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United States' Omar Gonzalez, right, pats goalkeeper Tim Howard on the chest during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Tim Howard taking break from U.S. national team

Associated Press

The three-time World Cup veteran has asked U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann not to consider him for selection to the roster until September 2015. Howard is not retiring from international play, however; the decision is driven mainly by his desire to spend more time with his family.

**FILE** D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen looks on from the bench before an MLS soccer game against the New England Revolution, Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Luis Silva scores twice as D.C. United routs Rapids

Associated Press

United (12-7-4) opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Taylor Kemp sent a perfect through-ball to Silva, who faked Drew Moor to the ground and chipped his shot over Clint Irwin for the early lead.

Seattle Sounders' DeAndre Yedlin, upper left, and Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan, right, go for a header in the second half of an MLS soccer match, Monday, July 28, 2014, in Seattle. Galaxy beat the Sounders 3-0. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

U.S. World Cup defender Yedlin signs with Tottenham

Associated Press

Both clubs announced the deal on Wednesday. Yedlin spent last weekend in London visiting with Tottenham officials and the sides were able to finalize the deal. Tottenham said Yedlin would join the club ahead of the 2015-16 season.

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan holds up the MLS Cup after they won their championship soccer match against the Houston Dynamo in Carson, Calif. Landon Donovan says he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the MLS season. The LA Galaxy forward is widely considered the best soccer player in American history.  (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)

Landon Donovan to retire from soccer after MLS season

- Associated Press

The LA Galaxy forward is widely considered the best soccer player in American history. The 32-year-old Donovan is the top goal-scorer in MLS history and the top scorer in U.S. national team history.

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, right, celebrates with Chivas USA forward Erick Torres (19) as Bayern Munich's David Alaba (27) watches, after Donovan scored the go-ahead goal in the second half of the MLS All-Star soccer game, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Portland, Ore. The MLS All-Stars won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Landon Donovan lifts MLS All-Stars past Bayern Munich

- Associated Press

Donovan dribbled the ball at the top of the box before blasting it past German World Cup goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 70th minute, giving the MLS All-Stars a 2-1 victory over the Bundesliga champions on Wednesday night.

Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer (14) moves on D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid (28) to score a goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

D.C. United defense well-represented in MLS All-Star game

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid will join United center back Bobby Boswell and right back Sean Franklin on the MLS All-Star squad that will face German champion Bayern Munich on Wednesday in Portland, Oregon.

Manchester United's Ashley Young leads the squad into their game Tuesday against Italian club Inter Milan at FedEx Field. (Associated Press)

Manchester United out to regain its elite status

- The Washington Times

Few teams in the Premier League can boast as rich a history as Manchester United. The English club holds a record 20 league titles as well as a record 11 FA Cups — an honor they share with Arsenal. But even the most outstanding teams have times of struggle, and the 2013 campaign was such a time for the Red Devils. Manchester United plays Italian club Inter Milan at FedEx Field on Tuesday.

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Paris Saint Germain's Edinson Cavani, right, celebrates his second goal with teammates during a French League One soccer Match Paris Saint Germain against Bastia, at Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Saturday, Aug. 16. 2014. Paris Saint Germain won 2-0. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

5 things to know about the French league

- Associated Press

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim and Marseille counterpart Marcelo Bielsa don't have much time left to adapt to the French league.

Dortmund hopes to raise cash in stock issue

Associated Press

Borussia Dortmund is hoping to raise fresh capital with a stock issue expected to bring in 114.4 million euros ($151.72 million) in an effort to reduce debt and give the club more financial clout.

In this Thursday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Lee Santamaria, front, of Cooper City, Fla., works with children during a soccer camp held by FC Barcelona in Miami. European clubs like Barcelona, Liverpool and Arsenal have long sent coaches to work at U.S. summer camps, but now some are opening year-round U.S. academies aimed at finding new talent but also to expand their fan bases. This is part of a number of initiatives of major teams to grow their brands in the U.S. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

European soccer clubs opening US academies

- Associated Press

As the U.S. appetite for soccer grows, more American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi. Their aspirations, realistic or not, have not gone unnoticed by top international teams, which are trying to capitalize financially.

