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2014 FIFA World Cup

2014 FIFA WORLD CUP






July 15, 2014
RECORD VIEWERSHIP
World Cup final most watched ever

The 2014 World Cup was the most watched ever on U.S. television and Sunday's Final between Germany and Argentina was the most-watched Men's World Cup final ever, setting records for both ABC and Univision.


July 13, 2014
SUPER MARIO, UBER GERMANS
Sub Gotze scores game-winner as Germany becomes first Euro side to win World Cup in the Americas

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Mario Gotze provided the heroics for Germany, which in turn supplied the history.


July 13, 2014
SOCCER'S HOLY GRAIL
World Cup trophy is the sport’s ultimate prize

Later today at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Germany's Philipp Lahm or Argentina’s Lionel Messi will be handed this 11-pound hunk of 18K gold, held it above his head to the cheers of the crowd and then parade the trophy with his teammates around the stadium.


July 12, 2014
OUT OF THEIR MISERY
Dutch end Brazil’s World Cup with 3-0 win in 3rd-place game

BRASILIA---Brazil’s nightmare World Cup finally ended on Saturday as they fell to Holland 3-0 in the third place game at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha.


July 10, 2014
STILL WATCHING
Fans tuning into World Cup in record numbers

Any notion that American fans would completely lose interest in the World Cup once the United States was eliminated have been proven false, with ESPN continuing to set record breaking audience numbers through the semi-finals.


July 9, 2014
SAVING GRACES
Goalkeeper makes 2 penaklty kick saves to lift Argentina into World Cup final

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- On a team that boasts the firepower of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero, among others, it took a goalkeeper to propel Argentina into the World Cup final on Wednesday night.


July 8, 2014
BELO HORIZANTE HORROR
Germany humiliates, rolls over Brazil 7-1, and into the World Cup final

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - For many soccer fans, this city is known for what is considered one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history.


July 5, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Argentina, Holland into the semifinals

BRASILIA, Brazil - --Gonzalo Higuain scored in the 8eighth minute to lead Argentina to a 1-0 victory over Belgium


July 4, 2014
BAD NEWS FOR BRAZIL
Neymar out with broken vertebrae

The report on the injury suffered by Brazilian star Neymar near the end of regulation of the game with Colombia is as bad as it could be for the World Cup host.


July 4, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Brazil, Germany move on

FORTALEZA, Brazil - Goals by defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz carried Brazil to a 2-1 victory over South American rival Colombia in a World Cup quarterfinal, setting up a semifinal battle with Germany in Belo Horizante on Tuesday.


July 3, 2014
BIRTH OF A LEGEND?
Julian Green makes a spectacular, memorable debut for USA

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- As the curtain was coming down on the United States' latest World Cup adventure, another one was just being raised -- in spectacular fashion.


July 2, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 21
Ready to take flight one more ime, looking forward to home, sweet, home

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- A very weary soul is writing this piece this morning.


July 1, 2014
“WE FELL SHORT OF OUR DREAM”
Superhuman goalkeeping and a stunning goal not enough for US against Belgium

SALVADOR, Brazil -- Goalkeeper Tim Howard played the game of a lifetime on Tuesday night, but even his extraordinary performance could not give the United States a lifeline in the World Cup.


July 1, 2014
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
World Cup magic is in the eye of the beholder

In the end, there was no magic. At least not enough to propel the United States, whose World Cup lasted 120 minutes longer than I and many observers thought it would, any further. But, the magic really was in that they got this far.


July 1, 2014
END OF THE LINE
Howard's brilliant performance can't stop Belgium from eliminating USA from World Cup, 2-1

SALVADOR, Brazil – One of the great World Cup goalkeeping performances of all time helped keep the United States in its Round of 16 game with Belgium on Tuesday night.


July 1, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Argentina neeeds extra time to eliminate Switzerland

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Midfielder Angel Di Maria’s goal in the 118th minute gave Argentina 1-0 win over Switzerland in a World Cup knockout-stage match in front of a sellout crowd of 62,601 at Arena de Sao Paulo.


July 1, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 20
The case of the broken door knob

SALAVADOR, Brazil -- The main topic of today's diary is a door knob. Yes a door knob.


