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Brazil claims Under-20 World Cup

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Brazilians looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup had to be a bit concerned after their national team flamed out of the Copa America, but some of the confidence and excitement about 2014 was replenished after Brazil's Under-20 team won the Under-20 World Cup on Saturday.

Brazil rode a hat-trick from Oscar to knock off Portugal, 3-2, in extra time.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Brazil, Portugal set for final showdown

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Mexico's quest to capture the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups in the same summer came up two wins short.

Brazil beat Mexico, 2-0, in a U-20 World Cup semifinal on Wednesday, getting two late goals from Golden Boot front-runner Henrique in a four-minute span to eliminate the final CONCACAF representative in the tournament.

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FIFA Under-20 World Cup final: A Look Ahead

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By DAVID MOSSE

If Brazil intends to avoid the drama of another penalty shootout on Saturday when it takes on Portugal in the final of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, Ney Franco's side must become the first team to find the back of the net against Portugal, whose remarkable shutout streak in this tournament reached 570 minutes following Wednesday's 2-0 semifinal victory over France.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup semifinals: A Look Ahead

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By DAVID MOSSE

No country has been more irritated by the emergence of Spain in recent years than Brazil, which always took for granted being the main attraction at every tournament and the great purveyor of The Beautiful Game. A quarterfinal clash at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup might not seem like much, but Brazilians hope Sunday's triumph over Spain in penalty kicks was a small step towards putting their universe back in order.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Final 16 set

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The field at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup has been narrowed to 16 teams.

Spain, Nigeria and host Colombia were the only teams to win all of their matches in the group stage, with Nigeria boasting a tournament-best +10 goal differential.

On the other end of the spectrum, Guatemala managed to qualify for the group stage after a late goal lifted the first-time participants to a 1-0 victory over Croatia in their final group game.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Brazil, Argentina win their groups, Mexico through

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Host Colombia isn't the only South American team enjoying a strong start to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

Brazil routed Panama, 4-0, to win Group E, and Argentina shut out North Korea, 3-0, to win Group F as both powers advanced to the knockout stage of the tournament Thursday night.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Colombia goes through, Portugal in good shape & more

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FIFA Under-20 World Cup host Colombia won't be leaving its own party early.

Colombia defeated Mali, 2-0, on Tuesday to become the first team to seal a place in the knockout stage of the tournament.

Jose Valencia and James Rodriguez scored the goals, and FC Dallas Designated Player Fabian Castillo made his tournament debut, entering as a 61st-minute substitute for Colombia, which is almost assured of winning Group A.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Mexico, Brazil roll while Argentina and England draw

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By ADAM SERRANO

After a disappointing loss to Argentina, Mexico roared back to life in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with an impressive 3-0 victory over a fiesty North Korea side.

An own goal by North Korea moments before halftime gave Mexico the lead. El Tri doubled that lead in the 54th minute when forward Taufic Guarch launched a laser from 30 yards out, and Mexico midfielder Diego De Buen added a third goal four minutes into stoppage time to cap off the victory.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Spain, Colombia open with big victories and more

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Spain's dominance on the world stage has extended to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

The Spaniards opened their tournament with a thorough 4-1 beating of CONCACAF runner-up Costa Rica behind two goals from Rodrigo on Sunday. Spain wasn't the only team to impress in the opening round of games, either.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup: A Look Ahead

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By DAVID MOSSE

A busy summer of international soccer winds down with 24 countries vying to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Colombia, which takes place from July 29 to Aug. 20. Argentina and Mexico are both back in the fold after failing to qualify two years ago, and the two teams clash Friday in one of the very first matches of the tournament, as the South Americans begin their quest for a record seventh title.

European Soccer

Evening Ticker: Dream debut for Aguero, San Jose signs new striker on loan and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Sergio Aguero is already beginning to look good for his money.

Despite reportedly not being 100% fit, Aguero came in as a second-half substitute for Manchester City and notched two goals and an assist in a 4-0 rout of Swansea.

Aguero replaced Nigel de Jong three minutes after the hosts were put 1-0 thanks to Edin Dzeko in the 57th, and it took only eight minutes to mark his debut with a goal — a cool finish following a low Micah Richards cross at the far post.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer's playoff race and the final matches of the Under-20 World Cup group stage highlight today's soccer action on TV.

The U.S. Under-20 national team can advance to the second round of the Under-20 World Cup if certain results go their way today, which will make matches like Costa Rica/Czech Republic worth watching for U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer's playoff race and the final matches of the Under-20 World Cup group stage highlight today's soccer action on TV.

The U.S. Under-20 national team can advance to the second round of the Under-20 World Cup if certain results go their way today, which will make matches like Costa Rica/Czech Republic worth watching for U.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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A pair of English giants looking to rebound from disappointing performances in the UEFA Champions League headline this weekend's soccer on TV.

