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USA Can't Hold On Against Brazil

Posted: June 29, 2009 8:12 AM ; Updated: June 29, 2009 8:39 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Clint Dempsey sobbed as the Americans walked up to get their second-place medals, unable to hide the pain and the disappointment any longer.

The euphoria of knocking off Spain last week dissolved Sunday in the Confederations Cup final when Brazil unleashed its "Beautiful Game."

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USA Stuns Spain

Posted: June 24, 2009 4:16 PM ; Updated: June 24, 2009 4:16 PM

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) -- The United States stunned top-ranked Spain 2-0 Wednesday night on goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, advancing to the Confederations Cup final with one of the Americans' biggest soccer victories.

Altidore scored in the 27th minute and Dempsey added a goal in the 74th as the Americans became the first team to defeat Spain since Romania in November 2006.

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Another Soccer Superstar Moving?

Posted: June 11, 2009 3:49 PM ; Updated: June 12, 2009 12:14 AM

LONDON (AP) -- Manchester United accepted a world record transfer offer for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid on Thursday, clearing the World Player of the Year to negotiate personal terms with the Spanish club.

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Barcelona Wins Champions League

Posted: May 27, 2009 4:59 PM ; Updated: May 27, 2009 5:12 PM

ROME (AP) -- A rare headed goal by Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0 in the Champions League final on Wednesday, giving the Spanish side its third European Cup title and third trophy in a magical season.

Samuel Eto'o put the Spanish champions ahead in the 10th minute and Messi's 70th-minute goal -- his ninth in the Champions League this season -- sealed the victory over the defending champions at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Soccer Star on Trial... for Pulling Hair

Posted: May 21, 2009 4:29 PM ; Updated: May 21, 2009 5:28 PM

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Ronaldo will go on trial at a Brazilian sports tribunal next week for pulling the hair and pinching an opponent in a Brazilian league match.

The three-time world player of the year could miss up to three matches if found guilty, the sports tribunal said on Thursday.

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Altidore Hat Trick Leads USA Soccer

Posted: April 01, 2009 9:54 PM ; Updated: April 01, 2009 10:14 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jozy Altidore became the youngest American with an international hat trick, and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 Wednesday night to maintain its lead in the final round of qualifying for next year's World Cup.

Making just his fourth international start, Altidore connected in the 13th, 71st and 89th minutes, all three times off passes from Landon Donovan.

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