Brazil World Cup Team Preview: Will Nation Win 6th Title on Home Soil?

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Brazil has a golden opportunity to win a record sixth World Cup title in front of their fellow countrymen. It is sure to be a party atmosphere in the South American nation despite the recent street protests and questions surrounding […]

U.S. Republican Senators Wrong on Russia 2014 World Cup Ban

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Some opportunist U.S. politicians have been whipping up Cold War-type hysteria since Russia invaded Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Comparing Vladimir Putin‘s actions in Ukraine to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler‘s imperial ambitions before World War II only escalates an already tense situation […]

Ukraine Puts Conflict Aside In Defeat Of United States

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The Ukrainian Men’s National Soccer Team gave a spirited performance in defeating an undermanned and lackluster USMNT squad 2-0 on Wednesday to give their nation a brief respite from the violence and tension that has enveloped the largest country in Europe […]

Soccer Must Respond Following First CTE Brain Trauma Diagnosis

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While the pressure mounts on football and hockey to prevent traumatic brain injuries, other team contact sports such as soccer and rugby have been mostly immune to criticism. That could all change following the first documented case of the degenerative […]

2014 MLS Season Preview: D.C. United’s Future Is Bright Following Worst Campaign in Franchise History

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D.C. United fans have a lot to look forward to following the forgettable 2013 campaign, the worst season in history of the storied MLS franchise. At times it was painful to to watch last year’s squad stumble their way to the finish line, […]

Soccer Has Head Injury Problem Too

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American football has been the contact sport at the center of controversy regarding head injuries. With the latest bad news that participation at Pop Warner youth football dropped 9.5 percent from 2010-2012 and national sports broadcaster Bob Costas‘ comments that he […]

Barça’s Mideast Peace Tour Proves ‘More Than a Club’ Motto

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Més que un club. More than a club. When former FC Barcelona president Narcís de Carreras said these words in 1968, he could not have predicted how the fiercely independent Catalan football institution would use its global brand to spread a […]

Why A New D.C. United Stadium Is Good For American Soccer

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On Thursday morning, Washington D.C. mayor Vincent Gray and Major League Soccer club D.C. United inked a tentative deal to build a new 20,000-seat stadium in the Buzzard Point area of the District, near Nationals Park and the rapidly developing Southwest […]

Will Americans Watch English Soccer on NBC?

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Get ready for the biggest British invasion since those four mop-heads from across the Pond rocked the socks off the American public. The most talented and glamorous professional sports league in the world — the English Premier League — is coming to […]

Barack Obama Smartly Uses Soccer To Spread Clean Energy Message

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While touring the Umbungo Symbion Power Plant with Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete on Tuesday, U.S. president Barack Obama got a demonstration of the Soccket ball, which stores and generates renewable, off-the-grid electrical power when kicked. The president is correct to use the […]

Brazil Gets Needed Break From Protests With Confederations Cup Win Over Spain

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For one, night the headlines from Brazil won’t revolve around the ongoing street protests, but will instead focus on the Brazilian men’s national soccer team’s brilliant performance in the Confederations Cup Final by stunning Spain 3-0 and lifting the hopes of a battered nation. The dominating […]

U.S. Soccer Should Ditch ‘Don’t Tread On Me’

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The swastika is an ancient Hindu good luck symbol that was adopted by the Nazi Party of Germany and came to represent hatred and intolerance. Similarly, the Gadsden Flag — yellow in color with a  coiled snake and the words […]