FILE - This is a  Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 file photo of the then Cardiff City's manager Malky Mackay as he looks on from the dugout before the start of their English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at Upton Park, London. The English Football Association siad Thursday Aug. 21, 2014 that it has opened an investigation after Cardiff submitted a dossier to the governing body about the conduct of former manager Malky Mackay and a member of his backroom staff. (AP Photo/Sang Tan/ File)

FA probes Cardiff dossier on former manager Mackay

Associated Press

A senior member of Crystal Palace's coaching staff quit on Thursday after becoming embroiled in a text-message controversy that also involves former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay and is the subject of an English Football Association investigation.

Earthquakes, Sounders finish in 1-1 draw

- Associated Press

Chris Wondolowski tapped in a point-blank shot in the 65th minute on Wednesday night and the San Jose Earthquakes came back from the worst lost in franchise history to pull out a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders.

Galaxy fight back to win 4-3 at Colorado

- Associated Press

Los Angeles' Landon Donovan scored in the 80th minute to give the Galaxy a 4-3 comeback victory at Colorado in Major League Soccer on Wednesday.

Iowa-based higher education consultants to merge

Associated Press

A Cedar Rapids-based company that provides fundraising and enrollment management services to colleges and universities announced Thursday the acquisition of a company that specializes in higher education consulting and research.

Rwanda appeals African Cup disqualification

Associated Press

The Confederation of African Football says Rwanda has appealed against its disqualification from African Cup qualifying for fielding a striker who was using two identities.

Munich's coach Pep Guardiola  smiles during the German soccer cup first round match between SC Preussen Muenster and FC Bayern Munich in Muenster, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach)

Bundesliga riding high after Germany World Cup win

- Associated Press

Bayern Munich kicks off the defense of its Bundesliga title on Friday against revamped Wolfsburg with fans hoping for a thrilling season after Germany's triumph at the World Cup in Brazil.

Chelsea's Diego Costa, right, celebrates with teammate Andre Schurrle after scoring against Burnley during their English Premier League soccer match at Turf Moor Stadium, Burnley, England, Monday Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

5 things to know about the English Premier League

- Associated Press

One round of Premier League games has already backed up many pundits' pre-season predictions, notably that Chelsea and Manchester City are title favorites and Manchester United needed more than just a change of manager to arrest its slump.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a Spanish Super Cup soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

5 things to know about the Spanish league

- Associated Press

The Spanish league opens this weekend with the three main title contenders - Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona- all facing smaller clubs they will be expected to beat.

Jedinak, Cahill among 20-man Australian squad

Associated Press

Australia captain Mile Jedinak and 71-cap veteran Tim Cahill were among 12 members of the country's World Cup squad named Thursday by coach Ange Postecoglou for matches against Belgium and Saudi Arabia in September.

MLS Capsules

- Associated Press

Landon Donovan scored in the 80th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 4-3 comeback victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night.

Chopra picked by Tendulkar's Kerala Blasters

- Associated Press

Former Newcastle striker Michael Chopra's Indian origin made him a top pick as he was bought quickly by Kerala Blasters on Thursday in the international player draft of the Indian Super League.

This Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014 photo shows Jerome Ducros, president of Luzenac football club in the French Pyrenees, speaking to reporters after meeting French league officials at an arbitration hearing at the Paris headquarters of the French Olympic Committee. The small club earned promotion from League 3 last season and should now be playing in the professional League 2 but is being refused admittance on administrative grounds, provoking intense debate in France about the impact of money on football. (AP Photo/John Leicester)

Column: In France, a small team makes a big point

- Associated Press

The principle, beautiful in its simplicity, motivates players in open leagues everywhere, be they school kids or hardened pros: Play well enough through the season to finish top or near the top of the division and the end reward will be promotion to bigger and better things.