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Bradley to coach LAFC

LOS ANGELES (AP):

A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Bob Bradley will be the first coach of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), the MLS expansion franchise due to begin play next year.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity yesterday because LAFC's hiring won't be officially announced until today.

Bradley is the former coach of the US men's national team and the most successful American coach in international football history. He became the first US coach to lead a Premiership team last season, although his rocky tenure with Swansea City lasted just 11 games.

Bradley coached MLS clubs Chicago, the MetroStars and Chivas USA before leading the US from 2006-11.

FIFA fines Qatar

ZURICH (AP):

FIFA has fined Qatar's football federation after national team players breached rules against political statements by displaying T-shirts of the country's emir at a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel imposed a US$51,800 fine and reprimanded Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts.

The incident happened in Doha on June 13 amid a dispute with regional rivals Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar's players warmed up for a 3-2 win over South Korea wearing white T-shirts with an image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to show their support for him.

FIFA says the charges related to "displaying a political image" and "political displays" by spectators.

LA Galaxy fire coach Curt Onalfo, rehire Sigi Schmid

CARSON, California (AP):

The LA Galaxy fired coach Curt Onalfo yesterday, just 20 games into his first season, and rehired veteran coach Sigi Schmid to take over the struggling Major League Soccer powerhouse.

Onalfo went 6-10-4 after being promoted from the Galaxy's developmental squad last winter when long-time coach Bruce Arena went back to the US national team.

Onalfo never got consistent results from a high-priced roster of international talent, including Ashley Cole, Giovani Dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini, Jermaine Jones and Gyasi Zardes.

The Galaxy sit ninth in the Western Conference after losing six consecutive games across all competitions in July, including an embarrassing 4-3 loss to New England last weekend.

Udinese vs Hannover friendly called off

ST VEIT, Austria (AP):

Local authorities in southern Austria have called off Sunday's friendly match between Udinese and Hannover as the estimated number of spectators exceeds the capacity of the stadium.

The city of St Veit says about 4,000 fans, including 280 potential football hooligans, were expected for the game at the ground of local amateur club FC Alpe Adria, which has a capacity of 2,430.

St Veit Mayor Gerhard Mock says "it's a shame ... but security comes first".