• Soccer, before and after Pele's arrival
    When Pele came to the United States to play for the Cosmos in 1975, few Americans had actually seen the great Brazilian play.
  • A legendary performance
    Polish referee Szymon Marciniak made all the right calls at key moments in the Argentina-France World Cup 2022 final.
  • Belgium-based defender Mark McKenzie well-poised for big role in new USMNT cycle
    The 23-year-old KRC Genk defender keeps close track of his former club, the 2022 MLS runner-up Philadelphia Union.
  • World Cup 2022: The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly
    The Qatari national team looked like an English fifth division outfit right from the very first kick, and exited without a single point.
  • Mary Connor on soccer's power to create a sense of belonging
    After playing college and pro ball, Mary Connor joined Ben Gucciardi in launching Soccer Without Borders in 2006.
  • San Francisco pub sets the bar for World Cup viewing
    Even with 2 a.m. kickoffs, Richmond Republic Draught House in San Francisco opened for all 64 World Cup games.
  • Simon Kuper rates the Qatar World Cup's soccer quality, and remembers Grant Wahl
    The author of several bets-selling soccer books has been a Financial Times sports columnist since 2002
  • Steve Davis on grading the USMNT, Jesus Ferreira's future, and his non-profit project
    The longtime Dallas-based soccer pundit has been extra busy this MLS offseason.
  • 2026 World Cup format: Thinking outside the box to create the best bracket
    Three-team groups from which two teams advance would open the door to that dark time: 1982 Austria-West Germany.
  • Greg Vanney on what 2022 World Cup means for USMNT in 2026, the France-Argentina final, and his greatest player of all time
    The LA Galaxy head coach says the gaps between countries -- between the top countries and the rest of the world -- are shrinking.
  • World Cup 2022 semis: The jinking goblin of wonder and delight
    The semifinals proved to be one round too far for the dogged Croat and Moroccan underdogs, scrapping until the very last kick.
  • Tony Meola on Berhalter-Reyna, the USA's bar for World Cup success, and rating its goalkeeper corps
    The USA's 1990 and 1994 starting World Cup goalkeeper says he's proud of the 2022 squad.
  • World Cup 2022 quarterfinals: Unlocking the 10-man defense, superstar tears, and erratic refs
    Only moments of supreme individual brilliance suffice to open up physical, well-drilled and patriotically driven defense.
  • Officiating at the 2022 World Cup, VAR, time-keeping and diversity
    In their second World Cup, VARs are getting used to the system, and the mantra of the VAR system is being observed.
  • Brian Schmetzer on backing Gregg Berhalter, following France, and the 2022 World Cup's best storylines
    The Seattle Sounders coach shares his thoughts on the USA's performance, Concacaf's struggles, and what has most impressed him.
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