Soccer: Breaking Stories and all the Latest from NBC Sports


Here is the latest Soccer/Football News from NBC Sports.

Bruce Arena confirms De Jong suspension, rips media for “hysteria” over tackle
The Galaxy have lost hard-nosed midfielder Nigel De Jong for at least one game after the Dutchman injured Darlington Nagbe on Sunday.

Europa League preview: Liverpool-BVB headlines quarterfinal second legs
There is not a single home team without a road goal in its pocket for the second leg of the UEFA Europa League’s quarterfinals on Wednesday.

MLS Snapshot: Sporting KC 1-2 Colorado Rapids
The Rapids are in a playoff spot before Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones have kicked a ball in anger for Colorado.

Van Gaal hails Rashford, De Gea; “I’m happy I shall go to Wembley”
United becomes the instant favorite to win the FA Cup given the trio of bottom-half Premier League teams left in the competition.

Infantino discusses money in women’s soccer: “It must be right”
Fox aired an interview with new FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Wednesday, a sit-down conducted by American broadcaster Alexi Lalas.

“Most Promising Young Player in Finland” signs for QPR, is U.S. born
Born in Florida, Niko Hamalainen was part of the FC Dallas set-up before moving to Europe to try his hand abroad.

Atleti’s Simeone keeps it cool after beating Barca: “important, but not extraordinary”
Will Atleti be able to handle a power like Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, let alone “guest club” Man City as the Champions League rolls on?

WATCH: Rashford strikes well to give Manchester United lead vs. West Ham
Manchester United is off to a fine start in its efforts to make the FA Cup semifinals, building a 2-0 lead at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday.

Rashford, Fellaini push Man United past West Ham, into FA Cup seminals
The Red Devils will meet Everton at Wembley on Saturday, April 23, with the winner facing either Crystal Palace or Watford the FA Cup.

Griezmann’s brace ends Barca’s quest to repeat in UEFA Champions League
Atletico Madrid has joined Real Madrid and Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.

Bayern Munich survives early scare to advance past Benfica in Champions League
Goals from Thomas Muller and Arturo Vidal scored to give Bayern Munich a 3-2 aggregate win over Benfica in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton: Eagles fail to break down 10-man Toffees
Jason Puncheon and Emmanuel Adebayor were threats, but the Eagles simply haven’t scored enough in the Premier League under Alan Pardew.

Barcelona reflects on UEFA Champions League ouster: “It was not to be”
Earlier this season, it looked like Barca was ready to lay claim to being the greatest team in a generation or more. That chance is no more.

EURO 2016: Benzema won’t play for France over sex tape blackmail
Real Madrid star out of EURO 2016 on home soil.

LIVE – UCL quarterfinal 2nd legs: Atletico vs. Barca; Benfica vs. Bayern
The final two spots in the UCL semifinals are up for grabs. Follow all the action here.

Watch Live: Crystal Palace vs. Everton (Lineups, Stream)
Eagles and Toffees clash at Selhurst. Watch it live online, right here.

PFA names shortlist for Players’ Player, Young Player of the Year
Leicester City dominates the six nominees for the PFA Player of the Year.

USMNT’s Klinsmann linked with yet another Premier League job
U.S. national team coach tipped for the job at Goodison Park.

Lionel Messi cleared to play in Copa America in USA
Argentine superstar will be on U.S. soil this summer despite impending tax fraud trial.

USWNT legend Wambach pleads guilty to DUI charge
Wambach appeared in court on Tuesday, will enter diversion program.

Ranieri: “Leicester’s last five matches will be terrible”
Foxes boss suggests nothing has been won yet and predicts nervous times ahead.

VIDEO: Zidane rips his pants after overzealous reaction
Time to visit the tailor, Zizou.

Blanc: Man City the “guest club” of the UEFA Champions League semis
“Manchester City are the guest club invited to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich’s party,” Blanc said.

Barcelona pays tribute to Kobe Bryant; Neymar, USWNT’s Krieger in star-studded video
Neymar, Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and USWNT back Ali Krieger pay tribute to Bryant in a Nike ad ahead of “Mamba Day”.

USMNT’s Kitchen goes 90 as Hearts clinch Europa League spot
He’s made five appearances in total since arriving on a free transfer after DC United didn’t meet his wage demands.

Pellegrini after clinching UCL semi: “I never understand the criticism we get”
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is feeling plenty of swagger now that his side is onto its first UEFA Champions League semifinal.

Porter: Only a sprain for Nagbe after scary tackle from De Jong
There’s terrific news for USMNT and Portland Timbers supporters when it comes to Darlington Nagbe.

Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Everton
A single midweek match dots the Premier League calendar, as Palace and Everton jockey for position in the hopes of a late midtable run.

Zidane lavishes praise on “best in the world” Ronaldo after hat trick
Portugal’s megawatt superstar scored all three goals in lifting Real Madrid from a 2-0 first leg hole into the Champions League semifinals.

Champions League at the half: Real, Ronaldo rolling vs Wolfsburg; Aguero’s half to forget
Real Madrid has erased its 2-0 deficit to Wolfsburg, while Man City missed a golden chance to put PSG to the knife at the Etihad Stadium.

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