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MLS tournament game postponed one day after new virus case

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:30 PM

It is the latest setback to hit the MLS is Back Tournament, which marks the return of top-flight soccer in the United States following a four-month shutdown

MLS star Vela opts out of restart as outbreak forces out FC Dallas

Jul 07, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Los Angeles FC star Carlos Vela decides to skip the 'MLS is Back' tournament on Wednesday, July 8

ANOTHER BLOW. 2019 MLS MVP Carlos Vela opts out of the restart tournament of the league. Photo from Carlos Vela's Instagram

6 FC Dallas players test positive for virus in Orlando

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:24 PM

Just a week before Major League Soccer starts, FC Dallas absorbs a major blow

SAFETY FIRST. All players who tested positive have been moved to an isolated area. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

MLS has 20 player positives ahead of Orlando tournament

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:13 PM

All teams will stay and compete inside a 'bubble' at Disney World starting July 8

DEFENDING CHAMPION. Seattle Sounders FC is looking to defend its Major League Soccer title in a bubble. Photo from Seattle Sounders FC Twitter

US Soccer to review 'no kneeling' anthem policy

Jun 09, 2020 - 1:58 PM

The US Soccer Federation is considering repealing the policy that states players must 'stand respectfully' during the national anthem

TAKING A KNEE. In 2016, Megan Rapinoe kneels during the national anthem because of rampant police violence and racism in the US. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America/AFP

Durant buys small piece of Philadelphia MLS team

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:46 AM

NBA star Kevin Durant becomes the latest celebrity to take a minority share ownership of a Major League Soccer team

NEW VENTURE. Kevin Durant puts on his business hat again. Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

State of play: How U.S. leagues are planning return

May 15, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Major sports leagues hope to resume action or save seasons put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic

NO CHEERING. If the NBA decides to return, fans will likely be barred from watching live. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Judge rules against U.S. women's soccer team in equal pay case

May 02, 2020 - 11:34 AM

The reigning world champions absorb a legal blow as their equal pay claim gets tossed out

ALL-STAR. US soccer stars Megan Rapinoe (left) and Alex Morgan celebrate after ruling the 2019 World Cup in France. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

LIST: How the coronavirus has hit global sports

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:59 PM

(UPDATED) Sporting events worldwide come to a complete standstill as the virus continues to wreak havoc

MAJOR HIT. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Beckham visits empty stadium as MLS club's home debut delayed

Mar 15, 2020 - 1:52 PM

'In these moments, sports take a back seat,' says David Beckham, the former football star who now owns a Major League Soccer club

David Beckham. Photo from Twitter/@intermiamifc

Beckham's Miami defeated in MLS debut

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:16 PM

Co-owner David Beckham sees his Inter Miami drop a close loss to Los Angeles FC

CO-OWNER. David Beckham ventures into the business side of football. Photo from Twitter/@intermiamifc

USA Soccer cancels plans for men's team to train in Doha

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:51 AM

The US men's soccer team drops plans to set up a training camp in Doha 'due to the developing situation in the region'

NEW PLANS. The US soccer team, which had hoped to check the country hosting the 2022 World Cup, looks for a new training site. Photo by Tytus Omijewski/EPA-EFE

Ozil cut from video game in China over Xinjiang comments

Dec 19, 2019 - 1:45 PM

US-listed Chinese internet company NetEase removes Ozil from the game due to his 'extreme comment about China'

CONTROVERSIAL. Mesut Ozil's character in the video game gets removed in China. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Zlatan: 'I will break every record in the MLS this season'

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic promises to bring something new to MLS fans this season

IBRA-MANIA. Zlatan Ibrahimovic aims to top his 2018 feat of 22 goals and 10 assists in 27 games. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

WATCH: Soccer star Wayne Rooney arrested for public intoxication

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:44 PM

The former Manchester United star has paid the fine for the misdemeanor stemming from a Washington airport incident

MISCONDUCT. Wayne Rooney’s club team DC United says it will handle the incident internally. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Swedish striker Ibrahimovic named top MLS newcomer

Nov 13, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic edges out England striker Wayne Rooney and Mexico's Carlos Vela for the award

IBRA-MANIA. 'Swedish god' Zlatan Ibrahimovic brings his prowess to reinforce LA Galaxy. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Wayne Rooney to meet DC United bosses to discuss MLS move

May 23, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The Everton striker reportedly agrees to a US $17 million deal with Major League Soccer club DC United

PROSPECT. DC United coach Ben Olsen confirms that the club is interested in bringing Wayne Rooney to America. Photo by AFP

'League of Legends,' 'Starcraft II' to debut at 2018 Asian Games

May 16, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Also debuting are 'Hearthstone,' 'Pro Evolution Soccer 2018,' 'Clash Royale' and 'Arena of Valor.' The Asian Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2.

