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  • Netherlands beats Costa Rica in penalty shootout Jul 5, 2014 6:20 PM
    Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and then saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, giving the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals. The Newcastle goalkeeper saved spot kicks from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana after the match had finished 0-0. The Dutch team will next face Argentina in the semifinals on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

     
  • Attention shifts to 2018 U.S. soccer team Jul 5, 2014 10:02 PM
    Hank Steinbrecher has been to many World Cups and enjoyed every one of them, but he doesn’t regret skipping this one. The Glen Ellyn native got to witness America embrace the World Cup, leaving us with a big question: What's next? Orrin Schwarz tries to answer that question as the attention shifts to the 2018 team.

     
  • Brazil striker Neymar to miss rest of World Cup Jul 4, 2014 7:01 PM
    FORTALEZA, Brazil — Brazil’s team doctor says Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup after breaking a vertebrae during the team’s quarterfinal win over Colombia. Neymar was kneed in the back by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga in the second half of Brazil’s 2-1 win, and was in tears when he was carried off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a local clinic and team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said after the match that the star striker had broken his third vertebrae. Neymar is the Brazil’s biggest star and has scored four goals for the team so far in the tournament. Brazil plays Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday.

     
  • Press, Red Stars rally for tie Jul 4, 2014 11:01 PM
    Forward Christen Press scored her first 2 goals of the season — in the 76th and 82nd minutes — to rally the Chicago Red Stars to a 2-2 tie against Portland on Friday.

     
  • Brazil beats Colombia, goes to semifinals Jul 4, 2014 5:26 PM
    Brazil made its way into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years, with goals coming from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz in a 2-1 win over Colombia on Friday. Brazil, which had been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups, will next play Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.

     
  • Germany knocks France out of World Cup Jul 4, 2014 4:17 PM
    Joachim Loew’s decision to reshuffle his lineup and return captain Philipp Lahm to right back paid off immediately Friday, galvanizing the defense and earning Germany a place in the semifinals of the World Cup. “The team was not surprised by the changes,” Loew said. “We need all the players and when I have the feeling that I have to give the team a push, I do it. The team is improving from match to match.”

     
  • Fire’s draw ‘disappointing, frustrating’ Jul 2, 2014 11:06 PM
    From the point of view of Fire captain Jeff Larentowicz, not much changed for the team during its World Cup break.

     
  • Klinsmann was right: U.S. not ready to win World Cup Jul 2, 2014 4:49 PM
    Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn’t ready to win the World Cup. The Americans were eliminated in the round of 16 for the second straight tournament. They’ve been ranked 13th or 14th every month since September, which means their exit was pretty much at the stage it’s expected to be. “Clearly it gives you the message you have a lot of work still ahead of you,” the U.S. coach said Wednesday, a day after the 2-1 loss to Belgium in extra time.

     
  • U.S. soccer loss or not, things are different now Jul 2, 2014 6:08 AM
    Belgium eliminated the United States from the World Cup. Soccer, however, gained so much momentum the past couple weeks that indications are that it isn't about to retreat into oblivion again. This isn't a time even as recent as 2002 when soccer essentially went away again after the U.S. lost in the quarterfinals.

     
  • U.S. soccer team far from a disappointment Jul 2, 2014 6:15 AM
    As much as we wanted to believe in this U.S. national soccer team, we always knew a long run through this World Cup was a lot to ask. Just getting out of the Group of Death was an accomplishment and a surprise. In the Round of 16, Belgium was just plain better than the United States, though the Americans showed heart to the bitter end.

     
  • 5 memorable World Cup chants Jul 1, 2014 11:31 AM
    With “I believe that we will win!” American soccer fans finally have a World Cup chant that doesn't just involve shouting their country's name. In terms of creativity, though, it's a notch below Argentina's elaborate sing-alongs or even the boisterous chants of the English. All players can testify to the goose bump-inducing effect of thousands of fans joining together for a synchronized chant.

     
  • U.S. holds Belgium off until extra time, loses 2-1 Jul 1, 2014 7:03 PM
    The United States held tough against Belgium’s relentless pressure and took Tuesday’s second round match to extra time in the World Cup round of 16, but finally in the extra period Belgium struck and held on to win 2-1.