June 30, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Germany, France advance will play Friday

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil--- Andre Schurrle broke through in the second minute of extra time and Mesut Ozil later scored what turned out to be the game-winner as Germany defeated a difficult Algeria side 2-1 in their second-round match Monday at the FIFA World Cup.


June 30, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 19
Going from heaven to hell and back again

SALAVADOR, Brazil -- One thing that I have learned about the World Cup in general and the event being in Brazil in particular, is that you can go from heaven to hell and back to heaven again in an extremely short time.


June 30, 2014
EVEN BEFORE THE KICKOFF ...
USA coach Klinsmann starts a refereeing controversy

SALVADOR, Brazil -- Even before referee Djamel Haimoudi has made a call, the Algerian already was mired in a controversy


June 30, 2014
HE'S AVAILABLE
Altidore can play vs. Belgium, but Klinsmann is uncertain for how long

SALVADOR, Brazil -- Jozy is back.

Jozy Altidore, who suffered a strained left hamstring against Ghana on June 16,, will be available to play for the United States against Belgium in a Round of 16 World Cup game on Tuesday


June 29, 2014
LOOKING WAY BACK
When the USA beat Belgium in the very 1st World Cup in 1930

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- The headline in the July 21, 1930 edition of The New York Times said it all: "U.S. Favorite to Win World's Soccer Title."


June 29, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Costa Rica squeak through to quarters

RECIFE, Brazil—Costa Rica booked their first-ever spot in the World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday, defeating Greece 5-3 in penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 extra time draw at Arena Pernambuco.


June 29, 2014
WILL THE BELGIANS WAFFLE?
USA gearing up for undefeated Belgium, which has an injured backline

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- So, which Belgium team will the United States face when the two tangle in a World Cup second-round match in Salvador Tuesday?


June 29, 2014
WORLD CUP VIEWING PARTY
Tuesday at Soldier Field

U.S. Soccer will host a World Cup Viewing Party at Soldier Field for the U.S. Men's National Team match against Belgium on Tuesday, July 1. The Round of 16 match will kick off at 3 p.m. CT.


June 29, 2014
CRUSHED
Late letdown costs El Tri a trip to the World Cup quarterfinals

FORTLEZA, Brazil—Mexico were the best team on the field for 87 minutes of Sunday’s round-of-16 match at Estadio Castelao, but the Netherlands came up with two late goals to end El Tri’s World Cup journey with an electrifying 2-1 win.


June 29, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 18)
When eating (sleeping and exercising) is a luxury

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- When you have gone to enough World Cups as I have, you learn from experience, sometimes bad experiences. But you learn.


June 28, 2014
IN JURGEN THEY TRUST
Enthusiastic Klinsmann vital link to Americans' success

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Omar Gonzalez admits he has never played for a coach quite like Jurgen Klinsmann.


June 28, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 17)
Weary sportswriters are fraying at the edges

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- It is almost three weeks into this adventure for many of the American media and there is a certain amount of weariness that has crept into our bodies and souls.


June 28, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Brazil, on pks, Colombia advance to quarters

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – Host Brazil survived a shot off the bar in the last 20 seconds of extra time and then penalties to outlast Chile 3-2 in the shootout after a 1-1 draw Saturday, advancing to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.


June 27, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 16
The case of too many Michaels

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- I have nothing against the name Michael. After all, it has been my favorite name all my life.


June 27, 2014
RAISING THE BAR
Klinsmann tells his team to think big, not to book flights home until July 13 championship game

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- The man who pushed the bar so low for the United States suddenly raised it to much greater heights on Friday.


June 27, 2014
INJURY UPDATE
Jones suffered broken nose, Altidore runs but is uncertain for Belgium

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Injury updates on midfielder Jermaine Jones and striker Jozy Altidore


June 26, 2014
NOT THE END OF THE WORLD (CUP)
Despite loss to Germany, USA gets another life as it moves from Group of Death into 2nd round

RECIFE, Brazil -- It took about a minute for the result to become official and only a second for it to settle in.


June 24, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Movin' on: Belgium, Algeria

BRASILIA, Brazil – A goal in the 80th minute from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal the 2-1 win over Ghana


June 26, 2014
NO BIG LOSS
USA lose to Germany, still advance to round of 16

RECIFE, Brazil – The United States lost the battle on Thursday, but will get another opportunity to win another battle in the war. The USA dropped a 1-0 decision to Germany in its final Group G match Thursday in front of 41,876 at Arena Pernambuco, but qualified for the Round of 16 anyway by goal differential over Portugal, 2-1 winners over Ghana also on Thursday.


