AP - ap.online.sports.soccer.news http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.sports.soccer.news News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:44:17 -0400 Study: Mario Balotelli heavily targeted on social media Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:41:25 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/04/17/SOC-Premier-League-Racist-Abuse/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Premier-League-Racist-Abuse c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-c27 When Mario Balotelli poked fun at Manchester United on Twitter during the team's surprising 5-3 loss to Leicester in the Premier League, the Liverpool striker would have expected some disgruntled replies. Rampone, Brian and Solo among those on US World Cup roster Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:19:41 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/04/14/SOC-WWCup-US-Roster/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WWCup-US-Roster c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-1e61 U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis thinks her World Cup roster includes a good mix of veterans and newcomers. Abby Wambach adjusts with age, lineup changes and turf. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:43:39 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/04/14/SOC-Abby-Adjusts/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Abby-Adjusts c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-2231 The obvious is not lost on Abby Wambach: She's getting older. Russia modifies World Cup contracts to cut imports Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:58:52 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/04/13/SOC-WCup-Russia/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-WCup-Russia c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-2891 MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government hopes to save some money by cutting expensive imports from its World Cup construction plans. Russia's World Cup organizers face budget headaches Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:28:42 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/04/12/SOC--WCup-Russian.Stadium/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--WCup-Russian.Stadium c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-2d93 SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Saransk's stadium for the 2018 World Cup is supposed to raise the profile of this little-known Russian city, but for now Alexei Merkushkin is just trying to keep costs down. Chinese soccer on upswing with new talent and big investment Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:43:18 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/04/10/SOC--China-Soccer.Rebirth/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--China-Soccer.Rebirth c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-3862 SHANGHAI (AP) — For Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, the new season has brought new optimism. Gulati: FIFA could benefit from US World Cup in 2026 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:34:11 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/04/10/SOC--FIFA-US.World.Cup/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--FIFA-US.World.Cup c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-362c LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati believes his sport could receive a big domestic boost from hosting the World Cup in 2026. Brazilians chase the Chinese soccer dollar Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:01:19 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/04/10/SOC-Brazil-Heading-for-China/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Brazil-Heading-for-China c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-3855 SAO PAULO (AP) — Most Brazilian players dream of making it to a top European football club. These days, though, some of the country's most promising players are heading to a very different sporting nation. Column: Arsenal old dog Arsene Wenger still has new tricks Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:49:51 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/04/08/SOC--John.Leicester-080415/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--John.Leicester-080415 c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-44f9 PARIS (AP) — In rescuing Francis Coquelin from the twilight zone of a football career that seemed fast-tracked to nowhere, Arsene Wenger also helped to save himself. Turkey: 2 detained in Fenerbahce bus attack Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:48:16 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/04/07/SOC--Fenerbahce-Bus.Attack/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Fenerbahce-Bus.Attack c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-4f04 ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish official says police have detained two people suspected of involvement in an attack on a bus that was carrying Fenerbahce players. Turkish Cypriot soccer president: No going back on deal Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:05:09 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/03/30/SOC--Cyprus-Unification/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--Cyprus-Unification c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-536 NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — In an effort to do away with decades of isolation, the president of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot soccer association said Monday he's determined to follow through with a decision to join the Cyprus Football Association. El Salvador soccer players acquitted in match-fixing case Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:16:46 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/03/27/SOC--El.Salvador-Match-Fixing/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--El.Salvador-Match-Fixing c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-12ac SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Eleven soccer players and two foreign businesspeople accused of match-fixing involving El Salvador's national team were acquitted of criminal charges Friday. Minneapolis awarded MLS expansion franchise Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:22:32 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/03/25/SOC--MLS-Minnesota/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--MLS-Minnesota c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-2272 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Major League Soccer has awarded an expansion franchise to Minneapolis with play to begin in 2018. MLS to make 'important announcement' on future in Minnesota Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:36:02 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/03/23/SOC--MLS-Minnesota/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--MLS-Minnesota c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-308d MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Major League Soccer is expected to confirm during a news conference this week that an expansion franchise has been awarded to Minnesota. Iran coach Queiroz banned from leaving country over taxes Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:19:44 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/03/21/SOC-Iran-Queiroz/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-Iran-Queiroz c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-3d0a TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Authorities stopped Iran coach Carlos Queiroz from leaving the country Saturday over accusations of an unpaid tax bill, an Iranian football federation official said. The travel ban was lifted later in the day after talks with tax officials. Sepp Blatter says World Cup can help situation in Ukraine Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:39:29 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/03/20/SOC--FIFA.Election-Blatter/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--FIFA.Election-Blatter c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-443c ZURICH (AP) — Forbidden from using his office to solicit votes for his re-election, FIFA President Sepp Blatter instead took time Friday to use his position to help solve the crisis in Ukraine. FIFA kicks off 2026 World Cup bidding; 2022 start left open Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:11:34 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/03/20/SOC--FIFA.Meeting/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--FIFA.Meeting c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-44f8 ZURICH (AP) — Before even agreeing on a kickoff date for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA has begun the search for a host in 2026. Column: After Qatar's heat, an even bigger test for 2022 cup Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:09:04 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/03/20/SOC--John.Leicester-200315/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--John.Leicester-200315 c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-45dc PARIS (AP) — It certainly took a while, longer than it should, for the penny to drop at FIFA that deserts get hot in summer. Having belatedly adjusted for that fact, moving the 2022 World Cup to cooler months, FIFA boss Sepp Blatter and the entire sport he oversees must now shift gears and fully focus on the real problem that threatens to sour the tournament in Qatar. FIFA banks $2B in 2014; World Cup turns $337M total profit Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:58:12 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/03/20/SOC-FIFA-Finances/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC-FIFA-Finances c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-463e ZURICH (AP) — The World Cup's commercial power led to record revenue of $2 billion for FIFA last year, with $337 million in profits coming from the four-year cycle leading up to the 2014 soccer tournament in Brazil. FIFA says 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will be on Dec. 18 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:25:05 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/sports/articles/soccer/2015/03/19/SOC--FIFA-2022.World.Cup/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_sports_soccer_SOC--FIFA-2022.World.Cup c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-4d23 ZURICH (AP) — The final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be on Dec. 18, the country's national holiday.