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April 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Italian soccer player Antonio Floro Flores already has three children. So, he figured, what's one more? Floro Flores, who plays for Serie A club Sassuolo, was so touched by the story of a baby left on a train near Naples that he contacted authorities and offered to adopt the boy after efforts to find the parents failed. Authorities say the boy was only three or four days old when he was found hidden in a bag placed under the seats of a train traveling from Naples to Avellino.
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April 2, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Pele is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player of all time. He developed his unparalleled skills playing against other shoeless kids on the dirt streets of Brazil with a ball made from old socks and newspapers. But now Pele says the best grass-roots soccer programs in the world are not in Brazil, but in the U.S., where he is on tour publicizing his new book "Why Soccer Matters. " “People should be careful," Pele warned in a short phone interview. "Because I think here in the United States today, they play more soccer than they play in Brazil.
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July 11, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
You can't blame a guy for being a little excited about scoring his first professional goal, but Brazilian soccer player Maurides paid a price for his exuberance. After scoring in the 89th minute for Internacional a 3-1 win over America Mineiro in the Copa do Brasil on Wednesday, Maurides did the normal soccer celebration thing by running all over the field with his teammates trailing him. The 19-year-old striker then decided to end things with a backflip -- not a smart move. Maurides sprained his knee on the landing and had to end his first-goal celebration with a stretcher ride off the field.
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April 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Italian soccer player Antonio Floro Flores already has three children. So, he figured, what's one more? Floro Flores, who plays for Serie A club Sassuolo, was so touched by the story of a baby left on a train near Naples that he contacted authorities and offered to adopt the boy after efforts to find the parents failed. Authorities say the boy was only three or four days old when he was found hidden in a bag placed under the seats of a train traveling from Naples to Avellino.
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August 6, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Central Michigan women's soccer player Josie Seebeck, seriously injured in an automobile accident on Friday, died Monday, the university announced. Seebeck, 19, and two other Central Michigan soccer players were hurt when their vehicle crashed and rolled over Friday. The Central Michigan athletic department said one player is hospitalized and another was released after spending the night at the hospital. The school has not released the names of the other players. "This is a tragic loss for our family and for the Central Michigan family," Seebeck's family said in a statement.
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May 25, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
For Robbie Rogers, the comeback trail is laid out in front of him. The Galaxy unveiled its newest acquisition Saturday afternoon, and Rogers will become the first openly gay athlete to play in an American professional sports league for men when he takes the field, which could come as early as Sunday. “For 25 years, I've been afraid to share a secret with someone,” Rogers said. “And I finally did that. I kept my secret because I thought I couldn't be both a soccer player and a gay athlete.
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March 17, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Giorgos Katidis, a soccer player from Greece, has been banned for life from the Greek national team after his goal celebration Saturday appeared to be a Nazi salute. Katidis, who had scored the go-ahead goal in AEK Athens' 2-1 victory over Veria, said he did not know that throwing his arm forward in a raised position was a Nazi gesture. The governing body of Greek soccer reacted swiftly Sunday in the aftermath, calling the salute "a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality.
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March 3, 2003 | Dan Loumena, John Ortega, Lauren Peterson, From Staff Reports
Carpinteria boys' soccer player Rosario Vargas, 18, pleaded no contest Friday in Pomona Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to three years of probation, six months of anger management classes and 45 days of community service. Vargas, who took part in a game-ending brawl Wednesday, was accused of kicking a La Verne Lutheran player in the head with his cleats after the boy had been knocked to the ground.
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October 1, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A man convicted of gunning down a well-liked 17-year-old soccer player in a jealous rage was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison Tuesday morning. Jason Alejandro Schumann, 26, was upset because he apparently had seen text messages and other communications between Francisco Rodriguez Jr. and Elizabeth Ibarra, the mother of one of Schumann's children, authorities said. Schumann and Ibarra, who both used meth and had spent time in jail, shared a volatile, dysfunctional relationship, prosecutors said.
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March 9, 1993 | KENNEDY COSGROVE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A former Harvard-Westlake High soccer player was arrested Monday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon--his foot--for kicking an opponent in the head during a match last month. Police said Harvard-Westlake's Dwight Angelini kicked Notre Dame player Ryan Herrera in the head during a Feb. 3 soccer match.
