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

Will U.S. Soccer Destroy Itself Before World Cup Qualifying Is Through?

Tonight, the U.S. will beat Costa Rica, or it will beat itself. It's game two of the Hexagonal round, in which each team plays every other, home and away. The top three qualify for the 2014 World Cup, while the fourth has to fight the Oceania region's champ for scraps. After one match, the Americans sit alone in last.… » 3/22/13 6:00pm 3/22/13 6:00pm

Cuba, Grenada, El Salvador May Have Thrown Games In The 2011 Gold Cup

FIFA's head of security told SI.com that several games at the 2011 Gold Cup might have been fixed, confirming what a betting-industry insider also told SI: "The games involving Grenada (which lost three matches by a combined 15-1) and Cuba (which was outscored 16-1), the insider said, stood out: "It was the sort of… » 12/08/11 1:50pm 12/08/11 1:50pm

FBI Investigates Russian Plot To Hack World Cup Bids, And Other…

When the wining World Cup bids were announced last year, it was hard not to wrinkle a Corrugator supercilii muscle. Russia had beat out luckless England for the 2018 World Cup. Even weirder was that Qatar had triumphed over the mighty USA for 2022. Now a squad of FBI agents attached to the "Eurasian organized crime"… » 12/07/11 12:55pm 12/07/11 12:55pm

Obese Santa Claus Lookalike And FIFA Whistleblower Chuck Blazer…

Chuck Blazer, if you recall, is the FIFA executive who went public with bribery accusations against Mohammed bin Hammam, the only rival to Sepp Blatter during FIFA's presidential elections. (The charges torpedoed bin Hammam's candidacy.) Blazer is also the number two at CONCACAF. But not for long. The massive American… » 10/06/11 8:05pm 10/06/11 8:05pm