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    Atlanta United FC (14-9-3, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando City SC (9-11-7, eighth in the Eastern Conference) Orlando, Florida; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Orlando City SC takes on Eastern Conference-leader Atlanta United FC. Orlando City SC is 5-8-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. Orlando City SC ranks sixth in the league giving up only 35 goals. Atlanta United FC is 7-5-3 in Eastern Conference games. Atlanta United FC ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference with 126 shots on goal, averaging 4.8 per game. Atlanta United FC is also fourth in MLS play with 45 goals. The teams square off Friday for the second time this season. Atlanta United FC won the last meeting 1-0. TOP PERFORMERS: Ruan leads Orlando City SC with four assists. Tesho Akindele has three goals over the last 10 games for Orlando City SC. Josef Martinez has 21 goals and two assists for Atlanta United FC. Justin Meram has three goals over the last 10 games for Atlanta United FC. LAST 10 GAMES: Orlando City SC: 3-3-4, averaging 1.1 goals, 0.7 assists, 3.2 shots on goal and 3.9 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.3 goals per game. Atlanta United FC: 6-3-1, averaging 2.4 goals, 1.3 assists, 4.8 shots on goal and 5.7 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.6 goals per game. NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: Orlando City SC: Ruan (injured), Cristian Higuita (injured), Joao Moutinho (injured). Atlanta United FC: Franco Escobar (injured), Eric Remedi (injured), Brandon Vazquez (injured), Brek Shea (injured). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • The XFL announced the names and logos for its eight franchises Wednesday as the league gears up for its February 2020 debut.  >> Read more trending news  In a tweet, the new professional football league unveiled the logos of the Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks, Seattle Dragons, Tampa Bay Vipers and Washington Defenders. The announcement was made in a livestream on ESPN's website, as well as the XFL's YouTube and Twitter accounts, KIRO7 reported. The Dragons will play at CenturyLink Field, and the first game is planned for Feb. 8, according to KIRO7..  The franchises will play in venues used by NFL, MLS and Major League Baseball teams, ESPN reported.  Last week, the XFL signed its first player, veteran quarterback Landry Jones. The league will conduct its inaugural draft in October, ESPN reported. The XFL produced videos announcing each franchise's name and logo. Here is Seattle's:
  • The prospects of a Major League Soccer franchise ever calling St. Louis home appeared to have died two years ago when voters turned down the use of a business tax to finance a new downtown stadium. Then a new potential ownership group came along. Led by members of the founding family of car rental giant Enterprise, the city began to work anew last fall on its pitch for a professional soccer team. On Tuesday, the league officially announced that St. Louis would become its 28th club when it begins play for the 2022 season. 'Our ownership group has come a long way since we first announced our bid last October at Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and it's an incredible feeling to now be able to say, 'St. Louis is home to the first official majority female-led ownership group in MLS,'' said Carolyn Kindle Betz, granddaughter of Enterprise founder Jack Taylor and the president of Enterprise Holdings Foundation. 'Our MLS team and stadium will only add to St. Louis' renaissance currently under way,' Kindle Betz said, 'and will provide us with a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people in their love for the game.' Six other female members of the Taylor are part of the ownership group, along with businessmen Andy Taylor and Jim Kavanaugh, a soccer insider who was part of the first failed ownership team. The new soccer stadium, which is planned for Market Street just west of Union Station, will be the centerpiece of a major development project in the city's Downtown West district. It will include mixed-used retail, restaurants and gathering spaces open year-round to the public, and is expected to continue a downtown revitalization effort that includes Busch Stadium — home of the St. Louis Cardinals — and the Enterprise Center, the home of the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. As proof the city is all-in on the project, the St. Louis Board of Alderman easily approved a resolution last November to provide tax exemptions and other incentives to help with the construction. 