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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 …


World Cup kickoff: Well-rested Harry Kane still tops World Cup scorers

When Harry Kane takes the field for England on Tuesday, it will be his first match in nine days. He’s still the leading scorer at the World Cup.


DC United hoping Wayne Rooney can turn its fortunes

Major League Soccer’s D.C. United introduced former Manchester United, Everton and England captain Wayne Rooney on Monday. He will wear the No. 9 jersey while trying to spark a struggling …


Danijel Subasic saves 3 in shootout, Croatia advances at World Cup

In the second straight shootout of the tournament, the Croats advanced to the quarterfinals on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Denmark on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Nizhny …


Host Russia extends World Cup party by eliminating Spain

Igor Akinfeev saved two shots during the shootout, while all of his teammates scored to give Russia a 4-3 advantage after a draw that was dominated by Spain in every …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Larrys Mabiala scores twice, Timbers beat Sounders 3-2

Larrys Mabiala scored off of two corner kicks, the second the winner in the 74th minute, in the Portland Timbers’ 3-2 victory over the Seattle Sounders. Samuel Armenteros also scored, …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 7:34 p.m.

Edinson Cavani scores twice, Uruguay ousts Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal 2-1 at World Cup

Edinson Cavani scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo none. That gave Uruguay a 2-1 victory over Portugal at the World Cup. Ronaldo’s exit came on the same day that Lionel Messi …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 5:29 p.m.

Kylian Mbappe, not Lionel Messi, stars as France ousts Argentina 4-3 from World Cup

Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in a five-minute span to lead France over Argentina 4-3 and into the World Cup quarterfinals. The loss could be the end of Lionel …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Raul Ruidiaz arrives to rescue Sounders, but team must buy time for him to get on the field

Raul Ruidiaz walked into Sounders training on Friday touted as a goal-scoring savior. But his teammates will need to figure out how to outscore the opposition in a handful of …


Lionel Messi vs. France with Maradona watching; Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Uruguay

No matter what Lionel Messi does at the World Cup, Diego Maradona will be watching. Messi was already facing outsize pressure in what could be his last World Cup, and …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

Look at the math, and Seattle Sounders’ match vs. Portland Timbers is more than a rivalry

Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer knows Saturday’s upcoming match against Portland might have more than just a rivalry at stake. The Sounders may irreparably harm their playoff chances if they can’t …


Panama coach gets mad after team called worst at World Cup

Panama’s coach didn’t like it when someone called his team the worst at the World Cup. The Central American country lost all three of its group matches at the tournament, …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 2:51 p.m.

Tunisia tops Panama 2-1 for first World Cup win in 40 years

Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri set up a second-half goal and then scored one of his own to help his side secure its first victory in a World Cup in four …


Colombia’s win tempered by concern for James Rodriguez

Colombia’s joy at moving on to the knockout round at this World Cup was tempered by concern for their star from the last one. Midfielder James Rodriguez left in the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 3:31 p.m.

Belgium beats England 1-0, moves into tougher side of draw

Belgium came out on top in a match neither team had to win and took first place in its World Cup group with a 1-0 victory over England. Adnan Januzaj …


Yellow cards against Japan and Senegal in the World Cup

All yellow cards assessed against Japan and Senegal in the group stage of the World Cup, with player, opponent, time, cause and referee.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 1:05 p.m.

Colombia advances while Senegal is eliminated by tiebreaker

Yerry Mina scored on a header in the 74th minute and Colombia has defeated Senegal 1-0 to secure a spot in the knockout round at the World Cup. Senegal was …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 1:04 p.m.

Japan advances on yellow cards despite losing at World Cup

Japan advanced to the knockout round at the World Cup on a tiebreaker by receiving fewer yellow cards than Senegal. The Japanese lost to Poland 1-0 in their final group …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 3:10 p.m.

Switzerland and Costa Rica draw 2-2; Swiss advance into round of 16 at World Cup

Switzerland has qualified for the round of 16 at the World Cup despite twice losing the lead in a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica. Costa Rica scored from a penalty …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 2:54 p.m.

Brazil advances to round of 16 at World Cup, tops Serbia 2-0

Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored a goal each to give Brazil a 2-0 victory over Serbia and first place in their World Cup group. Brazil won Group E and will …


South Korea ends World Cup with mixed feelings

The tears flowed on both sides of the field after South Korea beat Germany at the World Cup. The South Koreas struggled to compose themselves even in victory following a …


Mexican fans celebrate South Korea’s victory over Germany

It was a surreal atmosphere at the end of the last group game between Mexico and Sweden at the World Cup. The Mexican fans in the packed arena in Yekaterinburg …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 2:14 p.m.

‘Dark day for German football’ after World Cup elimination

Germany is out of the World Cup and has become the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage. The four-time champions lost …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 3:05 p.m.

Sweden dominates Mexico 3-0, but both head to knockout round

Sweden is headed back to the World Cup knockout round for the first time in a dozen years. Thanks to South Korea, Mexico is also advancing. Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a …