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World Cup

A clash of power and politics among international soccer's elite

Friday, November 26, 2010, 10:55 AM
Next Monday's big game between Barcelona and Real Madrid has rightly been billed as a clash of soccer heavyweights. But it has nothing on the showdown that will take place in Zurich, Switzerland a few days later. The latter contest was the subject of a story that ran on the Associated Press wire a... Read more

What you need to know about the U.S. World Cup bid evaluation

Saturday, November 20, 2010, 9:43 AM
This post is rather long, and a bit dense. But I hope you'll read all the way through it, because there's a lot of information here. You may have heard by now that FIFA released all of its evaluation documents for the cities bidding to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups yesterday. It took me a little... Read more

Behind-the-scenes video from the U.S. World Cup bid

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 3:07 PM
The U.S. World Cup bid committee put together a series of videos from the FIFA delegation's visit last week, and made them available for distribution by the media. I've posted the videos here on for you to check out. There is a lot of interesting footage, in particular from the group's... Read more

Wrapping up the U.S. World Cup bid inspection

Friday, September 10, 2010, 11:22 AM
The FIFA World Cup bid inspection delegation left the United States yesterday afternoon, and U.S. bid chair Sunil Gulati looked back at the visit in a conference call with reporters this morning. I've put together a photo gallery from the inspection trip, and over the weekend I'll have some videos... Read more

Rank and File: Union vs. Kansas City Wizards

Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 12:46 PM
Sorry this took so long to put together, as I've been busy with other work for the last few days. Let's first round up a few news items of note. - The FIFA World Cup inspection team arrived in New York yesterday. There are some photos of the group's visit to the Meadowlands and Red Bull Arena here... Read more

Local group to meet FIFA World Cup bid inspectors

Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 8:00 AM
As you may have heard, FIFA is sending a delegation to to the United States next week to tour some of the U.S. World Cup bid sites. Although the delegation will not visit Philadelphia, a group representing Philadelphia will be meeting with the delegation at a reception in New York next Monday. Here... Read more

Rank and File: Union at D.C. United

Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 9:30 AM
Before we get to the ratings, a few minor news items. First of all, there was some discussion on Twitter yesterday about the current Major League Soccer attendance table. The Union currently rank third, with an average of 20,346 per game. Obviously that number will fall as the season progresses, because... Read more

Take Two: Union vs. San Jose

Monday, July 12, 2010, 9:00 AM
I made my main point from Saturday's game in my postgame writeup. But I do have a few other things to put out there, especially in light of Sunday's World Cup championship game. - If Howard Webb had been the referee, the Union would have won. This was Abbey Okulaja's 97th Major League Soccer game... Read more

Live blog: United States vs. Ghana

Saturday, June 26, 2010, 8:42 AM
Time: 2:30 p.m. EST Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenberg, South Africa Television: ABC (Ian Darke and John Harkes) and Univision (Pablo Ramirez and Jesus Bracamontes) ARLINGTON, Va. - Greetings from one of the truly legendary gathering places for American soccer fans, Summers Restaurant. It won... Read more

Welcome to the good side of history

Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 10:37 PM
There is a reason why journalists are referred to as professional cynics. It's not just that we're supposed to do the best we can to view the world objectively. More than a few people in this line of work are naturally inclined to be pessimistic about things. I'm sure you've figured out by now that... Read more
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Jonathan Tannenwald
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