Canada, Mexico and USA selected as hosts of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Jun 13, 2018

Canada, Mexico and USA selected as hosts of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

  • 68th FIFA Congress designates the United Bid with 67% of the 200 valid votes
  • Supreme legislative body approves solid financial statements and budget for the 2019-2022 cycle

The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be staged in Canada, Mexico and the United States. This Wednesday, 13 June, the 68th FIFA Congress convened in Moscow and designated the three countries as the hosts of football’s most prestigious tournament, which by then will be played with 48 teams.

The United Bid received 134 of 200 votes cast, or 67%. Morocco tallied 65 votes (33%), and one single member association voted not to choose either of the two bids.

On the eve of the opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin made an appearance at the Expocentre and delivered a speech to the representatives of FIFA’s member associations reiterating the country’s readiness to welcome the world.

  • Financial results and budget for 2019-2022 approved

The 68th FIFA Congress, among other decisions, ratified the 2017 Financial Report and approved the budget for the 2019-2022 cycle, with an unwavering focus on football development.

After having been presented with updated financial results which show that FIFA has currently contracted more than USD 6.1 billion in revenues – or 108% of its full-cycle budget for 2015-2018 – the FIFA Congress approved the budget for the 2019-2022 cycle, which assumes a growth in revenue to USD 6.56 billion. Of this number, 70% is already contracted. The budget for expenses is USD 6.46 billion, of which 80% will be invested in football activities.

The budget for the FIFA Forward Programme will be increased by USD 667 million to a total of USD 1.746 billion. As a result, the investment in development & education increases by 41% compared to the current cycle.

The 69th FIFA Congress is scheduled for 5 June 2019, in Paris, on the eve of the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.

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La Copa Mundial de la FIFA Regresa a Nuestra Región

Jun 13, 2018
La Copa Mundial de la FIFA Regresa a Nuestra Región

Estamos muy emocionados y agradecidos de que las Asociaciones Miembro de la FIFA hayan otorgado a la región de Concacaf el honor de albergar la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2026, en su nuevo formato extendido.

Esta es una victoria monumental para la familia de Concacaf, ya que el United Bid ejemplifica la sólida colaboración que existe en nuestra región, más allá de la política y de los negocios.

Queremos agradecerle a las Asociaciones Miembro que apoyaron al United Bid, las cuales ahora pueden evaluar la efectividad de un modelo de organización multinacional para cumplir con los requisitos de un formato expandido de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA, abriendo las puertas a que más países en el futuro se unan para tener el honor de ser sede del mundial.

Asimismo, queremos felicitar a las Asociaciones Miembro de Canadá, Estados Unidos y México, y al equipo del United Bid por haber ganado la candidatura para la región de Concacaf.

Durante los próximos ocho años, Concacaf y sus Asociaciones Miembro continuarán apoyando a los tres países sede y a la FIFA en la preparación de la más grande competencia deportiva del mundo, y darle la bienvenida a los 48 equipos y a sus millones de aficionados.

También trabajaremos juntos para aprovechar esta oportunidad como una plataforma para acelerar el desarrollo del fútbol en nuestra propia región, con el potencial de crear un impacto social positivo a través del deporte, así como de romper récords de asistencia y de ganancias que contribuyan a la sostenibilidad de nuestro juego.

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Jun 13, 2018


USA Takes Fourth U-17 Conacaf Women’s Title After Booking Ticket to 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with 3-2 Victory vs. Haiti in the Semifinal on June 10;
USA Will Play in Group C at the World Cup with Cameroon, Korea DPR and Germany;
Goals from Bebar, Tournament’s Joint Top-Scorer Fontes and Doms Push USA to Victory;
Angela Anderson Wins Golden Glove Award and U.S. Team Recognized with Fair Play Award

BRADENTON, Fla. (June 12, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship with a 3-2 comeback victory against Mexico.

Midfielder Hannah Bebar and forward Sunshine Fontes both equalized for the USA with well-taken goals before midfielder Maya Doms hit the game-winner with a rising shot from the top of the penalty box midway through the second half. Mexico had twice led, first through a penalty kick conversion in the 32nd minute and again on the stroke of halftime when Nayeli Díaz capitalized on a misplayed back-pass that was intended for goalkeeper Angelina Anderson.

Anderson, who earned two shutouts over the course of the competition, made three saves on the night and did well coming off her line to pluck crosses out of the air en route to being named the Golden Glove winner as the tournament’s best goalkeeper. The USA was also recognized with the tournament’s Fair Play award, while Fontes, with five goals, tied for the tournament’s top scorer with Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner Melchie Dumonay of Haiti.

