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10:57 AM ET The United States men’s national team will host El Salvador in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 27, and Honduras in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Feb. 2 in the next World Cup qualifying window, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday. The fixtures will be part of a three-game window, that includes a trip to play first-place
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11:15 AM ET The Chicago Fire has named former Columbus Crew assistant Ezra Hendrickson to be the team’s next coach. The Fire had been without a manager since firing Raphael Wicky back on Sept. 30. Chicago finished the season in 12th place in the 14-team Eastern Conference, 14 points outside the seventh and final playoff
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9:26 AM ET Major League Soccer side Toronto FC has hired Bob Bradley as the team’s new head coach and sporting director, the club announced. Bradley joins the Canadian club after leaving LAFC, where he had served from 2017 as the team’s first ever manager. – ESPN+ viewers guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more
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6:17 AM ET A FIFA proposal for a World Cup every two years and changes to the Club World Cup could cost the big domestic football leagues and UEFA around €8 billion ($9bn) per season in lost TV rights and match day and commercial agreements, according to a report commissioned by the leagues. More frequent
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2:52 AM ET UEFA has welcomed a European parliament resolution opposing “breakaway competitions,” but the backers of the proposed European Super League defended their project, saying the EU needed to ensure “fair and open competition.” Twelve of Europe’s leading clubs announced in April that they intended to create a new Super League and break away
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4:49 PM ET Barcelona and Benfica drew 0-0 at Camp Nou on UCL matchday five. Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images Barcelona and Benfica played out a thrilling goalless draw in the Champions League in Xavi Hernandez’s second match in charge on a rainy night at the Camp Nou. – What every team needs to get out
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7:01 PM ET Xavi Hernandez is optimistic Barcelona can beat Bayern Munich next month after a goalless draw with Benfica on Wednesday left their Champions League hopes hanging in the balance. Barca will have to win at the Allianz Arena on Dec. 8 to make sure of their place in the last 16 if Benfica
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2:48 PM ET Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho sent Manchester United into the Champions League round of 16 as Michael Carrick’s interim tenure started with a 2-0 win over Villarreal at La Ceramica on Tuesday. Portugal captain Ronaldo has scored in each of United’s five Champions League matches so far — and netted either a
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4:41 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Chelsea duo Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have emerged as alternatives to Manchester City‘s Raheem Sterling for Barcelona in January, sources have confirmed to ESPN. Barca’s ability to make any signings mid-season will be dependent on them being able to free up some money, so they are scouring
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5:30 AM ET Diego Maradona died on Nov. 25, 2020. MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images A Cuban woman who had a relationship with the late Diego Maradona two decades ago said in a news conference on Monday the Argentine player raped her when she was a teenager. Mavys Alvarez, 37, gave testimony last week to an Argentine Ministry
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5:25 AM ET Adriana Garcia Lionel Messi has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo‘s return at Manchester United as “impressive.” United parted company with coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday after the team’s fifth loss in seven Premier League games but Ronaldo has been United’s talisman. Ronaldo, 36, scored six goals in his first eight appearances in all
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12:07 PM ET Rory Dames has resigned as coach of the National Women’s Soccer League side Chicago Red Stars, less than 48 hours after the team’s appearance in the NWSL Championship. Dame’s exit on Sunday is the latest NWSL coaching change this year — nine so far — in a season that has been marked
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12:25 PM ET Charlotte FC will plays its first Major League Soccer match on Feb. 26 at DC United and will host the LA Galaxy in its home opener on March 5. Nashville’s new 30,000-seat stadium will open May 1 with a game against Philadelphia, the league said Monday. Other matches on Feb. 26 include
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5:50 AM ET The match between Lyon and Marseille was abandoned after Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the stands. PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP via Getty Images Repeated crowd problems in Ligue 1 are putting the future of French football at risk, France’s sports minister warned, after Sunday’s game between Lyon and Marseille was abandoned due
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7:00 AM ET Gareth Southgate has signed a contract extension to stay on as England manager until the end of 2024. Southgate’s previous deal would have expired after next year’s World Cup finals in Qatar, and he had been reluctant to discuss an extension until qualification for that tournament was assured. But with England needing
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4:30 PM ET FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended Formula One’s Qatar Grand Prix on Sunday as the World Cup’s one-year countdown begins. Hasan Bratic/picture alliance via Getty Images FIFA President Gianni Infantino insisted that “all are welcome in Qatar” on Sunday as a digital countdown clock went on display in Doha to mark one year until
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8:30 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent In an alternate universe, Mauricio Pochettino’s Manchester United have just cruised past Watford to keep pace with the Premier League leaders and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing his Molde team for a trip to Brann. Instead, the reality is that Solskjaer, who was meant to hand over the reins to
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