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March 31, 2015
SWISS-CHEESED
Another late goal drops USA to 1-1 tie in Switzerland

ZURICH - It didn't cost them a win, but another late second-half goal meant another blown lead as Switzerland rallied against a United States team playing with 10 men for the final 23 minutes of a 1-1 tie at Stadion Letzigrund.


March 30, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (18)
2000: A controversial U.S. Cup win begins U.S.'s 11-game home unbeaten streak

Mexico might not have put out the best of lineups in the 2000 U.S. Cup final, but the U.S. National Team certainly wasn't complaining.


March 30, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (19)
1999: A rare Mexico win in U.S.

Before the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, the last time Mexico defeated the United States in an international soccer match on American soil was almost 10 years prior.


March 29, 2015
IN AND OUT
U-23 forward Morris replaces Johannsson for USA

U.S. Men's National Team forward Aron Johannsson has been sidelined while undergoing treatment for an infection and will not be ready for the match against Switzerland, it was announced Sunday.


March 28, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (20)
1997: a stunning and rare point in Mexico

A little more than half hour into its critical World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Nov. 2, 1997, the U.S. National Team was facing its ultimate nightmare and worst-case scenario.


March 28, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (21)
1995: Not one, but big U.S. wins over El Tri

BigAppleSoccer.com continues its countdown to the April 15 showdown between the U.S. and Mexico in San Antonio, Texas with another memorable match between the two CONCACAF archrivals.


March 26, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (22)
1994: U.S. secures a key victory on 'the road' before 91,123 in L.A.

What better way to prepare for the World Cup than to play at home in front of a huge crowd partisan that is to the visitors?


March 26, 2015
TECHNICAL ADVISOR
Berti Vogts to aid U.S. coach Klinsmann

U.S. Soccer Thursday appointed former World Cup winner Berti Vogts as technical advisor to the U.S. Men's National Team.


March 25, 2015
NOT SO GREAT VS. DANES
USA stages another late collapse, this time in 3-2 defeat at Denmark

Nicklas Bendtner scored three goals, the third in added time after 90 minutes, to give Denmark a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the United States in an international friendly at wet and windy NRGi Park.


March 25, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (23)
1993: Mexico mines some gold

BigAppleSoccer.com continues its countdown to the April 15 showdown between the U.S. and Mexico in San Antonio with another memorable match between the two CONCACAF archrivals. Today, we look back at when El Tri secured the CONCACAF Gold Cup at home in 1993.


March 24, 2015
HAMSTRUNG
Hamstring strain sidelines Dempsey from USA friendlies

U.S. Men's national team captain Clint Dempsey suffered a right hamstring strain during training Monday in Zurich, Swizterland and will not be available for friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland.


March 23, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (24)
1991: A Gold Cup breakthrough

With another U.S.-Mexico confrontation looming in San Antonio, Texas on April 15, BigAppleSoccer.com continues a daily feature about the best and most memorable matches between the two CONCACAF rivals.


March 22, 2015
THREE FOR THE ROAD
MNT, U-23s, U-20s all headed for Europe

CHICAGO - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 23 players to Europe for friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.


March 21, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (25)
1980: U.S.'s 2nd win in meaningless WCQ

With another U.S.-Mexico confrontation looming in San Antonio on April 15, BigAppleSoccer.com continues a daily feature about the best and most memorable matches between the two CONCACAF rivals. Today, we feature the USA's second win against Mexico.


March 21, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (26)
Finally, the USA earns a point vs. Eli Tri

Ironically, it took playing in a baseball stadium for the United States to finally earn a point against rival Mexico.


March 19, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (27)
Homecooking tastes the same as road grub for the USA during qualifying for the 1957 World Cup

With another U.S.-Mexico confrontation looming in San Antonio April 15, we continue a daily feature until then about the best and most memorable matches between the rivals. This one is about the first time the USA actually hosted a qualifying match -- in 1957.


March 18, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (28)
Despite a pair of embarrassing losses, the USA still qualifies for Brazil 1950

How's this for a happy ending? The United States lost both its matches to host Mexico in qualifying for the 1950 World Cup and recorded only a 1-2-1 record, but still booked a spot in Brazil anyway because the Americans overcame Cuba in their other two matches.


