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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 21:15:31 -0500
Soccer-Red Bulls beat D.C. as Timbers and Whitecaps draw

(Reuters) - It was not "pretty' but the New York Red Bulls got the job done with a 1-0 victory in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semi-final series against D.C. United on Sunday. Midfielder Dax McCarty delivered a valuable away goal in the 72nd minute, set up by a free kick from Sacha Kljestan for the top-seeded Red Bulls. In the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps played a drab scoreless draw in a game of few chance

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 21:15:31 -0500
Soccer-Red Bulls beat D.C. as Timbers and Whitecaps draw

(Reuters) - It was not "pretty' but the New York Red Bulls got the job done with a 1-0 victory in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semi-final series against D.C. United on Sunday. Midfielder Dax McCarty delivered a valuable away goal in the 72nd minute, set up by a free kick from Sacha Kljestan for the top-seeded Red Bulls. In the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps played a drab scoreless draw in a game of few chance

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 20:16:06 -0500
Soccer-Boca Juniors win 25th Argentine league title

Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, who hadn't played in a Major League Soccer game since 2011, got the heads up Sunday morning that he was starting for the Timbers that afternoon in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinal against Vancouver. Gleeson, who played in 20 games this season for Portland's reserve team, the USL's Timbers 2, started and had three saves in a 0-0 draw. Got to be patient, but it definitely gets you there in the end,'' Gleeson sai

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 19:39:15 -0500
Timbers and Whitecaps play to 0-0 draw in MLS playoff match

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dax McCarty scored in the 72nd minute and the New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 1-0 on Sunday in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal serie

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 19:01:01 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT Monday, Nov 2

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Few would have imagined that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's job would be in danger just six months after winning the Premier League titl

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 17:39:54 -0500
Soccer-European roundup-Chelsea lose, Real and Barca win, Bayern held

Fiorentina won to reclaim the lead of Italy's Serie A on an otherwise subdued Sunday for Europe's major league

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 17:13:33 -0500
Soccer-Easy 3-0 win takes Corinthians step closer to title

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dax McCarty scored in the 72nd minute and the New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 1-0 on Sunday in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal serie

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 14:01:20 -0500
Soccer-Ecuador championship results and standings

Arouna Kone got the match ball and a contract extension. The 31-year-old striker's hat trick on Sunday powered Everton to its biggest Premier League win in eight years, routing Sunderland 6-2. ''Today was the most complete 90 minutes he has had and it was a phenomenal 90 minutes because it triggers an extension to his contract,'' Everton coach Roberto Martinez sai

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Sun, 01 Nov 2015 13:49:56 -0500
Soccer-Stuttgart on road to recovery with win over Darmstadt

Southampton beat Bournemouth 2-0 Sunday in the Premier League in a rare meeting of the south-coast rivals. Ronald Koeman's Saints dominated the first half against the newly promoted Cherries with Steven Davis opening the scoring in the 31st minute and Graziano Pelle adding a second goal five minutes later. Southampton's Victor Wanyama was sent off with 10 minutes remaining for two yellow cards but Bournemouth failed to take advantage of its numerical advantag

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 14:01:17 -0400
Man United held to another 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace

Manchester City needed a late penalty from Yaya Toure to secure a 2-1 win over 10-man Norwich that kept the team atop the Premier League. Goalkeeper Joe Hart's error gifted Norwich's Cameron Jerome an unlikely equalizer seven minutes from time at the Etihad Stadium. City had looked in control before that after finally breaking the resilient Canaries with a firm header from Nicolas Otamendi after 67 minute

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:52:50 -0400
Man City stays top after beating Norwich 2-1 in EPL

Mesut Ozil set up two goals as Arsenal used a second-half barrage to beat Swansea 3-0 Saturday in the Premier League. The win helped Arsenal bounce back a loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup as the Gunners shrugged off their many injury concerns to seize back some momentum going into a crucial Champions League trip to Bayern Munich. After a hesitant first half, Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock by heading in Ozil's corner in the 49th minute for the 2,000th goal Arsenal has scored under manager Arsene Wenge

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:23:21 -0400
Stoke holds Newcastle to 0-0 draw in Premier League