Jue 26, 2014
ALL WET
Flooding in Recife ahead of USA game (video)

Torrential rain in Recife has caused widespread flooding ahead of the U.S.-Germany World Cup game today.


June 26, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 15)
No, blame it on the rain of biblical proportions

RECIFE, Brazil -- I write this piece on the FIFA media bus to the stadium, stuck in traffic.

I was hoping to write this on the official U.S. Soccer media bus, but it never showed at our hotel for an 8:30 a.m. departure.


June 25, 2014
BUSINESS AS USUAL
USA-Germany won't be a "friendly" for old friends Klinsmann, Low

RECIFE, Brazil -- No World Cup game can be considered a friendly, not even when two old friends meet up.


June 25, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP II
French and Swiss march on

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - France and Ecuador battled to a scoreless tie


June 25, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Argentina beats Nigeria, both advance

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil - Lionel Messi scored two goals to lead Argentina to a 3-2 win over Nigeria


June 25, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 14
No matter how bad you have it, someone else is worse off somewhere else

RECIFE, Brazil -- A couple of things that I learned in life:


June 24, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP, II
Colombia, Greece advance from Group C

CUIABA, Brazil - Two goals by Jackson Martinez and a goal and two assists by James Martinez led Colombia to a 4-1 win


June 24, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Costa Rica, Uruguay move on in Group D, Italy out

BELO HORIZANTE, Brazil - Goalkeeper Keylor Navas made six saves for Costa Rica and goalkeeper Ben Foster made four saves for England in a 0-0 draw in a World Cup Group D match


June 24, 2014
DON'T BLAMNE IT ON RIO, DAY 13
Following a daily regimen, sort of

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- When you're traveling in the World Cup, you try to keep good habits.


June 24, 2014
NO FRIENDS FOR 90 MINUTES
Jones ready to give blood, sweat and tears for USA vs. his native Germany

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- When the United States lines up against Germany in its vital World Cup match in Recife on Thursday, midfielder Jermaine Jones will see some of his friends on the other side of the pitch.


June 24, 2014
AND NOW A FEW WORDS FROM BEASLEY
About his 4th World Cup, looking back and forward, through U.S. Soccer

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- For the first time during the World Cup, U.S. right back DaMarcus Beasley communicated with the U.S. media on Tuesday.


June 24, 2014
NO COLLUSION HERE
Klinsmann: We are going to try to win, not play for a tie

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- It's no secret that U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his German counterpart Joachim Low are good friends.


June 24, 2014
TELECAST SETS RECORD
USA-Portugal: Most-viewed soccer match ever in U.S.

The USA's thrilling 2-2- draw with Portugal on Sunday was the most viewed soccer game in American history. The ESPN telecast averaged 18.2 million viewers and peaked with 22.9 million viewers, while another 6.5 million watched on Univision.


June 24, 2014
GETTING CLOSER
Altidore could be back for knockout round

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- If the United States reaches the knockout round of the World Cup, then former Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore could be in a position to help the team.


June 23, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP - II
Brazil takes Group A

BRASILIA, Brazil - Neymar scored two goals to take over the individual scoring leadership of the World Cup and Brazil took a 4-1 victory over Cameroon at Estadio Nacional to clinch first place in Group A.


June 23, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 12
How revered the Brazilian team really is

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- I sit here in the U.S. Soccer media center at our hotel with two televisions on at the same time


June 23, 2014
WORLD CUP NOTES
Klinsmann does not like the fact that Germany gets an extra day of rest

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Jurgen Klinsmann is none too happy with the World Cup schedule.


June 23, 2014
SWEET SIXTEEN
Mexico advances with emphatic 3-1 win over Croatia

RECIFE—Mexico exploded for three second-half goals to defeat Croatia 3-1 Monday at Arena Pernambuco and nail down a spot in the World Cup round of 16.


June 23, 2014
DEFENDING HIS STAR
Klinsmann backs Bradley after a difficult night

SAO PAULO, Brazil - After his star midfielder endured two difficult moments that helped define the 2-2 draw with Portugal Sunday night, United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann defended Michael Bradley.


