Football

3:56 PM ET DUSSELDORF, Germany — United States men’s national team manager Gregg Berhalter conceded that his side has “work to do” ahead of the World Cup following a 2-0 friendly defeat to Japan in which the Americans struggled against the Samurai Blue’s press. Japan applied pressure throughout the opening 45 minutes, limiting the U.S.
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11:06 AM ET DUSSELDORF, Germany — With the World Cup less than two months away, the United States men’s national team was hoping to sharpen up its game against Japan, but if anything, it was the Samurai Blue who looked more ready for the showpiece tournament, riding goals either side of halftime from Daichi Kamada
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11:36 AM ET COLOGNE, Germany — United States manager Gregg Berhalter has said Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner will start in Friday’s friendly against Japan, and he will be joined by center backs Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls and Nashville SC’s Walker Zimmerman. “Aaron and Walker are going to play, going to start,
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2:56 PM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona have threatened to take legal action against a Spanish newspaper that leaked details of the club’s contract negotiations with Lionel Messi in 2020. On Wednesday, El Mundo released a series of requests Messi made to the club to renew his deal at Camp Nou as he moved
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3:40 PM ET United States star Christian Pulisic has criticized his former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, saying he was left “dumbfounded and very disappointed” by the decision not to start him in the Champions League semifinal second leg against Real Madrid in 2021. Pulisic started and scored Chelsea’s goal in a 1-1 draw in the
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6:19 AM ET Chelsea are continuing to pursue an agreement to appoint Christoph Freund as their new sporting director despite FC Salzburg‘s reluctance to allow him to leave, sources have told ESPN. The 45-year-old has held a series of talks with Chelsea, who have identified several candidates including Bayer Leverkusen‘s Tim Steidten and Paris Saint-Germain‘s
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10:50 PM ET MLS said it will investigate the alleged use of a racial slur in Sunday’s match between Inter Miami and D.C. United, in which it is alleged that DCU forward Taxi Fountas directed the N-word at Inter Miami defender Damian Lowe. “MLS has zero tolerance for abusive and offensive language and we take
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