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Inexperienced US draws with Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The US national team continued rebuilding after their World Cup failure by drawing 0-0 with Bosnia-Herzegovina in their opening game of 2018 on Sunday night.

Just 11 weeks after a humiliating qualifying round defeat to last place Trinidad and Tobago, the Americans fielded a young inexperienced squad for the exhibition match at the StubHub Center stadium in Los Angeles.

Inexperienced US draws with Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The US national team continued rebuilding after their World Cup failure by drawing 0-0 with Bosnia-Herzegovina in their opening game of 2018 on Sunday night.

Just 11 weeks after a humiliating qualifying round defeat to last place Trinidad and Tobago, the Americans fielded a young inexperienced squad for the exhibition match at the StubHub Center stadium in Los Angeles.

Arena says US ‘bad eggs’ cracked under pressure

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bruce Arena says he accepted blame for American’s World Cup failure by resigning quickly, but added there were also had a “few bad eggs” on the roster who helped spoil the team chemistry.

Three months after the US’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the former head coach opened up about the team’s shortcomings Friday at a soccer coaches forum Friday in Philadelphia.

Arena says US ‘bad eggs’ cracked under pressure

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bruce Arena says he accepted blame for American’s World Cup failure by resigning quickly, but added there were also had a “few bad eggs” on the roster who helped spoil the team chemistry.

Three months after the US’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the former head coach opened up about the team’s shortcomings Friday at a soccer coaches forum Friday in Philadelphia.

USA opts for youth with no World Cup in sight

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Acting US national team coach Dave Sarachan opted for young prospects in calling upon 30 players on Monday for the Americans annual January training camp.

The session is set to open Wednesday at Los Angeles with the culmination of workouts to be a January 28 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the training camp in Carson, home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

USA opts for youth with no World Cup in sight

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Acting US national team coach Dave Sarachan opted for young prospects in calling upon 30 players on Monday for the Americans annual January training camp.

The session is set to open Wednesday at Los Angeles with the culmination of workouts to be a January 28 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the training camp in Carson, home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

Teen star Gonzalez selects Mexico over USA – reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jonathan Gonzalez, a teen midfielder for Mexican side Monterrey, has opted to play international football for Mexico over the United States, according to reports Monday.

Univision and ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that Gonzalez will represent El Tri after playing for the United States at youth level.

Teen star Gonzalez selects Mexico over USA – reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jonathan Gonzalez, a teen midfielder for Mexican side Monterrey, has opted to play international football for Mexico over the United States, according to reports Monday.

Univision and ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that Gonzalez will represent El Tri after playing for the United States at youth level.

Former England defender Cole rejoins MLS Galaxy

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former England defender Ashley Cole, a long-time Premier League star with Arsenal and Chelsea, has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Major League Soccer club announced Wednesday.

The 37-year-old left back has 55 Galaxy appearances over two seasons, scoring one goal and setting up two others in 29 games for Los Angeles last season.

Former England defender Cole rejoins MLS Galaxy

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former England defender Ashley Cole, a long-time Premier League star with Arsenal and Chelsea, has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Major League Soccer club announced Wednesday.

The 37-year-old left back has 55 Galaxy appearances over two seasons, scoring one goal and setting up two others in 29 games for Los Angeles last season.

Pulisic makes history as US men’s footballer of the year

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Christian Pulisic won US Soccer’s Male Player of the Year award for 2017 in a landslide, becoming at 19 the youngest footballer to earn the honor.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder dominated the voting process, getting the nod from 94 percent of those polled.

“It really is a big honor and I just want to thank everyone who voted for me to win US Male Player of the Year,” Pulisic said in a statement on the US Soccer Federation website.

Nagbe joins Atlanta in record-breaking deal

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Los Angeles (AFP) – US international Darlington Nagbe is heading from the Portland Timbers to Atlanta United in a deal worth up to a record $1.65 million (1.4 million euros).

The exact figure of the deal depends on contract incentives, but it could exceed the most allocation money ever exchanged between two Major League Soccer Clubs in a single trade - the $1.

Nagbe joins Atlanta in record-breaking deal

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Los Angeles (AFP) – US international Darlington Nagbe is heading from the Portland Timbers to Atlanta United in a deal worth up to a record $1.65 million (1.4 million euros).

The exact figure of the deal depends on contract incentives, but it could exceed the most allocation money ever exchanged between two Major League Soccer Clubs in a single trade - the $1.

Dempsey raring to go as Sounders eye MLS repeat

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Clint Dempsey is looking forward to playing a leading role as the Seattle Sounders prepare to revisit history in a repeat Major League Soccer Cup final showdown against Toronto FC on Saturday.

