Best of 2016, General, World Cup

Klinsmann Out as USMNT Head Coach: WFNY Top Stories of 2016

WFNY kicks off their Best of 2016 series with a look at one of the bigger national stories to be published on these pages: The firing of long-time USMNT head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann.

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USMNT forced into must-win after 2-0 loss to Guatemala

The USMNT will come to the friendly confines of Columbus for their next match, but the stakes couldn’t be any higher after their loss on Friday.

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Progress Made, Lessons Learned: 2014 World Cup Leaves USMNT Staring at Bright Future

After 31 exciting and dramatic days, the 2014 World Cup has finally drawn to a conclusion with Germany’s 1-0 extra time defeat of Argentina on Sunday. While Die Mannschaft lifted the golden trophy, they are not the only nation who can call this Brazilian edition of the World Cup a success. The United States, though

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WFNY on the World Cup: Returning Home

MADRID, Spain —America has a new mass of soccer fans, and what a welcome they’ve received. In the past week, the sport has shown off some of its strangest intricacies. It is a sport full of paradoxes, and they have been on full display thus far in this USMNT World Cup campaign.

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WFNY on the World Cup: Move over Heath Ledger, Luis Suárez is my new favorite villain.

Luis Suárez bit a man yesterday during a soccer match. That’s pretty weird…right? I’ve wanted to do a lot of things to other people while playing against them, but never had I ever, even for a moment, considered cannibalism.

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WFNY World Cup Diary: Très Cleveland

MANAUS, Brazil — On the fence, indifferent, didn’t care—nothing matters. At this point, if you call yourself a sports fan or supporter of anything USA, there’s no way you’re not hooked on, at minimum, the U.S. Men’s National Team, if not the entire World Cup. Sunday’s draw against Portugal had the widest range of emotions

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US-Portugal: No one said it would be easy

MADRID, Spain — Before the United States-Soviet Union hockey game at the 1980 Olympic hockey tournament in Lake Placid, Al Michaels famously told his national audience, “For people who don’t know the difference between a blue line and a clothesline, it’s irrelevant.” I couldn’t help but think of that quote last night while surrounded by

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WFNY World Cup Diary: Bring on Portugal

MANAUS, Brazil — Our taxis Saturday morning from Natal’s beach area to the new airport saw the drivers reach a speed of 140 kilometers-per-hour through a small cobblestoned street area. At times you think they are racing, so you close your eyes because you expect a motorcyclists or pedestrian to be hit. But somehow it

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WFNY World Cup Diary: Spain can finally breathe again

BARCELONA, Spain — Spaniards packed the streets of Madrid as King Felipe IV de Borbón rode through the capital to his official coronation at the majestic Royal Palace on the city’s western edge. His father Juan Carlos I, the man crowned all the way back in 1975 just two days after the death of dictator Francisco

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WFNY World Cup Diary: I Believe that we Just Won

NATAL, Brazil — After a lively US Soccer party on Sunday night I decided to pass on a Bohemia beer as we sat at a beach-side bar to watch Germany destroy Portugal Monday afternoon. I picked up a Caipirinha instead. This is also how we started our pregame in preparation for the USMNT game being played down

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WFNY on the World Cup: Germany/Portugal and what it means for the USMNT

WFNY’s World Cup Diary: The Arrival WFNY on the World Cup: Group G Breakdown WFNY World Cup Diary: The Departure WFNY in Spain, champs thumped by Netherlands WFNY on the World Cup: Group F Breakdown USMNT win leaves questions looming WFNY Podcast: Breaking down the roster Klinsmann opts for potential on final roster Landon Donovan left

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WFNY’s World Cup Diary: The Arrival

NATAL, Brazil — There is little use in going into the details of a 25-hour trip—you know it’s not necessarily fun or comfortable—but the end result, like any trip, is that we made it—safely. Halfway through the huge line at passport control at Sao Paolo’s International Airport, a young woman held a clipboard and gently smiled as

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WFNY on the World Cup: Group G Breakdown

Hey, it’s Group G! GROUP OF DEATH? Maybe. It’s definitely not an easy one.  The ever efficient Germans will be one of the favorites to win it all, the best or second best player in the world depending on who you ask will hopefully be leading Portugal (or hopefully not if you’re a USMNT fan),

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WFNY World Cup Diary: The Departure

DENVER, Colorado — You can’t escape it. Every time you open your computer, iPad, tablet, phone, or whatever device within your grasp, you’re inundated with World Cup something or other. The friendlies. The narratives. The breakdowns. Pitbull. Now, after two days of games, if you weren’t into the biggest sporting event in the world before,

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WFNY in Spain as defending World Cup champs get routed by Netherlands

SEVILLE, Spain — I do not write well enough to explain what soccer (or more accurately, fútbol) means to the country of Spain. To understand the significance of La Furia Roja for Spaniards, I recommend you watch John Oliver’s takedown of FIFA and the World Cup1. With that description in mind, let us consider the

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WFNY on the World Cup: Group F Breakdown

Argentina headlines a somewhat lackluster Group F that includes the current African Champions, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and possibly the worst team in the field, Iran. My lack of enthusiasm towards this group stems from the fact that I don’t expect Nigeria to put up much of a challenge to Bosnia for the second spot.

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WFNY on the World Cup: Group E Breakdown

(This breakdown is brought to you by Stepien Rules blogger Alex Raffalli, who is also a native of France.) Group E might be the least competitive group of this World Cup. France, who came into the World Cup draw with absolutely no reason to be hopeful given their recent past, ended up the favorite of

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WFNY on the World Cup: Group D Breakdown

Group D is my choice for “The Group of Death”, but I must admit a slight bias as I type this while wearing my Italian National Team jersey. Even the neutral would argue for the strength of this group as the odds on favorite to finish last, Costa Rica, is close in level to the

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WFNY on the World Cup: Group C Breakdown

Group C has been deemed by some as “The Group of Opportunity” and represents the most evenly matched teams from top to bottom in the tournament. Colombia’s star, Radamel Falcao was just yesterday ruled out of the World Cup and though Colombia still might be group favorites, it is a huge blow to their World

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United States 2, Turkey 1: A Better Showing, But Many Defensive Questions Remain

The United States Men’s National Team continued their World Cup Send-Off Series Sunday afternoon as they took on Turkey at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Five days removed from a sloppy 2-0 victory over lowly Azerbaijan in San Francisco, Jürgen Klinsmann’s squad looked brighter going forward, but continued to display some uncomfortable defending

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