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World Cup Soccer notes: Team USA arrives in Brazil

Associated Press

The U.S. World Cup team has arrived in Brazil.

The Americans landed in Sao Paulo on Monday morning on an overnight commercial flight from Miami and reached their downtown hotel on a bus with the American flag and the slogan “United by team, driven by passion.” Motorcycled police with the Stars and Stripes sticking out of their wheels preceded the bus, and a helicopter hovered above.

The Americans will train at nearby Sao Paulo FC until Friday. They then fly 1,450 miles north to Natal for their Group G opener Monday against Ghana, the team that eliminated them from the last two World Cups.

Ghana wins final warmup

Jordan Ayew scored three times after entering the game as an injury replacement, and Ghana won its last warmup match for next week’s World Cup opener by beating South Korea 4-0 in Miami.

Ghana forward Abdul Majeed Waris left in the fourth minute with a left leg injury.

World Cup roundup

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has named midfielder Carlos Carbonero to the World Cup team to replace injured Aldo Leao Ramirez.

• Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal was unable to train with his Chile teammates because of a knee problem, putting his participation in the team’s opening World Cup match on Friday against Australia in doubt.

• Italy faces England in five days at the World Cup and all of a sudden Mario Balotelli is no longer a sure starter for the Azzurri. Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne combined for all five goals when Italy beat Brazilian club Fluminense in a World Cup warm-up match Sunday, whereas Balotelli hasn’t scored for the national team since October.

• FIFA paid 20 million euros ($27.1 million) to help fund a movie about the World Cup featuring Tim Roth as its president, Sepp Blatter.

• Cameroon’s World Cup team refused to board a plane due to take them to Brazil on Sunday because of a long-running dispute over bonus payments for the tournament, forcing their national federation to take out a loan to meet their demands.

• FIFA will let fans decide the official Man of the Match for World Cup games via a vote on Twitter.

• Brazilian police and striking subway workers clashed in a central commuter station Monday while union leaders threatened to maintain the work stoppage through the World Cup’s opening match in Sao Paulo this week. Authorities are deeply worried about the strike because the subway is the main means of transportation for fans who will attend the tournament’s initial game between Brazil and Croatia.

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