12:10 PM EDT, Fri May 27, 2016

Atletico not thinking of cruel past in rerun of 2014 final

MILAN (AP) — With the pain still fresh in their minds, Atletico Madrid has an added motivation for Saturday's Champions League final rematch against Real Madrid. Atletico was on the verge of claiming Europe's premier club competition in 2014 when Madrid equalized in stoppage time and went on to win 4-1. For Spain, Torres scored a goal in the final both times his country won the European Championship, in 2008 and 2012. The 32-year-old striker will be hoping to cap his rehabilitation with club soccer's biggest prize.

Champions League final in Milan highlights Serie A's crisis

Champions League final in Milan highlights Serie A's crisis MILAN (AP) — AC Milan failed to qualify for Europe for a third straight season and club president Silvio Berlusconi is in negotiations to sell a majority stake in the club to a group of Chinese investors. Inter Milan will miss out on the Champions League for a fifth straight season and is scrambling to avoid financial fair play penalties. AC Milan beat Juventus in an all-Italian Champions League final in 2003, then won the trophy again in 2007 after a runner-up finish to Liverpool two years earlier. While Berlusconi has set...

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

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Darlington Nagbe's first international goal was a lift for the United States in its next-to-last tuneup before hosting next month's Copa America. The 25-year-old midfielder chested the ball and, while falling, volleyed a right-footed shot from about 8 yards past Esteban Dreer, who replaced injured starter Alexander Dominguez when the second half began. American goalkeeper Brad Guzan, starting ahead of Tim Howard, was rarely tested by Ecuador, which was missing Antonio Valencia following last weekend's FA Cup final and left back Walter Ayovi, who is with Monterrey for...
S2 general manager Andrew Opatkiewicz has taken leave of absence from club

S2 general manager Andrew Opatkiewicz has taken leave of absence from club

S2 general manager Andrew Opatkiewicz has taken a personal, indefinite leave of absence from the club, Sounders GM and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey confirmed Wednesday. Opatkiewicz was announced as S2’s general manager in October of 2014 ahead of the team’s inaugural USL season. S2 reached the postseason in its first campaign, losing to Colorado […]
Major League Soccer power rankings, 5/25: The new No. 1

Major League Soccer power rankings, 5/25: The new No. 1

The Colorado Rapids take over the top spot following their 1-0 victory over the Sounders on Saturday night at CenturyLink Field.

Guzan pushes struggles aside, puts focus on starting for US

DALLAS (AP) — Brad Guzan wants to put a rough Premier League season behind him and take a break from uncertainty over his club future. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann gave the Aston Villa goalkeeper plenty to think about in the next month, picking him to play in the Copa America over Tim Howard, the starter during the past two World Cups. Aston Villa's top goalkeeper since September 2012, Guzan lost his starting job to Mark Bunn in January, regained it in late March, then lost it again in late April as the Villans headed toward a last-place finish and relegation to the League...
Sounders forward Jordan Morris handles USMNT cut with composure

Sounders forward Jordan Morris handles USMNT cut with composure

Despite two of the most significant disappointments of his youth career coming in quick succession, Sounders forward Jordan Morris maintained his characteristic cool on Tuesday at Starfire Sports Complex.
Seattle Times May 24, 2016
Oalex Anderson to miss upcoming road trip; Sounders’ attacking depth to be stretched thin

Oalex Anderson to miss upcoming road trip; Sounders’ attacking depth to be stretched thin

Sounders forward Oalex Anderson will miss both the New England game this Saturday and the D.C. United matchup the following Wednesday, coach Sigi Schmid confirmed Tuesday.
Seattle Times May 24, 2016
Jordan Morris on his USMNT omission for Copa America Centenario: ‘I wish those guys the best’

Jordan Morris on his USMNT omission for Copa America Centenario: ‘I wish those guys the best’

Sounders forward Jordan Morris was magnanimous when discussing his omission from the United States' final, 23-player roster for next month's Copa America Centenario tournament.
Major League Soccer rewind: #RivalryWeek

Major League Soccer rewind: #RivalryWeek

The New York Red Bulls' 7-0 domination of New York City FC on Saturday at Yankee Stadium was a seminal moment in that rivalry's history -- and not only because there's very little of it.

FIFA fires finance director Kattner over bonus payments

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has fired its finance director of the past 13 years, removing another fixture of the Sepp Blatter presidential era in another round of revelations about irregular million-dollar payments. Markus Kattner's exit on Monday came after he spent several months in his highest profile role at the scandal-rocked world soccer body — as its interim top administrator promoting FIFA's wish to change its tainted culture even as his links to other investigations added up. United States federal prosecutors — who have indicted and taken guilty pleas from more than 40 soccer and...

Man United fires Louis van Gaal after 2 years in charge

"Having managed in Holland, Spain and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture," Van Gaal said. "(Van Gaal) leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage," Woodward said. The Portuguese coach is a serial winner, guiding Chelsea to three Premier League titles in his two spells, but his footballing philosophy and confrontational style has long been regarded as at odds with United traditions. United even led the Premier League in the early part of...

The Latest: Van Gaal says he's laid foundations for success

The Dutchman was fired by United despite winning the FA Cup on Saturday, the club's first trophy since Alex Ferguson retired three years ago. Van Gaal said it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. Manchester United has fired manager Louis van Gaal after two turbulent years at the English Premier League club.

Cup title gives Barcelona its 27th trophy in last decade

The team led by Lionel Messi added the Copa del Rey to its Spanish league title on Sunday, but fell short of repeating its treble from last season. The ultimate goal, winning yet another Champions League title, ended at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals. On Sunday against Europa League champion Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final, the Catalan club won 2-0 in extra time. Barcelona also dominated internationally, winning four Champions League titles, three European Super Cups and three Club World Cup titles. Besides missing out on the Champions League title, Luis Enrique also...

Timbers beat Whitecaps 4-2 in Cascadia Cup rivalry

(AP) — Diego Valeri scored on a penalty kick in the opening minutes and the Portland Timbers rolled to a 4-2 victory over the Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday. The match was part of Major League Soccer's Rivalry Week, but the rivalry between the Timbers and the Whitecaps stretches back to 1975 when both teams were part of the NASL — long before either team joined MLS. Asprilla scored in the 78th minute on a penalty kick following a handball called on Kah. The match got chippy at times, particularly in the final minutes when Watson was shown a red card for a sliding...

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