World Cup http://kplu.org en U.S. Bounced Out Of World Cup By Belgium, Ending Team's Run http://kplu.org/post/live-blog-us-takes-belgium-knockout-round The U.S. team's dramatic and unexpected run in the World Cup came to an end today in Salvador, Brazil.<p>For 90 minutes, the score was tied at 0-0. Belgium attacked and attacked, but U.S. goal keeper Tim Howard held them off with save after save in spectacular fashion. By some counts, Howard had the most saves in World Cup history.<p>But as the game went into extra time, however, Howard couldn't hold back the attacks.<p>Belgium scored its first goal a couple of minutes in, and then quickly added another one.<p>The U.S. made a late run, showing spark and launching aggressive attacks. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:21:37 +0000 17509 at http://kplu.org U.S. Bounced Out Of World Cup By Belgium, Ending Team's Run U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers http://kplu.org/post/us-belgium-match-could-be-game-goalkeepers Win or go home. Do or die. Lose and you're done. Choose your sports cliche, and for the United States team, it's true. The U.S. takes on Belgium at 4 p.m. EDT today in Salvador, Brazil. It's the Americans' first game in the knockout stage. The victor moves on to the quarterfinals, and the loser books a flight home.<p>The scrappy U.S. team made it out of the "Group of Death" by beating World Cup nemesis Ghana, tying a tough Portugal team and losing to world No. 2-ranked Germany. Belgium, by contrast, had a far easier schedule in round-robin play. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:33:20 +0000 Russell Lewis 17505 at http://kplu.org U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers USA Vs. Belgium: If The World Cup Were Played In Beer http://kplu.org/post/usa-vs-belgium-if-world-cup-were-played-beer The Americans have the spunk, the vigor and a willingness to try anything. The Belgians have the art, the creativity and the tradition of world-class success. We're not just talking about their looming World Cup matchup here. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:32:33 +0000 Bill Chappell 17458 at http://kplu.org USA Vs. Belgium: If The World Cup Were Played In Beer As U.S. Advances, Rising Sounder Yedlin's Journey To 1st World Cup Extended http://kplu.org/post/us-advances-rising-sounder-yedlins-journey-1st-world-cup-extended <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156178616&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team will take on Belgium next Tuesday in the knockout round of the World Cup. The U.S. men weren't expected to get past the so-called Group of Death. But they did, and they did it with the help of Seattle's own DeAndre Yedlin, a World Cup rookie.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17433 at http://kplu.org As U.S. Advances, Rising Sounder Yedlin's Journey To 1st World Cup Extended U.S. Advances In World Cup Despite 1-0 Loss To Germany http://kplu.org/post/us-vs-germany-world-cup-live-blog The U.S. men's soccer team has finished second in its World Cup group, after a 1-0 loss to Germany on Thursday. The Americans will advance after Portugal beat Ghana 2-1.<p>"This is a huge, huge step, and now we can't wait until round of 16," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said afterward, according to ESPN. "Everyone said we had no chance. We took the chance and move on. And now we really want to prove a point."<p>Today's two games in Group G — dubbed by many as this tournament's "Group of Death" — were played concurrently. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:16:56 +0000 Bill Chappell 17409 at http://kplu.org U.S. Advances In World Cup Despite 1-0 Loss To Germany U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For http://kplu.org/post/us-vs-germany-world-cup-what-look Anticipation is building for the U.S. Men's National Team's showdown with Germany on Thursday. The Americans need a win or a tie to decide their own fate; a loss would mean they need help <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/23/324908127/doing-the-math-how-the-u-s-can-advance-in-the-world-cup">to advance to the round of 16</a>.<p>The game will start at noon ET — when the other Group G match, between Portugal and Ghana, also starts. You can follow the game or just comment on the action here at The Two-Way. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:08:57 +0000 Bill Chappell 17391 at http://kplu.org U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? http://kplu.org/post/world-cup-ratings-spike-how-popular-soccer-us Sunday's thrilling and frustrating World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal drew an average of 24.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings company, a result that puts the game above the recent NBA finals.<p>The game's total U.S. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:45:11 +0000 Bill Chappell 17352 at http://kplu.org World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? With Win Over Ghana, U.S. An Unlikely Star In World Cup's 'Grand Theater' http://kplu.org/post/win-over-ghana-us-unlikely-star-world-cups-grand-theater <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155126172&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>World Cup fever seems to have swept much of the nation, especially after the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 on Monday. The U.S. men’s national team is led by captain and Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey, who scored the first goal in the first 30 seconds of the match.</p><p>As U.S. prepares to take on Portugal on Sunday afternoon, sports commentator Art Thiel&nbsp;says the team's win has changed the expected narrative of the World Cup, or what Art calls "grand theater." Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17266 at http://kplu.org With Win Over Ghana, U.S. An Unlikely Star In World Cup's 'Grand Theater' Sounders Head Into World Cup Break On Top With Two Players On National Team http://kplu.org/post/sounders-head-world-cup-break-top-two-players-national-team <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153004579&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Seattle Sounders are on top of the Major League Soccer standings heading into Saturday’s game against the Fire in Chicago. Then they’re off for three weeks while the World Cup is played in Brazil.</p><p>Two Sounders players are on the men’s national team, which has taken them away from MLS play recently. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Sounders have sufficient depth on their team to handle it. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16976 at http://kplu.org Sounders Head Into World Cup Break On Top With Two Players On National Team U.S. Women go for World Cup title, former UW star at goalie http://kplu.org/post/us-women-go-world-cup-title-former-uw-star-goalie <p>She&#39;s dealt with a lot of drama on and off the soccer field. But former University of Washington star Hope Solo is at the top of her game as the United States Women&#39;s soccer team prepares to take on Japan for the World Cup title this Sunday. Fri, 15 Jul 2011 14:50:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2091 at http://kplu.org U.S. Women go for World Cup title, former UW star at goalie Preview: Former UW goalie helps U.S. Women reach World Cup final http://kplu.org/post/preview-former-uw-goalie-helps-us-women-reach-world-cup-final <p>She was a star at the University of Washington, and now goalie Hope Solo has been instrumental in getting the U.S. Women&#39;s Soccer Team to the World Cup final. After a dramatic shootout win over Brazil last weekend, the U.S. beat France Wednesday 3-1. Solo and the rest of her teammates will face Japan in the final on Sunday.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel met Hope Solo at the Beijing Olympics and will share some of his insights about her drive and determination tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow for a blog of our conversation.</p><p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:40:38 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 2086 at http://kplu.org Preview: Former UW goalie helps U.S. Women reach World Cup final