Leicester scored three goals in 20 minutes to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 Saturday, with England striker Jamie Vardy netting in his eighth straight Premier League game. Vardy is two games away from matching Ruud van Nistelrooy's record set in 2003 and is the league's top scorer with 11 goals in 11 matches. Riyad Mahrez had already scored in the 57th and 64th minutes as the visitors remained unbeaten on the roa

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:12:46 -0400
Soccer-Bundesliga top scorers

LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea's slump in form under Jose Mourinho reached a new low on Saturday after a 3-1 loss at home to Liverpool, while Arsenal and Manchester City continued to set the pace at the summit of the Premier Leagu

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:00:53 -0400
Soccer-Ronaldo helps Real to pull clear of Barca at the top

LONDON (AP) -- Odion Ighalo scored twice to guide Watford to a 2-0 victory against West Ham on Saturday in the Premier League at Vicarage Roa

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:58:39 -0400
Soccer-Hungarian championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Manchester United failed to score again in its 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturda

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 10:54:06 -0400
Soccer-Serbian championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Liverpool handed new manager Juergen Klopp his first Premier League win, coming from behind to beat defending champion Chelsea 3-

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:21:36 -0400
Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

Eintracht Frankfurt ended Bayern Munich's record 10-game winning start to the Bundesliga by holding the German league leader 0-0 on Friday. Bayern had been targeting Tottenham Hotspur's mark from 1960-61 in England. Frankfurt, which was knocked out of the German Cup by third-division side Erzgebirge Aue on Tuesday, had lost the previous six meetings between the sides without scorin

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:28:07 -0400
Soccer-Romanian championship results and standings

A revival of the Atlantic Cup in the postseason, a Cascadia rivalry showdown and the stardom of Montreal's Didier Drogba at age 37 highlights the conference semifinal round of the MLS Cup playoffs that begin this weekend. The two-game, total goals series begin on Sunday, led by Supporters' Shield winners the New York Red Bulls facing D.C. United in one Eastern Conference semifinal, while Portland - after its dramatic knockout round win over Sporting Kansas City - faces Vancouver in a showdown of Cascadia rivals in the Western Conferenc

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:21:12 -0400
Soccer-Presidential candidate Champagne wants a more humble FIFA

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne wants soccer's crisis-hit government body to be less formal and more humble in the future. FIFA has been buffeted by scandals that have seen both outgoing president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini, previously considered the favorite to take over, both suspended for 90 days. In addition to allegations of corruption, FIFA has been criticized for its extravagance, with officials enjoying a five-star lifestyle that includes private jets and banquets in opulent palace

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:55:45 -0400
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Embattled soccer boss Sepp Blatter has rejected complaints made by the sport's biggest sponsors over a bribery and corruption scandal, saying they were politically motivated and made at the behest of the United States. Blatter has been suspended from FIFA as part of the fall-out from a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into bribery, money-laundering and wire fraud at the sport's governing body. The 79-year-old had initially been set to remain in his post until next year, despite a string of arrests of top FIFA officials, until a group of major sponsors issued coordinated calls for him to g

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:55:45 -0400
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Embattled soccer boss Sepp Blatter has rejected complaints made by the sport's biggest sponsors over a bribery and corruption scandal, saying they were politically motivated and made at the behest of the United States. Blatter has been suspended from FIFA as part of the fall-out from a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into bribery, money-laundering and wire fraud at the sport's governing body. The 79-year-old had initially been set to remain in his post until next year, despite a string of arrests of top FIFA officials, until a group of major sponsors issued coordinated calls for him to g

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:49:51 -0400
Soccer-Captain Iniesta back for Barca for trip to Getafe

The Russian team that successfully bid to host the 2018 World Cup had no knowledge of who would win until the vote on choosing a host was publicly announced, the head of the Russian organising committee said on Friday. The committee "only learnt about the decision of the FIFA Executive Committee when it was made public on 2 December 2010 and was beforehand neither aware of or involved in discussions as mentioned in recent media reports," committee chief executive Alexei Sorokin said in a statement released by the committee. The committee issued the remarks in response to comments earlier this week by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who has been suspended for 90 days by FIFA's Ethics Committee amid a corruption investigatio

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 01:04:23 -0400
Soccer-US championship results

