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Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 06/30/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Monday

Here’s what you missed from the today’s games of the round of 16.

By Marissa Payne  |  06:58 PM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 06/30/2014

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray set to host World Cup viewing party at Freedom Plaza on Tuesday

Dupont Circle’s watch party may be canceled, but this one in Freedom Plaza will go on.

By Marissa Payne  |  04:04 PM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 06/30/2014

Klinsmann on referee for U.S.-Belgium game: ‘Is it a good feeling? No.’

Citing last-second win over Algeria in last World Cup, U.S. coach expresses concern over selection of referee for Tuesday’s game against Belgium.

By Matt Rennie  |  03:35 PM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 06/30/2014

Injured striker Jozy Altidore will be available for the U.S. vs. Belgium

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann won’t say how many minutes -- if any at all -- the injured striker will actually play.

By Rick Maese  |  02:42 PM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 06/30/2014

World Cup watch party in Dupont Circle scuttled by lack of funds

The man who organized last Thursday’s successful watch party for U.S.-Germany match was unable to secure funding to stage it on Tuesday.

By Kiratiana Freelon  |  01:12 PM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 06/30/2014

Univision comes out against anti-gay slur chanted during the World Cup

The Spanish-language network voiced its concerns over the word “puto” that can be heard during goalkeeper kickoffs.

By Marissa Payne  |  12:02 PM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 06/30/2014

French Rivieria city Nice bans foreign flags for the rest of World Cup

The decree is meant to stave off riots, but it sounds like it might start some instead...

By Marissa Payne  |  11:43 AM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 06/30/2014

KLM airlines went there on Twitter after Netherlands beat Mexico at the World Cup

Nothing like employing dated stereotypes to celebrate a big victory.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:47 AM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 06/30/2014

Uruguay President Jose Mujica calls FIFA’s ban of Luis Suarez ‘fascist’

Uruguayan striker’s ban was ‘fascist,’ Mujica says.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:11 AM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/30/2014

World Cup 2014: Time, TV, preview for France-Nigeria, Germany-Algeria round of 16 games

Everything you need to prepare for Monday’s games in the round of 16.

By Marissa Payne  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:21 PM ET, 06/29/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Sunday

Here’s what you missed from the today’s games of the round of 16.

By Marissa Payne  |  07:21 PM ET, 06/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 06/29/2014

Mark Geiger goes where no American ref has ever gone in the World Cup

After flawless performances in two group stage matches, the New Jersey native will become the first U.S. referee to officiate a World Cup game in the knockout round.

By Timothy D. May  |  10:53 AM ET, 06/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/29/2014

World Cup 2014: Time, TV, preview for Netherlands-Mexico, Costa Rica-Greece round of 16 games

Everything you need to prepare for Sunday’s games in the round of 16.

By Scott Allen  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 06/28/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Saturday

Here’s what you missed from the first two games of the round of 16.

By Scott Allen  |  07:09 PM ET, 06/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 06/28/2014

Brazil escapes Chile, and fans in Rio let out screams of joy and relief

Brazilian fans watching their country’s World Cup round-of-16 game are put through the wringer.

By Dom Phillips  |  04:02 PM ET, 06/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 06/28/2014

Oops: Uruguay’s Luis Suarez featured as the ‘Supersport’ in this week’s ‘Mini Page’

Unfortunate timing for the newspaper for kids.

By Scott Allen  |  03:34 PM ET, 06/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/28/2014

World Cup 2014: Time, TV, preview for Brazil-Chile, Colombia-Uruguay round of 16 games

It’s win or go home for the four South American teams in action on Saturday.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 06/27/2014

Dupont Circle watch party organizer needs $30,000 to do another one

Thursday’s event, attended by thousands, was sponsored by the German embassy; no such benefactor has stepped up for Tuesday’s game.

By Kiratiana Freelon  |  07:49 PM ET, 06/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 06/27/2014

Let Teddy stay! Ad agency starts campaign to keep ‘Teddy Goalsevelt’ in Brazil

Bully! USMNT’s most famous fan stays in Brazil, thanks to online campaign.

By Sarah Larimer  |  03:49 PM ET, 06/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teddy Goalsevelt, U.S. Men's National Team, USMNT

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 06/27/2014

Will Jozy Altidore return for U.S. World Cup round-of-16 match vs. Belgium?

