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5 Things You Need to Know About the World Cup Final

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Under the brightest lights imaginable and with the eyes of the world square upon them, perennial juggernauts Germany and Argentina are set to square off in a mouthwatering World Cup Final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Here are the five major story lines coming out...

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Projecting the 2018 US World Cup Roster

(6) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:14 PM

In the world of international soccer, four years is an eternity.

If you were to rewind the clock back to 2010, no U.S. supporter in his or her right mind would have been able to foresee the emergence of young talents like Julian Green, DeAndre Yedlin or John Anthony...

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Meeting Maradona: An Atlético Madrid Story

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 4:28 PM

I was first introduced to Club Atlético de Madrid while speeding along the winding, uneven and narrow streets of Madrid's La Latina district, perched precariously upon the back of a small motorcycle belonging to a maniacal Spaniard.

He was a family friend, an entrepreneur and a self-proclaimed aristocrat whose father...

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Dissecting the World's Greatest Sports Rivalry

(4) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:03 PM

On Wednesday, the American soccer community will again turn its head east to the Iberian Peninsula, where in Valencia at the grand Mestalla, the two most powerful and revered clubs in the world will do battle in the final of the Copa Del Rey.

Deep within the greatest sporting rivalry...

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The Future of a College Soccer Program, Hanging in the Balance

(5) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 6:31 PM

On November 2nd, 2012, in Richmond, Va., just 10 miles from St. John's Church where Patrick Henry famously declared, "Give me liberty or give me death," 25 student-athletes representing the University of Richmond's men's soccer team took the field -- possibly for the final time. Six weeks earlier, following a...

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5 Reasons Mizzou Basketball Will Win the SEC

(5) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 3:56 PM

The college basketball season officially kicked off at the University of Missouri on Saturday. Hordes of students dressed in black and gold left Harpo's Bar and Grill on the corner of 10th and Cherry Streets in downtown Columbia and made their way through campus.

Passing the six stone columns...

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The Most Dominant Athlete in the World -- It's Not Who You Think

(4) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 1:31 PM

Esther Vergeer is, without hyperbole, the most dominant athlete living today -- and you've probably never heard of her.

In 1989, Esther, an active girl who loved to play outside, was lying on her stomach in a hospital bed at the University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. She had just...

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Far From Friendly: A Night at the Azteca

(11) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Friendly: (adj) showing kindly interest and goodwill; not hostile

In a hotel parking lot just outside of downtown Mexico City, the roads have been blocked off. The police are here, lights flashing and sirens blaring. The local middle-aged bus driver in a blue uniform, black Reeboks and slightly graying hair,...

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Off the Post: An Interview With US Soccer President Sunil Gulati

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 12:00 PM

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that." -Bill Shankly

Off the Post sits down with U.S. Soccer Federation President and economics faculty member at Columbia University, Sunil...

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Off the Post: An Interview With Alexi Lalas

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 1:38 PM

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that." -Bill Shankly

In its inaugural interview, my blog series "Off the Post" met up with former U.S. Men's National Team...

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Top 10 Most Outrageous Hairstyles in Soccer

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 9:08 PM

While the cava settles in Madrid, and with the Community Shield still close to a month away, the North American soccer community is left to mull over what has been a tremendously entertaining year of international football. While we wait for the European seasons to begin again, we are afforded...

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