Rodney Wallace scored in the 57th minute to put the Timbers in front, but Kevin Ellis scored the equalizer for Kansas City in the 87th minute and the match went to extra time. After Krisztian Nemeth's top-corner goal in the 97th minute, Maximiliano Urruti answered in the 118th, and the match went to penalty kicks. Portland's Adam Kwarasey buried his before stopping Kansas City backup keeper Jon Kempin's shot for the victor

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 23:54:37 -0400
Soccer-Drogba on target as Montreal see off Toronto

(Reuters) - Toronto FC waited nine years for a taste of the Major League Soccer playoffs but on Thursday the Montreal Impact ensured they had little chance to savor it with a 3-0 win over their Canadian rivals. First-half goals from Patrice Bernier (18th minute), Ignacio Piatti (33) and Didier Drogba (39) saw Montreal advance to the Eastern Conference semi-finals, where they will face Columbus Crew in the first leg on Sunday. Montreal’s campaign has been bolstered by the arrival of former Chelsea striker Drogba, who has scored 12 goals in 12 games since joining the club in Jul

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:59:26 -0400
Soccer-US championship results

MONTREAL (AP) -- Patrice Bernier, Ignacio Piatti and Didier Drogba scored in the first half and the Montreal Impact beat Toronto FC 3-0 on Thursday night to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinal

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 18:01:34 -0400
Soccer-FIFA candidate denies role in punishing protesting athletes

By Simon Evans WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa denied on Thursday he had ever been involved in investigating and prosecuting athletes active in Bahrain's democracy protests in 2011. Britain's Guardian newspaper cited on Tuesday a 2011 Bahrain News Agency article stating that Salman, who is now president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), had been appointed to "lead the investigation committee". Since announcing on Monday that he will run for FIFA president, Salman has faced strident criticism from human rights groups who say he had local soccer players arrested, detained, abused, tortured and publicly humiliated during the protests while he was head of the Bahrain Football Associatio

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:38:46 -0400
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

San Lorenzo’s Edgardo Bauza and Diego Cocca of Racing Club, who coached their teams to major titles last year, said on Thursday they were quitting their jobs when the Argentine season ends next month. Bauza steered the Saints to their first South American Libertadores Cup victory in 2014 before Cocca’s Racing won their first domestic league title in 13 years. It’s the best thing for the club and the squad,” Bauza, who was in charge for two years, told a news conferenc

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:59:22 -0400
EXCLUSIVE-Soccer-Asian sports chief hopes for election deal between AFC and UEFA

By Simon Evans WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the top powerbrokers in global sport, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, said a direct battle between Asian and European candidates for president of crisis-hit world soccer body FIFA should be averted by the striking of a deal between the pair. In an interview with Reuters, Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad said he still hoped that suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini would be able to stand as president in February to lead FIFA out of the worst corruption scandal of its 111-year histor

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:41:29 -0400
Soccer-Uruguayan Poyet appointed AEK Athens manager

If things get any worse, Jose Mourinho might not last much longer in the Chelsea dugout. Chelsea, which hosts Liverpool on Saturday, expressed its ''full support'' in its most successful manager at the start of October. The team has only one win in four games since and Mourinho's behavior has become increasingly errati

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:07:00 -0400
Soccer-Youthful Atletico ready to challenge again, says Simeone

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian hosts of the 2018 soccer World Cup will not make any further cuts to the budget for the tournament, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was quoted as saying on Thursday by TASS news agency. "The budget is final, it's protected, we're not going to make any more cuts," the agency quoted Mutko as saying. (Reporting by Alex Winning; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Lidia Kell

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:43:10 -0400
Javier Mascherano admits to unpaid taxes in Spain

LONDON (AP) -- Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney appeared to have a laser directed at his face during Wednesday's League Cup loss to Middlesbrough and the incident will be investigated by the English Football Associatio

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:02:12 -0400
Paul Gascoigne pleads guilty to harassing ex-girlfriend

Suspended UEFA head Michel Platini said on Thursday he was the only person with the vision to lead soccer's world governing body FIFA out of a corruption scandal but there were opponents who "don't want to give football back to the players". "I'm waiting for events to unfold." FIFA has been embroiled in a widening corruption scandal since 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives were indicted by the United States in May. Since then, Swiss authorities have opened their own investigation into FIFA's activities and FIFA's own Ethics Committee has suspended both President Sepp Blatter and Platini, who had been favorite to replace him. Platini denies wrongdoing and is fighting the suspensio