June 23, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Holland clinches group, Spain ends with a win

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Late goals from substitutes Memphis Depay and Leroy Fer gave Holland a 2-0 victory over Chile at Arena de Sao Paulo and clinched first place in Group B for the Dutch, sending them into a second-round match with the second-place team from Group A at Forteleza on June 29.


June 22, 2014
SO CLOSE
Seconds away from securing a spot, U.S. settles for 2-2 draw

MANAUS, Brazil – So close, yet so far.

Only 39 seconds away from securing a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup, the United States allowed a last-gasp goal by Varela to lift Portugal into a frustrating 2-2 Group G draw on Sunday night.


June 22, 2014
SECONDS COUNT
U.S. settles for 2-2 tie after late Portugal goal

MANAUS, Brazil – Only seconds away from securing a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup, the United States allowed a last-gasp goal by Varela to lift Portugal into an frustrating 2-2 Group G draw on Sunday night.


June 22, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Belgium advances in Group H; record win for Algeria

RIO DE JANEIRO—Belgium booked passage to the knockout phase of World Cup 2014 with a 1-0 win over Russia Sunday at Estadio Maracana.


June 22, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 11) --
No, blame it on the Hotel Millenium and no or little internet

MANAUS, Brazil -- In the classic Airplane! 2 movie, there is a precious scene in which Julie Hagerty has to tell the passengers on the space shuttle that they are off course in their journey to the moon and that asteroids are hitting the space ship. The passengers are quite calm.


June 21, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 10)
Where patience is a virtue and then some

MANAUS, Brazil -- Sometimes I think we're in a reality show here at the World Cup, except we just don't know it.


June 21, 2014
NOT INTIMIDATED
U.S. hopes to stop Cristiano Ronaldo

MANAUS, Brazil -- He is considered by many to be best soccer player in the world and he just might be the first one to tell you that, his ego is so enormous.


June 21, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Messi leads Argentina win, Ghana ties Germany

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – Lionel Messi ended 90-plus minutes of frustration for Argentina, scoring in second-half injury time to rescue Los Albicelestes with a 1-0 victory over Iran on Saturday and send them to the second round of the World Cup.


June 20, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Ticos advance, France rolls, Ecuador wins

RECIFE, Brazil - Uruguay, Italy, so why not make it a clean sweep of former World Cup champions?


June 20, 2014
LOOKING IN THE MIRROR
Bradley takes a hard look at his play vs. Ghana

SAO PAULO, Brazil - After a personal rocky and sub-par performance in the United States' 2-1 opening Group G win over Ghana last week, midfielder Michael Bradley admitted he wasn't at his best.


June 20, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 9
The crisis of the missing noteboook

For someone who is so conscious of packing everything away, I made a mistake today.


June 19, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 8
Interviews in the morning, a game in the afternoon

SAO PAOLO, Brazil - You learn to pace yourself at the World Cup.


June 19, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Colombia advances, Greece, Japan still have a chance

BRASILIA, Brazil- Juan Quintero netted the eventual game winner in the 70th minute, as Colombia defeated Ivory Coast, 2-1, in a Group C match-up.


June 19, 2014
SAVORING THE MOMENT
Suarez helps keep Uruguay alive

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Luis Suarez put a month of waiting behind him with a brilliant performance that kept Uruguay live and pushed England to the brink of elimination in the World Cup on Thursday.


June 19, 2014
SUAREZ TO THE RESCUE
Striker gives Uruguay a lifeline, pushes England to the brink of elimination

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Luis Suarez and Uruguay pushed England to the edge of elimination from the World Cup on Thursday.


June 19, 2019
ALTIDORE OUT, DEMPSEY, BESELR IN
Mixed injury repoprt heading into Portugal game

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Jozy Altidore is out of Sunday's game with Portugal.


June 19, 2014SAO PAU
HAMSTRUNG
Altidore won't play vs. Portugal

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Jozy Altidore is out of Sunday's game with Portugal.


June 18, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Good-bye Spain as Holland, Chile advance, Croatia stays alive

THE NETHERLANDS 3 , AUSTRALIA 2

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil - Memphis Depay’s tie-breaking goal in the 68th minute gave the Netherlands Orange a 3-2 win over the Australian Socceroos


June 18, 2014
ENJOYING THE TASTE OF VICTORY
Confident USA sets its sights on ailing Portugal

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Whether it was the huge confidence boost of defeating Ghana in its opener or knowing they will be battling a struggling and ailing team, the United States just might be smelling blood in the water for its World Cup confrontation with Portugal on Sunday.


