BRAZIL BEAT: MLS's Cahill starring at World Cup

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Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Tim Cahill, whose perfectly timed volley tied underdog Australia's game against the Netherlands, is one of a record 22 Major League Soccer players in the World Cup.

That's well below the 119 that play in England, according to the European Club Association, but up big from the six in the 2010 tournament.

MLS had 19 players at the 1998 World Cup.

Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders scored 30 seconds in for the U.S. in its opener Monday, and Brazil goalie Julio Cesar of Toronto FC had several big saves in Tuesday's 0-0 draw against Mexico.

The 22 includes the recent signing of Spain's David Villa by expansion New York City FC.

Cahill, who plays for the New York Red Bulls, won't be available in Australia's final group stage match against Spain after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament Wednesday.



PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — The Dutch royal family is turning Porto Alegre's Estadio Beira-Rio into a house of orange.

King Willem-Alexander and his wife Maxima were in Brazil for Wednesday's match between the Netherlands and Australia in the southern city.

It's a riot of color.

The sports-loving royals joined thousands of orange-clad Dutch fans at the stadium and thousands more Australians in their team's green and gold.

It is almost a home game for Maxima, who was born and grew up in neighboring Argentina.

Willem-Alexander and Maxima are regulars at sporting events like the Olympics when Dutch teams play. The king was a member of the International Olympic Committee before he ascended to the throne as head of the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange, last year.

— By Mike Corder —


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