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March 15, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Paul Arriola probably isn't the most representative example of a Mexican soccer player. Born in California, he played for two U.S. national teams and, as a teen, trained at the Galaxy's academy in Carson. Though he could see Mexico from his house in Chula Vista, he never spent much time there and his Spanish is very much a work in progress. But Arriola, in his second year with the Tijuana Xolos, is representative of the direction Mexican soccer is headed. Because in recent years that country's top club teams have recruited dozens of U.S. citizens just like him to come play south of the border - something that would once have been unthinkable.
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March 14, 2014 | Sandy Banks
He's a hefty, baby-faced teenager, a head taller than his teammates, and the anchor of a high school soccer team that won a city championship this month. Watching him on the field this week, I found it hard to believe that this time last year Canoga Park High goalie Mauricio Garcia was battling leukemia. The cancer sidelined him in the fall of 2012 as Mauricio was preparing for soccer tryouts. He was front-runner for the goalie spot, but he'd been struggling during tough workouts.
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January 13, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Cristiano Ronaldo recently opened a soccer museum is his Portuguese home of Madeira. And Monday he received something special to put in it when he was named winner of the Ballon d'Or, which goes annually to the player voted best in the world. It was an honor the Real Madrid star clearly earned, scoring 66 goals in 56 games for club and country. And many of those goals came on soccer's biggest stages with Ronaldo scoring a record 14 times in Champions League play to help Madrid reach the tournament semifinals.
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November 19, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
As Soccer America Daily noted when they posted this video, soccer defenders don't usually pass the ball back to their goalkeeper from midfield. So you can't blame keeper Tom Woodhead for being a bit surprised when teammate Steven Gardner launched a ball toward his own net from 40 yards away early in the second half of a Northern Premier League match in Manchester, England. Gardner, who plays for Frickley Athletic, was battling for possession just inside the midfield stripe, when he elected to clear the ball from danger.
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November 19, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
A fierce topic of debate at the last World Cup centered on how good a soccer player LeBron James would have been. We'll never know the answer to that question, of course. But we may soon find out how good a soccer owner he can be after the Miami Heat forward confirmed he is in talks with former Galaxy midfielder David Beckham to bring a Major League Soccer expansion team to South Florida. "There's some interest in both sides," James told reporters Monday. "David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years and I think it would be great for this city to have a football club.
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November 5, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  To some, being a pro soccer player doesn't look like the most strenuous job in the world. You run a little, kick the ball, walk around and wait for the ball to come back to you, run and kick it again. If that's your take on soccer, then you'll want to watch a new series that will change your mind. The Galaxy has launched its first-ever original Web series, "Be A Pro," which it hopes will help change the culture around fitness, nutrition and soccer. You can view the series on the Galaxy website or the Galaxy Facebook page.
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September 28, 2012
  Barcelona's Lionel Messi has scored some remarkable goals in his soccer career but here's betting he'll never match 17-year-old Massachusetts' high schooler Nico Calabria, who used his left foot to deflect a corner kick into the net in a game last week. Here's what's so remarkable about that: Calabria has one leg, which would seem to be a disadvantage in a sport most of the world calls "football. " Calabria, who plays for Concord-Carlisle High, one of the top soccer schools in the state, was born without a right leg. But using crutches he manages to get up and down the field almost as fast as his able-bodied teammates.
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February 28, 2003 | Melanie Neff, Bob Rohwer, Eric Sondheimer, From Staff Reports
Carpinteria High boys' soccer player Rosario Vargas will be arraigned today in Los Angeles County Superior Court after he was arrested Wednesday for allegedly kicking La Verne Lutheran freshman Cooper Kendall in the face during a fight in a Southern Section Division VI second-round playoff match. Kendall was taken by La Verne paramedics to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora. According to La Verne Police Lt.
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October 22, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Zana Muno of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, a junior volleyball standout committed to UCLA, is also a top girls' soccer player. So it's no surprise that during a beach volleyball tournament this past weekend, the athletic Muno decided to show her soccer skills. She was able to kick the ball to help her teammate during a rally (see video above). Just another indication of Muno's versatility. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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October 1, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A man convicted of gunning down a well-liked 17-year-old soccer player in a jealous rage was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison Tuesday morning. Jason Alejandro Schumann, 26, was upset because he apparently had seen text messages and other communications between Francisco Rodriguez Jr. and Elizabeth Ibarra, the mother of one of Schumann's children, authorities said. Schumann and Ibarra, who both used meth and had spent time in jail, shared a volatile, dysfunctional relationship, prosecutors said.
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