The rest of the world disappears for one day, and we know is the game.
Today, until 4:00, we go through the motions. We head into the office and make our filings. We talk about yesterday's Supreme Court decisions and make plans for Independence Day Weekend. But our hearts aren't in it. Until 4:00, we're distracted.
If you had told me just three years ago that I would entertain that question for more than five seconds—"uh, no!" would be my response. And yet, here I was, taking more than five seconds (actually, a couple weeks) to seriously consider the investment.
Clint Dempsey's Major League Soccer form has been on the rise in 2014 and so have his jersey sales.
The league announced Wednesday that the Seattle Sounders forward's No. 2 jersey is the best-selling Adidas MLS jersey in 2014. Dempsey is joined in the top three by LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan and Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley.
Are USA stronger without Altidore and Donovan? the Best Team vs Best XI issue - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
There wasa lot of reference throughout the early stages of the World Cup finals to the craftof choosing between thebest eleven players and the best team.Jurgen Klinsmann arguably proved himself to be one of the best at perfecting this technique during the tournament, taking his side further thananticipated.
As Americans, whether we want to admit it or not, the United States Men's Soccer Team getting knocked out from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was unfortunately inevitable. Even though at times during the tournament, the USA produced some of the best soccer in its recent history, the continued lack of ability to shift into a higher gear when it counted the most was a weakness that was always going to be exploited.
USA World Cup review: Stars & Stripes do their nation proud... those that care anyway! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's no great secret that Americans aren't the world's biggest football fans... well, technically that isboth a truth and a lie. The US are by far the world's biggest fans of what they refer to as football.
From the moment he was excluded from the U.S. World Cup roster, Landon Donovan faced a critical choice. He could accept, map out the rest of his playing career, and begin to work on his post-playing options. Or he could fight back, showing the world that his exclusion was long-term a poor choice for how the U.
USA 2014 World Cup squad is a post from: Just Football
The biggest surprise in Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man USA World Cup squad was the absence of one of USA's all-time greatest players, Landon Donovan. The omission caused a huge stir in the States, with pundits and fans alike shocked and many outraged at Donovan being left out.
Landon Donovan, the greatest American soccer player in the history of the sport, has joined ESPN as an analyst for its World Cup TV coverage.
Donovan will make his debut on ESPN today at 3pm ET for ESPN's World Cup Preview Show. The preview show will air for two hours, while Donovan will contribute analysis from the ESPN/ABC studios in Los Angeles.
With the shock of the Landon Donovan omission starting to die down, it is time to turn our focus to the team as a whole as they took on Azerbaijan in the first match of their sendoff series. One thing that the Donovan saga accomplished was that it overshadowed one of the glaring holes in this team, an inexperienced defense, that hasn't played together much.
It was the day every U.S. Men's National Team fan was waiting for and it did not disappoint. The U.S. Men's National Team came up with a huge win over Ghana to open the World Cup with three points. Goal-scorers John Brooks and Clint Dempsey will get the attention, but it was in large part thanks to the quiet leadership of Jermaine Jones, SBI's Man of the Match.
HARRISON, N.J. Sunil Gulati is keeping his cards close to the vest when it comes to Landon Donovan's surprise omission from the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup roster.
More than a week after Donovan was left off the 23-man squad headed for Brazil, Gulati touched on head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's shocking decision on Saturday following the Americans' open training session at Red Bull Arena.
The rookie will learn to use his head more (photo: Chicago-fire.com)
OTF's Alex White draws some mixed conclusions after the Fire's latest result...
L.A. came to Chicago to play a game with everything on the line, filled with players at the top of their game and a shot at another championship on the line for two of the best-run organizations in the sport.
For the first time ever, Costa Rica will play in a World Cup quarterfinals. But the historical context is even larger as the nation will be the first from Central America to advance to that stage of the tournament.
Two heavyweights go head to head far away down the pitch.... (illustration by Ben Saufley)
Can't knock the hustle...
The US is entertaining. Give 'em that. Hollywood 101N.
Whether it's a full-scalped Landon Donovan's shifting crossover against Germany in a 2002 clashthatbuilt Oliver Kahn's lore or going down to ten against eventual 2006 World Cup champs Italy and boxing out a draw.
Was macht ein verdienter Nationalspieler, der kurz vor dem WM-Turnier in Brasilien erfahren hat, dass er mehr mitspielen darf? Die Antwort darauf ist ganz einfach, er macht sich einen schönen Tag und spielt im Bademantel seine eigene WM und wird durch sein Tor Weltmeister.
Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Aguero, Neymar, Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo, Neymar, Neymar. It's all we've heard the last few weeks. Let's face it; we all know what these guys can do. And let's face it; we all expect them to do it. But that's not the real beauty of the World Cup. The beauty is that it unearths huge talent who lift us off our seats, get us talking, and eventually go on to become household names.
Much of the US soccer community was shocked by the omission of Landon Donovan from the US World Cup roster. Steve Holroyd takes a look at some of the surprising US World Cup roster omissions that preceded Donovan's.
The Union stay on the Left Coast this week to take on a struggling Chivas USA. Can they stop the bleeding and keep the Goats winless at home for a fifth straight match? Get The Whole Story from match preview to post match analysis all in one place.
Union vs Chivas USA
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The Union remained in California this week to complete their West Coast Swing.