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:02:12 -0400
Paul Gascoigne pleads guilty to harassing ex-girlfriend

Suspended UEFA head Michel Platini said on Thursday he was the only person with the vision to lead soccer's world governing body FIFA out of a corruption scandal but there were opponents who "don't want to give football back to the players". "I'm waiting for events to unfold." FIFA has been embroiled in a widening corruption scandal since 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives were indicted by the United States in May. Since then, Swiss authorities have opened their own investigation into FIFA's activities and FIFA's own Ethics Committee has suspended both President Sepp Blatter and Platini, who had been favorite to replace him. Platini denies wrongdoing and is fighting the suspensio

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 03:21:56 -0400
Soccer-Aguero impossible to replace but City can cope - Pellegrini

Michel Platini still expects to be elected president of FIFA, despite his provisional ban from the game amid investigations of corruption in world soccer's governing body, the Frenchman told Swiss newspaper Le Matin. "People want to stop me from standing because they know I have every chance of winning," Platini -- the former French international who headed European soccer body UEFA before his suspension -- was quoted as saying in an interview. "I get the impression they don't want a former player running FIFA, as if they don't want to give football back to the player

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 02:51:32 -0400
Soccer-Liverpool - Klopp pleased after first win, Benteke boost

(Removes extraneous word in second paragraph) Oct 29 (Reuters) - Middlesbrough were lucky to win on penalties, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said after his side were knocked out of the League Cup by the Championship club on Wednesday. With captain Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missing from the spot during the 3-1 loss, the Red Devils have now lost each of their last four penalty shoot-outs in all competitions. United have lost in three of their last four League Cup meetings against lower-league opposition and Van Gaal has criticised his side's poor finishing, especially after they missed a series of chances on Wednesda

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 01:43:49 -0400
Soccer-Defending MLS champions Galaxy crash out

(Reuters) - Seattle midfielder Erik Friberg scored the winner as the Sounders beat Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 to eliminate the defending champions from the Major League Soccer playoffs on Wednesday. Galaxy did not lack attacking firepower with Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos in their ranks but shaky defense proved their undoing. On the opposite coast, Chris Rolfe scored a late winner as D.C. United opened the playoffs with a 2-1 comeback victory over the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium to book their place in the Eastern Conference semi-final

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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:18:25 -0400
Soccer-US championship results

Erik Friberg took advantage of a defensive mistake and scored in the 73rd minute, lifting the Seattle Sounders past the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 on Wednesday night in the knockout round of the MLS Cup playoffs. After getting eliminated from the playoffs by Los Angeles three times since 2010, Seattle finally got the better of its rival to the south and ended the year for the Galaxy, who had won three of the last four MLS Cup titles. Seattle scored twice in the first 12 minutes on goals from Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez, part of a wild first half that featured four goals in the first 22 minute

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:54:34 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

(Reuters) - Chris Rolfe scored the late winner as D.C. United opened the Major League Soccer playoffs with a wild comeback 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium on Wednesday. With the knockout round victory, United booked their place in the Eastern Conference semifinals. A spectacular bicycle-kick goal by New England striker Juan Agudelo to open the scoring counted for nothing as the Revolution, last season's MLS Cup runners-up, fell at the first hurdle this tim

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:33:58 -0400
Soccer-US championship results

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Rolfe scored in the 83rd minute to help D.C. United beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on a rainy Wednesday night in the knockout round of the MLS Cup playoff

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:52:24 -0400
Soccer-Another surprise defeat for Juve as Roma go top

Manchester United was eliminated from the League Cup by second-tier Middlesbrough in a penalty shootout on Wednesday in the latest fourth-round shock. English trio Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missed from the spot for United as Middlesbrough advanced 3-1 in the shootout after the game finished 0-0 after extra time. Middlesbrough's reward for winning at Old Trafford was being drawn to host Everton in the quarterfinals in a month's tim

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 17:30:25 -0400
Wambach didnt want retirement to overshadow victory tour

LONDON (AP) -- Juergen Klopp celebrated his first victory as Liverpool manager on Wednesday following three draws, with his new team reaching the League Cup quarterfinals by eliminating Bournemout

