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US Reaches World Cup Knockout Stages

US Fans BrazilThe United States has reached the knockout stage of the World Cup for the second consecutive time after they lost 1-0 on Thursday in soggy conditions to Germany. The US advances as runners-up in the group as Portugal beat Ghana 2-1.

Portugal and the US both finished with four points, but the Americans advanced from a so-called “Group of Death” because their goal difference was even and the Portuguese were minus-3.

The U.S. will next play Belgium next Tuesday in the round of 16.

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World Cup Day Five: Drama As USA And Germany Take Control Of Group Of Death

Dempsey-Goal-WCIt was a game that stretched and frayed the nerves of USA soccer fame around world as Clint Dempsey gave the U.S. the perfect start when he scored after 31 seconds played, the sixth fastest goal in World Cup history.

But when Jozy Altidore pulled a hamstring in the 21st minute, the US lost its outlet, and as a result were forced further and further pack by Ghana.

Unable to maintain possession of the ball, the pressure built and built on the American defense and eventually Ghana got the breakthrough they deserved in the 82th minute when Asamoah Gyan’s clever backheel allowed Andre Ayew the space to fire the ball past Tim Howard.

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What Is Jurgen Klinsmann Thinking?

Stunning move by US national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Thursday when he announced that Landon Donovan was not going to Brazil. Somehow Klinsmann does not think that the LA Galaxy star is one of the 23 best American soccer player. Are you kidding me?

Donovan has been the best and most productive player in US national team history. He is a player with 57 goals and 58 assists for the national team and even at 32 years old still has some quality miles left on his legs. More important, Dovovan performs on the big stage, scoring five goals in 12 World Cup appearances. That is more goals than Messi, Ronaldo, Ibra and Rooney combined.

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Jurgen Klinsmann Set To Throw Wrench Into MLS Cup Playoffs

Jurgen KlinsmannAs we get set for the MLS Cup championship rounds, Jurgen Klinsmann is preparing to thrown a wrench into the plans of Real Salt Lake, Portland Timbers, Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City by calling their players up for this month’s European friendlies against Scotland and Austria.

Speaking via a Q&A on U.S. Soccer’s website Klinsmann said:

“Because MLS scheduled their playoffs with respect to our FIFA fixture dates, it’s basically working hand-in-hand,” said the German-American boss in his latest expression of approval for the league’s postseason calendar. “We’re going to bring the best players into Scotland and Austria no matter where they play. No matter if they play like Michael Bradley in Italy or the guys in the [English] Premier League, the Bundesliga or the guys in Liga MX in Mexico and MLS.

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Bad Night For USA In Costa Rica

USA FANSMiserable night for USA Soccer fans last night in Costa Rica as the US lost 3-1 in a World Cup qualifying. The only good news was that Mexico lost to Honduras 2-1 at Azteca Stadium and that a USA win on Tuesday over Mexico could see the US qualify for Brazil.

You knew it was not going to be the American’s night when midfielder Michael Bradley picked up an ankle injury during warm-ups and was replaced in the starting lineup by Cameron.

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Klinsmann Drops Bocanegra For Crucial World Cup Qualifiers

USA FANSMore defensive worries for U.S.A. fans heading into the World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico as Jurgen Klinsmann has dropped U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra from the squad, while Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams will miss the matches because of injuries and illness.

Besides Bocanegra there are eight players not in the squad that you would expect to see: Edgar Castillo (facial fractures), Chandler (hamstring), Steve Cherundolo (knee surgery), Tim Howard (broken bones in back), Johnson (hip), Jonathan Spector (ankle), Jose Torres (hamstring) and Williams (stomach virus).

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US Has Injury Worries Ahead Of World Cup Qualifiers

US Soccer FansUSA National team boss Jurgen Klinsmann has some major injury worries ahead of the US’s two massive World Cup Qualifying games later this month.

After losing its opening game in Honduras 2-1 the American’s face Costa Roca and Mexico later this month, knowing that they need at least a split from the two games.

But that task has been made harder due to the errors that have hit the US team. Everton have announced that goalkeeper Tim Howard has two broken bones in his back and is almost certain to miss the two World Cup qualifiers.

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U.S. World Cup Campaign Begins With A Loss

Massively disappointing defeat for USA today in Honduras, in the opener of the final qualifying round for next year’s World Cup.

The U.S. took the lead in the match through Clint Dempsey, but could not hold the lead once again away from home and eventually lost 2-1.

The U.S., which had been 12-3-3 against Honduras, lost its final-round opener for the first time in five games since the “hexagonal” format was adopted in qualifying for the 1998 tournament

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US Getting Ready For Honduras

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks ahead to the first game of the final round of World Cup Qualifying, and discusses some of the challenges the team will face going up against Honduras.

No real surprises in Klinsmann squad for Honduras. It’s a squad heavy on European-based players that is led by veterans Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley.

USA Roster:

GOALKEEPERS- Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson

DEFENDERS- Tim Chandler, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Carlos Bocanegra, Edgar Castillo Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Evans, Michael Parkhurst

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USA Gets Win They Needed Against Jamaica

The U.S. Men’s National Team grabbed the biggest win in Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. reign last night as they beat Jamaica 1-0 thanks to a goal from Herculez Gomez. With the win, the USA who moved to the top of Group A with two rounds of matches left.

The first 45 minutes was as good a performance that I have seen a US side put in, in a long time. On the 11-year anniversary of Sept. 11th, backed by a loud and boisterous crowd at Crew Stadium the American’s took the game to Jamaica from the opening whistle and could have scored five or six; hitting the woodwork three times and forcing Jamaica’s goalkeeper Dwayne Miller into a couple of brilliant saves.