The 2014 World Cup begins in about a month, which means the national squads are taking shape. And today, Team USA released its 30-man roster, the next to last step before the World Cup team is finalized.
There aren't a ton of surprises here. The core veterans Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, and Tim Howard are all here. But so is 18-year-old midefielder Julian Green and 20-year-old defender DeAndre Yedlin. Green is a bit of a surprise name on the roster, in part because of his age but also because he suffered a shoulder injury in a friendly against Mexico in April and has been out of action since then.
Green and Yedlin — a player with little international experience but who is a standout for the Seattle Sounders — could add some excitement to the US' World Cup team. Or they could be left off in the final round of cuts. They, and we, will know when the final 23-man roster is released June 2. For now, we have the 30-man squad:
With about two months to go until the 2014 World Cup, Nike has been releasing a flurry of information about its national team kits. Today, it debuted Team USA's road uniform, and it's way more colorful — and patriotic — than the home jerseys.
The kit is red, white, and blue (naturally), and has a modern design, from the crew-neck collar to slim-fit shorts to the name and numbering on the back of the jersey. "I like the patriotic design and color scheme and I think it will look great on the pitch," captain Clint Dempsey said in a Nike press release. "Hopefully they will serve us well as we head into a competitive group."
The jersey sure gets at the red, white, and blue of the American flag. But it looks like a lot of other things, too. Like the French flag. And the Russian flag. Still, it's a vast improvement over the solid white home kit the US men and women's national teams will wear.
We'll get a better feel for the kit when the men's team wears it for a friendly against Mexico (to be played in Phoenix) on Wednesday. Until then, here are a few more looks:
Did you miss the opening weekend of Major League Soccer's 19th season? If you did, don't worry. MLS and KickTV have you covered with this solid video featuring every goal from the first games of the year. It's a six-minute video, but it opens and closes with some pretty sweet scores — and there are some great goals in between — so make sure you watch it all the way through!
Major League Soccer returns to the pitch on Saturday. And from the number of players joining the US World Cup team to the top-tier Americans returning from Europe to play in the United States, this should be one of the most exciting MLS seasons ever.
Sports Illustrated Kids has everything you need to know before the Seattle Sounders and defending MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City kick off the season tomorrow night!
There are only a few days left in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead to the 2014 World Cup. The biggest tournament in futbol (and maybe all of sports) begins in June in Brazil. Over the last few months, adidas has been rolling out everything from team kits to the World Cup game ball. And last week, they gave us more gear to look out.
Last Thursday, the rolled out away kits for four teams: Argentina, Russia, Germany, and Spain. Each kit was built with lightness in mind (Brazil can get pretty warm), and they feature design elements native to their national heritage. The Russian look, for example, is inspired by the Soviet astronauts of the 1960s, and Spain draws on the electric nightlife of the country's biggest cities. The Germany kit is especially cool. It's black-and-red stripes, rugby collar, and buttons set it apart from the rest of the national looks.
Here are few images of the four kits (that's Argentina at the top of the page). Check them out, and let us know which is your favorite in the comments section below!
For 13 years, Google has published a roundup what was most searched for around the world on a website called Google Zeitgeist. Zeitgeist collects more then 1000 lists from more than 70 countries that track the "spirit of the times" by looking at the people, places, and events that trended and were searched over the course of the year.
Of course, sports are included in those lists. Zeitgeist tracks the most searched athletes, sports, stadiums/arenas/ballparks, and teams, among many other categories. The 2013 edition of Zeitgeist was released recently, and with the 2014 World Cup only six months away we thought it would be fun to look at what soccer players and futbol teams were the most popular this year.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Aurelien Collin scored the equalizer in the second half of the MLS Cup, then drove home the deciding penalty kick to give Sporting Kansas City a dramatic victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night and its first league title since 2000.