March 17, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (29)
A Mexico City shakedown of three times

With another U.S.-Mexico confrontation looming in San Antonio April 15, we continue a daily feature until then about the best and most memorable matches between the rivals. We feature a set of three friendlies in Mexico City in 1937, which set the tone of the series for a long time.


March 16, 2015
COUNTDOWN TO MEXICO (30)
The very first time: U.S. 4, Mexico 2 (1934)

With another U.S.-Mexico confrontation looming in San Antonio on April 15, BigAppleSoccer.com starts a daily feature for the next month about the best and most memorable matches between the rivals. We feature the very first time these two countries met -- in 1934.


March 12, 2015
ONE SPOT DOWN
USA drops to 32nd in latest FIFA rankings

The United States fell one spot to No. 32 in the latest FIFA rankings, which were released on Thursday morning.


February 26, 2015
THE BALLOT
The players, veteran players, builders eligible for Hall

Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 elections, and voting will begin immediately for the player, veteran player and builder categories.


February 26, 2015
THEY'RE ON THE BALLOT
18 men and women with area ties are eligible for the National Soccer Hall of Fame

Eighteen men and women with New York and New Jersey ties are on either the player, veterans or builders ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday.


February 14, 2015
REMEMBER THE ALAMODOME
USA vs. Mexico is a sellout 2 months prior

Exactly two months and a day to the kick off of arguably the best national team derby in the world, the United States-Mexico game is sold out.



HOSTS AGAIN
USA to host CONCACAF Olympic qualifying again

CONCACAF Thursday announced that the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying championship will be played in the United States from Oct. 1-13.


February 8, 2015
ZARDES STARS IN NEEDED WIN
Galaxy attacker makles mark as U.S. tops Panama

The U.S. national team's 2-0 triumph Sunday afternoon over Panama might not silence the doubts some have about the program's direction under Jurgen Klinsmann, but it certainly felt good after some five months without a victory while unveiling, perhaps, a star for the future.


Februarty 8, 2015
THE SKID IS SNAPPED
2-0 win over Panama ends USA's 5-game slide

The United States scored twice within a 10-minute span in the opening half as it held off Panama to register a 2-0 victory to snap a five-game winless streak in an international friendly at the StubHub Center Sunday afternoon.


February 7, 2015
WHEN WINNING MATTERS
It's just a friendly, but U.S. wants to end skid in StubHub clash against Panama

The U.S. national team has won just once in nine outings since beating Ghana in its World Cup opener last summer, and that's something weighing on the Yanks as they prepare for Sunday afternoon's friendly against Panama at StubHub Center.


February 7, 2015
WAY, WAY BACK
USMNT's inability to hold a lead had roots in last summer's World Cup

The U.S. national team's inability to hold a lead is not anything new. It goes all the way back to the World Cup.



SPEAKING OUT
When surviving members of 1950 World Cup team, including Borghi, talked about the game, movie and even Freddy Adu

Some 54 years after pulling off one of the great sporting surprises of the ages, five members of the U.S. World Cup team that shocked England and world have found themselves right smack in the middle of the spotlight once again on Feb. 6, 2004.


February 3, 2015
BELO HORIZONTE REUNION
When Bahr, Keough returned to the great USA upset over England in 1950

At first, the stadium was barely recognizable to Harry Keough. A roof over the stands had been added. So were lights and a press box. The grass was greener.


February 3, 2015
ONE REMAINS FROM THE UPSET
Bahr last survivor from 1950 US World Cup team

After goalkeeper Frank Borghi passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 3, Walter Bahr becomes the lone surviving member of the U.S. 1950 World Cup team that shocked England, 1-0.


February 3, 2015
THE PASSING OF A LEGEND
Frank Borghi, goalkeeper of USA team that upset England, dies

Frank Borghi, who backstopped the United States to one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history, has passed away. Borghi was 89.


January 29, 2015
GOODBYE, MILTON
Hall of Famer Milton Aimi passes away

Former U.S. Soccer Federation chairman and National Soccer Hall of Fame builder Milton Aimi passed away on Tuesday. He was 88.


