No time for festivities in Brazil
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jan. 28, 6:57 p.m.
Monday was supposed to be a day of celebration for Brazil. It began the 500-day countdown until the 2014 World Cup starts.
Blatter: organizers put on warning
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Dec. 17, 4:58 p.m.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the incidents that took place at the aborted Copa Sudamericana final in Sao Paulo last week should give Brazilian organizers of the 2014 World Cup pause to consider what can go wrong if they don't take the proper security measures.
Hexagonal countdown: Reggae Boyz shocker
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Dec. 10, 4:54 p.m.
Jamaica, which has had its way in the Caribbean in recent years, suffered one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Caribbean Cup when it was shocked by French Guyana, 2-1, Saturday in their opener.
FIFA announces cities for dress rehearsal
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 9, 2:42 a.m.
The buildup to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil passed another milestone Thursday when FIFA officially confirmed the six cities that will host Confederations Cup matches next June.
USA faces tough road to Brazil but draw delivers good omen
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Nov. 7, 9:19 p.m.
How can you describe as tough a draw that only determines when and where you play, not whom do you play?
Canadian teen's secret call-up
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Oct. 15, 11:05 p.m.
With his squad decimated by injuries, illness and suspension, Jurgen Klinsmann has chosen not to call in reinforcements.
But with Canada needing to get a result in Tuesday's game at Honduras, Coach Stephen Hart called in 19-year-old forward Lucas Cavallini as a last-minute call-up after Oliver Occean was red-carded in the ...
Benna Boys are optimistic
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Oct. 11, 7:34 p.m.
Guyana sold out, taking the money it will earn for playing its final -- and basically meaningless -- home game of the semifinal round of Concacaf qualifying against Mexico at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium, but Antigua & Barbuda never considered moving Friday's game against the United States to U.S. soil.
Brazil '14 kickoff times criticized
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Sep. 28, 5:34 p.m.
FIFA released the schedule -- dates, kickoff times and venues -- for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and immediately came under attack for scheduling games as early as 1 p.m local time.
Armadillo is Brazil 2014 mascot
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Sep. 17, 3:52 a.m.
The mascot of the 2014 World Cup is a yet to-be-named Brazilian endangered armadillo.
Powers struggle to get results
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Sep. 11, 11:30 p.m.
England beat co-host Ukraine, 1-0, at Euro 2012 but it barely managed to earn a 1-1 with a late Frank Lampard penalty in their World Cup 2014 qualifier on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium.
MLS stars shine in Concacaf
Posted by Paul Kennedy, Mike Woitalla on Sep. 10, 7:44 p.m.
The USA's five goals in World Cup 2014 qualifying have all come from foreign-based players, but MLS players have had big roles in the success of their national teams in Concacaf play.
Cheer for the Benna Boys
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Sep. 8, 4:31 a.m.
The USA's best friend in the semifinal stage of World Cup qualifying is Antigua & Barbuda.
Americans make good elsewhere
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Sep. 7, 6:55 a.m.
Not only is MLS producing players in record numbers for national teams -- 45 were called up for the September World Cup 2014 qualifiers -- but foreign national teams are seeking out U.S. citizens or residents and drafting them for international duty.
Along with England, opportunity and consequences beckon for USA
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Dec. 4, 7:43 p.m.
A decent draw means the USA can and must advance, even though as Landon Donovan said in a conference call shortly after the draw, "any time now that we don't advance, we're going to be disappointed."
England's 'lightweight' bid
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Oct. 10, 6:29 a.m.
Concacaf president Jack Warner, who serves on the FIFA executive committee as one of its eight vice presidents, certainly doesn't mince his words. Speaking at the Leaders in Football on Tuesday, Warner stole the show with his comments critical of the England World Cup 2018/2022 bid committee.