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World Cup

Putting Spain's dominance in the Euro 2012 championship game in historical context

Sunday, July 1, 2012, 8:51 PM
As Juan Mata coolly slotted home the final goal of Spain's 4-0 demolition of Italy in the Euro 2012 championship game, I could not help thinking about how lucky we all are to be able to watch a team of such style and grace triumph over all opposition. So often we see teams win games by doing what... Read more

The biggest 'dos a cero' of all time

Sunday, June 17, 2012, 8:07 PM
You can measure the growth of soccer in America in a lot of ways, from television ratings to performances at World Cups. One of the most significant benchmarks is the United States men's national team's performance against its most significant regional rival: Mexico. From the first meeting between... Read more

Where were you 10 years ago today?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 4:55 AM
A World Cup wake-up call: John O'Brien scores the United States' first goal in a 3-2 upset of Portugal at the 2002 World Cup in Suwon, South Korea. (Elise Amendola/AP file photo) Look at the timestamp above. Where were you at 4:55 a.m. Eastern Time on June 5, 2002? I know where I was: on the couch... Read more

Four Independence players on U.S. World Cup team

Monday, May 9, 2011, 2:48 PM
United States women's national team coach Pia Sundhage unveiled the 21-player U.S. roster for the upcoming Women's World Cup this morning. It includes four players from the Philadelphia Independence: goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, midfielders Lori Lindsey and Megan Rapinoe, and forward Amy Rodriguez. There... Read more

Video: Carli Lloyd prepares for the Women's World Cup

Monday, April 11, 2011, 5:21 PM
There was a nice piece in the Inquirer yesterday about Delran, N.J., native Carli Lloyd's preparation for the Women's World Cup this summer. Staff photographer Tom Gralish shot a video interview with Lloyd as well, and I figured I would share that here on the blog. Read more

ESPN's Women's World Cup TV schedule

Monday, March 21, 2011, 9:37 PM
The big international soccer tournament this summer will take place on the women's side of the game. Sixteen of the world's top national teams will gather in Germany for a World Cup that is shaping up to be the biggest spectacle for the sport since the 1999 Tournament here. Yes, that includes the... Read more

Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery as soccer broadcasters?

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 11:53 PM
NEW YORK - You may have noticed that I'm spending this week at the Big East men's basketball tournament, writing as my alter ego Soft Pretzel Logic. Thursday night, my two sporting worlds collided in spectacular fashion. Sports Illustrated soccer writer Grant Wahl sent around a brilliant YouTube... Read more

Union's Hackworth: 'I don't know that we're truly doing what's good for the game'

Friday, December 3, 2010, 9:34 AM
Philadelphia Union assistant coach John Hackworth has dealt with FIFA plenty of times in his career on the sidelines. From 2004 to 2007, he was in charge of the United States Under-17 National team, and from 2007 to 2009 he was an assistant coach to Bob Bradley with the senior national team. So I... Read more

U.S. Soccer chief: 'Alliances' related to 'odd vote patterns'

Thursday, December 2, 2010, 4:07 PM
I've written two other blog posts today that you should check out. My initial reaction to the World Cup announcement is here, and a running ticker with reactions from journalists and fans around the world is here. U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, who chaired the United States' 2022 World... Read more

FIFA awards 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Thursday, December 2, 2010, 10:44 AM
FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, announced this morning that it has picked Qatar over the United States to host the 2022 World Cup. We should not be surprised. Given all of the reports we've seen and read over the last few weeks about corruption in the voting process, it became increasingly... Read more
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The Goalkeeper is your home for the latest news about the Philadelphia Union, Major League Soccer, the National Women's Soccer League, the U.S. men's and women's national teams, and the rest of the world's most popular sport. It's also a place for fans to gather and celebrate the culture of soccer and its unique place on the sports landscape.

Jonathan Tannenwald
Lauren Green Inquirer Staff Writer
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