Putting Germany’s historic beatdown of Brazil in context

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Few ass-kickings in sports history can measure up to Germany's 7-1 annihilation of host Brazil in the World Cup semifinals. It was Brazil's first loss on home soil in a non-friendly match since 1975, and tied a 1920 loss to Uruguay for the largest margin of defeat in the nation's ...

Video: U.S. fans react to John Brooks goal

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

We all remember this video of fans reacting to Landon Donovan's extra time goal against Algeria that sent the United States through to the knockout round of the 2010 World Cup. It was a fantastic shot of joyous, spontaneous reactions that showed soccer's growing presence and popularity in America. Well, we ...

Video: John Oliver eviscerates FIFA and the 2014 World Cup

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

If you haven't been watching "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" you should really start. The ex-Daily Show correspondent has been fantastic during the first season of his new Sunday night HBO show. His protracted rants about one subject each week have been absolutely perfect and this Sunday was no ...

Landon Donovan ad has terrible (or terrific) timing

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

I finally got around to reading Sports Illustrated's May 26 profile of Adam Silver, but amazingly that wasn't the thing that stuck out the most in the magazine. And not their profile on Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, either. Which is stunning given that both pieces were superbly done. So what could ...

U.S. Soccer extends Jurgen Klinsmann contract to 2018

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

On Thursday, United States soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep him with the U.S. team through the 2018 World Cup, while also making him the team's technical director. The deal was a no-brainer for the U.S. Soccer Federation after Klinsmann turned around a lackluster ...

United States soccer qualifies for 2014 World Cup with win over Mexico

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

The United States men's national soccer team is officially headed to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after a wild Tuesday night. The American men beat Mexico 2-0 in Columbus, Ohio in a wonderful performance that continued their recent streak of excellent play against their rivals to the south. But the ...

Brazil protests: Confederations Cup will not be canceled, World Cup in doubt

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Protests in Brazil over the past week have turned violent and the games of FIFA's Confederations Cup have become a flashpoint for controversy. FIFA has denied that the Confed Cup could be canceled as a result of the protests, but there are now serious questions about country's ability to host ...