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‘IT WAS AN EXAMPLE LAST WEEK’: Rapids, Toronto FC approaching Champions League with far different mentalities
Toronto FC sign Spanish midfielder Ager Aketxe
MLS '10 years ahead' of Europe, says Toronto FC signing Gregory van der Wiel
'Welcome, Miami': Beckham’s MLS team is born
French soccer referee kicks player during game, earns indefinite ban
Controversial Hope Solo running for president of US Soccer
SYND 9 12 81 MEXICO V CANADA IN CONACAF FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
2018-03-13 11:05:06 (9 Dec 1981) Football news, Canada draws 1-1 with Mexico in the CONACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) tournament in Tegucigalpa. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/you... Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork.   Read More ...
Herdman announces first roster as Canada's men’s soccer coach
2018-03-12 21:14:46 TORONTO — John Herdman has summoned a blend of experience and youth for his first match at the helm of the Canadian men’s soccer team. The Canadians, currently ranked 89th in the world, play No. 121 New Zealand in Murcia, Spain, on March 24, which falls on one of FIFA’s international windows. Experience comes in the form of Atiba Hutchinson, Milan Borjan, Dejan Jakovic, Samuel Piette and Tosaint Ricketts, who account for 249 of the 419 caps spread among the 22 players   Read More ...
Greece suspends soccer league after team owner marches onto field with gun to protest call
2018-03-12 18:10:46 PAOK Thessaloniki owner Ivan Savvidis walked onto field twice with gun holstered on his belt Greece indefinitely suspended its soccer league on Monday, a day after the gun-toting owner of PAOK Thessaloniki marched onto the field following a disputed goal at the end of a match. Giorgos Vasileiadis, the cabinet member in charge of sports, met with Greece's prime minister and said league play was suspended, adding it would not restart "if there is not a new, clear framework agreed to by all so we can move forward with conditions and regulations   Read More ...
Soccer: Japan beaten by Canada to finish 6th at women's Algarve Cup
2018-03-08 05:49:10 PARCHAL, Portugal (Kyodo) -- Japan drew a blank as they lost to fifth-ranked Canada in their final Algarve Cup match Wednesday, finishing sixth in the 12-team invitational women's soccer tournament in Portugal. An early first-half goal by Janine Beckie and Ashley Lawrence's solo effort in the 50th minute lifted Canada to a 2-0 victory over the former Women's World Cup champions in the playoff for fifth place, giving them their third win in four matches   Read More ...
Warnings about North American 2026 World Cup bid heard loud and clear at Telemundo
2018-03-07 06:13:39 NEW YORK — The 2018 World Cup was in the spotlight Tuesday, as Telemundo and Fox commemorated the 100-day mark until the tournament begins in Russia. But that wasn’t the only World Cup on people’s minds. More soccer coverage Last week, ESPN blew the lid off what had become an increasingly open secret among international soccer observers: the North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico has sailed into rough water   Read More ...
TFC signs fullback Justin Morrow to extension
2018-02-28 19:12:23 Toronto FC has locked up up a important part of its defence, signing fullback Justin Morrow to a multi-year extension. The 30-year-old, currently in his fifth season with Toronto, was named to Major League Soccer’s Best XI for the 2017 season after helping the Reds win the MLS Cup, MLS Supporters’ Shield and the Canadian Championship. Morrow scored a career-high eight goals in league play last season, including the first hat-trick of his career on Sept   Read More ...
‘IT WAS AN EXAMPLE LAST WEEK’: Rapids, Toronto FC approaching Champions League with far different mentalities
2018-02-27 14:12:02 TORONTO – While the Reds refuse to look beyond Tuesday night’s return leg, the visiting Colorado Rapids appear to have their sights set on Major League Soccer’s opening weekends. The visitors might as well have been carrying a white flag when they arrived here Sunday on the back of a 2-0 (first leg) Champions League loss last week in Denver. Rapids bench boss Anthony Hudson repeated last week’s pre-game speech ahead of Tuesday night’s Round of 16 decider: That his side is very much in pre-season mode   Read More ...
World Cup bidding concerns raised as it is revealed that FIFA insisted on £216m TV bonus if 2026 tournament is held in USA, Mexico and Canada
2018-02-25 02:37:00   Read More ...
Toronto FC sign Spanish midfielder Ager Aketxe
2018-02-23 18:14:16 Toronto FC announced that they have signed Spanish midfielder Ager Aketxe on Friday. The 24-year-old comes to the team after playing for Cadiz Club de Futbol, S.A.D., where he scored five goals in 18 appearances with the team. He made his professional debut in September when he came out as a substitute during a UEFA Champions League match against FC Shaktar Donetsk   Read More ...
