• Croatia gets 2-match World Cup stadium ban for fascist chant

    ZURICH (AP) — Croatia has been ordered to play two World Cup qualifying matches in empty stadiums for repeated cases of fans chanting fascist slogans.

  • US women to play match against South Africa in July

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. women’s national team will play South Africa on July 9 in Chicago in the first of two send-off matches before the Rio Olympics.

  • Judge hears arguments on US women’s team strike rights

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments Thursday on whether the world champion U.S. women’s soccer team has the right to strike for improved conditions and wages before this year’s Summer Olympics, with her pending decision potentially carrying far-reaching consequences for American soccer.

  • Dumitru, coach who escaped communist Romania, dies at 76

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ted Dumitru, the former South African national soccer team coach whose 40-year career took him from communist Romania to Turkey, Germany, the United States and across Africa, died Thursday. He was 76.

  • Union activists block the entrance of the industrial area in Boucau, near Bayonne, southwestern France, on a day of nationwide strikes and protests over a labor reform, Thursday, May 26, 2016. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he is open to improvements and modifications to a labor bill that has sparked intensifying strikes and protests, but will not abandon it. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

    France’s growing labor standoff: What could happen next?

    PARIS (AP) — France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande is engaged in the biggest test of his presidency, facing months of protests and strikes against a labor law that are threatening nationwide fuel shortages.

  • U.S. midfielder Nagbe Darlington takes a shot and scores in front of Ecuador's Christian Ramirez (5) during the second half of an exhibition soccer match, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Frisco, Texas. The United States won 1-0. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Nagbe’s 90th-minute goal lifts US over Ecuador 1-0

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Darlington Nagbe scored his first international goal on a 90th-minute volley, and the United States beat Ecuador 1-0 in a Copa America tuneup on Wednesday night.

  • Native Texan Dempsey starts for US in home state vs Ecuador

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Clint Dempsey is starting up front with Gyasi Zardes in the U.S. national team’s exhibition against Ecuador in Dempsey’s home state of Texas.

  • Christie Rampone says she’s not healthy enough to train

    CHICAGO (AP) — Veteran defender Christie Rampone says she’s not healthy enough to be part of the U.S. national team’s training camp for a pair of matches early next month against Japan.

  • Goal-line technology to be used at Copa America

    CHICAGO (AP) — Hawk-Eye will be installed for next month’s Copa America, marking the first use of goal-line technology by the soccer’s governing bodies for South America and for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

  • FILE -- In this July 1, 2012 file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli, center and Spain's Jordi Alba fight for the ball during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. Four years after his goals propelled Italy into the European Championship final, Mario Balotelli won't even get a chance to play in this year's tournament. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Bonucci to Balotelli: ‘Stop acting like a prima donna’

    FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — If Mario Balotelli behaved more like a team player and less like “a prima donna,” he might not have been excluded from Italy’s squad.