Posts Tagged ‘World Cup’
World Cup draw

Is USA in World Cup’s Group of Death?

Kristian Lin
Everybody seems to think so. The draw happened in Bahia, Brazil this morning, and the Ping-Pong balls did not fall kindly for USA, as we drew Germany, Portugal, and Ghana in Group G. The American sports media has come to the co...


USA World Cup qualification

The USA Soccer Ladder (September 2013)

Kristian Lin
USA clinched its spot in the 2014 World Cup with its victory over Mexico last night and other results going their way. That means its time once again to reassess which players are looking good to be on the plane to Brazil next ...



Jozy Altidore

The USA Soccer Ladder (June 2013)

Kristian Lin
Remember 2012, when USA’s men’s soccer team lost its opening match in the final round of World Cup qualifying and reports were circulating that coach Jürgen Klinsmann had lost his players? That seems like so long ago now. ...


Michael Bradley

The USA Soccer Ladder

Kristian Lin
Having watched both the recent USA World Cup qualifiers — the 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in Denver’s driving snow, and the tense goalless thriller in Mexico City — I thought I’d assess where all of USA’s soccer playe...



U.S.A. Robbed of World Cup 2022

Kristian Lin
This is filthy. World soccer’s governing body, FIFA, shocked the world today when it announced the hosts of World Cups 2018 and 2022. The United States were bidding for the 2022 tournament and were widely considered front...


The Best of World Cup 2010

Kristian Lin
Thought I’d wrap up the tournament with my picks for the best we’ve seen over the past month. These are some of the memories that this World Cup has left us to savor: Best Goals 10. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) vs. ...



Los Reyes de Fútbol

Kristian Lin
The only one who emerges from this World Cup unbeaten is Paul the Octopus. Congratulations! Congratulations, too, to Spain, who won the European championship two years ago and now are world champions as well. Seven nations are ...


The Prettiest Guys at the World Cup (and other lists)

Kristian Lin
Everybody else seems to have done lists of handsomest guys at the World Cup, but those tend to focus on the sport’s superstars. I thought I’d try to get some lesser-known names on my squad along with the famous play...



Notes Before the World Cup Final

Kristian Lin
So we’re going to have a first-time World Cup champion. Either Holland or Spain is about to enjoy the greatest moment in its sporting history. I’m jazzed for that. Hope you are, too. I have some notes from the soccer hate b...


Fun World Cup Links

Kristian Lin
Before the World Cup’s quarterfinal round starts, let’s take a break from all the pointy-headed soccer analysis and round up what’s happening on the wackier fringes of this tournament. France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy...