Thanks to a Philadelphia crowd that sucked all the energy out of the Wells Fargo Center after Daniel Bryan was eliminated, the main event of the WWE’s Royal Rumble was a bit of a disappointment this year. However, the triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight championship that preceded it more than made up […]
One of the saddest stories of the 2014 NFL preseason was the forced retirement of New York Giants running back David Wilson. The 23-year-old had to hang up his cleats after re-injuring his neck during training camp. Well, now Wilson has his eyes on a new career and he’s still going to try and be an athlete.
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UFC 176 was set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 2, but on Tuesday the company was forced to cancel the event. Thanks to an injury to featherweight champion Jose Aldo, the UFC couldn’t replace the main event on such short notice and decided to cut its losses. It is the second time Zuffa (which owns the organization) has been forced to cancel a major event on short notice.
Yesterday, while Americans celebrated the 238th anniversary of our independence, hundreds of millions of people elsewhere in the world (and here too) celebrated the beginning of quarterfinal play at the FIFA World Cup. After a three-day break the world’s biggest sporting event resumed at Noon Eastern with the national anthems of France and Germany.
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team was seconds away from seeing through a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Portugal. The U.S. was poised to secure a berth into the round of 16 with a game to spare, while temporarily silencing many critics in their own country.
Then Cristiano Ronaldo, playing at far less than 100 percent, made one last frantic rush down the right flank. His crossing pass to Silvestre Varela was perfect and led to a walk-off tying goal for the Portuguese.
For neutral soccer fans worldwide, it was a celebration of one of the best matches of the 2014 World Cup. There were talking points and momentum swings on both sides.
But the end result provided American Soccer Hater with ammunition.
After two World Cup matches the USA is in second place in Group G and is tied with first place Germany on points. The Americans are in a better place than most experts expected them to be in at this point, and they control their own destiny going forward. But the US is not yet guaranteed passage into the knockout rounds. With that in mind, here is a look at all of the scenarios that could put the United States into the Round of 16.