'St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition,' MLS Commissioner Don Garber said, 'and it is a market we have considered since the league's inception. Our league becomes stronger with the addition of the city's deeply dedicated soccer fans and the committed and innovative local ownership group.' St. Louis has long been a hotbed for youth soccer. In 1950, five immigrants from 'The Hill' neighborhood helped the U.S. upset England in the World Cup. Saint Louis University has won 10 national titles in men's soccer, and the Hermann Trophy given to the top college player in the country is awarded annually at the Missouri Athletic Club. The U.S. women's national team drew more than 35,000 fans to exhibition games at Busch Stadium in preparation for the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, and 43,000 fans packed the stadium to watch the U.S. men beat St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a World Cup qualifier in 2015. The men's national team has a friendly against Uruguay scheduled for Sept. 10 at Busch Stadium. 'St. Louis has always been and will continue to be one of the great historic soccer cities throughout the United States,' Garber said at a news conference attended by Blues legends Bernie Federko and Chris Pronger and Cardinals star Ozzie Smith. 'After two decades of discussions about St. Louis being a part of our league, today the moment has arrived.' The new St. Louis franchise continues explosive growth for MLS that has seen 15 new clubs join the league since 2005. That includes a handful that have recently been awarded: FC Cincinnati is playing its inaugural season this year, David Beckham's Inter Miami FC and Nashville SC will begin play next season, Austin FC begins play in 2021 and the St. Louis club will follow the next year. Its location also means a more natural rival for cross-state Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire — just think of the rivalry that already exists between the Cubs and Cardinals. 'For the last two decades as a player and as a commentator for ESPN, I've seen this league grow in the United States and Canada,' said Taylor Twellman, who grew up in St. Louis and played in MLS before becoming an ESPN broadcaster. 'Few of us thought it would reach this point. But the community, the fans, that recipe is why we're in St. Louis today.
  • An environmental report poses a new problem for the proposed site of David Beckham's Major League Soccer stadium in Miami: Tests show the soil is far more toxic than expected. According to the Miami Herald, the analysis found arsenic contamination reaching more than twice the legal limit and hazardous debris in surface-level soil samples at the Melreese golf course, where people have played for more than 50 years. The 131-acre (53-hectare) site is being considered for a sprawling $1 billion commercial and stadium complex that would be home ground for Beckham's MLS team, Inter Miami . According to the consultant's report, the pollution underneath the grass on the golf course was caused by contaminated ash from a municipal incinerator shut down long ago. In some spots, the contamination is near the surface, as shallow as a half-foot (15 centimeters) deep. 'This is the largest contaminated park in the city's portfolio,' said Miami City Commission Chairman Ken Russell. 'This is a concern.' The worse-than-expected findings were reported on Monday to city commissioners. A day later, Miami City Manager Emilio Gonzalez announced that Melreese would be closed until further notice to allow further environmental testing. The golf course will be reopened pending a favorable analysis, the statement read. The environmental firm EE&G, hired by Inter Miami, took more than 140 soil samples in recent months. Apart from the arsenic, it found barium and lead levels above legal limits. 'The debris included fragments of tile, metal and glass, mixed with fine-grain sands, which often exhibited a rusty color,' EE&G found. 'Intermittent wood fragments were encountered along with concrete and other non-native materials, but not evidence of municipal garbage.' Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said he was glad the site was tested, and said the city has chosen another consulting firm, AECOM, to conduct its own analysis of the findings. The firm also will be paid by Inter Miami. 'Basically, the site has significantly more contamination than what is commercially reasonable,' Suarez said. The findings could increase cleanup costs to $50 million at the site, team officials told Suarez. The Herald reported that it wasn't clear whether the added cost would make the plans for a stadium and commercial complex unfeasible. Inter Miami said it would not seek city dollars to pay for the cleanup. The environmental concerns come as the city negotiates a 99-year lease for a commercial complex that would allow a 25,000-seat stadium, office park, a shopping center, and soccer fields on the roof of a parking structure. Miami voters gave city officials permission in November to negotiate the deal. Inter Miami's lawyers are expecting to propose a lease on Sept 12, and the terms would need the approval of four of five commissioners.
