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U.S. women top Haiti to advance in World Cup qualifying

- Associated Press

The U.S. women’s soccer team completed Part I of its trip to the 2015 World Cup by doing the expected, dominating play Monday night in a 6-0 win over Haiti to finish unbeaten - and unscored upon - in group play in the CONCACAF championship.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis (11) goes up for a header against D.C. United midfielder/defender Perry Kitchen (23) during the first half of an MLS soccer match at BBVA Compass Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Karen Warren)

D.C. United has to-do list as MLS playoffs near

As United (16-9-7) prepared for Saturday’s match against Chicago (5-9-18) at RFK Stadium, the message was clear: These final two matches are about maintaining momentum.

FILE - In this June 11, 2014, file photo, MLS Commissioner Don Garber speaks to reporters prior to an MLS soccer game between the Montreal Impact and DC United in Montreal. Garber has criticized U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for saying some players' careers were damaged by returning to the league. Klinsmann said Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, that decisions by Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley to play in MLS rather than for European clubs make it "very difficult for them to keep the same level that they experienced at the places where they were." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes, File)

Don Garber blasts Jurgen Klinsmann for MLS, Donovan snubs

- Associated Press

Klinsmann’s future as U.S. coach was called into question Wednesday when Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber criticized the German star for not taking Landon Donovan to the World Cup and for saying Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley damaged their careers by returning to MLS from European clubs.

United States' Landon Donovan celebrates his teammate Mix Diskerud's goal in the first half of an exhibition soccer match against Ecuador in East Hartford, Conn., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Donovan was making his last international soccer appearance. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Landon Donovan still upset by World Cup snub as he bows out with U.S. national team

- Associated Press

Donovan played in all 12 U.S. games at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, scoring an American-record five goals. His stoppage-time winner against Algeria four years ago gave the U.S. first place in its group for the first time in 80 years and created one of American soccer’s iconic moments.

In this June 23, 2010, file photo, United States' Landon Donovan, foreground left, celebrates after scoring a goal with fellow team member United States' Edson Buddle, foreground right, as Algeria goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, second from left in background, reacts during the World Cup group C soccer match between the United States and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa. In a matchup of teams from this year's World Cup, the U.S. plays Ecuador, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in an exhibition that marks Landon Donovan's finale with the American national team. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Landon Donovan reluctant to play U.S. finale

- Associated Press

Still stung by the decision to drop him from this year’s U.S. World Cup roster, Landon Donovan maintains he should have been on the field for the Americans in Brazil this year.

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United States midfielder Megan Rapinoe (15) heads the ball in the first half against Mexico during a CONCACAF semifinal soccer match in Philadelphia, Pa., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Lloyd leads US women past Mexico 3-0

- Associated Press

After the United States' path to the World Cup hit a snag four years ago, Carli Lloyd was happy to help send the team through smoothly this time.

Bremen loses 1-0 at home to Cologne in Bundesliga

- Associated Press

Werder Bremen slumped to a 1-0 home loss to Cologne on Friday, piling the pressure on coach Robin Dutt as the club remains rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga.

In this photo provided by the NFL, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith attends a team football practice session at London Colney, on the outskirts of London, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The Atlanta Falcons will play the Detroit Lions in an NFL football game at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/NFL, Sean Ryan)

Banged-up Falcons face tough Lions test in London

- Associated Press

They're on a four-game losing streak and banged-up on both sides of the line. Frankly, the Falcons as a team are looking questionable for Sunday's London showpiece game against the Detroit Lions.

Separate murder trials sought in soccer shootings

- Associated Press

The murder trial of two men charged in a soccer tournament shooting that left three people dead came to an abrupt halt Friday after an alleged gang member told jurors he had been promised witness protection in a plea bargain with prosecutors.

Angerer, Wambach on short list for Ballon d'Or

Associated Press

Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer and U.S. all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach are on the shortlist for FIFA's Ballon d'Or award for the best female player in the world.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen, second from left, is congratulated by David Savard (58) and Jack Johnson (7) after Johansen scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Letestu gets winner, Blue Jackets beat Sharks 5-4

- Associated Press

Mark Letestu made sure the Columbus Blue Jackets' party would carry on, redirecting a shot into the net about a minute after Ryan Johansen had a potential winning goal waved off.

UEFA punishes Serbia, Albania for stadium disorder

- Associated Press

Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium.

FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez, from Uruguay, right, and Neymar, from Brazil, attend a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. FC Barcelona will play against Ajax in a group F Champions League on Tuesday Oct. 21. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Suarez to return in 'clasico' after biting ban

- Associated Press

Luis Suarez's long wait is almost over. The much-maligned forward will play his first minutes for Barcelona on Saturday against Real Madrid after completing his ban for biting an opponent four months ago at the World Cup.