With the victory, the USA claimed its fourth regional title, after also winning in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Canada claimed Concacaf’s third and final World Cup berth with a 2-1 victory against Haiti in the Third-Place Match earlier in the day.

That Third-Place result solidified the Concacaf seeding for the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay and thus the placement of the Concacaf teams in their World Cup groups.

When the Final Draw was held on May 30, the Concacaf qualifying tournament was not yet complete, so the three eventual qualifiers from this region were drawn as Concacaf 1, Concacaf 2 and Concacaf 3.

The final seedings were determined by the number of points obtained by the three qualified teams over the past five FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups, weighted by percentage with descending importance from most recent tournament back to the first U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2008, plus points earned for winning this current qualifying tournament.

Due to that formula, the USA is Concacaf 3 and will play in Group C along with Cameroon, Korea DPR and Germany.

The USA will begin its U-17 Women’s World Cup on Nov. 14 against Cameroon and then will face 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup champion Korea DPR on Nov. 17 before finishing group play against Germany on Nov. 21.

The USA’s first two games will be played at Estadio Alberto Suppici in Colonia del Sacramento and the Germany match will take place at Estadio Charrúa in the capital of Montevideo. All three venues for the tournament, which also include Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel in Maldonado, are on the southwest coast of Uruguay.

Mexico is Concacaf 1 and will play in Group B with South Africa, Brazil and Japan. Canada is Concacaf 2 and will play in Group D with Korea Republic, Spain and Colombia.

Up Next: The U.S. U-17 WNT will gather for a number of training camps in preparation for the World Cup in November.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
MEX – Dania Pérez (Penalty Kick), 32nd minute: U.S. center back Kennedy Wesley was adjudged to have fouled inside the penalty box as she challenged a Mexico attacker as the two raced to catch up to a through-ball into before it reached the end line. Pérez stepped up to dispatch the resulting PK, shooting to the lower right corner. USA 0, MEX 1

USA – Hannah Bebar (Kennedy Wesley), 34th minute : The USA equalizer came shortly thereafter via a corner kick from Kate Wiesner that was played in low toward the near right post where Wesley got a touch to the ball, sending it across the face of goal. Stationed just in front the Mexico goalkeeper Jaidy Gutiérrez, Bebar helped the ball on its way with a crafty redirection into the left corner. USA 1 MEX 1 [ WATCH ]

MEX – Nayeli Díaz, 45th minute: Mexico retook the lead after a mix-up in the U.S. defense that saw a back-pass bound for U.S. GK Angelina Anderson roll far too short. Diaz pounced on the loose ball, rounded Anderson who had come out the penalty area to try to tackle with her feet, and deposited her shot into the vacated net. USA 1, MEX 2

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Kate Wiesner), 46th minute: A surging run past multiple defenders saw Wiesner drive the ball from the center of midfield into the heart of the Mexico final third before dishing to Fontes on her left with a perfectly weighted pass. Fontes was able to take her shot in stride, sending the ball across goal from 12 yards out into lower right corner to tie the game again.USA 2, MEX 2 [ WATCH ]

USA – Maya Doms (Natalia Staude), 76th minute: Another corner kick led to the U.S. winner. As the ball was played into the mixer from the right corner by Wiesner, it came to the feet of Natalia Staude, who smartly picked her head up to find Doms waiting at the top of the penalty box. Staude teed up the winning shot with a quality pass into the stride of Doms, who hit it first time into the roof of the net from 18 yards and then sprinted to the sidelines to celebrate with her entire team and staff. USA 3, MEX 2 [ WATCH ] FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The USA was captained by defender Kennedy Wesley, the first time a player has captained the U.S. more than once this tournament. Angelina Anderson was captain vs. Costa Rica, Mia Fishel vs. Bermuda and Kate Wiesner vs. Canada.
  • Sunshine Fontes scored her fifth goal of the tournament. She previously scored two in the USA’s 10-1 win vs. Bermuda as well as in the semifinal against Haiti. Her five goals tied her for the tournament’s leading goal scorer with Haiti’s Melchie Dumonay.
  • Goalkeeper Angelina Anderson, who recorded shutouts vs. Costa Rica and Canada in group play, was recognized with the tournament’s Golden Glove award.
  • The USA won the tournament’s Fair Play award as the team with fewest fouls and best disciplinary record.
  • Carr used all three allowed subs in the game, sending on Talia DellaPeruta for the injured Samantha Meza in the 10th minute, but then replacing her in the 75th with Reilyn Turner. Match-winner Maya Doms came on for Mia Fishel in the 59th.
  • Carr made what turned out to be a winning half-time adjustment, moving Kate Wiesner up to left wing from defense, allowing her to run at the Mexico defense. Makenna Morris switched over from right back to left back to cover for Wiesner and DellaPeruta dropped to right back.

