U.S. Men’s National Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United States clinched its seventh straight World Cup appearance, beating Mexico 2-0 Tuesday night on second-half goals by Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan before a raucous red-white-and-blue-clad crowd.
Klinsmann’s doubters have been silenced, and the unconventional German coach has the Americans one step closer to Brazil and a giant leap toward finally making good on their promise.