Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has been summoned to appear before the French Football Federation's ethics committee after he described Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva as an "overweight ladyboy" on Twitter.
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Venues Set for U.S. Men’s National Team’s Last Four Home World Cup Qualifiers and Centennial Celebration Match
The U.S. Men’s National Team’s four remaining home 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches will be played in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Columbus and Kansas City. Additionally, the Centennial Celebration Match between the MNT and Germany will be played on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., as part of U.S. Soccer’s 100-year anniversary celebration.
The four remaining 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying home venues were announced on Thursday, as well as the confirmation of the Centennial Celebration Match against Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. ussoccer.com breaks down the U.S. MNT history in each of these venues.
Despite an impressive effort, an under-strength U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team fell 3-1 to Mexico in overtime of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship final this evening in front of a sold-out crowd at Estadio Cuauhtémoc in Puebla. Tab Ramos’ young team fell behind early, but rebounded with a first-half penalty kick dispatched by midfielder Benji Joya to finish regulation tied 1-1. In overtime, the hosts pulled away with two goals, including a spectacular overhead kick for the game-winner by Julio Gomez, to earn the championship.
Mike Ryan, the first head coach of the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team, passed away last Tuesday morning at his home in Seattle after a long illness. He was 77.
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao believes his football career will not be complete until he is part of a Champions League winning team.
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training with his international Real Madrid team-mates on Thursday afternoon, with Jose Mourinho having no new injury problems to deal with ahead of Saturday's La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Bayern Munich forward Mario Gomez returned to the pitch on Tuesday night over three months after undergoing ankle surgery.
Jair Marrufo and Mark Geiger were among 52 referees to take part in a seminar in late September in Zurich as part of a provisional “open list” of referee prospects for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
As the U.S. Men’s National Team gears up for the final two matches of the Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his staff are putting the finishing touches on the 23-man training camp roster that will be announced Monday, Oct. 8 on ussoccer.com. Sitting tied in first place, the U.S. is one of three teams in Group A on seven points.While several scenarios lead to the United States advancing to the final round, Klinsmann’s directive to the team is straightforward: two games, two victories. Goals on free kicks have cost the U.S. team points on the road, but the path through to the next round is clear. Klinsmann isn’t taking anything for granted, and has meticulously prepared for Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala with the mission of taking six points from the last two games. ussoccer.com spoke with Klinsmann about the team’s performance in qualifying thus far, the urgency and focus he wants to see from the group, and the challenges of World Cup qualifying in this region.
Barcelona have approached Xavi Hernandez with a view to tying the midfielder to the Catalan club for the rest of his career, according to the player's agent Ivan Corretja.