UEFA's Stacked 8-Team Playoff Guarantees World Cup Heartbreak: A Guide

Yesterday, we saw 53 European World Cup hopefuls get cut down to just 17. Nine teams—Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Switzerland, Bosnia, and Russia—advanced to next year's tournament in Brazil. There are still four spots up for grabs, to be fought for among the next eight best European… » 10/16/13 12:59pm 10/16/13 12:59pm

With The World Cup Clinched, USMNT Players Must Now Fight For Spots

The United States men's national team is take on Jamaica this evening in what is, thankfully, a somewhat meaningless World Cup qualifying match. That's because the Americans already whooped Mexico, as well as everyone else in CONCACAF, to clinch a spot in next year's tournament in Brazil. So what's there to play for… » 10/11/13 5:38pm 10/11/13 5:38pm

English Soccer Is Dead, And It Deserves To Be

World Cup qualifying runs this week, and a lot of what's going on involves glorified exhibition play. Continental giants like the Netherlands and Italy are booked for Brazil, as is our great nation; other teams of interest, like Germany, Spain, Portugal, and France are more or less box-checking. Then there's England. » 10/11/13 2:00pm 10/11/13 2:00pm

USMNT Moves Up To 13th In Latest FIFA World Rankings

FIFA's September world rankings were released this morning, and we found out that U.S. Soccer, after being ranked 19th just last month, jumped six more spots to 13th in the world. The Americans also were able to hold onto the top spot in CONCACAF. Mexico, second in the federation, fell one spot, and are now ranked… » 9/12/13 12:37pm 9/12/13 12:37pm

How USMNT Reduced A Fiery Mexican Side To Ashes

The United States of America are going to the 2014 World Cup. In the end, it was never in doubt. And in the end, how they booked their ticket to Brazil was perfect, poetic. The Americans clinched at home, in a storied, claustrophobic stadium in front of a raucous, unapologetically and overwhelmingly American crowd,… » 9/11/13 12:30pm 9/11/13 12:30pm

Stakes Are High In Tonight's USMNT Match Against Mexico

After 12 straight wins, which included improbable triumphs against world powers like Germany and Bosnia and dominant victories against all comers during the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the USMNT finally lost on Friday, 3-1, in a World Cup qualifier away to Costa Rica. Costa Rica, for some reason still seething from the fact… » 9/10/13 3:00pm 9/10/13 3:00pm