– U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-17 WNT
Date: June 12, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship; Final
Venue: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET (weather delay)
Attendance: 515
Weather: 83 degrees; mostly sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          1 2 3 
MEX                          2 0 2

MEX – Nicole Pérez (Penalty Kick)            32nd minute
USA – Hanna Bebar (Kennedy Wesley)     34
MEX – Nayeli Díaz                                      45
USA – Sunshine Fontes (Kate Wiesner)     46
USA – Maya Doms (Natalia Staude)           76

USA: 1-Angelina Anderson; 2-Makenna Morris, 5-Kennedy Wesley (capt.), 15-Natalia Staude, 3-Kate Wiesner; 20-Sophia Jones, 10-Mia Fishel (11-Maya Doms, 59), 17-Hannah Bebar; 14-Smith Hunter, 18-Sunshine Fontes, 7-Samantha Meza (4-Talia DellaPeruta, 10; 23-Reilyn Turner, 75)
Substitutes not used: 12-Julia Dohle, 19-Michela Agresti, 6-Astrid Wheeler, 13-Samantha Kroeger, 8-Diana Ordoñez
Head Coach: Mark Carr

MEX: 1-Jaidy Gutiérrez; 2-Reyna Reyes, 3-Tanna Sánchez, 5-Ximena Ríos, 14-Nicole Soto; 8-Nicole Pérez, 19-Rebeca Villuendas (16-Yanin Madrid, 88), 11-Anette Vázquez (20-Aylin Avilez, 65); 10-Alison González (9-Vanessa Buso, 75), 17-Natalia Mauleón, 7-Nayeli Díaz
Substitutes not used: 12-Ana Paula Ruvalcaba, 6-Noemi Granados, 13-Karen Gómez, 15-Jan Gutiérrez, 18-Mariana Elizondo
Head Coach: Mónica Vergara

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 5
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 15 / 13
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Jassett Kerr (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Snedden (CAN)
4th Official: Marienela Araya (CRC)

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Sunshine Fontes

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Jun 13, 2018


La Pretemporada Rayada comenzó este lunes en el Centro de Entrenamiento BBVA Bancomer El Barrial, en donde el Director Técnico, Diego Alonso, junto con su Cuerpo Técnico se presentaron con los Jugadores y dieron inicio las pruebas físicas y médicas.

Toma de medidas, pruebas de sangre, pruebas físicas, de fuerza y resistencia es lo que se ha trabajado durante estos días en las instalaciones de “El Barrial” separados en grupos de trabajo a lo largo del día.

Los nuevos Rayados Marcelo Barovero, Rodolfo Pizarro y Guillermo Madrigal, ya como parte del Plantel, se ponen a las órdenes de doctores y preparadores físicos para realizar dichas pruebas y comenzar el trabajo en campo en próximos días.

A falta de un mes para el comienzo del Apertura 2018, los Rayados estamos comprometidos en los trabajos de la semana para estar en óptimas condiciones rumbo al inicio del Toreno.


