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New York City FC midfielder Ismael Tajouri (left); Shaan Gandhi (right)

Youth Players Get Pro Athlete Experience With Quarantine Training

Youth soccer practices have gone remote since the coronavirus pandemic began. MLS clubs faced similar training restrictions during quarantine.

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Europe's top 10 summer transfer window classes

The transfer window is shut across Europe's top leagues until the winter. After the billions spent and the dozens of stars who switched addresses, which clubs emerged as the winners of the summer?

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Morgan's thoughts on Cordeiro, Ronaldo, NWSL, more

Fresh off being named one of the finalists for FIFA's 'Best' women's player of 2019, Alex Morgan sounds off about the honor, the USWNT coaching search, the fight vs. U.S. Soccer, her thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo and taking NWSL to the next level.

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Transfer deadline day: Every big move around Europe

PSG wound up with Mauro Icardi and Keylor Navas on deadline day across Europe, while Chicharito has a fresh start in Spain and Neymar is left at PSG despite his yearning to return to Barcelona.

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Boca Juniors, River Plate to meet in Libertadores semis

A year after their fiery rivalry was too intense to keep the Copa Libertadores final on South American soil, Boca Juniors and River Plate will clash again on the continental stage.

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Luis Enrique's daughter, 9, dies of cancer

The former Barcelona and Spain manager revealed the tragic news on Thursday.

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Dest, Pomykal join USMNT for Mexico, Uruguay games

U.S. U-20 standouts Sergino Dest and Paxton Pomykal and U.S. veterans Brad Guzan and Alfredo Morales join the likes of Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and others as the USMNT tunes up for the first Concacaf Nations League with two tough friendlies.

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Atlanta United wins U.S. Open Cup to add to momentum

Atlanta United earned the right to lift a third trophy on home soil in less than nine months, winning the first U.S. Open Cup title in club history and adding to its momentum as the MLS season hits the home stretch.

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USMNT squad projection vs. Mexico, Uruguay

With two friendlies coming up against strong opponents in Mexico and Uruguay and the first Concacaf Nations League on the horizon, here are the players Gregg Berhalter could turn to as he turns the page following a Gold Cup summer.

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After St. Louis secures MLS expansion team, who's next?

MLS is one step closer to its 30-team goal after welcoming St. Louis to the league. There are presently two viable bids for the final two berths, but as the lengthy expansion process has shown, things can change quite quickly.

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Why Hope Solo wants in on USWNT's equal pay mediation

Hope Solo wants in on the mediation session between U.S. Soccer and the USWNT in the fight for equal pay. Here's why she feels it's necessary to join in and how that could change the dynamic between all parties involved.

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Austin FC hires Wolff as first head coach

Wolff will remain with the U.S. men's national team through the end of the year before taking over the 2021 MLS expansion team.

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Transfer Rumors: Latest on Bale, Neymar, Pogba, more

As preseason friendlies and tours roll on so, too, do the various transfer windows across Europe's top leagues. Here's the latest on some of the biggest names whose futures remain in the balance.

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What Ronaldo not being charged means for rape case

The Clark County District Attorney's office announced it will not be pursuing criminal charges against Cristiano Ronaldo in connection with an alleged rape in 2009, but the legal battle isn't over just yet for the Juventus and Portugal star.

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Rose Lavelle meets young fan named Rose Lavelle

Rose Lavelle could not believe she was meeting Rose Lavelle.

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Algeria's title caps AFCON that highlighted CAF's woes

On the field, Algeria was an undoubted success, the best team benefiting from a fluky goal in the final to win the Africa Cup of Nations. The competition, though, highlighted some of the major issues still plaguing the African confederation.

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Watch: Algeria scores on bizarre goal in AFCON final

Algeria enjoyed a dream start to the Africa Cup of Nations final in absolutely baffling fashion and wound up winning the title thanks to that moment.

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Ajax signs Mexico's Alvarez from Club America

Another Mexican star on the rise is headed to the Eredivisie.

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How to watch Liverpool vs. Dortmund at Notre Dame

Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund meet at Notre Dame Stadium in a preseason friendly.

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USMNT's Tyler Boyd signs with Besiktas

Tyler Boyd enjoyed success on loan in Turkey, and he'll look to continue his rise on the club stage at perennial power Besiktas.

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What's left to be sorted in the summer transfer window?

Much of the major transfer business has already been sorted across Europe, but handfuls of other big names and top prospects are expected to change addresses before the window shuts around the top leagues. Here's what to keep an eye on as the summer progresses and the rumor mill heats up.

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Sights, sounds of USWNT's World Cup victory parade

Watch all the sights and sounds from the U.S. women's national team's World Cup victory parade in New York City.

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USMNT sees foundation built despite Gold Cup disappointment

On one hand, the USA fell to a Mexico side missing a slew of big names and settled for second in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. On the other, the feeling inside the team is one of positivity, acknowledging the immediate disappointment but seeing a brighter big picture for the first time in a while.

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Mexico turns tide to win Gold Cup vs. wasteful USMNT

The U.S. men's national team had its chances, but after failing to convert them, Mexico made the Americans pay, and Jonathan Dos Santos delivered the only strike necessary to return Concacaf bragging rights back into El Tri's control.

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Brazil restores belief in winning Copa America title

Brazil won the Copa America title on home soil again, and this one came at a tenuous time, with belief and faith in the national team wavering, with Neymar absent from the squad and with the ghosts of tournaments past hovering over a trophy-starved power.

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Adaptable USWNT overcomes Netherlands in WWC final

The Netherlands didn't make life easy for the U.S. women's national team, but a more complete, adaptable squad found a way through–with some help from VAR–to put an emphatic finish on a dominant run to a fourth Women's World Cup title.

