World Cup

19 November 5:15 pm

On this day in 1989, former LA Galaxy defender Paul Caligiuri scored one of the most famous goals in U.S. national team history with a spectacular volley against Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain. The goal helped the USA qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, their first finals in 40 years.

28 October 1:47 pm

The 2014 FIFA World Cup ended just a few months ago, but FIFA has already shifted gears for the next tournament in 2018 in Russia by unveiling the logo for the tournament. 

Check it out above.

10 October 10:19 am

Landon Donovan will take the field for a final time for the U.S. National Team on Friday in their match against Ecuador and as part of the celebration, ESPN has released a special never before seen Donovan-centric 'This is SportsCenter" commercial. 

In the video, Donovan shows off his funny side by playing a joke on SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt. 

Check it out below.

08 October 9:16 am

Landon Donovan will make his final appearance for the U.S. National Team on Friday during the national team's match against Ecuador, but before his final farewell, many are rushing to honor the greatest American soccer player ever. 

In the lead up to the match against Ecuador, U.S. Soccer created the following compliation video of Donovan's accomplishments with the USMNT which is narrated by the U.S. great as well as many others. Be sure to carve out some time before watching because the walk down memory lane is sure to be a fun and emotional one. 

Check it out above. 

12 August 7:25 am

Foot Locker has tried to make viral gold with their new "Short Memory" series featuring NBA star James Harden and in their latest episode, they feature LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan. 

In the video, Donovan doesn't remember the fact that he was omitted from the U.S. National Team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and repeatedly refers to himself as the team's captain. It's worth mentioning that Donovan has never been the captain for the USMNT over a prolonged period of time. 

29 July 11:44 am

SEATTLE— It was the moment that left U.S. National Team fans aghast.

In the third minute of first half stoppage time of the LA Galaxy’s 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC, a scuffle ensued between LA’s Omar Gonzalez and Seattle’s Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin.

 The sequence began when Yedlin went up for a header with A.J. DeLaGarza and appeared to launch an elbow at the Galaxy center back. Gonzalez spotted hard challenge and promptly pushed Yedlin to the pitch with Demspey descending upon his USMNT teammate moments later for a heated exchange.  For his role in the tussle, only Omar Gonzalez earned a caution from as tempers remained high between both sides throughout the rest of the Galaxy’s road win.

The altercation between the two teams led to plenty of attention during the game, but after the match it was hardly mentioned as only Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan addressed the in-game tension.

“It’s enjoyable. It’s competitive, and our team wasn’t going to back down and we don’t want guys to back down. We don’t want to be stupid, but we want to be competitive and Seattle is the same way,” Donovan said. “Sigi [Schmid] is an excellent coach and he always has them ready to go. All that stuff happens after the game. You shake hands and you move on, but it was a good game, it was a competitive game, but a clean game.”

15 July 11:40 am

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is over, but before we turn the page to the tournament in Russia in four years, take a gander at this stunning animation by Richard Swarbrick.

The short film by the British artist and filmmaker recaps the entire month-long tournament in less than two minutes and is a must see. 

14 July 9:46 am

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has finally concluded, but as the old saying goes: we’ll always have the memories of a thrilling month of action in Brazil.

On Sunday night, I nominated my two breakout stars of the tournament on Twitter, but ESPN FC went into greater depths to offer the best moments of the month-long tournament in this stunning montage.  

Just an FYI: the video may not be available abroad, but if you click this link then you should be able to see the clip.

10 July 5:43 pm

There are just two games left in the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the action culminating on Sunday with the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. 

Ahead of the World Cup final and the third place game between Brazil and The Netherlands, check out ESPN FC's video of all the 167 goals scored in the tournament.  If just five goals are scored in the last two games, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will set a tournament record for most goals scored. 

Just an FYI: the video may not be available abroad, but if you click this link then you should be able to see the clip.

10 July 1:32 pm

It was 15 years ago today that the United States last became World Cup champions when the U.S. Women's team defeated China in an epic penalty kick shootout in front of more than 90,000 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.

Over the course of 120 minutes, the match was more akin to one played on a chess board which both sides having limited chances. The match then went to penalties where goalkeeper Brianna Scurry made a clutch save in the third round that put the Americans ahead, setting the table for Brandi Chastain who buried her attempt in the fifth round to send the U.S. into bedlam. The iconic image of Chastain pulling off her shirt and revealing her sports bra would become an iconic American sports image. 

The Galaxy will face Manchester United at the very same historic Rose Bowl Stadium on July 23.

Being a life-long resident of the San Gabriel Valley, I remember watching the match at age 12 from a nearby Mexican restaurant when Chastain buried her penalty, you could clearly hear the roar of the Rose Bowl crowd in the distance. 

Where were you when Chastain buried her historic penalty kick?

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