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Foxborough makes cut as possible World Cup host

Gillette Stadium is one of 23 sites in the United States to be submitted to FIFA on Friday for approval.

Mr. Astori, a defender, played 14 times for Italy’s national team.

Davide Astori, 31, Italian soccer player

The Fiorentina captain was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday after a suspected cardiac arrest before an Italian league match.

Foxborough-2/27/18- The Revolution practiced on their practice field in preparation for their season opener. Coach Brad Friedel. JohnTlumacki/Globe staff(sports)

Revolution ready to launch under new coach Brad Friedel

With a tweaked roster, the Revolution open their MLS season Saturday in Philadelphia.

Somerville, MA - 06/26/13 - The Boston Breakers take on the Seattle Reign at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: John Powers, Topic: xxBreakers, LOID: 6.1.3645884735.


What doomed the Boston Breakers?

The demise of the women’s soccer team should sound an alarm. Sports executives need to do better by female pro athletes.

FILE-- Grigory Rodchenkov in Los Angeles, May 5, 2016. FIFA faces accusations of slowing its inquiry into allegations of failed doping tests by Russian soccer players. At issue is whether they made every effort to contact Rodchenkov, the Russian whistle-blower and former director of the Moscow laboratory for drug testing whose testimony unmasked a vast doping program that corrupted global sports across several Olympics. (Emily Berl/The New York Times)


Lab director admits doping coverup in Russian soccer

Grigory Rodchenkov told the Associated Press that instructions came from then-sports minister Vitaly Mutko.

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, 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. Cordeiro has been elected president of the U.S. Soccer Federation on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, assuming control of an organization that must chart a new course after its men's team failed to qualify for this year's World Cup. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)


US Soccer elects Carlos Cordeiro as its new president

US Soccer Federation vice president will take over for the outgoing Sunil Gulati.

US soccer reboots, elects Carlos Cordeiro president

Carlos Cordeiro was elected president of the US Soccer Federation on Saturday.

Breakers striker Morgan Marlborough headed upfield during a 2015 game against FC Kansas City.

Last-gasp bid to save Boston Breakers soccer team fell short

The NWSL team was speaking with potential investors, but was unable to secure a deal.

Indian Muslim cleric says women watching soccer un-Islamic

A senior cleric at an influential Islamic seminary in northern India has issued a religious decree saying that Muslim women should not watch men playing soccer.

Cambridge MA 5/30/15 Boston Breakers Morgan Marlborough controls the ball in front of FC Kansas City Becca Moros (#3) during first half action of the NWSL action at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium on Saturday May 30, 2015. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: Reporter:

Boston’s women’s professional soccer team is reportedly folding

The Boston Breakers finished ninth out of 10 teams last season.

Oct 14, 2014; Harrison, NJ, USA; Ecuador's forward Cristian Penilla celebrates scoring a goal on El Salvador goalkeeper Henry Hernandez (1) during the second half of their international friendly soccer game at Red Bull Arena. Ecuador defeated El Salvador 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Revolution add Ecuadorian Cristian Penilla to roster

The 26-year-old forward/midfielder joins the team on loan from his Mexican team.

Liberia swears in Weah as new leader

The former international soccer star took over the impoverished West African nation from Africa’s first female leader.

United States midfielder Julie Ertz, right, hugs teammate Savannah McCaskill after defeating Denmark in an international friendly soccer match Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

US 5, Denmark 1

USWNT opens year with rout of Denmark

The match was the first for a year that will include qualifying for the 2019 Women’s World Cup

Mr. Regis (left) was an imposing striker for West Bromwich and Coventry and other clubs.

Cyrille Regis, 59; pioneering black soccer defied racists in England

Mr. Regis played in an era when English stadiums were inhospitable for black players, who were targeted with racist chants and bananas.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by CHRISTIAN BRUNA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9319779ag) Lindsey Vonn of the USA in action during the Women's Downhill race of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, 14 January 2018. Alpine Skiing World Cup in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria - 14 Jan 2018

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Cautious Lindsey Vonn watches as Italians sweep

A month before the Olympics, the American skier held back throughout in a cautious run

Boston, MA - 12/16/2017 - (overtime period) New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) provided the screen on the game winning overtime goal by New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), not pictured.The Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 17Rangers-Bruins, LOID: 8.4.376523049.


