Soccer, 2014 in review
•Germany wins fourth
"Show the world that you are better than Messi and you can decide the World Cup," Loew said.
And Goetze did just that, scoring 23 minutes into overtime to give Germany a 1-0 victory and its fourth World Cup title while extending the agony of Messi, who remains arguably the best player in history never to win a world championship.
•Tim Howard saves everything but U.S. hopes. Howard did something no goalkeeper in World Cup history has ever done when he made a tournament-record 16 saves against Belgium in a second-round game in Brazil. But it was the two goals that got past him in overtime that sent the U.S. home after four matches for the second time in as many World Cups.
•Suarez, Brazil both bite dust in World Cup. Uruguay's Luis Suarez had a well-deserved reputation for dining on opponents entering the World Cup, having earned suspensions for biting players in two European leagues. But he couldn't help himself in Brazil where he struck again, gnawing on the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini to earn the stiffest suspension (nine international matches) for an on-field incident in World Cup history. Brazil also made an unexpectedly early exit from the tournament it hosted when it was blitzed by Germany, 7-1, in the semifinals. The loss was Brazil's most lopsided since 1934 and its first at home since 1975.
•Donovan cut from World Cup team. Before his triumphant exit from soccer with the Galaxy, Donovan endured a much more traumatic parting from the U.S. national team when he was cut from the World Cup roster less than a month before the tournament kicked off. Donovan, the most prolific scorer in U.S. national team history, was done in by a clash of personalities with Coach Juergen Klinsmann.