa took advantage of a horrendous error by goalkeeper Etrit Berisha in the 56th minute to break the deadlock in a tight game on a rainswept night in Shkoder before substitute Nolito finished off a slick team move in the 63rd. With full backs Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto injured, Spain coach Julen Lopetegui included Arsenal's Nacho Monreal to form an unusual back three with Sergio Ramos and Gerard Piqu

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:24:59 -0400
Immobile brings Italy back from brink against Macedonia

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Italy kept Spain from opening a significant advantage atop Group G by scoring two late goals and salvaging a 3-2 win at Macedonia on Sunday in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cu

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:06:46 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

Wales and its star forward Gareth Bale hit a first major bump on the road to the 2018 World Cup on Sunday. The Georgians haven't lost to Wales in four meetings now after they recovered from conceding a 10th-minute goal to Bale to draw 1-1 against the European Championship semifinalists. This should have been a home banker at Cardiff City Stadium, with Wales - powered by Real Madrid's Bale - ranked 10th in the world after its memorable run at Euro 2016 last summer and Georgia languishing at No. 13

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 14:29:53 -0400
Ukraine beats nomadic Kosovo 3-0 to end winless run

Even with the prolific Gareth Bale scoring again, Wales just cannot find a way to beat Georgia. The Georgians recovered from conceding a 10th-minute goal to Bale to draw 1-1 against the European Championship semifinalist and make it four games without defeat against the Welsh. This looked a home banker at Cardiff City Stadium, with Wales ranked 10th in the world after its memorable run at Euro 2016 last summer and Georgia languishing at No. 13

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 14:03:52 -0400
Soccer-Clinical Mandzukic keeps Croatia ticking

Gareth Bale scored his 25th goal for Wales but Georgia fought back strongly to earn a deserved 1-1 draw in a World Cup Group D qualifier in Cardiff on Sunday. It left Wales, surprise semi-finalists at Euro 2016, with five points from three games and at risk of losing the group leadership after the day's later matches. Wales, who have only ever qualified for the finals once, in 1958, took the lead in the 10th minute when Real Madrid's Bale leapt above his markers to head in Joe Ledley's corne

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 22:34:49 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

HOUSTON (AP) -- Dominique Badji scored goals in each half and the Colorado Rapids beat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 on Saturday night to clinch a top-two seed and first-round bye in the MLS Cup playoff

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 18:56:18 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 2nd round results and standings

A hat-trick by deadly finisher Robert Lewandowski lifted Poland to a 3-2 victory over Denmark in a thrilling World Cup Group E qualifier on Saturday. A packed 56,000 crowd at the National Stadium in Warsaw saw the home team go in front in the 20th minute when Kamil Grosicki delivered a cross and Lewandowski scored from close range. Poland kept attacking, mainly down the wings, and Lewandowski made it 2-0 with a penalty nine minutes before halftim

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 17:56:20 -0400
Soccer-World Cup Qualifying European summaries

Gareth Southgate will be hoping to last longer than speedily dismissed predecessor Sam Allardyce's 67 days. The 2-0 victory over Malta on Saturday was the first of only four games Southgate knows he could have to transform perceptions of international football's most scrutinized, yet underwhelming and ridiculed teams. The unassuming victory over Malta was very much in the mold of England's new, placid manager whose character contrasts sharply with the brash and boastful Allardyc

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 17:49:16 -0400
Mueller grabs another double in easy Germany win

While Germany eased to its second win in World Cup qualifying on Saturday, England showed it has much to do to placate fans frustrated that their expectations are not being met. Germany comfortably defeated the Czech Republic 3-0 and might have won by more, earning plaudits from supporters who indulged in Mexican waves and created a carnival atmosphere in Hamburg. England could manage only a 2-0 win over lowly Malta, a side ranked 176th by FIFA, for an uninspired start following coach Sam Allardyce's dismissal over comments in a newspaper sting that called his integrity into questio

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 17:48:22 -0400
Germany beats Czech Republic 3-0 in World Cup qualifying

Thomas Mueller scored twice for the second World Cup qualifier in a row to lead dominant Germany to a comprehensive 3-0 win over Czech Republic on Saturday. Toni Kroos was also on target to leave the world champions on six points from two games in Group C, alongside Azerbaijan after they beat Norway 1-0 in Baku with an early goal by Maksim Medvedev, and firmly on course for the finals in Russia in 2018. The Czechs, who have one point, won 3-0 on their last visit to Germany in 2007 in the early days of coach Joachim Loew's long reign but never threatened a repea

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 17:11:28 -0400
Lewandowski hat-trick helps Poland sink Denmark

James McArthur's 89th minute header salvaged a 1-1 draw for Scotland at home to Lithuania in their World Cup qualifying Group F clash at Hampden Park on Saturday. Scotland's qualification hopes seemed set for a crushing setback when Fiodor Cernych fired the visitors ahead just before the hour mark but McArthur spared their blushes. After a dismal first half Scotland were finally beginning to exert some sustained pressure on Lithuania's goal with Robert Snodgrass and Chris Martin both going close to an opene

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 17:03:50 -0400
Soccer-Lewandowski hat-trick helps Poland sink Denmark

By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - Gareth Southgate's plea for England to play with adventure and style was answered only fitfully as his reign as caretaker manager began with a 2-0 win over Malta in a World Cup Group F qualifier on Saturday. It took half an hour for the former England defender's selection to break down a stubborn rearguard but thanks to first-half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli they did go some way to meeting Southgate's demand