January 28, 2015
LOW FIVE
USA men squander 2nd-half lead as they extend their winless streak to 5 in 3-2 loss in Chile

The United States continued its post-World Cup struggles, squandering a second-half advantage en route to a 3-2 loss to Chile in its first international match of the year Wednesday night.


January 28, 2015
HOSPITALIZED
Ex-USMNT coach Bob Gansler suffers stroke

Former U.S. national coach Bob Gansler, who directed the United States to its first World Cup berth in 40 years in 1990, has been hospitalized in a Brookfield, Wis. hospital with a stroke.


January 24, 2015
HE'S IN THE MIX
NYC FC's Diskerud on USA roster for 2 friendlies

He hasn't played a game for New York City FC yet, but newly acquired midfielder Mix Diskerud could see some action for the U.S. national team in pair of friendlies.


January 22, 2015
ARENA FUTBOL RULES AGAIN
Galaxy coach named Werner Fricker Award winner

Add yet another honor to the storied career of Bruce Arena. The National Soccer Hall of Fame member, former U.S. Men's National Team head coach and current LA Galaxy head coach Thursday was named the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award.


January 14, 2015
REMEMBER EL TRI
USA, Mexico to face off in San Antonio April 15

The U.S. men's national team will play its first game in the city of San Antonio, Texas, when it takes on longtime rival Mexico at the Alamodome on Wednesday, April 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET.


January 13, 2015
TWO REMAIN FROM THE UPSET
Bahr, Borghi only remaining survivors from 1950 US World Cup team

After John "Clarkie" Souza passed away in 2012, there are two surviving members of the U.S. 1950 World Cup team that shocked England, 1-0 — Walter Bahr and Frank Borghi.



EARLY BIRDS
USA men to start WCQ this November

For the first time, the United States will start its World Cup qualifying run almost three years prior to the competition. The Americans will start Round Four of CONCACAF qualifying -- the semifinals -- in November.


January 9, 2015
LET'S GET THIS STARTED
Klinsmann calls 28 to first camp of 2015

CHICAGO - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 28 players to Carson, Calif.,


December 15, 2014
CALLING IT AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER
Beasley (4 World Cups) stand down for USA

Defender DaMarcus Beasley, who has played in more World Cups -- four -- than any other U.S. national team player, has announced his retirement from international soccer, it was announced Monday.


December 8, 2014
FOR STARTERS
USMNT to play 7 friendlies before Gold Cup

Before the United States participates in the CONCACAF Gold Cup next summer, the national team will have a heavy schedule with seven games from January through June, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati revealed at a media roundtable that was held after MLS Cup at the StubHub Center Sunday night.


December 6, 2014
AT THE NATIONAL HELM
When Arena coached the U.S. national team

Before the 2002 World Cup, there were some concerns from the media that U.S. coach Bruce Arena would not be up to the task of keeping up with international tactics. He laid those worries to rest, manipulating his lineup from game to game with a team that was wracked by injuries and suspensions.


December 4, 2014
PEAK PERFORMANCE
Howard named top U.S. men's player by Fútbol de Primera

U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard was named the 2014 Fútbol de Primera player of the year award Thursday.


December 4, 2014
YEDLIN, BRIAN BEST YOUNG AMERICANS
Gavin Sibayan is top Disabled athlete

CHICAGO - DeAndre Yedlin and Morgan Brian have been voted 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male and Young Female Athletes of the Year, and Gavin Sibayan has been voted 2014 U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year.


November 27, 2014
MOVING DOWN
USA men drop to 28th in FIFA rankings

These aren't the best of times for the United States men's national team in the most recent FIFA rankings. Off several disappointing and underachieving results, the Americans dropped five spots to 28th spot in the latest rankings.


November 21, 2014
UNHAPPY COACH
Bolton coach Lennon upset over Klinsmann's treatment of Ream

Don't expect U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann to win the "How to make friends and influence people" award this year. And don't expect Bolton Wanderers coach Neil Lennon to put the 1990 World Cup champion on his Christmas car list, either.


November 20, 2014
TIM HOWARD'S THE MAN
Goalkeeper wins 2nd athlete of year award

Goalkeeper Tim Howard has been voted the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year.


