Mexican Bicycle Goal Celebration Is Complicated

You've seen plenty of bicycle kicks, but have you ever seen a bicycle goal celebration? Mexico's Alejandro Díaz Liceaga broke it out after scoring his second goal against Cuba today in a CONCACAF U-20 tournament match. El Tri is defending its title, and doing so in brutal fashion—they're up 6-1 at halftime. » 1/10/15 3:55pm 1/10/15 3:55pm

Trinidad And Tobago Women's Soccer Team Could Use Help With Meal Money

Trinidad and Tobago just made it to the United States for the final round of qualifying for the 2015 Women's World Cup, a goal the island nation has never achieved in its 23 years of fielding a women's soccer team. It's not going to be easy: the "Soca Princesses" have arrived with, quite literally, not much more than… » 10/08/14 1:13pm 10/08/14 1:13pm

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

This Dive Is Why Matt Besler Is Suspended For The Mexico Match

USMNT defender Matt Besler was carrying a yellow into Friday's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. One more, and he'd have to sit out the next match. This is how he "earned" it. » 9/09/13 11:56am 9/09/13 11:56am

Cowboys Stadium Is A Horrible Place To Host Soccer

The Gold Cup semifinals will be held tomorrow at Cowboys Stadium, and if early photos are any indication, it's going to be an embarrassing shitshow for everyone involved. How bad? That photo is a pile of green sand to cover up the holes in the grass. » 7/23/13 5:15pm 7/23/13 5:15pm

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… » 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

Rearranging the World Order

Michael Bertin writes about soccer for Deadspin » 9/08/08 12:00pm 9/08/08 12:00pm World Cup qualifying in Europe is too easy. I know that sounds ridiculous given some of the results over the weekend— to Austria, to nip Cyrpus, and against Andorra (again) by five inspired minutes from Joe Cole—but in all likelihood those teams are all still going to…

WooHoo! We Have A Big Gold Cup!

On the strength of a ridiculously good volley off the foot of someone named Benny Feilhaber, the United States men's soccer team continued their ownership of Mexico today, winning 2-1 and bringing home the CONCACAF Gold Cup. » 6/24/07 6:00pm 6/24/07 6:00pm