Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Alex Morgan injures left ankle in U.S. blowout victory ]]> Lead story image

The United States did everything it expected to do against Guatemala in a CONCACAF Women’s Championship group-stage game. Facing a team it beat by 13 goals in their previous meeting, the U.S. women controlled play to the point that goalkeeper Hope Solo only occasionally got involved. But one moment in the Americans’ 5-0 victory Friday changed the mood and could have lasting implications after this tournament that doubles as a World Cup qualifier. During the 38th minute, star forward Alex Morgan was injured while chasing down a long ball. Morgan got tangled up with Guatemala’s Londy Barrios and rolled her … ]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:19:43 -0600 <![CDATA[ Hope Solo gets U.S. Soccer support despite domestic violence charges ]]> Lead story image

U.S. Soccer is standing by its decision to allow goalkeeper Hope Solo to continue to play while she faces domestic violence charges. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:18:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Brazil gets high scores for World Cup ]]> Lead story image

Brazil’s World Cup organizers can say it now: “Esta tudo bem” — it’s all OK. What was everyone so worried about? ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:26:41 -0600 <![CDATA[ Argentina can’t be discounted, but Germans look destined to win ]]> Lead story image

A three-week buildup of what has been the most fantastic World Cup in my lifetime gave us two semifinals that didn’t fit the bill. ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:25:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ Host Brazil hopes for more offense against Colombia ]]> Lead story image

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Luiz Felipe Scolari thinks Brazil may be at an advantage by playing in the World Cup quarterfinals against a Colombia team that likes to attack often. Scolari said he knows it will be a very tough match on Friday, but expects Brazil to face fewer difficulties than it did in the second-round game against a feisty and more defensive-minded Chilean team. The Brazilian coach said he doesn’t expect “a war” against Colombia, unlike something he’d expect more against other South American rivals. “The matches against Colombia are very tough, they have a very good team,” Scolari said … ]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:42:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Argentina reaches World Cup final after penalties ]]> Lead story image

SAO PAULO — The World Cup’s second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show. Argentina goalie Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after tough defending and a lack of creative spark from either team consigned the match to a 0-0 stalemate. In a twist of fate, Romero credited Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal with helping launch his career when he arrived as an inexperienced … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:39:33 -0600 <![CDATA[ Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final ]]> Lead story image

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Germany poured in the goals Tuesday to hand Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation. Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil’s defense was torn apart. The Germans reached their eighth final and will face either Argentina or the Netherlands on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Previously, Brazil’s biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final. This matched their biggest ever margin … ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:25:46 -0600 <![CDATA[ Tim Howard is elite, U.S. team is not ]]> Lead story image

The United States’ 2-1 loss to Belgium in the second round of the World Cup on Tuesday had all the elements of an instant classic. ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:46:33 -0600 <![CDATA[ U.S. loss leaves sadness but optimism ]]> Lead story image

Hana Zegeye walked out of the The Atlantic Bar & Grill with a blank look on her face. Holding an American flag and with USA painted in a vivid white on her right cheek, Zegeye was tired, sad, and disappointed after the United States’ 2-1 loss Tuesday to Belgium that ended the Americans’ World Cup run. But there was more to what she was feeling. “It was hard. It’s a very American thing to keep on hoping until the end,” Zegeye said. “I’m incredibly proud of this team and the heart that they’ve shown all throughout this tournament but especially … ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:46:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Belgian ail: USA ousted from World Cup in extra time ]]> Lead story image

Two incontrovertible facts came out of the United States’ 2-1 loss to Belgium in the second round of the World Cup. ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:42:53 -0600 <![CDATA[ Argentina gets past Switzerland 1-0; USA or Belgium next ]]> Lead story image

Angel Di Maria scored in the 118th minute Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland after extra time and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:56:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Why USA is capable of beating Belgium ]]> Lead story image

Though they lost 1-0 against Germany, the United States did what few thought possible by making it out of the Group of Death in Brazil. The two teams that advanced from Group G likely were going to have an easier game in the round of 16, and that’s the case Tuesday against Belgium. ]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 06:21:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ Saturday at the World Cup: Colombia, Brazil advance ]]> Lead story image

RIO DE JANEIRO — James Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and then added a second to put Colombia into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday. Rodriguez gave his team the lead with a stunning long-range volley on the turn in the 28th minute and netted the second from close range shortly after the break as Colombia dominated a Uruguay side that sorely missed banned striker Luis Suarez. Rodriguez now has a tournament-leading five goals in Brazil and further enhanced his status as perhaps the tournament’s … ]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:18:12 -0600 <![CDATA[ Costa Rica eliminates Greece in penalty shootout ]]>

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — With his team down to 10 men for nearly an hour, Keylor Navas made sure Costa Rica’s last line of defense held firm. The goalkeeper came through with a string of stops in regulation and extra time and then made the only save in a penalty shootout to send Costa Rica through to the World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday with a win over Greece. After Navas dived to his right to push out the effort by Theofanis Gekas, Costa Rica defender Michael Umana scored the decisive spot kick for a 5-3 win in the shootout, sending … ]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:03:33 -0600 <![CDATA[ Huntelaar’s late penalty gives Dutch 2-1 win over Mexico ]]> Lead story image

FORTALEZA, Brazil — The Dutch were worried about the oppressive heat at Arena Castelao, and they left it with the stifling hot conditions to thank for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. An inspired tactical change during the second of two official stoppages led to a late goal from Netherlands forward Wesley Sneijder and an injury-time penalty from Klaas Jan Huntelaar in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Mexico on Sunday. “I moved to ‘Plan B’ at the cooling break,” said Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, soon to be the manager at Manchester United. “That is a good way to … ]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:04:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ U.S. soccer hoping for more offense against Belgium ]]> Lead story image

SAO PAULO — No wonder the United States is having problems scoring at the World Cup: The Americans are hardly attacking. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is eager for the U.S. to create more chances in Tuesday’s second-round game against Belgium. The U.S. had just 72 attacks during three group-stage games, according to FIFA. That ranked 31st among the 32 teams, ahead of only Costa Rica’s 69. The Americans were dead last in attacks from the left with 21 and tied for last with Iran with 29 from the center. Right back Fabian Johnson seems to be providing the spark for most … ]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:11:42 -0600