Soccer

FIFA proposes new 6-team playoff ahead of 2026 World Cup

FIFA wants to hold a new six-team playoff round in the 2026 World Cup host country to complete the expanded 48-team tournament lineup.

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Referee leaders want on-field official to see video replays

Antoine Griezmann headed the ball into the net and was in full celebration mode with his France teammates when referee Felix Swayer pinned a finger into his left ear to block out the stadium noise.


Dempsey leads way for MLS players during Cup qualifying

The latest round of World Cup qualifying saw a major increase in the number of players from MLS called in for their national teams.A number…


Odd-looking Ronaldo bust steals the show at airport ceremony

Cristiano Ronaldo has an airport named after him, but it was his odd-looking statue that attracted attention in Wednesday's ceremony honoring the Portugal star in his hometown.


US soccer rebounds with 4 points in 2 qualifiers under Arena

Omar Gonzalez looked relieved as he spoke in the tunnel underneath Estadio Rommel Fernandez.


Dempsey, Pulisic star again as US ties 1-1 at Panama

Christian Pulisic was sent tumbling to the ground early on. The 18-year-old phenom bounced back up, and so did the United States.


Brazil 1st to qualify for World Cup, Argentina in danger

A resurgent Brazil squad under new management became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday, the same day archrival Argentina heightened its risk of missing a spot at Russia 2018.


Minnesota United FC's Kevin Molino carded in Trinidad and Tobago match

Molino was the only United player to play for his national team Tuesday.


FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him.


Coach: United's next match 'most important' in club's history

Loons head coach Adrian Heath has already put a rather hefty title on Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake, which is 0-2-2 in its first four games.


Megan Ryan writes about Major League Soccer and Minnesota United.


After late goals broke Panama's hearts in 2013, US returns

With Panama about 90 seconds from reaching a playoff against New Zealand for a World Cup berth, Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson scored in second-half stoppage time four years ago to give the already qualified United States a 3-2 win and eliminate the hosts.


Ex-coach Stelmaszek to throw out first pitch at Twins opener

Former Twins bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the team's opener next week.


Blunt and sarcastic, Arena relaxes US after Klinsmann

Alejandro Bedoya missed a goal in training, and Bruce Arena wanted to make sure the midfielder knew he noticed.


Loons working on closing gaps in porous defense

Coaches attribute poor spacing to early-season gusher of goals against expansion Loons.


Minnesota United taking a beating from national soccer media, too

In addition to giving up goals at a record pace in its 0-3-1 start, the Loons aren't being treated kindly by the national soccer media.


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Germany, England, Poland stay on course in WCup qualifying

Germany, England and Poland all took another step toward World Cup qualification but the Netherlands' failure to do the same cost national coach Danny Blind his job on Sunday.