November 19, 2014
SHOT HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD
Profiling 25-year-old Paul Caligiuri

As part of BigAppleSoccer.com's look back at the events of 25 years ago today, we present editor Michael Lewis's account of the U.S. qualifying for the World Cup in 1989. This story first appeared in the Nov. 23, 1989 edition of Soccer Week and is used with permission.


November 19, 2014
IT WAS 25 YEARS AGO TODAY ...
... that the USA qualified for its 1st World Cup in 40 years

It was 25 years ago today that Paul Calgiuri scored the goal that lifted the U.S. to its first World Cup in 40 years in a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago Nov. 19, 1989. We present editor Michael Lewis's account of the U.S. qualifying for the World Cup.


November 19, 2014
16 NOT SO SWEET YEARS
Trinidad struggled to get over U.S. loss

This story originally was published on BigAppleSoccer.com on Feb. 7, 2005, explaining the frustration and background of Trinidad & Tobago's World Cup qualifying futility through the years.


November 19, 2014
SETTING THE SCENE -- PART II
When they painted the town red in Port of Spain, before the red, white and blue took center stage

Twenty-five years ago today, Wednesday, on Nov. 19, 1989, the U.S. men's national team, qualified for its first World Cup in 40 years by defeating host Trinidad & Tobago in the final qualifier for Italia 90. BigAppleSoccer editor Michael Lewis covered the game and sets the scene with this story.


November 19, 2014
SETTING THE SCENE -- PART I
USA's journey through WCQ to that historic moment

Twenty-five years ago today, Wednesday, on Nov. 19, 1989, the U.S. men's national team, qualified for its first World Cup in 40 years by defeating host Trinidad & Tobago in the final qualifier for Italia 90. BigAppleSoccer editor Michael Lewis covered the game and sets the scene with this story


November 18, 2014
DUBLIN DOWN
Outplayed US men fall 4-1 to Ireland

The United States got off to a shaky start against a reserve-laden Ireland team on Tuesday and never recovered, falling 4-1 at Aviva Stadium.


November 14, 2014
LOST LEAD
USA allows Colombia to rally for 2-1 win

The United States squandered a one-goal lead, surrendering a pair of second-half goals as Colombia rallied for a 2-1 victory in an international friendly at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.


November 13, 2014
NEW CHALLENGE
Ex-Chivas prez Nelson Rodriguez joins U.S. Soccer

Nelson Rodriguez, the man who played a key role keeping Chivas USA afloat after club's Mexican owners sold the team to Major League Soccer, has a new job.


November 10, 2014
NEW ENGLAND SELECTIONS
Revs' Jones, Nguyen named for USA friendlies

No members of the Red Bulls were named to the U.S. national team for its two friendly matches this month, but two players from their Eastern Conference final opponents were.


November 5, 2014
NOMINATIONS, PLEASE
For the Werner Fricker award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award.


October 28, 2014
MAKING THE SHORT LIST
Wambach, Klinsmann up for FIFA awards

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and striker Abby Wambach are in the running for FIFA's year-end awards.


October 22, 2014
LONDON'S CALLING
USA vs. Colombia men at Fulham Nov. 14

The U.S. Men’s National Team will play Colombia in an international friendly at Craven Cottage in London on Friday, Nov. 14.


October 14, 2014
JOZY SCORES AT HOME
Honduras’ late goal ties US

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Jozy Altidore scored for the US and Maynor Figueroa scored late in the match as the US Men’s National Team battled to a 1-1 draw with Honduras in an international friendly in front of 14,805 fans at FAU Stadium Tuesday night


October 14, 2014
ANOTHER LOST LEAD
USA men lose another late lead, settle for 1-1 home tie with Honduras

Well, U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann knows what he has to work on with his troops: Protecting late leads.


October 11, 2014
MAKE IT A DOUBLE
USA notebook: Capped Altidore captains team again

Former Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore was given the captain's armband following the departure of Landon Donovan from Friday's 1-1 draw between the United States and Ecuador in East Hartford, Conn.


