Brazil 2014

Stop Blaming Chris Wondolowski For Being One of Our Best Strikers

The American Player Development Model of Pay-to-Play Marginalizes Players from Poor Families and Ultimately Harms the U.S. Men’s National Team By Beck Barnes | Illustration by Alvar Sirlin [T]he U.S. Men’s National Team closed out 2014 with a whimper, falling to both Colombia and Ireland on European soil. As Jurgen Klinsmann tinkered with a lineup that …

Don’t Show Me the Honeys

FIFA Has Succeeded in Whitewashing the Stadium Experience, But Why Does Television Coverage Have to Be So Predictable? By David Goldblatt | Photograph by Ryu Voelkel [S]occer is, obviously, the centerpiece of the World Cup, but it means nothing without the crowd — the people in the stadiums, in the streets and parks of Brazilian cities, and …