With Season Pass, MLS hopes Apple’s gravitas can accelerate its growth

Apple Park in Cupertino, California — Apple’s corporate headquarters — is a massive, four-story ring that sits on a few hundred acres about an hour outside of downtown San Francisco. It looks plucked out of a sci-fi novel, as if a spaceship simply descended from the heavens and permanently moored itself to a plot of … Read more

How Weston McKennie will fit in at Leeds

There’s a convenient shortcut one can use to assess Weston McKennie’s fit at Leeds United: an increasingly strong connective tissue colored red, white, and blue. His coach at Elland Road is fellow American Jesse Marsch, who could also commiserate with McKennie about their respective stays in the German Bundesliga. He’ll join a midfield including their … Read more

How McKennie sealed Leeds transfer following Orta’s vision and the American connection

Weston McKennie to Leeds United is a done deal and the links between Elland Road and the United States grow stronger but Germany and Gelsenkirchen is where the roots of this transfer lie. McKennie has joined a club who are stars and stripes in so many respects: with Americans as their head coach and primary … Read more

Women’s soccer trainer fired for giving players painkillers

NEW YORK — The Portland Thorns have fired their athletic trainer after an outside investigation found he illegally distributed a controlled substance to players, the National Women’s Soccer League said Tuesday. The NWSL, beset in recent years by abuse and misconduct allegations, announced that the trainer, Pierre Soubrier, was fired along with Thorns assistant coach … Read more

Afghan women athletes barred from playing, fear Taliban threats

The Associated Press January 11, 2023 GMT https://apnews.com/article/sports-soccer-youth-taliban-college-875079d49a1c8c7063da7c14f317a8b3 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Noura’s determination to play sports was so great that she defied her family’s opposition for years. Beatings from her mother and jeers from her neighbors never stopped her from the sports she loved. But the 20-year-old Afghan woman could not defy her country’s … Read more

MLS finalizing Apple TV talent, owners consider best-of-three playoff format: Sources

Major League Soccer is finalizing its list of play-by-play and color commentators who will serve as talent for its MLS Season Pass broadcasts on Apple TV, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Those sources spoke under the condition of anonymity to preserve their relationship with MLS executives. Former ESPN commentator Taylor Twellman, … Read more

How the Kansas City Current landed Debinha, the NWSL’s top free agent

There was always one key name at the top of every list of NWSL free agents this offseason: Debinha. In December, the rumor mill started churning with her name linked to top European teams; days later, she announced she would not return to the North Carolina Courage, her team for the last six seasons. On … Read more

How the Kansas City Current landed Debinha, the NWSL’s top free agent

There was always one key name at the top of every list of NWSL free agents this offseason: Debinha. In December, the rumor mill started churning with her name linked to top European teams; days later, she announced she would not return to the North Carolina Courage, her team for the last six seasons. On … Read more

The images VAR didn’t see of Wolves’ disallowed winner at Liverpool – and the reasons why

Julen Lopetegui marched in to see referee Andy Madley armed with evidence. After a controversial conclusion to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ FA Cup third-round 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Saturday, the head coach and captain Ruben Neves went to the officials’ dressing room to demand answers, carrying a laptop computer. They believed that defender Toti Gomes had … Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo experiences surreal start in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The palm trees lining the desert roads leading out of Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport were wet with rain drops when Cristiano Ronaldo arrived this week in Saudi Arabia’s capital city. The surprising weather greeted the soccer great’s shocking move to the Middle East, where the gray skies in Riyadh … Read more