Jamie Trecker

Senior Soccer Writer, Fox Sports

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Senior soccer writer at Fox Sports and author of the forthcoming Love and Blood, at the World Cup with the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks

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When  Real Salt Lake defeated the LA Galaxy  this week in Major League Soccer, it was bigger news in Europe than in the US.

Match-fixing Scandal Shocks Soccer World

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Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish players overcame social odds to form the Iraqi national soccer team. Then they won an unlikely victory at the Asian Cup.

Iraqi Soccer Association Suspended

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David Beckham  is in Los Angeles, preparing to earn his $6 million-a-year salary.

David Beckham's Star Power Shines on LA Galaxy

David Beckham is in Los Angeles, preparing to earn his $6 million-a-year salary.

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