After saving German club, Green hopes to revive US career

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Julian Green has been the Halley’s Comet of the U.S. national team. He appeared out of nowhere for the 2014 World Cup, scored against Belgium and then pretty much disappeared. After scoring the goal that saved a German club from relegation to the third division, he’s back with a young American group that has no World Cup to prepare for. And he’s still only 22. ”It made me much stronger. I’m a different person now. I’m a better player now,” he said Thursday ahead of next week’s exhibition…

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WORLD CUP: Cynicism wins as West Germany beats Austria

FIFA had been warned in 1978 that final group games should be played at the same time to ensure fairness. Four years later in Spain, one of the most controversial World Cup matches took place when West Germany played Austria in the ”Disgrace of Gijon.” Similar to earlier circumstances when Argentina routed Peru 6-0 to make it to the World Cup final, both teams took the field of play knowing the stakes. In the latter case, the two teams knew that a 1-0 win for West Germany would be enough…

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3 German organizers of 2006 WCup indicted for tax evasion

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Three organizers of the 2006 World Cup have been charged with tax evasion linked to a payment to FIFA. German news agency dpa reports that Theo Zwanziger, Wolfgang Niersbach and Horst R. Schmidt confirmed Wednesday they are indicted by Frankfurt prosecutors in a long-running investigation. The charges were first reported by German daily Bild. The allegations are also being investigated by Swiss federal prosecutors and FIFA’s ethics committee. They have targeted German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer, who led the 2006 tournament organization. Article continues below … Zwanziger,…

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Rival captains back Peru’s Guerrero in bid to lift Cup ban

SYDNEY (AP) The captains of the three countries set to play Peru at the World Cup have co-signed a letter urging soccer’s international governing body to find a way for Peru captain Paolo Guerrero – currently under a drug suspension – to play in the tournament next month. FIFPro, the players’ union, released a letter Tuesday that was signed by France captain Hugo Lloris, Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and Australia skipper Mile Jedinak seeking a temporary lifting of Guerrero’s suspension. Guerrero tested positive for a banned substance after Peru’s World…

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Reina faces hearing over links with trio connected to mafia

ROME (AP) Outgoing Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been summoned to a hearing at the Italian football federation over his association with people with links to the mafia. Reina, along with Paolo Cannavaro and Salvatore Aronica, is to face the FIGC’s disciplinary committee after an investigation by Naples‘ anti-mafia department. It is reportedly one of the reasons why Napoli decided not to renew Reina’s contract, with the former Liverpool goalkeeper set to move to AC Milan on a free transfer. Article continues below … The FIGC says Reina ”has had…

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Torres bids farewell to Atletico, Iniesta to Barcelona

MADRID (AP) First it was Fernando Torres, then Andres Iniesta. The Spanish league season ended Sunday with two Spanish soccer idols bidding farewell to their clubs. Torres ended his storied career with boyhood club Atletico Madrid by scoring twice in the team’s 2-2 draw against Eibar. Article continues below … A few hours later, Iniesta capped 16 successful seasons with Barcelona in the team’s 1-0 win over Real Sociedad. It was an emotional ending for the players who were key members of Spain’s golden generation that won two European Championships…

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DC United beats Earthquakes 3-1 (May 20, 2018)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Zoltan Stieber, Darren Mattocks and Yamil Asad scored to help D.C. United beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 on Saturday night. Stieber opened the scoring in the 15th minute, slipping behind the defense on Luciano Acosta’s long ball and slotting it past goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell. Five minutes later, Acosta had a takeaway deep in Earthquakes territory and fed Mattocks for a narrow-angle finish to make it 2-0. Article continues below … Asad added a third for United (2-5-2) in the 37th minute after Paul Arriola forced…

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French playoff game rescheduled after fans’ attack on bus

PARIS (AP) The French league says a playoff between Ajaccio and Le Havre that was postponed on Friday after home fans attacked the visiting team’s bus will now take place on Sunday. The LFP says it has received guarantees from local authorities that Le Havre’s players will be able to safely access the Francois Coty stadium on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. The second-division playoff was canceled after Ajaccio fans threw stones at the Le Havre bus as it tried to access the stadium. Article continues below … In a…

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