  • Atlanta United keeps rolling.  An “I’ll take it” short-range goal from Leandro Gonzalez Pirez and a skilled, dipping long-range shot from Josef Martinez lifted Atlanta United to a 2-0 victory over Portland Sunday at Providence Park in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup.  The win pushed Atlanta United (14-9-3) into first place with 45 points in the MLS Eastern Conference. It was Atlanta United’s seventh victory in eight games across all competitions, third in eight days, and snapped its losing streak in league games on the road at six.  “A win is always satisfying; that is the most important thing,” Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer. “You look at how you got the win and I think we fully deserved to win.” Martinez’s goal was his 21st this season and extended his league record scoring streak to 11 games. Martinez trails LAFC’s Carlos Vela by three for the Golden Boot. Atlanta United will play Friday at Orlando. It wasn’t an easy win for the Five Stripes. Portland created several good scoring chances, particularly in the first half. Despite playing without injured starters Eric Remedi and Franco Escobar, Atlanta United’s backline held firm. When they did break, Brad Guzan was there with one left-handed save in the second half that should go on his career highlight reel. The shutout extended Guzan’s league lead to 12. “I was just able to react, it’s simple,” Guzan said. De Boer selected on Sunday most of the players who started Wednesday’s Campeones Cup victory over Club America: Guzan, centerbacks Gonzalez Pirez, Miles Robinson and Flo Pogba, with right wingback Julian Gressel and left wingback Justin Meram. The defensive midfielders were Jeff Larentowicz and Darlington Nagbe. The attacking trident was Ezequiel Barco, Pity Martinez and Josef Martinez.  Atlanta United grabbed a 1-0 lead when Gonzalez Pirez poked in a rebound in the 14th minute. The goal came from a corner kick. Josef Martinez was the first to reach Pity Martinez’s free kick. Julio Cascante cleared the shot off the line, but the ball bounced off Gonzalez Pirez for his first goal this season.  “Goals change games,” Guzan said. “I told Leandro it doesn’t matter how they go in they all count the same.”
  • Josef Martinez extended his MLS-record scoring streak to 11 games, helping Atlanta United beat the Portland Timbers 2-0 on Sunday night. Atlanta (14-9-3) has won three straight and five of its last six games. United moved atop the Eastern Conference standings, even on points with Philadelphia but ahead on total wins. 'I'm so happy for the team, for the three points, and we have to keep going,' Martinez said. Portland (11-10-4) had won two in a row. It was the third of a 10-game homestand for the Timbers, who started the season with a 12-game trip because of construction at Providence Park. Fighting to stay in playoff contention, the Timbers hope to use the homestand to climb in the standings down the stretch. It was a rematch of last year's MLS Cup final. United, in just its second year in the league, defeated Portland 2-0 in Atlanta for the championship. Martinez, the defending MLS MVP, has 21 goals this year, one more than the Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic for second on the season list behind LAFC's Carlos Vela, who has 24. On Wednesday, Martinez scored on a penalty kick in the 65th minute and United gave MLS rare bragging rights over Liga MX with a 3-2 victory over Club America for the Campeones Cup. Martinez scored in the 46th minute against the Timbers, a blast from 20 yards out that goalkeeper Steve Clark could only watch sail into the net. 'You've got to give credit to them, because that second goal, I think it was cold water thrown at us, and it became difficult,' Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said. 'We were still able to make it difficult and go at them, but unfortunately we couldn't find the right moment to capitalize.' United went up in the 14th minute. Atlanta's corner kick was batted around in front of Clark before Leandro Gonzalez Pirez tapped it in. It appeared that Brian Fernandez responded for the Timbers in the 23rd minute, but it was called offside and there was no VAR review. In the 35th, it looked as if Fernandez had an open shot from about three yards out that he chipped over the bar. The offside flag again went up, but he still kicked a goal post in frustration. Fernandez leads the Timbers with 10 goals in his 13 league matches. Portland upped the pressure in the second half. Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a tremendous save in the 65th minute on Julio Cascante's header off a cross from Diego Valeri. It was Guzan's league-leading 12th clean sheet of the season. 'A win is always satisfying, of course. That's the most important thing,' United coach Frank de Boer said. 'But you look also at how you get the win. I think we fully deserved to get the win.' Portland was without defender Larrys Mabiala, who left Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire in the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Jorge Moreira was handed a yellow card in the first half, meaning he'll have to sit out of Portland's rivalry match Friday against the Seattle Sounders. Atlanta visits Orlando City on Friday. