In a few short months, the World Cup (of soccer, not poker) will begin in Brazil. Fans of the beautiful game, of beautiful women and of Brazilian kickboxing will venture forth into the wild, making the trip to South America’s largest nation to catch one of the biggest sporting spectacles on the planet.
“Haley, you changed your number!” my brother said to me after one of my games this past season. “No, Tyler,” I responded. “I have been 23 since freshman year.” It wasn’t that Tyler hadn’t ever come to one of my games—he was familiar with Stanford soccer. He had just never actually seen me play. My…
On Sunday, June 30, the San Jose Earthquakes welcomed the Los Angeles Galaxy to Stanford Stadium in another California Clásico rivalry game. A year ago I was lucky enough to watch the same contest from the media box high above the field. The stadium looked packed, you could even hear the cheering throughout from the heavens, and the Quakes edged an eventful 4-3 contest to seal a home win. I had never seen Stanford Stadium that full or that loud; I was impressed.
It will takes time to build something that will last. The U.S. soccer team’s win over a German B team last Sunday wasn’t enough to make up for it’s loss to Belgium four days earlier, and the national team continues to tread water. While fans demand short-term success, it is a long-term vision that is really needed.
If he is introducing innovations to the American game that will resonate throughout the entire youth system, we probably won’t be able to tell the difference for at least a decade, probably more.
The arrival of a Starbucks in Tresidder Union eliminated a lounge area and has Tom Taylor wondering where he will go to watch soccer with his friends, as well as why Stanford is selling out on its students.
The No. 3 Stanford women’s soccer team opened Pac-12 play with a 3-0 victory over Arizona State on Sunday, extending its shutout streak to 503 minutes, 19 seconds in the process. After a scoreless first half, the Cardinal scored a flurry of goals to put the Sun Devils away and increase the team’s home unbeaten streak to 59.
Is Spain the new Germany? Is Germany the new Spain? When Germany played the Netherlands back at the start of Euro 2012, a Germany-supporting friend asked why I refused to cheer for his team, especially since I don’t have any Dutch friends. The answer isn’t any lasting prejudice against Germans over the two major wars fought against them last century. We Europeans have spent millennia fighting each other, so it’s hard to hold something as insignificant as a couple of wars against them.
There is a lot to get worked up about in the world of sports, from the highs of great games and championship finals to the lows of cheating and corruption, but we shouldn’t be fighting each other tooth and nail in some sort of xenophobic defense of our national pastimes.