opinion Carlo Celli and Nathan Richardson Published 3:32 p.m. UTC Jul 15, 2018 As soccer's 2018 World Cup winds down, there is no American men’s team in the finals — or even the tournament. For all of America’s wealth and population, the U.S. men’s team was eliminated by ... Panama. Adding insult to injury, Panama lost every game they played, including a 6-1 thrashing by England. What happened? Why is our men's soccer team so weak? Pundits may place blame at the highest levels — the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, or the coach of the national team. But maybe the problem is not at the top. Maybe it's at a local field, where kids practice in fancy uniforms under the eyes of anxious parents, hands-on coaches and vigilant referees. Kids stand in line kicking balls through cones, listening to lectures about technique and tactics. They are not playing soccer, they´re practicing it. But soccer is a game. To learn the beautiful game, they … [Read more...] about Why our men’s soccer team didn’t qualify for World Cup
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NEW YORK — While American soccer fans lament that Team USA didn't qualify for World Cup play for the first time since 1986, they've still got plenty of interest in the tournament. Some of those fans shared their disappointment, enthusiasm and predictions during a U.S. Major League Soccer match at New York's Yankee Stadium last Saturday. New York City and Atlanta United ultimately ended with a 1-1 tie. Die-hard soccer fan Adam Swift, wearing a white jersey with a U.S. team logo, woefully recalled Team USA's elimination from 2018 FIFA World Cup contention last October. It lost to Trinidad and Tobago, 2-1. "When we lost, it was like a family member had died," said Swift, who'd come from the neighboring state of New Jersey to cheer on the New York City team. "And every day I thought about it a little less, and I kind of slowly accepted it." With the start of World Cup play, "now I wake up and I am really excited — but there is always a little bit of pain that we didn't … [Read more...] about Though US Soccer Team Sits Out World Cup, US Fans Are Watching
The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament kicks off Thursday. In a span of one month, 32 international soccer teams will compete to determine a world champion. The United States won't be one of them. The U.S. men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for the first time since 1986. The team needed a win or draw Oct. 10, the final day of the Concacaf Hexagonal qualifying round, to qualify for the World Cup. Trinidad and Tobago defeated the U.S. by a score of 2-1 and sent the Yanks packing.FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta, a Plano native, came off the bench during the second half of the away game at Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago. He says the loss was shocking and disappointing for the team.“I wanted to play at the World Cup, compete in it, but obviously having that taken away was just shocking and devastating,” Acosta says. The U.S. was down 2-0 in halftime. Christian Pulisic gave the team hope as he scored and made it 2-1. The U.S. had various chances to tie … [Read more...] about FC Dallas’ Kellyn Acosta Reflects on U.S. Soccer Team’s Failure To Qualify for World Cup
Updated 8:58 am, Sunday, June 10, 2018 Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Saturday March 17, 2018 file photo, a giant screen display the logo of Morocco 2026 inside of the reception before a press conference to promote Morocco's bib for the 2026 soccer World Cup in Casablanca, Morocco. The North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has outscored Morocco following inspections with FIFA labeling the North African proposal "high risk" in three areas, it was announced on Friday, June 1. The joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico scored four out of five while Morocco scored 2.7 following FIFA inspections. less FILE - In this Saturday March 17, 2018 file photo, a giant screen display the logo of Morocco 2026 inside of the reception before a press conference to promote Morocco's bib for the 2026 soccer World Cup in ... more … [Read more...] about The Latest: FIFA Council approves bids for World Cup vote
Although professional soccer isn’t as big in the United States as it is around the world, you still most likely know about the World Cup. It’s the most viewed sporting event in the world—bigger than the Super Bowl, the World Series, even the Olympics. In 2014, 3.2 billion people watched the games, with a billion watching the final match. So yeah, the World Cup is a big deal. Officially called the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) World Cup, it has been played every four years since 1930 with the exception of 1942 and 1946, when the games were canceled because of the Second World War. The countries qualify by first competing in a series of games over a three year period, culminating in the World Cup Finals, where 32 teams compete for the chance to compete in the final phase: the World Cup. The host nation’s team, Russia in 2018, is automatically qualified to compete. Critics have questioned Russia’s eligibility to this rule because of … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: What Countries Qualified For The Men’s Tournament?