Chelsea takes on Liverpool in a battle of EPL powers. Chelsea will be looking to regroup following a disappointing mid-week performance in the UEFA Champions League, and it's shock loss to Wigan last weekend, by beating a Liverpool team still recovering from a 2-0 loss to Fiorentina in mid-week.

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A pair of English giants looking to rebound from disappointing performances in the UEFA Champions League headline this weekend's soccer on TV.

Chelsea takes on Liverpool in a battle of EPL powers. Chelsea will be looking to regroup following a disappointing mid-week performance in the UEFA Champions League, and it's shock loss to Wigan last weekend, by beating a Liverpool team still recovering from a 2-0 loss to Fiorentina in mid-week.

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FIFA Under-20 World Cup: Spain, Brazil set for headliner in quarterfinals & more

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By DAVID MOSSE

It would be disrespectful to six-time champions Argentina to call the upcoming quarterfinal clash between Spain and Brazil the decisive match of the Under-20 World Cup, but the winner will have incredible momentum heading into the semifinals.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Mexico through on penalties, Costa Rica out and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Mexican national teams have won two international tournaments this summer, and El Tri's U-20 squad got one step closer to potentially making it three.

Mexico advanced to the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup after defeaing Cameroon in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup: A Look Ahead to the Round of 16

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By DAVID MOSSE

Spain's remarkable run of success recently might carry over into another tournament with Julen Lopetegui's side looking like a serious contender to capture the FIFA U-20 World Cup after blitzing through the group stage in dominating fashion.

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U.S. U-20s open World Cup qualifying with rout of Suriname

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By FRANCO PANIZO

While the U.S. men's national team was attempting to find a way to crack Paraguay's defense in Nashville, the Under-20 national team was busy pummeling Suriname's in its World Cup qualifying opener in Guatemala City.

Lletget, Gyau, Salgado highlight U.S. Under-20 World Cup qualifying roster

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Thomas Rongen has selected the 20 players for the United States Under-20 World Cup qualifying campaign that gets underway later this month.

Eight MLS players and 16 professionals in total highlight the roster, which includes the likes of Sebastian Lletget, Joseph Gyau, Conor Doyle and Omar Salgado but does not include Bayern Munich youth product Fabian Huerzeler.

U.S. U-20 team drawn with Panama, Suriname for World Cup qualifying

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. U-20 national team has learned its foes for the upcoming CONCACAF Championship, which will determine which four teams from the federation reach this summer's U-20 World Cup in Colombia.

The United States will take on Panama and Suriname in Group B.

SBI U.S. Under-20 Spotlight: Thomas Rongen

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Monday Morning Centerback: Why did the U.S. Under-20s fail?

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Whose fault is it?

That is the question some U.S. national team fans are asking after the U.S. Under-20 national team's early exit from the Under-20 World Cup. Who is to blame for the failings of a collection of what is supposed to be the best Under-20 players this country can produce?

Monday Morning Centerback: Why did the U.S. Under-20s fail?

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Whose fault is it?

That is the question some U.S. national team fans are asking after the U.S. Under-20 national team's early exit from the Under-20 World Cup. Who is to blame for the failings of a collection of what is supposed to be the best Under-20 players this country can produce?

Under-20 World Cup: USA vs. South Korea (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. Under-20 national team has its fate in its own hands. A win or a tie today vs. South Korea (12:45pm, ESPN2) in its final Under-20 World Cup group match will put the Americans into the second round of the tournament. A loss would leave seriously jeopardize the U.S. team's chances of advancing.

Under-20 World Cup: USA vs. South Korea (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. Under-20 national team has its fate in its own hands. A win or a tie today vs. South Korea (12:45pm, ESPN2) in its final Under-20 World Cup group match will put the Americans into the second round of the tournament. A loss would leave seriously jeopardize the U.S. team's chances of advancing.

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Amajita to face Black Satellites in Under -20 World Cup

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Ghana and South Africa will face off for the third time this year in a second round knockout match at the Under-20 World Cup on Tuesday.

Amajita into Knockout for Under-20 World Cup

South Africa's Amajita are into the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup for the first time,

The Black Satellites of Ghana topped Group D after two wins against Uzbekistan and England and a draw against Uruguay, while South Africa finished third in their group after a well-deserved 2-0 win over Honduras on Saturday thanks to goals from Andile Jali and Sibusiso Khumalo.

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The Rest

A look back at the Under-20 World Cup

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By DAVID MOSSE

Brazilian soccer was recently pronounced dead by British magazine FourFourTwo, and, frankly, the senior team did very little to dispel that notion at the Copa America, but Ney Franco's Under-20 side salvaged the summer by capturing Brazil's fifth World Youth Championship.