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Russia midfielder Elena Terekhova, left, and U.S. midfielder Mallory Pugh compete for control of the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Mallory Pugh brings youth, versatility to Spirit

Although Mallory Pugh spent just four months at UCLA, never playing a competitive game, she joins the Washington Spirit with 22 international appearances to her name. Last summer, she became the youngest Olympic goal-scorer in U.S. history.

D.C. United playmaker Luciano Acosta has thrived in a new formation while veteran midfielder Lamar Neagle (center) has developed into a lethal presence off the bench. (Associated Press)

D.C. United gets 1st road win, beats Atlanta United

Associated Press

Luciano Acosta broke a tie in the 36th minute, Sebastien Le Toux had the only second-half goal and D.C. United beat Atlanta United 3-1 on Sunday for the Washington team’s first road victory.

A window of the bus of Borussia Dortmund is damaged after an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match against AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (Carsten Linhoff/dpa via AP)

German soccer player injured as blasts rock team bus

- Associated Press

Three explosions went off near the team bus of Borussia Dortmund, one of Germany’s top soccer clubs, as it set off for a Champions League quarterfinal match on Tuesday evening. One of Dortmund’s players was injured.

D.C. United coach Ben Olsen said "there's certainly no panic button around here" despite his team's 0-2-1 start. (Associated Press)

Ben Olsen keeping D.C. United’s skid in perspective

Three consecutive trips to the playoffs have seen Olsen’s squad enjoy status as a perennial contender in recent years. But he hasn’t forgotten the 2013 campaign, when the club tied a record for MLS futility with three wins in 34 matches. So with United off to an 0-2-1 start, Olsen is keeping the skid in perspective.

December 11, 2016: Wake Forest midfielder Ian Harkes (16) controls the ball during the 2nd overtime period of the NCAA men's soccer Championship game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Stanford Cardinal at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX. Stanford won 5-4 on a penalty kick shootout after two overtime periods ended with a 0-0 score...Trask Smith/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images) **FILE**

Villa has two goals in NYCFC’s win over DC United

Associated Press

David Villa scored two goals and NYCFC newcomers Rodney Wallace and Maxi Moralez added one each in a 4-0 victory that overshadowed the MLS debut of 2016 Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes for D.C. United on Sunday.

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Brazilian-born Emerson called up to Italy's squad

Associated Press

Brazilian-born left back Emerson Palmieri was called up to Italy's squad on Saturday for the first time for a friendly against Uruguay and a World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein.

Marco Silva hired as Watford head coach

Associated Press

Marco Silva has been hired as the head coach of Premier League side Watford, two days after leaving Hull following its relegation from England's top division.

Toronto FC's Victor Vazquez, center right, is mobbed by teammates after scoring his second goal and his team's third against the Columbus Crew during second-half MLS soccer game action in Toronto, Friday, May 26, 2017. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto FC beats Crew 5-0 to extend unbeaten streak to 8

Associated Press

Victor Vazquez scored twice and Toronto FC routed the Columbus Crew 5-0 on Friday to extend its unbeaten streak to a club record-matching eight games and move five points clear atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Alaves eyes upset of Barcelona in Copa del Rey final

- Associated Press

The final of the Copa del Rey pits Barcelona's star power against a tiny Basque Country club whose biggest weapons are its grit and gnawing hunger for a taste of glory.