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Bradley wants to stay

NEW YORK – Bob Bradley said he’d be “honored” to remain the U.S. soccer coach, and he expects a decision in three to four weeks. Bradley told The Associated Press …


Villa leads Spain past Portugal

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — David Villa called it one of his best goals. On a night when Portugal’s defense fought off attack after attack, the Spanish striker finally broke …


Paraguay tops Japan on PKs

PRETORIA, South Africa — The last thing Paraguay wanted was to wind up in a shootout with Japan. After all, the South Americans almost never practice penalty kicks – or …


Healthy Robben lifts Netherlands

DURBAN, South Africa — Impressive as Arjen Robben and his Dutch teammates were in advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals, they seek much more. The Netherlands reached the final eight …


Brazil waltzes into quarters

JOHANNESBURG — As Brazil was dismantling Chile, a couple of fans delighted the crowd by parading around the stadium with two giant gold replicas of the World Cup trophy. Another …


U.S. coach, boss to meet

JOHANNESBURG — U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati says the American team did not meet his expectations at the World Cup and he likely will meet with Bob Bradley to …


Date with destiny

RUSTENBURG, South Africa – For other countries, a second-round World Cup match is a big step. For the United States, today’s game against Ghana is so much more. The television …


Donovan soaks up spotlight

IRENE, South Africa – The words came haltingly, then not at all, as Landon Donovan tried to explain how much the goal meant to him. He’s the greatest player the …


American soccer arrives with Donovan’s dramatic goal

PRETORIA, South Africa – Long after the game had ended and the jubilant players had left the field, the U.S. fans partied on in the stands, singing, dancing and waving …


Donovan goal puts U.S. in 2nd round of World Cup

Landon Donovan scored a stunning goal in the first minute of injury time, advancing the United States to the second round at the World Cup with a 1-0 win over …


World Cup host fans happy with team’s play

JOHANNESBURG – Their beloved Bafana Bafana are out of the World Cup, yet South African fans greeted the farewell win over France with pride and celebration. Across South Africa, multiracial …


USA’s World Cup fate in its hands

PRETORIA, South Africa – One more game, one last chance to make their reputation. When the Americans play Algeria at the World Cup this morning they’ll either live up to …


Protest beyond ‘stupid’

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa – France coach Raymond Domenech said his players acted like imbeciles by protesting Nicolas Anelka’s expulsion from the team by refusing to train just two days before …


World Cup: U.S. expects aggressive Algeria

IRENE, South Africa – Landon Donovan thinks the best is yet to come for the U.S. soccer team. Yes, 2006 was a disappointment and even the quarterfinal finish in 2002 …


Four teams set to advance today

JOHANNESBURG – Moving Day arrives today at the World Cup, and it could be a Latin American fiesta. Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay need only draws in their final opening-round matches …


Algeria confident in matchup with U.S.

Algeria has no fear of the United States at the World Cup. Algeria’s surprising 0-0 draw with England saved it from becoming the first team to exit the World Cup. …


Second-half comeback keeps U.S. alive

Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley scored in a furious second-half comeback, giving the United States a 2-2 tie against Slovenia on Friday that kept alive the Americans’ chances of advancing …


U.S. team aware win is a must

JOHANNESBURG – They played 62 games over four years just to get ready for the World Cup, convinced obsessive preparation and attention to detail would turn around their fortunes after …


Argentina, Mexico, Greece win at World Cup

Highlights from Thursday’s World Cup matches.


Win over Slovenia critical for U.S.

IRENE, South Africa – Tim Howard thought about Andrej Komac’s prediction of victory for Slovenia and chuckled. “I think talk is cheap,” the American goalkeeper said Wednesday. “He’s got to …


World Cup TV broadcasters try to limit noise from horns

JOHANNESBURG – TV viewers can take out their earplugs because the vuvuzelas are going to have a bit less buzz. Host Broadcast Services, the company that provides the broadcast feed …


Sub guarantees Slovenia win over U.S.

JOHANNESBURG – Andrej Komac probably never has heard of Joe Namath, even though he sure can imitate the Hall of Fame quarterback. The Slovenia midfielder is so confident about the …


Brazil tops North Korea 2-1

Maicon and Elano scored a goal apiece in the second half and Brazil broke through a solid North Korea defense to win its first 2010 World Cup match 2-1 on …


U.S. keeper expected to play

IRENE, South Africa – Relax, U.S. fans. Tim Howard should be in goal Friday against Slovenia. Howard is expected to play after U.S. team medical staff examined him Monday and …


Germany puts on clinic

DURBAN, South Africa – For one night, the Beautiful Game belonged to Germany. Known more as a methodical team than a brilliantly creative one such as Brazil, the Germans scored …


U.S. gets draw with England

The United States and England played to a 1-1 draw Saturday night in their World Cup opener, with American Clint Dempsey scoring on a blunder by goalkeeper Robert Green and …


World Cup officials tend to call matches tighter

IRENE, South Africa – Carlos Simon went through cards with the speed of a Las Vegas dealer at the 2006 World Cup. The Brazilian referee issued five yellows during Italy’s …


Britain’s Rooney a bit loony

IRENE, South Africa – To beat England, the United States has to stop a player who in real life had the kind of season usually seen only in video games. …


South Africa ready for World Cup

It’s almost here at last. After years of planning, worry, debate, tension and – perhaps most of all – anticipation, South Africa will host the first World Cup on its …


Last preview of U.S.

IRENE, South Africa – After 3 1/2 years of getting ready, it’s time for the final dress rehearsal. In a refurbished stadium in a western suburb of Johannesburg, the United …