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"Major Announcement" Today

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It's game day for Sporting Kansas City as the team takes on BPL Champions, Manchester City in a friendly at Sporting Park. The game though looks like it may not be the biggest news of the day (at least for me). Yesterday, Sporting Club announced that they would have a "major announcement" today that would include the club, Wyandotte County unified government representatives, and Kansas governor Sam Brownback.

Sunderland and Fulham Interested in Signing Matt Besler

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After a spectacular performance for the United States at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, defender Matt Besler has received a wide variety of interest from a number of European clubs including official bids from Fulham and Sunderland. Besler admitted to wanting the deal done as soon as possible.

"It's a situation which needs to get resolved.

World Cup 2014

A Remarkable World Cup Moment That Went Unnoticed In the USA-Belgium Game

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This World Cup has been one of the best in recent memory, despite all of the concerns with the tournament being held in Brazil. There have been some fantastic goals and amazing matches.

Of course, any World Cup will have its talking points and controversies. Referees will always be blamed for any manner of "wrong" decisions while fans will infinitely debate plays and calls.

USMNT’s Matt Besler A Target For Bundesliga Side SC Freiburg

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United State's Men's National Team's Matt Besler is said to be receiving multiple offers from both European and English clubs after a solid performance for the United States in the 2014 World Cup. Reports in Kicker Magazine indicate SC Freiburg is a likely destination for the Sporting Kansas City man.

Young USA Players Looking to Move Beyond MLS

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Going into the World Cup, a major storyline around the U.S. national team was the number of key players who had left overseas clubs to return to MLS. Facing a logjam in the AS Roma midfield, Michael Bradley accepted a designated player spot with Toronto FC to earn more money and a starter's spot.

USA Lightning Rod Landon Donovan Faces Uncertain Future

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From the moment he was excluded from the U.S. World Cup roster, Landon Donovan faced a critical choice. He could accept, map out the rest of his playing career, and begin to work on his post-playing options. Or he could fight back, showing the world that his exclusion was long-term a poor choice for how the U.

Where The USA Men’s National Team Goes From Here

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Now that the U.S. has, once again, exited the World Cup in the Round of 16, American soccer aficionados are in the self-reflective, hand wringing stage of sports grief. We're asking ourselves what went wrong? What could we have done differently? Why aren't we better? Will we ever win the top prize of the most popular sport on earth?

USA’s World Cup Run Ends Too Soon, But Future Looks Promising

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When a team enters into a tournament format like the World Cup knockout stage, you always know that the next game very well may be your last.

But that doesn't mean it is any easier when the end finally comes.

Such is the case for the United States Men's National team, which saw its World Cup run end on Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to Belgium.

Top 10 Best #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave Memes

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The Internet has created its newest meme — Things Tim Howard Could Save, which includes pictures of USA goalkeeper Tim Howard in some classic situations "saving" different people and places. For example, even saving the Titanic.

The meme is a reaction to Tim Howard's record breaking performance against Belgium in the United States's Round of 16 match.

USA World Cup Soccer Team Receives Glowing Praise From Around the World

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The praise for the USA World Cup team has been unanimous across the world. They have won the hearts and minds of so many soccer fans globally, as well as the respect of the soccer critics and media.

This mixed bag of a few German-Americans, one Icelandic-American, a guy from small Texas town, a man who's part Native American, a Haitian-American and even the youngest player to ever see the field in a World Cup game did the impossible.

USA Player Ratings For World Cup Game Against Belgium

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The US exited the 2014 FIFA World Cup with their heads held high after a 2-1 extra time loss to Belgium. Here are the player ratings.

Tim Howard, 10: He covered himself in all kinds of glory with one of the greatest goalkeeping performances in recent memory.

DeMarcus Beasley, 8: While he was twisted into knots by the tricky Kevin Mirallas, Beasley had another terrific game to cap a terrific tournament.

Where to Find the USA-Belgium Game On US Television And Internet

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Today's must-see game between USA and Belgium will be shown live on US television and Internet beginning at 4pm ET/1pm PT (coverage begins at 3pm ET/Noon PT). If the United States beats Belgium, the USMNT will advance to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. If they lose, they go home.

20,000 USA Fans Expected At Chicago Soldier Field’s USA-Belgium World Cup Watch Party

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Chicago's Soldier Field will today host a USMNT World Cup Watch Party where event organizers are expecting more than 20,000 soccer fans to cheer on Team USA.

Home to the NFL's Chicago Bears and multiple USMNT matches down the years, the stadium has a capacity of over 60,000.Even in a stadium that will be just one-third full, the atmosphere promises to be electric during the USA-Belgium game, which kicks off at 4pm ET/3pm CT.

