| Jun 16, 2014
| 6:56 PM
The paramount in-game decisions by a soccer coach involve substitutions. Only three are permitted, and the same number of critical factors -- who, for whom and when -- come into play with each.
U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann busted on his first move but...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Random thoughts while waiting for FIFA to hand out Oscars for best actor, best flop:
Soccer needs a World Cup every year....
For a few weeks, the American team brought fans together in the way only football usually does, with beer, chicken wings,...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 7:29 PM
SAO PAULO — Juergen Klinsmann did the math ahead of time. Beat Ghana, tie Portugal and his U.S. soccer team cheats the "Group of Death" and moves on to the second round of the World Cup.
With Monday's 2-1 win in Natal, the first task has been...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 9:42 PM
SAO PAULO, Brazil — The U.S. soccer team was scheduled to land here late Monday morning, local time. Though it would arrive fresh off a month-long training camp that left it winded and weary and three consecutive victories that left it comfortable...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 6:46 PM
Jozy Altidore settled into a white plastic chair beneath a blazing sun at the U.S. team's World Cup training facility here last week, sweat beading on his furrowed brow.
It was about to get much hotter.
Altidore has known feast and famine during a...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 5:22 PM
Both the U.S. and Portugal will go a long way toward determining their World Cup fates when they meet Sunday in the heat and humidity of the Amazon.
For the U.S., it's win and go on. For Portugal, it's win or go home.
And a tie? Well, then it gets...
| May 22, 2014
| 3:38 PM
Landon Donovan will not be playing in a record fourth World Cup for the U.S. this summer after the Galaxy star was left off the final 23-man roster announced Thursday.
Released from the team along with Donovan were forward Terrence Boyd, midfielders Joe...
| May 14, 2014
| 8:50 PM
— Ten doesn't go into three very cleanly or easily. But that's the math facing Coach Juergen Klinsmann and the U.S. soccer team less than three weeks before the 23-man World Cup rosters are due.
Klinsmann invited 30 players to training camp, which...
| May 12, 2014
| 4:07 PM
Landon Donovan took a big step toward a record-tying fourth World Cup appearance and Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez moved closer to his first when both were included Monday in the 30-man provisional squad U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann called into this week'...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 5:37 PM
Juergen Klinsmann hasn't made many missteps in his 2 1/2 years of coach of the U.S. national team. Still it was hard not to question last week's decision to jettison Martin Vasquez, his longtime right-hand man, and replace him with Tab Ramos and former...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 3:30 AM
The World Cup opens in just three days.
That's right. Just three days. First match: Host Brazil vs. Croatia at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Here's what's going on in the lead-up to the tournament.
* In case you missed it: Jozy Altidore scored for the first time...