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Jun 13, 2018
(ABOVE: Vergil Ortiz Jr. shadowboxes for the media ahead of the June 23 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Calif.)
Photos Credit: Lina Baker/SeeYouRingside Photography
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
LOS ANGELES (June 12, 2018): Vergil Ortiz Jr. (9-0, 9 KOs), the rising knockout artist and pride of Dallas, Texas, hosted a media workout at Westside Boxing Club ahead of his fight against former world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (27-8-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight fight in the main event of the June 23 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Calif.
In the co-main event, Hector “Finito” Tanajara Jr. (13-0, 5 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas will clash against previously undefeated Roger Gutierrez (18-1-1, 15 KOs) of Maracaibo, Venezuela in an eight-round lightweight battle. Ferdinand Kerobyan (8-0, 4 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif., will battle across a scheduled six rounds of super welterweight action in the night’s swing bout.
Here’s what the fighters had to say at today’s workout:
VERGIL ORTIZ JR, NABF Jr. Super Lightweight Champion:
“This will be a dangerous fight if I don’t go in with the right mentality. Salgado is a very experienced fighter, but I’m also very experienced. Though I don’t have a lot of fights as a professional, I had a lot as an amateur, and I’ve been sparring with a lot of world champions. He can’t show me anything I haven’t already seen. This main event opportunity will get my name out there more, and I’m looking forward to putting on a great show.”
“I’m training with Robert Garcia now, and I’ve been working on using my head more and keeping my composure. I only have a few pounds to make, and I don’t fight until next week. I can make weight tomorrow if I wanted to. I’m going to stay at 140 pounds for a while. Hopefully, I can have all of my future fights as main event.”
HECTOR “EL FINITO” TANAJARA, JR., Lightweight Prospect:
“This is my first televised fight on ESPN, so I’m very excited about that. I know my opponent Roger Gutierrez is coming to win, so he’s going to bring the best of me. I saw his fight against Rene Alvarado, and I know what I have to do. I know I pose more of a threat to him than Alvarado did. I think I have more experience than him because his record was built in Venezuela. He wasn’t used to the competition here. I’m looking to capitalize on that.”
FERDINAND KEROBYAN, Welterweight Prospect:
“This is my first official fight with Golden Boy Promotions. I don’t feel any added pressure now that I’m signed. I know what I’m capable of, and I know what I have to do in there. I’ll be fighting and staying at 154 pounds, but you never know what the future holds. If the opportunity presents itself to fight at 147 pounds for a belt, then I’ll drop down to welterweight. I’m happy to be with Golden Boy Promotions because they share the same vision as me: to move forward. Hopefully I can fight for a championship title within a year or two.”
(ABOVE: Seneisa Estrada, Oscar Negrete and Raul Curiel pose for the media ahead of the July 6 edition of 
LA FIGHT CLUB at the Belasco Theater in Downtown, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
Fighters from the July 6 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB also participated in the workout. NABF Bantamweight Champion Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-1, 7 KOs) will return in an eight-round bantamweight fight against Dhiul Olguin (13-9-3, 9 KOs) in the main event. The fight will take place at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, Calif. and will televised live on EstrellaTV’s Boxeo Estelar.
Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (13-0, 3 KOs) will return in the co-main event in an eight-round flyweight fight against a soon-to-be announced opponent. Former Olympian Raul “Cougar” Curiel (3-0, 2 KOs) will participate in the first televised fight in a six-round welterweight clash. Opponents for both will be announced shortly.
Here’s what the fighters had to say at today’s workout:
OSCAR “EL JAGUAR” NEGRETE, NABF Bantamweight Champion:
“Obviously, I’m more comfortable at my natural weight of 118 pounds. What happened in December [against Rey Vargas] was a great opportunity in a new division. I couldn’t say no to a world championship fight. Now I’m back at 118 pounds where I’ll be looking for a world title shot. My last fight gave me a lot of confidence because I did so well, and I didn’t even get hurt. Olguin is a great fighter. I saw him fight Emilio Sanchez, and he surprised me. He made it a tough fight. This kind of battle motivates me because he’s such a tough fighter. He’s going to come with everything to test me. Plus, he really wants to win, and when two people want the victory, it always makes for a great fight. I want fans to know that they can’t miss this fight.”
SENIESA “SUPER BAD” ESTRADA, Light Flyweight Prospect:
It feels great to be active and staying busy this year with Golden Boy promotion. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the years to come. I was very happy that I got the opportunity to fight on ESPN and win my last fight with a TKO victory. This upcoming fight people will see another exciting performance. I’m always working towards an even better performance than the one before and improving on different things so that my fans see the best of me.”
RAUL “COUGAR” CURIEL, Welterweight Prospect:
“I feel good. People know me, and they know how I fight. I’m with Freddie Roach now and I feel great. I’m really happy to work under a legend like him. Freddie is a trainer who has a lot to teach. He always notices details that can help me get better. We make a great team, and we’re working on a new style. We’re moving a lot in the ring, and people will see a new Raul Curiel on July 6”
Ortiz Jr. vs Salgado is a 10-round super lightweight fight presented by
Golden  Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights will take place Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Belsaco Theater in Downtown, Los Angeles, Calif. Doors for the event open at 3:00 p.m. PT, and the first fight begins at 3:30 p.m. PT. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will live stream undercards beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets for Ortiz Jr. vs Salgado start at $25 and are available for purchase now at and the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page.
Negrete vs. Olguin is an eight-round bantamweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The fights take place Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on EstrellaTV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.’s Fenomeno Studios. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows on Aug. 10, and Oct. 12.
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB start at the fan-friendly price of $25 and are available for purchase now at and the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page.
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Las Vegas – UFC® will return to Los Angeles with a blockbuster bantamweight championship rematch that will see T.J. Dillashaw defend against former champ and No.1 contender Cody Garbrandt. In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion and No.1 pound-for-pound fighter Demetrious Johnson will run it back with No.2-ranked contender Henry CejudoUFC® 227: DILLASHAW vs. GARBRANDT 2 goes down Saturday, August 4 at STAPLES Center and will air live on Pay-Per-View.

Among the most heated rivals in UFC history, Dillashaw (16-3, fighting out of Angels Camp, Calif.) and Garbrandt (11-1, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) first locked horns last November. Following a series of exciting back-and-forth exchanges, Dillashaw delivered a spectacular second-round KO to recapture the 135-pound title.

