Archive for the ‘Soccer’ Category

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and national heritage engulfed the world. It was astonishing to watch defending champions and contenders fall apart, a smorgasbord of dialects screaming with pride, and stars perform...
July 22nd, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Soccer | Read More

We’ll Always Have You: TSFJ’s Lasting Memories Of The World Cup

Yesterday’s World Cup final, Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina, was the culmination of 63 other games featuring the best soccer teams in the world. What led up to the tournament’s outcome often gets lost as time passes, the moments of brilliance and heartache before the winner hoisted...
July 14th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Why I’ll Root For Netherlands Soccer Until I Die

I sat in my orange jersey and watched as it rained outside, just like it did in Brazil. In the end, my beloved Netherlands soccer team fell to Argentina in penalties. I have no family from Holland. In the overtime frames, I thought about why the team means so much to me. Despite their sweet kits, my...
July 10th, 2014 | Soccer, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Holland Vs. Argentina: Because This Game Can’t Be A Lopsided Affair (Right?)

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Holland and Argentina are playing for the other spot in the World Cup Final against Germany, who unceremoniously laid a 7-1 mollywhopping on host country Brazil, their first loss on Brazilian soil in decades. The loser gets a spot in the third-place match against Brazil. I...
July 9th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Brazil Vs. Germany: Who Needs The Win More?

The soccer gods have gifted us a dream semifinal. Brazil, five-time winners of the World Cup, take on Germany, who have won the trophy a mere three times, in just a few short hours. Both nations play under tremendous pressure. Brazil’s coronation on its home pitch has been all but a formality...
July 8th, 2014 | Columns, No Class Friday, Soccer, Sports | Read More

How 4 Games Forever Changed Jermaine Jones’ Legacy At The World Cup

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Anytime anyone mentioned Jermaine Jones in reference to the U.S. Men’s National Team in the run-up to this World Cup, words like “liability” and “reckless” were sure to follow. People say that because he was both of those things. He has always...
July 3rd, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Tim Howard Deserved Better And America’s Hope-Filled Roller Coaster Ride Is Over

“F*ck.” It was the only word I could utter when Belgium sent Romelo Lukaku onto the pitch in extra time. I knew what was about to happen, even if I really didn’t. And when it did happen, I couldn’t do anything but wallow in my misery. When Lukaku setup the goal for Kevin De...
July 2nd, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Soccer | Read More

In Search Of Soccer In New York City

Every bar on Bleecker Street from Wicked Willy’s to The GMT Tavern hung miniature flags of World Cup participants off their awnings. ESPN flashed on the flat screen TVs. The chalk board advertisements implored customers to stop by with promises of drink specials and noise. “Watch the World Cup...
July 2nd, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

6 Things You Need To Know Before USA Vs. Belgium

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt In the weeks and months leading up to the World Cup, there was one goal for the USMNT: survive one of the two (three? Italy and England got unceremoniously dumped by Costa Rica and Uruguay) groups of death in this World Cup. We’ve escaped from that four-man brawl of...
July 1st, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

The USMNT Needs The Real Michael Bradley To Step Up

I can’t imagine what it must be like to be U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley right now. The soccer star, who recently returned to the MLS following a wildly successful stint in Europe, was widely considered if not the most recognizable soccer player hailing from the United...
July 1st, 2014 | Soccer, The Rev | Read More

4 Takeaways From The World Cup Weekend: How Do You Define “Penalty”?

Take a breath. You need it. This World Cup has shown no regard for people’s health. It has sent atheists to confessional booths and Catholics to the altar of the heretical soccer gods. If the group stages and first four round of 16 matches are any indication, we’ll all need heart transplants...
June 30th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

They’re Plenty American Enough

If there is one thing that infuriates me more than that silly ass chant, it’s the questioning of how “American” this US Men’s National Team is makes my blood boil. Let me just put all of my cards on the table. I’m a son of an Army serviceman. My father is Puerto Rican....
June 27th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Soccer | Read More

That Escalated Quickly: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Kick That Humbled America

When “poking the bear goes wrong. Horribly wrong. Beer tickets were $5 a piece. So, naturally, my buddy Vaughan and I bought four. Not having the first clue what to expect from Richmond’s outdoor USA-Portugal World Cup watch party, if nothing else, drinking beer outside on a unusually cool June...
June 25th, 2014 | J. Tinsley, Soccer | Read More

The World Cup Brings Wayward Souls Together

The first organized team sport I played growing up was soccer. I played for three or four years and had a good time at first, but lurking in the distance was a 6’6’, 195-pound product of the University of North Carolina playing in the red, black and white of the Chicago Bulls. My dad, who introduced...
June 25th, 2014 | Soccer, Soul On Ice | Read More

Luis Suarez Is Clearly A Vampire And We Simply Weren’t Paying Enough Attention

For a moment there, Luis Suarez’s brilliance was going to overlap my hate for a man that might’ve been built up over a few random events that I deemed very racist. Suarez, the Uruguayan and Liverpool striker extraordinaire, is so friggin’ good. He’s brilliant in a way that makes...
June 24th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Soccer | Read More

Pour Out A Little Liquor: Remembering Spain’s Golden Generation

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Yesterday was surreal for anyone who has watched international soccer over the last seven or eight years. Spain was ranked first in the world and were first out of the 2014 World Cup. The most dominant international soccer team winners in recent memory, and perhaps of all...
June 24th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

I Officially Love The U.S. Men’s National Team

I didn’t know I cared that much. I really didn’t. When Cristiano Ronaldo connected on an absurd crossing pass from roughly 50 yards out to a streaking Varela, who subsequently headed the ball past Tim Howard to give Portugal a 2-2 tie against America, my mind just went blank. I had nothing....
June 23rd, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Soccer | Read More

I Believe That We Will Win: A Functional But Terrible Soccer Chant

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Both palms burned from slapping the table. Clint Dempsey’s goal, merely 30 seconds into the United States’ first World Cup game against Ghana took me by complete surprise. The whole bar erupted. Some jackass jumped up on a table and started singing something...
June 21st, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

World Cup: USA, Mexico And A Sense Of Belonging

Let’s go back to Monday night. John Brooks headed home a corner kick in the dying moments of a (group of) death match with Ghana and sent Americans spiraling in delight. It was a big win, an important win. Truthfully, any victory in the World Cup qualifies as such. But the widespread celebration...
June 18th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

This Was The Red Wedding In Real Life: Netherlands 5, Spain 1

Many of you have been watching Game Of Thrones, and if you have, you’re probably familiar with The Red Wedding. If you don’t know what The Red Wedding is, then I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest version. The Red Wedding is a massacre in which a family that rules in the North and...
June 13th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Soccer | Read More