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French soccer referee kicks player during game, earns indefinite ban
Controversial Hope Solo running for president of US Soccer
Frenzied week for football fans begins with arrival of Grey Cup in Ottawa
Italy fires coach of men's soccer team after missing World Cup
Italy in danger of missing first World Cup since 1958
‘IT’S DISGRACEFUL’: Toronto FC seeks red card repeal for striker Jozy Altidore
Toronto FC’s Vanney, Altidore call fan treatment at Red Bull Arena completely unacceptable: ‘There’s a line about being personal’
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
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‘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 ...
FREE KICKS: The Premier League is about to get crazy
2017-11-22 19:22:41 Things are about to get frantic in the world’s top soccer league. After that agonizingly long international break (wait, it was only a weekend off?), we’re back with top-flight soccer – and we’re going to be getting a LOT more over the next month and a half. In fact, starting with Saturday’s games, the next 11 rounds of gameweeks take place over just 47 days   Read More ...
Frenzied week for football fans begins with arrival of Grey Cup in Ottawa
2017-11-22 03:04:00 OTTAWA -- Henry Burris says he's "itching" for this year's Grey Cup championship game on home turf -- even if he won't be among the players battling for championship rings. Burris, who led the Ottawa Redblacks to victory last year against Calgary before announcing his retirement from the Canadian Football League in January, watched while standing among dozens of fans Tuesday as the famous trophy was returned to the nation's capital to kick off the 105th Grey Cup festival   Read More ...
Italy soccer chief resigns after failure to reach World Cup
2017-11-20 16:04:58 ROME -- Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on Monday, a week after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup. The announcement came following calls for a complete overhaul of the nation's most popular sport, from amateur leagues right up to Serie A and the national teams. Sweden's playoff win over Italy kept the four-time champion out of the World Cup for the first time in six decades   Read More ...
Columbus Crew have been more lucky than good during MLS Cup Playoffs
2017-11-15 20:12:28 TORONTO – The Columbus Crew have been more lucky than good during these playoffs. You often need good fortune to advance in Major League Soccer’s postseason. “I think it’s a little bit of both,” coach Greg Vanney said of TFC’s next playoff opponent. “I think (Columbus) are a good team. I think they create problems with the ball. I think they’re pretty organized defensively, but have made a few mistakes here and there that have cost them in moments   Read More ...
Italy fires coach of men's soccer team after missing World Cup
2017-11-15 19:04:27 ROME -- Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has been fired following the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the World Cup. Ventura leaves in disgrace, widely criticized for his tactical decisions that left Italy out of football's biggest competition for the first time in six decades. A football federation statement says Ventura is "no longer coach of the national team." Four-time champion Italy lost a playoff to Sweden, 1-0 on aggregate, on Monday   Read More ...
‘THEIR LOSS’: Toronto FC coach Vanney says Giovinco could have helped save Italy’s World Cup
2017-11-15 16:16:42 TORONTO – One of Italy’s most gifted attacking players wasn’t called upon throughout UEFA World Cup qualifying. Sebastian Giovinco could only watch as his Azzurri teammates crashed out of Russia 2018 this week after falling 1-0 on aggregate to the resolute Swedes, sparking a national crisis in the former FIFA juggernaut. In failing to score in back-to-back playoff games with the Scandinavians, Italy conjured up just three goals through its final five qualifiers, leaving some to ponder if the Atomic Ant could have saved his country   Read More ...
Italy to miss World Cup for 1st time in 60 years
2017-11-14 00:06:33 4-time champion out after draw with Sweden; Manager Gian Piero Ventura resigns immediately following match Related Stories Four-time champion Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades after losing its playoff to Sweden 1-0 on aggregate. They played to a goalless draw in a quiet San Siro on Monday. It could have been worse for Italy, as Sweden was denied what looked like two clear-cut penalties for handballs, first from Matteo Darmian and then from Andrea Barzagli   Read More ...
Italy in danger of missing first World Cup since 1958
2017-11-13 14:12:25 MILAN — Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura is hoping his players can combat Sweden’s physicality with their footballing talent when they meet again in the second leg of their World Cup playoff on Monday. Italy was outraged at Sweden’s physical approach in the first leg, protesting for yellow cards at perceived excessive contact, and Ventura felt Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir was too lenient   Read More ...
