Sports FIFA 2018 World Cup The U.S. might not be represented at the 2018 World Cup, but there are plenty of MLS connections among the 32 teams competing in the tournament. Having reached the round of 16 in the last two World Cups, the USMNT failed to qualify for the final stage of the World Cup for the first time since the competition was held in Mexico in 1986. Despite the absence of the national team, however, there are 19 MLS players in Russia, which means the league falls just short of making the top 10 best-represented leagues at the World Cup. Unsurprisingly, CONCACAF teams boast the largest MLS contingents. Costa Rica has six MLS players in its squad, while Panama and Mexico have five and three respectively. Here Newsweek runs through the familiar faces to U.S. soccer fans. Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: 50 of the Biggest Stadiums in the World 51 In Pictures: 50 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World 32 World's Most Valuable Sports Teams … [Read more...] about Russia 2018: Every MLS Player at the World Cup
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Carey Hodges Special to the Knoxville News Sentinel, USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee Published 5:25 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 The 2018 World Cup qualifiers didn’t exactly go as planned for fans of the U.S. Men’s National Team … sigh. But just because the team was eliminated by Trinidad and Tobago doesn’t mean that USMNT die-hards and soccer novices alike can’t make the most of the beautiful game’s biggest event. I’ll never forget being out of my mind with excitement followed quickly by despair during the U.S.’s crushing loss to Belgium in 2014. It was a total gut-punch, but the explosive energy of the watch party I was attending made it worthwhile. In keeping with 2014, this year’s World Cup promises to keep the world on the edge of its seat. Why not join in? Pick a team and grab a seat at one of the spots listed below from June 14 to July 15. World Cup: How to watch the soccer championship without cable FIFA … [Read more...] about Where to watch the World Cup in Knoxville
Jim Reineking USA TODAY Published 1:40 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 The U.S. men's national soccer team's mid-October defeat to Trinidad and Tobago is a startling failure many U.S. soccer fans are struggling to come to grips with, and they likely won't until after the 2018 World Cup is completed. This is happening elsewhere, too. And as shocking as it was for the USMNT to not qualify for this year's World Cup, it was far from being the most shocking World Cup qualifying failure of them all. These are the "Holy (bleep)! These teams aren't going to the World Cup?" teams of 2018. United States Sports fans of a certain age will remember a time when the World Cup was a complete afterthought in the U.S. In 1986, the last time the USMNT did not play in a World Cup, U.S. sports fans weren't pondering which team to root for in that summer's tournament in Mexico after the USMNT failed to qualify for the ninth consecutive World Cup. Instead, sports fans were wondering about the … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup 2018: Notable teams that failed to qualify
Jim Reineking USA TODAY Published 9:23 p.m. UTC Jun 11, 2018 Hopefully, the 2018 edition of the World Cup will provide a moment that will be recalled for years to come. Going into this year's tournament, these are the top 10 best moments from the World Cup's illustrious history: 10. Uruguay beats Brazil World Cup: 1950Round: Final The "final" of the 1950 World Cup was a round-robin tournament, and its penultimate game just happened to be the decisive one: host Brazil vs. Uruguay. Brazil needed only a draw to win the tournament, but Uruguay shocked the 170,000-plus in attendance at the Estádio do Maracanã with a 2-1 win. This was considered the worst loss in Brazil's soccer history ... that is, until losing 7-1 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup, which was also held in Brazil. 9. England crowned champs at home World Cup: 1966Round: Final Going into every World Cup, England is hailed as an international elite. Every World Cup, England falls short of … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup: Top 10 best moments in tournament history
NEW YORK -- Christian Pulisic and the rest of the U.S. Men's National Team will have plenty of time on their hands this summer after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. But Pulisic, 19, plans to take advantage of the rather unexpected time off by resting his body after the Bundesliga season with Borussia Dortmund. And, of course, the Hershey native be keeping close tabs on the action overseas. Pulisic, though, won't take on any specific rooting interest. "I'll be very neutral," Pulisic said during an appearance in New York to promote his partnership with Hershey. "But I'll root for all my teammates." Christian Pulisic There should be plenty of Dortmund teammates for Pulisic to cheer on, too, including Marco Reus, who will play for Germany. While the rest of the world is focused on becoming the world's best, the U.S. will be trying to right itself after its disappointing absence. One key position that needs to be filled is manager. Dave Sarachan … [Read more...] about Who will Christian Pulisic root for in 2018 World Cup? What does he want in next USMNT manager?