| May 10, 2014
| 5:20 PM
Landon Donovan likes the U.S.'s chances in World Cup group play against Ghana, Portugal and Germany. But the threat posed by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is something that could keep him up at night.
"Listen, there's no question he's one of the...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 9:26 PM
Teams arriving in Brazil for the World Cup have been greeted by cheering throngs, waving flags and, in the case of Japan, fire trucks spraying an arc of water over the team plane.
But they've also been greeted by small armies of armed guards wearing...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 6:11 PM
When the U.S. meets Germany in its final group-play game of this World Cup, Juergen Klinsmann says he'll sing both national anthems before the game. And why not? He's had a hand in getting both teams here, now as coach of the American team and a few years...
| May 17, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Cristiano Ronaldo has logged dozens of assists during his long soccer career. But it's likely none have been more important — or more characteristic — than the one he picked up in March after being asked to donate items to a charity auction....
| Jun 22, 2014
| 7:57 PM
MANAUS, Brazil — As World Cup journeys go, the U.S. has gone from being in the driver's seat to having to ask for help in getting where they'd like to be.
That's how big Portugal's goal in the closing seconds of stoppage time looms for the U.S.,...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 11:16 AM
Now that Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez have gone home and Brazil’s Neymar has gone to the hospital, this World Cup belongs to Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
And nobody knows that better then the players on Belgium’s...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Never before have the World Cup finalists met in the opening round of the succeeding tournament.
From the first-time-for-everything department, it's defending champion Spain versus runner-up Netherlands -- on just the second lap of the 4 1/2-week soccer...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 6:40 PM
The field in the Amazon city of Manaus, where England and Italy will meet in a key Group D game Saturday, is in dismal condition and it's only going to get worse.
And that's the word from the guy whose job it is to take care of the field.
| Jun 5, 2014
| 4:39 PM
Luis Suarez is the best soccer player in the world.
That's not opinion, it's science.
Or at least it's the science compiled by Bloomberg, which analyzed players in Europe's top five leagues, measuring everything from defensive and attacking...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 11:07 PM
Chicago soccer legend Willy Roy noticed the strangest thing during a trip last week to Wood Dale American Legion Post 1205: People wanted to talk soccer.
Even for a man who built his life around the beautiful game, this almost never happens.
| Jun 20, 2014
| 3:58 PM
The U.S. team has been peppered with questions about Cristiano Ronaldo in the run-up to Sunday's game with Portugal in Manaus —so much so that more than a few players have grown tired of answering them.
U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones found a...