June 16, 2014

If Jurgen Klinsmann Doesn't Believe In the U.S. Team, Why Should I?
It's one thing to be realistic, another to be a killjoy
10:57 AM

He isn't being realistic, he's being a killjoy. 

U.S.-Ghana Preview: Will Offense Be the Best Defense for Michael Bradley and the Americans?
The Black Stars's backline is inexperienced and vulnerable, and the Americans are finally ready to win a fast-break match.
9:20 AM

Who will take the W? Our predictions.

This Was the Best World Cup Ball of All Time
Plus, a ranking of every official tournament ball since 1970
8:28 AM

The perfection of the 1978 Tango. Plus, every other official World Cup ball since 1970, ranked.

June 15, 2014

Before Jurgen Klinsmann Found Aron Johannsson In Iceland, Johannsson Found His Game in Florida
The Iceman is hereth.

And now the striker might just wind up the USMNT's most valuable new import. 

The Matches Have Been Excellent So Far. But Could FIFA's Corruption Make This the Last World Cup?
Imagining the all-too-possible.
10:52 PM

By awarding the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar, Sepp Blatter and his enablers may have marked the end of an era. 

We All Know Sepp Blatter Is Crooked, But What's This About Beckenbauer?
There has to be one good guy at FIFA. Right?
10:30 PM

The day my final bit of football naïveté died. 

'Game of Thrones' Ends Its Fourth Season
10:05 PM

“Game of Thrones” has no heroes, and anybody who looks like one is probably lying or about to die.

Watching the Three Lions Get Mauled at an Italian Restaurant in New Jersey
An England-Italy recap, with pizza
12:07 PM

I was hoping for a little sympathy. This is what happened instead.

A Few Words on Uruguay's (Very Tight) Shirts
Plus other highlights from Costa Rica's upset in the Group of Sin
11:17 AM

Plus other highlights from Costa Rica's upset in the Group of Sin