The veteran striker is getting closer to fitness after missing 2 1/2 matches with a hamstring injury.

By Steven Goff  |  02:19 PM ET, 06/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 06/27/2014

Galatasaray wants Jurgen Klinsmann or Joachim Low to be next coach. Also wants a pony for Christmas.

It seems unlikely that either would depart for Turkey.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  10:47 AM ET, 06/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 06/27/2014

Luis Suarez biting victim Giorgio Chiellini says FIFA punishment was ‘excessive’

“At the moment my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period,” Italy defender says.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  10:04 AM ET, 06/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 06/26/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Thursday

Get a quick review of the day’s action in Brazil.

By Marissa Payne  |  07:20 PM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 06/26/2014

Does Luis Suarez have a future in professional soccer?

All this negative attention will certainly harm the Uruguayan star’s career, right? Not quite...

By Marissa Payne  |  07:07 PM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 06/26/2014

#Suarezing is soccer fans’ new thing on the Internet, because all the old memes bite

Friends don’t bite friends, unless it’s for an Internet-bound photo.

By Sarah Larimer  |  04:45 PM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Giorgio Chiellini, Luis Suarez, Twitter

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 06/26/2014

We watch you watch the World Cup

Washingtonians gather all over the city to watch the United States face Germany in the World Cup group stage finale. And we watch them watch.

By Missy Khamvongsa  |  11:34 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 06/26/2014

Poll: Did FIFA’s punishment for Luis Suarez fit the crime?

Tell us what you think of the nine-match, four-month ban.

By Keith McMillan  |  10:55 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 06/26/2014

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez suspended for nine matches, banned for four months by FIFA

It’s the longest suspension in World Cup history for an on-field incident.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  09:59 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 06/26/2014

Will the ‘Curse of Manaus’ haunt the U.S. soccer team ahead of World Cup group-stage finale?

First four teams to play in Amazonian city lost their next games by a combined score of 10-3.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:47 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 06/26/2014

Why is it taking FIFA so long to punish Luis Suarez?

Uruguay defends its star after bite seen ‘round the World Cup.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:36 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 06/26/2014

Hours before U.S.-Germany kickoff, Recife is hit by torrential rain

Streets are flooded, traffic snarled before World Cup match.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:06 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 06/26/2014

Ghana suspends Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sulley Montari ahead of World Cup group-stage finale

Dissension on the Black Stars continues on day of crucial match with Portugal.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  07:56 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 AM ET, 06/26/2014

Want the day off to watch U.S. vs. Germany? Jurgen Klinsmann has you covered.

Bosses are probably going to catch on, given that everyone in America is using the same note.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:41 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:27 AM ET, 06/26/2014

Here’s how U.S. soccer can advance in the World Cup: Group G, Group H scenarios

Americans will advance to the knockout round with a win or draw against Germany; they also could move on with a loss, depending on the result of the Portugal-Ghana game.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  07:27 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/26/2014

World Cup 2014: Times, TV, preview for USA-Germany and Thursday’s other games

Can the United States reach the round of 16?

By Matt Bonesteel  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 06/25/2014

Argentina fan invasion for Nigeria match adds to happy mix at World Cup

Fans from Brazil’s neighbor and soccer rival are joined by others from Chile, Mexico and more to give a thoroughly Latin accent to the event.

By Dom Phillips  |  07:35 PM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 06/25/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Wednesday

A quick review of the day’s action in Brazil.

By Marissa Payne  |  06:31 PM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 06/25/2014

USSF President Sunil Gulati discusses Germany match, Jurgen Klinsmann, U.S. national team and World Cup

On eve of Germany showdown, the head of American soccer talks about the sport’s growth and the program’s status.

By Steven Goff  |  03:48 PM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, U.S. national team, ussf

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 06/25/2014

Will FIFA suspend Luis Suarez for biting at World Cup? History says yes.

Players have been sanctioned for less egregious on-field actions in the past at the World Cup.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  10:46 AM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 06/25/2014

World Cup advancement scenarios for Group E, Group F

Six teams will battle for three available knockout-round slots on Wednesday.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:49 AM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 06/25/2014

Ghana sends plane full of cash — $3 million — to pay its soccer team at World Cup

“The players insisted that they will want physical cash,” the country’s deputy sports minister says.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  07:49 AM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 06/25/2014

A few minutes with ex-Terp Taylor Twellman

A Q&A with former University of Maryland and MLS star Taylor Twellman, who is working the World Cup as an analyst for ESPN.

