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Soccer success: Iceland’s investment takes tiny nation to World Cup

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Sunrise is still two hours away when 700 boys arrive for a Sunday morning soccer tournament in Reykjavik, the world’s northern most capital. It’s snowing and freezing outside but the players have overcome the natural barrier of playing football on a wind-lashed North Atlantic island by gathering at an indoor hall with […]

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US eliminated from 2018 World Cup contention

COUVA, Trinidad — The longest, most arduous journey for a U.S. national team in 28 years reached the finish line Tuesday. But it wasn’t the kind of finish the Americans had been hoping for, with a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, combined with wins by Honduras and Panama, denying the U.S. an automatic berth […]

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Mexico soccer team getting swept up in a Green Wave of supporters

MEXICO CITY — They rejoiced at Wembley Stadium following the victory over Brazil in the 2012 London Olympic soccer final. They sulked in California when Mexico was humiliated 7-0 by Chile at last year’s Copa America. Whether it’s the World Cup or Copa America, an exhibition or official match, just look up in the stands […]

Comments - 7:22 pm

Chapecoense soccer club rebuilding after stunning tragedy

CHAPECO, Brazil — Six players, a handful of support staff, and deep sorrow are all that remain of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer club. They will still try to play again. Because they know that’s what their 19 teammates who died when a charter plane ripped into an Andean mountainside would want them to do. “In the […]

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US defeats Japan 5-2 for World Cup title

By Anne M. Peterson AP Sports Writer USA teammates Becky Sauerbrunn, left, and Meghan Klingenberg celebrate following their win over Japan at the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday. http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_WWCup-Japan-US-Soccer_Sopr-2-.jpgUSA teammates Becky Sauerbrunn, left, and Meghan Klingenberg celebrate following their win over Japan at the FIFA Women’s World Cup […]

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Defense helps US team to the World Cup final

By Anne M. Peterson AP Sports Writer By Anne M. Peterson AP Sports Writer United States’ Alex Morgan (13) and goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) salute the crowd after the U.S. team defeated Germany 2-0 in a semifinal in the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament Tuesday in Montreal.

Comments - 10:59 pm

US wins battle of world powers

United States’ Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates after converting on a second-half penalty kick to break a scoreless tie. Lloyd later set up a second U.S. goal. MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title […]

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Another US-Germany battle for soccer supremecy

United States’ Christie Rampone controls the ball during a quarterfinal match against Brazil at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Dresden, Germany. Rampone was among the 13 people named to the New Jersey Hall of Fame on Friday, after past battles with Germany helped her stake a claim to fame. MONTREAL — The lexicon of […]

Comments - 11:54 pm

USA-Germany battle could turn into a clash of ttitans in net

U.S. keeper Hope Solo covers the ball after making a save against China during the second half of a quarterfinal match in the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer tournament, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) MONTREAL — The Women’s World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and […]

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World Cup semifinals will be a test for the best

U.S. players celebrate a goal by Carli Lloyd (10) against China during the second half of a quarterfinal match in the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer tournament Friday in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. MONTREAL — A look that the four teams playing in the semifinals at the Women’s World Cup. Germany faces the United States on […]

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