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  1. A Quick Word About the Klose Constant

    Ryan O'Hanlon

    If you think about soccer too often, and if you do it with the right stereotypes in your head - brutally efficient Germans; playful, unorganized Brazilians - yesterday's game could've conceivably been a dream y...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  2. Stop Making Sense

    Brian Phillips

    Should we talk about where we've just been? The group stage was one coup after another, a sequence of thrilling games that gradually dismantled the existing order of international soccer. The last two world champions died in their baths. Italy, ...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  3. World Cup Pass & Move: The Falling Dutchman

    Grantland Staff

    The first weekend of knockout action is in the books. Here's a look back at some of the most interesting games, emerging themes, eye-catching moments, and standout players. Mike L. Goodman: Refereeing a soccer game is more art th...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  4. The Reducer: The World Cup Is Finally Here

    Chris Ryan

    Lionel Messi gets sick before soccer matches. He threw up at the beginning of a game between Argentina and Romania in March. He dry heaved during a match against Slovenia this past Saturday. Nobody knows why this happens - not Mess...

    Blog | June 12, 2014
  5. We Went There: The 100th U.S. Open Cup Final

    Graham Parker

    Some months ago, I found myself walking through an empty fairground in deepest Brooklyn, to a U.S. Open Cup first-round game between Brooklyn Italians and Icon FC. I made eye contact with half the crowd, watched a stray ball bounce into a Dumpster (w...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  6. Is Arsenal's Olivier Giroud Getting Better or Getting Luckier?

    Mike L. Goodman

    It's been a pretty good month for Olivier Giroud. The Arsenal striker's main identity when the season kicked off in mid-August was as the guy who Arsenal supporters really wish had been replaced by Gonzalo Higuain. Now, three games later, Giroud is t...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  7. NFL targets London franchise

    Bill Barnwell

    Moving an NFL franchise to England is a complex proposition.

    Story | Conversation | August 30, 2013
  8. Boring, Boring Man United (and Chelsea, Too)

    Mike L. Goodman

    The reason so many people write so beautifully about soccer is that sometimes it's only in the writing that a game as dull as yesterday's Manchester United–Chelsea match, which ended in a 0-0 draw, can live up to its potential. The sad fact of ...

    Blog | August 27, 2013
  9. What Is Total Shots Ratio? And How Can It Improve Your Understand...

    Mike L. Goodman

    The most important thing in soccer happens extremely rarely. Over the last two seasons in the Premier League there were only 2.8 goals scored per game. That's not a lot, and because it's not a lot, it's created a real stumbling block for statistical ...

    Blog | August 12, 2013
  10. We Know What the USMNT Did This Summer

    Noah Davis

    The United States men's national team played 11 games in June and July, winning all of them. Along the way, the squad took home its first Gold Cup since 2007, had 15 players score a combined 35 goals, posted five shutouts, and conceded more than one ...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  11. Grantland Reality Fantasy League: Marlon Switch-Hits for the Cycl...

    David Jacoby

    What looked like a light week in the GRTFL schedule turned into a trap game: Sure, The Bachelorette ground to a near-halt with the "Men Tell All" special, but The Challenge hit with the force of 1,000 sharknados. This week's episode featured hetero a...

    Blog | July 26, 2013
  12. USMNT 'B' Team Looks to Impress Klinsmann at Gold Cup

    Noah Davis

    The CONCACAF Gold Cup is a silly tournament with a rather goofy name. It serves as the regional championship, which means a bunch of teams play a bunch of games, then the United States and Mexico meet in the finals. The structure of the tournament, w...

    Blog | July 09, 2013
  13. NYC FC and Other Great Moments in Manchester-U.S. Relations

    Graham Parker

    I used to live on Horton Road in Manchester. The back alley of the terraced house backed onto Maine Road, Manchester City's former home in Moss Side. On game days I used to enjoy the time delay of hearing a muffled roar through the window, followed a...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  14. About Last Weekend: Miami Ready for an Encore

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy devising an elaborate fake game show so you could injure otherwise forgotten celebrities, here's what you missed in sports last weekend: LeBron James flirted with, but fell two assists shy of, a triple-double as his Miami H...

    Blog | April 22, 2013
  15. The Designated Player: 100 Years of U.S. Soccer History

    Graham Parker

    The U.S. Soccer Federation is 100 years old today. For a game with "no history" in this country, that's a lot of history. As a kid in England, taking my first tentative steps toward knowing my own local soccer history, I was fascinated by the team...

    Blog | April 05, 2013
  16. The Humbling of Stephon Marbury and the Limits of the Chinese Bas...

    Hua Hsu

    Order was restored in the Chinese pro basketball universe last night when the Guangdong Tigers finished their sweep of the Shandong Lions to claim their eighth Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) title. This was probably the most competitive game of...

    Blog | March 29, 2013