FREE KICKS: Did the transfer merry-go-round solve anything?
2018-02-06 14:14:55 While we should all be resigned to the fact that Manchester City has wrapped up the title, sitting 13 points up on Manchester United after this weekend’s draw against Burnley, the race for the top four looks like it will be as tight as ever. After this weekend’s fixtures, Arsenal sits sixth place with 45 points, five back Chelsea in the critical fourth-place slot   Read More ...
MLS '10 years ahead' of Europe, says Toronto FC signing Gregory van der Wiel
2018-02-06 02:07:20 TORONTO – It sounds strange, Gregory van der Wiel admits, but Major League Soccer might be “10 years ahead” of most European leagues. “It’s way different from Europe,” TFC’s newest signing said Monday at the club’s BMO Training Ground. “It sounds a bit crazy because the level (of play) is probably higher over there.” Higher, sure. But as the 30-year-old Dutchman explained, playing at the top level, in a top league, with some of the biggest clubs, alongside some of the world’s best players, doesn’t shield you from kind of nonsense van der Wiel put up with at his previous two clubs   Read More ...
'Welcome, Miami': Beckham’s MLS team is born
2018-01-29 20:14:15 MIAMI — David Beckham finally has his Major League Soccer team in Miami. Beckham and MLS announced Monday that the long-awaited franchise is now born. It took Beckham nearly four years just to get this far with Miami, and there’s a slew of details still to come — such as the team name, logo and when it will start play. All that can wait   Read More ...
Former FIFA executive Mary Harvey on gender equity progress in U.S. soccer and worldwide
2018-01-26 17:21:13 On the last big day of the United Soccer Coaches convention, the spotlight shone on a forum with the eight candidates in the U.S. Soccer Federation presidential election. The crowd was so big that organizers had to shut the doors and leave some people outside. A few hundred feet away at the same hour, two former U.S. women’s national team players were starting a seminar   Read More ...
Montreal Impact deal teenage midfielder Ballou Tabla to FC Barcelona
2018-01-25 16:06:14 MONTREAL — The Montreal Impact have transferred teenage midfielder Ballou Tabla to FC Barcelona for an undisclosed fee. Tabla, 18, played in 21 games (11 starts) for the Impact last season, picking up two goals and two assists over 1,146 minutes played. At 17 years 338 days, he became the youngest Impact player to take part in an MLS game when he took the field in San Jose on March 4   Read More ...
Toronto should bid to co-host 2026 FIFA World Cup: Tory
2018-01-22 16:11:24 TORONTO — John Tory says he wants Toronto to start the process of bidding to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The mayor released a statement early Monday supporting a staff report that recommends the city enter as a host into a joint bid for the games by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Canada joined the shared proposal — branded “United 2026” — in December, with news that if the countries are chosen, Canada and Mexico would get 10 games apiece and the U   Read More ...
Toronto mayor John Tory recommends city bid to co-host 2026 FIFA World Cup
2018-01-22 15:33:06 TORONTO -- The mayor of Canada's most populous city says he wants Toronto to start the process of bidding to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. John Tory released a statement early Monday supporting a staff report that recommends the city enter as a host into a joint bid for the games by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Canada joined the shared proposal -- branded "United 2026" -- in December, with news that if the countries are chosen, Canada and Mexico would get 10 games apiece and the U   Read More ...
Tory supports bid to co-host 2026 FIFA World Cup
2018-01-22 14:06:46 Toronto Mayor John Tory sits with fans as they wait for the start of MLS Cup Final soccer action between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC in Toronto on Saturday, December 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch Mayor John Tory says he is throwing his support behind a bid to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. A staff report, which will be discussed by the city's executive committee at a meeting later this week, recommends that city council ask the federal and provincial government to agree to provide financial support to Toronto to host the international sporting competition   Read More ...
Former Impact captain Patrice Bernier combines soccer and fundraising
2018-01-17 04:55:48 Patrice Bernier admits he’s added a handful of pounds since his final professional soccer match last October, but maintains he remains in decent shape. But the former Impact midfielder and team captain hasn’t regretted his decision to retire at age 38 and has no pangs to return. That feeling, Bernier insisted, won’t waver next week, when the Major League Soccer team launches its training camp at Olympic Stadium before departing for Florida to continue its workouts in the heat   Read More ...
French soccer referee kicks player during game, earns indefinite ban
2018-01-15 22:10:10 PARIS — The French soccer federation suspended referee Tony Chapron until further notice on Monday after the official kicked a player during a league match. The federation said Chapron will be summoned by French league officials to a disciplinary hearing following Sunday’s incident, when he kicked Nantes defender Diego Carlos before sending him off. Chapron, who was to referee again on Wednesday when Angers faces Troyes, has been removed from the game   Read More ...
