Category Archives: Soccer

Landon Donovan Announces Retirement

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER Landon Donovan has been in the news a lot in recent months, most notably for the slap in the face from Jurgen Klinsmann when he excluded him from the 2014 World Cup. Donovan’s name is all over sports headlines once again after he announced on Thursday that he will retire at the […]

Tim Howard Exits World Cup As American Hero

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER He leapt, he stretched, he punched and he volleyed, but not even the force field of defense that is Tim Howard could keep the Belgians from scoring twice, thus ending the Americans’ run in the 2014 World Cup. The final score was a painstakingly close 2-1, with all three goals coming in extra time. […]

USA Draws With Portugal in Most Frustrating Way Possible

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER If someone had told me that the final score of Sunday’s USA vs. Portugal game was going to be 2-2, I would have been extremely happy with that outcome. However, when the final whistle blew, and the draw was official, I wanted to sink into the couch and never come out. Portugal […]

Can the U.S. Advance Out of Their Group?

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER It wasn’t looking pretty for the United States when they got put into a group with Ghana, Portugal, and Germany for the 2014 World Cup, but now the Yanks are looking like they have a decent chance to advance out of the group stage and onto the knockout round. Of course, there’s […]

Unrest in Brazil Leading Up to the World Cup

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER Brazil lives and breathes soccer. They perfected it. No other country can claim to have the amount of iconic names on the backs of their jerseys that Brazil can, both presently and in the past. Argentina has Lionel Messi; England has David Beckham; Spain has Andres Iniesta. But Brazil boasts Ronaldinho, Romario, Socrates, […]

The World Cup Won’t Be the Same…

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER This is somewhat old news by now, but I’m just coming out of shock. Last week, Jurgen Klinsmann announced the final 23 men that will be traveling to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Landon Donovon, the all-time leading scorer, was not one of them. Some people are calling for Klinsmann’s […]

Know Your Yanks: Clint Dempsey

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER It was a typical early spring day in London. It was about 50 degrees and pouring down rain, with gusts of wind from the river Thames making it feel about 20 degrees colder. But there I was, sitting in the front row at Craven Cottage, completely drenched, but still captivated by the […]

Know Your Yanks: Landon Donovan

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER Not that I’m counting, but the World Cup is 28 days away. That means you have 28 days to acquaint yourselves with some of the players who will be representing the USA on sports’ biggest stage, so that you can impress all your friends with your cool soccer knowledge. Let’s start with an […]

Preliminary World Cup Roster Announced

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named his 30-man preliminary roster on Monday for next month’s World Cup. He will have to cut that list down to 23 players by FIFA’s final deadline on June 2. Until then, the lucky 30 will face certain hell twice daily at the pre-World […]

5 Things to Know About the U.S. Men’s National Team

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER The World Cup kicks off in a mere 35 days. For a solid month, soccer will dominate television screens all over the world, even in America, a country that refuses to recognize that soccer is in fact the most widely played and watched sport on the planet.  However, most of the world […]