1
Jul

Belgium vs. Team USA: As it happened on Twitter

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Football is a cruel game.

Just when you start to believe, when you think the impossible just might be possible, your soul gets ripped right out of your body, and you remember you have to walk home in a full Captain America costume. The worst.

The United States men’s national team loss to Belgium in extra-time on Tuesday was the most painful kind of torture. For 90 minutes, we watched Tim Howard save the USA time and time again, putting forth arguably the greatest goalkeeping performance ever at a World Cup, only for it to all fall apart in extra-time. Just like four years ago.

But after the heartbreak, there was pride and hope; pride that the team wouldn’t ever, ever quit, and hope that in 2018, this team will be even stronger, and encourage even more belief. One team, one nation:

If you still have the mental and emotional capacity to do so, take a look at how America followed the USA’s thrilling 2-1 loss in the Round of 16:

THE GAME BEFORE THE GAME

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The United States hadn’t even taken the field for warmups yet, when our blood pressure was already over 160. The heart-stopping finish between Argentina and Switzerland — Angel di Maria’s winner deep into extra time sent the Albiceleste through — should probably have told us that this was going to be a long, long day:

THE FIRST HALF

Oh NO! The first sign that the United States were in trouble:

Anyone still wondering if soccer has “made it” in America?

A pitch invader makes an appearance:

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More bad news, Fabian Johnson is hurt:

HALFTIME

Madeleine Albright with some wise words for the USA:

And England legend Gary Lineker perfectly summarizes the play thus far:

THE SECOND HALF

All Belgium, all of the time:

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TWO WORDS!

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1
Jul

Pregame messages for USA vs Belgium

22
Jun

Stars gear up for USA vs Portugal!

22
Jun

Better World Cup photobomb: Clint Dempsey or Miguel Herrera?

Trick question. We are all winners here.

4
Jun

USA boss Klinsmann will not restrict players from sex during World Cup

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High fives all around for USA’s soccer heroes.

Why do you ask? If you must know, United States men’s national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann will not forbid his players from having sex during the 2014 World Cup this summer.

Whereas the national teams of Mexico and Brazil have already been handed strict guidelines on what they can and cannot do in the bedroom during the World Cup, the Yanks have been given the green light.

In an interview with Fusion TV, Klinsmann fielded a very diplomatically phrased question on “physicality and intimacy.”

Klinsmann added:

"We are very casual in the way we approach things. Their families can come pretty much any time, they will be at the games, they can come to the hotel and we can have barbecues together. I think every nation is different.

I played in different countries where you didn’t see your girlfriend or your wife for two months. That was more the Italian background when I played in Italy. Every team and every country handles that differently based on their culture. So I respect the Mexican approach because it is their culture.

"We have a group of guys together and an environment together that is very open, it’s very casual. But once we go on the field for training and for the games we are very serious and down to business."

The video can been seen below:

Freedom, you gotta love it!

H/T Guyism

Image provided by USA Today.

22
May

Let’s all take a moment to remember this Landon Donovan moment

US Soccer fans, we feel your pain. USA legend Landon Donovan isn’t on Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup roster for Brazil this summer, and it stinks. The all-time leading goalscorer will probably never play in a USA jersey ever again, and that’s rather sad.

So instead of getting to depressed about it, let’s just re-live arguably the best Landon Donovan moment in the history of US Soccer, shall we?

Feel better now? No?

Well, we tried.

14
May

Hope Solo caught up in feud with Portland Thorns owner and fans

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Looks like USWNT No. 1 and Seattle Reign stopper Hope Solo has found herself in the midst of a little war of words. Shocker!

Over the weekend, Solo’s Reign visited the Portland Thorns in a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) contest between two unbeaten teams. The Reign held on to a 1-0 win, but a few egos seemed to be bruised in the process.

Thorns owner Merritt Paulson was the first to fire a shot across the bow, tweeting:

A depleted Thorns team? Paulson was likely referring to the absences of U.S. national team stars Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath. Nevertheless, another Reign and USWNT star, Sydney Leroux, fired back at Paulson:

That looked to be the end of it, until Solo tweeted out a photo on Tuesday that showed quite a few Thorns fans giving Solo the one-fingered salute.

It looks like some pretty definitive proof right here, but there’s always another side to every story. Lucky for us, these two squads will face off again on July 27, but this time on the Reign’s turf.

Stay tuned!

(H/T YardBarker)