By Rick Maese  |  07:01 AM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/25/2014

World Cup 2014: Time, TV and preview for Nigeria-Argentina and Wednesday’s other matches

Group E and Group F will be decided with four games on Wednesday.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 06/24/2014

Luis Suarez may find World Cup antics biting him and Uruguay in the end

The Uruguayan star could face a suspension after allegedly biting an Italian opponent at the World Cup.

By Marissa Payne  |  07:37 PM ET, 06/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 PM ET, 06/24/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Tuesday

A quick review of the day’s action in Brazil.

By David Larimer  |  07:03 PM ET, 06/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 06/24/2014

Video: U.S. soccer trains ahead of crucial World Cup match with Germany

Jurgen Klinsmann says Jozy Altidore’s hamstring still hasn’t healed enough to play Thursday.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  09:21 AM ET, 06/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/24/2014

World Cup advancement scenarios for Group C, Group D

Seven of the eight teams playing on Tuesday are mathematically alive for the knockout round.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2014

World Cup 2014: Time, TV, preview for Italy-Uruguay and Tuesday’s other matches

Either the Azzurri or the Celeste will be heading home when group stage ends.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 06/23/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Monday

A review of all the day’s action from Brazil.

By Marissa Payne  |  06:52 PM ET, 06/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 06/23/2014

The problem with American soccer

A former MLS player suggests the way soccer is taught in the United States needs to fundamentally change if the country ever wants to be great.

By Marissa Payne  |  03:50 PM ET, 06/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/23/2014

Live updates: Netherlands vs. Chile, Australia vs. Spain, Mexico vs. Croatia, Cameroon vs. Brazil

We’ve got everything covered from today’s action in Brazil.

By David Larimer  |  10:43 AM ET, 06/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 06/23/2014

World Cup tiebreakers, explained

It starts with points and goal differential and ends with FIFA picking a name out of a hat.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  10:05 AM ET, 06/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 06/23/2014

World Cup advancement scenarios for Group A, Group B

Groups A and B will be decided on Monday in Brazil

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:34 AM ET, 06/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/23/2014

World Cup 2014: Time, TV, preview for Mexico-Croatia and Monday’s other games

A head-to-head elimination game in Group A highlights today’s action in Brazil.

By David Larimer  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 PM ET, 06/22/2014

Here’s how the U.S. can still advance in the World Cup

Despite Sunday’s draw with Portugal, the United States still has a pretty good shot of making the top 16.

By Marissa Payne  |  10:09 PM ET, 06/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 PM ET, 06/22/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Sunday

A review of all the day’s action from Brazil.

By David Larimer  |  08:48 PM ET, 06/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 06/22/2014

World Cup matchday: United States vs. Portugal in Manaus

The U.S. national soccer team has a golden opportunity to clinch a round-of-16 berth in the World Cup.

By Steven Goff  |  02:11 PM ET, 06/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. national team, World Cup

Posted at 06:35 AM ET, 06/22/2014

World Cup 2014: Time, TV, preview for USA-Portugal and Sunday’s other games

The Americans have a golden opportunity to advance to the round of 16, while Russia’s goalkeeper will try to rebound.

By David Larimer  |  06:35 AM ET, 06/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 06/21/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Saturday

A review of all the day’s action from Brazil.

By Scott Allen  |  08:32 PM ET, 06/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 06/21/2014

What the Germany-Ghana tie means for U.S. hopes in the World Cup

The nail-biting tie between Germany and Ghana clarifies what the U.S. needs to do to advance to the round of 16.

By Rick Maese  |  05:30 PM ET, 06/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 06/21/2014

In Iran, narrow World Cup loss to Argentina is still cause for celebration

Iranians, who have few opportunities to openly celebrate, poured into the streets to pay tribute their team’s valiant effort.

By David Larimer  |  05:10 PM ET, 06/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 06/21/2014

World Cup 2014: Time, TV, preview for Germany-Ghana and Saturday’s other games

Germans look to advance, hope to avoid letdown after 4-0 rout of Portugal in opener.

