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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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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.

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game,  during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Fulham, at Anfield Stadium, in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Barrington Coombs/PA via AP)

Cut-price Shaqiri proving the difference at Liverpool

- Associated Press

It was one of the more under-the-radar purchases of the offseason, coming late on a Friday when soccer fans around the globe were eagerly anticipating the World Cup final between France and Croatia two days later.