Published 4:02 pm PST, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Tim Howard The Colorado Rapids’ goalkeeper and 2014 U.S. World Cup standout said on social media this season will be his last in Major League Soccer. “I’m greatly looking forward to kicking off the 2019 MLS season, as it will be my LAST. There will be plenty of time for sentiment later. For now, I am going to enjoy every minute. And as I’ve always done, compete hard and help lead the Rapids with the sole purpose of winning,” wrote Howard, 39, who has played for 21 seasons, including 13 in the English Premier League with Manchester United and Everton. He made 121 appearances with the national team, starting for the United States at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and again in Brazil in 2014, when he made a tournament-record 15 saves in a loss to Belgium in the round of 16 in Brazil. Howard holds U.S. men’s national team-records for most appearances and wins, with 62. He also had … [Read more...] about 2014 U.S. World Cup goalkeeper Tim Howard to retire after 2019 MLS season
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By Ronald Blum Published 4:09 pm, Friday, June 15, 2018 MOSCOW — Jair Murrufo remembers the first time he picked up a whistle and called a soccer match. “My father kept saying, ‘Hey, you want to be a referee?’ And I’m 19 years old, and I’m like, ‘No, why would I want to do that?’” he recalled. That was an under-8 contest filled with kids trying to learn the sport. Now the 41-year-old from El Paso, Texas, will be on the field for soccer’s pinnacle: the World Cup. While the United States is missing from soccer’s showcase for the first time since 1986, it is the only nation with two referees working the tournament. Mark Geiger is the second American to referee at two World Cups. The 43-year-old from Beachwood, N.J., worked two matches during the group stage in Brazil four years ago, and then became the first American to officiate a knockout stage match: France’s 2-0 win over Nigeria. “It is an … [Read more...] about No team but 2 referees for US at World Cup in Russia
By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer Updated 9:18 am, Friday, June 15, 2018 Photo: Mark Lennihan, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 In this May 16, 2018 photo American soccer referees Mark Geiger, left, and Jair Marrufo are interviewed in New York. While the United States is missing from soccer's showcase for the first time since 1986, it is the only nation with two referees working the tournament. Geiger will become the second American to referee at two World Cups. The 43-year-old from Beachwood, New Jersey, worked Chile-Spain and Colombia-Greece during the group stage in Brazil four years ago, then became the first American to work a knockout stage match. Marrufo will be working his first World Cup after getting cut in 2010. less In this May 16, 2018 photo American soccer referees Mark Geiger, left, and Jair Marrufo are interviewed in New York. While the United States is missing from soccer's … [Read more...] about El Paso native 1 of 2 US referees at World Cup
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia on June 14 in Russia. Thirty-two teams from around the world will compete in the month-long tournament that concludes on July 15. The FIFA World Cup, often just called The World Cup, is considered the biggest sporting competition in the world. Like the Olympics, it is held every four years at a different host nation selected by the FIFA Executive Committee. For 2018, Russia is the host nation. Qatar will be the next host nation in 2022, a highly contested choice. Watch the World Cup - Watch Online stream and on TV Dates: June 14 through July 15 TV (English): Fox and Fox Sports 1 TV (Spanish): Telemundo and NBC Universo Online streaming: FoxSports.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, Fubo, iPhone / Android Apps: CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Fox Soccer Match Pass, Telemundo Deportes en Vivo 2018 World Cup Standings After the opening two days of play, the standings are as follows. Teams are awarded three … [Read more...] about 2018 FIFA World Cup: How to watch every team, every game
In hosting the World Cup, Putin is hoping to replicate the success of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. Here, the Russian president plays soccer with Infantino. ALEXEI DRUZHININ/TASS/GETTY World Vladimir Putin kept a watchful eye on a black-and-white soccer ball as it soared toward him through a spacious Kremlin office, before he deftly bumped it back with his head. On the other side of the room, Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, waited for the return pass. When it came, he flicked the ball up, juggling it from foot to foot before kicking it back to the Russian president. The two men, both dressed in suits and ties, were taking part in a promotional video for this summer’s World Cup, which Russia will host for the first time.In May, just weeks after the filming of the video, Putin and Infantino met again, this time in Sochi, on Russia’s Black Sea coastline, where they inspected the Fisht Olympic Stadium. The … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: Will ISIS and Other Enemies Spoil Games for Putin’s Russia?