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June 23rd, 2014
12:14 PM ET

Univision Sports Anchor Takes On Match-Fixing: 'It's the Mystery of the World Cup'

America is apparently late to the game with its newfound World Cup-driven soccer obsession.

So who better to catch up CNN's Chris Cuomo on all things "futbol" than Fernando Fiore, the Univision sports anchor who has covered not one, not two, but SEVEN World Cups.

On "New Day" Monday, Fiore expressed optimism about the U.S. men's soccer team's chances of beating Germany.

"Yesterday, they demonstrated that they can beat anybody," Fiore said of the U.S.' 2-2 draw with Portugal.

Fiore, who counts U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann among his friends, spoke less definitively, however, about the prospect of Germany and the U.S. colluding on Thursday for mutually beneficial results.

Should the match between Germany and the United States end in a tie, both teams would automatically advance out of group play.

Have you heard of the controversial 1982 World Cup game between a then-West Germany team and Austria?

Conspiracy brewed after the 1982 match played in Gijon, Spain, where both teams knew a low-scoring German win would automatically eliminate the Algerian team from group play and ensure that both teams advanced.

Early group matches are played at the same time now as a result of that World Cup, Fiore explained.

"It's the mystery of the World Cup," he said.

Fiore predicted that collusion rumors would swirl furiously leading up to Thursday's game.

"If it happens - 'I told you so," he said of soccer's naysayers.

"If it doesn't - 'soccer is the cleanest sport in the world.' It's a win-win situation."

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And see behind-the-scenes photos from Chris Cuomo and producer John Griffin in Rio de Janeiro:

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"The other 'twin brothers'– I promise, we ARE actually working," shared producer John Griffin.

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CNN's Chris Cuomo enjoys Sunday at fan fest. Photo credit: John Griffin

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"Greetings from Rio de Janeiro, land of beaches, mountains... and soccer!" Photo credit: John Griffin

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Portuguese producer Duarte Mendonca loses a bet against Chris Cuomo following the USA vs. Portugal game. He had to wear this Team USA jersey.

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Late Goal Gives Portugal 2-2 Draw With United States
June 23rd, 2014
05:06 AM ET

Late Goal Gives Portugal 2-2 Draw With United States

This time it was the United States that gave up the dramatic goal.

Portugal's Silvestre Varela scored on a strong headed goal deep, deep in stoppage time to give Portugal a desperate 2-2 draw with the United States in a key Group G World Cup match at Manaus, Brazil.

The goal, in the 95th minute, came off a cross from Cristiano Ronaldo, who showed no signs of a knee injury that was the subject of much media attention in the buildup to the contest.

Second half strikes by U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones and striker Clint Dempsey had given the United States a 2-1 lead until Portugal rescued its World Cup chances.

"You're disappointed not to get three points but at the same time you have to take the positives from the game," Dempsey said. "We're happy with four points and there's everything to play for in the last game."

The United States plays co-group leader Germany on Thursday while Ghana and Portugal square off.

The Americans will win the group with a victory, but could also advance to the Round of 16 with a draw and a tie in the other match, which will be played at the same time.

But if Ghana or Portugal wins and the other match also has a winner, tiebreakers - the first being goal differential - will determine the second-place team in the group.

See more on CNN.com and watch "New Day" starting at 6am ET as Chris Cuomo will be co-anchoring live from Rio de Janeiro.

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June 19th, 2014
10:27 AM ET

Can U.S. Defeat Portugal on Sunday?

Like most of the planet, former Major League Soccer defender Greg Lalas is following the World Cup.

The former player stopped by "New Day" Thursday to share his thoughts about Portugal's star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

He also gave his odds on Sunday's game.

"In this match against Portugal, I’m gonna shade this 65/35 for the U.S.," he said.

Do you agree the U.S. can win?

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June 17th, 2014
12:39 PM ET

Cobi Jones Shares His Joy at Team USA's Win

Did you catch the thrilling first World Cup game win for the U.S. men's soccer team in Brazil?

Facing off against Ghana, the U.S. beat them out 2 – 1 with a historic goal by Clint Dempsey made in the first 30 seconds.

"That was absolutely incredible," said former U.S. soccer player Cobi Jones on "New Day" Tuesday.

A long-standing rivalry between the two teams has been rekindled in these games as Ghana has sent the Americans home in the previous two World Cups.

Cobi Jones is a veteran of three World Cups. He shows off his soccer pride on "New Day."

Cobi Jones is a veteran of three World Cups. He shows off his soccer pride on "New Day."

Jones takes a picture with our "New Day" anchors.

Jones takes a picture with our "New Day" anchors.

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