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July 12th, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo And The Celebration Of Self

Yet another wax sculpture of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled in 2013. This event provoked Bill Littlefield to think about how we praise famous men and the extent to which some of them find it necessary to praise themselves.

July 5th, 2014

Brandi Chastain: Leave Heading To Grown-Ups

Former U.S. women’s national soccer team star Brandi Chastain doesn’t want kids to learn one of the important skills of the game. She explains her reasoning to Karen Given.

In Depth
July 5th, 2014

Are Soccer’s Penalty Kicks Too Easy?

Since 1966, players have converted 81 percent of all World Cup penalty kicks. Grantland writer Kirk Goldsberry thinks it’s time for soccer to consider moving the penalty kick spot back.

In The News
July 5th, 2014

Up Next, 2018: The Future Of The U.S. Men’s National Team

The U.S. made it out of group play at the 2014 World Cup but was stopped in the Round of 16. Can the team go further in in 2018? Greg Lalas of MLSsoccer.com joins Karen Given to discuss what’s next for coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. national team.

Only A Blog
July 1st, 2014
By Martin Kessler

FIFA Video Game Scores American Soccer Fans

Record numbers of Americans are tuning in to watch the 2014 World Cup. FIFA, a soccer video game, may have something to do with it.

June 28th, 2014

An Open Letter To Soccer-Hating Sports Writers

Every four years they appear: columns by sports writers explaining whey they hate soccer. Bill Littlefield has a tip for those scribes: take a vacation during the World Cup.

In Depth
June 28th, 2014
By Saul Gonzalez

World Cup Fever In Los Angeles: One City, Many Fan Bases

Like much of the planet, Los Angeles has World Cup fever. And in L.A., you can find fans of any country. Reporter Saul Gonzalez watched games with fans all over the city and talked to them about their soccer loyalties.

In The News
June 28th, 2014

U.S. Advances In World Cup: ‘This Is A New Tournament’

The U.S. men’s soccer team couldn’t beat Germany on Thursday, but still managed to move on thanks to their goal differential advantage over Ghana and Portugal. Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated joined Bill Littlefield.

June 25th, 2014

We Get It, Sports Writers: You Don’t Like Soccer

As the World Cup presses on, one type of sports column has dependably reappeared again this summer, a column which Bill Littlefield finds unnecessary.

In Depth
June 21st, 2014

2002 U.S. Team Recalls Victory Against Portugal

The U.S. national team beat Ghana this week, but this isn’t the first time the Yanks have surprised the soccer world. Gary Waleik has the story of the 2002 squad’s shocking win against Portugal.

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