• Brazil-Turkey: Recap and Game Summary
    * A 1-0 win on a Ronaldo goal sends Brazil to the World Cup final for the seventh time. On Sunday, it will face Germany, also a seven-time finalist. Brazil will be going for its fifth World Cup title; Germany for its fourth. * Brazil and Germany have never met at a World Cup during the tournament's 72-year history. * In the 49th minute, Ronaldo flew into the penalty area as he received a pass from Gilberto Silva. Eluding Turkish defenders, Ronaldo honed in on goal before toe-poking the ball past Rustu Recber. It marked Ronaldo's sixth goal of this ...
  • WUSA Game Preview (June 26)
    Wednesday, June 26 (7:00 pm ET) CAROLINA (6-2-3, 21 points) at NEW YORK (2-8-1, 7 points) (TV: New York Metro Channel) Key Players Out: Carolina - F Kim Yankowski (lower back strain); New York - F Minna Mustonen (Finnish National Team). Referee: Rachel Woo.
  • MLS Game Preview (June 26)
    Wednesday, June 26 (7:30 pm ET) COLORADO (6-7-1, 19 points) at METROSTARS (5-5-2, 17 points) (TV: Fox Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports New York) Key Players Out: Colorado - none; MetroStars - D Marcelo Balboa (knee bone bruise-R), F Martin Klinger (lumbar spondylolysis, back).
  • ANALYSIS: Guile and Guts Take Brazil to Final
    Something different has been the theme of World Cup 2002 and the final will be no different. To conclude a tournament rife with shocking results and tarnished reputations the two most successful countries square off on Sunday for the first time. Brazil and Germany have won a combined seven world titles, nearly half of the 16 contested thus far, yet by some quirk of fate and fortune not once have they played in the final tournament. Now they will meet in the final. Brazil secured its place by toppling a game but overmatched Turkey, 1-0, on a routinely brilliant piece ...
  • World Cup Result: Germany-South Korea
    Germany downs South Korea for final spot (1-0) * Michael Ballack scored the gamewinner in the 75th minute after receiving at the penalty spot a low Oliver Neuville pass from the flank. Ballack's right-footed shot was parried by Korean keeper Lee Woon Jae. Ballack followed up and slotted the ball home with his left foot. Neuville was sent down the right wing on a pass from Bernd Schneider. All three players are Bayer Leverkusen teammates. (Ballack moves to Bayern Munich next season.) * Ballack, who has three goals and four assists at this tournament, will miss the final, having received ...
  • WORLD CUP SEMIFINAL PREVIEW: Brazil-Turkey
    June 26 in Saitama at 7:30 am ET Semifinals: BRAZIL vs. TURKEY (TV: Live, ESPN, Univision, 7:30 am ET; Tape, Telefutura, 10 am ET/PT, ESPN2, 3 pm ET, Galavision, 7:30 pm ET/PT). Brazil is the heavy favorite to beat Turkey and advance to the World Cup final for the third straight time. Only Germany (winner in 1990 and runner-up in 1982 and '86) has played in the three consecutive finals. Brazil will have Rivaldo and Ronaldo, who are tied with Germany's Miroslav Klose for the World Cup scoring lead with five goals, but it will be without its third ''R.'' ...
  • ANALYSIS: Germans stifle South Koreans
    By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor One nation rejoices as another weeps. The run of the co-host is over, the established power moves on. This time Germany needed just one big save from Oliver Kahn to keep rolling in the World Cup. A staunch defensive effort by both teams was decided when Michael Ballack drove in the rebound of his own shot to bring Germany a 1-0 win over South Korea and a spot in the final. Much as they had done in beating Italy and Spain in the last two wins the South Koreans harried and pressured their opponents, forced ...
  • USA-Germany game sets ESPN ratings records
    The USA loss to Germany on Friday was the highest rated ESPN program during the second quarter (April-June) of 2002. The game, which kicked off 7:30 am ET/4:30 am PT, garnered a 4.36 rating, which translates into 3.77 million households. The World Cup 2002 quarterfinal match surpassed ESPNÆs previously highest rating soccer broadcast -- USA-Colombia World Cup æ94 clash (4.26). The USA-Germany was ESPN's highest-rated program of the year among men 18-34 (5.32 rating).
