Category Archives: Soccer

Ep. 85: Damjan Rudež on Croatia reaching the World Cup Final

Damjan Rudez, Croatia, Former Pacers

What was the feeling in Croatia when they played in the FIFA World Cup Final over the weekend? I had to find out. On this episode of the Pacers Podcast, I called up former Pacer forward Damjan Rudež, a native of Zagreb, Croatia. While he’s not a huge soccer fan, the monthlong run by Croatia, with a…

US mens soccer team making progress towards the future

It’s not very often that I’m excited and anxiously awaiting a soccer game. Tonight’s US Men’s National Team “international friendly” against Mexico in Philadelphia was a step in the right direction for the Americans. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. I guess since the US women’s team made their incredible World Cup run a…

Klinsmann is USA’s Man

United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati tried to get Jurgen Klinsmann as USA soccer coach twice.  It turns out third time is a charm. In press conferences Friday and Monday, the USSF announced and gave details on the newest USA coach. Klinsmann will replace Bob Bradley. A manager who accomplished a lot during his…

One day later, Americans still talking World Cup – but will it last?

Whether this is stepping point, remains to be seen. Any US citizen can get behind their country to support a team in action. The trouble is with the minor sports, attention is only received on the big stage. The United States women captured the attention of the country while persevering and entertaining sports fans with their World…

US women’s national team hopes to establish their own legacy in World Cup Final against Japan

With the two most popular professional sports leagues locked out, the FIFA Women’s World Cup has been refreshing to sports fans in the United States. Today, the Americans hope to follow suit of previous US Women’s World Cup teams–getting to the finals and winning it, like they did in 1991 and 1999. But it has…

US outlasts Brazil in World Cup match marred by referee and Brazil antics

Three goals scored, and only the last should have counted. After regulation (2-2), and two 15 minute overtime periods, everything was decided by penalty kicks. A game full of controversy, the United States put it all behind and shined in penalty kicks advancing to the semifinals 5-3. How American. The US played over 55 minutes down…

USA vs. Mexico Gold Cup Final Preview

The whole reason the Rose Bowl was selected as the site for the Gold Cup final, was in hopes USA would play Mexico.  CONCACAF got their wish.  A sold out Rosebowl (and honestly, likely a 70/30 or so Mexican crowd) will watch tonight’s USA vs. Mexico match with a lot on the line. First, the…

USA Soccer Revenges Panama, Sets Up Rival Final

70 minutes in, it did not look like Panama still had USA’s number, after beating the Americans eight days earlier.  But it certainly didn’t look like USA had Panama’s. Then Bob Bradley made a couple of substitutions and everything changed.  Landon Donovan came off the bench again to provide a spark, and then a moment…