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Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber hopes the excitement surrounding this summer's World Cup tournament will pay dividends for his outfit since several players, including Australia's Tim Cahill, above, will be taking part in the global spectacle.
FC Barcelona's Carles Puyol arrives for a press conference to announce his retirement as a FC Barcelona's soccer player at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Tuesday, March , 2014.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella says he is happy with the forwards he has, and that seems to be bad news for Juventus striker Carlos Tevez and his prospects for playing at the World Cup.
Gerrard began seeing Dr Peters after sustaining a groin avulsion at a time when he feared for his career.
Defenders will have to think again if they believe they can bully Raheem Sterling out of the World Cup, according to England manager Roy Hodgson.
Tim Cahill was given the nickname Tiny Tim at Everton but he's enhanced his status as a true giant of Australian football - and possibly the Socceroos' greatest - by claiming the all-time scoring record.
Brazil showed its national team is in better shape than the country's stadiums with a 5-0 thrashing of South Africa on Wednesday, and defending champion Spain overcame Italy 1-0 in its final big test before the tournament kicks off, as teams prepared for the World Cup in a series of friendly matches.
Anelka performed the gesture, known in France as a "quenelle" and regarded as anti-Semitic, after scoring for West Bromwich Albion against West Ham during an English Premier League game in December.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere faces six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a hairline fracture in his left foot during England's friendly international with Denmark.
A hat trick from Neymar helped Brazil to a 5-0 rout of South Africa on Wednesday in the World Cup host's final friendly before announcing its squad for the tournament.
Max Gradel capped an unlikely comeback for Ivory Coast against Belgium with a goal in the second minute of injury time to force a 2-2 draw Wednesday in the warm-up game for both World Cup finalists.
David Silva's second-half introduction opened up Spain's attack and the Manchester City midfielder was involved in the move that finished with Pedro squeezing a powerful shot under goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon in the 63rd minute.
Sturridge leapt high to head home Adam Lallana's cross with eight minutes left of what was otherwise an uninspiring 1-0 win.
Running onto a pass from midfielder Blaise Matuidi in the 32nd minute, Benzema let the ball bounce over his shoulder and did not even break stride as he thumped a powerful shot over goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen's hands.
On a night that gave a small contingent of Ukrainian fans an opportunity to wave their flags and unite amid a political crisis back home, their national soccer team eased past the United States 2-0 Wednesday in an exhibition game shifted from Kharkiv to a Mediterranean island nation 600 miles to the south.
Colombia finished with 10 men when Luis Amaranto Perea was sent off. It was Colombia's first match since Falcao underwent surgery on his left knee just over a month ago.