By Chelsea Janes  |  06:03 AM ET, 06/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 PM ET, 06/20/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Friday

A review of all of Friday’s action from Brazil, including Costa Rica’s surprising 1-0 win over Italy.

By Scott Allen  |  08:29 PM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 06/20/2014

World soccer players’ union calls on FIFA to conduct concussion investigation after Alvaro Pereira’s injury

Left back/midfielder returned to the field after getting knocked out by an inadvertent left knee.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  09:08 AM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 06/20/2014

Mario Balotelli wants a kiss from Queen Elizabeth if Italy saves England at the World Cup

It’s a minor demand, really.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:31 AM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/20/2014

World Cup 2014: Time, TV, preview for Italy-Costa Rica and Friday’s other matches

Ticos’ surprising dominance of Uruguay in first group-stage match was ‘alarm bell’ for Azzurri.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:11 PM ET, 06/19/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Thursday

Catch up on what you might have missed from the day’s three games.

By Marissa Payne  |  08:11 PM ET, 06/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 06/19/2014

As expected, Jozy Altidore will not play in U.S. World Cup match vs. Portugal

The USSF is hopeful the striker will return to the U.S. team at some point during the World Cup tournament.

By Steven Goff  |  10:41 AM ET, 06/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, U.S. national team

Posted at 06:10 AM ET, 06/19/2014

World Cup 2014: Times, TV for Uruguay-England and Thursday’s other games

Neither Uruguay or England can afford to lose another match.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  06:10 AM ET, 06/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:13 PM ET, 06/18/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Wednesday

Catch up on what you might have missed from the day’s three games.

By Marissa Payne  |  08:13 PM ET, 06/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 06/18/2014

Robin van Persie’s 93-year-old grandfather reenacts his grandson’s World Cup goal

#Persieing hashtag movement reaches the elderly in the Netherlands.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  09:00 AM ET, 06/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 06/18/2014

Despite FIFA ban, Beats headphones are totally winning the World Cup

FIFA’s deal with Sony means Beats headphones are not allowed during official World Cup events.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:41 AM ET, 06/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 06/18/2014

Did you know that Clint Dempsey of the U.S. soccer team recorded a hip-hop album?

‘Deuce’ hopes to end the string of terrible athlete albums.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  07:49 AM ET, 06/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 06/17/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Tuesday

Catch up on what you might have missed from the day’s three games.

By Marissa Payne  |  08:15 PM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 06/17/2014

Soccer outsider: USA-Ghana match diary, player ratings

The Soccer Outsider recounts a stress-filled 90-plus minutes from the Americans’ World Cup opener and offers his own player ratings.

By Jeffrey Maurer  |  06:31 PM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Clint Dempsey, ghana, U.S. national team

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 06/17/2014

World Cup travelogue: In Salvador, patriotism expressed in many ways, at many volumes

World Cup travelogue: In Salvador, fans express their loyalties in various ways and at various volumes.

By Dom Phillips  |  04:57 PM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 06/17/2014

Altidore MRI, Besler evaluation, Dempsey broken nose after World Cup opener

While striker recovers from hamstring injury, Clint Dempsey was diagnosed with broken nose and Matt Besler is undergoing evaluation.

By Steven Goff  |  03:26 PM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, U.S. national team

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 06/17/2014

United’s Espindola out for 6 weeks

D.C.’s leading scorer and MLS’s co-leader in assists hurt his right knee last week at Montreal.

By Steven Goff  |  12:59 PM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/17/2014

The best newspaper headlines from U.S. soccer’s win over Ghana at the World Cup

Who ya got: ‘Ahead early, a head late’ or ‘Johnny Futbol’?

By Matt Bonesteel  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 06/17/2014

Up next for the United States? A battered Portugal squad

Possibly down two players to injury and another to suspension, the United States will face a Portuguese team at less-than-full strength.

