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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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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.

Egypt's retired soccer star sentenced to 1 year in prison

- Associated Press

An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the country's greatest all-time soccer players, to a year in prison for tax evasion while also giving him the option to pay a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds, or $1,115, to have the sentence suspended.

Nations League piquing interest, reaches final qualifiers

- Associated Press

It has plunged Germany into renewed crisis, provoked scenes of jubilation in Kosovo and Gibraltar, and set up what could be an exciting week of international soccer in a summer usually bereft of competition for European countries.

Schalke's Mark Uth celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League group D soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Galatasaray Istanbul in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Mark Uth, Julian Draxler drop out for Germany

Associated Press

Schalke forward Mark Uth has been ruled out of Germany's games against Russia and the Netherlands, while Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler will miss the first game.

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2017, file photo, Hertha goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann gestures during the Europa League Group J soccer match between Hertha BSC and Ostersunds FK in Berlin, Germany. Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former American coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has been added to the U.S. roster for exhibition games against England and Italy and could make his national team debut.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Jonathan Klinsmann added to US roster vs England, Italy

- Associated Press

Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former American coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has been added to the U.S. roster for exhibition games against England and Italy and could make his national team debut.