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Soccer Insider: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

USA World Cup rewind

*My match report from the USA's 1-1 draw with England. *For better (Tim Howard) or worse (Robert Green), goalkeepers played crucial roles in the outcome. *The New York Mets take interest in the World Cup. *Hundreds turn out at Washington's Dupont Circle for outdoor viewing of the match. *Here's what...

By Steve Goff  |  June 12, 2010; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Dupont Circle, New York Mets, South Africa, USA-England, World Cup  
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LIVE Chat - USA vs. England World Cup

The U.S. and England have kicked off in the pivotal World Cup match-up that has been analyzed and picked apart since the groups were announced months ago. If you're watching at home or even on your iPhone out in Dupont Circle I hope you'll join us here on the blog...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 12, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Matchnight: USA vs. England World Cup

Greetings from Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. Tonight's forecast: low 50s, mostly clear. Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. TV: ABC, Univision, ESPN Deportes. USA (4-4-2): Howard; Cherundolo, DeMerit, Onyewu, Bocanegra; Donovan, Bradley, Clark, Dempsey; Findley, Altidore. ENGLAND (4-4-2): Green; Johnson, Terry, King, A. Cole; Lennon, Lampard, Gerrard, Milner; Heskey, Rooney....

By Steve Goff  |  June 12, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Rustenburg, South Africa, USA-England, World Cup  
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England vs USA World Cup 2010

The United States hopes to repeat its 1950 upset of England, Steve Goff writes. Also, check out this video that looks back at the historic upset. More video on U.S.-England here. Even though he's injured, David Beckham is still a presence at the World Cup. Who will win, the United...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 12, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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World Cup scores

For all the World Cup scores, click here. South Korea shuts out Greece, 2-0. South Korea-Greece box score. The United States hopes for a historic win over England. Video: The World Cup gets underway....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 12, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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World Cup Poll: USA-England

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  June 12, 2010; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , Poll , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: USA-England, World Cup poll  
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Saturday kickaround

The wait is over. USA vs. England. 2:30 p.m. ET. ABC, Univision, ESPN Deportes. Read my match preview. My final USA lineup prediction: Howard; Cherundolo, Onyewu, DeMerit, Bocanegra; Donovan, Bradley, Clark, Dempsey; Findley, Altidore. England: Green; Johnson, Terry, King, A. Cole; Lennon, Gerrard, Lampard, J. Cole; Heskey, Rooney. Here's what...

By Steve Goff  |  June 12, 2010; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , England , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, Mexico, USA vs. England, World Cup  
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Bradley: Altidore will start in World Cup opener

Forward Jozy Altidore, who was slowed by a mild ankle sprain last week, will start against England in the U.S. team's World Cup opener Saturday night in Rustenburg, U.S. Coach Bob Bradley said. "I got asked that question [on Dan Patrick's radio show earlier in the day] and just felt...

By Steve Goff  |  June 11, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Jozy Altidore, World Cup  
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Watch World Cup live streaming for France-Uruguay

In case you can't get near a TV, ESPN3.com will have the France-Uruguay game streaming online....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 11, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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World Cup scores and schedules

UPDATED 1:29 P.M. The Post's World Cup scoreboard, and a schedule for all the matches, can be found here. ESPN's World Cup schedule is here. Here's Liz Clarke's early game story from South Africa's 1-1 tie with Mexico in the World Cup opener. Here's the box score from the South...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 11, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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World Cup poll: France vs. Uruguay

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By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 11, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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World Cup 2010 live streaming online

UPDATED 1:01 P.M. In case you can't get near a TV, ESPN3.com has the game online. Here's Liz Clarke's early game story from South Africa's 1-1 tie with Mexico in the World Cup opener. Here's the box score from the South Africa-Mexico game. Here's a gallery with photos from the...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 11, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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World Cup: 60 years ago, the U.S. shocked England

Take a look at this AP report on the United States' upset of England in the 1950 World Cup. Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 11, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Match-day gear includes 8-packs of condoms

By Liz Clarke Cases of condoms (bundled in packets of eight) were prominently displayed and free for the taking in the women's restrooms at Soccer Stadium for Friday's World Cup stadium, evidence of FIFA's awareness of and commitment to the need to confront the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the host...

By Liz Clarke  |  June 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: HIV/AIDS, World Cup 2010, condoms  
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Friday kickaround

My alarm clock was no match for vuvuzelas this morning. The sun had yet to rise in Johannesburg, when the wail of plastic horns stirred the city from its brief slumber. South Africa's World Cup moment has arrived. This is my fifth tournament. USA '94 and South Korea/Japan '02 offered...

By Steve Goff  |  June 11, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , England , South Africa , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, Nelson Mandela, USA-England, World Cup  
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Video: U.S. World Cup team on Jon Stewart Show

This is brilliant.... John Oliver: "There are no easy games in international football anymore, apart from the U.S., and you never get to play yourself. Is that fair?" Stuart Holden: "..........." The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cWorld Cup 2010: Into Africa - Two Teams, One...