Pioneering black footballer Regis, who defied racists, dies
2018-01-15 20:04:30 LONDON -- Cyrille Regis, a pioneer for black soccer players in England who endured racist abuse while forging a career with West Bromwich Albion and defied threats of violence to represent England's national team, has died. He was 59. Regis died on Sunday after a heart attack, the West Brom Former Players' Association wrote on Twitter. The Professional Footballers' Association, which honoured the forward with its young player of the year award in 1978, said Regis was a "great pioneer for equality   Read More ...
'I feel like Coutinho' - Efrain Juarez says he's leaving Monterrey for Vancouver Whitecaps
2018-01-10 04:01:57 Efrain Juarez is leaving Liga MX side Monterrey for Major League Soccer, telling a Mexican radio station he's heading to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Juarez wasn’t in the 18 for the Rayados' Liga MX opener Sunday against Morelia, with coach Antonio Mohamed revealing the defender was in ongoing negotiations with an MLS team. “Efrain Juarez has the possibility of going to the MLS, he is in negotiations and for that reason he is not with the squad,” Mohamed said   Read More ...
John Herdman to take over Canadian men's soccer program as Zambrano exits
2018-01-09 10:15:07 TORONTO - John Herdman, who led the Canada's women's soccer team to back-to-back Olympic bronze medals, is taking over the Canadian men's program. He replaces the fired Octavio Zambrano, who was named head coach of the Canadian men's national team program last March. Herdman's new title is national team head coach and men's EXCEL director. The surprise announcement came Monday evening   Read More ...
New head coach Rémi Garde will put his stamp on Impact in 2018
2018-01-06 13:37:02 The Impact will have a new look when they kick off the 2018 Major League Soccer season. The question is: Will they be better? After losing the Eastern Conference final to Toronto FC in 2016, the Impact failed to even make the playoffs in 2017 with an 11-17-6 record, finishing ninth in the conference. The changes for 2018 start with new head coach Rémi Garde replacing Mauro Biello, who was fired   Read More ...
Impact announces full 2018 schedule
2018-01-04 22:37:30 The Montreal Impact announced its full 2018 regular-season Major League Soccer schedule on Thursday, with 17 games at home and 17 on the road. As previously announced, the team will play one home opener at Olympic Stadium, March 17 against Toronto FC. The remaining 16 home games will be at Saputo Stadium, starting April 21 against the new Los Angeles FC   Read More ...
Johnny Manziel cleared to play in Canadian Football League
2017-12-28 23:04:38 Johnny Football is free again. He might be back on the field soon, too. The Canadian Football League on Thursday cleared Johnny Manziel to play north of the border after ruling in September it would not allow him to play. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who have his rights after adding him to their Negotiation List in March, have 10 days to offer him a contract   Read More ...
Johnny Manziel will be approved to sign contract with Canadian Football League team
2017-12-28 20:24:19 Johnny Manziel is one step closer to returning to pro football. The Canadian Football League announced Thursday that it will approve a contract for the troubled former Heisman Trophy winner to play in 2018. “Since last summer, the Canadian Football League has been engaged in a thorough process to determine the eligibility of Johnny Manziel,” the league said in a statement   Read More ...
Year in review: A season-long stumble as Impact took step back in 2017
2017-12-27 13:38:34 The future looked so bright for the Impact heading into the 2017 Major League Soccer season. After coming within one win of advancing to the MLS Cup final in 2016 — losing the Eastern Conference final in overtime to Toronto FC — the Impact had made a huge footprint on the Montreal sports scene. A sellout crowd of 61,004 packed Olympic Stadium for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final and four busloads of Montreal fans were among another sellout crowd of 36,000 in Toronto for Game 2 of the aggregate-goals series   Read More ...
Brazil great Kaka retiring from soccer at age 35
2017-12-17 23:01:57 Former Ballon d'Or winner Kaka says he is retiring from soccer at age 35. Kaka, who played for Brazil, AC Milan and Real Madrid, told Brazil's Globo TV on Sunday that "my last word is that the cycle of my career as a player ends here." "I needed time to think and take a decision calmly," Kaka said. "I have arrived to the conclusion that now is the moment to finish my career as a professional player   Read More ...
Alphonso Davies Manchester United trial in doubt
2017-12-17 12:06:35 Canadian teenager Alphonso Davies' trial at Manchester United next month could be called off. M.E.N. Sport understands United were hopeful of hosting Davies, 17, for a three-week trial in January after tracking the Vancouver Whitecaps forward for a considerable amount of time. However, it has emerged Davies is likely to spend the new year with Canada’s Olympic team camp under coach Octavio Zambrano   Read More ...
