Michelle Kaufman

Soccer

Countdown to 2018 Russia World Cup: One more year to go

The Confederations Cup — an eight-team World Cup trial run — kicks off this weekend with some spicy matchups. Meanwhile, Brazil, Russia and Iran have already clinched berths for the 2018 World Cup, and the other 29 teams will be determined over the next six months.

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Alessandro Nesta: A soccer legend in our midst

Italian great Alessandro Nesta, a World Cup champion and one of the best center backs of all time, is coaching Miami FC and has the team in first place and preparing for Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup game against Major League Soccer’s Orlando City.

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Francesco Totti to Miami FC? It could happen.

Italian legend Francesco Totti, who played his final game with Roma Sunday after a quarter century at the club, may extend his career with Miami FC, whose coach is his friend and former Italy World Cup teammate Alessandro Nesta.

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Miami FC sits atop NASL standings after Puerto Rico victory

Miami FC owner Riccardo Silva spent big bucks to sign veteran players and improve FIU Stadium. The investment appears to be paying off, as the team reached the top of the NASL standings last week. Meanwhile, in MLS, Atlanta United is averaging a league-high 49,000 fans in its inaugural season.

About Michelle Kaufman

Michelle Kaufman

@kaufsports

Michelle Kaufman grew up in Miami and graduated from UM in 1987. She has worked at the St. Petersburg Times and the Detroit Free Press and has been with the Miami Herald since 1996. She has covered 13 Olympics and 6 World Cups.

Videos

Don Mattingly on Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs

Marlins manager Don Mattingly talks about the team's 5-3 loss Saturday to the Cubs.
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Don Mattingly on Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs 1:43

Don Mattingly on Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs

U.N. Security Council visits Haiti 3:03

U.N. Security Council visits Haiti

Sports cars and helicopters help launch Aston Martin luxury condo tower 2:03

Sports cars and helicopters help launch Aston Martin luxury condo tower

Giancarlo Stanton talks about the Marlins' 2-0 win over the Cubs 2:44

Giancarlo Stanton talks about the Marlins' 2-0 win over the Cubs