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The changing of America

During a wild ride of controversies and World Cup drama, the USA soccer team took center stage. Now what?
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Brazil Diary: 'Super Howard, Superior Belgium'

The Brazilian national team is trying to find emotional balance, so its players are communicating via text with a psychologist. Argentina survived a close call against Switzerland. And Tim Howard set a World Cup record with 16 saves.
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U.S. Player Ratings: Howard turns lopsided game into cliffhanger

Outplayed by a more skillful and dynamic Belgian team, the USA had an upset within reach thanks to goalkeeper Tim Howard and a belated surge by its offense.


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U.S. defeat sours memorable game for Howard -- and others

A bitterly disappointing 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium ended the USA's World Cup in the round of 16 Tuesday in Salvador. Here are three takeaways in the aftermath of a second straight loss in the World Cup knockout rounds
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USA-Belgium Preview: U.S. win is a must if it wants to raise its stock

Teams that wish to go deep in the World Cup need to gain strength as they progress, and fate may be about to assist the USA in that regard as it opens the knockout stage against Belgium on Tuesday.
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Brazil Diary: How far has Germany's revival really come?

"My name is Everton, like the team," says the manager of Quiosque Zero Nove, a beachside restaurant in the Flamengo district of Rio de Janeiro. "I have no idea why my father named me that. But I like it."
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Omar Gonzalez gets a big game under his belt

LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez returned to the starting lineup against Germany with a solid display.
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Comparison game between 2014 and 2010 (or 2002) is a bit premature

Has by surviving the "Group of Death" the U.S. national surpassed the feats of the 2010 team, which won its group and fell to Ghana, 2-1, in the round of 16 on an overtime goal?
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Brazil Diary: 'Sing, don't cry' at Copacabana Fan Fest

The viewing area at the Copacabana Fan Fest is long but narrow -- about 30 yards wide. So there's not much elbowroom, even when it's below its 20,000-person capacity.
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Brazil Diary: 'United' Colombia celebrates in Maracana

Colombian and Uruguayan fans arrived at Maracana in decidedly different moods.
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Brazil Diary: Tudo Bem for Brazil, in the end

Saturday in Rio de Janeiro: O Globo reports that taxi drivers are unhappy. They see no significant increase in fares. Visitors are using public transportation.
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Points of comparison: how USA survived to fight another day

How did the USA survive the Group of Death? Along with gutty performances and big plays at critical moments, here are a few factors that proved vital.
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Concacaf and Africa gain at Asia's expense

The group stage ended with the exit of three European powers, all former World Cup champions: the holder Spain, four-time champion Italy and England.
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Brazil Diary: 'Red and Black' Germans a hit; USA getting notice

The Germans came up with a clever way to endear themselves to Brazilian fans -- wearing black-and-red striped jerseys that resemble those of Flamengo, the Rio de Janeiro-based club that is the host nation's most popular.
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U.S. Player Ratings: Packed defense limits Germans

A stubborn defense and a dismally ineffective offense resulted in a 1-0 U.S. loss to Germany, yet the mission was accomplished.
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