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Stories tagged: soccer

‘Everybody is watching’: Nico Lodeiro searching for that 2016 feeling as the Sounders begin playoff run

Lodeiro came to Seattle to win championships. But the path to his second MLS Cup is stretching longer than planned.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes playoff debut as chase for MLS Cup begins

Here are some things to know about the first-round matchups:

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

Sounders torn on MLS’s new playoff format: Some apprehension, yet ‘it’s going to be super dramatic’

A pause and a contorted face are among the frequent reactions to questions regarding Major League Soccer’s new playoff format.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid likely to be moved to December

This month’s Spanish league “clasico” match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is expected to be postponed until December because of a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 3:22 p.m.

Spanish soccer league tries again to stage game in Miami

Undeterred by the resistance it faced last season, the Spanish soccer league is trying again to take a regular season game to the United States.

Spain spotlight: Teenager Ansu Fati becomes next promising star

A 16-year-old forward born in Guinea-Bissau has become the next promising soccer star in Spain. Ansu Fati, who made his debut with Barcelona this season, has quickly attracted everyone’s attention …

Germany spotlight: Borussia Monchengladbach’s coaching gamble paying off

Borussia Monchengladbach’s gamble on a new coach appears to be paying off. Former Salzburg coach Marco Rose has led the team to the top of the Bundesliga even though his …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 12:18 a.m.

South Korean soccer team tells of ‘rough’ match in Pyongyang

South Korea’s national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a “rough” match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA.

Atlanta heads into MLS playoffs looking to defend its Cup

It’s been a strange season for Atlanta United. They’ve added more two more cups to their collection. They’ve endured some rather baffling losses. After all that, the defending MLS Cup …

Paul Pogba ruled out of Liverpool game; David De Gea major doubt

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League game against Liverpool, while goalkeeper David De Gea is unlikely to recover …

UEFA asked to remove Turkey as Champions League final host

UEFA has been asked to consider moving this season’s Champions League final out of Istanbul because of Turkey’s military action in Syria.

Revitalized Italy on brink of record 10th straight win

From soccer flops to the brink of making history, Italy has come a long way in the two years since its embarrassing failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

Canada beats U.S. 2-0, ends 34-year, 17-game winless streak

The U.S. men’s soccer team lost to Canada for the first time in 34 years, allowing second-half goals to Alphonso Davis and Lucas Cavallini in a 2-0 defeat Tuesday night …

Argos Dig Their Way To A Clean Field

With another blanket of snow hitting Great Falls, the Argos soccer team relied on some friends to dig them out of the mess.

UCL roundup: Tottenham loses 7-2 to Bayern; Real Madrid salvages draw

A Champions League finalist for the first time just four months ago, Tottenham is making history again in Europe’s top club competition this season. The wrong kind of history.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019, 9:31 a.m.

U.S. Soccer opposes USWNT request for class certification

The U.S. Soccer Federation has filed a motion opposing the U.S. women’s national team’s request to certify the players’ lawsuit seeking equitable pay as a class action.

Soccer leagues, player unions team up on concussion protocol

European soccer leagues and player unions are teaming up to improve how concussions are identified and treated during games. The European Leagues group and FIFPro, the global network of national …

Timbers owner fined $100,000 conduct aimed at officials

Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson has been fined $100,000 by Major League Soccer for “misconduct directed at match officials.”

Eden Hazard seeks 1st goal for Madrid in derby vs. Atletico

Eden Hazard is hoping to score his first goal since joining Real Madrid when it visits Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital derby on Saturday.

Spain spotlight: Zinedine Zidane goes back to formula that helped Madrid succeed

After an up-and-down start to the season, coach Zinedine Zidane is going back to the formula that helped Real Madrid succeed when he first took over three years ago.

England spotlight: Teenage prodigy Mason Greenwood delivering on hype at Man United

Teenage striker Mason Greenwood is proving to be one of the few bright sparks in another underwhelming season for Manchester United.

Germany spotlight: Dortmund under pressure as old problems resurface

Borussia Dortmund is under pressure after dropping more points in its bid to end Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga dominance. But don’t suggest the team has a mentality problem.

Italy spotlight: Italian players’ rep bemoans racism tolerance

It was the day after Christmas and the festive atmosphere was quickly ruined when a soccer fan died in clashes outside of the venerated San Siro stadium in Milan.

MLS roundup: Galaxy earn playoff spot, beating Salt Lake 2-1; LAFC wins Supporters’ Shield

Cristian Pavon and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the second-half goal and Los Angeles beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Wednesday night for the Galaxy’s first playoff berth since 2016.

Montreal tops Toronto on penalty kicks for Canadian title

Rudy Camacho, Bojan and Daniel Lovitz scored in a shootout and the Montreal Impact beat Toronto FC 3-1 in the tiebreaker Wednesday night after the MLS teams tied 1-1 in …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 3:24 p.m.

English roundup: United survives scare against lowly Rochdale in League Cup

Manchester United narrowly avoided one of the most embarrassing cup exits in its history, only beating third-tier struggler Rochdale in a penalty shootout after conceding a goal to a 16-year-old …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

French roundup: PSG slumps to 1st home loss in 16 months in French league

Paris Saint-Germain slumped to its first home defeat in the French league in 16 months by losing 2-0 to Reims on Wednesday.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 3:11 p.m.

Spanish roundup: Brazilian teenagers lead Real Madrid to league lead

Real Madrid’s Brazilian teenagers came through on Wednesday, taking the team to the top of the Spanish league.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 2:19 p.m.

Italian roundup: Napoli loses to Cagliari as Inter extends perfect start

Napoli’s Serie A title aspirations took a hit with a 1-0 home loss to Cagliari on Wednesday while Inter Milan extended its perfect start in the Italian league.

Fractured squad hampers Mauricio Pochettino’s rebuild of Tottenham

Tottenham broke into English soccer’s established elite through squad unity, the energy of youth and a common purpose created by manager Mauricio Pochettino. More than five years into Pochettino’s tenure, …