Twelve months after stunning Toronto in a penalty shoot-out to lift the MLS crown for the first time, Seattle will again line up against their Canadian rivals as the curtain comes down on the North American season.

US soccer chief Gulati to step down

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati said Monday he will not seek re-election next year as the fallout from the USA’s failure to qualify for the World Cup claimed another victim.

Gulati told ESPN in an interview that he had decided not to enter the battle for the presidency of the USSF, which has seen several candidates enter the running.

Toronto FC book return to MLS Cup final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC get a chance at MLS Cup redemption after beating Columbus Crew 1-0 on Wednesday to reach Major League Soccer’s championship match.

US international Jozy Altidore shrugged off an ankle injury incurred in the 49th minute to score the game-winner in the 60th, departing the contest eight minutes later.

Toronto FC book return to MLS Cup final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC get a chance at MLS Cup redemption after beating Columbus Crew 1-0 on Wednesday to reach Major League Soccer’s championship match.

US international Jozy Altidore shrugged off an ankle injury incurred in the 49th minute to score the game-winner in the 60th, departing the contest eight minutes later.

Seattle on brink of MLS final as Houston crash

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Defending champions Seattle Sounders put one foot in the final of the MLS Cup on Tuesday after outclassing Houston Dynamo 2-0 in the first leg of their Western Conference Championship game.

First half goals from Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin sealed a clinical win for the Sounders as Houston’s raucous home crowd was silenced.

Seattle on brink of MLS final as Houston crash

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Defending champions Seattle Sounders put one foot in the final of the MLS Cup on Tuesday after outclassing Houston Dynamo 2-0 in the first leg of their Western Conference Championship game.

First half goals from Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin sealed a clinical win for the Sounders as Houston’s raucous home crowd was silenced.

Toronto football ready to learn from past, says Bradley

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley believes his team have absorbed the lessons of past disappointments as they prepare for their playoff showdown with Columbus Crew on Tuesday.

The Canadian side finished with the best record in Major League Soccer this season and are favourites to advance to the championship game from their two-leg Eastern Conference final with Crew.

Toronto football ready to learn from past, says Bradley

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley believes his team have absorbed the lessons of past disappointments as they prepare for their playoff showdown with Columbus Crew on Tuesday.

The Canadian side finished with the best record in Major League Soccer this season and are favourites to advance to the championship game from their two-leg Eastern Conference final with Crew.

Robbie Rogers retires from football

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major North American sports league, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Rogers, 30, confirmed his retirement in a statement released through the Galaxy, ending a professional career that spanned 11 seasons and included stints in England, the Netherlands and Major League Soccer.

Robbie Rogers retires from football

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major North American sports league, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Rogers, 30, confirmed his retirement in a statement released through the Galaxy, ending a professional career that spanned 11 seasons and included stints in England, the Netherlands and Major League Soccer.

Martino joins race for US soccer top job

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Kyle Martino on Monday joined the crowded field vying for the presidency of the United States Soccer Federation in the wake of the country’s 2018 World Cup debacle.

Martino, best known in the US as an analyst for NBC television, said he had decided to challenge for the USSF presidency after the result of “many conversations” in recent weeks.

Martino joins race for US soccer top job

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Kyle Martino on Monday joined the crowded field vying for the presidency of the United States Soccer Federation in the wake of the country’s 2018 World Cup debacle.

Martino, best known in the US as an analyst for NBC television, said he had decided to challenge for the USSF presidency after the result of “many conversations” in recent weeks.

Astros even World Series with wild win over Dodgers

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Houston Astros out-dueled the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in an 11-inning thriller on Wednesday to level the World Series at one game apiece.

George Springer smashed a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to cap the Astros’ late charge.

It proved just enough as the teams combined for an astonishing five extra-inning home runs - a record for a Major League Baseball post-season game.

Houston Astros overpower LA Dodgers 7-6 to level World Series

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Houston Astros out-dueled the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in an 11-inning thriller on Wednesday to level the World Series at one game apiece.

George Springer smashed a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to cap the Astros’ late charge.

It proved just enough as the teams combined for an astonishing five extra-inning home runs - a record for a Major League Baseball post-season game.

Houston Astros overpower LA Dodgers 7-6 to level World Series

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Houston Astros out-dueled the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in an 11-inning thriller on Wednesday to level the World Series at one game apiece.

George Springer smashed a two-run homer in the top of the 11th to cap the Astros’ late charge.

It proved just enough as the teams combined for an astonishing five extra-inning home runs - a record for a Major League Baseball post-season game.

Landon Donovan mulls run for US Soccer presidency: reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Landon Donovan, the all-time goals co-leader for the United States national team, is considering running for president of the US Soccer Federation, Sports Illustrated and ESPN reported Wednesday.

