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Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan celebrates after scoring a goal on a penalty kick, next to D.C. United's Bobby Boswell during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy won 4-1. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Landon Donovan, Galaxy rout D.C. United

Associated Press

Los Angeles (12-5-7) won its third straight game for the first time this season, while D.C. United (13-8-4) lost for the first time in three matches.

Argentina's Angel di Maria celebrates after scoring his side's only and winning goal in extra time during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Argentina defeated Switzerland 1-0 to move on to the quarterfinals. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Angel Di Maria signs with Man United for record fee

Associated Press

The 26-year-old Di Maria joined on a five-year contract, taking United’s spending to about 130 million pounds ($215 million) in the summer transfer window as England’s most successful club seeks to revive its fortunes under new manager Louis van Gaal.

Milan forward Mario Balotelli (45) brings the ball up the field as he is pursued by Guadalajara midfielder Fernando Arce (15) during a soccer match at NRG Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

Mario Balotelli signs with Liverpool, leaving AC Milan

Associated Press

Nineteen months after ending a 2½-year spell with Manchester City to play for his boyhood club, Balotelli returns to the English Premier League as a replacement for Luis Suarez — another of world football’s talented but disruptive stars.

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.

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England's Danny Welbeck points during a training session at London Colney, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. England will play Norway in an international friendly soccer match at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

United offloads youth to signal shift in policy

- Associated Press

Manchester United was minutes away from announcing a blockbuster move for Radamel Falcao in the final hours of the transfer window when the club released a statement that went largely unnoticed.

Ivory Coast will allow Sierra Leone team in

- Associated Press

The Ivory Coast government decided late Monday to allow Sierra Leone's team to enter the country, giving the go-ahead for an African Cup qualifier after fears over Ebola put the game and Ivory Coast's place in the tournament in doubt.

FILE - This is a Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014  file photo of AS Monaco player Radamel Falcao  as he gives a thumbs up to fans as he warms up on the sideline during the second half of the Emirates Cup soccer match between AS Monaco and Valencia at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London.  Radamel Falcao is set to join Manchester United on loan after the Premier League club agreed to a loan deal with Monaco, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday Sept. 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Record English spending dwarfs rivals in Europe

Associated Press

English Premier League clubs spent a record 835 million pounds ($1.38 billion) on players during the summer transfer window, almost twice as much as any of Europe's other top leagues.

Chelsea's Diego Costa, top, is thwarted by Everton's goalkeeper Tim Howard during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Saturday Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Chelsea gets top spot in AP soccer poll

Associated Press

With an emphatic 6-3 win at Everton over the weekend, Chelsea took over at the top of The Associated Press global football poll on Tuesday.

Man United loans Cleverley to Aston Villa

Associated Press

Aston Villa has taken England midfielder Tom Cleverley on a season-long loan from Manchester United, completing the deal a day after the closing of the summer transfer window.

Gemany's head coach Joachim Loew , left, talks to Manuel Neuer, center,  and Thomas Mueller during an open training session ahead of the friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina on Wednesday in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

WC finalists Germany and Argentina renew rivalry

- Associated Press

Germany and Argentina clash again 52 days after contesting the World Cup final, albeit with less at stake when the sides meet for a friendly in Duesseldorf.

Athletes from a local gymnastics team break from training, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. In just over a week, North Korea will send its top athletes to win gold for their leader in what could well be the biggest sporting event of their lives and a major propaganda campaign for their nation, the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korea athletes on mission for political gold

- Associated Press

It's a hot, sunny morning at the newly refurbished Sosan Football Stadium in Pyongyang. Two women's soccer teams head to the sidelines of the artificial turf, leaving only a row of archers to continue their practice before several senior sports ministry officials. So sure are they of their aim - or, perhaps, so impromptu is the decision to have them shoot here - that there are no barriers behind the targets, posted on simple squares of straw.