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Jan 16, 2015

Soccer-Canada face early Caribbean test in World Cup qualifying

MIAMI, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The first steps on the road to the 2018 World Cup finals were taken on Thursday when the CONCACAF region held its draw for the opening rounds of qualification, with Canada handed a tie against Dominica or the British Virgin Islands.

CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, will begin qualifying on March 23, two weeks after Asian qualifying kicks off the global campaign for 32 spots in Russia.

Jan 14, 2015

Ronaldo looks to get in shape for possible comeback

HOLLYWOOD, Florida (Reuters) – Former Brazil forward Ronaldo said on Wednesday he will try to get back into shape with an eye on coming out of retirement to play for North American second division club Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

The 38-year-old three-times FIFA world player of the year, who last played professionally with Corinthians in 2011, recently became a minority owner in the North American Soccer League’s Strikers.

Jan 7, 2015

Gerrard move part of new wave of imports to MLS

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Major League Soccer enters its 20th season with Steven Gerrard the latest high-profile signing completing an 18 month deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday, as a new wave of foreign players head to North American shores.

It is no surprise that it was Galaxy who made the move – and spent the money – to bring in the Liverpool midfielder and former England captain. It was LA’s signing of David Beckham that signaled the start of MLS’s push to move from the fringes of American sporting life.

Jan 7, 2015

Soccer-Gerrard move part of new wave of imports to MLS

Jan 7 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer enters its 20th season with Steven Gerrard the latest high-profile signing completing an 18 month deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday, as a new wave of foreign players head to North American shores.

It is no surprise that it was Galaxy who made the move – and spent the money – to bring in the Liverpool midfielder and former England captain. It was LA’s signing of David Beckham that signaled the start of MLS’s push to move from the fringes of American sporting life.

Jan 5, 2015

Playoffs showcase need for elite quarterback

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Quarterback is the most important position on the gridiron and that widespread belief was once again made abundantly clear in the opening round of the playoffs, setting the stage for a mouthwatering slate of divisional round games.

The four survivors from the wild-card round of the playoffs are all teams who have outstanding quarterbacks that delivered the goods in crunch time.

Jan 1, 2015

Resurgent Cowboys headline wildcard weekend

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Dallas Cowboys return to the NFL playoffs on Sunday after a four-year absence seeking their first Super Bowl appearance since their victory in 1995.

‘America’s team’ ended the regular season with four straight wins, including emphatic victories in the last two — a 42-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts and a 44-17 cruise against the Washington Redskins.

Dec 29, 2014

Top seeds bring plenty of Super Bowl experience

MIAMI (Reuters) – For all the NFL’s much-vaunted unpredictability, the 2014 regular season ended with largely expected results meaning a powerful playoff field headed by teams with recent Super Bowl experience.

The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks finished as top seed in the NFC ahead of 2010 winners, the Green Bay Packers.

Dec 29, 2014

Seahawks take NFC top seed, Packers and Panthers win

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks claimed the number one seed in the NFC playoffs with Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers adding divisional titles after wins on the final Sunday of the regular season.

The Baltimore Ravens also made the postseason, taking the final AFC wild-card berth thanks to a victory over the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers’ loss to Kansas City.

Dec 28, 2014

Ravens into playoffs, Bucs to have first pick in draft

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – The Baltimore Ravens secured an AFC wild-card berth in the playoffs after they beat the Cleveland Browns while the San Diego Chargers lost to Kansas City on Sunday.

The Chargers went into the final Sunday of the regular season knowing a victory would be enough to take them into the postseason but their 19-7 loss to the Chiefs opened the door for the Ravens.

Dec 23, 2014

Navas, Wambach win CONCACAF Players of Year awards

MIAMI (Reuters) – Costa Rica’s World Cup goalkeeper Keylor Navas and United States women’s team striker Abby Wambach were named CONCACAF’s Players of the Year for 2014 on Tuesday.

The governing body for the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean also named Jorge Luis Pinto Coach of the Year after he led Costa Rica to the last eight at the World Cup for the first time.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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