It’s often said that Americans only care about soccer if the US national team is playing, but my visit to Indianapolis with my dad to see the Indy Eleven proved otherwise.
We have all been ranting about Germany’s epic 7-1 beat down of Brazil in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup. Personally I’ve been scrambling for an explanation for the past two days for why the host country fell apart in such epic fashion. But I may have figured out real reason.
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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.
In what was potentially his final game with the U.S. men’s national team, Tim Howard had the best performance of his illustrious career.
After Luis Suarez’s latest episode at the 2014 World Cup, expect soccer’s governing body to massively bite back.
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.
Ghana is the first opponent for the United States at the 2014 World Cup. Here’s a quick primer on the country and its soccer/football team.
For the first time in the Premier League era, Liverpool is on the precipice of a regular season title. The 2010s have not been kind at Anfield, with the team previously finishing seventh, sixth, eighth and seventh in past seasons.
Less than a year after he took over as Manchester United’s manager, reports now suggest that David Moyes is set to be fired by the team. Moyes took over for Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired after the 2013 season. The 50-year-old Moyes was Ferguson’s handpicked successor.
On Friday night, AC Milan striker Mario Baloteli scored a goal on what can only be described as an absolutely ridiculous strike.
A portion of the stadium that will host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least two people and causing significant damage. It was just the latest setback hampering next year’s World Cup.
On Wednesday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic did it again. During Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 destruction of Anderlecht in the group stage of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League, the 6-5 Swede scored four goals, but his third was truly a sight to behold.
Hey, it’s not too early to speculate. But who should be in the starting 11 during the 2014 World Cup will be probably be the main discussion point surrounding U.S. soccer all the way up to the first game in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.