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World Cup 2014: Has America gone soccer mad? – Milpitas Post

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Suddenly, soccer is cool. Television ratings for the World Cup are breaking records. Social media is abuzz. Sports bars and outdoor viewing parties have been jammed. And as the U.S. men’s national team readies to play Belgium on Tuesday in a win-or-go-home showdown, longtime soccer fan Enid Balavac is enjoying all the new company on America’s soccer bandwagon. “I have girlfriends who call me and say, ‘Did you see the…

Referee Dies After Being Punched at Soccer Match – ABC News

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said. John Bieniewicz, who was attacked Sunday at a park in Livonia, died at Detroit Receiving Hospital, said hospital spokesman Alton Gunn, Livonia police and the man’s longtime friend, Jim Acho. Police Lt. Tom Goralski said a 36-year-old man punched…

The more Ann Coulter hates soccer, the more fun it is to watch the World Cup – al.com

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Did you know that it was un-American to cheer for the United States to win the World Cup? It came as news to me, too, but that was the ugly American opinion expressed the other day by right-wing lightning rod Ann Coulter. “Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay,” she typed. That was the third sentence. It got worse from there. Wait…

Roosevelt lookalike goes viral in show of rising US soccer power – The Guardian (blog)

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Mike D’Amico is tired of talking about himself. He has done an awful lot of that over the last nine days, since shooting to fame as Teddy Goalsevelt, the USA’s unofficial World Cup mascot. Before their group game against Portugal he was just another fan, one of the many thousands who have made the trip from America to Brazil. But then TV cameras picked him out celebrating the USA equaliser…

Hospital: Referee Punched During Soccer Game Dies – ABC News

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

A hospital and a longtime friend say a man who was punched while refereeing an adult-league soccer match has died. Detroit Receiving Hospital spokesman Alton Gunn and friend and attorney Jim Acho (A’-choh) confirm that John Bieniewicz (BEN’-uh-wits) died Tuesday morning. Livonia police say the referee was punched after indicating he would eject a player from the game on Sunday. A 36-year-old Dearborn man is charged in the attack. Acho…

Waffle House calls for Belgian waffle boycott in support of US soccer – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The breakfast of champions is anything but a Belgian waffle today as the U.S. soccer team prepares to take on Belgium this afternoon at the World Cup. Waffle House is on board with a boycott of the fluffy breakfast food, too. “We don’t believe in Belgium (sic) waffles,” the company’s official Twitter feed said. The Georgia-based company sells “American waffles,” spokesman Pat Warner said. American waffles are round,…

African Teams Head Home, Cash in Hand – New York Times

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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Welcome Aboard the Soccer Bandwagon, Team USA Fans – TIME

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

This longtime soccer nut extends a cautious greeting to the World Cup’s new American fans Sure we have a good chance to beat Belgium, the guy was saying. I was eating dinner in a pub near my apartment, trying to pay attention to the Yankee game, when this expert was offering his considered opinion. Name a Belgian player, the soccer snob in me wanted to ask him. Name a Belgian….

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Soccer Will Never Be a Slam Dunk in America – TIME

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fans celebrate after learning team USA would advance to the next round of World Cup soccer play while watching USA play Germany on one of two large screens placed in Grant Park on June 26, 2014 in Chicago. Scott Olson—Getty Images Soccer doesn’t express the American ethos as powerfully as our other popular sports: We are a country of pioneers, and we like to see extraordinary effort rewarded… with points….

Plan to Replace American Football With Soccer “On Track,” Says Europe – New Yorker (blog)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Skip to content Subscribe to The New Yorker BRUSSELS (The Borowitz Report)—A ten-year European plan to gradually phase out American football in the United States and replace it with soccer is “very much on track,” a spokesman for the European Union confirmed today. The E.U. spokesman, Alf-Jergen Holmboe, said the replacement of American football with soccer was the third in a three-step plan to transform the U.S. into a European…

How to Convert a Soccer Hater – Wall Street Journal

Monday, June 30, 2014

Jason Gay has discovered the cure for ‘Irrational Soccer Crankiness.’ Scott Pollack It has come to our attention at Journal Sports headquarters that there are somewhere between two and seven people left in the United States who do not have a wild case of summer soccer fever. They are choosing instead to be grouchy holdouts, despite a valiant performance by the U.S. men’s national team in the 2014 World Cup…

World Cup 2014: Tim Howard became key to US soccer thanks to short memory – Washington Post

Monday, June 30, 2014

For a man who’s trained himself to forget everything — often seconds after it has happened — there’s one goal Tim Howard will never forget. He hadn’t even graduated high school when he played his first professional soccer game. Howard, then 18, was in goal for the North Jersey Imperials, the developmental squad for Major League Soccer’s MetroStars, and his team had just scored to go up 1-0. An excited…

Bad Tweet: Dutch airline angers Mexico soccer fans – USA TODAY

Monday, June 30, 2014

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Keselowski Hungry for Another NASCAR Championship – ABC News

Monday, June 30, 2014

Brad Keselowski will have to fine-tune his victory celebrations after a shattered champagne bottle left him with a bloodied and bandaged right hand. The upside is he might get more chances to polish his post-race revelry as he pursues his second Sprint Cup Series championship in three years. Already locked into the Chase with a Las Vegas victory and a solid string of top-fives, Keselowski delivered his most dominant run…

2014 World Cup exposes soccer haters for what they really are – Washington Post

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Every four years, America’s “Get Off My Lawn” media personalities lambaste the world’s most popular sport because it’s not our most popular sport. Professional jingoist Ann Coulter went one step further in a Thursday column by writing, “Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay.” Then she turned the xenophobic dial to 11: “If more ‘Americans’ are watching soccer today, it’s only because…

Is This Soccer’s Moment in America? – Wall Street Journal

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fans at the Gone Rogue bar in Boise, Idaho, react during the U.S.-Germany game on Thursday. Associated Press The World Cup is enjoying a surge in TV ratings thanks to excitement surrounding the U.S. team’s strong performance, putting the tournament among the elite telecasts in all of sports. But can soccer sustain its burst in popularity in the U.S.? There seems to be no one way World Cup fans are…

NASCAR Cup race won’t have 43 cars at Kentucky Speedway – USA TODAY

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fans watch for drivers and crew members through a chain-link fence surrounding the hauler area at Kentucky Speedway.(Photo: Christian Petersen, Getty Images) SPARTA, Ky. – Ask any fan how many drivers are in a NASCAR race and they’ll immediately answer: 43. It’s been that way since 1998, when NASCAR standardized the field size for each race after it previously fluctuated based on the track. But that won’t be the case…

NASCAR Cup race won’t have 43 cars at Kentucky Speedway – USA TODAY

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fans watch for drivers and crew members through a chain-link fence surrounding the hauler area at Kentucky Speedway.(Photo: Christian Petersen, Getty Images) SPARTA, Ky. – Ask any fan how many drivers are in a NASCAR race and they’ll immediately answer: 43. It’s been that way since 1998, when NASCAR standardized the field size for each race after it previously fluctuated based on the track. But that won’t be the case…

NASCAR at Kentucky: Start time, lineup, TV/radio schedule – USA TODAY

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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