Asbury Park is a scaled-down big city with the corresponding highlights and problems. But where’s the soccer?

The Match: Brazil 0 – 3 Netherlands The Date: Saturday, July 12 The Venue: Asbury Park Yacht Club on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ I. We can regurgitate platitudes about pride and redemption when we discuss the merits of the World Cup consolation match, but what’s the point of the game? The third-place match is the one meaningless contest in a tournament… Continue reading Asbury Park is a scaled-down big city with the corresponding highlights and problems. But where’s the soccer?

The Soccerification of Harlem

The Match: The Netherlands v. Argentina The Date: Wednesday, July 9 The Venue: Bier International in Harlem The New York Philharmonic played a free concert in Prospect Park on Wednesday evening. Attendees draped table cloths over their small folding benches and drank from wine glasses. Baguettes poked out of countless canvas totes. Young couples in Toms pushed strollers from the subway to… Continue reading The Soccerification of Harlem

How NYC experiences the World Cup [Tourist Edition]

The LOLMatch: Brazil 1 – 7 Germany The Date: Tuesday, July 8 The Venues: South Street Seaport and Bryant Park in Manhattan 4 pm is a tough time to be a tourist in NYC. You woke up early to visit the Statue of Liberty. You explored Wall Street, escaped tangled Lower Manhattan and proceeded up the Canyon of Heroes. You… Continue reading How NYC experiences the World Cup [Tourist Edition]

Celebrating Dover Rica

The Match: Netherlands v. Costa Rica The Date: Saturday, July 5 The Venue: Pancho Villa Rodeo in Dover, New Jersey Dover, New Jersey provides a simple litmus test for uncovering someone’s prejudices in and around Morris County. People in the area will likely have one of two notions about the town. Dover, it seems, is either A) a… Continue reading Celebrating Dover Rica

A Fun Fourth of July in a Dungeon Full of Germans

The Match: France v. Germany The Date: Friday, July 4 The Venue: Loreley Restaurant and Biergarten (and dungeon), Lower East Side, Manhattan The crowd was smushed into the dim dungeon under Loreley, a German biergarten in the Lower East Side. The quarterfinal match between eternal rivals France and Germany was about to begin. France looked strong throughout the tournament while Germany… Continue reading A Fun Fourth of July in a Dungeon Full of Germans

The USA’s Soccer Generation at Smithfield Hall

The Match: Belgium 2 – 1 USA, the end of the line for the US Men’s National Team The Date: Tuesday, July 1 The Venue: Smithfield Hall, Chelsea, Manhattan Before the USA/Portugal match, my friend told me he had some misgivings about rooting for the USA in the World Cup. He said he felt uncomfortable cheering for a superpower… Continue reading The USA’s Soccer Generation at Smithfield Hall