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Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Klinsmann ready to turn to youth after U.S. exit

SAO PAULO, July 2 (Reuters) – United States coach Juergen Klinsmann says he will now turn to youth after his team’s World Cup ended in a second-round defeat by Belgium.

The U.S. lost 2-1 in extra-time on Tuesday and although Klinsmann praised the effort and spirit of his team during the tournament his thoughts have quickly turned to refreshing the squad with new faces.

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. need to find creative touch for future progress

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Great effort and determination have long been the foundation of American teams and the United States showed that spirit again at this World Cup but, as their second-round exit to Belgium showed, those qualities can only take you so far.

Coach Juergen Klinsmann squeezed everything he could out of his squad in this tournament and his words of pride for the players were sincere and justified.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-U.S. need to find creative touch for future progress

July 1 (Reuters) – Great effort and determination have long been the foundation of American teams and the United States showed that spirit again at this World Cup but, as their second-round exit to Belgium showed, those qualities can only take you so far.

Coach Juergen Klinsmann squeezed everything he could out of his squad in this tournament and his words of pride for the players were sincere and justified.

Jun 29, 2014

Robben penalty raises questions about the modern foul

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Mexico defender Rafa Marquez stuck his foot out and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben went down for an injury-time penalty that took his team into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win.

Did Robben dive or was he fouled by Marquez?

Or – to ask the fashionable question that evades the issue of whether it was actually a foul – was there ‘contact’?

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Robben penalty raises questions about the modern foul

June 29 (Reuters) – Mexico defender Rafa Marquez stuck his foot out and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben went down for an injury-time penalty that took his team into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win.

Did Robben dive or was he fouled by Marquez?

Or – to ask the fashionable question that evades the issue of whether it was actually a foul – was there ‘contact’?

Jun 29, 2014

Colombia, not Suarez saga, ended Uruguay hopes – Tabarez

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said his team’s World Cup hopes had been ended by Colombia’s quality and not the fallout from the Luis Suarez saga.

An inspired James Rodriguez scored twice for Colombia in the 2-0 win in the second-round game at the Maracana stadium on Saturday and Tabarez was generous in his praise for the victors.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Colombia, not Suarez saga, ended Uruguay hopes – Tabarez

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 28 (Reuters) – Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said his team’s World Cup hopes had been ended by Colombia’s quality and not the fallout from the Luis Suarez saga.

An inspired James Rodriguez scored twice for Colombia in the 2-0 win in the second-round game at the Maracana stadium on Saturday and Tabarez was generous in his praise for the victors.

Jun 27, 2014

‘Group of Death’ survived, U.S. aim to stay alive v Belgium

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – It was considered the ‘Group of Death’ in the United States but Juergen Klinsmann’s team emerged from Group G to earn a second-round clash with Belgium and now believe they can really make the world sit up and take notice.

Victory over Ghana, a 2-2 draw with Portugal and a 1-0 loss to Germany was enough for the Americans to make it into the last 16 against the predictions of many.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-’Group of Death’ survived, U.S. aim to stay alive v Belgium

June 27 (Reuters) – It was considered the ‘Group of Death’ in the United States but Juergen Klinsmann’s team emerged from Group G to earn a second-round clash with Belgium and now believe they can really make the world sit up and take notice.

Victory over Ghana, a 2-2 draw with Portugal and a 1-0 loss to Germany was enough for the Americans to make it into the last 16 against the predictions of many.

Jun 26, 2014

Toothless France top group as 10-man Ecuador go out

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A second-string France side clinched top spot in World Cup Group E while Ecuador, who had captain Antonio Valencia harshly sent off, were eliminated after a sprightly 0-0 draw at the Maracana stadium on Wednesday.

Switzerland, who beat Honduras 3-0 to finish runners-up, will play Argentina in the last 16 while the French will face Nigeria.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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