     
  • Argentina beats Switzerland 1-0 after extra time Jul 1, 2014 3:10 PM
    Angel Di Maria scored in the 118th minute Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland after extra time and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. With a penalty shootout looming, Lionel Messi made a surging run toward the Swiss area and laid the ball off to Di Maria on the right, and the winger sent a left-foot shot past diving goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.

     
  • 5 things the Chicago Fire must fix Jul 1, 2014 1:29 PM
    Not even the most loyal Chicago Fire employee would call the first part of this season a rousing success, especially on the field. OK, so it wasn’t a total disaster either.

     
  • 5 memorable World Cup chants Jul 1, 2014 9:27 AM
    With “I believe that we will win!” American soccer fans finally have a World Cup chant that doesn’t just involve shouting their country’s name. In terms of creativity, though, it’s a notch below Argentina’s elaborate sing-alongs or even the boisterous chants of the English. All players can testify to the goose bump-inducing effect of thousands of fans joining together for a synchronized chant.

     
  • World Cup fandom that's beyond rose-colored glasses Jul 1, 2014 4:56 AM
    The success and hopes for the U.S. team has Americans seeing the World Cup through new eyes this time around. But will any fans see matches through red-white-and-blue contact lenses? Online shoppers can buy USA lenses featuring some white stars on a blue background with a few red and white stripes for about 25 bucks.

     
  • Chicago moves World Cup party to Soldier Field Jun 30, 2014 10:02 AM
    Chicago will hold a World Cup viewing party in Soldier Field after previous U.S. games drew tens of thousands to the city’s lakefront Grant Park. U.S. Soccer and the city plan a watch party on Tuesday afternoon at the stadium where the Bears play. Soccer fans can watch the U.S. team take on Belgium. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. and the match starts at 3 p.m.

     
  • 5 things to know about Belgium ahead of U.S. clash Jun 30, 2014 2:25 PM
    If Belgium has a reputation for self-indulgence because of its love of chocolate and beer, it is time to look at its World Cup squad and admire discipline, stamina and determination. So far, this has been a hard team to appreciate despite its perfect group record ahead of Tuesday’s clash with the United States. Here are 5 things to know about the Belgium team.

     
  • New ‘World’ view for U.S. soccer team Jun 30, 2014 7:35 PM
    No longer is the United States taking the long view of its World Cup matches. The days of a “good” loss are over. Now the United States is in the knockout phase of the tournament. Win or go home. “The mentality is that if you have the game of your life, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, you could win the game,” said former national-team star Brian McBride, who grew up in Arlington Heights. “The focus becomes much tighter. The experience you gained through the group stages, you use to your advantage.”

     
  • Germany beats Algeria 2-1 in extra time Jun 30, 2014 5:59 PM
    PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Substitute Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil scored in extra time Monday to lead Germany over an aggressive Algeria 2-1 and into the World Cup quarterfinals. Thomas Mueller provided a cross from the left flank that was slightly behind Schuerrle. The Germany forward dragged his left leg and backheeled the ball into the far corner in the 92nd minute, leaving goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi with no chance. Ozil added the second in the 120th, and substitute Abdelmoumene Djabou pulled one back in injury time for Algeria. Three-time champion Germany, which has now advanced past the second round at nine consecutive World Cups, will next face 1998 winner France on Friday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. With the temperature a chilly 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit) and a light rain falling at times, the pace was high at the Estadio Beira-Rio but the goals didn’t come until the end. Ozil thought he had put the result out of reach when he pounded in a rebound after a shot from Schuerrle was cleared off the line by defender Esseid Belkalem, but Djabou volleyed in a minute later to make the last seconds count. Perhaps inspired by the “Disgrace of Gijon” at the 1982 World Cup, when Germany and Austria supposedly conspired to oust Algeria in the group stage, the northern African nation outmatched Germany’s intensity for long stretches in an entertaining match. Algeria was playing in the second round of the World Cup for the first time and dominated early on. A goal from Islam Slimani was waved off for offside in the 17th, one of many opportunities for the Algeria striker. At the start of the second half, Germany put Schuerrle on for Mario Goetze in an attacking midfield and came out better organized. In the 55th, Germany captain Philipp Lahm unleashed a hard shot that an outstretched Rais did well to push wide with his fingertips. Still, Algeria continued to produce dangerous counterattacks. In the 72nd, Neuer had to come out of his area to head away the danger with Slimani chasing. In the 88th, Germany’s inability to find the target turned theatrical for a moment when Mueller appeared to fall during a free kick.

     
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