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UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Atlanta’s hot soccer scene featured in winning World Cup bid

Atlanta’s burgeoning soccer scene was featured in North America’s successful bid to land the 2026 World Cup. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened last year, was shown off in the videos the …

UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 2:26 p.m.

Mustaches, silly songs defuse tensions at Russia’s World Cup

Russians are turning to parody to defuse tensions as they ready to host the World Cup amid global tensions. The national soccer team is a favorite target of self-deprecating mockery …

UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Spain fires coach Julen Lopetegui 2 days before World Cup opener

The Spanish soccer federation has fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the country’s opening World Cup match against Portugal. Former player Fernando Hierro will take over as coach. Lopetegui …

UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 11:17 a.m.

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over risky Moroccan proposals for the first …

UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

World Cup preview: Tactical tinkering unsettling Mexico players

Mexicans can never be sure who will be playing for the national team under Juan Carlos Osorio.

World Cup could end debate on whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is better

No player in modern soccer history has enjoyed a better run than Cristiano Ronaldo has had since the last World Cup.

Norman Chad: Land of the free, home of no soccer players

The World Cup begins this week in Russia, laughably minus one of the largest parts of the world, the United States.

Sounders break scoring drought, rally in second half to top D.C. United

Depending on how recent you want to take recent history, a second half go-ahead goal by their Saturday night opponent could have left the Sounders either downcast or slightly optimistic.

UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Julian Green’s goal gives U.S. surprising 1-1 tie at World Cup-bound France

Julian Green scored in the 44th minute and a young United States team held on against tremendous pressure to tie World Cup-bound France 1-1 at Lyon. Kylian Mbappe tied the …

Alex Morgan scores, U.S. women beat China 1-0

Alex Morgan scored on a header in the 57th minute and the U.S. national team beat China 1-0 in an exhibition match. The teams also will meet Tuesday night in …

UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

‘Things went horribly wrong’: Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer on poor start, how to turn it around

Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer agrees his team must start winning games in a hurry if it’s to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time.

UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

AP Interview: Hope Solo says don’t vote for U.S. World Cup bid

Hope Solo is a World Cup winner and Olympic champion with the United States. Now she wants her country to lose one of its biggest soccer contests, FIFA’s vote on …

UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 12:16 p.m.

UEFA to pay $2.28B prize fund to 32 UEFA Champions League teams

UEFA has announced big increases in Champions League prize money topping $2 billion next season, to be paid out in a new system favoring elite clubs with most historical success. …

World Cup spending, profits set to fall short of record sums

The 2018 World Cup has cost Russia billions of dollars to stage and will make FIFA hundreds of millions in profit. Still, the big numbers that are routine for major …

FIFA files criminal complaint over World Cup ticket sales

FIFA says it filed a criminal complaint in Switzerland against online platform Viagogo for selling World Cup tickets. FIFA says it joined other parties filing criminal complaints against alleged “opaque …

UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 8:54 a.m.

World Cup Moments: Geoff Hurst hat trick wins it for England in 1966

Alf Ramsey’s prediction that “England will win the World Cup” at home was bold. The home of football had done very little since returning to the FIFA fold in 1950 …

To Russia with Loew: ‘Jogi’ leading Germany’s title defense

Public personal hygiene mishaps, speeding fines, old-fashioned jumpers, a 1970s hairstyle and cheesy commercials for men’s beauty products – Germans are happy to overlook certain things about Joachim Loew. Jogi, …

Brazil aims to change echo of defeat to sound of celebration

There’s no chance Tite or any of his players will forget the score of Brazil’s humiliating semifinal loss at the last World Cup. That 7-1 loss to Germany in 2014 …

Vladimir Putin’s World Cup a prestige boost for sanctions-hit host

Vladimir Putin’s Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. …

UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Real Salt Lake blanks Sounders for second time in a week

Corey Baird headed home the game-winning goal and Real Salt Lake continued its season-long mastery of Seattle with a 2-0 victory on Saturday night.

UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

Mistakes by Bill Hamid, Matt Miazga help Ireland beat U.S. 2-1

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid’s mistake led to Graham Burke’s tying goal in the 57th minute, Alan Judge scored after Matt Miazga’s defensive lapse in the 90th and Ireland remained unbeaten at …

Sounders pipeline from Cameroon leads to rare teammate combination

Sounders left back Nouhou and newly-added striker Felix Chenkam both hail from the same port city in Cameroon, a rarity for Major League Soccer teammates. They are part of an …

Former national team forward Tiffeny Milbrett gets Hall of Fame nod

Former U.S. women’s national team forward Tiffeny Milbrett has learned she is going into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. She’ll be joined in the 2018 class by MLS Commissioner …

Zinedine Zidane quits as Real Madrid coach after 3rd UEFA Champions League

Zinedine Zidane says he is leaving Real Madrid after two and a half seasons with the Spanish club. The surprise announcement comes less than a week after Zidane led Madrid …

UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs Ty Smith, Filip Kral invited to NHL’s draft combine

Spokane Chiefs defensemen Ty Smith and Filip Kral have been invited to the National Hockey League’s annual draft combine, set to take place this week in Buffalo, New York.

UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2018, 7:02 p.m.

Moving up: Cincinnati latest team added in MLS expansion

No longer just a pro baseball or football city. Not just a hotbed for college hoops. Thousands of soccer fans held a pep rally to celebrate Cincinnati’s surprising ascendance on …

Josh Sargent and Tim Weah, both 18, score as U.S. soccer beats Bolivia 3-0

Josh Sargent scored in his American debut, fellow 18-year-old Tim Weah added a goal in his second international match and a young United States team beat Bolivia 3-0 in an …

Sebastian Saucedo scores first goal of season, Real Salt Lake tops Sounders 1-0

Sebastian Saucedo launched a shot that found the upper right corner in the 61st minute in Real Salt Lake’s 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

UPDATED: Sat., May 26, 2018, 2:49 p.m.

Gareth Bale’s scissor-kick gives Real Madrid 3rd straight European title

Gareth Bale’s mesmerizing scissor-kick helped Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title with a 3-1 victory over a Liverpool side thwarted by a pair of goalkeeping blunders and …

Hard knocks? Sounders defender Kim Kee-hee gives as good as he gets in bashing his way on to MLS scene

Sounders defender Kim Kee-hee says he likes physical play and can take whatever opponents throw his way, be it broken noses, cuts to his eyes or a bloody scalp.