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D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney celebrates his first MLS goal during the first half of a soccer match against the Colorado Rapids in Washington, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

D.C. United clinch playoff spot behind two goals from Wayne Rooney

After being mired in last place in mid-August, D.C. United (14-11-8, 50 points) secured a playoff spot with a convincing 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon against New York City FC to continue an improbable rise up the standings.

Teammates celebrate after United States midfielder Julie Ertz (facing camera) scored a goal during the first half of a CONCACAF women's World Cup qualifying tournament soccer match in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Jacobsohn)

U.S. headed to Women’s World Cup with win over Jamaica

- Associated Press

Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored twice in the first half and United States earned a spot in the World Cup next summer in France with a 6-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

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Scudamore gets $6 million as he leaves Premier League

- Associated Press

English Premier League clubs agreed to give departing executive chairman Richard Scudamore 5 million pounds ($6 million) on Thursday over three years despite a public backlash.

Suspended Sierra Leone's qualifier against Kenya canceled

- Associated Press

Sierra Leone's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya on Sunday has been canceled as the West African nation remains suspended by FIFA for government interference in its national association.

United States national soccer team player Christian Pulisic takes part in their national soccer squad training session at the training facilities of Brentford Football Club in west London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. The United States play England in an international friendly soccer match at Wembley stadium in London on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Pulisic assumes leadership role on return to American team

- Associated Press

Back with the United States for only the second time in an injury-troubled year, Christian Pulisic has watched the Americans rebuild from afar after their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

US, Wigan defender Robinson out 4 weeks with sprained ankle

- Associated Press

U.S. left back Antonee Robinson will miss Thursday's exhibition at England and next week's match against Italy after spraining his right ankle in training, an injury expected to sideline him for four weeks.

FILE - In this June 30, 2015, file photo, then-Columbus Crew midfielder Romain Gall (19) moves the ball past Orlando City defender Luke Boden (14) during the second half of an MLS soccer game, in Orlando, Fla. Gall took an unusual path in his soccer career, leaving the United States to play for a third-division Swedish team in a city of 32,000 and moving into the house of the club's chairman. The 23-year-old midfielder could make his American national debut Thursday against England at Wembley. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Romain Gall rebounding after fall to Sweden's 3rd tier

- Associated Press

Signed with fanfare by Columbus 18 months earlier, Romain Gall was released by the Crew in February 2016 after making just four first-team appearances in 1½ seasons. Just 21 years old, the midfielder had seen his hopes with Major League Soccer and the U.S. under-20 national team crater.

US women end year with 1-0 win over Scotland

- Associated Press

Alex Morgan scored late in the first half and the U.S. national team wrapped up the year with a 1-0 victory Tuesday over Scotland in Glasgow.