10:18 AM ET The United States got their World Cup preparations off to a poor start as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Japan in Dusseldorf, Germany, in the first of two warm-up games before they travel to Qatar. Daichi Kamada scored in the 24th minute while Kaoru Mitoma added another late on to
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8:38 AM ET Associated Press Christian Pulisic missed the United States‘ next-to-last warm-up match before the World Cup against Japan on Friday in Germany because of an unspecified injury. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Pulisic was out “because of a knock he took in training earlier this week.” The USSF said it was too soon
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6:31 AM ET Aaron Herrera‘s stunning strike from the halfway line was in vain as Real Salt Lake slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Atlas in the League Cup on Friday. Herrera opened the scoring in the 17th minute from 70 yards with a sensational effort which caught out Atlas goalkeeper Jose Hernandez. – Stream
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6:35 AM ET Associated Press Paul Pogba is a major doubt for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to a knee injury. James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images A police investigation into allegations that France midfielder Paul Pogba was targeted by extortionists took a bizarre new twist Friday with his elder brother Mathias releasing a long
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2:34 AM ET England manager Gareth Southgate said he is willing to put his reputation on the line to back Manchester United defender Harry Maguire but his place in the squad will become complicated if he continues to sit out games at club level. Maguire, who helped England reach the Euro 2020 last year, has
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4:47 PM ET Kevin de Bruyne and Michy Batshuayi combined for Belgium’s second goal against Wales on Thursday. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Kevin De Bruyne scored one goal and set up another as Belgium profited from a strong first-half showing to beat Wales 2-1 in their Nations League A clash at the King Baudouin Stadium on Thursday.
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6:53 PM ET Fifteen players from the Spain women’s squad have threatened to quit international duty if their coach Jorge Vilda is not fired, the Spanish FA (RFEF) said on Thursday. Local media reported that the Spanish women’s team were in chaos last month, with players on the verge of a mutiny if the federation
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4:44 PM ET France kept their hopes of staying in the top tier of the Nations League alive as goals by Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud secured a 2-0 home victory over Austria on Thursday. Mbappe opened the scoring with another stunning goal before Giroud, who again showed coach Didier Deschamps he is more than
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3:46 PM ET Cesar Hernandez Real Sociedad dual-national Jonathan Gomez is back representing the United States after appearing for the Under-20 side in the Revelations Cup this week, but the door isn’t shut just yet on Mexico, according to his father. Gomez, a 19-year-old fullback, has represented both Mexico and the U.S. at youth and
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11:36 AM ET COLOGNE, Germany — United States manager Gregg Berhalter has said Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner will start in Friday’s friendly against Japan, and he will be joined by center backs Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls and Nashville SC’s Walker Zimmerman. “Aaron and Walker are going to play, going to start,
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8:35 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Erik ten Hag, who took over as Manchester United manager this summer, was the club’s most important arrival, John Murtough said. DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images Manchester United are “ahead of schedule” with their recruitment plans under manager Erik ten Hag, club football director John Murtough said on Thursday. United spent
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8:41 AM ET Associated Press David Silva has played for Real Sociedad in LaLiga since 2020. Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Former Spain and Manchester City midfielder David Silva has been found guilty of hurting a woman during a brawl, a Spanish court has ruled. According to court documents seen by the Associated Press on Thursday,
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5:15 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Frenkie de Jong has said he never wanted to leave Barcelona in the summer despite pressure from the club to accept offers from Manchester United and Chelsea. Barca were ready to let De Jong go to ease their financial problems and even agreed a fee with United in
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2:45 AM ET England defender Steph Houghton has said she was frustrated to miss this summer’s Women’s European Championship but added she has no plans to retire from international football ahead of the World Cup in 2023. Houghton, who suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in September 2021 and later underwent surgery, was left out of
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3:19 PM ET Associated Press Argentina‘s government has joined the squabble between shop owners and the local manufacturers of popular but scarce World Cup sticker albums. Fans of the game in the South American nation have struggled to find the collectible stickers two months before the tournament kicks off in Qatar. – Stream on ESPN+:
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10:25 PM ET MLS teams continued their dominance over Liga MX as FC Cincinnati came from a goal down to beat Chivas 3-1 in a Leagues Cup Showcase match on Wednesday night. Second-half goals from Yuya Kubo, Calvin Harris and Brandon Vazquez offset an early strike from Chivas’ Pavel Perez at Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium. –
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