  • MLS: Dallas lands Peruvian international
    The Dallas Burn has acquired veteran Peruvian international Percy Olivares, a 34-year-old defender. Olivares most recently played for PeruÆs Sporting Cristal. He spent 1999-2001 with GreeceÆs Panathinaikos in Greece, for which he appeared in the UEFA Champions League. ''Percy brings a great deal of experience, good technical ability and a lot of pace,'' said Dallas coach Mike Jeffries. ''He can play wide on either side in the back or in the midfield. He gives us a great deal of versatility at a lot of different positions.'' Olivares appeared 84 times for the Peruvian national team. He has also played in ...
  • U.S. players on TV tour (schedule)
    On Monday, the U.S. national team kicked off a week of TV appearances with Landon Donovan, Claudio Reyna et al., appearing on the ''Late Show with David Letterman,'' and Donovan, Coach Bruce Arena and Brian McBride appearing on the premier episode of CNNÆs ''Connie Chung Tonight.'' HereÆs the rest of the lineup: (All times ET) TUESDAY, June 25 * ''Today,'' NBC, 7 am (Segment: 7:30-8) Arena, Donovan, Reyna, Sanneh * ''Good Morning America,'' ABC, 7-10 am (Segment: 7:15-25) Mathis, McBride * ''Early Show,'' CBS, 7-9 am (Segment: 8-8:15) Agoos, Berhalter * ''Live! with Regis & Kelly,'' CBS, 9-11 am Donovan, ...
  • U.S. Abroad: Walker reaches Chilean final with Catolica
    Universidad CatolicaÆs 2-1 win of Universidad Chile in front of 40,000 fans on Sunday gave Catolica a 5-4 aggregate win in the semifinal series. Catolica meets Rangers de Talca in the two-leg Apertura final on Wednesday and Sunday. Rangers upset Colo Colo in their semifinal. The winner of the Apertura clinches a spot in next yearÆs Libertadores Cup. Paraguayan Jorge Campos, recently returned from World Cup action, scored both Catolica goals in the second-leg victory. Walker made a handful of saves to secure the win.
  • MLS WEEK 14 WRAP: Twellman's bikeÆs a beauty
    By Will Kuhns, senior editor BEST GOAL: Perhaps Revolution forward Taylor Twellman took note of the plethora of bicycle-kick attempts at the World Cup, because he produced one of his own against Kansas City on Saturday. Twellman wisely imitated Belgium's Marc Wilmots and Brazil's Edmilson by making his acrobatics count on the scoreboard. After Brian Kamler headed Steve Ralston's cross down off the post, the ball bounced up into perfect striking range for Twellman and he buried it past Wizards' goalkeeper Bo Oshoniyi from about six yards. The goal cut the Wizards' lead to 3-2, but New England was unable ...
  • World Cup Preview: South Korea-Germany
    June 25 in Seoul at 7:30 a.m. ET Semifinals: SOUTH KOREA vs. GERMANY (TV: Live, ESPN, Univision, 7:30 am ET; Tape, Telefutura, 10 am ET/PT, ESPN2, 3 pm ET, Galavision, 7:30 pm ET/PT). An entire nation will be watching, in the streets, at home, in restaurants and bars. Koreans young and old will plop down anywhere they can find a television. South Korea's improbable World Cup campaign continues against Germany in the semifinals Tuesday in Seoul. The Koreans face their stiffest test when they host Germany, which has allowed only one goal in five games. South Korea has depended on ...
  • WUSA WEEK 11 WRAP: Courage matches 2001 totals
    By Scott French, Senior Editor IT'S A MATCH: There's no beating Carolina's road warriors. The Courage are 4-0-2 away from home after dismantling Washington, 3-1, on Saturday. More impressive: A little more than halfway through the season, the Courage has matched its first-year win (6) and point (21) totals. This is a different Carolina team than the one that finished last in the WUSA's inaugural campaign, and the recent addition of German star Birgit Prinz makes it clearly a team to beat when the games count for more. Prinz has picked up points in all five WUSA games she's played, ...
  • WUSA: Charge held to tie by 10-woman Spirit
    Philadelphia couldn't take advantage of numerical superiority and remained winless this season in San Diego after a 1-1 draw before 5,545 at Torero Stadium. The first-place Charge (7-1-3, 24 points), which suffered its only loss May 19 at San Diego, took a lead just before halftime on Fan Yunjie's own goal but surrendered the advantage four minutes into the second half. The Spirit (2-6-3, 9 points), which snapped a four-game losing streak, earned its first point since the victory over Philly. It played the final 75 minutes with 10 players after forward Mercy Akide was red-carded for head-butting Charge goalkeeper ...