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 17:00:15 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan championship results and standings

Robert Lewandowski does for Poland what he does for Bayern Munich: Keeps scoring. At the National Stadium in Warsaw, the Poland captain again met high expectations by scoring for the seventh consecutive qualifier with his third hat trick of the season in a 3-2 win over Denmark on Saturday. The hat trick was completed two minutes into the second half of a matchup between the two leading contenders to advance from Group

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 16:46:21 -0400
Soccer-Mueller grabs another double in easy Germany win

Thomas Mueller scored twice for the second game running as Germany eased past the Czech Republic 3-0 to maintain its winning start to World Cup qualifying on Saturday. Mueller, who scored twice in the opening 3-0 win in Norway, has yet to score in six Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich this season. The first goal came early when Mesut Ozil sent Mario Goetze's cross onto Mueller, who dispatched simply to the far corner with the aid of a slight deflectio

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 13:59:55 -0400
Soccer-Southgate - England reign begins with 2-0 win over Malta

Gareth Southgate enjoyed a straightforward but unchallenging introduction to international management as a second new England era in a month opened with a 2-0 victory over Malta in World Cup qualifying on Saturday. Daniel Sturridge's header from Jordan Henderson's cross, and Dele Alli's strike in the first half sealed the Group F win, with England frustrated by the 176th-ranked visitors in the second half, lacking dynamism and urgency up front. Although the score was modest, 10th-ranked England still achieved a more convincing win than Italy did against Malta a year ag

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 20:33:16 -0400
Wondolowski, Green lift US to 2-0 exhibition win at Cuba

AVEIRO, Portugal (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo needed only four minutes to put European champion Portugal back on track in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, while France's recovery came thanks to a pair of goals by forward Kevin Gameir

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:29:12 -0400
Rapids, Dynamo gear up for late-season clash

(Reuters) - The United States beat Cuba 2-0 on Friday in the first friendly between the two countries for 69 years in a match that will be remembered mainly for the poor quality of the Havana pitch. The U.S. triumphed thanks to second-half goals by veteran Chris Wondolowski and Bayern Munich youngster Julian Green. The U.S. played Cuba in World Cup qualifiers in 2008, and the two teams have since met in the Gold Cup, but this was the first friendly between them since 194

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:45:00 -0400
Belgium shows class with 4-0 win over Bosnia in WCup qualis

Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green scored second-half goals, lifting the United States to a 2-0 victory Friday over Cuba in its first exhibition game in 69 years at the Caribbean island nation. The U.S. started nine players who likely will be on the field for next month's World Cup qualifier against Mexico. The 22nd-ranked Americans struggled to mount attacks in the first half against No. 139 Cuba, hampered by a bumpy field at Havana's Estadio Pedro Marrero that had brown patches, but still extended their winning streak to thre

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:35:16 -0400
Soccer-World Cup Qualifying European summaries

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Kevin Gameiro scored his first goals for France in more than five years as the European Championship runner-up secured their first win in World Cup qualifying by 4-1 against Bulgaria on Friday. Back home where it lost to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final three months ago, France conceded an early goal from the spot after only five minutes but recovered quickly and was in total control for most of the game. The Netherlands also claimed its first victory in Group A with a 4-1 defeat of Belarus, a confidence-booster for the Dutch, who take on France on Monday in Amsterda

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:12:22 -0400
Costa Rican ex-soccer official pleads guilty to conspiracy

Bob Bradley is a reluctant pioneer. ''The American stuff I can cover in 30 seconds,'' the former U.S. national team coach said over-optimistically Friday at his Swansea presentation . As Bradley then gathered his thoughts, there was silence for several seconds in front of reporters in a modest hotel in the south Wales cit

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:52:02 -0400
Soccer-France ease traumatic memories by crushing Bulgaria

It didn't take long for Cristiano Ronaldo to give Portugal the boost it needed in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Ronaldo scored twice in the first four minutes, then added two others in the second half, to help the European champion rout nine-man Andorra 6-0 on Friday and earn its first win in qualifying. Ronaldo did not play in the 2-0 loss to Switzerland in the Group B opener in September because he was still recovering from a knee injury sustained in the final of Euro 201

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:48:24 -0400
Soccer-Promes double points Dutch back to winning ways

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Belgium hammered Bosnia 4-0 for its second straight World Cup qualifying win on Friday, brushing off injuries to lead Europe's Group

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:34:32 -0400
21-year-old Horvath in goal to make US debut at Cuba

Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, universally known as Tite, isn't yet comfortable in his position as coach of Brazil, but Brazilians are already comfortable with him. Brazil coaches aren't hailed very much by some of the most demanding football fans on the planet, but many believe Tite, after only three games in charge, is making their national team great again. The evidence is skimpy after World Cup qualifying wins over Ecuador and Colombia, and beating Bolivia 5-0 in Nata

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:59:48 -0400
UEFA imposes ban on Finland midfielder Roman Eremenko

A former Costa Rican soccer federation president, who was arrested last year in a U.S. corruption probe involving the sport's global governing body FIFA, is expected to plead guilty on Friday, according to court records. Eduardo Li, who is also a former member of the executive committee for the North and Central American and Caribbean soccer confederation, CONCACAF, is set to appear in federal court in Brooklyn for a plea hearing, court records show. A lawyer for Li did not immediately respond to a request for commen

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