FRISCO, Texas — MLS and goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez have mutually terminated his contract with FC Dallas two months after he was accused in a domestic case in suburban Dallas.

The decision announced Thursday ends a 10-year run with FC Dallas for Gonzalez, who signed with the club’s youth academy as a 15-year-old.

MLS suspended Gonzalez in June after a report of alleged incidents of domestic abuse made to police in Frisco, the Dallas suburb that is home to the soccer club.

When Gonzalez was suspended, MLS said he had voluntarily entered the league’s program for substance abuse and behavioural health.

Read More

MADRID — Former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas officially announced the end of his playing days on Tuesday, more than a year after his last match.

The 39-year-old Casillas was with Portuguese club Porto but hadn’t played competitively since a heart attack in May last year.

“What is important is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination to which it takes you,” Casillas said on Twitter. “With hard work, you will always arrive where you want. I can say, without a doubt, that it has been the path and the destination that

Read More

DUSSELDORF, Germany — It’s been five months since the last games, but European continental club soccer is finally back. The Europa League restarts on Wednesday with the round of 16.

Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen are among the teams playing the second legs of matchups suspended in time by the coronavirus pandemic.

Those second legs will still be played at clubs’ home stadiums before the winners head to Germany for a new knockout tournament format. All games will be played without spectators.

Getafe and Inter Milan will be the first teams to play at the UEFA tournament venues when they

Read More

ROME — Genoa secured safety on the final day of the longest-ever Serie A season, while Lecce dropped down to the second division on Sunday.

Genoa beat Hellas Verona 3-0 to finish four points ahead of Lecce and ensure a 14th consecutive season in the top Italian league. Lecce lost 4-3 to Parma,

Brescia and Spal had already been mathematically relegated.

LONGEST SEASON

The coronavirus-delayed season ended almost 12 months after it started on Aug. 24, 2019.

“The longest season in history ends today, in our country’s most difficult year in recent memory,” said Vincenzo Spadafora, Italy’s sports minister.

At

Read More

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jamiro Monteiro and Sergio Santos scored two minutes apart midway through the first half, Santos added a second goal just before halftime and the Philadelphia Union reached the semifinals of the MLS is Back tournament with a 3-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Thursday night.

Philadelphia’s perfect run in the tournament continued thanks to its first-half scoring blitz. The Union had two wins and a draw in the group stage then beat New England in the round of 16.

Philadelphia will face either New York City FC or Portland in the semifinals next Wednesday.

Read More

MILAN — Lazio kept alive its hopes of finishing second in Serie A with a 2-0 win against already-relegated Brescia in its penultimate match of the season on Wednesday.

Ciro Immobile also boosted his chances of clinching the top scorer award as he netted his 35th goal of the season, moving four clear of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Immobile’s late goal sealed the win for Lazio, which had taken the lead in the first half through Joaquin Correa.

Lazio moved level on points with Atalanta, one below second-place Inter Milan. Atalanta plays Inter in the final round of the season,

Read More