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  • Feisty Brazil sets tone for World Cup

    The 2014 World Cup hosts are fighting for a bigger cause, in the streets and in the stadiums of Brazil.

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  • Bradley replaces Dempsey as US captain for CONCACAF Gold Cup

    Michael Bradley will be the U.S. captain for the CONCACAF Gold Cup rather than Clint Dempsey. Dempsey took over as the American captain from Carlos Bocanegra two years ago. ''It's important to have Clint be in his best condition for us,'' U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Thursday.

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  • Guzan, US seek to maintain momentum against Guatemala

    Guzan earned the starting job at Aston Villa over Shay Given early in the 2012-13 season but was replaced by Given in April, losing a chance to start in the FA Cup final, which the Villans lost to Arsenal 4-0. With Tim Howard on a one-year sabbatical from the U.S. national team until September,…

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  • Klinsmann puts youth movement on hold to win Gold Cup with experience

    By picking a fairly old team, Jurgen Klinsmann is clearly indicating that, while he has begun refreshing and rejuvenating the U.S. men's national team, he has no plans to rebuild from scratch.

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  • Klinsmann to speak with Dempsey over incident

    US coach Jurgen Klinsmann plans to talk with Seattle striker Clint Dempsey about the referee abuse incident that brought the forward a three-game ban, but will not keep him out of next month's Gold Cup tournament. Klinsmann named Dempsey to the 23-man American roster for the biennial North…

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  • Klinsmann has World Cup vets on Gold Cup team

    Chicago (AFP) - United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann named 17 players from last year's World Cup lineup to the American roster announced Tuesday that will defend the title in next month's Gold Cup.

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  • Klinsmann picks 17 of 23 World Cup vets for Gold Cup

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The U.S. roster for next month's CONCACAF Gold Cup will look a lot like the American team at last year's World Cup.

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  • Dempsey awaits fate after ripping up ref's book

    Clint Dempsey's bout of ref rage could see the USA captain miss the Gold Cup, if US Soccer determine his ripping up of a referee's notebook warrants a three-month ban. Dempsey was sent off after snatching referee Daniel Radford's notebook and tearing it up in extra time of his Seattle Sounders'…

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  • Blatter not going to New Zealand for U20 World Cup final

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not go to New Zealand for the Under-20 World Cup final on Saturday. Amid speculation that Blatter risks arrest in many countries, FIFA confirmed on Tuesday that he will remain in his native Switzerland instead of traveling to Auckland. ''Due to his current…

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  • Wood's 87th-minute goal lifts US to 2-1 win at Germany

    Five days after beating the Netherlands for the first time, the United States defeated Germany in Germany for the first time. The Americans could not be more confident heading into next month's CONCACAF Gold Cup. ''It makes us world champions, right?'' goalkeeper Brad Guzan joked after Wednesday…

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  • Beasley on US roster for CONCACAF Gold Cup

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Houston Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley, who announced his retirement from the U.S. national team in December, was among 35 players on the Americans' preliminary roster for next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup that was announced Wednesday.

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  • FIFA suspends bidding for 2026 World Cup

    FIFA announced on Wednesday it had suspended the bidding process to host the 2026 World Cup amid the furore surrounding corruption probes at the organisation. "It was decided to place the administrative process on hold for the 2026 FIFA World Cup bidding due to the current situation," a FIFA…

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  • Williams, Diskerud, Agudelo start for US against Germany

    COLOGNE, Germany (AP) -- U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann changed three players for Wednesday night's exhibition against his native Germany, starting Danny Williams, Mix Diskerud and Juan Agudelo in place of Brek Shea, Kyle Beckerman and Alfredo Morales.

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  • Late goals by Williams, Wood lead US over Netherlands 4-3

    The United States had been 0-4 against the Netherlands and had just given up a pair of second-half goals, keeping up the pattern of defensive mistakes that has plagued the Americans since last year's World Cup. The Americans rallied to beat the Dutch 4-3 in an exhibition on Friday night, giving…

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  • Economy weighs on Russia World Cup plans amid FIFA scandal

    By Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin is still likely to host the World Cup in 2018 despite an FBI investigation into Russia's winning bid but his hopes of staging a tournament that impresses his critics are fading. Not only is the event mired in scandal because of corruption…

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  • The odd choice of Rafa Benitez as new manager of Real Madrid

    The decision to bring in the 55-year-old Madrid native to replace Carlo Ancelotti appears to be more based on romance than logic.

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  • Del Piero on Juventus' 'good chance' of beating Barcelona, life in L.A. and MLS

    Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero offers only one prediction for the Champions League final between his beloved Juve and Barca.

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