Dillashaw now looks to get the last laugh over his former teammate. A diverse striker and talented grappler, he’s earned victories over a who’s who in the bantamweight division. Over the course of his UFC career, he’s bested Renan Barao (twice), Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker. Another impressive victory will allow him to close the book on his feud with Garbrandt.

As for Garbrandt, the former titleholder aims for a measure of revenge. Known for his highlight-reel knockouts, he tore a path of destruction through the division en route to dethroning Dominick Cruz in 2016. During his UFC stint, the heavy-handed striker has stopped Takeya Mizugaki, Thomas Almeida and Augusto Mendes. Garbrandt now aims to even the score and reclaim the bantamweight championship.

Also, at UFC® 227: DILLASHAW vs. GARBRANDT 2, flyweight champion Johnson (27-2-1, fighting out of Parkland, Wash.) will see a familiar face in Cejudo (12-2, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.), as he goes for his record 12th consecutive title defense. The two originally met two years ago, with Johnson defending his title via impressive TKO.

Since then, Johnson has picked up three more sensational wins, including highlight-reel submissions against Wilson Reis and Ray Borg. The latter set a new record for UFC title defenses. Johnson has also bested Joseph Benavidez (twice), John Dodson (twice) and Kyoji Horiguchi. He now plans to notch another defense and continue building his already impressive legacy.

An Olympic gold medalist wrestler, Cejudo is gunning for his first UFC championship. A decorated grappler with heavy hands, he’s topped Sergio Pettis, Henry Cejudo and Jussier Formiga during his climb up the flyweight ranks. With the 125-pound title in his sights, Cejudo not only plans to reach his destiny, but also plans to hand Johnson his first loss in almost seven years.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a clash of featherweight contenders, No.5-ranked Cub Swanson (25-8, fighting out of Palm Springs, Calif.) faces No.9 Renato Moicano (12-1-1, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil).
  • No.6-ranked middleweight contender Derek Brunson (18-6, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C.) looks to turn back surging No.12 Antonio Carlos Junior (11-2 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Joao Pessoa, Brazil)
  • Former women’s bantamweight title challenger and No.10-ranked contender Bethe Correia (10-3-1, fighting out of Campina Grande, Brazil) locks horns with No.12 Irene Aldana (7-4, fighting out of Culiacan, Mexico)
  • Polyana Viana (10-1, fighting out of Sao Geraldo do Araguaia, Brazil) looks to keep the momentum going when she meets rising star JJ Aldrich (6-2, fighting out of Westminster, Colo.)
  • Ricardo Ramos (11-1, fighting out of Campinas, Brazil) goes for another highlight-reel KO against streaking Kyung Ho Kang (13-7 1NC, fighting out of Busan, South Korea)
  • Danielle Taylor (9-3, fighting out of Van Nuys, Calif.) aims to get back in the win column against debuting Weili Zhang (16-1, fighting out of Hebei, China)
  • Buren Wuliji (10-5, fighting out of Beijing, China) takes on fellow prospect Bharat Khandare (5-3, fighting out of Mumbai, India)
  • In a battle of exciting prospects, Benito Lopez (9-0, fighting out of Oroville, Calif.) meets Ricky Simon (10-1, fighting out of Vancouver, Wash.)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit All bouts live and subject to change.

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

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LA Galaxy regresa a la acción de la U.S. Open Cup previo al receso de la MLS por la Copa Mundial

Jun 13, 2018

LA Galaxy regresa a la acción de la U.S. Open Cup previo al receso de la MLS por la Copa Mundial

LOS ÁNGELES (Lunes, 11 de junio, 2018) – LA Galaxy (6-7-2, 20 puntos) buscará avanzar a los cuartos de final de la U.S. Open Cup esta semana cuando el equipo enfrente a Portland Timbers a las 8 p.m. PT el viernes, 15 de junio en los octavos de final del torneo. El partido se disputará en el Providence Park de Portland y será transmitido en vivo por

Galaxy avanzó a los octavos de final después de derrotar al FC Golden State Force por 3-1 el 7 de junio en el StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium. Ariel Lassiter anotó un doblete y Bradford Jamieson IV añadió un gol para sellar la victoria angelina.

Galaxy registra un récord en todos los tiempos de 34-17-0 durante la Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. El club angelino ha participado en el torneo de la Open Cup cada año desde 1999, ganando la Copa en el 2001 y 2005 y llegando a la Final de la Copa Abierta en otras dos ocasiones. El año pasado, Galaxy avanzó a los cuartos de final de la competencia antes de caer ante Jose Earthquakes por 3-2.

