August 17, 2016 |
Plenty of Olympic veterans from the Philadelphia area are in Rio for the 2016 games - basketball coaches Dawn Staley and Geno Auriemma and soccer star Carli Lloyd, to name a few. But one longtime local Olympics player is missing in action this year. After catering 16 Olympic Games since 1968, Aramark is sitting on the sidelines, not because it had to, but because it didn't bid for the huge and important job of feeding the athletes in the Olympic Village. "It was a business decision," company spokeswoman Karen Cutler said, declining to explain further.
April 17, 2016 |
It was one of Mayor Kenney's first ideas in office: Bring people together with a large-scale soccer competition - a Philadelphia World Cup. "Probably Day Two of my job, I was told to organize a soccer tournament with 32 teams," said Miriam Enriquez, director of the city's Office for Immigrant Affairs. "He [Kenney] wanted it to be just like the World Cup. " More details emerged Friday about Kenney's soccer tournament, dubbed the Philadelphia International Unity Cup. The competition will include 32 teams, each representing a country, and will start in September.
July 8, 2015 |
A "BEAST," that's what just about every player on the United States women's soccer team called Delran, N.J., native Carli Lloyd after a 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday in the final of the 2015 FIFA World Cup. Considering what "beast" means in the realm of competitive athletics, there was no better description for the way Lloyd, the United States captain, played during this ultimate game in women's soccer - well, maybe, "possessed. " I wonder whether people fully appreciate what Lloyd did in those magical 16 minutes that decided a world championship before many of the 53,000-plus fans in BC Place in Vancouver had comfortably settled in their seats.
July 3, 2014 |
CHILE'S GONZALO JARA took the slow, long 45-yard walk from the midfield line on the pitch to the penalty area all alone on Saturday. Thousands of Brazilians screamed for him to fail. The hopes of his team, and his country, rested on his right foot. When his shot on Julio Cesar sailed just a few inches more than he would have liked and bounced off the right post, the stadium erupted with joy, and Chile's World Cup dreams were broken. Last weekend highlighted the first games of the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which featured two games decided by penalty kicks.
June 24, 2014 |
THERE ARE two realities to contemplate after the United States' tension-packed, 2-2 draw with Portugal yesterday in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The first is that Team USA was seconds away from an historic World Cup victory when one of the best players in the world made a play that only best players in the world can make. The service that Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo delivered on the last-gasp header by Silvestre Varela was a masterful moment of brilliance. The glass-half-empty view is that the Americans blew the opportunity to clinch a spot in the round of 16 and now must get some kind of positive result in their final Group G match against Germany on Thursday or risk not advancing at all. But then there is the other reality - the one that has the glass half-full and acknowledges that the U.S. team is in exactly the position it had hoped it would be going into that final match with Germany.
June 17, 2014 |
FINALLY, the talk no longer matters. There have been a lot of dramatic changes in United States soccer since the national team last played a game in the FIFA World Cup in 2010, sparking many discussions about the ever-evolving state of the game in this country and which decisions have been right and wrong in the movement forward. But that all falls to the back burner later this afternoon as the USA takes to the pitch to play Ghana in its opening match of the 2014 World Cup. Actions speak louder than words, and USA manager Jürgen Klinsmann and his 22 charges get to make the loudest statement about where they actually are and what they might be capable of accomplishing during this next month in Brazil.
May 28, 2014 |
The racks and shelves at By Brazil, a shop tucked onto Castor Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, overflow with yellow-and-green hats, horns, flags, stickers, and soccer jerseys. But roughly three weeks from the opening game of the FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil, owner Lindolfo Neto was glum. "How are we going to spend millions building stadiums, and our people don't have hospitals or schools?" he asked. "I'm not excited for the World Cup in Brazil. " What should be a time of passion and excitement for Brazilians in the Philadelphia area has been tempered, they say, by the civil unrest in their homeland over the billions of taxpayer dollars being spent on the most expensive World Cup in history.
May 23, 2014 |
UNION MIDFIELDER Maurice Edu, a member of the U.S. men's national soccer team that played in South Africa in 2010, was left off the final 23-man roster for this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced the roster yesterday, the absence of Landon Donovan coming as the biggest surprise. Donovan, 32, is the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the U.S. national team. Edu, one of 30 players who had been in World Cup training camp in Palo Alto, Calif., will rejoin the Union and be available to play in Sunday night's road match against the LA Galaxy, according to the club.
March 28, 2014 |
UNION MIDFIELDER Maurice Edu was one of 22 players included on the U.S. men's national team roster for next Wednesday's friendly match against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Set to start at 11 p.m. local time, the game will be broadcast live on ESPN. Edu, in his first season with Philadelphia (1-1-1), will still play in the Union's game against the Montreal Impact on Saturday at 4 p.m. at PPL Park. He will leave Sunday to join the national team and rejoin the Union after the friendly.
June 14, 2013
WHILE HOLLYWOOD has hardly lost its passion for 3-D productions, ESPN has. At year's end, the sports-TV giant will pull the plug on its high-definition ESPN 3D channel, launched in June 2010 with the FIFA World Cup and heavy up since then with stereoscopic showings of college basketball and football games and extreme sports meets. ESPN is investing in Ultra High Definition TV, boasting four times the pixel resolution of today's HDTV. UHD-TV also is more adept at presenting "auto-stereoscopic" (glasses-free)