By Rick Maese  |  09:55 AM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 06/17/2014

Belgium’s new golden generation makes its World Cup debut

Twelve years after their last World Cup appearance, Belgium is back as a trendy pick to win Group H and make a splash in Brazil.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:44 AM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 06/17/2014

Watch Joe Biden congratulate the U.S. soccer team after World Cup win over Ghana

Vice president shared in the team’s celebration in the locker room.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:52 AM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 06/17/2014

‘Lettuce hands,’ ‘chicken guy’ and ‘cow’s dribble’: How to talk World Cup like a Brazilian soccer fan

A look at the weird and wonderful world of Brazilian soccer lingo.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:27 AM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 06/17/2014

Watch U.S. soccer fans lose their minds after John Brooks’s goal vs. Ghana in World Cup

Watch as late header by John Brooks against Ghana sends stateside fans into spasms of World Cup joy.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  07:40 AM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/17/2014

World Cup 2014: Times, TV and preview for Brazil-Mexico and Tuesday’s other games

Brazil-Mexico winner, if there is one, could secure berth in the knockout round.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 PM ET, 06/16/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Monday

Catch up on what you might have missed from the day’s three games.

By Marissa Payne  |  08:45 PM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 06/16/2014

Will the rain continue in Natal for United States-Ghana World Cup match?

City on Brazil’s northeastern coast has received 13 inches of rain since Friday.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  09:30 AM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 06/16/2014

Will the U.S. beat Ghana in World Cup opener?

USA-Ghana preview, notes from Natal, U.S. history in openers, Ghana injury watch, referee, weather, TV, poll.

By Steven Goff  |  08:11 AM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/16/2014

World Cup 2014: Times, TV and preview for USA vs. Ghana, Monday’s other games

The U.S. soccer team plays its World Cup opener, while powers Germany and Portugal face off in another Group G match.

By David Larimer  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 PM ET, 06/15/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Sunday

Catch up on what you might have missed from the day’s three games.

By Marissa Payne  |  08:40 PM ET, 06/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 06/15/2014

World Cup travelogue: In Recife, Brazil charms its guests even as it confuses them

It seemed the whole world was represented on the opening day of games in Recife. And despite logistical difficulties, they seemed to be having a good time.

By Dom Phillips  |  02:00 PM ET, 06/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/15/2014

World Cup 2014: Times, TV and preview for Argentina vs. Bosnia and Sunday’s other games

The World Cup rolls on with three group-stage games.

By David Larimer  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 06/14/2014

Colombia’s Pablo Armero celebrates goals like no one else

The Colombian left back scores and dances against Greece in World Cup match.

By Steven Goff  |  11:45 PM ET, 06/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, colombia

Posted at 11:32 PM ET, 06/14/2014

World Cup scores and recaps from Saturday

Catch up on what you might have missed from the day’s four games.

By David Larimer  |  11:32 PM ET, 06/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 06/14/2014

World Cup destination: Natal

A 10-hour journey, a timeless experience.

By Steven Goff  |  04:35 PM ET, 06/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/14/2014

World Cup 2014: Times, TV and preview for England vs. Italy and Saturday’s other games

England-Italy highlights a very full slate of World Cup games from Brazil.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 06/13/2014

D.C. tops TV markets in World Cup opener ratings

Washington edged Boston, South Florida, Los Angeles and New York in ESPN ratings of Brazil vs. Croatia.

By Steven Goff  |  07:39 PM ET, 06/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 06/13/2014

With World Cup underway, U.S. players ‘can all feel it now’

The U.S. national soccer team packed their bags for Natal ahead of Monday’s opener against Ghana.

By Steven Goff  |  01:45 PM ET, 06/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, U.S. national team

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 06/13/2014

NASA says World Cup ball will be better for goalkeepers, worse for strikers

Brazuca’s bumps will reduce knuckling tendencies on kicks with little to no spin

By Matt Bonesteel  |  09:45 AM ET, 06/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 06/13/2014

A Wisconsin pub decided to use ‘favela’ for its World Cup theme

After the Internet gets upset, the owner of Milwaukee’s Nomad World Pub defends the design as art.

By Marissa Payne  |  08:08 AM ET, 06/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/13/2014

World Cup 2014: A viewer’s guide to Friday’s games

Spain vs. Netherlands is the match to watch as the tournament gets going in earnest.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 06/12/2014

Watch Landon Donovan promote the World Cup he isn’t in

He isn’t really answering phones. We’re pretty sure.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:55 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 06/12/2014

World Cup protesters in Sao Paulo met with tear gas, stun grenades from police

Demonstrators say money spent on World Cup should have been spent on social services and non-soccer infrastructure in Brazil.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  10:16 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 06/12/2014

A first kick worth watching: A paraplegic wearing an exoskeleton suit will open World Cup

A young adult paraplegic wearing an exoskeleton suit will open World Cup.