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Atlanta United FC (13-9-3, second in the Eastern Conference) vs. Portland Timbers (11-9-4, seventh in the Western Conference) Portland, Oregon; Sunday, 10 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Portland plays Atlanta United FC after Brian Fernandez totaled two goals against Chicago. The Timbers are 5-1-2 at home. Portland is 6-0-1 when it scores at least three goals. Atlanta United FC is 3-8-0 in road games. Josef Martinez ranks second in MLS action with 20 goals. Atlanta United FC has 43 goals. The teams meet Sunday for the first time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Diego Valeri has six goals and seven assists for Portland. Fernandez has five goals and one assist over the past 10 games for the Timbers. Julian Gressel leads Atlanta United FC with seven assists. Martinez has 10 goals over the past 10 games for Atlanta United FC. LAST 10 GAMES: Portland: 6-2-2, averaging 1.8 goals, 1.2 assists, 5.1 shots on goal and 5.1 corner kicks per game while allowing one goal per game. Atlanta United FC: 5-4-1, averaging 2.4 goals, 1.2 assists, 4.6 shots on goal and 5.2 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.9 goals per game. NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: Portland: Jeff Attinella (injured), Marco Farfan (injured), Modou Jadama (injured). Atlanta United FC: Brandon Vazquez (injured), Brek Shea (injured), Kevin Kratz (injured). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer said he regrets his choice of words — one word, especially — in a British newspaper interview about gender equity in soccer and stressed that he's a big supporter of the women's game. De Boer faced backlash before Wednesday's Campeones Cup game for his comments in a wide-ranging interview published by The Guardian, in which he said it was 'ridiculous' that female players expect to receive the same World Cup pay as the men. The United coach issued a statement before the game saying he didn't want to be a distraction to his team, then was asked about it after Atlanta's 3-2 victory over Mexican powerhouse Club America — the most significant victory of de Boer's first year as coach of the reigning MLS Cup champions. De Boer, a native of the Netherlands who speaks several languages and sometimes struggles to come up with the right word in English, said he realizes that he made a poor choice. 'Especially the word ridiculous,' he said. 'It's a hard word if I read that word only. If you see the whole context, I was very clear that I always promote women's soccer.' De Boer, a former Dutch star who had short-lived coaching stints at Inter Milan and Crystal Palace, was hired by Atlanta United to replace the popular Tata Martino. After a sluggish start, the team has climbed to second place in the Eastern Conference and will play for another trophy in two weeks in the U.S. Open Cup final. But de Boer has come under fire for some of his blunt comments, including a reference to Atlanta United fans being 'spoiled' when the team was struggling. He apologized for the gaffe and said it had a different meaning in his native language. During his time at Ajax, de Boer said he supported the push to add a women's team. The Netherlands reached the final of this year's Women's World Cup before losing to the United States. 'I will always promote it,' de Boer said of the women's game. 'I think if they deserve it, they have to earn (it). If they want to be (paid more than men), they have to earn more than men. That's how it is. But again, I think the word 'ridiculous' was a little bit hard.' He added, 'I will always support not only women who do soccer, but do youth sports. It's very good mentally and healthy. Also, team sports are fantastic. Hopefully we will see a lot of women doing sport and especially soccer, because I love soccer.' ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • ATLANTA (AP) - As confetti flew all around, Atlanta United's players bounced up and down in the middle of the field, celebrating with the same passion they showed last December. No, it wasn't as significant as winning the MLS Cup. But in some ways, this felt even more satisfying. Atlanta scored a victory for all of Major League Soccer by beating one of the Mexico's powerhouse teams. Josef Martinez scored on a penalty kick in the 65h minute after being stopped on his first attempt, and United gave MLS rare bragging rights over Liga MX by knocking off Club Am rica 3-2 for the Campeones Cup on Wednesday night. 'These are the two champions against each other,' Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer said. 'It's good to see we're getting closer.' The matchup between the reigning MLS Cup champion and the Liga MX team that won the Campe n de Campeones last month was an entertaining, back-and-forth affair before 40,128 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, split nearly evenly between red-clad United fans and yellow-wearing Am rica supporters. Atlanta United grabbed an early lead, Am rica surged ahead early in the second half, but the home team pulled off a comeback of its own to add another trophy to its case. 