Soccer: Honda's Difficult Time At Ac Milan To Finish At Season's End

Soccer: Honda's difficult time at AC Milan to finish at season's end

Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda said on Twitter on Sunday he will be departing AC Milan at the end of the season, bringing to an end a difficult stint at the Italian giants characterized by frustratingly limited playing time.

But the 30-year-old Japan international refused to go quietly, scoring his first -- and probably last -- goal of the Serie A season as AC Milan beat Bologna 3-0 at the San Siro on Sunday. His last game in Milan's famous black and red strip will come against Cagliari on May 28.

Soccer: 15-yr-old Kubo Stars As Japan Win U-20 World Cup Opener

Soccer: 15-yr-old Kubo stars as Japan win U-20 World Cup opener

Former Barcelona youth prodigy Takefusa Kubo came off the bench and set up Ritsu Doan's winner as Japan came from behind to defeat South Africa 2-1 on Sunday in their Group D opener at the U-20 World Cup.

Grant Margeman handed South Africa the lead in the seventh minute but Koki Ogawa leveled three minutes after the break, and the 59th-minute introduction of the 15-year-old Kubo had a telling impact.

Konami Confirms Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 Release Date

Konami Confirms Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 Release Date

Konami today confirmed the release date for its FIFA rival. Fans of the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise have long been waiting for the new title to arrive. While they have known that one was in the pipeline, Konami hadn’t confirmed when it would be released. It has finally confirmed the Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 release date for PC and consoles.

Konami confirmed today that Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is going to be released on September 12th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game will also be making its way to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 so last-generation console owners will be able to get in on the action as well.

Soccer: Southampton's Yoshida Pleased With Clean Sheet After Draw Vs Man Utd.

Soccer: Southampton's Yoshida pleased with clean sheet after draw vs Man Utd.

Southampton's Japan international center-back Maya Yoshida was pleased with his side's defensive performance as the Saints drew 0-0 at home to Manchester United in the English Premier League on Wednesday night.

Yoshida helped keep the likes of England striker Wayne Rooney quiet as United were limited to one shot on target. Southampton, though, were unable to capitalize on a number of chances and Manolo Gabbiadini saw his early penalty saved by United goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

Soccer: Kubo Nets 10th Goal Of Season Since January

Soccer: Kubo nets 10th goal of season since January

Japan striker Yuya Kubo struck his 10th league goal of the season but Gent were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Charleroi in the Belgian championship playoffs on Sunday. 

Kubo converted a penalty to equalize five minutes before the break, after midfielder Enes Saglik nailed a free kick to open the scoring in the 28th minute for the visitors, who had gone down a man four minutes earlier when Clement Tainmont drew a straight red.

Soccer: Kashima Lose To Kobe, Fall From J-league Summit

Soccer: Kashima lose to Kobe, fall from J-League summit

Kashima Antlers fell off the top of the J-League first division table after the champions lost 2-1 to Vissel Kobe on Sunday, while Urawa Reds and Gamba Osaka both climbed above them by a point.

An own goal and Kazuma Watanabe's header in the 14th minute forced Kashima into fighting an uphill battle. Antlers pulled one back late through Leandro, but despite five minutes of injury time the Club World Cup finalists failed to take any points.

Soccer: Leicester Come Up Short Vs Man City Despite Okazaki Stunner

Soccer: Leicester come up short vs Man City despite Okazaki stunner

Shinji Okazaki scored his first Premier League goal since December in Leicester City's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.

Okazaki's last goal in the league was a Dec. 3 2-1 loss away to Sunderland. The Japan forward on Saturday struck in the 42nd minute with Leicester down 2-0, a superb left-footed volley from a left-wing cross by Marc Albrighton that wowed the crowd at the Etihad Stadium.

Soccer: Kawasaki Charged By Afc For Fans' Wartime Flag

Soccer: Kawasaki charged by AFC for fans' wartime flag

The Asian Football Confederation charged Kawasaki Frontale with discrimination on Thursday after their fans raised a controversial wartime Japanese flag during a midweek Asian Champions League match in South Korea.

According to article 58.3 of the AFC's disciplinary and ethics code, the team could face a minimum penalty of playing two matches in an empty stadium plus a fine of at least $15,000.

Update1: Soccer: Doan Strikes Again As Gamba Move Within 1 Pt Of Leaders Urawa

UPDATE1: Soccer: Doan strikes again as Gamba move within 1 pt of leaders Urawa

Asia's reigning youth player of the year, Ritsu Doan, struck for the second straight game as Gamba Osaka closed to within a point of the J-League first division lead with a 1-0 win over Yokohama F Marinos on Sunday.

Doan netted the lone goal midway through the second half for the visitors, who shot up to 18 points a quarter of the way through the season, one point off the pace of Urawa Reds.

Soccer: Monaco Show Support To Japan's Quake-hit Kumamoto In Ligue 1 Game

Soccer: Monaco show support to Japan's quake-hit Kumamoto in Ligue 1 game

French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco showed their support for relief efforts in quake-hit Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, on Saturday, when they held their home game with Toulouse as a charity match for the region.

Video clips showing recovery efforts in the prefecture were displayed before the game and during the half-time at Stade Louis II. Kumamoto was hit by two huge quakes in April last year that directly killed 50 people.

Soccer: Southampton's Yoshida Reaches Century In Premier League

Soccer: Southampton's Yoshida reaches century in Premier League

Japan's Maya Yoshida played his 100th game in the English Premier League on Saturday during Southampton's scoreless home draw with Hull, winning a late penalty which was not converted.

Yoshida played the full 90 minutes for the 16th straight league game and looked to have handed his team three points when he was brought down in the penalty area by Alfred N'Diaye in second-half stoppage time, but Dusan Tadic was denied by Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic.