Sunday, March 27, 2016 Potosí, Rivas, Nicaragua Let me start by saying that Friday night Guatemala masterfully executed a simple, yet practical, game plan: play harder than your opponent for 90 minutes and wait for them to make mistakes. They were aware of their advantages, namely the hostile atmosphere… And they seemed keenly aware of … More A Defining Moment for U.S. Soccer
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
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
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
We are ready. This nation and this team are ready for today’s monumental matchup against the powerhouse juggernaut that is Germany. Everyone knows what the pundits will say before the match. Everyone knows roughly what the line on the game is. Nate Silver, the God of statistics, gives us a 15% chance of winning, but … More We can Draw or Lose and…F*ck it: Beat Germany
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’