International soccer

CORRECTS TO McKennie NOT Mckennie - France's Paul Pogba, right, battles for the ball with United States' Will Trapp, left, and Weston McKennie during a friendly soccer match between France and USA at the Groupama stadium in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Saturday, June 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
June 09, 2018 - 7:58 pm
Julian Green, Zack Steffen and a young U.S. soccer team showed what might have been — and what could be in 4½ years. Green scored in the 44th minute, Steffen made seven saves and the Americans held on against tremendous pressure to tie World Cup-bound France 1-1 Saturday night at Lyon. Kylian...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, United States' goalkeeper Hope Solo takes the ball during a women's soccer game at the Rio Olympics against New Zealand in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. By choosing to actively campaign against the U.S.-led North America bid on the 2026 World Cup host, Solo risks alienating herself further from the soccer community in her homeland. The bid leadership reacted furiously when informed Solo was undermining their efforts heading into the vote on Wednesday June 7, 2018, dismissing her criticism of the governance of soccer in the country as wild and unwarranted. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio, File)
June 07, 2018 - 6:22 pm
LONDON (AP) — A World Cup winner and Olympic champion with the United States, Hope Solo now wants her country to lose one of its biggest soccer contests: FIFA's vote on the 2026 World Cup host. "I can't say it should be awarded to Morocco," Solo told The Associated Press. "But I don't think it...
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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, serves food to then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, center, during dinner at Prigozhin's restaurant outside Moscow, Russia. For many fans of food and football, a World Cup in Russia is unfamiliar territory. Russian cuisine has a reputation for being stodgy, unimaginative fare. While that may have been true for many in the days of Soviet supply shortages, a new generation of Russian in the World Cup’s host cities mix together influences from across Europe and Asia. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, Pool, File)
June 07, 2018 - 10:29 am
MOSCOW (AP) — For many fans of food and football, a World Cup in Russia is unfamiliar territory. Russian cuisine has a reputation for being stodgy, unimaginative fare. While that may have been true for many in the days of Soviet supply shortages, a new generation of Russians in the World Cup's host...
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Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, attends a team training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper, in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Argentina has called off a World Cup warmup match against Israel following protests by pro-Palestinian groups. A source at Argentina's football federation on Tuesday confirmed the cancellation of the international friendly scheduled to be played Saturday at Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
June 06, 2018 - 5:09 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar Wednesday over Argentina's abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warmup match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country's leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism. Israel was eagerly...
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In this May 1, 2018 photo, musicians from the School of Wooden Planks, a name in honor of the wooden bleachers in many stadiums, create new songs for the fans of the San Lorenzo soccer team and Argentina's national team, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. San Lorenzo is not a powerhouse like Boca Juniors or River Plate, but its fan base is known for its clever and talent in rewriting local hit songs, turning them into stadium anthems. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
June 06, 2018 - 9:02 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The San Lorenzo soccer team has just scored the decisive goal to qualify for the Libertadores Cup. But in the stands behind one of the goals, the fans barely notice. In those seats, reserved for the most passionate followers, nobody is paying much attention to the...
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FILE - In this July 8, 1982 file photo, West Germany's Klaus Fischer scores the third goal and equalizes, in the World Cup semifinal soccer match against France, in Seville, Spain. West Germany defeats France in a penalty shoot out after a 3-3 draw. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/File)
June 06, 2018 - 6:14 am
For many, the 1982 semifinal match between France and West Germany is the greatest World Cup game of them all. It had everything — goals, high drama, arguably the worst foul in the tournament's history and, for the first time at the World Cup, a penalty shootout. Taking place on a hot evening in...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow. Vladimir Putin’s Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. election interference, the war in Syria and a poisoned spy in Britain are just a few of the storms surrounding the Kremlin before Putin officially declares the tournament open June 14. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
June 05, 2018 - 7:54 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin's Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the turbulent situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. election interference, the war in Syria and a poisoned spy in Britain are just a few of the...
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Brazil's Roberto Firmino, right, celebrates with team mate Neymar after scoring his side's second goal during the friendly soccer match between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
June 05, 2018 - 1:03 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There's no chance Tite or any of his players will forget the score of Brazil's humiliating semifinal loss at the last World Cup. Supporters of the Selecao still ensure it echoes in their ears: 7-1. As high-profile Brazil players walked off the pitch following a recent training...
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Fifa President Gianni Infantino, center right, watches the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
June 04, 2018 - 4:06 pm
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA can afford to have Morocco host the 2026 World Cup, according to President Gianni Infantino, even if the rival North American bid promises billions of dollars more in revenue. Ahead of next week's vote by FIFA member federations in Moscow, Infantino said on Monday: "FIFA can...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 27, 2018 file photo, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo gestures to supporters as he celebrates with teammates after winning the Champions League final soccer match, at the Cibeles square in Madrid, Spain. Cristiano Ronaldo is beginning his World Cup preparations on Monday June 4, 2018, surrounded by doubts about his club future, again bringing unwanted distraction to Portugal’s national team. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
June 04, 2018 - 10:10 am
Surrounded by doubts about his future at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is bringing some unwanted distraction to Portugal's national team ahead of the World Cup. Ronaldo was expected to join Portugal's squad on Monday, with just about everyone wondering what he will say about his situation with...
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