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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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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Ronaldo, Benzema lead Real to 3-0 win at Liverpool

- Associated Press

Cristiano Ronaldo moved to the brink of the Champions League scoring record by setting Real Madrid on its way to a 3-0 win over Liverpool on Wednesday in the latest show of strength by the free-scoring defending champions.

Albania PM seeks to ease tensions with Serbia

- Associated Press

Albania's prime minister said Wednesday that his nation and Serbia must try to end decades of hostility toward one another by focusing on major issues such as their mutual desire to join the European Union, not last week's dispute over a soccer match.

FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez, from Uruguay, right, attends 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)

4 months after bite, Suarez to face Real Madrid

- Associated Press

Few might remember his knee surgery just three weeks before the World Cup, or the two goals he scored in a 2-1 victory over England in his first match in the tournament.

Greek team punished for fan's death

Associated Press

A third division football team in Greece has been punished by the country's football association following the death of a fan after he was attacked by home fans at a match in September.

Kashiwa beats Gamba Osaka 1-0 in J-League

Associated Press

Tetsuro Ota scored in the 90th minute as Kashiwa Reysol beat Gamba Osaka 1-0, ending the former Asian Champion's seven-game winning streak in the J-League on Wednesday.

Platini, African confederation in spat over Ebola

- Associated Press

UEFA President Michel Platini became involved in a spat with the Confederation of African Football over Ebola on Wednesday, with the Frenchman demanding an apology from CAF for getting comments he made in a television interview wrong and "insulting" him.

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano,  Pope Francis receives an autographed soccer ball by Bayern Munich's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, left, and Bayern Munich's President Karl Hopfner, center, during a private audience with team and officials at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope praises Bayern Munich after Roma rout

Associated Press

Pope Francis welcomed the victorious Bayern Munich team to the Vatican after its 7-1 Champions League rout of Roma, telling the players Wednesday they "played a wonderful game" and receiving a signed jersey and ball in return.

Sevilla set to continue Europa League defense

- Associated Press

Defending champion Sevilla will seek to strengthen its position as the Group G leader when the Europa League returns for the third round of matches Thursday.

Manchester City players and CSKA players play in front of empty stands during the Champions League Group E soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City at Arena Khimki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday Oct. 21, 2014. CSKA have to play 3 matches behind closed doors after as punishment for the bad behaviour of their fans last season. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Russia has no major racism problem, says minister

Associated Press

Russia has no particular problem with racism in football as it prepares to host the 2018 World Cup- despite a series of recent incidents, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Wednesday.

Manchester City players and CSKA players play in front of empty stands during the Champions League Group E soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City at Arena Khimki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday Oct. 21, 2014. CSKA have to play 3 matches behind closed doors after as punishment for the bad behaviour of their fans last season. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Platini mulls allowing only women, kids at games

- Associated Press

UEFA President Michel Platini is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters' racist abuse.

Olympiakos' Alejandro Damian Dominguez, right, and Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci challenge for the ball during the Champions League Group A soccer match  between Olympiakos and Juventus at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in the port of Piraeus near Athens, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Olympiakos beats Juventus 1-0 in Champions League

- Associated Press

Olympiakos pulled off another Champions League upset by beating Juventus 1-0 on Wednesday to go level on points with Group A leader Atletico Madrid.