EXTRA TIME
by KYLE SCHNITZER
July 3, 2014

Drew Hallowell
Klinsmann can start planning for Russia in 4 years
Just like that, the ride is over.

For 107 minutes, the US looked terrified before the most controversial addition to the 23-man squad forever marked his way into the hearts of Americans. 19-year-old Julian Green, who has never played for the first-team at Bayern Munich, spear-kicked a floating volley from Michael Bradley to beat Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' hand deflection. It was a goal that pumped life into the US and even if the end result did not match up with the expectations, it instilled a yearning and hunger for more, for more memories and most of all, more American soccer.
by KYLE SCHNITZER
June 27, 2014

Drew Hallowell
Klinsmann can't beat his old team but still has reason to smile
A tie to Portugal felt like a loss, when a loss to Germany feels like a win.

The US moves on from the self-proclaimed "Group of Death" with a 1-0 defeat against Germany. It was not the best game from the US, but it showed they could contain one of the most electric countries in the world.
by MATHEW WAGNER
June 25, 2014

Drew Hallowell
Klinsmann has something to prove against his old employers
Is that a sense of deja vu creeping in?

With qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup already wrapped up more than eight months ago, Jürgen Klinsmann didn't allow the United States men's national team to slack off in Panama City, Panama.
by KYLE SCHNITZER
June 24, 2014

Drew Hallowell
Klinsmann can smile about the performance but not the result
Our own Kyle Schnitzer gives his take on the players performances in Manaus.

Despite dominating most of the second half, including a sensational curving strike from Jermaine Jones and a chest-fueled goal by Clint Dempsey, the US conceded a stoppage-time goal to Portugal's Silvestere Varela to draw 2-2 in Manaus, Brazil. Varela diving head met a tightly spun ball on near side of the field from Cristiano Ronaldo to tie the game in the stoppage time. Even with the disappointment expressed as Tim Howard's hand met his head, the US gained a crucial point and are now tied with Germany, who they face on Thursday.
by KYLE SCHNITZER
June 19, 2014

John Todd/ISI
Brooks was the hero
The most important take from the United States 2-1 victory over Ghana is they secured three points.

Three vital points that places the US in a positive position, where two more points will likely advance them further into the World Cup. But they were exposed. The American counterattack was non-existent and questions again regarding the defense continue to surface, even if they did defeat Ghana. The problem for eighty or so minutes was that the US continued to drop back, trying to secure the win, without pushing the ball further and trying to create something offensively. It took tragedy (Ayew's goal) to motivate them to push forward, when in reality, they should have continued to press with all cylinders.
by KENYA BROWN
June 14, 2014

Themba Hadebe/AP
Manaus having a sea of troubles
The United States national team does not play Group G rivals Portugal until June 22 at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus, but there is already talk about the condition of the field.

The first game to be played at the World Cup stadium located in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest will be a Group D ecounter between England and Italy on June 14, but there are increasing concerns that the condition of the grass turf will not be ideal for play.
by RJ DEMELLO
June 11, 2014

Gerwin/AP
McBride's toughness would be an iconic image
Coming of a 3-0 demolishing in the opening game of the 2006 World Cup, the US needed a result from its second match against Italy.

The Italians won the team's first match against Ghana and were stacked with talent such as Andrea Pirlo, Alessandro Nesta, Gianluigi Buffon, and Francesco Totti.
by KENYA BROWN
June 8, 2014

Drew Hallowell
Klinsmann is under fire for comments
It has been a rough couple of weeks for United States national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as he and his staff have been working hard to get the team prepared for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

It all started with questions and intense criticism over his omission of Landon Donovan from the 23-man roster as well his selection of some untested players such as Julian Green and DeAndre Yedlin.
by RJ DEMELLO
June 5, 2014

Bert Mustin
McBride's header started the first half rally
Rising up again all odds, the U.S. team defeated Portugal in its opening game of the 2002 World Cup.

The 2002 World Cup for the United States started with an extremely tough test in European power Portugal. Fernando Couto, Luis Figo, and the rest of the Portuguese team were ranked in the top 10 and heavily favored going into the game in Suwon, South Korea.
by RJ DEMELLO
June 2, 2014

Girt Blanston
Friedel, Donovan, and Lewis celebrate an iconic moment
The United States walked out on the field in South Korea with only two days rest after their loss to Poland to end the group stage.

Waiting for the Red, White, and Blue was a better rested and confident Mexican side led by Cuauhtémoc Blanco.
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