U.S. beat Canada in women's soccer friendly
2017-11-13 07:02:54 SAN JOSE, Calif. - Alex Morgan scored the go-ahead goal in the second half as the United States downed Canada 3-1 on Sunday in a women's soccer friendly. Julie Ertz and Carli Lloyd also scored for the U.S. in front of an announced crowd of 18,960 at Avaya Stadium. "They scored a timely goal, credit to them," said Canadian coach John Herdman   Read More ...
Cristiano Ronaldo announces birth of baby girl
2017-11-13 02:48:51 MADRID -- Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he is the father of a baby girl. Ronaldo posted a photo Sunday on Twitter of him with the baby's mother, Georgina Rodriguez, and his oldest son in a hospital in Madrid. The Real Madrid and Portugal forward accompanied the image with the message written in Portuguese: "Alana Martina has just been born! Both Geo and Alana are fine! We are all very happy!" The baby is Ronaldo's fourth child   Read More ...
‘IT’S DISGRACEFUL’: Toronto FC seeks red card repeal for striker Jozy Altidore
2017-11-07 16:11:50 TORONTO — An independent review panel determine if Jozy Altidore’s actions warranted a red card during Sunday’s conference semifinal. Altidore and New York’s Sacha Kljestan were ejected after sparking a halftime brawl that spilled into the tunnel leading to BMO Field’s dressing rooms. Toronto FC believes security footage inside the Tunnel Club captured video that could exonerate Altidore. “I think the security footage speaks for itself,” club president Bill Manning told the Toronto Sun   Read More ...
Toronto FC survives scare from New York Red Bulls
2017-11-06 02:05:37 TORONTO — Sometimes you win. Sometimes you survive. Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch agreed Sunday night that Toronto FC “escaped” in a playoff series that could have gone either way. “They should be feeling like they escaped because they did,” Marsch said in the aftermath of an Eastern Conference semifinal. “It’s not about whether they feel like that or not.” High drama for a playoff fixture in which there were more ejections than goals   Read More ...
Toronto FC’s Vanney, Altidore call fan treatment at Red Bull Arena completely unacceptable: ‘There’s a line about being personal’
2017-11-01 20:13:00 TORONTO — As he slowly extied Monday night’s fixture, Jozy Altidore wasn’t just confronted by referee Drew Fischer and New York’s Felipe and a barrage of boos inside Red Bull Arena. The U.S. international — besieged all night by “F— you, Jozy” chants as a result of the United States’ World Cup qualifying failure — was hit with a litany of hatred that bothered Toronto FC brass to the extent they couldn’t ignore it   Read More ...
Treatment of Toronto FC’s Altidore, Bradley crossed line at Red Bull Arena
2017-11-01 13:13:19 TORONTO – For two minutes Monday night, it was Micheal Bradley against the entire “South Ward.” Toronto FC’s captain stood in front of New York’s unhinged supporters group, gazing up at Red Bull Arena’s south stand as thousands unleashed a string of obscenities towards him. Shirtless bros with their guts exposed raised double guns in an effort to show their over-the-top dislike for the U   Read More ...
Tensions high in Catalonia as Spanish prosecutors seek charges against region's leaders
2017-10-30 15:10:20 Catalan president's lawyer says he expects EU will intervene if his client is arrested Related Stories If the Catalan crisis were a soccer match then last night's win by the Girona football club over the mighty Real-Madrid would have been a major boost for the separatist cause. Girona, where the match was played, is the hometown of erstwhile Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who   Read More ...
Historic Mosaic Stadium demolished as Regina football fans watch
2017-10-27 23:11:47 A piece of Canadian football history went out with a bang in Regina on Friday. The last standing section of the Mosaic Stadium, home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for 80 years, was demolished as hundreds of football fans dressed in the team’s green jerseys watched on in a mix of nostalgia and sorrow. The area is being converted to a mixed-use development   Read More ...
Chapecoense soccer club not negligent in air crash that decimated team
2017-10-27 17:35:17 BRASILIA, Brazil -- No evidence has been found linking Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense to negligence in the hiring of the plane that crashed in Colombia last year and killed 71 people, including most of its team, local prosecutors said. In a statement late Wednesday, prosecutors said Chapecoense officials did not negotiate with Bolivian company LaMia. They also said they found no evidence that Chapecoense made undue payments to the company that had a close relationship with the South American soccer confederation   Read More ...