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12:21 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

U.S. Bounced Out Of World Cup By Belgium, Ending Team's Run

The U.S. team is taking on Belgium for a chance to move on to the quarterfinals.
Felipe Dana AP

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 9:50 am

The U.S. team's dramatic and unexpected run in the World Cup came to an end today in Salvador, Brazil.

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.

But as the game went into extra time, however, Howard couldn't hold back the attacks.

Belgium scored its first goal a couple of minutes in, and then quickly added another one.

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World Cup
9:33 am
Tue July 1, 2014

U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard pumps his fist after qualifying for the next World Cup round following the team's 1-0 loss to Germany last week.
Ricardo Mazalan AP

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:27 am

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.

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World Cup Fever
12:32 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

USA Vs. Belgium: If The World Cup Were Played In Beer

Tuesday afternoon's match between the U.S. and Belgium will pit two countries with burgeoning beer scenes — and a shared love of fries.
photobuddah Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 11:59 am

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. We're also talking about beer.

The topic of beer and the World Cup is now bubbling around in the highest offices of the two nations.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

As U.S. Advances, Rising Sounder Yedlin's Journey To 1st World Cup Extended

United States' national soccer team player DeAndre Yedlin arrives at the Sao Paulo International airport in Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014.
Nelson Antoine AP Photo

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.

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World Cup
9:16 am
Thu June 26, 2014

U.S. Advances In World Cup Despite 1-0 Loss To Germany

Rain-soaked fans wait for the start of the group G World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, on Thursday.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 12:36 pm

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.

"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."

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World Cup
12:08 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For

U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones warms up during a training session at Recife's Pernambuco Arena Wednesday, one day before the Americans face Germany in a decisive Group G soccer match. The game begins at noon, ET.
Patrik Stollarz AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:28 am

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 to advance to the round of 16.

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. For now, we've rounded up analysis and predictions.

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World Cup
9:45 am
Tue June 24, 2014

World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.?

Fans gather in Chicago's Grant Park to watch the U.S. play Portugal Sunday — a game that set a new ratings record for soccer on ESPN.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:42 am

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.

The game's total U.S. viewership of 24.7 million includes ratings from both ESPN (18.2 million viewers) and the Spanish-language Univision (6.5 million); it doesn't include the 1.37 million people ESPN says streamed the game online.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

With Win Over Ghana, U.S. An Unlikely Star In World Cup's 'Grand Theater'

USMNT captain and Sounders star Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the opening goal in the first 30 seconds of play during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the U.S. in Natal, Brazil, Monday. The U.S. won the match 2-1.
Ricardo Mazalan AP Photo

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.

As U.S. prepares to take on Portugal on Sunday afternoon, sports commentator Art Thiel says the team's win has changed the expected narrative of the World Cup, or what Art calls "grand theater."

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Sounders Head Into World Cup Break On Top With Two Players On National Team

The Sounders’ Chad Barrett, right, celebrates with teammates Marco Pappa and Obafemi Martins, (9) after Barrett scored a goal against Real Salt Lake Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Seattle. Pappa and Martins also had goals as the Sounders beat RSL 4-0.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

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.

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.

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Sports with Art Thiel
7:50 am
Fri July 15, 2011

U.S. Women go for World Cup title, former UW star at goalie

United States and former UW goalkeeper Hope Solo during the dramatic quarterfinal match between Brazil and the U.S. at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Dresden, Germany, Sunday. The American women won the game 5-3 on penalty kicks.
Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press

She'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's soccer team prepares to take on Japan for the World Cup title this Sunday.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:40 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Preview: Former UW goalie helps U.S. Women reach World Cup final

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo holds a fan's sign after the US won 3-1 the semifinal match between France and the U.S at the Women’s Soccer World Cup on Wednesday.
Martin Meissner AP Photo

She was a star at the University of Washington, and now goalie Hope Solo has been instrumental in getting the U.S. Women'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.

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.