World Cup Finals Preview – Argentina v. Germany

Match time: Sunday July 13, 2014 (4 p.m. EST) The final game of 2014 World Cup We made it to the end.  Today, the final game of the World Cup is going to be played in Rio, and what a tournament it has been.  We have seen all the things that we could hope for:…

World Cup Match Preview – Argentina v. Netherlands

Match time: Wednesday July 9, 2014 (4 p.m. EST) Quick note on Brazil – Germany That was an unprecedented event. To put it in perspective, let’s take a look at one of Germany’s qualifying games: In September of 2012, Germany beat the Faroe Islands in qualifiers. The game was a “blowout” and ended 3-0. The…

World Cup Match Preview – Brazil vs Germany

Match time: Tuesday July 8th, 2014 (4 p.m. EST) There are four teams left in the World Cup. Four powerhouses of world football: Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and the Netherlands. Today, I am going to cover the match between Germany and Brazil. I have covered both teams in previous posts: Germany here and Brazil here. How they got…

The US at the 2014 World Cup – A Retrospective

Well, it was a hell of a run.  Or was it?  I have been thinking about the US National team’s success in this World Cup and I decided that it would be a good exercise to take a non-emotional look at all the games and give an evaluation.  See if this really was a team…

World Cup Match Preview – USA vs Belgium

Match time: Tuesday July 1st, 2014 (4 p.m. EST) We are here! The Round of 16, where you win or you go home. So far, the US has not been able to progress beyond this stage, but the matchup is favorable and the US has been playing well enough to make a statement. We are coming…

World Cup Match Preview – USA vs Germany

Match time: Thursday June 26, 2014 (12 p.m. EST) What a great trip it has been so far. USA has managed to play through the touted “Group of Death” and now have a real chance for advancement into the next round. The Portugal game was a stunner, and the USMNT played well to fight back from…

World Cup Match Preview – Brazil v. Mexico

Match time: Monday June 17, 2014 (3 p.m. EST) The first round of group games is complete and the first second-round game is between two winners from Group A. Brazil opened the tournament in front of a huge home crowd and had a little help on a soft penalty call from the ref. They did…

World Cup Match Preview – USA v. Ghana

Match time: Monday June 16, 2014 (6 p.m. EST) Ghana has been a thorn in the USMNT side for the last 2 World Cup appearances. The USA has been matched with them in the groups and has lost both games be a score of 2-1. The latest match was a heart-breaker with the second goal…

World Cup Match Preview – England v. Italy

Match time: Saturday June 14, 2014 (6 p.m. EST) The last time these teams met was in the quarterfinals of the 2012 European Championship.  The Italians dominated the game, but the English defense was very strong and it was decided on penalties.  The Italians prevailed 4-2, but this time around, there are very different teams…

World Cup Primer for Newbies

The world cup is almost upon us. Lots of soccer where we get to see the great players of the world working hard for their countries smashed into 4 weeks. The first game is on June 12th. Let’s get started with our World Cup primer for newbies and get you up to speed on the…