'They're obviously a great team,' said Emerson Hyndman, who gave Atlanta a lead just 5 minutes into the game. 'We knew it was going to be tough match. But I think the way we competed tonight showed we can compete with teams in Mexico. It was a great team performance. It showed how far we've come' This one felt especially good for MLS, which has struggled to make inroads against North America's dominant soccer country. Liga MX teams have won all 11 CONCACAF Champions League titles, and Tigres UANL beat Toronto FC 3-1 in the inaugural Campeones Cup last year. But Atlanta came out on top against an Am rica team that sent out all but one starter from the lineup used for its most recent Liga MX game. With an important MLS match coming up at Portland, United showed its depth by going with five new starters including backup goalkeeper Alec Kann, who gave Brad Guzan the night off and made a huge save in the opening minutes off a header. 'He looked very confident in goal,' de Boer said about Kann. 'I'm very proud of him.' Martinez was stymied by goalkeeper Oscar Jim nez on a penalty late in the first half that was awarded after a VAR review. America went ahead for the first time at 2-1 on Roger Martinez's goal off a corner in the 57th, but United tied the game just 2 minutes later on Jeff Larenowitz's laser strike from about 30 yards out that appeared to deflect off an Am rica defender in front of the net, leaving a flat-footed Jim nez with no chance. Not long after, United notched the winner. It was set up by a sloppy tackle from Guido Rodriguez, who slid into Florentin Pogba - the defender wasn't even facing the goal - for a takedown just inside the area. Referee Joel Aguilar quickly pointed to the spot, where Josef Martinez blasted a shot past the keeper into the top left corner. Martinez, the reigning MLS MVP and in the midst of a record streak of 10 straight league games with a goal, tried to get cute with his first penalty attempt. He approached the ball with a soaring stutter-step before hitting a softer shot that Jim nez batted away with a diving save. In the end, that miscue was forgotten. Am rica finished with only 10 players after Bruno Vald s was sent off in the 72nd for shoving down Martinez as he was sprinting toward the Mexican team's goal. 'Obviously, I'm very angry,' Am rica coach Miguel Herrera said through an interpreter. 'We gave them too many opportunities. We didn't play to the best of our abilities.' When the whistle sounded, the United players celebrated furiously in the middle of the field, thrilled to claim the second trophy in their three-year existence. They'll have a chance at another prize in less than two weeks when they host Minnesota United in the final of the U.S. Open Cup. 'That's what we play for,' Hyndman said with a smile. 'Winning trophies.' Hyndman scored the opening goal off a quick flick from Dion Pereira, setting up a low, left-footed that skidded just beyond the reach of a diving Jimenez. Kann caught a huge break when a pass all the way through the area to Renato Ibarra streaking down the far side resulted in a shot that slammed off the crossbar. But Ibarra got another chance in the 15th and made it count. Roger Martinez slipped around defender Franco Escobar right next to the goal and guided a soft pass to Ibarra, who banged it off the underside of the crossbar. In the end, Atlanta United was the team that celebrated. They were joined by all of MLS. 'For the team, it's huge. And the league,' Kann said. 'That is one of the best teams in North America. It's huge for us to bring it home. We deserved to win.' ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • As confetti flew all around, Atlanta United's players bounced up and down in the middle of the field, celebrating with the same passion they showed last December. No, it wasn't as significant as winning the MLS Cup. But in some ways, this felt even more satisfying. Atlanta scored a victory for all of Major League Soccer by beating one of the Mexico's powerhouse teams. Josef Martinez scored on a penalty kick in the 65h minute after being stopped on his first attempt, and United gave MLS rare bragging rights over Liga MX by knocking off Club América 3-2 for the Campeones Cup on Wednesday night. 'These are the two champions against each other,' Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer said. 'It's good to see we're getting closer.' The matchup between the reigning MLS Cup champion and the Liga MX team that won the Campeón de Campeones last month was an entertaining, back-and-forth affair before 40,128 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, split nearly evenly between red-clad United fans and yellow-wearing América supporters. Atlanta United grabbed an early lead, América surged ahead early in the second half, but the home team pulled off a comeback of its own to add another trophy to its case. 'They're obviously a great team,' said Emerson Hyndman, who gave Atlanta a lead just 5 minutes into the game. 