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In this July 13, 2014, file photo Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger holds up the World Cup trophy as the team celebrates their 1-0 victor over Argentina after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FIFA is about to make the World Cup a bigger and, it hopes, richer event even at the cost of lower quality soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, playing in 16 groups of three teams. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file)

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

- Associated Press

FIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament which is likely to be held in North America.

Claudio Ranieri of Italy, coach of Leicester City FC, former German women's national soccer team head coach Silvia Neid, United States' Carli Lloyd and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, from left, pose with their trophies during the FIFA Awards 2016 gala at the Swiss TV studio in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for fourth time

- Associated Press

Cristiano Ronaldo received FIFA’s best player award for the fourth time on Monday, after Portugal and Real Madrid won both major European titles in 2016. Lloyd won despite Germany midfielder Melanie Behringer playing on the Olympic gold medal-winning team.

Fans of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team cry during a tribute to the players who died in a plane crash in Colombia, at Arena Condado stadium in Chapeco, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Authorities were working to finish identifying the bodies before repatriating them to Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil team honored as experts study possible fuel problem

- Associated Press

Simultaneous tear-filled tributes were held at packed stadiums in Colombia and Brazil for the victims of this week’s air tragedy that claimed 71 lives when a chartered plane crashed while ferrying a scrappy, small-town soccer team to the finals of a prestigious South American tournament.

Rescue workers carry the bodies of victims of an airplane crash in a mountainous area near La Union, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The plane was carrying the Brazilian first division soccer club Chapecoense team that was on its way for a Copa Sudamericana final match against Colombia's Atletico Nacional. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

Hunt begins for cause of crash that wipes out Brazilian team

- Associated Press

Colombia’s worst air crash in two decades snuffed out a storybook run by a Brazilian soccer team, and authorities are digging in trying to figure out why a chartered jetliner crashed in the Andes, killing all but six of the 77 people aboard.

In this Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, file photo, players of Brazil's Chapecoense celebrate at the end of a Copa Sudamericana semifinal soccer match against Argentina's San Lorenzo in Chapeco, Brazil. A chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including the Brazilian first division Chapecoense soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazilian soccer team’s plane crashes in Colombia; 75 dead

- Associated Press

A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division soccer team crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 75 people, Colombian officials said. Six people survived.

In this Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, file photo, players of Brazil's Chapecoense celebrate at the end of a Copa Sudamericana semifinal soccer match against Argentina's San Lorenzo in Chapeco, Brazil. A chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including the Brazilian first division Chapecoense soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File )

A list of sports teams involved in fatal plane crashes

Associated Press

Members of Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense were among 81 people on board a chartered aircraft that crashed late Monday in Medellin, Colombia. It was not immediately clear how many players were among the casualties.

Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as U.S. coach on Monday after a tenure marked by ovepromising and undelivering. (Associated Press)

U.S. national soccer team needed to look at its past to improve future

For the past five years, Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as U.S. men’s national team coach was about evolving the program from up-and-comer to elite. But as the German legend overpromised and underdelivered, it turned out looking backward was the best route forward for U.S. Soccer.

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CONCACAF trims Champions League from 24 teams to 16

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