“Casillas is a living legend,” “He has led Spain to several titles,” “He is a symbol of Real Madrid…” Phrases like these are a recurring narrative among Spanish sports journals and a devastatingly large portion of soccer enthusiasts around the globe. Let me just start by saying that nobody can deny that Iker Casillas was … More Ikarus
And, with that, the world’s largest sporting event comes to a close. It was one filled with goals, excitement, drama, basically anything you could want from one month-long tournament. But the month is over, and it will be four more years until the next one. Before we move onto hoping the USA can make an … More Final Thoughts on the World Cup
The US Men’s National Team may no longer be involved in this year’s edition of the World Cup, but that most certainly does not mean we will be ignoring the rest of what the tournament has in store. In fact, it would be quite foolish to pass on watching the few remaining games in Brazil … More Thoughts on the World Cup Semifinals
Crushing. Exasperating. Frustrating. Slap any adjective you want on the way the USMNT went out; it doesn’t really matter. Sure, the team had their chances, but it doesn’t change the fact that they went out in the Round of 16 (albeit, against a Belgian side that was much stronger than the Ghanians in 2010). To … More Looking Back on the USMNT: Thoughts on the USMNT against Belgium and into the Future
After a rollicking series of 48 group games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, we have reached what is often called the “business side” of the tournament. The minnows have been separated from the sharks, and we have a situation where the teams can no longer tie. It’s a situation very similar to the … More Thoughts on the World Cup: The Round of 16 and Quarterfinals
Soccer is weird. You’ve probably learned this from watching just a few matches of this zany tournament they’re calling “Brazil 2014,” but it rings true today, especially, most certainly. The U.S. has emerged from the Group of Death.
If the United States and Germany tie on Thursday, they both advance to the Round of 16. This is 100% guaranteed, as they would both have 5 points, which is more than the possible 4 points that Ghana or Portugal could have at the end of the day. In a world where advancing is the … More Desire to Conspire: Should the U.S. Partner with Germany to Cheat the Group Stage?
Ouch. I won’t bother with dwelling on the final play of last night’s USA game; I think we’ve all seen more than enough of it. But as frustrating as it is, we could be England (or Spain, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.), going into our final group game with absolutely nothing to play for. It’s … More Who Knew a Draw Could Sting so Badly? Thoughts on USA-Portugal and the Rest from Sunday’s Games
Now that we’re most of the way through the second round of group games, we hope that we have a little better picture of how the tournament is going to play out. But in such a small sample of games, it’s hard to determine exactly why results are happening the way they are. After seeing … More Thoughts on the World Cup: Group Stage Part Deux
Holy cow. I’ll spare you all the hyperbole that will naturally come given the circumstances. I hope now that we’ve all had a little time to digest the fact that the USMNT has finally beaten their Ghanaian nemeses, we can look forward to the rest of the tournament. Without a doubt, the win was crucial … More A Dish Best Served Piping Hot: Thoughts on the USA’s 2-1 Win over Ghana and the Rest from Yesterday’s Matches