October 11, 2014
SIX IN, SIX OUT
USA makes changes in front of Honduras friendly

U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made six changes to the team that tied Ecuador Friday night. Klinsmann added several veterans to the roster who will make their first appearance for the team since the World Cup against Honduras in Boca Raton, Fla. Tuesday at 8 p.m.


October 10, 2014
THE LONG AND SHORT GOODBYE
An emotional Donovan says farewell in his final international match

If this was a Hollywood ending, Landon Donovan would have scored in his final game with the U.S. national team. Instead, he and his teammates settled for a 1-1 draw with Ecuador in an international friendly at Rentschler Stadium Friday night.


October 10, 2014
FAREWELL
Donovan plays in final interational match as Ecuador ties the USA on a late goal

If this was a Hollywood ending, then Landon Donovan would have scored in his final game with the U.S. national team. Instead, he and his teammates settled for a 1-1 draw with Ecuador in an international friendly at Rentschler Stadium Friday night.


October 7, 2014
WONDO'S ON BOARD
USA adds San Jose striker for Ecuador friendly

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann Tuesday added Chris Wondolowski to the roster for the international friendly vs. Ecuador in East Hartford, Conn. Friday.


October 6, 2014
TWICE IN A ROW
Ream called into USMNT again for Ecuador match

Former Red Bulls central defender Tim Ream is not wandering or wondering any more. He has been called into the U.S. national team for Friday's international friendly with Ecuador in East Hartford, Conn. for the second consecutive time.


September 3, 2014
SOME FRESH FACES
U.S. earns 1-0 win to start next four year cycle

PRAGUE, Czech Republic --- Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored a 39th-minute goal, Nick Rimando made four saves in the second half and the U.S. Men's National Team earned a 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic at Generali Arena Wednesday.


August 29, 2014
HONDURAS LINES UP
USMNT heads for South Florida

The U.S. Men's National Team will continue its new cycle for Russia 2018 when it hosts Honduras at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton,Fla.,


August 28, 2014
SOME YOUNG IDEAS
Klinsmann picks a youthful roster for Czech friendly

With a new World Cup cycle in place, U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann already is thinking about Russia 2018.


August 26, 2014
THE LONG GOODBYE
Donovan will make his final national team appearance in E. Hartford on Oct. 10

U.S. Men's National Team forward Landon Donovan will make his final appearance for the United States when the team plays Ecuador in East Hartford, Conn. on Oct. 10.


August 21, 2014
COUNTRY OVER CLUB
Cahill will skip SKC match to play twice with Socceroos

There was no doubt in the mind of Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill that he would join Australia for their upcoming September friendly slate with scheduled matches against Belgium and Saudi Arabia. Even if meant missing league play, Cahill says the is dead-set on being with the national squad.


August 21, 2014
TAKING A BREAK
Howard to take some time off from international soccer

Tim Howard is hanging up his gloves -- for the time being in international soccer. The current Everton and one-time MetroStars goalkeeper said Thursday that he will take a break from his duties with the U.S. men's national team until next fall.


August 16, 2014
GOODBYE, JON
U.S. Soccer Athletic Council chair McCullough passes away

Jon McCullough, chairman of U.S. Soccer's Athlete Council and a longtime leader and volunteer in the Olympic and Paralympic movements, passed away Saturday after succumbing to cancer.


August 14, 2014
HOMECOMING
U.S. Men to face Ecuador in first post World Cup game

CHICAGO - The U.S. Men’s National team will make their first post-World Cup appearance on home soil against Ecuador on October 10 in East Hartford, Conn.


August 1, 2014
ONE HAPPY CAMPER
Gallego named to U.S. U-23 MNT camp

Defender Bryan Gallego of Kinnelon, N.J. has been selected to the U.S. Under-23 national team camp, a five-day camp at Nassau, Bahamas from Sunday through Aug. 7.


July 17, 2014
DROPPING TWO SPOTS
Despite surviving Group of Death, USA falls from 13th to 15th in FIFA ranking

Everything is relative. Some people might think the United States' performance at the recent World Cup was a success.


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
GOODBYE, PHIL
Photographer, writer, editor Stephens passes away

Long-time soccer photographer, writer and editor Phil Stephens passed away on Thursday morning.


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 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
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.


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
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, 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 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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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.


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.


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