Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe scores a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer game against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Portland, Ore., on Sunday, May 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

Darlington Nagbe scored his first international goal on a 90th-minute volley, and the United States beat Ecuador 1-0 in a Copa America tuneup on Wednesday night. The U.S. defeated a South American team for just the third time in 21 tries (14 losses, 4 draws) since a March 2007 victory over Ecuador. Wood set up the goal with a headed pass to Nagbe, who chested the ball and then scored with a right-footed shot from about 8 yards that beat Esteban Dreer, who replaced injured starter Alexander Dominguez when the second half began.


Posted: May 26, 2016, 2:23 am

Orlando City's Carlos Rivas, left, goes against Philadelphia Union's Tranquillo Barnetta for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer game, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Ken Tribbett scored his first career MLS goal in the 75th minute and the Philadelphia Union tied Orlando City 2-2 on Wednesday night. Tranquillo Barnetta started the scoring in the 52nd minute on Philadelphia's first shot on goal. Chris Pontius outjumped his defender to win a diagonal cross and headed it to the back post for an unmarked Barnetta.


Posted: May 26, 2016, 2:05 am

United States' Clint Dempsey plays against Guatemala during a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Clint Dempsey started up front with Gyasi Zardes on Wednesday night in the United States' exhibition against Ecuador in Dempsey's home state of Texas. Dempsey, who grew up in the East Texas town of Nacogdoches but trained mostly in the Dallas area, is second to Landon Donovan on the career American scoring list with 49 goals. Fabian Johnson started at left back after recovering from a groin injury, his first game action since April 24 with Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Bundesliga.


Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:18 am
Veteran defender Christie Rampone says she's not healthy enough to be part of the U.S. national team's training camp for a pair of matches early next month against Japan. Rampone, 40, had arthroscopic knee surgery in December.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 11:22 pm

Meg Morris laughs during training with the Portland Thorns at Providence Park on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Portland, Ore. Morris is making the most of her chance with the Portland Thorns. Signed last month, Morris is one of many athletes who play in the National Womens Soccer League because they love the game. (AP Photo/Anne M. Peterson)

When Thorns coach Mark Parsons phoned Meg Morris last month about possibly coming to Portland, she offered to pay for her own plane ticket and hotel room. While Parsons made no guarantees, it was pretty clear from the start that the midfielder was going to fit right in with the Thorns. ''She was willing to do what it took to get a chance,'' Parsons said.


Posted: May 25, 2016, 11:21 pm

Manchester Uniteds goalkeeper David de Gea celebrates with the trophy after winning the English FA Cup final soccer match against Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday May 21, 2016. Manchester United won the match 1-2. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

LONDON (AP) -- Accountancy firm KPMG says Manchester United and Real Madrid are soccer's most valuable clubs, worth an estimated 2.9 billion euros ($3.2 billion) each.


Posted: May 25, 2016, 11:19 pm

Jose Mourinho leaves his London home, Monday May 23, 2016. Manchester United has fired manager Louis van Gaal after two turbulent years at the English Premier League club, it was reported on Monday, May 23, 2016. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to replace Van Gaal. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Ryan Giggs is part of the furniture at Manchester United, and for good reason. To many, he is Mr. Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's imminent appointment as United manager, which British media reported Wednesday is being delayed because of negotiations over his image rights, is set to usher in one of the most exciting eras in its history.


Posted: May 25, 2016, 9:28 pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- Hawk-Eye will be installed for next month's Copa America, marking the first use of goal-line technology by the soccer's governing bodies for South America and for North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 9:16 pm

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