June 18, 2014
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
USA gets a rare day off from the World Cup

SAO PAULO, Brazil - The U.S. National Team received a much-deserved day off from training at the World Cup on Wednesday.


June 17, 2014
2 OUT OF 3 NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Dempsey, Besler should play vs. Portlugal, Altidore hopes to return during WC

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- For the U.S. National Team, two out of three might be good, but it won't be good enough as it starts to prepare for Portugal in its second World Cup game on Sunday.


June 17, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Belgium wins, Russia scores late to tie South Korea

BELGIUM 2, ALGERIA 1

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Dries Mertens scored in the 80th minute to break a 1-1 tie and give the Belgium Red Devils a 2-1 win over the Algeria Desert Foxes


June 17, 2014
OCHOA TO THE RESCUE
Keeper the difference as Mexico, Brazil play 0-0 draw

FORTALEZA, Brazil – Memo Ochoa denied Brazil with four athletic and dramatic saves, the last with less than five minutes to go, to give Mexico a 0-0 draw with World Cup host Brazil on Tuesday.


June 17, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 6
Things they don't teach you in J-school

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Some things that they don't teach you in journalism school:


June 16, 2014
A DREAM FINISH
Brooks’ late goal lifts USA over Ghana in World Cup opener, 2-1

NATAL, Brazil -- John Brooks had a dream that he was going to score the winning goal and because it came true, the United States still has its dream of reaching the second round of the World Cup.


June 16, 2014
GREAT START
US tops Ghana, 2-1

NATAL, Brazil -- The United States exorcised ghosts of World Cups past and put itself into a solid position to reach the second round of the World Cup in dramatic fashion on Monday night.


June 16, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Germany takes control; Iran-Nigeria scoreless

SALVADOR, Brazil - Thomas Muller had a hat trick, and for the fourth consecutive World Cup Germany scored at least four goals in its opening game in a 4-0 blowout of Portugal.


June 16, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT RIO, DAYS, 4,5
No blame it on the bus driver in Natal

NATAL, Brazil -- For the first time since I arrived here Thursday, I did accomplished a first


June 16, 2014
FIRST THINGS FIRST
It pays to score first and win early at the World Cup

NATAL, Brazil - Some things to remember before the United States takes on Ghana


June 16, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
U.S. World Cup wins are few and far bewteen for this writer

NATAL, Brazil - Psst!


June 16, 2014
SOME UNUSUAL BEDFELLOWS
He's from Ghana, she's from the USA and they're both soccer fans

NATAL, Brazil -- Soccer and the World Cup sometimes makes for some unusual bedfellows, figuratively and literally.


June 15, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Benzema leads France, Messi scores Argentina's winner, Swinn win late

SWITZERLAND 2, ECUADOR 1
BRASILIA, Brazil--Haris Seferovic scored in the third minute of second-half stoppage time to lift Switzerland to a 2-1 victory over Ecuador in both sides’ Group E opener Sunday.


June 15, 2014
THE REVENGE FACTOR
Ghana says USA has it on its mind but the Americans say they don't

NATAL, Brazil -- Depending on your vantage point, the U.S. national team has or does not have revenge on its mind when it takes on Ghana in its World Cup opener on Monday.


June 14, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Balotelli's the difference; Ivory Coast tops Japan

ITALY 2, ENGLAND 1

MANAUS, Brazil - Mario Balotelli scored his 13th goal in 31 matches for the Azzurri,


June 14, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 3
A dog day night at the local mall and flying into a city where it is raining cats and dogs

NATAL, Brazil -- All work and no play will make anyone a dull boy or girl. It also could drive a sportswriter insane.


June 14, 2014
NO WORDS OF WISDOM
Tim Howard: words, advice from me to my teammates would be hollow

NATAL, Brazil -- As the man who runs the defense with his vision and great communication skills, Tim Howard admits he cannot give any advice to his younger teammates who have not experienced the World Cup yet.


June 14, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Costa Rica shocks Uruguay 3-1; Colombia blanks Greece

FORTALEZA, Brazil – Two second-half goals three minutes apart rallied Costa Rica from an early deficit to a shocking 3-1 victory over Uruguay on Saturday, the Ticos’ first win in five games at the World Cup and biggest since beating Sweden in 1990.