Who is Alphonso Davies? The MLS teen sensation invited for a trial by Man Utd
2017-12-14 20:05:11 VANCOUVER — On the pitch, Canada international Alphonso Davies is a chaotic blur. Blink and you might miss him. A cannon in the open field, the 17-year-old striker possesses natural end-to-end speed while simultaneously maintaining meticulous ball control. Perhaps faster than his feet has been the Canadian soccer sensation’s sudden ascension into international glory, which has reportedly resulted in a trial with Manchester United   Read More ...
'Looks like Susan Boyle': Statue of soccer great Diego Maradona ridiculed online
2017-12-12 18:34:22 If you thought that statue of Cristiano Ronaldo was bad… A new bronze sculpture honouring soccer legend Diego Maradona is being ridiculed online after it was unveiled at a charity event in Kolkata, India. The 12-foot effigy is supposed to show the soccer champion in his younger days hoisting a World Cup trophy. Maradona helped Argentina defeat West Germany in the 1986 FIFA World Cup final in Mexico and is widely considered one of the sport’s greatest players   Read More ...
Controversial Hope Solo running for president of US Soccer
2017-12-08 20:12:23 Hope Solo is running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. The former U.S. Olympic and World Cup goalkeeper announced her candidacy Thursday night on Facebook. It comes less than a week after current U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said he will not seek a fourth term. His decision came in the wake of the recent failure of the U   Read More ...
Spain and Portugal draw into same World Cup 2018 group
2017-12-01 19:04:25 MOSCOW — Spain and Portugal, the last two European champions, were drawn Friday to meet in the first round of the World Cup, one day after Russia opens the tournament in one of the easiest groups of the competition. The Russians will play their first match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14 against Saudi Arabia — the only team ranked lower than the hosts   Read More ...
World Cup 2018 draw: Here are the groups
2017-12-01 18:13:15 MOSCOW — Spain and Portugal, the last two European champions, were drawn Friday to meet in the first round of the World Cup, one day after Russia opens the tournament in one of the easiest groups of the competition. The Russians will play their first match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14 against Saudi Arabia — the only team ranked lower than the hosts   Read More ...
World Cup draw: Portugal, Spain to meet in group stage
2017-12-01 18:08:30 Countries haven't played each other since 2012 European Championship Related Stories Portugal and Spain will meet in the group stage at next year's World Cup. The rivals will play in Sochi on June 15, the second day of the tournament. The two countries haven't played since meeting in the semifinals of the 2012 European Championship, when eventual champion Spain won on penalties after a 0-0 draw   Read More ...
Montpellier, France soccer club sends Montpelier, Vermont misspelled jerseys
2017-11-30 22:08:16 MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s capital city has said merci via Skype to a French city it’s named after for some misspelled soccer jerseys that were sent its way. Montpelier, Vermont, says Montpellier, France, ordered jerseys for its professional soccer team and fans but the jerseys came in misspelled, with just one L instead of two. The city in southern France decided to send the jerseys to Montpelier, Vermont, which is spelled with one L, not two   Read More ...
Impact to play friendly in Las Vegas
2017-11-27 23:37:50 The Montreal Impact will play a friendly match against the Las Vegas Lights, of the United Soccer League (USL), on Feb. 10, at Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas. The Impact will be the first Major League Soccer (MLS) club and opponent to face the Lights FC. The Vancouver Whitecaps and D.C. United will follow suit the next two weeks in February   Read More ...
USA vs. Canada | 2017 USWNT International Friendly
2017-11-27 16:06:08   Read More ...
‘A NO-BRAINER’: Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley tips coach Greg Vanney as league’s best
2017-11-27 14:11:55 TORONTO — Without cameras and recorders in his face, Greg Vanney would probably pick himself. His players certainly would. But on the eve of Major League Soccer naming its Coach of the Year, Toronto FC’s gaffer offered his own list of coaches worthy of the league’s top honour. Far too modest and humble to pump his own tires following Sunday’s training, Vanney rattled off names like Tata Martino (Atlanta), Mike Petke (Salt Lake City) and Wilmer Cabrera (Houston)   Read More ...
Messi signs new contract with Barcelona through 2021
2017-11-25 16:33:36 BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi has finally put Barcelona's fans at ease by signing a new contract that will keep the star at the Spanish club for four more years. Messi signed the new deal on Saturday to tie him to Barcelona through 2021, meaning the Argentina forward will be 34 by the time it expires. Messi's new deal includes a buyout clause of 700 million euros (835 million dollars)   Read More ...