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Jan 22, 2015

U.S. suspends goalkeeper Solo

Goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended from the United States women’s national team for 30 days. U.S. Soccer did not specify the reason for the suspension, announced Wednesday night. It follows the arrest of her husband, former Seattle Seahawks NFL player Jerramy Stevens, on ...

Spectacular Cahill kicks Australia past China

Jan 22, 2015

Spectacular Cahill kicks Australia past China

Tim Cahill came to Australia’s rescue again on Thursday, scoring two goals, one of them among the most spectacular ever seen at an Asian Cup, to lead the host-nation into the semifinals. With his teammates all blowing their chances in front of goal, Cahill ...

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

Jan 21, 2015

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

by Gus Fielding

Makoto Hasebe has called for Japan to show their champions’ pedigree and says Samurai Blue’s punishing fixture schedule should not be an excuse for slipping up against the United Arab Emirates in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup. Japan cruised into the last eight ...

Honda slams AFC over Asian Cup schedule

Jan 21, 2015

Honda slams AFC over Asian Cup schedule

by Gus Fielding

Keisuke Honda, already fined $5,000 for blasting a referee after Japan’s opening 4-0 win against Palestine, has delivered a thinly veiled dig at the Asian Football Confederation — this time for the fixture scheduling at the Asian Cup. The AC Milan attacker was on ...

Liverpool, Chelsea draw in first leg

Jan 21, 2015

Liverpool, Chelsea draw in first leg

Raheem Sterling found a way past formidable Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with an exquisite solo goal to earn Liverpool a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their English League Cup semifinal on Tuesday. It needed something special to beat Courtois at Anfield and ...

Iraq advances to Asian Cup quarterfinals

Jan 20, 2015

Iraq advances to Asian Cup quarterfinals

Talismanic striker Younis Mahmoud was on target but also missed a penalty as Iraq overcame a stubborn Palestine 2-0 on Tuesday to set up an Asian Cup quarterfinal with old rival Iran. The 2007 champions were not at their best but goals by Mahmoud ...

Iran seals late win over U.A.E.

Jan 19, 2015

Iran seals late win over U.A.E.

Iran snatched a dramatic late winner against the United Arab Emirates at the Asian Cup on Monday — but was careful not to celebrate by taking “selfies” with female fans. Substitute Reza Ghoochannejhad, nicknamed “Gucci” by his club mates at Charlton Athletic, popped up ...