International soccer

FILE - This is a Wednesday, June 21, 2017 file photo of New Zealand's Andrew Durante, left, as he is challenged by Mexico's Oribe Peralta during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and New Zealand, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia. New Zealand and the Solomon Islands will meet in a home-and-away playoff on Friday Sept. 1, 2017 and on Sept. 5 to determine which country from the Oceanic confederation advances to the last stage of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
August 28, 2017 - 6:37 am
Soccer's smallest region — Oceania — doesn't have a guaranteed spot at the World Cup. Instead, the final two qualification matches in the confederation determine who will contest a playoff against a South American team for a place in Russia. New Zealand and the Solomon Islands meet in a home-and-...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 21, 2017 file photo, New York City FC's David Villa celebrates his goal as he runs past Orlando City's Leo Pereira, left, in an MLS soccer game in Orlando, Fla. David Villa has been called up by Spain for the first time since the 2014 World Cup, giving the country’s record scorer a chance to add to his 59 international goals. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
August 25, 2017 - 9:31 am
MADRID (AP) — Veteran striker David Villa was called up by Spain on Friday for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Italy next month, returning to the national team for the first time since the 2014 World Cup. The 35-year-old New York City FC player was included in a 26-man squad by coach Julen...
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August 25, 2017 - 6:17 am
MADRID (AP) — David Villa has been called up by Spain for the first time since the 2014 World Cup, giving the country's record scorer a chance to add to his 59 international goals. The 35-year-old New York City FC striker was included in a 26-man squad by Spain coach Julen Lopetegui for the...
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FILE - This is a Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 file photo of England's Wayne Rooney, right, as he controls the ball in front of Slovenia's Branko Ilic, during their Euro 2016 Group E qualifying soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London, England striker Wayne Rooney announced his immediate retirement from international football on Wednesday Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran/File)
August 23, 2017 - 8:20 am
LONDON (AP) — England record-scorer Wayne Rooney retired from international duty on Wednesday to focus on his club career at Everton. Here is a look at Rooney's England career from 2003 to 2016 in numbers: 119 — England appearances, the most by an outfield player and six behind goalkeeper Peter...
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FILE - This is a Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 file photo of England's Wayne Rooney as he claps after winning the World Cup group F qualifying soccer match between England and Scotland with a 3-0 score at the Wembley stadium, London. England striker Wayne Rooney announced his immediate retirement from international football on Wednesday Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham/File)
August 23, 2017 - 7:33 am
England record-scorer Wayne Rooney retired from international football on Wednesday after spurning an offer to return to the squad. "I believe now is the time to bow out," the former England captain said in a statement. "I will always remain a passionate England fan." A return to form since leaving...
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Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez Alvarez speaks during a press conference to deny accusations of ties to drug trafficking, at Atlas Football Club in Guadalajara, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Marquez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz)
August 10, 2017 - 6:07 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's national soccer team and club Atlas issued cautious statements Thursday backing embattled star Rafael Marquez but also apparently distancing themselves somewhat after he was sanctioned by the U.S. government for alleged drug trafficking ties. Atlas called Marquez an "...
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Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez Alvarez speaks during a press conference to deny accusations of ties to drug trafficking, at Atlas Football Club in Guadalajara, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Marquez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz)
August 10, 2017 - 5:17 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's national soccer team and club Atlas have issued cautious statements backing embattled star Rafael Marquez but also apparently distancing themselves somewhat after he was among 22 people sanctioned by the U.S. government for alleged drug trafficking ties. Atlas calls...
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Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez Alvarez speaks during a press conference to deny accusations of ties to drug trafficking, at Atlas Football Club in Guadalajara, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Marquez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz)
August 09, 2017 - 9:29 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2014 file photo, Mexico's soccer team captain Rafael Marquez attends a news conference before training for the World Cup in the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. The United States Treasury announced Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, that the legendary Mexican soccer player is among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
August 09, 2017 - 6:42 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2014 file photo, Mexico's soccer team captain Rafael Marquez attends a news conference before training for the World Cup in the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. The United States Treasury announced Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, that the legendary Mexican soccer player is among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
August 09, 2017 - 4:22 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of...
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