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U.S. Men’s National Team

Mason Plumlee #11 of Team USA passes under pressure from Tiago Splitter #15 of Team Brazil during an exhibition game at the United Center on August 16, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Team USA defeated team Brazil 95-78. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Mason Plumlee Has No Business Going To Spain

With his work ethic, he will continue to improve on his shooting range and ball handling, making him even more valuable to Brooklyn. He’s just not ready yet for this grand stage.

08/20/2014

Mason Plumlee #35 of the USA Blue Team (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

U.S. Men’s National Team Trims Roster To 16; Mason Plumlee Makes Cut

The U.S. men’s national team trimmed its roster to 16 players Tuesday by cutting Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap.

08/05/2014

A fan of the United States enjoys the atmosphere prior to the World Cup Round of 16 match against Belgium at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Silverman: Enough Already! Give Me Football — The Real Version Of The Sport

Despite the huge crowds that watched the World Cup games at public venues in major cities all over the land, we have not become a soccer-mad country.

07/02/2014

Vincent Kompany of Belgium has his shot saved by Tim Howard of the United States during the World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Howard Heroic But USA’s World Cup Dream Dashed By Belgium

Kevin De Bruyne turned a heroic night for U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard into defeat on Tuesday with an extra-time goal and an assist that gave Belgium a 2-1 victory and a quarterfinal match against Lionel Messi and Argentina.

07/01/2014

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5 Things To Know Before USA-Belgium World Cup Matchup

In what is perhaps the most anticipated game for the USA thus far in the 2014 World Cup, Belgium is the only thing standing between Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad and a quarterfinal spot.

06/30/2014

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore tries to trap a pass during the international friendly match against Nigeria at EverBank Field on June 7, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Klinsmann: Altidore Definitely Available For USA’s Match Against Belgium

Jozy Altidore is available to play for the United States in Tuesday’s World Cup second-round game against Belgium, but it does not appear the forward is ready to return to the starting lineup.

06/30/2014

The FC Harlem soccer club stresses the basics in practice. (Credit: CBS 2)

Potential American World Cup Stars Of Tomorrow Learn Craft At FC Harlem

While the eyes of the world have been on the World Cup, there’s a small soccer club in Harlem that’s not as concerned about who wins. For them, it’s about making sure kids get professional coaching to keep them competitive on and off the field.

06/27/2014

German players mob Thomas Mueller after he scored in the second half against Matt Besler, right, and the United States during their World Cup  Group G match at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

USA Struggles Against Mighty Germany, But Moves On To Knockout Stage

Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Friday as Germany defeated the United States 1-0 to win Group G ahead of the Americans, who also advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing.

06/26/2014

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann speaks to his assistants during the US Men's National Team training at Arena Pernambuco on June 25, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Dyer: U.S.-Germany Is Simply A Monster Match For Soccer’s Place In This Country

Thursday match between the U.S. and Germany represents more than a chance for the Americans advance to the second round of the World Cup. The birth of a soccer nation — a true soccer nation — is on the line.

06/25/2014

An injured Jozy Altidore of the United States lies on the field during the first half of the World Cup Group G match against Ghana at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014, in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

U.S. Men Waiting Anxiously To Learn Forward Altidore’s Status

Jozy Altidore was due to have his injured left hamstring examined after the U.S. squad returned to its Sao Paulo headquarters from Monday night’s 2-1 victory against Ghana.

06/17/2014

John Brooks of the United States is mobbed by teammates after scoring late in the World Cup Group G match against Ghana at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. The Americans held on for a 2-1 victory. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

USA Comes Back From Certain Doom To Stun Ghana In Group G Classic

Clint Dempsey scored one of fastest goals in World Cup history and John Brooks scored the game winner on a header in the 86th minute of a 2-1 U.S. victory over Ghana on Monday.

06/16/2014

Fans cheer during the international friendly match between the United States and Nigeria at EverBank Field on June 7, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Soccer Is Boring TV, Which Is Why Most Americans Don’t Care About World Cup

Soccer fever will grip the planet this week as the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil. I already have a headache. Before you pounce on me with derivations of “ugly American,” hear me out.

06/10/2014

Landon Donovan of the US Men's National Team practices in Stanford, California on May 14, 2014. Donovan was among seven players to get cut from the squad heading to the World Cup in Brazil. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Klinsmann Defends Cutting Legend Donovan From U.S. World Cup Roster

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he dropped Landon Donovan from the World Cup roster because other forwards in the player pool surpassed him in the months before the American team gathered for its pre-tournament training camp.

05/23/2014

John Brooks of the USA, in action against Ukraine at Antonis Papadopoulos stadium on March 5, 2014 in Larnaca, Cyprus. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images)

U.S. Men’s Soccer Unveils World Cup Road Kit

After unveiling a plain white home jersey for the World Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation is going with a colorful red-white-and-blue design for its road uniform.

04/01/2014

The starting 11 of the USA men's national team pose for a group photo prior to their international friendly match against the Korea Republic at StubHub Center on February 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team To Play Friendly Against Ukraine

Wednesday’s friendly appeared to be in jeopardy because of the upheaval in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. But the U.S. Soccer Federation said in an emailed statement that the game would proceed as scheduled.

03/04/2014

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