This day in sports: U.S. defeats China in Women’s World Cup

The United States women dance away with their second World Cup soccer championship on this date in 1999 when Brandi Chastain slams her penalty kick into the upper-right-hand corner of the net to give Team USA a 5-4 shootout victory over China before 90,185 fans on a sweltering sun-baked Saturday at the Rose Bowl. After […]

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Soccer on TV: Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet for top spot in La Liga

The top televised soccer games from Europe this weekend feature a Barcelona-Real Madrid battle for the top spot in the La Liga table. In England longtime rivals Tottenham and Arsenal meet in a neighborhood derby in which little more than bragging rights will be at stake. La Liga: Real Madrid (23-3-8) has won seven straight […]

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Nashville expelled from MLS tournament after nine players test positive for coronavirus

Major League Soccer withdrew a second team from its MLS Is Back tournament Thursday, expelling Nashville SC after nine players tested positive for the coronavirus. FC Dallas was withdrawn from the tournament Monday after 10 of its players tested positive. Both teams remain under quarantine at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin resort, where MLS teams and […]

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Black Players for Change lead protest at MLS is Back tourney

Orlando City players raise their fists before the start of Wednesday’s soccer match. | John Raoux/AP “Really this protest is about fighting for racial equality and human rights,” organizer Justin Morrow of Toronto FC said. “We’re standing with all of our brothers and sisters across the world.” Now that Major League Soccer has re-started, a […]

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Game Time Beer? For M.L.S., Make That a Kickoff Cappuccino

ImageCredit…Michelle Kondrich There are things professional soccer players want to eat before games. And there are things they want to eat at 6 a.m. for breakfast. That these things tend not to overlap represents but one of the many headaches created when Major League Soccer — in yet another of the sports world’s unwieldy concessions […]

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MLS is back tournament kicks off with silent ceremony and quiet game

Major League Soccer is back. And just to make sure everyone was clear on the concept, the league included that in the name of its return-to-play competition, the MLS Is Back tournament, which kicked off Wednesday before TV cameras and a handful of journalists at an otherwise-empty ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. The opening game […]

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Column: MLS Is Back but should it be during a surge of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.?

Major League Soccer is calling its return-to-play tournament MLS Is Back, and the league intends to make good on its pledge Wednesday when Orlando City and Inter Miami meet without fans in attendance at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, Fla. It will be the first competitive game played by men’s professional teams […]

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F.C. Dallas Withdraws from M.L.S. Tournament Because of Virus Cases

Major League Soccer pulled F.C. Dallas out of its tournament near Orlando, Fla., after 10 players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus, M.L.S. officials announced on Monday. The positive tests appeared after the team arrived on July 1 in Florida, where the tournament starts Wednesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports […]

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Soccer newsletter: So, why are we playing again?

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the L.A. Times’ soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, The Times’ soccer writer, and we start this week, once again, with COVID-19. When the nation awoke on the morning of March 12, 1,323 Americans had been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 38 people had died. The general concern and […]

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Secret Contracts Held a Surprise for Fiorentina’s New Owners

When Rocco B. Commisso completed his purchase of the Italian soccer club A.C.F. Fiorentina last summer, he described the deal as the “quickest closing in soccer history.” Flushed with excitement about owning a top-division team in the country of his birth, Commisso, the billionaire chairman of the cable provider Mediacom, spoke passionately about his aspirations […]

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MLS Is Back tournament could be in jeopardy

Major League Soccer has confirmed six FC Dallas players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the team arrived in Orlando, Fla., but the number may actually be much higher, leaving the team’s participation in the MLS Is Back tournament in doubt and raising questions over whether the competition should go forward at all. […]

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Felisha Mariscal among 47 MLS referees who also will experience ‘bubble life’

In her 11 years as a professional soccer referee, Felisha Mariscal has worked World Cup games, MLS playoffs and Olympic qualifiers. She hass worked in blistering heat and driving rain, in empty stadiums and before packed houses. But she has never done a game while sequestered in a hotel during a global pandemic. That will […]

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As Major League Soccer Expands, Teams Are Getting New Homes

CINCINNATI — In March, the steel bones of a $250 million Major League Soccer stadium were starting to soar over Cincinnati’s West End, an unmistakable emblem of the growth of the professional sport across the country. The stadium, home to the F.C. Cincinnati soccer club, is one of seven under construction in the league’s building […]

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Soccer newsletter: MLS has a lot riding on restart

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the L.A. Times soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, The Times’ soccer writer, and we begin today with the MLS Covid Cup, scheduled to start in Orlando, Fla., next week. The 54-game competition — officially called the MLS Is Back tournament, about the lamest name possible — will mark […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo Debuts New Hair Makeover With Long Curly Locks — Before & After Pics

Cristiano Ronaldo’s go-to look is his tight ponytail. So, the Portugese soccer star caught fans by surprise with his long and luscious curls! Most photos of Cristiano Ronaldo show the 35-year-old soccer star in his athletic uniform and man bun/ponytail. Hiding beneath that rubber band is a head full of long curls — which the […]

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NWSL is first pro sports league back, which earns a national TV audience

The National Women’s Soccer League understood that being the first professional sports league in the U.S. to return to play during the COVID-19 pandemic would have its ups and downs. The ups were obvious. For a league long starved for attention, the chance to be on the field alone in a nation desperate for live […]

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This day in sports: Brazil’s Pelé strikes it big in 1958 World Cup

Pelé made a spectacular debut on the world soccer stage on this date in 1958 when Brazil beat France in the semifinals 5-2 and advanced to the championship match of the World Cup at Solna, Sweden, near Stockholm. With Brazil leading 2-1 in the second half and France down to 10 players because French captain […]

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Soccer! Orlando Pride’s cautionary tale

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the L.A. Times soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, the Times’ soccer writer, and we begin today with COVID-19, because while professional leagues across the country seem to think they’re done with the pandemic, the virus is making it clear it is not done with sports. Newsletter All about […]

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Orlando Pride withdraws from NWSL tournament after positive tests for COVID-19

The Orlando Pride withdrew Monday from the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup tournament after six players and four staff members tested positive for COVID-19. A second round of tests will be conducted to confirm the results, the league said, but because of the number of positive tests and the timeline necessary before returning to […]

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Orlando Pride Withdraw From N.W.S.L. Event After Positive Virus Tests

The Orlando Pride said on Monday that it would not participate in the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup — the monthlong tournament the league planned in lieu of a 2020 season — because of coronavirus cases among its players and staff. “The guidelines and process that are put in place, including the important protocols […]

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Galaxy’s Gordon Wild is ready to take his versatile acts to playing field

Gordon Wild might be the most interesting soccer player you don’t know. He’s hasn’t played in a World Cup, as four of his Galaxy teammates have. But how many of them grew up in a traveling circus? He’s hasn’t played for his national team, as 12 teammates have. But how many of them won an […]

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Black MLS players form coalition to address systemic racism

A group of Black Major League Soccer players has formed a coalition to address systematic racism in their communities and bring about change within the league. The coalition is the result of an Instagram group that began after the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, which spawned a wave of nationwide […]

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Soccer newsletter: Most popular sports league in history returns

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the L.A. Times soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, The Times’ soccer writer, and today we begin with the return of the most popular sports league in history. And no, I’m not talking about the NFL. Newsletter All about the beautiful game Go inside the L.A. pro soccer scene […]

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