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CONCACAF details rebuilding plans after FIFA bribery scandal

In crisis during FIFA bribery scandal, CONCACAF details rules to rebuild trust and operations
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - Plunged into crisis by a second FIFA bribery scandal in four years, the CONCACAF soccer body wants to pass sweeping new leadership rules to help rebuild.

The North and Central American and Caribbean governing body published anti-corruption proposals Monday after its past two presidents and general secretaries were implicated in an American federal investigation of racketeering in international soccer.

Whitecaps end road trip with loss to Rapids

Whitecaps end five-game road trip with 2-1 loss to Colorado Rapids
The Associated Press

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The Vancouver Whitecaps' three-game winning streak is over.

Kevin Doyle scored his first MLS goal for the Colorado Rapids as they edged Vancouver 2-1 on Saturday.

The win snapped a six-game winless streak for Colorado.

"I thought we done enough to probably win the game," said Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson, whose team wrapped up a five-game road trip.

"I think some of our performance levels weren't what we have been in the last three games, and unfortunately we haven't picked up any points tonight."

Wambach says she just wants to win her last World Cup

Starter or sub? Doesn't matter. Wambach wants a World Cup trophy
Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press

VANCOUVER - With the title match looming, Abby Wambach isn't mincing words.

"All I care about is winning this World Cup," she said.

The star U.S. forward is playing in her fourth Women's World Cup, and she says it will be her last. A victory Sunday in the final against Japan would be the perfect ending to her World Cup career.

It would also solidify a legacy. Wambach, who has been on the national team for 15 years, has scored 183 goals, more than any other player, male or female, in the world. Of those, 77 have come on headers.

UEFA tells Spanish league to accept 2022 World Cup dates

UEFA tells Spanish league to accept 2022 World Cup dates, says 'sad' they are appealing
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

PRAGUE - UEFA told the Spanish league on Tuesday to stop challenging the decision to move the dates of the World Cup in 2022 to November-December.

To avoid Qatar's fierce summer heat, the 2022 World Cup is being moved from its traditional June-July slot, resulting in European competitions stopping for around two months.

Fearing losses of around $70 million if the league shuts down, the Spanish league appealed against FIFA's scheduling change to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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