El fin de semana, LA Galaxy consiguió una victoria de 3-0 sobre Real Salt Lake con dos goles de Zlatan Ibrahimović y un gol de Ola Kamara. David Bingham logró su quinto partido sin recibir gol esta temporada.   Entrando al receso de la MLS por la Copa Mundial, Galaxy se encuentra en octavo lugar de la tabla de la Conferencia del Oeste con 20 puntos.

LA regresa a la acción de la MLS ante San Jose Earthquakes a las 7 p.m. PT el sábado, 30 de junio en el Stanford Stadium (UniMás).

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Vive Amadeo Zazueta una gran campaña con León

Jun 13, 2018

Vive Amadeo Zazueta una gran campaña con León

Agradecido por la experiencia vivida en León, el parador en corto Amadeo Zazueta, elemento de los Charros de Jalisco en la Liga Mexicana del Pacífico, deja al equipo leonés después de una gran temporada en lo individual.

Amadeo Zazueta, quien estuvo sólo unos meses con los Bravos de León, dijo sentirse bien identificado con la organización y sus aficionados.

Ahora, el sinaloense forma para de los Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos, después de haber sido cambiado por los Acereros de Monclova, equipo que tenía los derechos de su contrato.

En 55 encuentros con León, Amadeo Zazueta dejó un promedio de bateo de .356, con cinco cuadrangulares conectados, 34 carreras impulsadas y 46 anotadas.

Muy contento la verdad, el equipo, desde que llegué, me recibió muy bien, la afición aquí está metida de lleno con el equipo, la verdad estoy muy contento y muy agradecido que me hayan traído para acá”, dijo Zazueta.

El nativo de Culiacán, Sinaloa, atribuyó su buen desempeño a la dedicación y concentración en cada uno de sus turnos al bat, lo que le redituó en números notables.

“El trabajo, el trabajo constante, la disciplina y estar trabajando con enfoque, estar bien enfocado y a la hora del juego no perder la concentración en los momentos, a la hora de batear, yo creo que eso es la clave”, apuntó.

Ya pensando en la próxima campaña con Charros de Jalisco en la LMP, Amadeo Zazueta ve de forma positiva los movimientos que la novena jalisciense ha realizado para encarar el nuevo compromiso, como en el caso de la llegada del jardinero cubano Yadir Drake.

“Se ve bien, estoy contento que Yadir (Drake) vaya para allá, es buen amigo mío, he convivido con él bastante, es buen compañero y ojalá el venga dispuesto a aportar como él siempre lo ha hecho”.

“Es algo positivo lo que viene, todos los cambios son para bien, la directiva está tratando de hacer lo mejor para el equipo, igual el manager está tratando de hacer todos los movimientos que sea para mejorar y hay que confiar en todo eso”, indicó.

El “Minino” Zazueta dijo sentirse contento con lo logrado con Charros de Jalisco en la temporada anterior, cuando el equipo se quedó a un paso de llegar a la serie final de la LMP, y confía que el equipo llegará más fortalecido a la próxima campaña en la búsqueda del campeonato.

“La verdad Navojoa fue un rival muy bueno, estuvimos peleando todos los juegos, todos los juegos estuvieron cerca y pues al final yo creo que cualquiera de los dos equipos merecía ganar y pasar a la final, en este caso fueron ellos”

“Nosotros salimos satisfechos porque estuvimos peleando fuerte, compitiendo todos inning por inning y bueno, no se nos dio la oportunidad de pasar esta vez, no vamos a agachar la cabeza por una temporada, vamos a seguir trabajando fuerte y tratar de mantener una buena unión en el equipo, que es lo que puede hacer que lleguemos más lejos”, expresó Zazueta.

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Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz batallará contra Masayuki Ito por el título Jr. Ligero de la OMB el 28 de julio en Kissimmee

Jun 13, 2018

Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz batallará contra Masayuki Ito por el título Jr. Ligero de la OMB el 28 de julio en Kissimmee

El invicto peso welter Carlos Adames enfrentará a Artemio Reyes en el combate co-estelar
ESPN+ transmitirá los combates Díaz-Ito y Adames-Reyes EN VIVO a las 9:30 p.m. ET

Kissimmee, Fla. (11 de junio del 2018) — Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz quiere agregar su nombre a la lista de campeones mundiales de Puerto Rico. El invicto contendiente boricua tendrá esa oportunidad el 28 de julio en el Kissimmee Civic Center, cuando enfrente al japonés Masayuki Ito por el vacante título de peso junior ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

Y, en la pelea co-estelar, el invicto peso welter dominicano Carlos “Caballo Bronco” Adames enfrentará a Artemio Reyes de San Bernardino, California.

