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Jerrad Peters 7 minute read Yesterday at 5:43 PM CST

The FIFA Club World Cup gets a bad rap. And not without cause.

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Lens needs late equalizer to extend unbeaten run to 10 games

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Lens needs late equalizer to extend unbeaten run to 10 games

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PARIS (AP) — Second-placed Lens extended its unbeaten run to 10 games in the French league thanks to a late equalizer from new signing Adrien Thomasson in a 1-1 draw at Troyes on Saturday.

The attacking midfielder netted from close range in the 88th minute after good work from striker Wesley Saïd. It was Thomasson's second goal in three matches since joining this month from Strasbourg for 4 million euros ($4.3 million).

Marseille would move above Lens into second place on goal difference with a home win against Monaco later Saturday.

Lowly Troyes surprised Lens with a rapid attack which led to defender Yasser Larouci's goal in the 50th.

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PARIS (AP) — Second-placed Lens extended its unbeaten run to 10 games in the French league thanks to a late equalizer from new signing Adrien Thomasson in a 1-1 draw at Troyes on Saturday.

The attacking midfielder netted from close range in the 88th minute after good work from striker Wesley Saïd. It was Thomasson's second goal in three matches since joining this month from Strasbourg for 4 million euros ($4.3 million).

Marseille would move above Lens into second place on goal difference with a home win against Monaco later Saturday.

Lowly Troyes surprised Lens with a rapid attack which led to defender Yasser Larouci's goal in the 50th.

McKennie left out of Juventus squad amid possible Leeds move

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McKennie left out of Juventus squad amid possible Leeds move

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TURIN, Italy (AP) — United States midfielder Weston McKennie was left out of the Juventus squad for this weekend’s match amid a potential move to the English Premier League.

McKennie has been strongly linked with a move to Leeds, which is coached by American Jesse Marsch.

And Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed Saturday that he did not call up McKennie for Sunday’s match against Monza.

“He absolutely won’t be involved, he’s at the center of transfer rumors,” Allegri said. “I think the club has already reached an agreement with the club he’ll be joining.”

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Juventus' Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring with teammates Weston McKennie and Nicolo' Fagioli, right, during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Atalanta at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday Jan. 22, 2023. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

US interim coach Hudson will keep working amid uncertainty

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US interim coach Hudson will keep working amid uncertainty

Greg Beacham, The Associated Press 4 minute read Yesterday at 5:59 PM CST

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Hudson plans to keep coaching his heart out for the U.S. men's national team until somebody tells him to stop.

The interim coach has absolutely no idea when that will happen — or even who that somebody would be, since the U.S. Soccer Federation's search for the person who will hire the next permanent coach is only just beginning.

His short-term appointment is looking a bit more lengthy now, but Hudson is keeping his focus on the near future, starting with the Americans' friendly against Colombia on Saturday. He also won't say whether he's hoping to be a candidate for the full-time position.

“I wasn’t really expecting any of this, how this has evolved,” Hudson said Friday after the final practice of the U.S. team's annual January camp in Southern California.

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FILE - Colorado Rapids head coach Anthony Hudson gestures in the second half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Commerce City, Colo. Anthony Hudson will coach the United States men's soccer team rather than Gregg Berhalter ahead of the first two matches of the cycle leading to the 2026 World Cup. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

MATCHDAY: Man U in FA Cup action; Barça visits Girona

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MATCHDAY: Man U in FA Cup action; Barça visits Girona

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A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday:

ENGLAND

Several Premier League clubs will be looking to avoid famous upsets in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Leeds travels to third-tier Accrington Stanley, while Leicester faces fourth-tier Walsall. Manchester United hosts second-tier Reading after moving within touching distance of the English League Cup final this week. Top-flight Fulham, Southampton and Tottenham also face lower-league opposition.

SPAIN

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Manchester United's Marcus Rashford reacts after sustaining an injury during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)

Almeria beats Espanyol 3-1 to stay unbeaten after World Cup

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Almeria beats Espanyol 3-1 to stay unbeaten after World Cup

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Almeria eased to a 3-1 win over Espanyol at home on Friday and remained unbeaten since the Spanish league restarted following the World Cup.

Almeria, which was promoted for this season, has gone undefeated in five league games since the end of December.

