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South American success now a path to MLS as much as to Europe's elite

Guillermo Barros Schelotto opens up in his first interview with the LA Galaxy as to why he chose the club and his thoughts for the upcoming season.

At the end of each year, the El Pais newspaper in Uruguay organises a survey to crown the best player of the Americas. The 2018 winner, with a commanding 41 percent of the vote, was River Plate's attacking midfielder Gonzalo "Pity" Martinez -- a player South American fans will not be seeing for a while. Martinez announced after the Club World Cup he was taking his left-footed flair to the United States to join Atlanta United in Major League Soccer.

Two conclusions can be drawn from this. One is...

CONMEBOL confirms new prize pool at 2019 Copa Libertadores draw

Fans from all over the world converged on Madrid to watch the Copa Libertadores final. Here's the best of the best from a historic day of football.

The prize pot for the Copa Libertadores will more than double next year, CONMEBOL said on Monday, but the continental championship will still trail a long way behind its European counterpart, the UEFA Champions League.

Clubs competing in South America's premier club competition will share $161.9 million in 2019, up 56 percent from $103.85m this year, with the champions expected to bank at least $20.4 million, CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez said.

"Our administration is keeping its promise...

Brazil clubs have high hopes for 2019 Copa Libertadores

Fans from all over the world converged on Madrid to watch the Copa Libertadores final. Here's the best of the best from a historic day of football.

In one sense, the 2018 Copa Libertadores has still not come to a close. Losing finalists Boca Juniors argue that their old rivals, River Plate, should have been disqualified for an attack by some of their fans on the Boca team bus and are taking their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Nevertheless, the draw for next year's competition has taken place -- the preliminary phase kicks off on Jan. 22 -- and CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez used the occasion to get his point across....

River Plate back use of Fan IDs in Argentina's Superleague

River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio said on Monday he would support the use of Fan IDs for top-flight games in Argentina.

On Friday, defense minister Patricia Bullrich said she had reached an agreement with the Superleague to begin the process to use Fan IDs in all the country's stadiums.

"The agreement that we have signed today with the Argentina Superleague marks the beginning of our support for all who participate in the football event. By knowing who is inside the stadiums, we make...

Boca Juniors, Guillermo Barros Schelotto part ways after Copa Libertadores loss

Fans from all over the world converged on Madrid to watch the Copa Libertadores final. Here's the best of the best from a historic day of football.

Boca Juniors will not renew its contract with coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto after losing to fierce rival River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.

Boca lost the second leg 3-1 in extra time last Sunday in Madrid, and 5-3 on aggregate. It was the first Copa final between the Buenos Aires rivals.

"The best thing for Boca is to start the year making a change -- search for a new coaching staff and start all over from scratch," Boca Juniors President Daniel Angelici said at a news conference on Friday.

Barros...