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Maybe the Best US Soccer Player Ever Is Retiring

Landon Donovan calling it quits after season ends

(Newser) - Landon Donovan last night was named MVP in his 14th MLS All-Star game, and today the LA Galaxy forward widely considered to be the best soccer player in American history says he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the MLS season. The 32-year-old Donovan is the top... More »

Openly Gay US Soccer Star Makes History

Robbie Rogers is first openly gay man to play in US pro league

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Rogers made history yesterday as the first openly gay man to play in a US professional league. The 26-year-old winger—who came out of the closet after retiring briefly in February, was cheered and the crowd chanted his name as he came on as... More »

Yankees Venture Into ... Soccer?

Team will be co-owners of an MLS squad in New York City

(Newser) - The Yankees are extending their reach into the world of soccer. The team will be co-owners of an MLS squad called the New York City Football Club expected to play its first game in 2015, reports the Guardian . The Yanks will own about a quarter of the club, with the... More »

Beckham Leaving Galaxy

Superstar seeks final challenge before legs give out

(Newser) - Soccer icon David Beckham is ending his playing career with the Los Angeles Galaxy after six years that sparked unprecedented growth for Major League Soccer. The 37-year-old says next month's MLS Cup Final will be his final game with the Galaxy, as he wants to "experience one last... More »

Beckham Signs New 2-Year Deal With LA Galaxy

Turns down millions more to play in Europe

(Newser) - David Beckham will be an Angeleno for at least another couple years: The English soccer star has signed a new two-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, turning down an offer from a French club in order to return to Major League Soccer. That deal, from Paris-St. Germain, was for... More »

Cow Scores New Stadium's 1st Goal

Fan milks spotlight, beats players to the kick at Kansas City's new MLS stadium

(Newser) - It might say something about the pace of soccer when a cow scores first. Late in the debut match at Kansas City's brand-new MLS stadium, a fan in a cow costume rushed the field with a ball and kicked in the first unofficial goal at Livestrong Sporting Park, reports... More »

MLS Players OK Strike

New labor deal before March 25 or else

(Newser) - By a vote of 350-2, Major League Soccer players have decided to strike if they can’t reach a new labor deal with the league by its opening day, March 25. “To be quite blunt, it doesn’t look good at all,” one player tells the Washington Post... More »

US Finally Buying Soccer's Pitch

Viewership is soaring ahead of all-star game

(Newser) - After years of intermittent sniffling, Americans may finally be catching soccer fever, the Wall Street Journal reports: Some 4 million watched the US men’s team almost beat Brazil last month; some 2 million are likely to attend games featuring top European teams this summer; Seattle’s Major League Soccer... More »

Beckham Shrugs Off Boos During LA Galaxy Return

(Newser) - David Beckham's return to Major League Soccer was booed by sections of the crowd in Giants Stadium as the Galaxy demolished the New York Red Bulls last night, the Los Angeles Times reports. Beckham, under fire for criticizing the US game during his time on loan to AC Milan, failed... More »

Soccer, Come on Down: Carey Says You're Gonna Win

Carey aims to make also-ran sport a high-kicking sensation

(Newser) - When he’s not giving away cars and vacuum cleaners to giddy contestants on The Price is Right, Drew Carey is busy revolutionizing sports. The 51-year-old comedian is a co-owner of the Seattle Sounders, arguably Major League Soccer’s most popular club. And his plan, which he puts into action... More »

Becks May Check Out of Hotel California

AC Milan hopes to wrest soccer star from LA Galaxy

(Newser) - Soccer virtuoso David Beckham may have kicked his last ball in the US, reports the Los Angeles Times. The midfielder is on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy to AC Milan until March, and the boss of the Italian club has said he would welcome Beckham with "open arms"... More »

7 Cuban Soccer Players Defect to US

Five are already in talks with pro team in Miami

(Newser) - Seven Cuban soccer players defected from the national team over the last two days—five on Tuesday and two last night—slipping from their Tampa hotel after a game to seek asylum in the US, the Miami Herald reports. The first five have contacted a lawyer and are in discussions... More »

Dynamo Repeats as MLS Champ

New England loses to Houston in second straight final, 2-1

(Newser) - Houston rallied to win their second straight MLS final, knocking off New England, 2-1. The Dynamo did its damage in the second half on goals by Joseph Ngwenya and finals MVP Dwayne De Rosario. De Rosario's cross set up Ngwenya's goal, which the striker hit after a mortifying whiff. De... More »

Donovan is the Best in the US

Forward named Player of the Year for record 4th time, but should he be Europe-bound?

(Newser) - Depending on whom you talk to, Landon Donovan is either the "best ever" American soccer player, or a great player who needs to play in Europe to truly test his mettle. The forward is now the first player to be named Honda Player of the Year four times, says... More »

Injury Decks Becks for Most of Season

Brit superstar out for six weeks after knee sprain

(Newser) - LA Galaxy superstar David Beckham will likely miss most of his widely anticipated American soccer debut season after spraining his right knee in a match on Wednesday. Beckham went down on a tackle by Pachuca's Fernando Salazar during a SuperLiga title match. Trainers say he'll be out at least until... More »

Beckham Injury Overshadows On-Field Loss

Galaxy star forced to watch as SuperLiga crown slips away

(Newser) - Already nursing a sore left ankle, David Beckham sprained his right knee last night 30 minutes into the SuperLiga final in LA. The pricey superstar returned to the field to watch the penalty kicks that ended the overtime thriller—another loss for the Galaxy—and may not be ready for... More »

Becks Draws Monster Crowd, Boos & Cheers

Record 66,000 watch his first start in US soccer at Giants Stadium

(Newser) - A record crowd of more than 66,000 turned out yesterday to watch soccer star David Beckham make his first US Major League Soccer start at Giants Stadium. New York Red Bulls fans booed him when he battled for his Los Angeles Galaxies—but cheered the shirtless Becks at game's... More »

Beckham Scores!

Brit superstar nails first Yank goal in free kick

(Newser) - Multi-millionaire soccer superstar David Beckham scored his first goal on this side of the pond last night, hammering home a free kick in the 27th minute of the Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-0 win over D.C. United. The giant hoopla that accompanied Becks' arrival in California with his ex-Spice Girls... More »

Fans Flock to See Becks Sit on Bench

Ankle injury hasn't diminished crowds for Galaxy's star

(Newser) - David Beckham may be sidelined with an ankle injury but that hasn't kept American fans from turning out in droves to watch the British soccer phenom train, sit on the bench, or sub in for a measly 18 minutes for the LA Galaxy as he did in Washington DC last... More »

Becks' Ankle Better; Could Play Tonight

But he won't be reckless, warns soccer star

(Newser) - Big-ticket Galaxy star David Beckham says the prognosis is "looking up" for an ankle that sidelined him for his US debut—and there's even a chance he could play as early as tonight. His match against D.C. United at RFK stadium is already sold out. More »

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