Selfie-brate Good Times! Come on!

On Saturday, I visited Montreal with my brother Mike, my friend Joe and my parents to catch the Women’s World Cup Group E double header — Spain v. Brazil and Costa Rica v. South Korea. Costa Rica scored in the 89th minute to earn a well-deserved draw with South Korea and the Ticas embraced the fans… Continue reading Selfie-brate Good Times! Come on!

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]

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

Greece and a plea: TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WAY WE TAKE FREE KICKS NEAR THE OPPONENTS’ PENALTY AREA

The Match: Japan v. Greece The Date: Thursday, June 19 The Venue: Athens Cafe in Astoria, Queens Yesterday featured two exciting matches stuffed with international superstars: Drogba! Rooney! Gerrard! Suarez! Cavani! Toure! Gutiérrez! Then there was Japan v. Greece and their relatively obscure lineups. The match was controlled by the pulverizing Greek defensive machine. Greece seemed to play even better once their captain Kostas… Continue reading Greece and a plea: TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WAY WE TAKE FREE KICKS NEAR THE OPPONENTS’ PENALTY AREA

The Hooligans of Hrvatska

The Match: Cameroon v. Croatia The Date: Wednesday, June 18 The Venue: Cafe Bar Scorpio in Astoria, Queens Croatia won yesterday, but you probably heard. At least you did if you live within a few miles of Cafe Bar Scorpio in Astoria. After Croatia scored their first goal, the DJ jumped on the mic and belted Croatian… Continue reading The Hooligans of Hrvatska

A perfect, blended crowd at the Ghana/USA match

The Match: Ghana v. USA The Date: Monday, June 16 The Venue: Harlem Tavern at the corner of 116th St. and 8th Ave. in Harlem, Manhattan I work in Harlem, just a few blocks away from Harlem Tavern, but I had never been inside until Monday’s match between the USA and Ghana. Harlem Tavern is located on West… Continue reading A perfect, blended crowd at the Ghana/USA match