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Usain Bolt agrees to practice deal with Australian soccer club

By The Associated Press Tues., Aug. 7, 2018 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — Usain Bolt is quickly closing in on a professional soccer career. The Jamaican great has negotiated an “indefinite training period” with Central Coast Mariners in Australia’s A-League. Frmer Olympic and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt controls the ball during a charity soccer match between members […]

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Influential coach Bev Priestman leaves Canada Soccer

By Neil DavidsonThe Canadian Press Fri., Aug. 3, 2018 Bev Priestman, a key coaching figure in Canadian women’s soccer, is leaving the program to become an assistant coach with the English women’s team. England’s Football Association said Priestman, an English native, will serve as head coach Phil Neville’s No. 2 with the Lionesses. Most recently, […]

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MLS all-stars fall in penalties for a second straight year

By Paul NewberryThe Associated Press Wed., Aug. 1, 2018 ATLANTA—Josef Martinez thrilled another record crowd in Atlanta by scoring in the Major League Soccer all-star game, but Italian powerhouse Juventus prevailed on penalty kicks after the match ended in a 1-1 draw Wednesday night. Juventus scored on all five of its penalties before 72,317, winning […]

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Alphonso Davies’ Bayern Munich move addresses MLS’s trade deficit

You can learn a lot about a soccer league from its transfer spending. According to FIFA, the top six soccer associations by net transfer spending in 2017 were England, Germany, China, France, Italy and the United States. Five of those make perfect sense. The Premier League, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A are four […]

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English soccer team becomes first certified carbon-neutral professional franchise

NAILSWORTH, ENGLAND—One-nil for the environmentalists. An English soccer team has become the first professional sports team in the world to be certified carbon-neutral by the United Nations. Ronaldo takes part in first training session with Juventus The club’s 2,000-seat stadium in the quiet town of Nailsworth, England, is powered entirely by renewable energy, about 20 […]

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Former Canadian ’keeper Karina LeBlanc has bigger goals in mind

Former Canadian women’s national team goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc laughs when asked how it is that she retired from professional soccer three years ago but seems more involved in the game than ever. “It’s been crazy,” she said. “It’s been about reinventing who I am. I knew myself as Karina LeBlanc the soccer player, but what […]

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Bayern Munich completes transfer for Canadian star Alphonso Davies

VANCOUVER—Bob Lenarduzzi says soccer phenom Alphonso Davies catches your eye the first time you watch him play. Lenarduzzi, the Vancouver Whitecaps team president, says Davies has the talent to justify the record-breaking deal confirmed Wednesday that will send the Canadian 17-year-old midfielder from Major League Soccer to German Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich. “You can hear […]

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Vancouver Whitecaps star Alphonso Davies appears headed to Bayern Munich

By Gemma Karstens-Smith The Canadian Press Tues., July 24, 2018 VANCOUVER—Reports that Vancouver Whitecaps star Alphonso Davies has finalized a transfer to a German soccer giant are bittersweet for his current coach. Multiple media reports Tuesday said the 17-year-old Canadian international midfielder is heading to Bayern Munich. Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Alphonso Davies is reportedly headed […]

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Mbappe, Modric on 10-man list for FIFA best player award

GENEVA—World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will lead the challenge against a decade-long dominance of FIFA’s best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Mbappe, the teenage star of France’s World Cup-winning team, and Modric, the Croatia captain who was named the tournament’s best player, joined five-time winners Ronaldo and Messi among […]

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World Cup sketches road map for Canada’s soccer journey

By Joe CallaghanSpecial to the Star Sat., July 21, 2018 As tourists wheeled their suitcases through the afternoon rush in Moscow’s Arbatskaya Metro station, a worker frenetically scraped and peeled back the adhesive patches that had directed World Cup fans to Luzhniki Stadium for the previous month and threw them into a trash bag. It […]