Possession is Zero Tenths of a Goal: The Winning Strategy for the Little Guys of the 2014 World Cup

There are some teams that are just more fun to watch than others. I believe this statement to be true for every sport in any league on the planet. Now, each individual fan may have different characteristics that that they look for in a team when deciding how fun the team is to watch, but in general, we … More Possession is Zero Tenths of a Goal: The Winning Strategy for the Little Guys of the 2014 World Cup

The Notorious Group G: Get Goals or Die Tryin’

In an apparent David vs. Goliath matchup in the World Cup on Saturday, David won, again! Well, almost. This time David tied, which was quite a feat when Goliath was the mighty German football machine. Despite what German “expert” Andrei S. Markowitz says in this fantastic series of New York Time articles about what soccer … More The Notorious Group G: Get Goals or Die Tryin’

Spain v. Chile: Why the Match between Las Rojas is Guaranteed Great Fútbol

by Jake Montgomery  Matches of the Week:  U.S. 2     Ghana 1    Brazil 0   Mexico 0                                   Spain v.  Chile  Wednesday 3 PM EST Every good soccer player needs to be able to look backwards and … More Spain v. Chile: Why the Match between Las Rojas is Guaranteed Great Fútbol

Mexico-Brazil: Keys to This Huge Game

by Jake Montgomery Today’s meeting of Brazil and Mexico will pit two confident teams with soccer-crazed nations behind them attempting to seize control of first place in their group and make a resounding statement to future opponents. Interestingly, the team that finishes first in Group A will likely have to play defending champions Spain, who lost their … More Mexico-Brazil: Keys to This Huge Game

What This Match Means

by Jake Montgomery It means everything. Simple as that. If you care about the U.S. Men’s National team, if you care about this beautiful country,with its many triumphs and recurrent problems, if you care about our dignity and our ability to play with the world rather than police it, if you care about the future … More What This Match Means

Brazilian Music and Golden Goals (World Cup Day 4)

by Jake Montgomery Living in the United States, it’s hard to focus on the day’s World Cup matches with the Spurs crushing the Heat in the NBA Finals, our U.S. team’s crucial first match a day away, and sports radio pundits across the nation talking about…baseball. Now I have nothing against baseball, but when my beloved and … More Brazilian Music and Golden Goals (World Cup Day 4)

I Love This Game

By Chris Rios Love is a strong word. In my early years, I told a girl I loved her then rescinded the sentiment the next day (that relationship didn’t last long…). But really, love is a BIG deal. It’s a word that should be reserved for most meaningful circumstances. I love my family. I love my … More I Love This Game

The Opening Match: Loser Goes Home… Or so it seems

By Chris Rios A shot from Rooney from inside the 18!!!! Wide left… just missed… Just missed. That seemed to be the theme for the Brits today in their opening matchup against the agéd Pirlo and Co. Time and time again the shots from England sailed over, went wide left, wide right and were parried away by … More The Opening Match: Loser Goes Home… Or so it seems

A Few Surprises and England Underperforming (World Cup Day 3)

by Jake Montgomery So today, on this third day of the 2014 World Cup, I went to a typical American suburban mall to see what kind of Cup gear stores like Modell’s, Lids, Footlocker, and Champs Sports might be selling. The only surprise I encountered in my lazy window-shopping afternoon was how expensive the scarce … More A Few Surprises and England Underperforming (World Cup Day 3)

Tika-Taka, Tika-Taka, Tika-Taka…. Van Persiee!!!!

by Chris Rios Tika-taka. Tika-taka. Tika-taka. Tika-taka…. 10th minute. No goals. The Dutch counter. Spain retain possession. Tika-taka. Tika-taka. Tika-taka. Tika-taka…. Iniesta hacked down in the center of the pitch. Spain retain possession. I’m starting to nod off. Tika-taka. Tika-taka. Tika-taka. Tika-taka…. Diego Costa “taken down” in the box. At least some action… Xabi Alanso puts the … More Tika-Taka, Tika-Taka, Tika-Taka…. Van Persiee!!!!