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2014 FIFA World Cup

2014 FIFA WORLD CUP

November 3, 2016
MULHOLLAND'S DRIVE
Hofstra senior named to CAA first team, All Academic team

Four members of Hofstra Women's Soccer were recognized at the Colonial Athletic Association's awards show Thursday night.


June 22, 2016
UWS REVIEW
Valkyries earn first win

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Both teams came back from a one-goal deficits to tie the game but it was Real Salt Lake Women outlasting the Colorado Pride







July 28, 2014
MAKING THE CUT
Cahill 50th in Goal 50 competition

Red Bulls midfielder and Australian international Tim Cahill was ranked No. 50 in the Goal 50 award among the best soccer players in the world.


July 18, 2014
AN ARSENAL RETURN?
Miller hopes to play again vs. EPL side

Red Bulls World Cup participant Roy Miller is back with his MLS side, but he won't be ready to contribute to the club team quite yet.


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, ÜBER GERMANS
Sub Gotze scores game-winner as Germany becomes 1st Euro side to win World Cup in Americas

Mario Gotze provided the heroics for Germany, which in turn supplied the history. Gotze, a second-half substitute, connected for the game-winner in the 113th minute to lift the Germans to a 1-0 victory over Argentina and to their fourth World Cup title at Maracana Stadium Sunday.


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 13, 2014
AND THE WINNER IS ...
... Germany or Argentina, according to a sampling of players, former players, coaches and soccer officials

So, who's going to win the World Cup? By 5 or 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, the entire world will know. Until then, the rest of the planet will have to wonder or make predictions.


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

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 11, 2014
THIS GOALKEEPER IS SHUT OUT
Tim Howard not on Golden Glove short list

To many American soccer fans, Tim Howard is among the best goalkeeper or the No. 1 keeper in the world. But tell that to the FIFA technical study group. The former Red Bulls goalkeeper was not on the FIFA short list for its Golden Glove award, which is given to the top keeper in the World Cup.


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 penalty kick saves to lift Argentina into WC final

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 9, 2014
MILLER'S TALE
Red Bulls to assess severity of defender's injury

Roy Miller will be back from his World Cup odyssey on Thursday, but his availability to return to MLS play is very much a question mark.


July 8, 2014
HE KNOWS THE WAY TO SAN JOSE
Injured Miller allowed to be honored with Costa Rican teammates

Roy Miller won't be with the Red Bulls for this Saturday's home game against the Columbus Crew. He has a pretty decent excuse.


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

For many soccer fans, this city is known for what is considered one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history. For just about every Brazilian, this city is now known as the venue where the absolute worst and most disappointing performance in the history of their beloved national team.


July 8, 2014
JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME
American goalkeeping coach Dan Gaspar helped guide Iran in the World Cup in Brazil

As it turned out, Dan Gaspar's most memorable moments in the World Cup did not happen on the soccer field. Instead, they transpired in the Iranian locker room at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador after the team had been eliminated by Bosnia and Herzegovina June 25 and at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport a few days later.


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

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 Horizonte on Tuesday.


July 3, 2014
READY FOR A HOT TIME
Back from Brazil, Cahill prepared for Houston heat

If anything, Tim Cahill has become an expert in playing in the heat.


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

As the World Cup 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 time, I am looking forward to home, sweet, home

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

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. Tim Howard was magnificent, making save after save to keep the Americans alive. However, as brilliant as he was, Howard wasn’t perfect.


July 1, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Argentina needs extra time to eliminate the Swiss

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 mystery of the broken door knob

The main topic of today's diary is a door knob, yes a door knob. Actually, it is the door knob of our room, room 1003 at the Sol Victoria Marina Hotel.


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

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 Jurgen Klinsmann starts a refereeing controversy

Even before referee Djamel Haimoudi has made a call, the Algerian already was mired in a controversy a good 24 hours prior to kickoff of the United States' Round of 16 game against Belgium.


June 30, 2014
HE'S AVAILABLE
Altidore can play vs. Belgium, but Klinsmann doesn't know for how long

Jozy is back. Jozy Altidore, who suffered a strained left hamstring two weeks ago, will be available to play for the United States against Belgium in a Round of 16 World cup game Tuesday, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Monday.


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
LOOKING WAY BACK
When the USA beat Belgium in the very 1st World Cup in 1930

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
CRUSHED
Late letdown costs El Tri a trip to the World Cup quarterfinals

Mexico was 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, 2914
WILL THE BELGIANS WAFFLE?
USA gearing up for undefeated Belgium, which has an injured backline

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, 2914
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 18)
When eating (sleeping and exercising) is a luxury

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


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

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
IN JURGEN THEY TRUST
Klinsmann's enthusiam vital to Americans' success

Omar Gonzalez admits he has never played for a coach quite like Jurgen Klinsmann. The positive outlook and enthusiasm the U.S. national coach exudes is second to none.