Rubi’s Almeria is also proving to be one of the strongest teams at home with six wins in 10 games.

Its win over Espanyol lifted it into 11th place with the season at its midway point. Espanyol fell to 14th.

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Almeria eased to a 3-1 win over Espanyol at home on Friday and remained unbeaten since the Spanish league restarted following the World Cup.

Almeria, which was promoted for this season, has gone undefeated in five league games since the end of December.

Rubi’s Almeria is also proving to be one of the strongest teams at home with six wins in 10 games.

Its win over Espanyol lifted it into 11th place with the season at its midway point. Espanyol fell to 14th.

Man City knocks out Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup

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Man City knocks out Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup

James Robson, The Associated Press 3 minute read Yesterday at 4:09 PM CST

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City issued a statement of intent by knocking out Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup on Friday.

Nathan Ake’s 64th-minute goal settled the fourth-round match at Etihad Stadium and the result may yet reverberate through the rest of the season.

Arsenal leads City by five points at the top of the English Premier League, but its seven-game unbeaten run was ended by City, which has three straight wins in all competitions.

England’s two best teams have a league showdown at Emirates Stadium on Feb. 15. For now, City manager Pep Guardiola has gained an edge on his former assistant, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

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Arsenal's Martin Odegaard runs during the English FA Cup 4th round soccer match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Lorient copes without top scorer Moffi to beat Rennes 2-1

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Lorient copes without top scorer Moffi to beat Rennes 2-1

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PARIS (AP) — Lorient showed it can cope without top scorer Terem Moffi by beating Rennes 2-1 in the French league on Friday.

Moffi's 12 goals put him second in the scoring chart and one behind Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé.

Nigeria striker Moffi has been left out of the squad in the past two games after being linked with a move to Marseille or Nice before the January transfer window shuts.

Defender Montassar Talbi headed Lorient in front in the 13th minute and a fine strike from midfielder Théo Le Bris made it 2-0 in the 31st. Flavien Tait pulled one back for Rennes, which had beaten leader PSG in the previous round.

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PARIS (AP) — Lorient showed it can cope without top scorer Terem Moffi by beating Rennes 2-1 in the French league on Friday.

Moffi's 12 goals put him second in the scoring chart and one behind Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé.

Nigeria striker Moffi has been left out of the squad in the past two games after being linked with a move to Marseille or Nice before the January transfer window shuts.

Defender Montassar Talbi headed Lorient in front in the 13th minute and a fine strike from midfielder Théo Le Bris made it 2-0 in the 31st. Flavien Tait pulled one back for Rennes, which had beaten leader PSG in the previous round.

Salernitana beats Lecce 2-1 for first win in nearly 3 months

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Salernitana beats Lecce 2-1 for first win in nearly 3 months

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MILAN (AP) — Salernitana won at Lecce 2-1 to leapfrog its opponent and gain ground in the battle to avoid being dragged into a relegation fight in Serie A on Friday.

Boulaye Dia got Salernitana off to the perfect start when he gave it the lead in the fifth minute and Tonny Vilhena doubled the advantage in the 20th.

Gabriel Strefezza pulled one back for Lecce three minutes later but Salernitana held on for its first win since the end of October.

That lifted Salernitana up to 19th, nine points above the relegation zone and a point above Lecce.

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Bologna's Stefan Posch, bottom right, celebrates with teammates after scoring to 1-0 during the Serie A soccer match between Bologna F.C. and Spezia Calcio at Renato Dall'Ara Stadium in Bologna, Italy, Friday Jan. 27, 2023 (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

Inspired Szoboszlai leads Leipzig to win over Stuttgart

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Inspired Szoboszlai leads Leipzig to win over Stuttgart

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LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Two sweetly hits shots from Dominik Szoboszlai lifted Leipzig to a 2-1 win over Stuttgart to close within a point of Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich on Friday.

Szoboszlai had not scored in the league since September before the Hungarian midfielder gave his team the lead with a swerving, dipping free kick in the 25th minute that goalkeeper Florian Müller could only push into his own net.

Szoboszlai showed off his technical skills with the second goal in the 49th, using one touch to control a header from teammate André Silva on the edge of the penalty area before letting the ball drop and striking a half-volley that left Müller no chance.