Rangers’ Chris Kreider to undergo surgery

The former Boston College star will have a section of the first rib under his collarbone removed and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Foxborough, MA - 11/13/2017 - At the close of the press conference, a banner is held. Flanked by the Revolution general manager Michael Burns (cq), left, and president Brian Bilello (cq), right, Brad Friedel (cq) is introduced as the new head coach, at Gillette Stadium. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 14Revolution Reporter: Frank Dell'Apa

Revolution release 2018 schedule

New England opens its 34-game MLS slate at the Philadelphia Union on March 3.

Providence teen Isaac Angking to join Revolution full-time

The high school senior, who has been playing with the team’s developmental squad, signed a five-year deal.

Boston has celebrated 10 championships this century, five by Tom Brady and the Patriots.


As the calendar flips to 2018, let’s examine the state of Boston’s teams

We won’t gloat over the 10 championships this century.

Notable sports deaths of 2017

A look back at some of those from the world of sports whom we lost this year.

FILE - In this July 25, 2017, file photo, United States' Katie Ledecky reacts after winning the gold medal in the women's 1500-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Ledecky was named The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

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Katie Ledecky edges Serena Williams for AP Female Athlete of the Year

The 20-year-old Stanford swimmer is the first college athlete to win since UConn basketball player Rebecca Lobo in 1995.

Liberia votes as soccer star, vice president vie to succeed Sirleaf

Young Liberians went straight from all-night Christmas celebrations to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election between a former international soccer star and the country’s vice president, who are vying to replace Africa’s first female head of state.


Hanna silences her harshest critic — herself

Former Chelmsford High star Rachel Hanna took her soccer game to Endicott College, with impressive results.

Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart hits a single off of Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Doug Fister in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Cincinnati. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


Busy Angels agree to contract with Zack Cozart

An All-Star shortstop for the Reds last season, Cozart will shift to third base after signing a three-year deal with the Angels.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Wellesley’s Katie Benzan helped pace Harvard to a 79-69 basketball win over Northeastern Dec. 6.

New York Yankees' Chase Headley warms up during batting practice for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros baseball game Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Yankees ship Headley, Mitchell to Padres

New York sheds about $13 million from its payroll as it tries to stay under the $197 million luxury tax threshold.

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore, left, celebrates his goal against the Seattle Sounders during second-half MLS Cup final soccer action in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)


Jozy Altidore leads Toronto to first MLS Cup championship

He opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Toronto FC beat the visiting Seattle Sounders, 2-0.

Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley hoists the trophy as the team celebrates its win over the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)


Toronto wins first MLS Cup title

Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Toronto FC beat the Seattle Sounders to become the first Canadian champion in league history.

FILE - In this April 10, 2016, file photo, United States' Hope Solo waits for the team's international friendly soccer match against Colombia in Chester, Pa. Former national team goalkeeper Solo says she’s running for president of U.S. Soccer. Solo made the announcement Thursday night, Dec. 7, 2017, on Facebook. It comes less than a week after current U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said he will not seek a fourth term. His decision came in the wake of the October failure of the U.S. men's team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

Hope Solo announces she’s running for president of US Soccer

‘‘I know exactly what US Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it, and I possess the fortitude to get it done,’’ she said in her Facebook post.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian football legend Pele and Argentina's former midfielder Diego Maradona pose for pictures ahead of the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 01, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Alexey NIKOLSKYALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Draw for World Cup groups puts Spain and Portugal together

Host Russia and Saudi Arabia will play June 14 at Moscow in an opener lacking global appeal

Russia passed a federal law banning so-called propaganda of homosexuality to minors in 2013, which has been widely criticized for banning gay pride events or discussions of gay rights in public spaces where children might possibly be present.

