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Argentina FA headquarters evacuated after bomb threat

The ESPN FC crew give their reactions just moments after Argentina fell to Chile in PK's for the second year in a row.

The headquarters of the Argentina Football Association in Buenos Aires was evacuated on Monday following a bomb threat.

Reports in Argentina say an anonymous phone call led to the evacuation of the building as the federation awaits a potential suspension from FIFA, one day after the national team lost yet another tournament final.

Lionel Messi missed in a penalty shootout as Chile beat Argentina in the Copa America final for the second straight year. It was the Albiceleste's fourth loss in the...

Argentina federation to have affairs managed by emergency FIFA panel

The ESPN FC crew look ahead to the Copa America Centenario final, a rematch of last year's final that saw Chile defeat Argentina on penalties.

ZURICH -- FIFA says it has taken control of Argentina's football federation from the current leadership and will help pick an emergency panel to manage its affairs.

FIFA announced the decision Friday, two days before the Lionel Messi-led Argentina team plays the Copa America Centenario final against Chile in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

On Thursday, Argentina soccer body president Luis Segura -- a member of FIFA's ruling council -- was charged with fraud related to TV broadcasting rights.

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Sunil Gulati hopes Copa America success influences 2026 World Cup

Jermaine Jones discusses the USMNT's Copa América Centenario run ahead of the team's third place match against Columbia.

NEW YORK -- U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati hopes that the success of this summer's Copa America Centenario will be helpful for any potential 2026 World Cup bid from the United States.

The tournament will have had an average attendance of just over 46,000 by the end of Sunday's final between Argentina and Chile and was lauded on Friday by CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani and CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez.

"We hope [this Copa America] influences where the 2026 World Cup will be, but...

Argentina FA president Luis Segura charged over TV rights dealings

Argentina Football Association president Luis Segura is being investigated.

BUENOS AIRES -- Argentine Football Association president Luis Segura was charged with fraudulent administration on Thursday in an investigation related to TV broadcasting rights.

Judge Maria Servini de Cubria is investigating irregularities worth millions of dollars in public funds paid to the AFA from 2009 to 2015 in exchange for broadcasting rights of first and second division matches.

Segura is currently with the national team at the Copa America Centenario in the United States.

Servini de Cubria...

Jurgen Klinsmann: Copa America shows how U.S. could host World Cup

The guys answer your tweets about Lionel Messi, the United States and England.
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle previews the United States' upcoming Copa America semifinal with Argentina.
United States players look ahead to Tuesday's Copa America Centenario semifinal against Argentina.

HOUSTON -- Jurgen Klinsmann lauded the high quality of play at the ongoing Copa America Centenario, and he believes that the tournament is a glimpse of what another World Cup in the United States might look like.

"The matches are at a very good level, both from a footballing and physical point of view," the U.S. coach said Sunday on a conference call with reporters in Germany.

"The tournament has been well received. It's also a fantastic showcase for hosting the 2026 World Cup in the United...

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Sepp Blatter claims European draws were rigged by manipulating balls

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims that European football draws have been fixed in the past.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said that he has witnessed draws for European football competitions that were rigged using the "hot and cold balls" method.

Blatter claims no draw for any FIFA event has ever been fixed in his 18 years as the head of the world's governing body, but the same cannot be said about European competitions.

While he did admit he had the power to affect such draw fixes, Blatter insisted it was never carried out at FIFA, even though he knew of the method which was used...