Embroiled in a fight to avoid relegation, Stuttgart had plenty of chances to exploit defensive errors from Leipzig but couldn't convert enough of them.

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LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Two sweetly hits shots from Dominik Szoboszlai lifted Leipzig to a 2-1 win over Stuttgart to close within a point of Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich on Friday.

Szoboszlai had not scored in the league since September before the Hungarian midfielder gave his team the lead with a swerving, dipping free kick in the 25th minute that goalkeeper Florian Müller could only push into his own net.

Szoboszlai showed off his technical skills with the second goal in the 49th, using one touch to control a header from teammate André Silva on the edge of the penalty area before letting the ball drop and striking a half-volley that left Müller no chance.

Embroiled in a fight to avoid relegation, Stuttgart had plenty of chances to exploit defensive errors from Leipzig but couldn't convert enough of them.

Almada relishes World Cup win, looks forward to MLS season

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Almada relishes World Cup win, looks forward to MLS season

Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press 4 minute read Yesterday at 2:48 PM CST

First, he cried with joy and shared the news with his family. Then, Thiago Almada needed to catch a plane. Quickly.

The Atlanta United midfielder was called up to Argentina's World Cup squad as an injury replacement mere days before the team's opening game.

"I was a little surprised. The call made me cry," he said. “Then the first thing I did was tell my family and then I had to travel that night.”

After a whirlwind campaign in Qatar that ended with Argentina lifting the game's most prestigious trophy, Almada has returned for his second season with Atlanta United in Major League Soccer.

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First, he cried with joy and shared the news with his family. Then, Thiago Almada needed to catch a plane. Quickly.

The Atlanta United midfielder was called up to Argentina's World Cup squad as an injury replacement mere days before the team's opening game.

"I was a little surprised. The call made me cry," he said. “Then the first thing I did was tell my family and then I had to travel that night.”

After a whirlwind campaign in Qatar that ended with Argentina lifting the game's most prestigious trophy, Almada has returned for his second season with Atlanta United in Major League Soccer.

New CONCACAF-CONMEBOL agreement gives Canada games against top-tier opposition

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New CONCACAF-CONMEBOL agreement gives Canada games against top-tier opposition

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press 3 minute read Yesterday at 2:05 PM CST

Canada is getting its wish to play more top-tier competition ahead of the 2026 FIFA men's World Cup.

CONCACAF, the confederation covering North and Central America and the Caribbean, and South America's CONMEBOL have signed an agreement to "strengthen and develop" soccer in both regions. The deal includes men's and women's national team competitions and a new men's club tournament.

The U.S. will host Copa America, the South American championship, in the summer of 2024 with 10 CONMEBOL teams plus the six best CONCACAF teams as guests.

The six CONCACAF entries will be decided via the 2023-24 CONCACAF Nations League.

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Canada's Scott Kennedy pushes Jamaica's Daniel Green during first half CONCACAF World Cup soccer qualifying action in Toronto on March 27, 2022. Canada is getting its wish to play more top-tier competition ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Defence will once again be looked upon to fill the net for CF Montreal

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Defence will once again be looked upon to fill the net for CF Montreal

Elias Grigoriadis, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Yesterday at 1:43 PM CST

MONTREAL - As the third week of CF Montreal’s training camp draws to an end, the Major League Soccer club's turbulent off-season continues to draw attention away from the implementation of new head coach Hernan Losada’s tactical philosophy.

The club confirmed Thursday morning that it had reached an agreement with the Philadelphia Union to send forward Joaquin Torres stateside. In exchange Montreal will receive as much as US$800,000 in general allocation money — $250,000 in both 2023 and 2024 as well as up to $300,000 depending on how Torres performs.

Between Torres’s departure, striker Kei Kamara’s trade request, and the injury history of both Romell Quioto and Mason Toye, Montreal will have to find goals from the entire team. That is something the club is accustomed to, boasting the highest scoring defence in MLS last season, with 18 goals coming from the back line.

"It doesn't matter who scores, we have a lot of quality players everywhere. Every time quality players leave it hurts, but that’s football," said wing back Lassi Lappalainen, who scored three of his own in 2022. "I think I was playing pretty well (last season) but I was lacking goals and some assists, so I want to improve that."

