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Villa leads Spain past Portugal

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — David Villa called it one of his best goals. On a night when Portugal’s defense fought off attack after attack, the Spanish striker finally broke …


Paraguay tops Japan on PKs

PRETORIA, South Africa — The last thing Paraguay wanted was to wind up in a shootout with Japan. After all, the South Americans almost never practice penalty kicks – or …


Brazil waltzes into quarters

JOHANNESBURG — As Brazil was dismantling Chile, a couple of fans delighted the crowd by parading around the stadium with two giant gold replicas of the World Cup trophy. Another …


U.S. coach, boss to meet

JOHANNESBURG — U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati says the American team did not meet his expectations at the World Cup and he likely will meet with Bob Bradley to …


Healthy Robben lifts Netherlands

DURBAN, South Africa — Impressive as Arjen Robben and his Dutch teammates were in advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals, they seek much more. The Netherlands reached the final eight …


Donovan soaks up spotlight

IRENE, South Africa – The words came haltingly, then not at all, as Landon Donovan tried to explain how much the goal meant to him. He’s the greatest player the …


American soccer arrives with Donovan’s dramatic goal

PRETORIA, South Africa – Long after the game had ended and the jubilant players had left the field, the U.S. fans partied on in the stands, singing, dancing and waving …


World Cup host fans happy with team’s play

JOHANNESBURG – Their beloved Bafana Bafana are out of the World Cup, yet South African fans greeted the farewell win over France with pride and celebration. Across South Africa, multiracial …


USA’s World Cup fate in its hands

PRETORIA, South Africa – One more game, one last chance to make their reputation. When the Americans play Algeria at the World Cup this morning they’ll either live up to …


World Cup: U.S. expects aggressive Algeria

IRENE, South Africa – Landon Donovan thinks the best is yet to come for the U.S. soccer team. Yes, 2006 was a disappointment and even the quarterfinal finish in 2002 …


Four teams set to advance today

JOHANNESBURG – Moving Day arrives today at the World Cup, and it could be a Latin American fiesta. Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay need only draws in their final opening-round matches …


Protest beyond ‘stupid’

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa – France coach Raymond Domenech said his players acted like imbeciles by protesting Nicolas Anelka’s expulsion from the team by refusing to train just two days before …


Algeria confident in matchup with U.S.

Algeria has no fear of the United States at the World Cup. Algeria’s surprising 0-0 draw with England saved it from becoming the first team to exit the World Cup. …


U.S. team aware win is a must

JOHANNESBURG – They played 62 games over four years just to get ready for the World Cup, convinced obsessive preparation and attention to detail would turn around their fortunes after …


Argentina, Mexico, Greece win at World Cup

Highlights from Thursday’s World Cup matches.


Win over Slovenia critical for U.S.

IRENE, South Africa – Tim Howard thought about Andrej Komac’s prediction of victory for Slovenia and chuckled. “I think talk is cheap,” the American goalkeeper said Wednesday. “He’s got to …


World Cup TV broadcasters try to limit noise from horns

JOHANNESBURG – TV viewers can take out their earplugs because the vuvuzelas are going to have a bit less buzz. Host Broadcast Services, the company that provides the broadcast feed …


Sub guarantees Slovenia win over U.S.

JOHANNESBURG – Andrej Komac probably never has heard of Joe Namath, even though he sure can imitate the Hall of Fame quarterback. The Slovenia midfielder is so confident about the …


Brazil tops North Korea 2-1

Maicon and Elano scored a goal apiece in the second half and Brazil broke through a solid North Korea defense to win its first 2010 World Cup match 2-1 on …


U.S. keeper expected to play

IRENE, South Africa – Relax, U.S. fans. Tim Howard should be in goal Friday against Slovenia. Howard is expected to play after U.S. team medical staff examined him Monday and …


Germany puts on clinic

DURBAN, South Africa – For one night, the Beautiful Game belonged to Germany. Known more as a methodical team than a brilliantly creative one such as Brazil, the Germans scored …


Sounders need rest, more goals

SEATTLE – The competitor in Freddie Ljungberg knows how he’d like the Sounders to get out of their funk. He wants to play.


U.S. gets draw with England

The United States and England played to a 1-1 draw Saturday night in their World Cup opener, with American Clint Dempsey scoring on a blunder by goalkeeper Robert Green and …


World Cup officials tend to call matches tighter

IRENE, South Africa – Carlos Simon went through cards with the speed of a Las Vegas dealer at the 2006 World Cup. The Brazilian referee issued five yellows during Italy’s …


Britain’s Rooney a bit loony

IRENE, South Africa – To beat England, the United States has to stop a player who in real life had the kind of season usually seen only in video games. …


South Africa ready for World Cup

It’s almost here at last. After years of planning, worry, debate, tension and – perhaps most of all – anticipation, South Africa will host the first World Cup on its …


Last preview of U.S.

IRENE, South Africa – After 3 1/2 years of getting ready, it’s time for the final dress rehearsal. In a refurbished stadium in a western suburb of Johannesburg, the United …


Sounders home in on goal: score goals at home

SEATTLE – Is the first week of June too soon for hyperbole? Apparently not for the Seattle Sounders, who have two home games before a league-wide World Cup break, starting …


New World Cup ball causes concerns

IRENE, South Africa – Marcus Hahnemann is no fan of the new Adidas ball being used for the World Cup. “Technology is not everything,” the American goalkeeper said Thursday. “Scientists …


United States World Cup team arrives in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – The U.S. World Cup team arrived in Johannesburg on Monday following a 17-hour flight and was greeted by the same visible security presence that was on hand for …