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U.S. v. Portugal: The Thrill of a Draw

Only seconds remained in injury time. The score: U.S. 2-1 Portugal. U.S. fans around the world held their collective breath. Nani rolled the ball to Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on the right wing. Ronaldo...

Preview: U.S. v. Portugal

The United States heads into its second game of the World Cup against Portugal confident, having collected three points in the opener against Ghana.  Meanwhile, Portugal, following its lopsided loss to a rampant Germany, will be...

El giro de Xavi

I started watching soccer in the Fall of 2008.  I had played growing up, but never fell in love with the game, and I never had much interest in watching the sport.   But...

U.S. v. Ghana: Game Recap and Takeaways

Three vital points. With Germany unlikely to drop points, and Portugal reeling after its devastating 4-0 loss to Die Mannschaft, a tie against Portugal on June 22 should be enough to see the U.S....

From the Archives: A Shea Eulogy

The following is an article I wrote in 2009.  It is a tribute to the Stadium that housed the New York Mets from 1964 until 2008.          It was the sixth...