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CF Montreal head coach Hernan Losada stands on a barrier to look over a practice during the first day of training camp in Montreal on Monday, January 9, 2023. As the third week of CF Montreal’s training camp draws to an end, the Major League Soccer club's turbulent off-season continues to draw attention away from the implementation of new head coach Losada’s tactical philosophy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Martínez nets 2 as Inter fights back to beat Cremonese 2-1

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Martínez nets 2 as Inter fights back to beat Cremonese 2-1

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MILAN (AP) — Lautaro Martínez's rich vein of scoring form produced two more goals to help Inter Milan win at bottom club Cremonese 2-1 and move into second spot in Serie A on Saturday.

Cremonese took a surprise lead with a stunning strike from David Okereke but Martínez scored in each half.

That took the World Cup winner to six goals in his past six matches for Inter and lifted his team two points above third-placed AC Milan, which plays Sassuolo on Sunday. Inter and Milan meet in a Serie A derby next weekend.

Sixth-placed Atalanta could move level with Milan with a win at home to relegation-threatened Sampdoria later.

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Empoli's Gabriel Marin celebrates scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Torino at Castellani Stadium, Empoli, Italy, Saturday Jan. 28, 2023. (Marco Bucco/LaPresse via AP)

EPL strugglers Leeds, Leicester, Southampton win in FA Cup

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EPL strugglers Leeds, Leicester, Southampton win in FA Cup

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — While they are fighting for survival in the English Premier League, Leeds, Leicester and Southampton are advancing in the FA Cup.

Securing top-flight status remains the priority for all three, but the cup is providing some welcome relief from their battles against relegation.

Leeds won against third-tier Accrington Stanley 3-1, Leicester overcame fourth-tier Walsall 1-0, and bottom-of-the-league Southampton won against second-division Blackpool 2-1 on Saturday.

Goals from Leeds’ Jack Harrison, Junior Firpo and Luis Sinisterra ended any chance of a miracle for Accrington in front of its home fans at Wham Stadium. Leslie Adekoya, however, gave them something to cheer with a late consolation goal.

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Leicester City's Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, left, and Walsall's Brandon Comley battle for the ball during the English FA Cup fourth round soccer match at the Poundland Bescot Stadium, Walsall, England, Saturday Jan. 28, 2023. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

Pedri leads win at Girona in 100th game for Barcelona

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Pedri leads win at Girona in 100th game for Barcelona

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Stymied in attack and without its top two scorers, Barcelona turned to Pedri to ensure they reached the Spanish league midway point ahead of Real Madrid in the title chase.

Pedri marked his 100th Barcelona appearance at the ripe age of 20 by scoring as a substitute to squeeze past Girona 1-0 on Saturday. The Spain midfielder, who has become a pillar of the post-Messi rebuild under Xavi, became the second youngest player in club history to reach the century mark in games played.

Girona held the league front-runner in check until Pedri's fellow substitute, Jordi Alba, found him with a low cross at close range in the 61st. Pedri, who won the Kopa Trophy and the Golden Boy awards in 2021 for the continent’s most promising under-21 player, has scored six times this season, including the only goal in a win over Getafe in the last round.

“This is what coach has asked me to do,” Pedri said about his goals. “I know that (scoring) is one thing that I had to improve upon, and now that I am arriving more to the area the goals are coming.”

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Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele hold his knees after being injured during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Girona and FC Barcelona at the Montilivi stadium in Girona, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Union Berlin beats Hertha in derby, stays 2nd in Bundesliga

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Union Berlin beats Hertha in derby, stays 2nd in Bundesliga

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BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin fans brought fire to the city derby as their team consolidated second place in the Bundesliga by beating Hertha Berlin 2-0 on Saturday.

Goals either side of halftime from Danilho Doekhi and Paul Seguin earned Union its fourth straight league win over its old rival and left Hertha mired at second-from-last after its third consecutive loss to start the year. Union has won their last five derbies including last season's German Cup meeting.

The second half commenced with a spectacular pyrotechnics display from Union fans, who ignored the stadium announcer’s pleas for them to stop. Many of the supporters seemed to be delayed getting to the game – particularly those carrying flags – but they made up for their lateness after the break.

State police said on Twitter that a group of around 300 people tried attacking visiting fans on their way to the game at Ostkreuz train station – far from the stadium. The police said they and local officers managed to stop the attack and they confiscated pyrotechnics, face-coverings and gum shields.