Why The USA Used Clint Dempsey As a Lone Striker in Jozy Altidore’s Absence

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The USMNT could not have had a better start to their World Cup when Seattle Sounders' talisman Clint Dempsey scored in the first minute of group play against Ghana in Natal. It wasn't all that easy though, as twenty-six minutes later the star striker, Jozy Altidore, went down holding his hamstring and he was replaced by Aron Johannson.

Jozy Altidore: Looking at the United States Enigmatic Forward

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The US Soccer Federation announced today that 24 year old forward Jozy Altidore has been cleared to play for the United States when they take on Belgium in the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. Altidore has long been considered the star striker for the USMNT and on the whole his form for the Stars and Stripes has backed that up.

Can The USA Resharpen Their Countering Sword?

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In the Group Stages of the World Cup, there were three teams that gave up only a single goal to their opponents. One of those teams was Belgium.

So to think about the Americans' play thus far heading into this game, one has to be concerned. Yes, they were able to get two goals each against Ghana and Portugal, but against their toughest opponent Germany, they looked punchless on the counter.

Jozy Altidore Can Be the USA’s Difference Maker Tomorrow Against Belgium

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The USA received some good news on Monday, as forward Jozy Altidore has been cleared to play against Belgium in the round-of-16 game on Tuesday.

The question is how much will Altidore play, if he plays at all?

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann faces a tough decision on how to work Altidore back into the lineup.

Jurgen Klinsmann Unhappy With Referee Selection for USA-Belgium Game

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USA Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has admitted he has a problem with FIFA's selection of the match officials for United States's game against Belgium, to be played on Tuesday. FIFA announced today that Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi will be in charge of the Round of 16 match. Klinsmann is uncomfortable with the advantage the Belgiums will have with a French-speaking referee.

Jozy Altidore Available to Play For USA Against Belgium

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U.S. Men's National Team striker Jozy Altidore is available to play in their Round of 16 game against Belgium on Tuesday, as announced via the USMNT's official Twitter account.

Altidore has been training with the team for the past few days and was ruled healthy earlier today by team doctors.

Why Jurgen Klinsmann Should Keep Jozy Altidore on the Bench Against Belgium

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Despite escaping from the Group of Death, the United States may be facing its toughest test yet in a win-or-go-home match against Belgium. No longer can the Yanks hope to be good enough, but with Belgium and probably Argentina standing in their way of advancing, the entire roster needs to play at its best.

Graham Zusi a Vital Force for the USA

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These days, Graham Zusi is widely regarded as having one of the best right foots in MLS but his journey to the international stage has been far from straightforward. The Sporting Kansas City wide midfielder, who was drafted into MLS with the then-named Kansas City Wizards at the age of twenty-two, reached a new pinnacle in his blossoming career when he started against Germany in the USMNT's final game in the group stage.

Should the USA Fear Belgium?

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Since finishing on top of their group in qualification, Belgium has been somewhat under whelming. Despite finishing 2013 with back-to-back losses, this year they have had a good record in terms of wins and losses but the results are not as impressive as some might think. As of their final group game, they have a record of 5-0-1 this calendar year against relative minnows like Tunisia and Algeria (plus an unofficial friendly against Luxembourg) and only one of those games has been won by more than a single goal.

USA’s Jozy Altidore and Belgium Captain Vincent Kompany Uncertain for Tuesday’s Match

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Both the United States and Belgium will likely face-off on Tuesday in a humid Salvador without some of they key players in the line-up.

Jozy Altidore's return date has not been revealed but coach Jurgen Klinsmann remains hopeful that he will return to the pitch before their time in Brazil is up saying, "We are very optimistic to have him to be a part of the Belgium game.

Order A USA World Cup Jersey And Get 25% Off For A Limited Time

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For a very limited time, order an official USA World Cup jersey and receive 25% off your purchase.

The secret promotion can be unlocked by following the following three steps.

1. Visit World Soccer Shop via the following USA World Cup shirt link.

2. Select the shirt size, quantity and any customization you'd like.

What the USA Can Expect From Belgium in Tuesday’s World Cup Game

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This is where the fun starts for the United States. After negotiating their way through the Group of Death with some wonderful performances, Jurgen Klinsmann's men will take on Belgium in the last-16 knowing there is very little pressure on them whatsoever. Even if the USA were to depart at this particular stage of the tournament, this team has captured the imagination of the nation and already exceeded expectations.

WATCH How The USA Approach vs Germany Helped Them Escape Group G [VIDEO]

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In this the latest edition of World Soccer Talk's Tactics Corner, World Soccer Talk's Earl Reed looks at the USA versus Germany match.

The US escapes the "Group Of Death" after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to Germany. What was Jurgen Klinsmann thinking in this match, and how did Germany get after the United States in order to grab the victory and secure First Place from Group G?