'We knew it was going to be tough match. But I think the way we competed tonight showed we can compete with teams in Mexico. It was a great team performance. It showed how far we've come' This one felt especially good for MLS, which has struggled to make inroads against North America's dominant soccer country. Liga MX teams have won all 11 CONCACAF Champions League titles, and Tigres UANL beat Toronto FC 3-1 in the inaugural Campeones Cup last year. But Atlanta came out on top against an América team that sent out all but one starter from the lineup used for its most recent Liga MX game. With an important MLS match coming up at Portland, United showed its depth by going with five new starters including backup goalkeeper Alec Kann, who gave Brad Guzan the night off and made a huge save in the opening minutes off a header. 'He looked very confident in goal,' de Boer said about Kann. 'I'm very proud of him.' Martinez was stymied by goalkeeper Oscar Jiménez on a penalty late in the first half that was awarded after a VAR review. America went ahead for the first time at 2-1 on Roger Martinez's goal off a corner in the 57th, but United tied the game just 2 minutes later on Jeff Larenowitz's laser strike from about 30 yards out that appeared to deflect off an América defender in front of the net, leaving a flat-footed Jiménez with no chance. Not long after, United notched the winner. It was set up by a sloppy tackle from Guido Rodriguez, who slid into Florentin Pogba — the defender wasn't even facing the goal — for a takedown just inside the area. Referee Joel Aguilar quickly pointed to the spot, where Josef Martinez blasted a shot past the keeper into the top left corner. Martinez, the reigning MLS MVP and in the midst of a record streak of 10 straight league games with a goal, tried to get cute with his first penalty attempt. He approached the ball with a soaring stutter-step before hitting a softer shot that Jiménez batted away with a diving save. In the end, that miscue was forgotten. América finished with only 10 players after Bruno Valdés was sent off in the 72nd for shoving down Martinez as he was sprinting toward the Mexican team's goal. 'Obviously, I'm very angry,' América coach Miguel Herrera said through an interpreter. 'We gave them too many opportunities. We didn't play to the best of our abilities.' When the whistle sounded, the United players celebrated furiously in the middle of the field, thrilled to claim the second trophy in their three-year existence. They'll have a chance at another prize in less than two weeks when they host Minnesota United in the final of the U.S. Open Cup. 'That's what we play for,' Hyndman said with a smile. 'Winning trophies.' Hyndman scored the opening goal off a quick flick from Dion Pereira, setting up a low, left-footed that skidded just beyond the reach of a diving Jimenez. Kann caught a huge break when a pass all the way through the area to Renato Ibarra streaking down the far side resulted in a shot that slammed off the crossbar. But Ibarra got another chance in the 15th and made it count. Roger Martinez slipped around defender Franco Escobar right next to the goal and guided a soft pass to Ibarra, who banged it off the underside of the crossbar. In the end, Atlanta United was the team that celebrated. They were joined by all of MLS. 'For the team, it's huge. And the league,' Kann said. 'That is one of the best teams in North America. It's huge for us to bring it home. We deserved to win.' ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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  • According to many polls, Americans – especially those who say they are Democrats -- are not that fond of the Electoral College. Neither are many of the Democratic candidates for president. >> Read more trending news  With just over 14 months until the 2020 presidential election, a movement to change the way electoral votes are awarded and who will be elected president has gained some steam. The National Popular Vote Compact (NPV), which has its roots in the most contested presidential election in U.S. history, sets in state law a policy that awards all a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote. Under the Electoral College system used today, 48 states have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all the state’s electoral votes to the person who gets a majority of votes in that state. The Electoral College does not take into consideration that national popular vote. Sixteen states, along with the District of Columbia, have passed the NPV agreement. They are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island. While legislation has been passed in the 16 states and the District of Columbia, the agreement would not go into effect until states with a collective 270 electoral votes — the number needed to win the presidency — agree to join. Currently, the District of Columbia and the 16 states in the agreement hold a combined total of 196 electoral votes, meaning the pact would need enough new state members to get 74 electoral votes.Supporters say the system would give the person who got the