It has taken me almost a week away from caring about the World Cup anymore to write this article. It took me almost that long before I could possibly read all of the outpouring of journalism berating or making fun of the Brazilian soccer team, that long even to read Englishman Henry Winter’s beautiful Telegraph … More Brazilian Soccer: Mourning Today, Morning Tomorrow
There are two types of football, prose and poetry. European teams are prose, tough, premeditated, systematic, collective. Latin American ones are poetry, ductile, spontaneous, individual, erotic. -Italian artist and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini What a World Cup final! Remarkable in its dullness. Intense in the sense that we kept waiting for the intensity to pick … More Fútbol Culture: The World Cup Final and The Not So Beautiful Game
By Chris Rios The World Cup has finally come to a close with the German Machine ending Messi’s dream run, and now it’s time to turn our attention to domestic soccer, but the big news in MLS has not been about the Americans but the international footballers the league is attracting. … More Villa and Kaka to the MLS… but why?
2014 World Cup All-Star Team Starting XI Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (Germany) Defenders Phillipp Lahm (Germany) Thiago Silva (Brazil) Vincent Company (Belgium) David Luiz (Brazil) Midfielders James Rodriguez (Columbia) Javier Mascherano (Argentina) Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) Forwards Neymar Jr. (Brazil) Thomas Mueller (Germany) Leonel Messi (Argentina) Bench Tim Howard (USA)- GK Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico)- GK Arjen Robben … More 2014 World Cup All-Star Team and the Biggest Disappointments
Watch this: This is one of those moments like Kevin Durant’s beautifully delivered 2014 NBA MVP acceptance speech where no matter what fans think about an individual athlete, we feel immense respect. Neymar is a very good soccer player but the young Brazilian is an even better competitor. His post-injury video message overflows with emotion. … More The Joy and Sorrow of the People: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
December 6, 2013 “And to join Germany, Portugal and Ghana in group G (crowd pauses)… The United States of America!” Jaw drop. This can’t be. That was the reaction of every US soccer fan when the United States was drawn into group G along with powerhouse Germany, Portugal and CR7, and their World Cup kyrptonite, Ghana. To … More To Brazil and Back: A Roller Coaster Ride with the U. S. of A.
It has taken me a full two days of work since the U.S. soccer team’s elimination from the World Cup for me to be able to process and rationally analyze what transpired over a few weeks in Brazil. In short, I really wished we had played better. The positive, cheery, we-should-still-be-so-happy attitude toward our performance, … More Hurts So Good: The State of U.S. Soccer