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  • Goalkeeper Tim Howard taking break from US team

    Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from the U.S. The 35-year-old Howard will continue to play for Everton in the English Premier League. So I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.'' Howard starred in this year's World Cup in Brazil, particularly in a…

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  • Goalkeeper Howard takes break from US duties

    Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard announced Thursday that he will be taking a one-year break from international duty with the United States. Howard's stellar performance in a round-of-16 loss to Belgium was considered the high point for the Americans in their World Cup run in Brazil two months ago. …

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  • Donovan to retire at end of season

    Landon Donovan, the USA's all-time top scorer who was left out of the national squad for the World Cup in Brazil, announced on Thursday that he will retire at the end of the MLS season. "After careful deliberation and many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my…

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  • US World Cup star Beasley signs with Dynamo

    US defender DaMarcus Beasley, who last month became the first American to play in four World Cups, has signed with the Houston Dynamo, the Major League Soccer team announced Wednesday. Dynamo traded midfielder Warren Creaville to Toronto on Wednesday in order to obtain rights to sign Beasley, who…

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  • Loew to stay on as Germany coach

    Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Wednesday that he never considered leaving his post after winning the World Cup title and insisted he would see out his contract which runs until Euro 2016. "I didn't think of stopping for one second," said Loew, 54, in an interview published on the German…

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  • Guardiola warns foes not to copy Germany

    Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola warned Tuesday that those seeing Germany as a model for success after their World Cup triumph need greater dedication and patience with their own philosophies. Speaking ahead of the reigning Bundesliga champions' upcoming US tour, the 43-year-old Spaniard said…

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  • Loew needs a title to prove he is a winner

    Joachim Loew has shaped a talented German generation into an entertaining and successful team with a history of near misses. Germany needs to beat Argentina in Sunday's World Cup decider to finally make Loew a winner.

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  • Loew saves Germany's best for Brazil 2014

    Joachim Loew has again saved Germany’s best until the World Cup finals with the 54-year-old poised to finally claim his first major title in Brazil. Having been appointed Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant in 2004 before becoming head coach in 2006, Germany have reached at least the semi-finals of all…

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  • ON THIS DAY: Bulgaria beats Germany in 1994

    On July 10 in World Cup history: Iordan Letchkov's header enough for Bulgaria to beat Germany in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1994.

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  • After World Cup, MLS looks to steady growth

    Even before millions of people packed into outdoor fan parties, ran out to bars for long lunches and sneaked peeks of games at their offices during the Americans' World Cup run, Major League Soccer began thinking about how to convert some of those fans into supporters for its own teams. Playing…

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  • Klinsmann was right: US not ready to win World Cup

    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. ''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…

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  • Howard's memorable play marks US World Cup run

    Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast - and fans around the world, really - for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated. He has become a Twitter sensation in less than a…

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  • Klinsmann reality check for euphoric US

    Jurgen Klinsmann welcomed the euphoria around the United States' World Cup performances Wednesday but he warned the team is still a work in progress. The German coach said he was proud of his players, including back-to-the-wall goalkeeper Tim Howard, after the US team went down all guns blazing…

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  • World Cup 2014's early winner: Major League Soccer

    There may have been broken hearts and shattered dreams across the United States on Tuesday, but MLS promoters say unprecedented enthusiasm for the national team is evidence that Major League Soccer has come of age. In the MLS offices in New York, all eyes were on Brazil, where Team USA weathered a…

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  • World Cup goalkeepers earn 'respect'

    Lionel Messi, Neymar and Robin van Persie make the headlines, but the World Cup's real heroes have been goalkeepers like Tim Howard, Guillermo Ochoa and Julio Cesar who throw themselves into the line of fire. "Two words .. TIM HOWARD #respect," was the simple Twitter comment made by Belgium's…

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  • Belgium holds on to beat US 2-1 in extra time

    For a full 90 minutes, Belgium's almost relentless attack added up to nothing in the face of Tim Howard. Only in extra time was the superb United States goalkeeper finally beaten. Kevin De Bruyne turned Howard's heroic night into defeat on Tuesday when he scored an extra-time goal and then set up…

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  • Messi stays, Howard goes home from World Cup

    The World Cup still has Lionel Messi. Tim Howard is heading home despite a heroic display of goalkeeping. A moment of Messi inspiration helped lift an unconvincing Argentina to a 1-0 win over Switzerland after extra time in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, creating the goal scored by Angel Di Maria in…

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