By Steve Goff  |  June 11, 2010; 4:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: South Africa, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, World Cup  
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Matchnight: D.C. United at Seattle

While we are just hours away from the start to the World Cup (I'm sure everyone has their own exciting plans for where they'll be watching the opening game), D.C. United has an opportunity tonight to go into the Cup break on a five-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. To...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 10, 2010; 8:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (173)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS  
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World Cup news & notes (and music)

*In the immortal words of Johnny Drama, "There's always an underbelly." From Post foreign correspondent Sudarsan Raghavan's revealing story about Cape Town citizens displaced by World Cup projects: "Human rights campaigners say South African authorities have forcibly evicted thousands of the poor to Blikkiesdorp and other settlements to present a...

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2010; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Soccer and music , South Africa , USA World Cup bid  | Tags: Cape Town, K'naan, World Cup, World Cup bid  
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World Cup predictions!

My picks..... GROUP A Moving on: Mexico, South Africa. Going home: Uruguay, France. GROUP B Moving on: Argentina, Nigeria. Going home: Greece, South Korea. GROUP C Moving on: England, United States. Going home: Slovenia, Algeria. GROUP D Moving on: Germany, Ghana. Going home: Serbia, Australia....

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup predictions  
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World Cup TV schedule: U.S. listings for first 3 days

(All times are Eastern U.S.) FRIDAY'S MATCHES SOUTH AFRICA vs. MEXICO Soccer City/Johannesburg, 10 a.m. English: ESPN. Spanish: Univision. Portuguese: ESPN Deportes. Online: ESPN3.com, Univisionfutbol.com Delay: ESPN Classic, 6 p.m. URUGUAY vs. FRANCE Cape Town, 2:30 p.m. English: ESPN. Spanish: Univision. Portuguese: ESPN Deportes. Online: ESPN3.com, Univisionfutbol.com Delay: ESPN Classic,...

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , TV  | Tags: World Cup  
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U.S. World Cup news & notes

Highlights from the U.S. media briefing with goalkeeper Tim Howard and forward Jozy Altidore at Irene Farm on Thursday morning..... Altidore, on his recovery from the sprained ankle: "A lot of treatments, two, three times per day. As it healed, as it got better, [Jozy did] some fitness away from...

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: American soccer, Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard, World Cup  
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Thursday kickaround

*The Post's foreign bureau takes a look at Brazil, which has sacrificed some style (it's all relative) to gear up for another World Cup championship run. *At the World Cup, South African AIDS activists hope to spread the word of prevention. *Slate looks at American soccer history. *The Dutch players...

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2010; 5:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , D.C. United , History , MLS , Netherlands , South Africa  | Tags: AIDS, American soccer, Brazil, D.C. United, Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS, Netherlands, South Africa, World Cup  
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Video: Join in Bafana Bafana's parade

By Steven Goff and Liz Clarke What's it like in South Africa on the eve of the World Cup? Hearst CT Media Group's Mike Levitt, who is chronicling his experience at the tournament, brings you to the heart of Bafana Bafana's parade Wednesday through the streets of Sandton, a north...

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: Bafana Bafana, World Cup, parade  
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Bafana Bafana bring traffic to a joyful crawl

By Liz Clarke Photo by Liz Clarke An estimated 185,000 South African soccer fans poured from office buildings, perched on balconies, clambered atop rooftops and clogged city streets Wednesday to cheer Bafana Bafana as a double-decker bus ferried the nation's beloved squad through the heart of Johannesburg's Sandton business district....

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: Bafana Bafana, South Africa, World Cup  
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U.S. World Cup news & notes

The World Cup fitness update: "Some of the players that were a little behind, the work continues to move them in the right direction, so that is all positive," U.S. Coach Bob Bradley said. As for striker Jozy Altidore, who returned to full training Tuesday after recovering from an ankle...

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Fabio Capello, Landon Donovan, South Africa, Wayne Rooney, World Cup  
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Donovan: 'I am prepared for this moment'

Out at Irene Farm, where the U.S. national team is based here in South Africa, Landon Donovan addressed the media. Asked about his preparations for this World Cup, he said: "I am prepared and I know the qualities I have as a player, as a person, as an athlete. I...

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Landon Donovan, World Cup  
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Wednesday kickaround

Another heavenly morning in Jozi. (Think October in Washington.) With the World Cup two days away, the city is buzzing -- literally -- with anticipation, and at noon, all South Africans are encouraged to step outside and blow their vuvuzelas. If ever mankind is to make contact with extraterrestrial life,...

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2010; 5:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Netherlands , South Africa , Spain , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Andres Iniesta, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela, Oguchi Onyewu, World Cup, vuvuzelas  
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Video: Spain's second goal vs. Poland

Sometimes it's not about the finish but the build-up. Watch Spain in tight spaces against Poland during a friendly tonight in Murcia, culminating with David Silva's goal:...

