2. We were inferior in 3 out of 4. Yes, you heard right ... IN·FE·RI·OR. Ghana, Germany, Belgium. Yes, we won the game vs Ghana, but we were inferior that's football. Don't understand that? Sorry. The Portugal game? We were on par.
The World Cup is over and yes, it's depressing. While no league in the world can truly match the amazing month-long festival of soccer that is the World Cup, America has an immediate outlet where fans can get their soccer fix: Major League Soccer. Whether you're a brand new soccer enthusiast sucked in by the vortex of World Cup fun, or a veteran fan dealing with post-World Cup letdown, it is the perfect time for fans of soccer in America to try supporting MLS.
After a month of World Cup action, facing this week's matchless void was like stumbling out of a bar and into the blinding sunlight. And if the USMNT's addictive run was your first taste of the sport then you may be feeling like Lindsay Lohan sitting poolside at the Château Marmont right now – despondent and wondering "what now?
Every four years, soccer in the United States experiences a World Cup bounce where the popularity of the sport spikes, and interest continues to rise. During every single World Cup in the United States, new soccer fans are born. But now that the international tournament is over, which club leagues are most likely to benefit from the World Cup bounce on US television?
FIFA have this afternoon declared that James Rodriguez's drop-dead gorgeous volley against Uruguay in the second round has been officially voted the 2014 World Cup's Goal of the Tournament,beating Robin van Persie's swan dive header against Spain into second place which gives us a good excuse to marvel at it's immaculate majesty all over again.
CONFIRMED: The most anticipated signing of the summer finally settled - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
James Rodriguez has joined Real Madrid, a move expected throughout the world of football this summer, it has finally been confirmed today. The fee is believed to be in the region of €80million to secure the deal with French club, Monaco.
Ah, the 2014 World Cup. It was a good'n, wasn't it? Remember when Robin van Persie decapitated Louis van Gaal? Or when Arturo Vidal planted a hunting knife in Charles Aranguiz's cranium? Remember how we all laughed when Steven Gerrard had to move that baby out of the way so he could take a corner?
World Cup winning captain retires from international football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Germany's captain, Philipp Lahm, who led them through a fantastic World Cup winning tournament, has retired from the national side at the age of 30, goingout on an all-time high. Lahm played in 20 World Cup finals matches in his career and retires with the greatest prize in the world of football in his hands.
World Cup Fallout: England drop to 20th in FIFA World Rankings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Due to their disastrous World Cup campaign this summer, England have plummeted down the FIFA world rankings, now comingin at 20th, their lowest position in the table for 18 years.
Thanks to defeats to both Italy and Uruguay, England find themselves at the foot of the new-look top 20, with the likes of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, USA, Greece and Costa Rica now above the Three Lions.
The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 Colombia is a post from: Just Football
The Post-Mortem concludes now on Just Football on a positive note. We've looked at the failures and flops, now what about one of the best? After a dazzling World Cup what does the future hold for Colombia, and is this the start of a new golden era?
In my opinion, the squad that Luis Felipe Scolari chose to representBrazilat their own World Cup was the worstBrazilsquad ever assembled. What was supposed to be a sixth World Cup championship on home soil ended in utter humiliation and exposed an assortment of flaws and frailties. Here, I'll take a look at those who made it, and those who will hopefully be called up in future.
James Rodriguez strike against Uruguay has been voted Goal of the Tournament by over four million FIFA.com users, beating out Robin van Persie's header and Tim Cahill's volley for the top honor in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Twenty-eight minutes into their Round of 16 match, Colombian midfielder Abel Aguilar looped a header towards Rodriguez, whose back was to the goal, and with just two touches the 23-year-old blasted a strike past Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
Germany may have triumphed on the pitch, but today we're concerned with crowning the champion of a more esoteric field. Which World Cup country wore the best crest? The criteria for ranking each nation's badge of honor is the quality of graphic design, uniqueness, suitability for sport, its rendering on the shirt, and how well it conveys an aspect of national identity.
All good things - The AFR Voice World Cup Final Special
All good things must come to an end, even heart-stopping endlessly entertaining World Cups. It's time for the pod to sign-off for the summer too. We've recorded over 45 shows this season and few will be sweeter than this – the chance to reflect on a tense, emotionally draining but ultimately fulfilling World Cup final.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill
This will be tough, even for a person like Lionel Messi - who to his credit keeps his emotions under check at most of the situation. After losing the final it was clear that he never wanted to spend anymore minute on the pitch.
Like Jozy Altidore, U.S. forward Aron Johannsson was dealing with an injury throughout the World Cup. However, on ThursdayAZ Alkmaar team director Earnie Stewart confirmed that Johannsson was dealing with his knock before the tournament ever kicked off.
Not quite sure how I coped before the World Cup, but by heavens life has been a struggle in the seven days since it finished. A handy opportunity however, to cast the eye over those lilywhites in action this summer, as well as various other bits and pieces at N17.
First-rate stuff though the tournament was, alas it was not the sort of World Cup to have wide-eyed maidens rushing to the top of their towers and squealing the good name of Tottenham.
A big announcement today ahead of Sporting KC's game against the LA Galaxy, the team announced that they'd re-signed the clubs two World Cup veterans, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to new contracts. The new contracts will not only keep the pair in Kansas City through the 2018 season, but also makes the two players designated players, filling all three of KC's DP slots at this time.
You're gonna get your DC United news, and your Washington Spirit news, and then you're gonna have Christmas in July with a slew of World Cup links you weren't even expecting right now. You're welcome.
A little treat for you today in Friday Freedom Kicks. I know we're all in a bit of a post-World-Cup depression, so I'm going to rev up the World Cup news search engines, and we're gonna party like it's 2018.
Eddie Johnson, former USMNT and current MLS star spoke with World Soccer Talk on what it means to be the Ultimate Fan and the Untied States can do in the World Cup. Johnson is a striker for D.C. United and has scored 19 goals, including the game winner in the USMNT's qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup against Mexico, in 59 appearances since making his international debut in 2004.
USA Opinion piece: Jurgen Klinsmann... do you Love or Hate the USMNT head coach? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This piece is an opinion article onUSAmanager, Jurgen Klinsmann, and the job he is doing for the national side. Usually I don't write in a first-person perspective but recently I have seen a lot of conflicting theories from backlash against the German to praise for the job he's doing, so lets open Soccerlens up to the readers and let you have your say.
FIFA have once again endeared themselves to the sporting public by stopping German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg from celebrating his nation's World Cup win by featuring an image of the World Cup trophy on his helmet. The 29-year-old Mercedes driverwas planning to unveil the new helmet at this weekend's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim and posted a picture of it on Twitter.