Russia signals that rainbow flags will be tolerated at World Cup

Russia’s top anti-discrimination official for soccer said spectators won’t be affected by a Russian law prohibiting ‘‘propaganda’’ of homosexuality to minors.


Lowell’s Trisha Luis works for it, on pitch and off

As she wraps up her final succesful soccer season for Southern New Hampshire University, the Lowell High School product reflects on what drives her.

LEIRA, PORTUGAL -NOVEMBER 14: United States of America midfielder Weston McKennie during the match between Portugal and United States of America International Friendly at Estadio Municipal de Leiria, on November 14, 2017 in Leiria, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

US 1, Portugal 1

McKennie scores in debut as US ties Portugal

The US national soccer team used eight starters 24 or younger in Dave Sarachan’s first match as interim coach.

Foxborough, MA - 11/13/2017 - At the close of the press conference, a banner is held. Flanked by the Revolution general manager Michael Burns (cq), left, and president Brian Bilello (cq), right, Brad Friedel (cq) is introduced as the new head coach, at Gillette Stadium. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 14Revolution Reporter: Frank Dell'Apa

New coach Brad Friedel says Revolution have ‘a lot of good pieces’

The former goalkeeper was introduced Monday at a news conference at Gillette Stadium.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by DANIEL DAL ZENNARO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9221382bp) Italy's defender Leonardo Bonucci and teammate forward Ciro Immobile show their dejection at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification playoff second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 13 November 2017. Sweden won 1-0 on aggregate. Italy vs Sweden, Milan - 13 Nov 2017


Italy fails to qualify for 2018 World Cup

The four-time tournament champion hadn’t missed out on soccer’s biggest event since 1958.

United States forward Christen Press (23) heads the ball as Canada forward Janine Beckie, left, looks on during the first half of an international friendly women's soccer match, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

US 3, Canada 1

US women beat Canada in final match of the year

Julie Ertz, Alex Morgan, and Carli Lloyd scored for the US team, which has not lost to the Canadians since 2001.


On to career, Leahy grateful for soccer’s boost

Newburyport’s Aly Leahy helped Union College to an 8-5-3 record to close out her collegiate soccer career.


Tasker values hard work on, off Tufts soccer pitch

The Sudbury resident tarted all 18 regular season games for defending Division 3 national soccer champion Tufts.

FILE - In this July 17, 2014, file photo, Brad Friedel warms up during Tottenham Hotspurs practice at Virgina Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Brad Friedel is the new head coach of the New England Revolution. The appointment was announced on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Madeleine Meyer, File)

Revolution announce hiring of Brad Friedel as coach

Friedel has an extensive résumé as a goalkeeper and recently coached the US Under-19 national team.

REMOTE TRANSMISION MF2 10-2-2001:Foxboro:At the practice field at the Wrentham State School, the U.S. Men's National soccer team worked out, and here goalkeeper Brad Friedel works out.

Revolution expected to name Brad Friedel coach

Friedel, the former US national team goalkeeper, has coached the US Under-19 team


GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Andover’s Ollie Eberth racked up 301 total yards and two touchdowns in Amherst’s 31-26 win over Tufts.

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Ex-CONCACAF aide sentenced in soccer scandal

Costas Takkas pleaded guilty and sentended to 15 months for laundering bribe money in FIFA scandal.

29nocampus - Southern New Hampshire University athlete Rianna Fasanello (Handout)


For Rianna Fasanello, a rare moment of national fame

A solid defender for the Southern New Hampshire women’s soccer team, senior captain from East Bridgewater netted first goal in four years.


GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Reading’s Kevin Krupa scored the first goal of his college soccer career in a 1-0 WPI win over Fitchburg State.


GlobeSouth: Noteworthy

Walpole’s Jack Lavanchy set Bridgewater State single-game records with 14 receptions good for 254 yards against Western Connecticut State.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Newton’s Katie Collins paced the MIT women’s cross-country team to a runnerup finish at the pre-national Division 3 meet.