Manchester United: This is Getting Ugly

In Manchester, England, when someone is “in a bother”—which means “in trouble” in American English—they might say, “I’m in a mither.” Man United fans were in a mither even before their team’s abysmal annihilation at the hands of League One, third tier side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup on Monday. What’s the word … More Manchester United: This is Getting Ugly

Brazilian Soccer: Mourning Today, Morning Tomorrow

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

2014 World Cup All-Star Team and the Biggest Disappointments

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

The Joy and Sorrow of the People: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

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

To Brazil and Back: A Roller Coaster Ride with the U. S. of A.

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.

We can Draw or Lose and…F*ck it: Beat Germany

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

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’