World Cup scores and recaps from Sunday

For U.S. soccer, Monday’s first step in World Cup is a big one

Fancy Stats: Why Tim Howard of the U.S. is an elite goalkeeper 

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The long journey to Natal

Colombia’s Pablo Armero knows how to celebrate goals

The offside rule explained

Breaking down World Cup rosters by pro league

Complete World Cup coverage | Latest updates on the Soccer Insider blog

Group standings | TV listings and game schedule | Streaming the World Cup

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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