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Union's Rani Khedira cheers on his teammates during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and Union Berlin in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 (Soeren Stache/dpa via AP)

Hertha Berlin fires Fredi Bobic as head of sport

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Hertha Berlin fires Fredi Bobic as head of sport

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BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin fired its head of sport, Fredi Bobic, after the team lost to Union Berlin 2-0 in the city derby on Saturday.

“The presidium, together with the supervisory board of Hertha BSC e.V. decided unanimously to release its head of sport, Fredi Bobic, from his duties with immediate effect,” the club said in a statement.

Hertha said it was going to hold a news conference on Sunday and gave no further details.

Bobic had been in charge since June 2021 and was responsible for signings and squad building. Lately, he had been overseeing more departures than arrivals as he sought to bring down expenses at the cash-strapped club.

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FILE - Berlin's sport manager Fredi Bobic prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg in Berlin, Germany, on Aug. 21, 2021. Hertha Berlin fired sporting director Fredi Bobic after the team’s 2-0 loss to Union Berlin in the city derby on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Goalie Sean Johnson signs with Toronto after 6 years at NYC

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Goalie Sean Johnson signs with Toronto after 6 years at NYC

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TORONTO (AP) — Sean Johnson is the new goalkeeper for Toronto FC through 2024.

The 33-year-old free agent spent the last six seasons with New York City FC. Toronto FC signed him using targeted allocation money. Toronto conceded 66 goals last season, tying a franchise worst.

Johnson is a 13-year veteran of Major League Soccer. He played all 34 regular-season matches for NYC last year with a career-high 14 clean sheets.

NYCFC Sporting Director David Lee said in a news release that Johnson was “a leader and fantastic professional” who played “an important part in winning the Club our first MLS Cup in 2021.”

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FILE - Goalkeeper Sean Johnson of the United States participates in an official training on the eve of the group B World Cup soccer match between United States and Wales, at Al-Gharafa SC Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. Sean Johnson is the new goalkeeper for Toronto FC through 2024. The 33-year-old free agent spent the last six seasons with New York City FC.(AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Expansion Vancouver FC to face provincial rival Pacific FC in 2023 CPL season opener

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Expansion Vancouver FC to face provincial rival Pacific FC in 2023 CPL season opener

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Expansion Vancouver FC will kick off life in the Canadian Premier League at provincial rival Pacific FC on April 14 at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C.

The Friday night matchup serves as the opener to the league's fifth season.

The two B.C. teams share the same ownership in SixFive Sports & Entertainment, whose lead investors are former Canadian internationals Rob Friend and Josh Simpson and entrepreneur Dean Shillington.

The CPL announced its opening weekend fixtures on Friday, with the rest of the 2023 regular season to be released Monday.

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Forge FC's Daniel Krutzen (5) raises the trophy after his team's win over Atletico Ottawa in the Canadian Premier League final in Ottawa on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Veteran Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod announces retirement from international game

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Veteran Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod announces retirement from international game

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Veteran goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who survived a string of injuries to win 119 caps for Canada over a distinguished senior career that spanned more than two decades, has announced her retirement from international soccer.

McLeod, who turns 40 on Feb. 26, plans to continue playing club football for at least one season. The Orlando Pride announced Tuesday that McLeod and her new wife, midfielder Gunny Jonsdottir, have left the NWSL club for Jonsdottir's native Iceland where both will play.

While still enjoying her soccer, McLeod says she has found a new passion. The native of St. Albert, Alta., is transitioning to creating equity programming for grassroots soccer programs in Halifax where her older sister lives.

McLeod has long served as an LGBTQ spokeswoman. In 2014, she combined with fellow Olympian Adam van Koeverden, now parliamentary secretary to the minister of health and minister of sport, in the successful campaign to add sexual orientation to the Olympic Charter.

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Canada keeper Erin McLeod makes a save in front of England's Katie Chapman (16) during second half FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday June 27, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Copa America 2024 to be played in the United States

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Copa America 2024 to be played in the United States

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BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Next year's Copa América will be played in the United States and will include six CONCACAF teams.

