Congrats to SI's @BrianStraus
for being on top of the Jason Kreis/NYCFC story ahead of everyone else.
New York City FC announces Jason Kreis as its new coach.
At a protest gathering in Rio de Janeiro for international Human Rights Day instagram.com/p/hw4ysmi-sJ/
Walking out the tunnel at the new Maracanā stadium in Rio de Janeiro instagram.com/p/hwBO-zC-uA/
Pablo Mastroeni retires from soccer. 1 MLS Cup title, 2 World Cups, including 2002 World Cup quarterfinals.
Obama-Castro handshake reminds me of trip to Cuba during '08 presidential campaign. Cubans thought if Obama won he would stop the blockade.
Kljestan used aggressive treatment to kill pre-cancerous spots on face. Focusing on protection so spots don't return & turn into cancer.
tells me contrary to a news report he does not have skin cancer. He did have treatment for pre-cancerous spots on his face.
2 part Q&A w/ MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Tried some tough ?s, but had some fun too: 1- soccer.si.com/2013/12/05/don…
"Rio dinner order delivered late raises concerns over World Cup...."
Journalists bending over backwards to say Brazilian league fan violence not tied to World Cup seems mostly a response to bad journalism.
Think I've found my World Cup post-deadline hangout place at old-school Bar do Gomes in Rio's Santa… instagram.com/p/htNRZni-qS/
So long, Salvador. Next stop: Rio de Janeiro.
Kansas City wins the 2013 MLS Cup final in an incredible 10-round penalty shootout against Salt Lake. KC's 2nd MLS title.
Collin ties the MLS Cup final--big finish ahead?
Ronaldo, World Cup hero, looks like the guy who comes to fix your office copy machine @Pele
: @ClaroRonaldo pic.twitter.com/4p8Qfw6Vpp
Beckerman's no-look assist one of the better pieces of skill I can ever remember in an MLS Cup final. Breathtaking.
Fantastic ball from Beckerman on Saborío's goal. Cool finish, too. Salt Lake in charge.
Kind of fun watching a final over a few drinks and not having to write a word afterward. Game isn't very good so far.
Poor embellishment from Feilhaber also deserved a yellow.
The beauty of Slingbox: Watching MLS Cup final in Brazil instagram.com/p/hoqd7Ai-ul/
Salvador World Cup stadium imitates MLS stadiums with a concert stage & removable seats at 1 end instagram.com/p/hoZ5LZi-u2/
The 2014 MLS game ball is a wild-colored Brazuca pic.twitter.com/ByKLT3yCIy
Salvador stadium workers and the groundskeeper loved the World Cup ball instagram.com/p/hoRafQi-vL/
For AM readers, my last column from World Cup draw in Brazil: Difficult US group is also an opportunity soccer.si.com/2013/12/06/u-s…
Dumpster fire at Old Trafford for Manchester United this week.
Spending the day shooting in Salvador. Then a quest to find a place with ESPN Brasil showing the MLS Cup final.
Last column from World Cup draw in Brazil: Toughest US World Cup group ever is also an opportunity soccer.si.com/2013/12/06/u-s…
Big thanks to England manager Roy Hodgson for speaking to me for Fox Sports at the end of a long day instagram.com/p/hmQMuFC-o8/
Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to me about the US's World Cup draw for @FOXSoccerDaily
& was very candid msn.foxsports.com/watch/fox-socc…
A look at the US's three World Cup group opponents - sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20…
8,800 World Cup travel miles for USA includes trips back to São Paulo base camp after every game.
More on the Amazon stadium in Manaus where US will play Portugal from @SamBorden mobile.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/spo…
is British but has written extensively on Brazil, including the great book Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life.
For US & England fans, good stuff about Manaus in the timeline of terrific Brazilian author @alexbellos
Despite 8,800-mile travel challenge, US says it is not planning to switch its World Cup travel base from São Paulo to farther north.
One small silver lining for US: Germany may be qualified by the time it plays USA in game 3.
3 Thoughts on the US's extremely difficult World Cup draw soccer.si.com/2013/12/06/tou…
USA group: Germany, Ghana, Portugal.
Shaping up to be a horrible USA draw. Toughest travel possible: Natal-Manaus-Recife= 8866 travel miles.
USA into Group G with Germany and Ghana. Killer.
Lucky Honduras into group with Swiss and Ecuador.
Poor Costa Rica in Group D with Italy and Uruguay.
USA coming soon here. Wants Group E (Swiss, Ecuador), doesn't want Group D (Uruguay, Italy).
Mexico draws into Group A with Brazil and Cameroon. El Tri won't play tournament's opening game, though.
Nigeria and Argentina almost always seem to be in the same group.
Italy moving to other pot means Group D (with Uruguay) could be stacked.
If top seeds win groups, one side of bracket=Brazil, Colombia, Switzerland, Germany. Other side=Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, Belgium.