Ibra-mania as Zlatan's double seals Galaxy fightback

Apr 01, 2018 - 1:29 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes charge late and drills in two goals, including the winner, for an extraordinary finale that sees LA Galaxy come back from down 0-3

IBRA-MANIA. Zlatan Ibrahimovic impresses in his Major League Soccer debut with two goals in Los Angeles Galaxy's win over Los Angeles FC. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Mexican girls fight violence with boys' own game – football

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:35 PM

A football club for Mazahua girls and young women uses the sport to empower them in a country where machismo runs deep and violence against women is rampant

BEAUTIFUL GAME. Ivette Anayancy Monroy (center) of the Mazahua soccer team vies for the ball during the match against "Hadas B" team at the Mexican Women Soccer league, Premier category, in San Felipe del Progreso, Mexican state on October 29, 2017. Photo by Omar Torres/AFP

The week in photos: July 29-August 4, 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

A football club is born: Meet Davao Aguilas FC

Mar 27, 2017 - 4:59 PM

Mindanao s entry into the upcoming Philippines Football League is brimming with promise This is why

HOME FIELD. The Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex will be the home of the Aguilas. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals to brandish big guns for home games versus Malaysia and Nepal

Mar 18, 2017 - 1:14 PM

Stars Neil Etheridge and Javi Patiño are coming for these two games yet some issues remain

TRAINING. Misagh Bahadoran trains with his teammates and assistant coach Chieffy Caligdong. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Ahmad Jufriyanto: Ada janji pada Bobotoh yang harus ditunaikan

Jan 27, 2017 - 6:16 PM

Ahmad Jufriyanto kembali ke klub lamanya Persib Bandung dari Sriwijaya FC Kepindahan yang menurut dia sangat emosional

Selebrasi gol Achmad Jufriyanto saat antarkan Persib Bandung jadi juara Piala Presiden, 18 Oktober 2015. Foto dari Twitter/@Persib

Sambut ISL, Persipura bawa modal awal Rp 1 miliar dari Freeport

Jan 07, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Ketua Umum Persipura berharap PT Freeport bersedia menjadi sponsor utama tim mereka

BONUS. Direktur Utama PT Freeport Indonesia, Chappy Hakim (mengenakan jas & kemeja putih) memberikan bonus Rp 1 miliar kepada tim Persipura karena telah menjadi juara turnamen Indonesia Soccer Championship (ISC) tahun 2016. Foto diambil dari akun Twitter @chappyhakim

Laga inagurasi Persib vs Persipura resmi dibatalkan

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Juara Piala Presiden Persib Bandung seharusnya melawan juara ISC Persipura Jayapura pada 8 Januari 2017

Pesepakbola Persipura Jayapura, Ian Louis Kabes (kiri), menggiring bola melewati pemain belakang PSM Makassar di stadion Mandala Jayapura, Papua, pada 18 Desember 2016. Foto oleh Indrayadi TH/Antara

Persipura Jayapura juarai ISC 2016

Dec 19, 2016 - 8:50 AM

Tim Mutiara Hitam mengalahkan PSM Makassar 4 2 di laga pamungkas kompetisi sepak bola itu

EUFORIA. Pesepakbola Persipura Jayapura Imanuel Wanggai (tengah) berlari berkeliling stadiun Mandala Jayapura, Papua bersama pendukungnya, pada 18 Desember 2016. Foto oleh Indrayadi TH/Antara

Beer, burgers as US-Mexico fans mix ahead of World Cup qualifier clash

Nov 12, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Trump s inflammatory rhetoric surrounding the issue of illegal immigration from Mexico has raised concerns the game may be given a political edge but there appeared little sign of tension before match

PARTY. Mexico fans tailgate before the start of a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between the Mexico men's national team and the US men's national team in Columbus, Ohio on November 11, 2016. Paul Vernon / AFP

Trump vote won't affect US World Cup bid decision – official

Nov 12, 2016 - 10:36 AM

The US is considered a favorite to host the 2026 World Cup with the bidding process expected to get under way next year

TO BID OR NOT TO BID? The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States will not impact any decision the country may make to bid for the 2026 World Cup. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

SOS: Kongres gagal mereformasi PSSI

Nov 11, 2016 - 11:19 AM

“Kongres ini hanya ganti casing Software dan hardware tetap lama

Azkals vs Kyrgyzstan postgame thoughts: An encouraging result

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Another win over Kyrgyzstan augurs well for the Azkals in the Suzuki Cup

SATO. Daisuke Sato's presence was a boost to the defense but can he play in the Suzuki Cup? Image by Bob Guerrero.

