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Japan, U.S. primed for World Cup rematch

Jul 4, 2015

Japan, U.S. primed for World Cup rematch

Reigning champion Japan and the United States rekindle their rivalry on the grandest stage of all on Sunday in what promises to be an absorbing conclusion to the Women’s World Cup. Charismatic coach Norio Sasaki guided Japan to a fairy tale finish in Germany ...

Jul 4, 2015

U.S. men's squad routs Guatemala

Clint Dempsey converted a penalty kick in his return from a suspension for a confrontation with a referee, Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal and the United States routed Guatemala 4-0 Friday night in an exhibition ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Just ...

FIFA deflects criticism about absence of Blatter from final

Jul 4, 2015

FIFA deflects criticism about absence of Blatter from final

FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association deflected criticism on Friday about FIFA president Sepp Blatter and secretary general Jerome Valcke not attending the Women’s World Cup final, saying the winning captain won’t care who hands over the championship trophy. “That Mr. Blatter and Mr. ...

Jul 3, 2015

Australian striker Burns joining FC Tokyo

Wellington Phoenix striker Nathan Burns will move to FC Tokyo following an exceptional season that saw him named A-League player of the year, the New Zealand club said Friday. The 27-year-old Australia international scored 13 goals for the Phoenix last season, receiving the Johnny ...

FIFA warned sponsors will flee without reform

Jul 3, 2015

FIFA warned sponsors will flee without reform

A former top FIFA official who left after criticizing its president Sepp Blatter has warned that big sponsors will start leaving world soccer’s governing body unless major reforms are undertaken. Michel Zen-Ruffinen, who succeeded Blatter as FIFA secretary general from 1998 until 2002 when ...

Jul 2, 2015

U.S. files extradition request for seven FIFA officials

The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer’s world governing body. Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice said Thursday that the requests were received from ...

Nadeshiko relieved after semifinal battle

Jul 2, 2015

Nadeshiko relieved after semifinal battle

Japan coach Norio Sasaki admitted the champions had not lived up to his expectations in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over England, but said they still deserved to be in the Women’s World Cup final for the second tournament in a row. The Nadeshiko were pushed ...

Jul 2, 2015

Injured Uchida to miss most of World Cup qualifying

Schalke is expecting Atsuto Uchida to miss the first half of the Bundesliga season according to Kicker magazine on Thursday, which would rule out the Japan defender for most of the second-round World Cup qualifiers. Uchida had surgery on his right knee this close ...