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:54:54 -0400
Soccer-Dutch Cup 3rd round results

Werder Bremen says American forward Aron Johannsson has undergone surgery on a hip problem, an injury that likely will force him to miss the Americans' opening World Cup qualifiers next month. Bremen's team physician Dr. Philip Heitmann says ''conservative methods'' (of healing) could not get rid of the pain. Johannsson joined Bremen at the start of the season and has scored two goals in six appearances for the Bundesliga clu

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:04:23 -0400
Revolution-D.C. United Preview

The first step toward another MLS Cup for the Los Angeles Galaxy is a familiar one. The Seattle Sounders would like to finally alter the script to have a chance at their first. The fourth-seeded Sounders will try eliminate the No. 5 Galaxy from the postseason for the first time Wednesday night in the Western Conference's knockout round in Seattl

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:49:35 -0400
Soccer-FIFA - Blatter planned for Russia and U.S. to host World Cups

FIFA president Sepp Blatter planned for Russia and the United States to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and blamed UEFA president Michel Platini for Qatar's bid victory over the Americans, a spokesman for Blatter said on Wednesday. "It was not an agreement, this was his proposal and of course it (then) went to the vote at the (FIFA) executive committee," he said. In an interview with Russian news agency TASS in which he took aim at Platini for playing a part in what he called attacks on him, Blatter portrayed the double World Cup vote, held in 2010, as the catalyst for crisis at global soccer's governing bod

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:20:10 -0400
A guide to the FIFA presidential candidates

Spain's national court has rejected Neymar's request to throw out a probe into his transfer to Barcelona two years ago. The court announced Wednesday it will look into a complaint made by a Brazilian investment group which claims it was financially harmed when Barcelona and Neymar allegedly withheld the real amount of the player's transfer fee from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. The complaint made in June by investment group DIS also names Barcelona and Neymar's father as defendants, along with former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and current president Josep Maria Bartome

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:03:00 -0400
Soccer-Brazil - ex-football chief agrees to U.S. extradition -Swiss

FIFA sponsor Visa has threatened to cut its ties with the scandal-tarnished governing body if the credit card company isn't satisfied with reforms. A Visa executive appeared Wednesday alongside representatives from McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch at a British parliamentary hearing into FIFA. Visa vice chair Ellen Richey says the company wants to see a more independent reforms proces

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:54:37 -0400
FIFA - Blatter blames Platini, England and U.S. for "attacks"

Blatter, who was suspended along with Michel Platini, made the comments during a wide-ranging and stinging interview published Wednesday by Russian state news agency Tass. ''And they wanted to say, 'We, ethics committee, we are not at the service of the president, we are totally independent.' This is wrong,'' Blatter said in the interview. The longtime FIFA president also railed against several perceived enemies, including Platini, American authorities, the European Union and media in England and his native Switzerlan

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:36:14 -0400
Seven ready to run for head of FIFA; Nakhid disqualified

Switzerland's justice ministry says 2014 World Cup organizing head Jose Maria Marin of Brazil has agreed to be extradited to the United States in the FIFA bribery case. The Swiss ministry says Marin agreed to the U.S request at a hearing on Tuesday. Marin ''must be placed in the custody of a U.S. police escort and taken to the USA within 10 days,'' the ministry say

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:45:12 -0400
Soccer-Mourinho still the right man for Chelsea, says Remy

Seven men are in the running to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, with Michel Platini's candidature accepted but pending because of his suspension from soccer. FIFA published the list of valid applications ''proposed in due time and form'' on Wednesday. It did not include former Trinidad and Tobago player David Nakhid, who did not have the five required nomination

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 05:36:00 -0400
Soccer-Community not cash centre to Man City - global plans

ZURICH (Reuters) - World soccer body FIFA on Wednesday named the seven confirmed candidates vying for the FIFA presidency at a Feb. 26 election. In a statement, Zurich-based FIFA said the candidates proposed were: Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Musa Hassan Bility, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Michel Platini, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale. UEFA chief Platini was suspended this month for 90 days. FIFA said that his candidacy would not be processed by its electoral committee as long as the ban was in force. (Reporting by Joshua Franklin; Editing by Michael Shield

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