March 28, 2014 |
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - This mega city 270 miles southwest of Rio is the largest in South America and Brazil's main destination for culture, night life and cosmopolitan gastronomy. Where you'll see soccer: The action kicks off at the new Arena Corinthians, where Brazil takes on Croatia on June 12 in the opening match. This temple to soccer in the Itaquera district, a bit outside São Paulo proper, also hosts the semifinals on July 7. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is setting up a giant outdoor screen at Vale do Anhangabaú, a big public square in a beautiful but often sketchy part of downtown, where fans and festivities should be plentiful and rowdy.
March 5, 2014 |
It was supposed to be a final U.S. tune-up for this summer's World Cup. But what Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Ukraine in Cyprus proved is the American national soccer team likely needs a complete overhaul if it expects to be competitive in Brazil. A first-half goal by Andriy Yarmolenko and a second-half score by Marko Devic capped an emotional week for the Ukraine, which nearly canceled the match after Russian troops occupied the Crimean peninsula last weekend. Instead they turned the game into a display of patriotism.
March 1, 2014 |
Before last year, Matt Besler had never played a game for the U.S. soccer team. And when he finally earned his first start, he played next to the Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez, who was making only his third international appearance. Now 14 months and 26 combined caps later, both could be starting in Brazil in June, becoming the two most inexperienced center backs to play in a World Cup opener for the U.S. since 1950. That's news Gonzalez greets with a smile and a shrug. "I guess it's kind of cool.
February 7, 2014 |
Former U.S. team captain Thomas Dooley was named coach of the Philippines national soccer team, the Associated Press reported Friday, making him the sixth American since 2002 to coach a national team outside the United States. Dooley, of Laguna Niguel, had 81 caps with the U.S., playing in the 1994 World Cup and captaining the team in the 1998 tournament. The defender spent much of his career in Germany, playing for four clubs before joining Major League Soccer, where he played with Columbus and the New York Metro Stars.
February 5, 2014 |
Major League Soccer on Wednesday confirmed that David Beckham has exercised his option for an MLS expansion team to play in Miami. MLS Commissioner Don Garber made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday at downtown Miami's museum plaza. Beckham and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also attended. Beckham's ownership group now will work with the league and local officials in building a privately funded stadium, MLS said in confirming earlier media reports that Beckham planned a team in Miami.
February 4, 2014 |
The El Camino Real girls' soccer team will have three players sign on Wednesday. They are Peyton Cline (Fresno State), Leslie Ramirez (Georgia State) and Madison Lipton (Rider). Coach Eric Choi has sent 18 players to colleges since becoming head coach in 2006-07. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org