Los combates Díaz vs. Ito y Adames vs. Reyes se transmitirán en vivo y exclusivamente en los Estados Unidos a las 9:30 p.m. ET por ESPN+ – el nuevo servicio de transmisión por suscripción directo al consumidor, multideporte que recientemente fue lanzado por The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer en conjunto con ESPN. Los combates preliminaes se transmitirán en vivo por ESPN+ a partir de las 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN+ está disponible en los Estados Unidos continentales para todos los fanáticos en la aplicación móvil de ESPN y Pronto se anunciarán los detalles de transmisión de este evento de camponato mundial para Puerto Rico.

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con All Star Boxing y Teiken Promotions, los boletos para este evento del campeonato mundial saldrán a la venta mañana martes, 12 de junio, a las 10 a.m. ET. Los boletos a precios de $100 (alfombra roja en el ringside), $50 (tazón inferior) y $30 (admisión general), se pueden comprar en la boletería del Kissimmee Civic Center, en línea en o por teléfono al (787) 305- 3600.

“Esta pelea va dedicada a todo Puerto Rico y a mi familia que siempre ha estado ahí para apoyarme,” dijo Díaz. “Ahora es el momento de convertirme en campeón del mundo, y les prometo que llevaré a casa el título mundial. Los amo, Puerto Rico. ¡Esta va por ustedes!”

“Estoy muy contento de poder enfrentar a un gran peleador como Christopher Díaz por el título de la OMB. Díaz es un peleador muy bueno con poder y velocidad, pero el 28 de julio me convertiré en el campeón,” dijo Ito. “Traeré el cinturón de regreso a Japón. Se lo prometí a mi esposa e hijos. Lucharé como si mi vida dependiera de esto.”
“Estoy feliz y emocionado de regresar al ring rápidamente porque quiero mantenerme tan activo como sea posible. Esta será mi segunda pelea con Top Rank, y ahora regresaré al ring mucho mejor preparado porque tengo la experiencia y la confianza de pelear en grandes escenarios,” dijo Adames. “Vengo preparado para dar al público lo que siempre esperan de mí… ¡Un nocaut espectacular! El 28 de julio, el ‘Caballo Bronco’ vendrá a Kissimmee con todo el ‘Platano Power’ de la República Dominicana.”

Díaz (23-0, 15 KOs), de Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, entrará a su primera pelea de título mundial corriendo una racha de cuatro victorias por nocaut. Díaz, quien es el primer clasificado en el peso junior ligero por la OMB, ganó el vacante título de peso junior ligero NABO en diciembre pasado con un nocaut en el tercer asalto sobre Bryant Cruz, derribando a Cruz cinco veces en camino un triunfo por detención. En su última pelea, el 17 de marzo en la cartelera de José Ramírez vs. Amir Imam en el Hulu Theater del Madison Square Garden, Díaz derrotó a Braulio Rodríguez por nocaut técnico en el cuarto asalto para ganar la oportunidad por el título mundial. Para Díaz, esta oportunidad de título mundial es un faro de esperanza, ya que el hogar de su familia y la mayoría de sus posesiones fueron destruidas cuando el huracán María devastó a Puerto Rico el año pasado.

Ito (23-1-1, 12 KOs), de Tokio, Japón, es el segundo clasificado en el peso junior ligero junior por la OMB. Ito ha ganado siete combates consecutivos desde la única derrota de su carrera, una decisión mayoritaria en 10 asaltos ante el invicto Rikki Naito en febrero del 2015. Ito, que ha peleado todos sus combates profesionales en Japón, ha ganado cuatro de sus últimos cinco combates por nocaut, incluyendo una detención en la novena ronda ante Lorenzo Villanueva en abril del año pasado. En su última pelea, el 3 de marzo en Korakuen Hall en Tokio, Ito detuvo a Vergil Puton en el noveno asalto.

Adames (14-0, 11 KOs), uno de los contendientes de más rápido ascenso de la división welter, hizo su debut en Top Rank como co-protagonista de los combates televisados por ESPN el 12 de mayo en la función Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares, logrando a una victoria por decisión unánime contra Alejandro Barrera. El nativo de República Dominicana peleará por segunda vez bajo el reconocido entrenador Joel Díaz y está entrenando en Palm Springs, California. Reyes (25-2, 20 KOs) tiene marca de 10-0 con ocho nocauts desde su última derrota, cuando subrió un nocaut tecnico en el primer asalto a manos de Alan Sánchez el 13 de abril de 2012, en Las Vegas. En su ultimo combate, en agosto del año pasado, Reyes noqueó a Steve Márquez con un golpe al cuerpo en el cuarto asalto.


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Jun 13, 2018


Unbeaten Stars Collide Saturday, July 28 Live on SHOWTIME® from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an Event Presented by

Premier Boxing Champions


Tickets on Sale Today at 12 p.m. PT!