South American soccer body CONMEBOL said Friday its 10 national teams will play the tournament out of their region after a deal with the confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The six guests for the 2024 Copa America will secure their spots according to their performances in the next CONCACAF Nations League.

The tournament will be played during the Northern Hemisphere summer, CONMEBOL said in a statement.

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BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Next year's Copa América will be played in the United States and will include six CONCACAF teams.

South American soccer body CONMEBOL said Friday its 10 national teams will play the tournament out of their region after a deal with the confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The six guests for the 2024 Copa America will secure their spots according to their performances in the next CONCACAF Nations League.

The tournament will be played during the Northern Hemisphere summer, CONMEBOL said in a statement.

Toronto FC lands a new No. 1 goalkeeper in U.S. international Sean Johnson

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Toronto FC lands a new No. 1 goalkeeper in U.S. international Sean Johnson

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Toronto FC filled its gaping hole in goal Friday, signing U.S. international Sean Johnson through 2024.

The 33-year-old free agent, who spent the last six seasons with New York City FC, is entering his 14th season in Major League Soccer. He arrives at the top of his game, having played all 34 regular-season matches for NYCFC last year with a career-high 14 clean sheets while earning his first MLS all-star selection.

The six-foot-three 216-pounder has made 400 appearances for New York and the Chicago Fire in all competitions since entering the league in 2010.

"Sean is among the top goalkeepers in MLS and we are thrilled he has chosen Toronto FC as his new club," Toronto president Bill Manning said in a statement. “Sean is a true leader on and off the field, and his experience, winning mentality and shot-blocking ability will help us solidify our defence.”

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New York City FC keeper Sean Johnson celebrates his team's victory over the CF Montreal in Eastern Conference semifinal MLS action in Montreal on Sunday, October 23, 2022. Johnson has signed with Toronto FC. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Union Berlin signs Tunisia midfielder Laïdouni

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Union Berlin signs Tunisia midfielder Laïdouni

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BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin has signed midfielder Aïssa Laïdouni, who played for Tunisia at the World Cup, adding depth to a team contending for Champions League qualification.

Laïdouni arrived Friday from Hungarian club Ferencvaros after starting all three of Tunisia's games in the World Cup, where the North African nation exited in the group stage. The value of the transfer was not disclosed.

He is Union's third signing this month after bringing in right-back Josip Juranović from Scottish club Celtic and left-back Jérôme Roussillon from Bundesliga rival Wolfsburg.

Union plays Hertha Berlin in their city rivalry on Saturday.

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BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin has signed midfielder Aïssa Laïdouni, who played for Tunisia at the World Cup, adding depth to a team contending for Champions League qualification.

Laïdouni arrived Friday from Hungarian club Ferencvaros after starting all three of Tunisia's games in the World Cup, where the North African nation exited in the group stage. The value of the transfer was not disclosed.

He is Union's third signing this month after bringing in right-back Josip Juranović from Scottish club Celtic and left-back Jérôme Roussillon from Bundesliga rival Wolfsburg.

Union plays Hertha Berlin in their city rivalry on Saturday.

FIFA bans 4 Uruguay players for disorder at World Cup

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FIFA bans 4 Uruguay players for disorder at World Cup

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ZURICH (AP) — FIFA banned Uruguay players Fernando Muslera and José María Giménez for four games each on Friday for aggressively confronting match officials when the team was eliminated from the World Cup last month.

Veterans Edinson Cavani and Diego Godín must also serve one-game bans when Uruguay next plays, FIFA said in disciplinary verdicts.

The players must all carry out community service on a soccer project and pay fines of up to 20,000 Swiss francs ($21,600), FIFA said.

Disorder flared when Uruguay failed to advance to the round of 16 in Qatar despite beating Ghana 2-0 in its final group-stage game on Dec. 2.

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FILE - Uruguay's Edinson Cavani, right, argues with referee Daniel Siebert of Germany, at the end of a World Cup group H soccer match against Ghana at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, on Dec. 2, 2022. FIFA banned Uruguay players Fernando Muslera and José María Giménez for four games each on Friday Jan. 27, 2023 for aggressively confronting match officials when the team was eliminated from the World Cup last month. Veterans Edinson Cavani and Diego Godín must also serve one-game bans when Uruguay next plays, FIFA said in announcing disciplinary verdicts. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

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