WIlliams bros. star as Bilbao reach Copa final

Brothers Inaki and Nico Williams scored to help Athletic Bilbao secure a 3-0 semi-final win over Atletico Madrid on Thursday and a 4-0 aggregate victory that sent the Basque side into their third Copa de Rey final in the last five years.


Atleti prez says fans attacked before Copa semi

Atletico Madrid said one of its supporters was hospitalized with serious injuries amid fan trouble ahead of the team's Copa del Rey second-leg semifinal against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.


Bordeaux's Elis gradually recovering from surgery

Honduras striker Alberth Elis "is waking up" from an induced coma after suffering a head injury while playing for Bordeaux, his family said Wednesday.


Minnesota inks Man Utd asst. Ramsay as coach

Minnesota United finalized the hiring of head coach Eric Ramsay on Monday, one game into the MLS regular season after the unusually drawn-out process of replacing Adrian Heath.


MLS 'very prepared' for 'frustrating' ref lockout

Lionel Messi's first full season in Major League Soccer started with replacement officials Wednesday when Inter Miami CF beat Real Salt Lake in the opening match of 2024, and Commissioner Don Garber said the league is not sure what will happen next.


Ronaldo strikes as Al Nassr reach ACL quarters

Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday as the Riyadh-based side beat fellow Saudi Pro League outfit Al Fayha 2-0 to complete a 3-0 aggregate victory.


Hong Kong gov't: Messi, Miami owe explanation

The Hong Kong government demanded answers from Inter Miami CF and Lionel Messi on Wednesday after the Argentine played in a friendly in Japan just three days after missing a similar exhibition match in its country.


Egypt names nation's top scorer Hassan as coach

- Egypt has put twin brothers in charge of its national soccer team with Hossam Hassan taking over as coach and Ibrahim Hassan as team director.


Berhalter: U.S. in WC final in native N.J. a dream

For United States coach Gregg Berhalter, having the 2026 World Cup final played in New Jersey adds another layer of incentive, having grown up close to MetLife Stadium, the venue that will host the championship match.