Soccer

England's Marcus Rashford, left, and Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner challenge for the ball during the International friendly soccer match between England and Switzerland at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 . (AP Photo/ Rui Vieira)
September 12, 2018 - 8:44 am
With goals in each of England's two games over the international break, Marcus Rashford might have nailed down a starting place for his country. Doing the same at his club won't be quite so easy. Rashford was back at Manchester United on Wednesday, likely resuming life on the margins of English...
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In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Candelaria Cabrera plays with a soccer ball in Chabaz, Argentina. "Cande," as she is known by friends and family, is the only girl playing in a children's soccer league in the southern part of Argentina's Santa Fe province, birthplace of stars including Lionel Messi, Gabriel Batistuta and Jorge Valdano. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
September 11, 2018 - 4:41 pm
CHABÁS, Argentina (AP) — At age 7, Candelaria Cabrera goes after the soccer ball with determination. She drives toward her rivals without caring much about getting hurt and deftly manages the bumps on the dirt field. She wears a loose white jersey from Huracan de Chabas, her hometown, located 230...
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Olivier Giroud of France.left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides 2nd goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between France and the Netherlands at the Stade De France in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
September 09, 2018 - 6:01 pm
GENEVA (AP) — It took a stunning goal for World Cup champion France to get its first win in international soccer's newest competition on Sunday. Not from superstar Kylian Mbappe — who did tap in the first goal of France's 2-1 win over the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League game — and not from...
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Spain's Saul Niguez celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between England and Spain at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday Sept. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
September 08, 2018 - 8:26 pm
LONDON (AP) — Gareth Southgate's trademark garment has gone. England's World Cup feel-good factor also has faded. The football fervor that swept through the country during June and July was punctured by a 2-1 loss to Spain as England's homecoming that turned into a letdown at Wembley Stadium on...
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Brazil forward Neymar, second from left, kicks a penalty kick against the United States during the first half of an international soccer friendly match, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
September 07, 2018 - 11:44 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Neymar and Brazilian teammates showed young American players how large a gap they must overcome. Roberto Firmino scored in the 11th minute off a cross from Douglas Costa, who burst down a flank past 21-year-old left back Antonee Robinson. Neymar added a penalty kick in...
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Italy's Mario Balotelli during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Italy and Poland at Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
September 07, 2018 - 5:41 pm
ROME (AP) — Ten months after failing to qualify for the World Cup, Italy still doesn't look World Cup-worthy. Playing their first competitive match since last year's playoff loss to Sweden, the Azzurri required a late penalty to draw with Poland 1-1 at home on Friday in the UEFA Nations League...
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September 07, 2018 - 9:27 am
For English soccer, the first two-week international period of the new season often doubles as the next phase of a post-mortem into the national team's failings at a recent tournament. Not so much this time. As the squad gathered at its St. George's Park training base this week ahead of matches...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2018 file photo Germany's Mesut Ozil runs with the ball during a friendly soccer match between Austria and Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)
September 07, 2018 - 6:28 am
MUNICH (AP) — The start of Germany's post-Mesut Ozil era showed Germany is missing a player like Mesut Ozil. Without the Arsenal midfielder on the field, Germany tried hard but ultimately failed to break through France's defense, playing out a 0-0 draw Thursday in the UEFA Nations League. The 29-...
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September 06, 2018 - 1:41 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The next U.S. soccer coach will be announced by the end of the year, possibly ahead of November exhibitions against England and Italy. The coach will have to move to Chicago, work out of the federation's office and speak English. Former American midfielder Earnie...
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Members of the Wild Boars soccer team laugh during a public discussion in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. They spoke Thursday at an exhibition about their ordeal of being trapped for almost three weeks in a flooded cave, at one of Bangkok's largest shopping malls. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
September 06, 2018 - 11:14 am
BANGKOK (AP) — It was show time Thursday for the 12 boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach who were trapped for almost three weeks in a flooded cave in northern Thailand as they spoke at a public exhibition in one of Bangkok's largest malls. That was just the start of the day for the small-town...
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