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Pulisic embraces his greater USMNT role in Gold Cup

Christian Pulisic has been given a lot of responsibility at the Gold Cup, and the 20-year-old USA star has embraced it, with three goals and three assists en route to helping the Americans reach a final vs. rival Mexico.

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Rapinoe covers it all in final WWC pre-match presser

Megan Rapinoe seems contractually obligated to never be bland, and she was in her element ahead of the USA's Women's World Cup final vs. the Netherlands, tackling all topics from the opponent to the game's bigger-picture issues.

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Final vs. Mexico reshapes Gold Cup's meaning for USMNT

A final against an archrival has a funny way of narrowing your focus and raising the stakes. The U.S. men's national team's view is still on building for the long term, but a Gold Cup title bout vs. Mexico changes the equation for the immediate future.

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The ever-changing global market for women's soccer players

While the international women's game is evolving, the same can be said for the club side. As things continue to grow and as more top European clubs invest in women's teams, how will that change the equation for the top U.S. and international players?

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Press's mom's death a source of sadness, tribute

Christen Press's mother passed away suddenly earlier this year, a tragedy that remains at the forefront of the mind for the U.S. women's national team forward and her family as she plays on in France.

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Chelsea turns to Lampard; will it give him time to succeed?

The readiness to pull the trigger makes Chelsea a dubious destination for managers with a long-term outlook. Will fan-favorite Frank Lampard be given the time necessary to avoid becoming just another casualty of Roman Abramovich's tenure?

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The long-awaited USA-Mexico Gold Cup final is here

After eight years, the USA and Mexico will finally meet again in a Concacaf Gold Cup final, with Jozy Altidore and Weston McKennie stepping up alongside Christian Pulisic to deliver a semifinal triumph over Jamaica.

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Amid growing pains, USMNT has fresh self-awareness

The USA's 1-0 win over Curaçao in the Gold Cup quarterfinals didn't flatter the Americans, who have more expected of them as they continue to build back up from the rock bottom of nearly two years ago–and they know it.

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Aluko scouts USWNT vs. England World Cup semifinal clash

Eniola Aluko explains how England has progressed on the international stage since the 2012 Olympics and why the Lionesses are in a great position to contend with the powerhouse USA in a star-laden Women's World Cup semifinal.

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USMNT not falling into overconfidence trap vs. Curacao

The only other time the U.S. men's national team played Curaçao, it was 35 years ago and the nation was known as Netherlands Antilles. Regardless of the perceived talent gap, the U.S. isn't taking its foe lightly–not after the events of 20 months ago.

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Rapinoe's pride shines through in heroic WWC performance

Every time you wonder if Megan Rapinoe can handle the challenge that she has embraced—to be not just a world-class athlete but a force for social change in a turbulent time—she somehow finds a way to rise to the occasion.

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Rapinoe thrives at the center of the circus she wanted

Megan Rapinoe wanted a circus for USA and France's Women's World Cup quarterfinal, and she's starring in the center of it, but amid all the tweets, responses and White House reaction, the USWNT's leader keeps her calm as she grows into the occasion.

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USA wins Gold Cup group, set up nicely for run to final

A fully changed U.S. men's national team edged Panama on Jozy Altidore's impressive goal to finish off an unblemished group run at the Gold Cup, and while not all players took advantage of their playing time, the squad appears to have every reason to expect a run to the final.

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How has it come to this for Argentina?

There's no apparent plan, and the results at Copa America have sadly not been unexpected for a trophy-starved nation that still features one of the greatest to ever play the game. Can Argentina piece it together in time to avoid humiliation?

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Numbers behind MLS Ambition Rankings: Western Conference

Go inside the numbers of the 2019 MLS Ambition Rankings with the detailed answers provided by the Western Conference clubs to our team surveys.

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Numbers behind MLS Ambition Rankings: Eastern Conference

Go inside the numbers of the 2019 MLS Ambition Rankings with the detailed answers provided by the Eastern Conference clubs to our team surveys.

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England's on-field success marred by off-field actions

England has never had it so good. Its clubs dominated European competition. Its men are fresh off two semifinal runs entering Euro 2020 qualifying. The women could contend for the World Cup. Yet there's a sense of unease and dissatisfaction as a result of fandom and extremism.

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Expert predictions: 2019 WWC knockout bracket, winner

With the 2019 Women's World Cup widely regarded to be the most wide-open competition in the tournament's history, will any contenders for the USA's throne seize it away from the Americans? Here's who our experts see winning it all in France.

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Tottenham can rewrite its narrative in UCL final

Giorgio Chiellini's words last season echoed Sir Alex Ferguson's famous ones from years before and cut to the core of the narrative surrounding Tottenham–one that can be changed forever in the Champions League final.

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A year later, improved Liverpool returns for UCL glory

Liverpool adequately addressed its faults after losing in the Champions League final to Real Madrid a season ago and appears confident and relaxed heading into Saturday's final vs. Tottenham in the Spanish capital.

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Ajax clinches Eredivisie title, domestic double

Ajax pairs its first Eredivisie title since 2013-14 with its KNVB Beker title to complete the domestic double in the Netherlands.

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Exploring Planet Fútbol examines USMNT, Bundesliga link

Why is Germany's top flight a hotbed for young Americans on the rise, how do they cope with the changes to their lifestyle at such a young age and what have they learned about the country's soccer culture? Those answers are at the crux of SI TV's new Exploring Planet Fútbol.

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Griezmann confirms he's leaving Atletico Madrid

Less than a year after making a production out of his tough decision to stay put at Atletico Madrid, Antoine Griezmann is reversing course.