• FIFA announces cities for dress rehearsal
    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
    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
    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 3-0 win over Cuba. How last-minute?
  • Benna Boys are optimistic
    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
    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.
  • Along with England, opportunity and consequences beckon for USA
    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
    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.
  • The Governator signs on
    When it comes to folks who carry weight abroad, few American political figures can match Arnold Schwarzenegger, California's Austrian-born governor who joined the board of directors of the USA Bid Committee seeking to bring the World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.
  • USA has plenty of choices for World Cup
    Most of the 11 bidders for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup will be happy to show FIFA in concrete or on paper the minimum of 12 stadiums seating 40,000 or more fans. The USA Bid Committee has set the minimum capacity at 50,000 seats and come up with 70 stadiums it has targeted in the initial step of outlining the bid process and criteria for venue selection for public officials and stadium operators.
  • World Cup 2018/2022 Bid Report
    Long before American soccer had celebrity fans like Drew Carey, Spike Lee or Kobe Bryant, there was Dr. Henry Kissinger. Long before it was fashionable to follow soccer, Kissinger was America's most famous soccer fan. His appointment to the USA Bid Committee marks the third time in the last quarter century he has been involved in a U.S. effort.