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Van Gaal lets rip after United beats Earthquakes

Jul 22, 2015

Van Gaal lets rip after United beats Earthquakes

Coach Louis van Gaal is mixing and matching his lineups and found few highlights worth mentioning from Manchester United’s latest preseason victory. Juan Mata and Memphis Depay scored five minutes apart in the first half, and Manchester United drew a big Bay Area crowd ...

Jul 21, 2015

Antlers part ways with manager Cerezo

Kashima Antlers have dismissed longtime manager Toninho Cerezo due to poor results, the J. League first-division side said Tuesday. The team had expected to be in title contention, but finished eighth in the first stage and has four points from three second-stage games. Assistant ...

Jul 21, 2015

Ex-FIFA VP Chung to seek presidency

Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon on Tuesday expressed his intent to succeed Sepp Blatter as the head of soccer’s world governing body, according to Yonhap News Agency. “I am thinking of running (for FIFA president),” Chung told Yonhap by phone. “I will try ...

Jul 21, 2015

Pele leaves hospital after successful surgery

Pele has been released from a Brazilian hospital after successfully undergoing back surgery. Doctors say the 74-year-old soccer great left Albert Einstein Hospital on Monday, less than a week after undergoing a procedure for nerve root decompression. The surgery had been scheduled to fix ...

Jul 21, 2015

Forward Ono joins Belgian club Sint-Truiden

Standard Liege forward Yuji Ono is joining newly promoted Sint-Truiden in the Belgian first division, the player’s official website announced Tuesday, while his former club teammate and Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima is set to train at Italian Serie B side Novara. The 22-year-old Ono ...

Jul 21, 2015

Australian soccer chief undergoes brain surgery

Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy has had brain surgery for a blood clot that is thought to have arisen from his fall from the podium during the trophy presentation ceremony at the A-League grand final in May. The 84-year-old billionaire got back to ...

Jul 20, 2015

Platini is favorite to be next FIFA president: bookmakers

Michel Platini has become the favorite for the first time with British bookmakers William Hill to become the next permanent FIFA president. Following Monday’s reports of backing for him among the FIFA confederations, the 60-yer-old UEFA chief is quoted at 5-4 on, ahead of ...

Jul 20, 2015

FIFA presidential election set for February

FIFA will hold a presidential election on Feb. 26, giving Sepp Blatter seven more months in power before leaving the scandal-tainted governing body. The date was chosen by FIFA’s executive committee on Monday, after Blatter announced plans to resign four days following his re-election ...

Jul 20, 2015

Barca coach says Messi needs rest

The logistics of Barcelona’s North American tour are tough enough, so coach Luis Enrique is making no apologies for letting stars, including Lionel Messi, skip the preseason excursion. The Spanish giants landed in Los Angeles on Sunday to begin preparations for a three-match tour ...

Sanfrecce halt Reds' season-long unbeaten streak

Jul 19, 2015

Sanfrecce halt Reds' season-long unbeaten streak

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World Cup midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama completed a smash-and-grab raid as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Urawa Reds 2-1 away on Sunday, condemning the first-stage title winners to their first defeat of the season in the process. Takahiro Sekine fired Reds in front on 35 minutes after ...

Jul 19, 2015

FIFA official pleads not guilty to racketeering charges

A former high-ranking official in the governing body of the world’s most popular sport appeared before a judge Saturday, entering a not guilty plea in a massive racketeering and bribery case that rocked international soccer. Jeffrey Webb will not be the last charged in ...

Gerrard scores in MLS debut as Galaxy beat Quakes

Jul 18, 2015

Gerrard scores in MLS debut as Galaxy beat Quakes

Steven Gerrard pounded home his first MLS goal and sprinted to the corner, sliding on his knees and spreading his arms in triumph while the LA Galaxy’s sellout crowd roared. The Liverpool icon already looks quite comfortable on the West Coast, and that could ...