The evening of July 2nd I headed to Rio with no team to root for. Italy, my soul team, didn't make it out of their group, all discussion of the matter since banned from my household. Now who?
They all illustrate how the human cognitive system is driven much more by subconscious emotions than by a conscious objective analysis of the facts alone.
Let's talk about futbol, or soccer, call it as you wish. It is the sport and not the name that brings people together.
The refusal by the IFA and government to stand up to the group's blatant racism reflects the ambiguity of a society that long yearned for peace, increasingly grown frustrated at how beyond grasp it seemed to be, and finally concluded that peace no longer was essential to its survival.
The male position is not the neutral position. It has a point of view, the male point of view, which not everyone shares, and which is not always superior. So please, stop announcing that Landon Donovan is the "all-time U.S. leading goal scorer."
"Goal-scoring salsa" is the new dance move created by the Colombian national soccer team.
Like the NBA's San Antonio Spurs revealed in the NBA finals, diversity in sports represents the welcome face of globalization. For World Cup fans, that diversity has been nowhere greater than in the composition of the Latin American teams.
During the second half of June, the U.S. seemed to catch World Cup fever to an unprecedented degree. The combination of a competitive U.S. team, a gen...
We need this 4th. We need to look at who we are, and how we treat each other in America, not just what we're doing abroad. This 4th should cause more of us to huddle, not to separate ourselves by race, creed, or sexual orientation. It's time to really remember what Independence Day is for.
The changing American demographics favor soccer's emergence as a major sporting activity. But for professional men's soccer in America to succeed, it will have to overcome the current saturation of the public's sports attention span.
The future of soccer is brighter this summer. For the first time we can say with confidence that professional soccer is here to stay, and that Klinsmann's troops have become America's Team.
Most level-headed folks know that Ann Coulter is constantly baiting her readership, and it is very possible that her remarks about soccer were meant as satirical commentary. But it did cause me to wonder why more Americans seem drawn to soccer these days.
Few people on this Earth relish self-analysis the way Mexicans do, and the country's football failures are an endless source of national introspection.
FIFA, I've read the World Cup rule book. Save yourself future agony and consider making the following changes, preferably immediately, but at least before the 2018 tournament commences.
To many of my friends in the U.S., sports often entail beer on a Sunday night. To some in Africa, it might mean making and playing with a football made from plastic bags. But this is exactly how sports unite by highlighting commonality among those who are otherwise very different.
The U.S. men's national soccer team got knocked out, but their play on the world stage will not be forgotten. Here is a handful of takeaway principles for life off the fiel.