Blatter is back at work at FIFA headquarters, three days after being interrogated there by Swiss investigators, and is due to address staff at the scandal-battered governing body later on Monday.
Costa’s gamesmanship was in true form on Saturday when, after he received a yellow card for bumping Laurent Koscielny to the ground, he baited Gabriel into a red card that preceded two second-half goals.
The U.S. prosecutor who rocked world soccer in May by implicating FIFA officials with bribery and corruption charges said Monday the scope of the investigation has widened and additional charges against others are expected.
The 23-year-old led the National Women’s Soccer League with 15 goals, which have helped the Washington Spirit advance to the semifinals with a match against the Seattle Reign on Sunday.
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein is still considering whether to run again for FIFA president, less than four months after losing to Sepp Blatter in the previous election.
Howard will rejoin the U.S. men’s national team after a year-long absence on Friday, suiting up in red, white and blue as the Americans play host to Peru in a friendly at RFK Stadium.
Italian soccer players will soon be able to get a different kind of recognition from the referees. The Serie B will introduce a “green card” to recognize good sportsmanship and other “acts of virtue” on the pitch.
Christen Press scored three goals Sunday to power the United States to an 8-0 exhibition romp over Costa Rica in its first game since winning the Women’s World Cup in Canada last month.
United became the first team to win a game while attempting only one shot when it won at Montreal on Saturday, and that performance came after two others in which it rebounded from two-goal deficits.
Espindola scored in the 79th minute, and D.C. United weathered an early two-goal deficit to rally back and defeat the Union, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon.
Players who were part of the United States’ run to the Women’s World Cup championship earlier this month have returned to their NWSL teams and to crowds eager to see them in action.
The U.S. lost to a Caribbean nation on home soil for the first time in 46 years when it fell to Jamaica, 2-1, in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Atlanta on Wednesday.