LOS ANGELES, (June 11, 2018) – WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Jr. will square-off in a 135-pound unification showdown between unbeaten stars Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The main event of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) will see Garcia look to become a unified champion for the first time in a career that has seen him win titles in four weight classes.  Easter, who enters with a 5-inch height and 8-inch reach advantage, looks to stamp his name amongst boxing’s elite by unifying titles at 27 years old, less than two years after capturing his first belt.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, begin at $50, plus applicable fees, and are on sale today at 12 p.m. PT. To purchase tickets, visit

“SHOWTIME Sports continues to lead the industry with the biggest events, the most important matchups, week after week, month after month,” said Stephen Espinoza, President Sports & Events Programming, Showtime Network Inc. “Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter Jr. is the third world championship unification match on SHOWTIME this year. A consensus top-10 pound-for-pound champion facing an undefeated young champion while both are in the prime of their careers. July 28 has all the makings of an instant classic.”

“Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter is an outstanding lightweight matchup that is sure to deliver drama for fight fans at STAPLES Center and on SHOWTIME,” Said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Garcia will look to unify in his hometown and further solidify his credentials as boxing’s pound-for-pound best. He’ll have perhaps the toughest test of his career in the unbeaten Easter, who has a lethal combination of size, speed and power that he brings to the ring. With both fighters defending their titles and undefeated records, this is shaping up to be a can’t-miss night of boxing in downtown Los Angeles.”

“This is the kind of matchup that boxing fans love and a fight that I believe will certainly live up to expectations,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports. “With two undefeated world champions, and two of the top guys at 135 pounds, this fight is guaranteed drama. Mikey Garcia will look to become a unified world champion and add another accolade to a career that is already shaping up to be historic. Robert Easter Jr, a proud champion in his own right, is coming to STAPLES Center on July 28 to upset Mikey Garcia in his hometown. This is the quality of matchup that fans watching on SHOWTIME have come to expect and I suspect they will be fulfilled once again when these two warriors meet in the ring.”

“We are really looking forward to this incredible fight at STAPLES Center,” said Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center. “These two fighters will undoubtedly headline an amazing night of fights for boxing fans in Los Angeles and we are looking forward to welcoming back Premier Boxing Champions and SHOWTIME for the second time in just two months.”

One of Southern California’s most popular fighters, Garcia returns to STAPLES Center for his first fight since becoming a world champion, and his first in California in seven years.  Easter returns to the site of his professional debut, having started his career at STAPLES Center in 2012 after serving as an alternate in the London Olympic Games.

Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs), of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, Calif., became only the third fighter in modern history to become champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining future Hall of Famers Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, when he defeated Sergey Lipinets for the IBF 140-pound title in March. The 30-year-old relinquished that title so that he can unify the WBC Lightweight World Championship that he won in January 2017 with a highlight reel knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin (Click HERE to watch Garcia-Zlaticanin KO video)

These wins, combined with a summer 2017 victory over Adrien Broner, have seen Garcia return to the top of pound-for-pound lists after a layoff of two and a half years. Garcia accrued wins over a list of notable names while winning his first two titles at 126 and 130-pounds, including Orlando Salido, Roman Martinez and Juan Manuel Lopez.

“This is the toughest fight of my career to date,” said the four-division champion Garcia. “Robert Easter Jr. is an undefeated world champion who presents serious challenges that I’m going to have to work hard to overcome. Unifying titles is something I’ve dreamed of doing for many years, and to do it at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles will make it even more special. This is the kind of fight that will help my legacy. To be the best you have to beat the best, and Easter is certainly one of the best out there. I’m very thankful to have this opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it on July 28.”

Representing his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) has made three successful defenses since winning his world title in an exciting contest over Richard Commey in 2016. The 27-year-old delivered a fifth-round destruction of former champion Argenis Mendez to earn the title shot, and since winning the title has held off challenges from Javier Fortuna, Denis Shafikov and Luis Cruz to retain his 135-pound belt.

Easter will be making the move to work with Kevin Cunningham for the first time for this fight and conducting training camp in West Palm Beach with him. Cunningham, the longtime trainer of former world champions such as Devon Alexander and Cory Spinks, spurred Adrien Broner to a strong performance in a draw against Jessie Vargas and Gervonta Davis to a dominant knockout of Jesus Cuellar in their first fights together in April.

“This is a fight I’ve been waiting for and I’m really excited that the time is now,” said Easter. “This is the best fighting the best. These are the fights that boxing is all about. I made the move to train with Kevin Cunningham down in Florida and I think it’s going to help me reach another level. It’s just eat, sleep and train down there. We’re going to be ready on July 28 to put on a show and deliver fireworks.”

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