By Steve Goff  |  June 8, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Spain  | Tags: Spain, World Cup  
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Altidore returns to full practice

By Liz Clarke U.S. forward Jozy Altidore returned to full practice Tuesday, four days before the team's highly anticipated World Cup opener against England, team officials confirmed. Altidore, the 20-year-old striker upon whom much of the U.S. offense depends in the tournament, sprained his right ankle during a collision with...

By Liz Clarke  |  June 8, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: 2010 World Cup, Jozy Altidore, U.S. team  
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Durban hotels take a tip from 'Baywatch'

By Liz Clarke Facing a glut of unsold hotel rooms just days before the 2010 World Cup kicks off, the South African resort town of Durban, which bills itself as "the warmest place to be" during the month-long tournament, is resorting to a racy ad campaign it hopes will coax...

By Liz Clarke  |  June 8, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: 2010 World Cup, Durban, hotels  
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Onyewu primed for England in World Cup

While the U.S. lineup for Saturday night's opener against England takes shape, one massive question lingers: Will Oguchi Onyewu start? The towering center back from the Washington area was at the center of attention during the media session at Irene Farm (moooo!) on Tuesday morning, with American and English reporters...

By Steve Goff  |  June 8, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Beckham , England , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, David Beckham, Oguchi Onyewu, U.S. team, World Cup  
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Tuesday kickaround

Good morning. Another heavenly day in Jozi (not to be confused with Jozy). USA media briefing soon. The news: *Americans will have power in numbers, with thousands of supporters heading to South Africa for the World Cup. It's a front-page story in the Stephen Strasburg Sports section. *Wayne Rooney used...

By Steve Goff  |  June 8, 2010; 5:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Brazil , England , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Brazil, Gareth Barry, Grateful Dead, Johannesburg, South Africa, U.S. soccer fans, Wayne Rooney, World Cup  
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South Africans urged to learn national anthem

By Liz Clarke All 10 venues for the 2010 World Cup have been declared ready. And nearly every vehicle on the highways around Johannesburg is flying the South African flag. But with four days to go before Friday's opening match, pitting the host nation's Bafana Bafana against Mexico, many South...

By Liz Clarke  |  June 7, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: 2010 World Cup, National Anthem, Nelson Mandela, South Africa  
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D.C. United's Rodney Wallace out at least 6 weeks

UPDATE WITH ONALFO QUOTE D.C. United defender Rodney Wallace has a fractured fibula in his left leg, the team announced, and will miss at minimum six weeks. Wallace left Saturday night's game against Real Salt Lake in the 24th minute after he was kicked trying to block a shot. Initially,...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 7, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, Rodney Wallace  
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USA looks to 2010 World Cup ... and beyond

Just four days until the start of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa -- and just six months until the 2018 and '22 hosts are selected. With delegates, executives and other movers and shakers from soccer circles arriving this week in Johannesburg ahead of the FIFA Congress and the...

By Steve Goff  |  June 7, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  USA World Cup bid , USSF  | Tags: Bill Clinton, Don Garber, FIFA, Mia Hamm, World Cup  
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Monday kickaround

*Read my full story from U.S. World Cup training Sunday. The team was given Monday off. Players have the option of golf, a visit to a lion park (stay away from Jozy's ankle, Simba!), fishing, flying model airplanes or remaining at the lodge. Work resumes Tuesday in Pretoria. *Norman Chad's...

By Steve Goff  |  June 7, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , England , FIFA , Netherlands , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Arjen Robben, Brazil, England friendly, Julio Cesar, Netherlands, South Africa, U.S. national soccer team, World Cup  
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World Cup news & notes

*FIFA, in top form, quickly distanced itself from the incident at the Nigeria-North Korea friendly that injured more than a dozen people. "FIFA and the [organizing committee] would like to reiterate that this friendly match has no relation whatsoever with the operational organization of the World Cup, for which we...

By Steve Goff  |  June 6, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , FIFA , South Africa  | Tags: FIFA, South Africa, World Cup  
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Jozy Altidore update from U.S. World Cup camp

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, who missed Saturday's friendly against Australia with a mildly sprained ankle, participated in a light workout Sunday and ran sprints under the supervision of fitness coach Pierre Barrieu upon the conclusion of the late-afternoon session in Pretoria. Altidore was not made available for comment afterward. I...

By Steve Goff  |  June 6, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: England, Jozy Altidore, U.S. national soccer team, World Cup  
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Sunday kickaround

Let's begin with colleague Liz Clarke's wonderful piece on vuvuzelas and the culture of South African soccer, a story that ran on the front page of the main news section and was accompanied by spectacular photographs. A sampling of English media reaction to the U.S. team's 3-1 victory over Australia...

By Steve Goff  |  June 6, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , Netherlands , South Africa , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Arjen Robben, England, South Africa, U.S. national soccer team, World Cup, vuvuzelas  
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