World Cup Diary: It Hurts Because It Mattered

Photo: Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports

The night was ripe for the taking — another beautiful June night for America. The oppressive conditions had been overcome, as had a horrifying opening 10 minutes that saw the U.S. Men’s National Team outclassed in every sense. A stroke of sheer brilliance by Jermaine Jones showed the world the quality within this squad, and the captain — bruised, exhausted, playing out of position — had appeared to seize a most improbable victory. Continue reading

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World Cup Diary: A Night For America

Photo: Mark J. Rebilas/ USA Today Sports

Photo: Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports

They were dying out there — all of them, save perhaps the indomitable Michael Bradley. For all the talk of taking the 23 best athletes available, they were all on the verge of death past the hour mark in Natal. Conditions in the high-70s reportedly weren’t even that bad by kickoff, but no matter. This was an effort that required painstaking fortitude from all involved. And that is exactly what they gave. Continue reading

World Cup Countdown: Cherish It

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

It was only a few months ago when Luis Suarez took one good look around the Barclays Premier League and decided to have his way with it. As a Liverpool supporter, looking back on that time now is somewhat akin to reflecting upon the happiest days of one’s life. As the fall gradually turned into winter, it became apparent to anyone following the club that we had been granted the privilege of witnessing the world’s best footballer at work. Continue reading