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Fans flock to Geno’s for World Cup final

Try telling the 100 people packed into Geno’s Traditional Food and Ales at 8 a.m. on a Sunday that Spokane isn’t a soccer town. To the warm and inviting scent …


10-man Seattle Sounders hold off Atlanta United for 1-1 draw

Stefan Frei made a key save in the 70th minute and the 10-man Seattle Sounders held on for a 1-1 draw against MLS-leading Atlanta United on Sunday.


UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

No refuge from politics but France’s World Cup victory a fitting climax

This year’s World Cup was never going to be a refuge from politics when it was being staged in Putin’s Russia, but the players did their best to keep the …


Savior or not, new Sounders striker Raul Ruidiaz cleared to debut Sunday

No designated player addition in Sounders history has faced the immediate pressure that will be on newly added striker Raul Ruidiaz on Sunday in Atlanta. He faces the challenge of …


Chelsea hires Maurizio Sarri as manager, replacing fired Antonio Conte

Chelsea hired Maurizio Sarri as its manager on a three-year contract Saturday, bringing in a headstrong coach known for his expansive, attacking approach to football and for revitalizing Napoli in …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 4:07 p.m.

England’s Gareth Southgate, Belgium’s Roberto Martinez tackle a game no one wants to play at FIFA World Cup

England’s Gareth Southgate and Belgium’s Roberto Martinez are working on a tricky coaching problem – how to motivate a team for a game no one wants to play? Southgate is …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Kylian Mbappe, France to face Luka Modric, Croatia for World Cup title

Kylian Mbappe has electrified the World Cup with his speed and youthful exuberance. Luka Modric has coolly controlled matches in Russia with his graceful play in the middle. Whether France …


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 8:04 p.m.

Sounders at the halfway point: Underperforming and looking for direction

With just 16 points at the halfway mark, the Sounders have run out of leeway when it comes to turning their season around. They need to figure out which players …


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

England’s Harry Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup title

Harry Kane will likely come home from the World Cup with the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer and a burnished reputation as a feared forward.


Idaho hires Jeremy Clevenger as women’s soccer head coach

Jeremy Clevenger, who has more than 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, is set to take over the helm of the Idaho Vandals women’s soccer program, the school announced Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

Croatia in World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1

Croatia is going to its first World Cup final. Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute to give the Croats a 2-1 victory over England. Croatia will …


World Cup kickoff: Ending a long wait on the line for both Croatia, England

It has been two decades since Croatia last played in the World Cup semifinals, and 28 years since England made the final four.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 6:42 p.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus in a move expected to benefit the Portugal forward’s tax return. Juventus says it paid $131.5 million for Ronaldo. …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 3:47 p.m.

Vive la France: Les Bleus advance to World Cup final

France is back in the World Cup final for the first time since Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt in 2006. Samuel Umtiti used his head to score from a corner kick in …


World Cup flop Spain parts ways with emergency coach Fernando Hierro

Fernando Hierro is out as coach of Spain’s national team after less than a month in charge and a disappointing four-game run at the World Cup.


Spokane Shadow eliminated from NPSL West Region playoffs

Freddie Braun’s goal late in the first half snapped a 1-all tie and held up in the end as Portland defeated the Spokane Shadow 2-1 in a National Premier Soccer …


Revolution, Sounders play to scoreless draw

Matt Turner recorded his fourth shutout of the season and the New England Revolution played to a scoreless draw with the Seattle Sounders. Turner made one save for the Revs …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

With a rare win under their belts, Sounders head to New England needing to pull off a surprise

The Sounders will try Saturday to win consecutive MLS matches for the first time all year. But they’ll need to do it at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a place …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Strong contingent of area talent leads unbeaten Spokane Shadow in National Premier Soccer League playoffs

The Shadow will host FCM Portland on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Spokane Falls Community College in the West Region quarterfinal of the National Premier League Soccer playoffs.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 4:39 p.m.

World Cup kickoff: England’s ‘easy’ path runs through Sweden

A key storyline in Saturday’s quarterfinal matchups at the World Cup will be England coach Gareth Southgate’s strategy in picking what part of the bracket his team is in. Southgate …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Belgium eliminates Brazil from World Cup, wins 2-1 in quarterfinal thriller

Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1. The result sends Neymar home without living up to the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie follows France’s World Cup journey from afar

Killian Tillie wore his jersey Saturday to Hoopfest while signing countless autographs for fans at Gonzaga’s booth. It wasn’t his Zags’ basketball No. 33 uniform. It was France’s national soccer …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

Kylian Mbappe, Thierry Henry would have another link if France wins World Cup

Kylian Mbappe and Thierry Henry have similar histories. Henry is France’s leading scorer with 51 goals. The 19-year-old Mbappe is Les Bleus’ new sensation. They both played at the same …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

World Cup kickoff: First quarterfinals feature familiar foes

The first day of quarterfinals at the World Cup includes several teammates from top clubs playing against each other. The France-Uruguay match features Antoine Griezmann playing against Atletico Madrid squadmates …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Brazil coach Tite not a fan of penalty shootouts at World Cup

Brazil coach Tite isn’t a fan of penalty shootouts. He just doesn’t have any better ideas. Tite said “a football match should never end by taking penalties.” Brazil will face …


Will Bruin leads Seattle Sounders past Colorado Rapids 2-1

Will Bruin scored twice and Stefan Frei made a spectacular save to help the Seattle Sounders to their second win in their last eight games, 2-1 over the Colorado Rapids. …


FIFA rebukes Diego Maradona for criticizing World Cup referee

FIFA’s patience with Diego Maradona’s World Cup antics has finally run out. Soccer’s world body said it “strongly rebukes” comments by the Argentina great criticizing American referee Mark Geiger’s handling …


Costa Rica says coach Oscar Ramirez out after disappointing World Cup

Costa Rica compiled a record of 9 wins, 6 ties and 4 defeats in 16 qualifying and three World Cup matches under Oscar Ramirez. Villalobos thanked the coach but said …


Neymar leads Brazil past Mexico, into World Cup quarterfinals

Flaunting his flair and his finishing touch wasn’t enough. Neymar put his theatrics on show, too. What became clear in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday is that the …


Belgium beats Japan 3-2 to reach World Cup quarterfinals

Jan Vertonghen started Belgium’s comeback with a wild, looping header and Nacer Chaldi capped it by finishing off a 10-second, end-to-end attack in the final moments. It added up to …