The 35-year-old striker, who last played for the American squad in 2014, would be a potential challenger to incumbent Sunil Gulati, who last week refused to resign in the wake of the US men failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Landon Donovan mulls run for US Soccer presidency: reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Landon Donovan, the all-time goals co-leader for the United States national team, is considering running for president of the US Soccer Federation, Sports Illustrated and ESPN reported Wednesday.

The 35-year-old striker, who last played for the American squad in 2014, would be a potential challenger to incumbent Sunil Gulati, who last week refused to resign in the wake of the US men failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Football: 2018 World Cup CONCACAF qualifying table

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Final standings from 2018 World Cup qualifying competition for North America, Central America and the Caribbean after games on Tuesday (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points):

Mexico-q 10 6 3 1 16 7 21

Costa Rica-q 10 4 4 2 14 8 16

Panama-q 10 3 4 3 9 10 13

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Honduras-x 10 3 4 3 13 19 13

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USA 10 3 3 4 17 13 12

Trinidad & Tobago 10 2 0 8 7 19 6

q-qualified for World Cup

x-qualified for intercontinental playoff against Australia

Football: 2018 World Cup CONCACAF qualifying table

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Final standings from 2018 World Cup qualifying competition for North America, Central America and the Caribbean after games on Tuesday (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points):

Mexico-q 10 6 3 1 16 7 21

Costa Rica-q 10 4 4 2 14 8 16

Panama-q 10 3 4 3 9 10 13

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Honduras-x 10 3 4 3 13 19 13

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USA 10 3 3 4 17 13 12

Trinidad & Tobago 10 2 0 8 7 19 6

q-qualified for World Cup

x-qualified for intercontinental playoff against Australia

Football: 2018 World Cup CONCACAF qualifying results

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Results from 2018 World Cup qualifying games in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) on Tuesday:

At Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago 2 (Gonzalez 17-og, Jones 37) United States 1 (Pulisic 47)

At Panama City

Panama 2 (Torres 52, 88) Costa Rica 1 (Venegas 36)

At San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Honduras 3 (Elis 34, Ochoa 53-og, Quioto 60) Mexico 2 (Peralta 17, Vela 37)

Football: 2018 World Cup CONCACAF qualifying results

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Results from 2018 World Cup qualifying games in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) on Tuesday:

At Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago 2 (Gonzalez 17-og, Jones 37) United States 1 (Pulisic 47)

At Panama City

Panama 2 (Torres 52, 88) Costa Rica 1 (Venegas 36)

At San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Honduras 3 (Elis 34, Ochoa 53-og, Quioto 60) Mexico 2 (Peralta 17, Vela 37)

Lukaku denies Beverly Hills party charge

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku entered a not guilty plea on Monday after being cited for holding a rowdy party at his rented Beverly Hills mansion in July.

A lawyer for Lukaku, who was not required to be in court in Los Angeles, entered the plea on the player’s behalf during a brief hearing before commissioner Jane Godfrey.

US rivals motivated by immigration stance – Arena

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena believes his team’s World Cup qualification rivals have been given extra motivation by the US government’s hardline immigration stance, it was reported Tuesday.

Arena, whose team faces Honduras later Tuesday in a crucial World Cup qualifier, said a crackdown on illegal immigration by President Donald Trump’s administration was fuelling opponents in CONCACAF.

US rivals motivated by immigration stance – Arena

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena believes his team’s World Cup qualification rivals have been given extra motivation by the US government’s hardline immigration stance, it was reported Tuesday.

Arena, whose team faces Honduras later Tuesday in a crucial World Cup qualifier, said a crackdown on illegal immigration by President Donald Trump’s administration was fuelling opponents in CONCACAF.

Trump makes racism ‘fashionable again’, LeBron James blasts

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James blasted Donald Trump on Tuesday for making hate “fashionable again”, saying individuals must combat racism and not look to the “so-called president”.

James reacted swiftly after the US president reiterated his opinion that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville at the weekend.

Trump makes racism ‘fashionable again’, LeBron James blasts

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James blasted Donald Trump on Tuesday for making hate “fashionable again”, saying individuals must combat racism and not look to the “so-called president”.

James reacted swiftly after the US president reiterated his opinion that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville at the weekend.

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West Ham striker heading for exit, move reliant on incoming signing

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West Ham striker Javier Hernandez is wanted by new MLS club Los Angeles FC.

Hernandez joined the Hammers from Bayer Leverkusen for £16 million last summer, but he has scored just four times for the club.

The 29-year-old featured in Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Shrewsbury Town and was largely anonymous before being substituted in the second half.