June 13, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Holland thrashes Spain, Chile 3-1 over Aussies

SALVADOR, Brazil - This was not the way the defending World Cup champion was expected to begin its quest for a second straight title.


June 13, 2014
SOME OPENING LESSONS
U.S. players learn from referee's call in Brazil win

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Brazil's 3-1 win over Croatia in the World Cup opener Thursday served as a warning and a reminder to the United States


June 13, 2014
LION-TAMERS
Mexico top Cameroon 1-0

NATAL, Brazil—Defying inclement weather and controversial officiating, Mexico opened their World Cup 2014 campaign with a 1-0 win over Cameroon Friday in pounding rain at Estadio das Dunas.


June 13, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 2
Another day from hell in Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- It's incredible what a good night's sleep, a hot shower and a breakfast will do for one's spirits.


June 12, 2014
OPENING CONTROVERSY
Neymar converts disputed PK to lift Brazil over Croatia in WC opener, 3-1

SAO PAULO - Brazil overcame a stumbling start behind the brilliance of Neymar and a controversial penalty kick call to secure a 3-1 victory over Croatia


June 12, 2014
PAYING THE PENALTY
Neymar converts controversial PK to lift Brazil over Croatia in WC opener, 3-1

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Brazil overcame a stumbling start behind the brilliance of Neymar and a controversial penalty kick call to secure a 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening game of the World Cup Thursday night.


June 12, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO
Getting ready for a crazy eighth World Cup

SAO PAULO - How appropriate.


June 12, 2014
WORLD CUP PREDICTIONS
Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Uruguay picked to win

Our team makes their World Cup picks


June 11, 2014
MEET THE TEAM
A look at the U.S. World Cup squad

Here's a look at the 23 players U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has taken to Brazil for the World Cup.


June 11, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
32 things that are bound to happen at a World Cup

There have been more than enough World Cups -- Brazil 2014 will be No. 19 -- to notice a number of trends and stuff repeating again and again -- the good, the bad and the ugly.


June 11, 2014
WORLD CUP COVERAGE
Lewis in Brazil to cover his eighth World Cup

Chicagoland Soccer News kicks off its World Cup coverage this week, as Big Apple Soccer Editor Michael Lewis makes the trip to Brazil to join up with the U.S. National Team after covering Tuesday's Portugal-Ireland game at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.


June 9, 2014
MLS STARS READY FOR WORLD CUP
10 Americans, 22 totlal players on rosters

Twenty-two of Major League Soccer’s top players will travel to Brazil this week to represent their countries in the World Cup


June 6, 2014
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Portugal top El Tri in stoppage time

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—No Ronaldo, for 58 minutes no Chicharito, plenty of fans and for 92 minutes, no goals, until a snap header by Bruno Alves off a free kick gave Portugal a 1-0 win over Mexico in front of 55,292 at Gillette Stadium.


June 5, 2014
A FINAL SEND-OFF
U.S. faces Nigeria before heading to Brazil

The U.S. Men's National Team and Jurgen Klinsmann have one more chance to make some major decisions before heading to Brazil when it hosts Nigeria on Saturday, June 7


June 3, 2014
SOUR NOTE
Mexico drops World Cup tuneup match 1-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina

CHICAGO—Mexico’s forgettable trip to the Windy City ended Tuesday night with a 1-0 loss to Bosnia-Herzegovina in front of 60,707 at Soldier Field. It was El Tri’s first loss under coach Miguel Herrera, who took the reins last October.


June 1, 2014
A WORK IN PROGRESS
USA still putting things together

HARRISON, N.J. - World Cup warm-up matches given what they are, it isn't always about winning, but the way the team plays and whether the team can avoid injuries.


June 1, 2014
WORLD CUP READY?
U.S. still needs to work out some kinks

HARRISON, N.J. - The United States National Team is not ready for the World Cup.

Jurgen Klinsmann knows it, but he’s hoping by the time the event kicks off in Brazil on June 12, that won’t be the case.


June 1, 2014
TURKISH TUNEUP
USA gets second pre-World Cup win, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. – Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey scored goals as the United States recorded its second win in as many World Cup warm-up matches en route to a 2-1 victory over Turkey at Red Bull Arena Sunday afternoon.


