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FIFA picks 2026 World Cup cities, predicts US `No 1 sport'

NEW YORK (AP) — The 16 cities of the first World Cup spread across three nations were revealed, and FIFA President Gianni Infantino made a bold statement summing up the goal of the 2026 tournament, to...

FIFA to announce 2026 World Cup US sites, paring from 17

NEW YORK (AP) — As FIFA prepares to announce the 2026 World Cup sites on Thursday — and make high-profile cuts — Alan Rothenberg thought back to when stadiums were picked for the 1994 tournament he he...

Berhalter sidesteps Steffen, Turner, Horvath loan question

U.S. goalkeeping is its most uncertain in 30 years, and coach Gregg Berhalter sidestepped saying whether he would be comfortable starting Zack Steffen, Matt Turner or Ethan Horvath at the World Cup if...

Tillman, Wright, Carter-Vickers get looks for US Cup roster

Malik Tillman, Haji Wright, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Djordje Mihailovic are joining the U.S. national team for four World Cup prep matches next month, signalling open spots remain on what is expecte...

Entering US Soccer Hall, Dempsey finds pressure eased

Clint Dempsey acknowledges the limelight changed him later in his career as he felt responsible for his club and American soccer. Four years removed from playing and on the eve of h...

Fire's Shaquiri becomes MLS's highest-paid at nearly $8.2M

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Fire midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is Major League Soccer's highest-paid player, jumping past Los Angeles FC attacker Carlos Vela and breaking Zlatan Ibrahimović's league record. ...

Dempsey: Steffen, Turner should consider loans next season

NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Demspey says he thinks American goalkeepers Zack Steffen and Matt Turner should consider going on loans for the start of next season to get sharp ahead of the World Cup if they a...

Trial of Fox executives in FIFA case delayed to January

NEW YORK (AP) — The trial of a pair of former 21st Century Fox Inc. executives and a sports marketing company on charges related to the U.S government investigation of corruption in soccer was postpon...

US to play England, Iran and possibly Ukraine at World Cup

The United States was drawn to play England in a Black Friday match at the World Cup, a high-profile game that gives American soccer a chance to gain respect in its return to the global showcase. ...

US returns to World Cup despite 2-0 loss at Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Christian Pulisic walked across the field with a towel draped around his head, angry after another U.S. defeat. “We're competitors, man. We hate to lose. ...

Close to reaching World Cup, US looks to avoid last-day flop

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — American soccer's harrowing memory of the loss in Trinidad 4 1/2 years ago remains omnipresent, if no longer raw. Denied a berth in the 2018 World Cup by ...

A club champion, Pulisic yearns for World Cup stage

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Christian Pulisic looked like the weight of millions of American soccer fans had been lifted from his shoulders. The first American to play in and win a Champion...

Pulisic 1st hat trick leads US to 5-1 win, World Cup brink

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — American players unfurled a red-and-blue banner with “QUALIFIED” in bold, white letters, when Christian Pulisic realized what was going on. “The guys didn’t know...

Memories of '17: US-Panama at home in next-to-last qualifier

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With two games left in World Cup qualifying, the United States heads into a showdown against Panama in Orlando knowing that winning the last home match will be key before going on...

Moore rushes from Tenerife to US for World Cup qualifier

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Shaq Moore had just finished training on Wednesday with Tenerife when his mobile phone buzzed with a text from U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter. “I was actually at hom...