most votes country-wide the presidency he or she deserves. Opponents say states would be forced to hand over electoral votes to a candidate who did not win that state. For instance, in the 2016 election, a state such as Florida, in which President Donald Trump earned more votes, would have had to pledge its 29 electoral votes to Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, who won the national popular vote in the 2016 election. The Electoral College of today was established by the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution which replaced the method for electing the president and vice president provided in Article II, Section 1, Clause 3. Under the system, when voters cast a ballot for president, they are actually choosing members of the Electoral College, called electors, who are pledged to that presidential candidate. Following the election for president, electors then meet to choose the president. Electors almost always vote for their state’s popular vote winner, and some states have laws requiring them to do so. However, electors are not bound by federal law to vote for a specific candidate – for instance, the one who won the popular vote in their state. In 29 states and the District of Columbia, electors are bound by state law or by a pledge they sign to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote of the state they represent. Five men have won the presidency in the Electoral College while not winning the country’s popular vote: John Quincy Adams in 1824, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, Benjamin Harrison in 1888, George W. Bush in 2000 and Donald Trump in 2016. The National Popular Vote campaign goes back to Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's loss to Bush in 2000, according to The Associated Press. Gore won the popular vote but lost the election over a vote count in Florida.
  • Fans of all things Disney are in Anaheim for the D23 Expo. And news of future development for the properties at the Disney Parks around the world has already started being released. Inside the Disney Parks 'Imagining Tomorrow, Today' Pavilion at the 2019 D23 Expo visitors will be able to see what is coming next to the Disney Parks around the world. While there are a lot of cool things to share, in this post we are going to focus on the upcoming additions coming to Walt Disney World! There is an all-new Star Wars vacation experience coming to Walt Disney World!  >> Read more trending news  The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship called the Halcyon.  Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey.  Also in the pavilion is a model of the multi-year transformation of Epcot complete with new experiences, 'that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless, and more relevant.' The reinvention of Epcot will include several new additions, and the first one we learned about was a new attraction called Journey of Water which is inspired by 'Moana.' This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios film, 'Moana,' will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting. And this October, guests will be able to visualize all the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside excitement to see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot during this unprecedented period of transformation. The Disney Parks pavilion also features other upcoming Walt Disney World attractions including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom Park as well as Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios. On Sunday, August 25, we'll find out more details on these and other announcements during the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products presentation at D23 Expo 2019!
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone radiation therapy to treat a malignant tumor discovered during routine blood tests in early July, according to a statement from the court. >> Read more trending news  Ginsburg, 86, began a three-week course of radiation therapy Aug. 5 at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 'The Justice tolerated treatment well,' Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement. 'She cancelled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but has otherwise maintained an active schedule.' Arberg said doctors noted an abnormality during a routine blood test in early July and that a subsequent biopsy on July 31 confirmed a 'localized malignant tumor' on her pancreas. After Ginsburg underwent treatment, Arberg said, 'There is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.' 'Justice Ginsburg will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans,' she said. 'No further treatment is needed at this time.' In January, Ginsburg missed arguments in the Supreme Court for the first time since joining the court in 1993 while recovering from surgery to remove cancerous growths from her left lung. She previously underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, according to the Associated Press. Ginsburg is the eldest person serving on the Supreme Court and leads its liberal wing.
