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Ronaldo could play at Olympics


United States' home Olympic playoff to be played in Frisco, Texas

Jurgen Klinsmann praised the U.S. for their win over Iceland, but still sees plenty of improvement to be made.

FC Dallas' Toyota Stadium will host the United States under-23 national team's decisive Olympic qualifying match against Colombia on March 29, U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday.

The game, the second of a home-and-home, two-legged aggregate series, will be broadcast on ESPN2 immediately following the U.S. senior squad's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala in Columbus, Ohio.

The winner of the U23 series will claim a spot in this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The first leg will be played...

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Lionel Messi to play for Argentina in Copa America but not Olympics

Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi speaks about football, life and the future with the five captains of La Masia.

Lionel Messi will play in the Copa America in the United States this summer but skip the Olympics, Argentina coach Gerardo Martino has confirmed.

Martino said on Argentina radio station La Red that it was "too much" for the Barcelona star to play in both events and also World Cup qualifiers.

"Messi will not go to the Olympic Games," Martino said on Monday, reiterating comments he made three weeks ago.

Messi, 28, could have been selected to Argentina's Olympic team as one of three players over...

Iraq defeat Qatar to qualify for Olympics with last Asian spot

Ali Faez and Iraq will compete in the Olympics.

Iraq beat Qatar to the last Olympic qualifying place for Asian nations at the Rio de Janeiro Games after a 2-1 win on Friday in a third-place playoff match at the Asian Under-23 Championship in Doha.

The Iraqis join South Korea and Japan -- who play in Saturday's final -- as Asia's three teams in the 16-nation tournament lineup in Brazil.

Qatar hoped to take the Olympics berth as a key stage in their players' development for the 2022 World Cup they will host, and was just minutes from victory.


Saudi Arabia, Iran tensions escalate ahead of ACL group stage

Al Ahli vs. Naft Tehran
Saudi side Al Ahli and Iran's Naft Tehran met in the round of 16 stage of the 2015 Asian Champions League.

The political tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran may filter onto the soccer pitch in the coming weeks with teams from the two nations due to play each other in the Asian Champions League and the Asian Under-23 Championships.

Relations between the countries deteriorated sharply in early January when Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric and Iranian protesters responded by attacking the Saudi embassy in Tehran and a consulate in another city. Riyadh then broke off diplomatic relations...

Lionel Messi unlikely to play for Argentina at Olympics - Martino

The ESPN FC team debate if Lionel Messi is a lock to win the Ballon d'Or for his fifth time.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes assess Lionel Messi's candidacy for the 2015 Ballon d'Or title.

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino says he does not expect Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to play in this summer's Olympic Games tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

Messi won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing but has not won any silverware with his country since, despite the Albiceleste reaching the final at both the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa America.

Argentina have two chances for international success this year as they take part in the 2016 Centennial Copa America in the United States in June,...