Soccer Soccer

Carlos Cordeiro, vice president of U.S. soccer, watches warmups from the team bench ahead of the start of the U.S.'s final World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad, in October. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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Liberian election officials said Thursday that soccer great George Weah, seen addressing an October campaign rally in Monrovia, had won the presidential runoff. Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona was one of several stars who took part in Friday's draw for the 2018 World Cup. The widely watched draw was held at the Kremlin in Moscow. Dmitri Lovetsky/AP hide caption

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Italian national team players slump in dejection at the end of their World Cup qualifying match against Sweden on Monday. The 0-0 draw killed the four-time world champions' hopes of a spot in the 2018 tournament. Luca Bruno/AP hide caption

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A raucous crowd cheers for Team USA during a Tuesday, July 1, 2014 World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Belgium at a public viewing party in Detroit, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. For many fans during next year's U.S.-free World Cup, it'll be just another day in the office. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Team USA's Christian Pulisic is defended by Trinidad and Tobago's Kevon Villaroel on Tuesday night during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago. A loss, combined with other results, means the U.S. team will be staying home next year. Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Milagros "Mili" Hernandez, 8, plays soccer in Ohama, Neb. Her team was disqualified from the final round of a tournament because somebody had complained to organizers that there was a boy on the team. WOWT/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Luiz Otávio of Brazil's Chapecoense (left) celebrates with teammate Wellington Paulista after scoring against Colombia's Atlético Nacional in April. Chapecoense has a chance at another title — that of the Recopa Sudamericana — when it plays Atlético again in the second leg of the final this week. Andre Penner/AP hide caption

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After Sulley Muntari (right) heard racial slurs from fans during a match in Sardinia, Italy, on April 30, he protested — and got a yellow card from the referee. A supporter holds the card aloft. Enrico Locci/Getty Images hide caption

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On Tuesday, police investigators work on a reconstruction of the April 11 bombing of the Borussia Dortmund team bus in Dortmund, Germany. Three bombs detonated as the bus was pulling away from a nearby hotel. Lukas Schulze/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati (center), Canadian CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani (left) and Mexican Football Federation President Decio De Maria present their unified bid for the 2026 World Cup at a news conference in New York City on Monday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Crystal Dunn (left) celebrates with Alex Morgan after Morgan scored during a friendly match against Japan last year. The World Cup champion team and the U.S. Soccer Federation have settled on a wage deal, ratifying a contract that runs through 2021. Jason Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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