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Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric on 10-man list for FIFA best player award

World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will challenge the decade-long dominance of FIFA’s best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Mbappe, the teenage star of France’s …


MLS Capsules: Atlanta’s Josef Martinez sets MLS record with 6th career hat trick

ATLANTA – Josef Martinez set an MLS record with his sixth career hat trick and Atlanta United rallied to beat D.C. United 3-1 on Saturday. Martinez has a league-leading 22 …


UPDATED: Sat., July 21, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

Nicolas Lodeiro scores twice, Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Nicolas Lodeiro scored twice in the first half in the Seattle Sounders’ 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Seattle (5-9-5) extended its season-high unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2).


Sounders release midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem after only six starts

Norwegian midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem had made only six starts and was often a healthy scratch or substitute for a Sounders team that had paid targeted allocation money (TAM) to …


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Sounders must quickly regain their home-field mojo ahead of showdown with rival Vancouver Whitcaps

The Sounders this season have largely given away bragging rights to having the league’s toughest home fortress in CenturyLink Field, with places like Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta now laying …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 2:49 p.m.

Alisson joins Liverpool as world’s most expensive goalie

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after joining Liverpool from Roma. Roma said the deal for Brazil’s starting goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia “could …


Condon: Minor-league soccer could come to Spokane with construction of downtown stadium

As the Spokane School Board weighs its options for asking voters to approve a new bond measure that would bring high school athletics downtown, Mayor David Condon is making the …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 11:11 a.m.

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 …