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  • Sacked Lambert says Villa 'toughest challenge'

    Paul Lambert described his time at Aston Villa as the "toughest challenge" of his career on Thursday following his dismissal as manager, but expressed pride over his achievements there. The 45-year-old Scot was sacked late on Wednesday after a run of 10 games without victory saw Villa slide into…

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  • Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey lead US men past Panama, 2-0

    When Michael Bradley curled a corner kick over the Panama defense and into the net for a spectacular goal, Clint Dempsey was unsure exactly how it happened. ''You'd have to ask him whether he was aiming for that, because we didn't know,'' Dempsey said, laughing. Bradley scored in the 27th minute,…

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  • Klinsmann says slumping US needs fitness boost

    US national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann says his players need to place a greater emphasis on fitness as they build towards Sunday's friendly against Panama and hope to end an alarming run of three successive defeats. Since defeating Ghana 2-1 in their opening match of last year's World Cup finals,…

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  • US fades in 3-2 loss at Chile, extends winless streak to 5

    The U.S. soccer team started 2015 the same way the Americans ended last year: with a loss. Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75th minutes, rallying Chile to a 3-2 exhibition win over the U.S. on Wednesday night that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007. The…

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  • Tottenham's Yedlin to join US for friendlies

    Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin will join the United States squad for upcoming friendlies against Chile and Panama, US coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced Saturday in naming a 23-man lineup. Yedlin is set to meet up with the American squad in Chile for Wednesday's match at Rancagua. The US…

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  • Klinsmann's right-hand man Herzog to coach US Olympic team

    Andreas Herzog, an assistant to US national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his former teammate at Bayern Munich, was named Friday as coach of the American under-23 team. He also had stints as an assistant and under-23 coach with the Austrian national set-up. Herzog, who played with Klinsmann…

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins 3rd FIFA Player of the Year award

    ZURICH (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo hopes his third FIFA Player of the Year award brought him closer to being remembered as one of soccer's all-time greats.

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  • US youngsters aiming to impress Klinsmann

    Jurgen Klinsmann is taking the long view in his first USA football training camp of 2015, with half of the 28 players called up seeking their first caps. Klinsmann said he was focusing on the future, and on the 2016 Rio Olympics, in selecting the players who will train in California from January…

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  • Loew sets sights on Euro 2016 with new-look Germany

    World Cup winners Germany have suffered something of a hangover since their triumph in Brazil, but coach Joachim Loew is hoping a new-look side can go on to claim more glory at Euro 2016. After claiming their fourth World Cup in July, retirements and injuries took their toll as Germany struggled…

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  • DaMarcus Beasley retires from US national team

    CHICAGO (AP) -- DaMarcus Beasley, the first American to play in four World Cups, said Monday he is retiring from the U.S. national team after 14 years.

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  • Messi's 3rd hat trick in 4 games leads Barcelona

    Lionel Messi scored a hat trick for the third time in his last four games, rallying Barcelona over Espanyol 5-1 Sunday night in the Catalan derby.

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  • Donovan seeks fairytale finish in MLS Cup final

    The Los Angeles Galaxy can give Landon Donovan a fairytale ending to a storied career on Sunday when they take on New England for MLS Cup crown. Donovan, the United States' all-time leading scorer with 57 international goals, was crushingly denied a fourth World Cup appearance this year when…

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  • Ireland boss O'Neill warns of tougher tests ahead

    Martin O'Neill told his Republic of Ireland side to prepare for sterner tests in key European Championship qualifiers after they rounded off 2014 with a comfortable 4-1 friendly win at home to the United States. Goals from Anthony Pilkington, Robbie Brady (two) and James McClean helped Ireland see…

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  • Ireland thrill with four-goal US showing

    Ireland put their Euro 2016 disappointment firmly behind them with a star-spangled 4-1 victory over the USA at Lansdowne Road on Tuesday night. Martin O'Neill's men thrilled the large crowd with a performance that provided plenty of optimism after the disappointing 1-0 defeat to Scotland last…

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  • 'Hurting' Ireland seek USA football friendly boost

    Roy Keane wants Ireland's players to use Tuesday's friendly with the United States to get over the disappointment of their Euro 2016 qualifying defeat to Scotland. Shaun Maloney's second half goal last Friday was the difference between the two teams, the defeat puncturing Irish confidence after…

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  • Colombia comes from behind to beat U.S. 2-1

    Colombia came from behind to beat the United States 2-1 in a friendly at Craven Cottage on Friday.

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  • US falters late in 2-1 loss to Colombia in London

    LONDON (AP) -- For the third straight game, the United States wilted under late pressure.

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