Jakmania rusuh di Solo, Persija kembali diganjar hukuman

Nov 06, 2016 - 2:40 PM

Jakmania menyulut kembang api dan melempari polisi dengan botol minuman

Pendukung tim Persija Jakarta menyalakan kembang api saat laga melawan Persib Bandung di Stadion Manahan, Solo, Jawa Tengah, pada 5 November 2016. Foto oleh Maulana Surya/Antara

Hasil Persija vs Persib: Berakhir dengan skor kacamata

Nov 06, 2016 - 9:49 AM

Kedua tim tampil menyerang namun tak ada gol yang tercipta

Pesepak bola Persija Rodrigo Antonio (kedua kiri) dan pesepak bola Persib Bandung Marcos Abel (ketiga kanan) berebut bola dalam ajang lanjutan Torabika Soccer Championship (TSC) 2016 di Stadion Manahan, Solo, Jawa Tengah, pada 5 November 2016. Foto oleh Maulana Surya/Antara

Hanya 4 tim yang urus legalitas pemain asing

Sep 09, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Legalitas pemain asing sangat disepelekan pihak klub

LSM Save Our Soccer: 81 pemain dan pelatih sepak bola asing bekerja secara ilegal

Sep 06, 2016 - 12:48 AM

Banyak para pemain dan pelatih sepak bola yang mukim di Indonesia dengan menggunakan visa on arrival VoA dan visa bisnis

BERLATIH. Ilustrasi pesepak bola Timnas Indonesia menggelar latihan di Stadion Manahan, Solo, Jawa Tengah, Senin, 5 September. Foto oleh Maulana Surya/ANTARA

Indonesia probes 'illegal' foreign players

Sep 05, 2016 - 6:51 PM

Local watchdog Save Our Soccer reports 81 foreign footballers and coaches were currently playing in the country without the correct permit

OVERSEAS PLAYERS. This picture taken in Cilacap, Central Java on January 22, 2016 shows three foreign players participating in a football competition in Cilacap. File photo by Adek Berry/ AFP

Sutan Harhara akhiri kebersamaan bersama Persela

Sep 03, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Kerasnya persaingan di kompetisi Indonesia Soccer championship ISC A kembali memakan korban Sutan Harhara menyatakan mundur dari kursi pelatih

Sutan Harhara (kiri) saat masih menjabat pelatih Persela Lamongan. Foto: Akun Twitter resmi Persela Lamongan.

Putaran pertama ISC A: Kejutan Madura United dan terpuruknya Persib

Sep 01, 2016 - 1:10 PM

Tak sekalipun Persib menang tiga kali beruntun

Pesepakbola Madura United (MU) Bayu Gatra (ketiga kiri) berusaha melewati hadangan pesepakbola Arema Cronus Raphael Maitimo (ketiga kanan) saat kompetisi Indonesia Soccer Championship (ISC) di Stadion Gelora Bangkalan (SGB) Jatim, Jumat (6/5) malam. Pertandingan tersebut berakhir imbang tanpa gol. Foto oleh: ANTARA FOTO/Saiful Bahri/aww/16.

Football: Hope Solo suspended 6 months for calling Olympic foes 'cowards'

Aug 25, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The American women s soccer player called her Swedish opponents a bunch of cowards after losing a match to them

SUSPENDED. Hope Solo will have lots of time to think about her bad decision making. File photo by Daniel Oliveria/EPA

US women's football star blasts Swedes as 'cowards' after Olympic loss

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:36 PM

Despite losing on penalties Hope Solo says The better team did not win today

LOST HOPE. Hope Solo didn't take her team's loss to Sweden well. Photo by Daniel Oliveria/EPA

ONE Championship bans use of soccer kick in fights

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:07 PM

ONE Championship takes measures to improve on the sport s human cockfighting image as the company looks to go mainstream

Rio 2016: Slew of surprises in record-breaking day

Aug 13, 2016 - 11:47 AM

Schooling beats Phelps Ledecky obliterates competition Ayana smashes 10 000m record 3 suspended for doping – all in one Olympic day

OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS. USA's Katie Ledecky (C) crosses Hungary's Katinka Hosszu (top) and Canada's Hilary Caldwell during the Women's 800m Freestyle Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016. Martin Bureau/AFP

Jadwal lengkap Indonesia Soccer Championship A 2016

Jul 21, 2016 - 5:47 PM

Kompetisi ISC A memasuki pekan ke 11 pada Rabu 20 Juli dan pekan ke 12 pada Minggu 24 Juli