Now The World Cup Fun Begins For USA After Escaping Group Of Death

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The United States didn't deserve to go out of the World Cup Thursday against Germany — not after coming within 30 seconds of clinching their place in the knockout stages against Portugal, and battling gamely against the worst travel schedule in the competition, and a group of death that promised and delivered drama and hardship.

USA Has 47% Chance Of Beating Belgium; Updated Odds For Each World Cup Round of 16 Game

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Now that the Group stages of the World Cup have concluded, it's time to review the upcoming Round of 16 games to see which teams have the best odds of advancing through to the quarter-finals of World Cup 2014.

Before we share the data, here's a note from the editor.

Editor's note: Chris McFarland's analysis beat Nate Silver's Soccer Power Index predictions for the Group stages of the World Cup.

5 Observations From USA vs Germany Game

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On a day that saw Luis Suárez given a heavy ban from soccer as well as Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince-Boateng being sent home in disgrace by Ghana, there was a danger that the off-pitch drama would overshadow the remaining fixtures in Group G.

The equation was simple, a draw between the US and Germany would see both sides comfortably qualify for the knockout rounds.

Redemption For Jurgen Klinsmann: USA Head Coach’s Controversial Decisions Proven Correct

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Jurgen Klinsmann has been derided by critics on both sides of the Atlantic as being incapable of taking a tactical approach to the way he sets up and manages his teams. In 2011, Phillip Lahm who played for Klinsmann — both with Germany and Bayern Munich — said the following about the one-time German national team great:

"We practically only practiced fitness under Klinsmann.

USA 0-1 Germany Match Highlights [VIDEO]: US Holds On To Advance to Next Round of World Cup

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Both Germany and the United States advance to the round of 16 in first and second place respectively. After a 1-0 finish in a wet and humid Recife, the USMNT qualify through goal difference after Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1.

The beginning of the first half saw a confident German side completing passes, and testing the United State's back line.

Kyle Beckerman, The USA’s’ Dreadlocked Warrior

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Kyle Beckerman #15, it's not just what you see on the back of his jersey at this World Cup it is also what he signed at the bottom of the notes he wrote for his Mom as a kid.

Born in Maryland, it's been Beckerman's dream to play for the U.S. Men's National team since he was young. However it was a dream he began to think would never come true until Jurgen Klinsmann took over as head coach and Beckerman started to see consistent field time.

Germany’s Plan Versus the USA: If I Were Joachim Löw

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Thursday is the final match day in Group G, and none of the teams in the Group of Death are 100% through or 100% nor are they knocked out. Germany also belongs to this group, though their position is the least precarious, as they would need a colossal collapse against the USA and either Ghana or Portugal would need an epic and high scoring victory.

Five Reasons Why The USA Cannot “Play for a Tie” Against Germany

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This week I have been receiving a lot of, to use a polite word, "guff" about the United States National Team from militant anti-soccer people. They constantly bring up the idea that the U.S. simply needs a draw to advance in the World Cup and, because Germany can also finish first with a draw, there is a major opportunity for collusion with Jurgen Klinsmann's old team (see, more conspiracy!

George Vecsey on how to fix FIFA, Klinsmann's USMNT legacy, "Eight World Cups" and more

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He also likened Jermaine Jones' goal against Portugal to something Lothar Matthäuswould've produced. Regardless, he stayed on digital recorded air with me for 26-plus minutes and the man is a goldmine of insight and perspective, including on where this World Cup falls historically. This is the first World Cup not being covered by Vecsey in 32 years and the whole way he experiences soccer

Gap In Talent Between Germany And USA Soccer Teams Is Not As Wide As Many Argue

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The United States faces possible elimination from the World Cup if they don't get at least a draw against Germany on Thursday. The USA's failure to close out Portugal in stoppage time has left the national team with everything to do against Germany.

Assumptions are abound in the United States among some lazy pundits and those who quite honestly might want to see the sport fail that Germany is somehow an invincible force and the United States will be eliminated.

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The persistence of legends By Anthony Lopopolo This time,...

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The persistence of legends

ByAnthony Lopopolo

This time, Franco Baresi would play.

He was there with the Italians and the Portuguese, all legends from their country, descending on a pitch in Toronto.

USMNT U-20 team in camp for NTC Invitational Tournament

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The USMNT U-20 squad will play three games in July as part of the NTC Invitational Tournament. USMNT U-20 coach Tab Ramos named a 20-player team. Read More

Manchester United vs Seattle Sounders 7 – 0 Highlights 7/20/2011

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Klinsmann Happy With USA Standings

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When the US national football team manager, Jurgen Klinsmann, came to address the press ahead of his team's group match against Portugal, the happiness was clear on his face and the reason behind that happiness was quite obvious. The match between Ghana and Germany had just ended in the form of a draw which put the Yanks in a very good position in Group G.