By Dom Phillips  |  10:07 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 06/12/2014

Flying into Rio for the World Cup? There might not be any airport workers around because of a strike.

Check-in counter clerks and baggage handlers at Rio’s two airports are seeking raises of at least 5.6 percent.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  09:41 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 06/12/2014

How not to sound like an idiot when talking about the World Cup

Don’t know the difference between a free kick and a corner kick? We’ve got answers.

By Marissa Payne  |  08:32 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 06/12/2014

Soccer fans explore Brazil’s rich soccer history

The Museu do Futebol shows that the rise of soccer in Brazil mirrored the country’s evolution over the past century.

By Rick Maese  |  07:55 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2014

World Cup 2014: A viewer’s guide to Thursday’s Brazil-Croatia opener

The hosts expect nothing but a victory in the first game of soccer’s biggest event.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 PM ET, 06/11/2014

D.C. United claims 1st place in MLS Eastern Conference

Luis Silva recorded a first-half hat trick and Fabian Espindola added three assists as United won at Montreal, 4-2.

By Steven Goff  |  11:19 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 06/11/2014

U.S. scrimmage vs. Belgium canceled

Traffic concerns in Sao Paulo have prompted the United States and Belgium to cancel their planned scrimmage Thursday.

By Steven Goff  |  01:53 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, belgium, U.S. national team

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 06/11/2014

One day before the World Cup, FIFA still has unsold tickets for 15 matches

The tickets remain unsold despite what FIFA called ‘unprecedented’ interest.

By Marissa Payne  |  01:40 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 06/11/2014

World Cup preview: Group H teams, players and schedule

Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea are set to battle one another when the World Cup kicks off June 12.

By Michael Cunniff  |  12:38 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 06/11/2014

World Cup preview: Group G teams, players and schedule

Germany, Portugal, Ghana and the USA are set to battle one another when the World Cup kicks off June 12.

By Michael Cunniff  |  12:34 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 06/11/2014

World Cup preview: Group F teams, players and schedule

Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nigeria and Iran are set to battle one another when the World Cup kicks off June 12.

By Michael Cunniff  |  12:29 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 06/11/2014

World Cup preview: Group E teams, players and schedule

Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras are set to battle one another when the World Cup kicks off June 12.

By Michael Cunniff  |  12:25 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 06/11/2014

World Cup preview: Group D teams, players and schedule

Uruguay, Costa Rica, Italy, England are set to battle one another when the World Cup kicks off June 12.

By Michael Cunniff  |  12:21 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 06/11/2014

World Cup preview: Group C teams, players and schedule

Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan are set to battle one another when the World Cup kicks off June 12.

By Michael Cunniff  |  12:17 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 06/11/2014

Landon Donovan joins ESPN’s World Cup coverage

U.S. soccer’s all-time leading scorer isn’t going to Brazil, but he’ll still be able to talk about it.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  12:14 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 06/11/2014

World Cup preview: Group B teams, players and schedule

Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia are set to battle one another when the World Cup kicks off June 12.

By Michael Cunniff  |  12:12 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/11/2014

World Cup preview: Group A teams, players and schedule

Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon are set to battle one another when the World Cup kicks off June 12.

By Michael Cunniff  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 06/11/2014

FIFA President Sepp Blatter wistfully pines for a World Cup in outer space

Suggestion of ‘Interplanetary Cup’ elicits howls of laughter on Twitter.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  11:06 AM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 06/11/2014

A reporter settles into Brazil to cover the World Cup

Rick Maese has set up shop in Sao Paulo for the next month and he spent a little time getting to know his new surroundings.

By Missy Khamvongsa  |  08:55 AM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 06/10/2014

GoPro finds a new angle on World Cup preparations with new video series

The camera company introduces its new three-part mini-movie with a kickoff video about soccer in Brazil.

By Marissa Payne  |  03:53 PM ET, 06/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 06/10/2014

U.S. soccer team is focused on its World Cup opener vs. Ghana

If the American can’t pick up points against Ghana in its opening match on Monday, its road through the tournament could become impossibly steep.