Persib Bandung 0-0 Persija Jakarta: Solidnya benteng Macan Kemayoran

Jul 17, 2016 - 6:23 AM

Strategi Persija untuk lebih banyak bertahan dan mengandalkan serangan balik berhasil meredam ketajaman Persib Bandung

PERTANDINGAN ISC. Pesepakbola Persib Bandung Atep (kanan) dikawal ketat pesepakbola Persija Jakarta Vava Mario Yagalo (kiri) pada laga lanjutan Torabika Soccer Championship (TSC) 2016 di Stadion Gelora Bandung Lautan Api (GBLA), Bandung, Jawa Barat, Sabtu, 16 Juli. Foto oleh Fahrul Jayadiputra/ANTARA

Persib Bandung vs Persija Jakarta: Waspadai serangan balik Macan Kemayoran

Jul 16, 2016 - 3:22 PM

Demi poin penuh Persib pun menegaskan bakal mengusung strategi berbeda dibanding ketika melawan PSM Makassar sebelum jeda ‎libur lebaran lalu

Pesepakbola Persib Bandung Juan Carlos Belencoso (kiri) berebut bola dengan pesepakbola Bali United Fadhil (ketiga kanan) pada laga lanjutan Indonesia Soccer Championship A 2016 di Stadion Si Jalak Harupat, Kabupaten Bandung, Jawa Barat, Sabtu (14/5). Persib Bandung berhasil mengalahkan Bali United dengan skor akhir 2-0. ANTARA FOTO/Novrian Arbi/aww/16.

Buntut kerusuhan Jakmania, Sriwijaya dipastikan menang 3-0 atas Persija

Jun 28, 2016 - 10:08 AM

Operator ISC dan Persija diharapkan bertanggung jawab atas kerugian materiil dan biaya perawatan korban di rumah sakit

Pesepak bola Sriwijaya FC Ichsan Kurniawan (tengah) melewati hadangan pesepak bola Persija Jakarta, Gunawan Dwi Cahyo (kiri) dan Andik Redika Rama (kanan), pada laga ISC di Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, 24 Juni 2016. Foto oleh Wahyu Putro A/Antara

Daftar sanksi klub Indonesia Soccer Championship hingga Juni

Jun 23, 2016 - 11:18 AM

Denda dilipatgandakan dari yang awalnya hanya Rp 10 juta menjadi Rp 30 juta

Pesepak Bola Persija Jakarta Jose Adolfo Guerra Argote (bawah) melakukan selebrasi bersama rekannya Rezaldi Hehanusa usai mencetak gol ketika bertanding melawan Persela lamongan pada laga Indonesia Soccer Championship di Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Jumat (13/5). ANTARA FOTO/Wahyu Putro A/ama/16

Merasa gagal tangani Persib, Dejan Antonic mundur

Jun 12, 2016 - 2:57 PM

Dejan Antonic mengakui tekanan melatih Persib Bandung sangat besar

Komisaris PT PBB Kuswara S. Taryono (kiri) memberikan tumpeng kepada pelatih Persib Bandung Dejan Antonic pada perayaan HUT ke-83 Persib, di Bandung, Jawa Barat, 14 Maret 2016. Foto oleh Agus Bebeng/Antara

Dibantai Bhayangkara Surabaya United 1-4, Persib alami kekalahan pertama

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:32 AM

Bagaimana nasib Dejan Antonic setelah ini?

Pesepakbola Persib Bandung Juan Carlos Belencoso (kiri) berebut bola dengan pesepakbola Bali United Fadhil (ketiga kanan) pada laga lanjutan Indonesia Soccer Championship A 2016 di Stadion Si Jalak Harupat, Kabupaten Bandung, Jawa Barat, Sabtu (14/5). Persib Bandung berhasil mengalahkan Bali United dengan skor akhir 2-0. ANTARA FOTO/Novrian Arbi/aww/16.

Bhayangkara Surabaya United vs Persib Bandung: Rindu tiga poin lagi

Jun 11, 2016 - 4:48 PM

Dejan Antonic dituntut untuk mendapatkan kembali kepercayaan dari Bobotoh yang meragukan kemampuannya

Pesepakbola Persib Bandung Robertino Pugliara (tengah) menedang bola dengan kawalan sejumlah pesepakbola Madura United FC pada laga lanjutan Indonesia Soccer Championship 2016 di Stadion Si Jalak Harupat Soreang, Kabupaten Bandung, Jawa Barat, Sabtu (28/5). ANTARA FOTO/Fahrul Jayadiputra/ama/16