USA captain Clint Dempsey: journey from a trailer park in Nacogdoches, east Texas, to captaining the USA in Brazil almost veered off course because of money. Photographer: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Every four years, some Olympic sport captures the imagination of America’s children and undergoes an immediate upsurge in numbers. Last time out, it w(...)

United States players react after Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne (not pictured) scored his side’s first goal in extra-time of the World Cup Round of 16 at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Belgium 2 USA 1 (after extra-time, 0-0 after 90 mins)Another dramatic night ended in extra-time with goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku giving(...)

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann insists his boys could only ever play to win as he prepares for tonight’s game against Germany in Recife.

In his time as Fifa President, Sepp Blatter has tried to present football as the world’s greatest force for peace, love and brotherhood. Blatter’s rhe(...)

Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates scoring his team’s second goal past Portugal goalkeeper Beto during the World Cup Group G game  at Arena Amazonia  in Manaus. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

Portugal 2 USA 2 Silvestre Varela broke American hearts with a goal in the dying seconds, just as Jürgen Klinsmann’s team were preparing to celebrate(...)

Fans in Grant Park, Chicago, watch the US beat Ghana, a victory that elevated awareness of the game to a whole new level. Photograph: Getty Images

Mike Francesa might be the most famous sports talk radio host in America. For 25 years, this notorious curmudgeon has been the dominant voice on New Y(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal warms up during a training session at  Campinas yesterday. Photograph: Jose Sena Goulao.

A wounded Portugal, still smarting from a 4-0 defeat by Germany, are fervently hoping that talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fit when they take (...)

United States coach Jürgen Klinsmann celebrates after John Brooks scored an 86th-minute winner against Ghana in the Group G game in Natal. Photograph: Marius Becker/EPA

Jürgen Klinsmann extended his perfect record in opening World Cup matches when the United States beat Ghana 2-1 on Monday but after their late winner(...)

John Brooks heads home the winning goal for the United States in their World Cup Group G game against Ghana at the Dunas arena in Natal. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

USA 2 Ghana 1Substitute John Brooks’s late header helped the United States exact World Cup revenge on Ghana in an entertaining Group G match.The Afric(...)

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann signs autographs for fans: Ghana have been the USA’s nemesis in the last two tournaments. Photo: Kevin C Cox/Getty

While Portugal taking on Germany is Group G’s undoubted marquee game, the USA’s match against Ghana is what the US coach, Jürgen Klinsmann, has cal(...)

Clint Dempsey of the United Statesspeaks to the media during  before a training session at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. Photograph: Monica M Davey /EPA

Manager: Jürgen Klinsmann Best finish: Third (1930) World Cup record: Played 33, Won 8, Drawn 7, Lost 18 History: You’ve a fine memory if y(...)