May 29, 2014
VOICE OF EXPERIENCE
McBride: Donovan still can do it at the World Cup and should have been selected

Brian McBride has little doubt that Landon Donovan can still do it at the highest international level and that he should be heading for Brazil next month.


May 27, 2014
THERE'S A SUBSTITUTE FOR SUCCESS
2nd-half subs Diskerud, Johannsson lift USA over Azerbaijan, 2-0

SAN FRANCISCO -- Second-half substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson scored six minutes apart late in the match to boost the United States to a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan in the first of three Send-off matches prior to the World Cup Tuesday night at Candlestick Park.


May 23, 2014
RAY'S RANT
Hudson decries leaving Donovan off World Cup roster

Ray Hudson goes off on Jurgen Klinamann's leaving Landon Donovan off World Cup roster.


May 23, 2014
DEFENDING HIS DECISION
Klinsmann on Donovan: other players were ahead of hm

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Jurgen Klinsmann defended his decision Friday to leave all-time U.S. international goal-scorer Landon Donovan off his World Cup roster.


May 22, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Donovan's exclusion is shocking and yet it isn't

So, Landon Donovan did not make the U.S. World Cup team.

How shocking. How stunning. How surprising -- given what he has done for U.S. Soccer since when he starred in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup team in 1999 through helping the Americans to a fourth-place finish.


May 22, 2014
DONOVAN'S REACTION
He's disappointed, but will cheer on the team

Needless to say, Landon Donovan was disappointed, but he did not criticize the decision by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to leave him off the U.S. national team for for the World Cup in Brazil.


May 22, 2014
THE UNKINDEST CUT
Donovan cut from U.S. World Cup team

Landon Donovan, arguably the best player ever produced by the United States, isn't going to the World Cup.


May 22, 2014
NO DONOVAN
3-time World-Cupper doesn't make USA team

Landon Donovan is not going to Brazil for the World Cup.


May 12, 2014
THE FINAL 30
Klinsmann names World Cup training camp roster

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


April 30, 2014
WORLD CUP AUDIO
ESPN Radio to broadcast all 64 games

ESPN Radio will broadcast live all 64 games of the World Cup in Brazil, from the Brazil vs. Croatia opener on June 12 through the final on July 13.


March 6, 2014
COAST-TO-COAST SEND-OFF
US Soccer sets 3-game Send-Off Series before World Cup

CHICAGO—The US National Team will play three send-off matches before departing for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.


March 3, 2014
SOCCER BUSINESS
Disney wants to grow MLS Spring Training presence

Walt Disney World might be the happiest place on earth, but the executives running the ESPN Wide World of Sports Facility will be a whole lot happier if they can continue to grow their Major League Soccer spring training presence.


December 6, 2013
TOUGH DRAW
USA vs. Germany, Ghana, Portugal in World Cup

The United States finds itself drawn in Group G at the World Cup, as in Golly, can it get any more difficult?


June 12, 2012
FIT TO BE TIED
US settles for 1-1 WCQ draw with Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY -- Second-half substitute Marco Pappa converted a free kick in the 83rd minute to lift Guatemala into a 1-1 draw with the United States in a World Cup qualifying match at Estadio Mateo Flores on Tuesday night.


June 2, 2012
FINAL TUNEUP
U.S. readies for qualifying against Canada

Were the United States’ five game stretch of games over 18 days really a tournament, as coach Jurgen Klinsmann has said he’s trying to replicate, then Sunday’s match against Canada at BMO Field might be the must-win game in order to move onto the next round, with the Americans sitting on a one win and one loss record so far.


May 2, 2012
HELLO COLUMBUS
U.S. will face Jamaica Sept 11.

CHICAGO - The U.S. Men's National Team will be on familiar turf when they take on Jamaica at Columbus Crew Stadium on Sept. 11 (8pm ET) for the second home match of Semifinal Round qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The United States has never lost in Columbus.


December 1, 2011
PAIR OF FRIENDLIES
U.S. to play Venezuela, Panama

CHICAGO - The United States National Team will begin preparation for World Cup quaifying with a pair of international friendlies in January.


March 3, 2011
NO CHANGE
CONCACAF gets 3.5 slots for 2014 WC

There will be no extra qualifying spot for CONCACAF for the 2014 World Cup.


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