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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.

Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – James

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reacted swiftly Tuesday to US President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville.

“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!

Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – James

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reacted swiftly Tuesday to US President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville.

“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!

Galaxy chief says ‘doors open’ for Ibrahimovic

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Galaxy president Chris Klein says the club’s “doors are open” for Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the Swedish star wants to stay in Europe.

“We have an incredible relationship with Zlatan and his agent,” Klein said Friday as the Major League Soccer club introduced new signing Jonathan Dos Santos.

Galaxy chief says ‘doors open’ for Ibrahimovic

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Galaxy president Chris Klein says the club’s “doors are open” for Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the Swedish star wants to stay in Europe.

“We have an incredible relationship with Zlatan and his agent,” Klein said Friday as the Major League Soccer club introduced new signing Jonathan Dos Santos.

Amid transfer drama Neymar ‘doesn’t know what to do’: Pique

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar “doesn’t know what to do” as frenzy over his possible move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain continues to dominate headlines, Barca teammate Gerard Pique told ESPN FC.

French giants PSG are supposedly ready to launch a record-breaking 218 million euros ($256 million) move for Neymar.

Amid transfer drama Neymar ‘doesn’t know what to do’: Pique

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar “doesn’t know what to do” as frenzy over his possible move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain continues to dominate headlines, Barca teammate Gerard Pique told ESPN FC.

French giants PSG are supposedly ready to launch a record-breaking 218 million euros ($256 million) move for Neymar.

Struggling Los Angeles Galaxy acquire Jonathan Dos Santos

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Los Angeles Galaxy, mired in a five-game Major League Soccer losing streak, on Thursday announced the signing of Mexico international Jonathan Dos Santos.

Dos Santos’ move from Spain’s Villarreal had been rumored for several days.

The official announcement came hours after the Galaxy announced they had sacked coach Curt Onalfo and replaced him with former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid.

Struggling Los Angeles Galaxy acquire Jonathan Dos Santos

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Los Angeles Galaxy, mired in a five-game Major League Soccer losing streak, on Thursday announced the signing of Mexico international Jonathan Dos Santos.

Dos Santos’ move from Spain’s Villarreal had been rumored for several days.

The official announcement came hours after the Galaxy announced they had sacked coach Curt Onalfo and replaced him with former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid.

Bob Bradley to coach MLS newcomers LAFC

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bob Bradley will return to the Major League Soccer as the first coach of the expansion Los Angeles FC, which is set to debut in the North American league in 2018.

The 59-year-old Bradley hasn’t coached in MLS since leaving Chivas USA to become head coach of the United States in 2006, a job he held until the summer of 2011.

Bob Bradley to coach MLS newcomers LAFC

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bob Bradley will return to the Major League Soccer as the first coach of the expansion Los Angeles FC, which is set to debut in the North American league in 2018.

The 59-year-old Bradley hasn’t coached in MLS since leaving Chivas USA to become head coach of the United States in 2006, a job he held until the summer of 2011.

Ederson performance against Real sign of things to come – Guardiola

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Ederson will reap the rewards from thwarting European football’s most potent attacking force, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes.

City romped to a 4-1 win over Champions League holders Real Madrid in Los Angeles on Wednesday, after a second half blitz saw Guardiola’s side secure a first pre-season victory.

Ederson performance against Real sign of things to come – Guardiola

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Ederson will reap the rewards from thwarting European football’s most potent attacking force, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes.

City romped to a 4-1 win over Champions League holders Real Madrid in Los Angeles on Wednesday, after a second half blitz saw Guardiola’s side secure a first pre-season victory.

Manchester City romp to 4-1 friendly win over Real Madrid

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City has spent big to bolster their defence this summer, but showed they will be a force to reckon with at the other end this season in a 4-1 friendly win over Real Madrid on Wednesday.

A second-half blitz in front of 93,000 fans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum saw City secure their first pre-season victory in style.

Manchester City’s summer spending spree not over, Guardiola says

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City are “still looking” to add to their £200 million summer spending spree, although he refused to comment on the possibility of hijacking Real Madrid’s move for Kylian Mbappe.

City have been the major shoppers in the transfer market after splashing out a Premier League record total of £200m (223 million euros, $260 million) to bring Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Ederson, Danilo and Douglas Luiz to the Etihad.

Manchester City’s summer spending spree not over, Guardiola says

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City are “still looking” to add to their £200 million summer spending spree, although he refused to comment on the possibility of hijacking Real Madrid’s move for Kylian Mbappe.

City have been the major shoppers in the transfer market after splashing out a Premier League record total of £200m (223 million euros, $260 million) to bring Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Ederson, Danilo and Douglas Luiz to the Etihad.

Casemiro tight-lipped over Mbappe transfer talk

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro refused to be drawn on speculation the European champions are set to smash the world transfer record for 18-year-old Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe, but insisted the Frenchman’s arrival wouldn’t spell the end for Cristiano Ronaldo at Madrid.

LA Galaxy

Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey will travel to Los Angeles

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In-form Sounders may fit one or more of their Gold Cup stars into starting XI against Galaxy

TUKWILA, Wash. — Just two days after the USMNT's epic win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final--courtesy of Jordan Morris' late winner—the Seattle Sounders' US internationals returned to training with the club ahead of Saturday's away match against the LA Galaxy.

Pre-Season Classics: Mario Balotelli Tosses It Off With A Backheel Only To Be Immediately Substituted, 2011 (Video)

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Pre-season is a time for experimentation, a time for frivolity, and yet Mario Balotelli famously found himself chastised for both during Man City's meaningless friendly Herbalife World Football Challenge match against LA Galaxy in July of 2011.

Balotelli opened the scoring with an early penalty at the Home Depot Center, then shortly thereafter found himself presented with a routine chance to double both his and City's tally.