• Brazil '14 kickoff times criticized
    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
    The mascot of the 2014 World Cup is a yet to-be-named Brazilian endangered armadillo.
  • Powers struggle to get results
    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
    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
    The USA's best friend in the semifinal stage of World Cup qualifying is Antigua & Barbuda.
  • Americans make good elsewhere
    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.