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
BACK FROM BRAZIL
Fresh from World Cup, Cahill sets up Red Bulls equalizer

HARRISON, N.J. – The plan was for midfielder Tim Cahill to make a cameo appearance so the fans could greet the Australian World Cup star on his return back to his club team. Instead, he did a little more than just grace the field as he set-up the equalizer in the Red Bulls wild 2-2 result with Toronto FC.


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

I have nothing against the name Michael. After all, it has been my favorite name all my life. But apparently when you get too many Michaels (or Mikes) together in Brazil, especially in the same traveling group, well, strange things can happen.


June 27, 2014
RAISING THE BAR
Klinsmann tells his team to think big, not to book their flights home until July 13, day of the WC final

The man who pushed the bar so low for the United States suddenly raised it to much greater heights Friday. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who said several weeks ago that the USA could not win the World Cup, threw out a challenge to his team -- to think big, to think even the championship game.


June 27, 2014
INJURY UPDATE
Jones did suffer a broken nose, Altidore runs, but uncertain for Belgium

A few injury updates about midfielder Jermaine Jones and striker Jozy Altidore for the U.S. national team as it sets its sights for Belgium in the Round of 16 Tuesday.


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

It took about a minute for the result to become official and only a second for it to settle in. After the United States dropped a 1-0 Group G decision to Germany Thursday, the Americans discovered they had booked a spot in the Round of 16 at the World Cup.


June 26, 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

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.


June 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

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
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP II
French and Swiss march on

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


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

No World Cup game can be considered a friendly, not even when two old friends meet up. So when U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann coaches against his former assistant, Joachim Low, who guides the German national team, it will be all business at Arena Pernambuco in the Group G finale for both teams Thursday.


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: Everything is relative. And someone always has it worse than you.


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

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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 13)
Following a daily regimen (sort of)

When you're traveling in the World Cup, you try to keep good habits. That includes eating well as much as you can, catching sleeping and keeping an exercise schedule.


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

For the first time during the World Cup, U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley communicated with the U.S. media on Tuesday. Well, sort of.


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

It's no secret that U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his German counterpart Joachim Low are good friends. After all, Low was Klinsmann's assistant when he guided his native Germany to third place at the 2006 World Cup.


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

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
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
WORLD CUP NOTEBOOK
Klinsmann doesn't like the fact the Germans get a break with an extra day of rest

Jurgen Klinsmann is none too happy with the World Cup schedule. He feels that Germany has received an unfair advance over the United States as the team prepare for their Thursday confrontation in Recife.


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

I sit here in the U.S. Soccer media center at our hotel with two televisions on at the same time to watch a series of games as the third phase of the group stage will be played.


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

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.



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

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

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 INTO THE MIRROR
Bradley: 'I'm certainly honest enough and hard enough on myself to know it wasn't my sharpest night'

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

You learn to pace yourself at the World Cup. Well, within reason. There are plenty of surprises that are foisted upon everyone, some twists and turns that you don't see coming.


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

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 ellimination

Luis Suarez and Uruguay pushed England to the edge of elimination from the World Cup on Thursday. The Liverpool striker struck twice, including a dramatic game-winner in the 85th minute to push the Uruguayans to a 2-1 Group D victory at Arena de Sao Paulo.


June 19, 2014
HAMSTRUNG
Altidore won't play vs. Portgual

Jozy Altidore is out of Sunday's game with Portugal. The U.S. striker won't play in the World Cup Group G match due to a strained left hamstring, according to a U.S. Soccer spokesman.


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
HIGHER GOALS
Confident USA sets its sights on beating ailing Portugal

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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 7
A rare day off from the daily grind, but not from work

For the first time that I can remember in my eight World Cups, I actually had a day off on Wednesday. There was no USA training or media availability and no games to cover; England will tussle with Uruguay here on Thursday.


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
TWO OUT OF THREE NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Besler, Dempsey should play vs. Portugal, Klinsmann hopeful Altidore will return in WC

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
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

Some things that they don't teach you in journalism school: Writing on ridiculous deadlines, cranking out stories while the media bus is bouncing along to the airport, sending stories from the check-in counter at the airport and taking a 2:50 a.m. flight from Natal, Brazil to Sao Paulo.


