AP - ap.online.sports.soccer.news http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.sports.soccer.news News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:54:05 -0400 Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:39:26 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/16/SOC-MLS-Atlanta/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-MLS-Atlanta c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:246b ATLANTA (AP) — Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture — an MLS team for Atlanta. Belgium coach Wilmots extends contract by 4 years Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:47:17 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/16/SOC--WCup-Belgium-Wilmots/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--WCup-Belgium-Wilmots c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:2575 BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's soccer federation has extended the contract of coach Marc Wilmots through the 2018 World Cup after he led the Red Devils to soccer's top tournament for the first time in a dozen years. Soccer coming to Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, CNBC, E! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:05:35 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/16/SOC-Premier-League-TV/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Premier-League-TV c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:224b STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Soccer is coming to some U.S. television networks better known for reality shows, dramas or financial news. Tickets for two-thirds of World Cup games sold out Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:34:35 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/16/SOC-WCup-Tickets/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WCup-Tickets c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:1e76 SAO PAULO (AP) — Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the World Cup matches sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final phase of online sales. Tests games scheduled at stadium of WCup opener Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:53:24 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/15/SOC--WCup-Sao.Paulo.Stadium/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--WCup-Sao.Paulo.Stadium c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:1c0a SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Corinthians says it has scheduled at least three test events at the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in less than two months. Hillsborough tribute before Liverpool-City match Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:19:15 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/13/SOC-Liverpool-Hillsborough-Tribute/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Liverpool-Hillsborough-Tribute c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:dfe LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool fans held up a mosaic spelling out "96 25 years" during a minute's silence to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster. The tribute Sunday came before Liverpool's Premier League match against Manchester City. Rossi included for Italy fitness tests Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:06:24 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC-WCup-Italy-Rossi/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WCup-Italy-Rossi c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:556 ROME (AP) — Giuseppe Rossi was selected Friday for pre-World Cup fitness tests by Italian national team coach Cesare Prandelli. FIFA medical chief 'hates' Brazil drug test doubts Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:59:09 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC--WCup-Drug.Testing/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--WCup-Drug.Testing c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:10e MONACO (AP) — FIFA's medical chief is "really not happy" with drug-testing plans for the World Cup in Brazil because samples taken from players must be flown across the Atlantic for analysis at a laboratory in Switzerland, which could slow results. Curitiba survives to watch world champion Spain Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:15:23 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC--WCup-Venues-Curitiba/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--WCup-Venues-Curitiba c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:fa CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — Widely considered the most advanced city in Brazil, Curitiba was in serious danger of being excluded from the World Cup because of delays at its stadium. World Cup goes to football-mad Porto Alegre Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:14:37 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC--WCup-Venues-Porto.Alegre/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--WCup-Venues-Porto.Alegre c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:fb PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Porto Alegre is one of the most tradition-rich football cities in Brazil, providing the perfect background for World Cup matches. Party city of Salvador hosts 6 World Cup matches Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:13:57 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC-WCup-Venues-Salvador/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WCup-Venues-Salvador c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:fc SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Salvador is Brazil's party capital, and it's also known for its passionate football fans. Delayed stadium opens World Cup in Sao Paulo Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:13:14 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC--WCup-Venues-Sao.Paulo/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--WCup-Venues-Sao.Paulo c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:c7 SAO PAULO (AP) — South America's biggest city will be the first to see some action at the World Cup when Brazil plays Croatia at the stadium where a crane collapse killed two workers last year. Belo Horizonte avoids World Cup delays Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:13:05 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC-WCup-Venues-Belo-Horizonte/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WCup-Venues-Belo-Horizonte c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:c8 BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Belo Horizonte was one of the first Brazilian cities to be ready for the World Cup, avoiding the delays that marked the preparations of nearly all other host cities. All eyes on jungle city of Manaus in World Cup Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:11:57 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC-WCup-Venues-Manaus/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WCup-Venues-Manaus c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:c9 MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Manaus is the most remote of Brazil's World Cup cities, and probably the most fascinating, too. Recife will distract with lush beaches, reefs Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:10:51 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC-WCup-Venues-Recife/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WCup-Venues-Recife c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:ca RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — With its rivers, beaches and coral reefs, the northeastern city of Recife is nicknamed the Venice of Brazil. Fortaleza beaches are popular tourist destination Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:10:19 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC--WCup-Venues-Fortaleza/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--WCup-Venues-Fortaleza c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:cb FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Fortaleza is Brazil's fifth-largest city, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the northeast with or without the World Cup. Cuiaba brings WCup matches to Brazil's heartland Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:09:38 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC--WCup-Venues-Cuiaba/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--WCup-Venues-Cuiaba c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:cc CUIABA, Brazil (AP) — World Cup host city Cuiaba is the capital of Mato Grosso state in the west of Brazil, near Bolivia. Brazil's modern capital gets a taste of football Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:08:47 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC-WCup-Venues-Brasilia/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WCup-Venues-Brasilia c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:cd BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Locally known as the Mane Garrincha Stadium, the 70,000-capacity Estadio Nacional in Brasilia was completed last year for the Confederations Cup and will host seven matches at this year's World Cup. Belgium, Russia headline Group H at the World Cup Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:53:22 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC--WCup-Group.H.Preview/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--WCup-Group.H.Preview c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:9e BRUSSELS (AP) — With Belgium, Russia, South Korea and Algeria, don't expect too much pre-World Cup hype from Group H. 5 United States players to watch at the World Cup Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:52:00 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2014/04/11/SOC-WCup-US-5-Players/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WCup-US-5-Players c9d8ec1afb93944a:16802251:144f994e414:9f NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since 1990, the United States heads to the biggest football tournament on the planet with no central defenders with World Cup experience.