Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley celebrate Dempsey's goal that helped the U.S. jump from last to second in its World Cup qualifying group.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - On a snowy night more suitable to slaloms than soccer, Clint Dempsey scored early in his first start as the American captain and the United States beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Friday in a key qualifier for next year's World Cup.
Puerto Rico's Angel Pagan is unable to prevent a double by David Wright in the eighth inning that scored three U.S. runs.
Ryan Braun of the United States is congratulated by Shane Victorio after Braun scored in the first inning, giving the Americans their first early lead so far in four games of the WBC.
MIAMI - Gio Gonzalez gave Team USA its best start yet, and David Wright provided a big finish.
HOUSTON - The United States prepared for its opening game in the final round of World Cup qualifying with a dull 0-0 draw against Canada on Tuesday as defender Omar Gonzalez returned to the American national team lineup after a two-year absence.
PORTLAND, Ore. - Hope Solo diffused the drama surrounding her personal life as the gold medal-winning U.S. women's soccer team prepared for an exhibition match against Ireland.
Happily married - despite contrary reports - U.S. goalie Hope Solo hits the field to prepare for tonight's game.
Forward Clint Dempsey scores his second straight goal ahead of Guatemala defender Ruben Morales, giving the U.S. team a 3-1 lead in the 36th minute.
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard blocks a shot by Guatemala. Howard credited the Kansas City fans for helping the Americans advance. "It was an awesome crowd - 16,000. If you'd have told me 40,000, I would have believed it," he said.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Clint Dempsey is precisely the kind of scrappy player that Jurgen Klinsmann covets on his teams, an attacker who is willing to throw his body around for the greater good.
Forward Alan Gordon, who turns 31 on Tuesday, is looking for his first appearance for the U.S. national team. "It doesn't matter what age I am. I'm playing good soccer right now," said the former Yavapai College star.
MIAMI - Alan Gordon celebrates his 31st birthday Tuesday. Maybe U.S. Soccer will give him a cap.
LONDON - Claressa Shields ducked one punch, deftly leaned away from another and stuck her tongue out at her Russian opponent. Just an American teenager having a little fun.
Aly Raisman, twisting her way to gold in the floor exercise, said "to have that come the day of the Olympic final, that's what you work for your whole life."
Raisman hugs teammate Jordyn Wieber, left, seventh in the floor. Afterward, Wieber said she had been competing with a stress fracture in her right leg.
LONDON - The finish to Aly Raisman's Olympics was so much more fabulous than the start.
Team USA's Diana Taurasi, who plays for the Phoenix Mercuty, scores two of her seven points against Turkey.
LONDON - Geno Auriemma attributes the U.S. women's basketball team's success over the past four Olympics to one simple thing: depth.
LONDON - The Olympic gold medal had been draped over Kohei Uchimura's neck for all of a minute when Danell Leyva leaned over and asked the man who is arguably the greatest male gymnast of all-time if he planned on being in Rio de Janeiro in four years.