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

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
EXORCISING GHOSTS OF THE PAST
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
A BORA SIGHTING
Ex-USMNT coach Milutinovic attends USA WC opener

No World Cup would be complete with a Bora sighting, and there was one at the United States' curtain-raiser against Ghana at Arena das Dunas Monday night.


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

For the first time since I arrived here Thursday, I did accomplished a first -- I got some sleep. Actually eight hours of it. I went to bed at 10:30 p.m. and woke up at 6:30 a.m., although it took a while for me to wake up.


June 16, 2014
FIRST THINGS FIRST
It pays to score 1st and win early at the World Cup

Some things to remember before the United States takes on Ghana later today and how vital it is for the Americans to win their World Cup opener.


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

Soccer and the World Cup sometimes makes for some unusual bedfellows -- figuratively and literally. Take, for example, the case of Akwasi Peprah of suburban San Francisco.


June 16, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
U.S. WC wins are few and far between for this writer

Psst! I'll let you in on a little secret, although no one, no one at all, is supposed to tell U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann about it or he will ban me from attending his team's games at the World Cup.


June 16, 2014
TALKING WORLD CUP SOCCER
Cosmos players, Savarese chime in about USMNT

New York Cosmos players and head coach Giovanni Savarese talk about the World Cup.


June 15, 2014
WORLD CUP ROUNDUP
Benzema leads France, Messi scores Argentina's winner, Switzerland wins 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 the USA has it on its minds, while the Americans they don't

Depending on your vantage point, the U.S. national team has or doesn't 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

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
Howard: words, advice from me to my teammates would be hollow

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
A TRIPLE THREAT
Cahill scores in 3rd consecutive World Cup

Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill became the first Australian to score in three World Cups -- three consecutive tournaments at athat -- in the Socceroos' 3-1 loss at ARena Pantanal on Friday night.


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

Brazil's 3-1 win over Croatia in the World Cup opener Thursday served as a warning and a reminder to the United States on how quickly a game could turn on a referee's decision, even if it wasn't the correct one.


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
A nightmare day from hell in Sao Paulo

It's incredible what a good night's sleep, a hot shower and a breakfast will do for one's spirits. I needed all three after my day from hell on Thursday.


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

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

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

How appropriate. I began this column sitting in the departure lounge of Terminal 8 at JFK Airport, awaiting my flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The number eight certainly hit the spot; this will be my eighth World Cup.


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

Our team makes their World Cup picks from the champion to how the USA will fare to the surprise team.


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. So, after a while you get a gut feeling of what just might happen.


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

Big Apple Soccer kicks off its World Cup coverage this week, as 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 11, 2014
DON'T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED
With World Cup nearly here, Cosmos' Hans Denissen reflects on how special international call-ups are

Hans Denissen has never played in a World Cup. At this stage in his career, the New York Cosmos forward probably never will. However, any player that is fortunate to go should keep in mind Denissen’s words.


June 10, 2014
RONALDO'S RETURN
Striker doesn't score, but he helps Portugal to a rousing 5-1 rout of Ireland

With the great Cristiano Ronaldo back in the lineup and healthy, Portugal was running at all cylinders and then some Tuesday night, recording an impressive 5-1 triumph over Ireland in a World Cup game at MetLife Stadium.


June 9, 2014
MLS STARS READY FOR WORLD CUP
10 Americans, 22 total 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 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 6, 2014
FINISHING ON THE RIGHT FOOT
Greece ends 3-game drought with 2-1 win over Bolivia in final WC warm-up

Greece ended its World Cup warm-ups on a high note, snapping a three-game scoreless streak en route to a 2-1 victory over Bolivia at Red Bull Arena Friday night.


June 6, 2014
LAST HURRAH?
David Villa, rest of Spain’s veteran core hope to make a last bit of history in Brazil

ain’s Saturday friendly against El Salvador (4 p.m., beIN Sports) will be a final tuneup for a national side looking to make unprecedented football history at the World Cup, which begins in Brazil next week.


June 6, 2014
FRIENDLY WIN
Brazil-bound Greece downs Bolivia in WC warm-up

Greece prepared for its World Cup with a 2-1 win over Bolivia in an international friendly at Red Bull Arena Friday night.


June 2, 2014
TALKING WORLD CUP SOCCER
BigAppleSoccer editor Lewis at Sachem library Wednesday

BigAppleSoccer.com Editor Michael Lewis will talk about the World Cup past, present and future at the Sachem Public Library on Wednesday, June 4.


June 1, 2014
A WORK IN PROGRESS
U.S. defeat Turkey, but still must work on several things

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. If you take that into consideration, then Sunday was a rousing success for the United States.


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