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United States head coach Bruce Arena looks on from the sidelines during a friendly soccer match against Serbia Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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  • United States head coach Bruce Arena looks on from the sidelines during a friendly soccer match against Serbia Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    Arena’s 2nd stint as US coach opens with 0-0 tie vs Serbia

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bruce Arena’s second stint as coach of the U.S. national team began the same result as his first, a 0-0 draw. The United States had few scoring chances in Sunday’s match against a young Serbia roster, the first game for the Americans since Jurgen Klinsmann was fired after a pair of […]
  • This Aug. 29, 2015 photo shows Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber (10) in the second half of an MLS soccer match in Commerce City, Colo. Feilhaber is one of several veteran players who thought their U.S. national team careers were over until they got a second shot under new coach Bruce Arena. After a January training camp, the revamped roster begins ramping up for key World Cup qualifiers with an exhibition against Serbia on Sunday in San Diego. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Benny Feilhaber among US vets getting 2nd chance under Arena

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Only a year ago, Benny Feilhaber thought he had no chance to get back in the good graces of Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. national team. So the frustrated Sporting Kansas City midfielder let them have it, sharply criticizing Klinsmann’s player selection in an unusual moment of bridge-burning candor for a […]
  • Director Adam Sobel poses for a portrait to promote the film, "The Workers Cup", at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

    ‘The Workers Cup’ sheds light on migrant workers in Qatar

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Director Adam Sobel never intended to end up in Qatar, but it was 2010, jobs were scarce in the U.S. and his longtime girlfriend — now his wife — had just been offered a job teaching at a Northwestern University Qatar. So they went. While there, Sobel found work with […]
  • Congo's Chancel Mangulu Mbemba, left, is challenged by Morocco's Nabir Dirar, right, during their African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match between Congo and Morocco at the Stade de Oyem in Oyem, Gabon, Monday Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    African Cup: Ivory Coast stumbles, 9-man Congo beats Morocco

    OYEM, Gabon (AP) — Ivory Coast’s Europe-based stars stumbled in the heat of northern Gabon in their African Cup of Nations opener, with the defending champion held by Togo to 0-0 on Monday in another twist to start the tournament. Ivory Coast’s title-winning coach fared worse as Congo beat Herve Renard’s Morocco 1-0 in the […]
  • FILE - In this file photo dated May 20, 1984, Watford Football Club Chairman and pop singer Elton John, right, stands with team manager Graham Taylor on a balcony overlooking a crowd of well wishers.  Former England soccer coach Graham Taylor has died of a suspected heart attack aged 72, according to a family statement Thursday Jan. 12, 2017.  (PA via AP)

    Former England coach Graham Taylor dies at 72

    LONDON (AP) — Graham Taylor, the England coach derided for failing to qualify for the 1994 World Cup after flourishing as a club manager working for pop star Elton John, has died. He was 72. Taylor, who won admiration by leading Aston Villa and Watford into the top-flight in the 1980s, died early Thursday of […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump talks with reporters at Trump Tower in New York. As a businessman, Trump has kept the courts busy. That is not likely to end when he enters the Oval Office, creating an unusual and potentially looming problem for a sitting president.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    US, Mexico could team up and meet FIFA’s World Cup need

    ZURICH (AP) — The United States and Mexico could team up and meet FIFA’s need for the biggest-ever World Cup in 2026 being staged by the most host nations. Canada has also joined the North American neighbors for informal talks about a three-way bid in a contest that FIFA will complete during American President-elect Donald […]
  • A couple walks next to the severed statue of soccer star Lionel Messi in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The city government reported Monday night Messi's statue was destroyed and said they are already working on repairing it.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Messi statue in Argentina vandalized; torso, head sliced off

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A statue in Buenos Aires of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has been vandalized, with the head, torso and arms all being removed — leaving only the legs and a soccer ball on display. The statue was installed in late June, just shortly after Argentina and Messi lost the […]
  • FILE - In this Sunday, July 10, 2016 file photo, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with the trophy at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the nominees for FIFA's world's best player award on Monday Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

    Euro 2016 generated 1.2 billion-euro boost for France

    PARIS (AP) — France says that organizing the European soccer championships last summer provided an economic boost worth 1.2 billion euros ($1.26 billion) to the economy. According to figures from the Centre for Law and Economics of Sport, the continental soccer tournament attracted 2.5 million fans in stadiums as well as 600,000 visitors from abroad. […]
  • FILE - In this July 13, 2014 file photo Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger holds up the World Cup trophy as the team celebrates their 1-0 victor over Argentina after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FIFA is about to make the World Cup a bigger and, it hopes, richer event even at the cost of lower quality soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, playing in 16 groups of three teams. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file)

    FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament that is likely to be held in North America. President Gianni Infantino’s favored plan — for 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32 — was unanimously approved Tuesday by […]
  • FILE - In this July 13, 2014 file photo Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger holds up the World Cup trophy as the team celebrates their 1-0 victor over Argentina after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FIFA is about to make the World Cup a bigger and, it hopes, richer event even at the cost of lower quality soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, playing in 16 groups of three teams. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file)

    FIFA set to approve bigger, richer World Cup on Tuesday

    FIFA is set to make the World Cup bigger and richer, even if the price to pay is lower quality soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree Tuesday to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, playing in 16 groups of three teams. A decision could be delayed if some […]