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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 …


Just short

SUMNER, Wash. – Mark Kiver’s eyes were starting to well up with tears. “So close,” the Cheney boys soccer coach silently said after a long, drawn-out exhale.


Ferris edged

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – The Stadium Tigers left no doubt that they were the best team Friday. The Ferris Saxons, though, showed why they deserved to be on the same field …


Cheney in finals again

SUMNER, Wash. – Austin Walker could have dwelled on the two shots he missed at point-blank range. That is if the Cheney senior wasn’t busy thinking about the two goals …


Cheney in soccer finals

Austin Walker scored both of his team’s goals and senior goalkeeper Andrew Wilson was his usual stellar self as the Blackhawks blanked Toppenish 2-0 in the State 2A boys soccer …


Rain pushes back softball tournaments

University softball coach Jon Schuh enjoys coaching girls for many reasons. One of those reasons was quite evident Friday when the State 4A softball tournament in Tacoma was postponed.


U.S. roster set; Brian Ching left off

BRISTOL, Conn. — The phones started ringing at 2 a.m., and players were told to come down to the third floor for a meeting. As Herculez Gomez pressed the elevator …


Saxons in position, thanks to hard work

Skill is definitely a required element in the game of soccer. There’s another intangible, though, that can be equally important – good fortune. Or in a word, luck.


Seattle Sounders suffer with sophomore slump

TUKWILA, Wash. – In Steve Zakuani’s opinion, the timeline simply flip-flopped by a year. The first year of the Seattle Sounders FC went so perfectly, the club never encountered the …


Ferris looks forward to state

To suggest that the Ferris Saxons have gotten this far in the season purely because of luck would be grossly unfair. However, the Saxons know they’ve also had their share …


Coach of expansion Black Widows likes soccer team’s chances

First-year franchise + first-year frustrations = first-year flop. Jason Quintero understands the logic, because that’s how the equation often works out in any sport.


U.S. makes a pitch to host World Cup in 2018 or ’22

NEW YORK – The United States proposed holding the World Cup draw in Miami ahead of a tournament in 2018 or 2022 and suggested the possibility of hosting the opener …


Spokane-area youth soccer clubs won’t merge

When Washington State Youth Soccer Association approached Spokane soccer clubs last fall and asked them to figure out a way to merge into one big local association, the intention was …


Sports in brief: Sounders offer refund

SOCCER: After a disgraceful 4-0 loss at home to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Sounders FC forward/midfielder Steve Zakuani said the fans deserve an apology and shouldn’t have had to pay …


Donovan, Buddle baffle Seattle Sounders

SEATTLE – To Landon Donovan, the question is without debate: Los Angeles teammate Edson Buddle should be part of the U.S. national team training camp for the World Cup. Donovan …


Stumbling Sounders could use win

SEATTLE – Sounders FC could really use a victory today. Seattle comfortably won its season opener, but ever since that game, despite showing signs of improvement in its play, Sounders …


Sounders settle for tie

FRISCO, Texas – Jeff Cunningham scored his second penalty-kick goal of the game just before the final whistle to give FC Dallas a 2-2 tie with the Seattle Sounders FC …


Hamer mixes Mead chemistry

Mead coach Matt Stueckle knew he had a special kind of soccer player in then-freshman Nick Hamer the day he posed a question to his older brother, Jason, who was …


Panthers protect first-place position

Ben Doggett used his head Wednesday to help keep Mead in first place in Greater Spokane League boys soccer. Doggett’s assist – off his head – set up Nick Hamer’s …