By Rick Maese  |  02:26 PM ET, 06/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, U.S. national team, World Cup

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 06/10/2014

Twitter releases World Cup hashtags with flag emoticons

Twitter just released country code hashtags that feature flag emoticons. Call them “hashflags.“

By Margaret Ely  |  11:53 AM ET, 06/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, World Cup

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/10/2014

2014 World Cup: Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G, Group H

U.S. faces a tough road in Group G, which includes Germany, Portugal and Ghana.

By Kelyn Soong  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 PM ET, 06/09/2014

Greetings from Sao Paulo, as World Cup approaches

The U.S. national soccer team sets foot in Brazil for the World Cup. The scene in Sao Paulo. John Oliver skewers FIFA.

By Steven Goff  |  10:16 PM ET, 06/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 06/09/2014

Streaming the World Cup

Legal (and-not-so legal ways) of watching the World Cup when you’re not in front of a TV, plus a calendar to help you keep track of every match.

By Margaret Ely  |  05:16 PM ET, 06/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, World Cup

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 06/09/2014

2014 World Cup preview, TV listings and game schedule

Spain is the defending champion in the tournament that will run from June 12 to July 13 in Brazil.

By Missy Khamvongsa  |  08:09 AM ET, 06/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 PM ET, 06/08/2014

Destination: World Cup in Brazil

The World Cup adventure begins with a flight from Washington Dulles to Sao Paulo,

By Steven Goff  |  09:08 PM ET, 06/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 06/07/2014

Matchday: Spain at FedEx Field, U.S. in Jacksonville, Portugal defeats Mexico

Looking ahead to FedEx Field doubleheader, TV schedule for World Cup tuneups, Mexico-Portugal highlights, Ghana music video

By Steven Goff  |  11:32 AM ET, 06/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, ghana, mexico, portugal, spain, U.S. national team

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 06/06/2014

D.C. United news and notes

United aims for first place in MLS’s Eastern Conference when it hosts the Columbus Crew at FedEx Field on Saturday.

By Steven Goff  |  02:11 PM ET, 06/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, MLS

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/05/2014

Thursday kickaround

Spain at RFK. El Salvador’s arrival. U.S.-Nigeria tickets in Jacksonville. World Cup friendlies on TV. Reggae Boyz. D.C. United. Washington Spirit.

By Steven Goff  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, D.C. United, MLS, spain, washington spirit

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 06/05/2014

A new Group of Death in World Cup

According to FIFA rankings, Group D, not Group G, is the most difficult foursome in the World Cup’s first round.

By Steven Goff  |  09:03 AM ET, 06/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, fifa

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 06/04/2014

Wednesday kickaround

Spain in Washington. Xabi Alonso’s thoughts. Copa America in D.C.? Mexico video. Today’s friendlies. D.C. United stadium update. Washington Spirit signing.

By Steven Goff  |  09:43 AM ET, 06/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, D.C. United, mexico, spain, washington spirit

Posted at 07:42 PM ET, 06/03/2014

Video: Brazil 4, Panama 0

In the first of two World Cup tuneups, the Brazilians have their way on goals by Neymar, Dani Alves, Hulk and Willian.

By Steven Goff  |  07:42 PM ET, 06/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, Brazil

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 06/03/2014

10 things you should know about Spain’s pre-World Cup visit to Washington

Defending Euro and World Cup champions are in D.C. for 4 days of training and Saturday’s pre-Brazil friendly vs. El Salvador.

By Steven Goff  |  07:58 AM ET, 06/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, spain

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 06/02/2014

Local fan prepares for 9th World Cup

Clifton Broumand has attended 104 World Cup matches since 1982 and is seeking to see 11 more in Brazil.

By Steven Goff  |  03:55 PM ET, 06/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 06/02/2014

Monday kickaround: David Villa to MLS

David Villa signs with MLS. Spain arriving in Washington. Spirit wins again. Women’s World Cup qualifying. Brazil tuneup. Post front page.

By Steven Goff  |  11:25 AM ET, 06/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CONCACAF, spain, washington spirit, women's world cup

Posted at 09:04 PM ET, 06/01/2014

United States 2, Turkey 1

Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey scored in the friendly at Red Bull Arena.

By Steven Goff  |  09:04 PM ET, 06/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, U.S. national team

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 06/01/2014

U.S. vs. Turkey friendly

The U.S. national team continues preparations for the World Cup with a friendly at sold-out Red Bull Arena.

By Steven Goff  |  01:43 PM ET, 06/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 World Cup, U.S. soccer

 

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