  • A service is set for next week for the three members of a prominent Atlanta family killed in an apparent double murder-suicide.  Marsha Edwards, 58, and her two children, 24-year-old Christopher Edwards II and 20-year-old Erin Edwards, will be remembered during a memorial Wednesday in southwest Atlanta, according to a spokesman for the family.  The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Cascade United Methodist Church, which is at 3144 Cascade Road.  Investigators believe Marsha, the former wife of surgeon and civic leader Christoper Edwards, shot and killed the couple’s children before turning the gun on herself. Their bodies were found by police Wednesday inside her upscale Vinings townhouse after officers were asked to perform a wellness check. RELATED: Ex-wife of Atlanta Housing chairman killed 2 children, herself, police say Lots of questions remained unanswered Friday. Among them: • Who requested the wellness check? • When did the shootings take place? • What kind of gun was used? • Who is the registered owner of the gun? • What evidence prompted authorities to classify the investigation as a double murder-suicide? It could be weeks before autopsy and toxicology results shed light on those and other questions. “Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made,” spokesman Jeff Dickerson said Thursday in an emailed statement. A longtime fixture in the Atlanta medical community, Edwards serves on the board of trustees of the Morehouse School of Medicine and was formerly on the board of Grady Memorial Hospital. He is the chairman of the Atlanta Housing Authority board. As news of the deaths spread, condolences poured in from those who knew the family and strangers touched by the tragedy. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and her husband were among the mourners.  Erin Edwards, a Boston University student, was an intern in the mayor’s communications office last summer. Christopher Edwards II joined the Atlanta film and entertainment office in 2018 as a digital content manager.  Both were Woodward Academy graduates. They were “promising young adults and budding NABJ media professionals,” said Sarah Glover, the former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Glover said on Twitter she met the siblings at a conference in 2017.  Their mother, a medical equipment provider, was also a member of the organization, which advocates for and supports black journalists.  AJC.com has reached out to Cobb police for additional information about the deaths.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates.
  • Volkswagen AG has issued a recall of 679,000 cars sold in the U.S. since 2011. >> Read more trending news  The recall deals with electrical issues where a driver could take out the key after coming to a stop, even if the car was not in park. Silicate can build up on the shift lever micro switch and cause the problem, Reuters reported. The car will show that it is in park but it is still in gear, CNET reported. The car could then roll away, according to Reuters. The recall involves the following Volkswagen models: Jetta Beetle Beetle Convertible Golf Golf SportsWagen GTI. The cars affected come from various model years, from 2011 to 2019. Dealers will turn off a micro switch, install a different switch outside of the gear lever housing and add a new circuit board, CNET reported. Owners of affected vehicles will be alerted about the issue on or after Oct. 11, according to CNET.
  • Health officials in Illinois said Friday that a person who was hospitalized with lung problems after vaping has died in what might be the first death linked to e-cigarettes and similar devices in the United States. >> Read more trending news  The Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement that the unidentified individual, who was between 17 and 38 years old, had been hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness shortly after vaping. 'The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous,' Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike said Friday. In Illinois alone, health officials said at least 22 people between the ages of 17 and 38 have experienced respiratory illnesses after vaping. Officials with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived Tuesday in Illinois to help state health officials investigate, Ezike said. In a statement released Wednesday, officials with the CDC said that between June 28 and Aug. 20, nearly 150 cases of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes were reported in 15 states. Health officials continue to investigate the illnesses. According to the CDC, no specific product or compound has been linked to all of the cases and it remained unclear Friday whether the cases shared a common cause. Poison control officials have been concerned about exposure to vaping products, including e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine, in recent years due to the high concentration of nicotine when compared with other tobacco products, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Association officials said that as of July 31, poison control centers have managed 2,439 cases connected to e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine this year. Last year, officials fielded 2,470 such cases, according to figures from the association.