Posts Tagged ‘soccer’

Notes on a Sad World Cup Weekend

Kristian Lin
If you’re a newcomer to soccer who’s been taken with the ecstasy and agony of Team USA’s World Cup run, let me be the first to welcome you to life as a U.S. soccer fan. It’s maddening, but it’s seldom boring, and it h...


Halfway Point for the World Cup

Kristian Lin
I watched the last two group-stage matches (Spain vs. Chile and Honduras vs. Switzerland) with a motley group of fans at Boomer Jack’s on West 7th, including a Madrid native wearing his Spain jersey in support of his country,...



Midweek World Cup Thoughts

Kristian Lin
Saturday afternoon’s Round of 16 matchup is set: We’re playing against Ghana, the country that knocked us out of World Cup 2006 early, so this is an opportunity for payback. (By the way, that Serbia bandwagon that I jumped ...


Justice Done for USA

Kristian Lin
I said it in a previous post, and it certainly bears repeating: They wouldn’t be the U.S. soccer team if they did things the easy way. USA went into its last World Cup group game against Algeria knowing that they needed t...



USA Robbed! (Will It Matter?)

Kristian Lin
Well, if they did things the easy way, they wouldn’t be the U.S. soccer team. Let me clarify: When I wrote yesterday that I love it when the designated patsies don’t follow the script, I didn’t mean the ones playing again...


More World Cup Thoughts

Kristian Lin
I love it when the designated patsies at these international tournaments decide to go off script and show up to play. The North Koreans were widely assumed to be headed for oblivion in Group G, but there they were making Brazil...



A World Cup Viewer’s Guide

Kristian Lin
The world festival of football soccer begins today, so I thought I’d give you some notes about what to watch for. Are there Texans in the World Cup? Two: Clint Dempsey (Nacogdoches) and José Francisco Torres (Longview). How ...


English and American Soccer Sex Scandals!

Kristian Lin
Four months ahead of the World Cup soccer tournament, one of USA’s opponents is embroiled in a sex scandal that’s had repercussions on our side as well. All Britain is currently abuzz with the news that central defender and...



Let the Games Begin

Big Ticket
In Britain, the tradition is that on Boxing Day (Dec. 26), there’s a full slate of sports for people to enjoy: soccer, rugby, cricket, horse racing, hunting, and yes, boxing (though that’s not where the name comes f...


Victoire Imméritée (The Irish Were Robbed!)

Kristian Lin
The 32 countries in the World Cup soccer tournament were decided yesterday, and the French cheated their way in. I was planning to hold off on blogging about the field until the World Cup draw was held on Dec. 4, but this is to...