SOCCER - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SOCCER News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Sports briefs: 6 soccer players refuse to return to Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58207962-77/players-return-sterling-soccer.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58207962-77/players-return-sterling-soccer.html.csp">Sports briefs: 6 soccer players refuse to return to Ukraine</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T17:36:25.578-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 05:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Soccer • Shakhtar Donetsk’s owner says six players have refused to return to Ukraine for the new season as conflict rages around the club’s home city. Five Brazilians and one Argentine player remained in France following a friendly on Saturday. In a statement on the club’s website, owner Rinat Akhmetov warned the players that “they will suffer” if they do not return, because their actions could activate compensation clauses forcing them to pay “tens of millions of euros” to Shakhtar. Witness...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58207962@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:36:25 MDT Real Salt Lake: Vancouver is built to be reckoned with http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58192575-77/vancouver-whitecaps-club-mls.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58192575-77/vancouver-whitecaps-club-mls.html.csp">Real Salt Lake: Vancouver is built to be reckoned with</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Christopher Kamrani</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T22:57:17.329-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 10:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sandy • The drums pounded and the smoke bombs erupted inside CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle Sunday night as they typically do. Major League Soccer was at the forefront hours after the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil as arguably the league’s most-fueled rivalry, Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, took center stage on the ESPN network. Soccer continues to brew in the Pacific Northwest, a stronghold of the sport in this country. But north of the border in British Columbia, the Vancouver W...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58192575@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:57:17 MDT World Cup in Brazil was all about possibility, not probability http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsworldcup/58183920-233/cup-brazil-germany-soccer.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsworldcup/58183920-233/cup-brazil-germany-soccer.html.csp">World Cup in Brazil was all about possibility, not probability</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T17:05:00.622-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 05:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">&lt;freeform&gt; Now I can get back to work. Now we can all get back to work. It’s over. Those hypothetical, unrealistic scenario-filled moments caused in our brains throughout the last four years can be put down. At least momentarily. We need a break. There’s a reason why the World Cup occurs every four years. It’s draining and addicting; you hold out the hope that something spectacular or disastrous could happen whilst glued. Or both. &lt;b&gt;Mario Gotze&lt;/b&gt; provided a pinch of former...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58183920@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:05:00 MDT Scott D. Pierce: He plays soccer, he’s a spy. ‘Matador’ is nuts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58172385-223/soccer-matador-orci-spy.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58172385-223/soccer-matador-orci-spy.html.csp">Scott D. Pierce: He plays soccer, he’s a spy. ‘Matador’ is nuts</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Scott D. Pierce</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T08:47:31.144-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 08:47AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Matador” is bat guano crazy. The premise of this new series (Tuesday, 7, 8 and 10 p.m., El Rey) is laughable. A guy named Tony Bravo (Gabriel Luna) is … well, let’s let executive producer/co-creator Robert Orci (“Star Trek,” “Transformers,” “Sleepy Hollow”) describe the idea “that was kicking around for years” and finally found fertile ground with Robert Rodriguez and his fledgling El Rey channel. “Suddenly, it was a natural thing for me to say, ‘What about this idea? Soccer player by day, spy...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58172385@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:47:31 MDT The World Cup’s big winner? Merchandise http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58179348-79/cup-soccer-game-nike.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58179348-79/cup-soccer-game-nike.html.csp">The World Cup’s big winner? Merchandise</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANNE M. PETERSON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-13T09:44:01.904-06:00">Updated Jul 13, 2014 09:44AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Portland, Ore. • Wondering how to drive it like Dempsey, move it like Messi or rip it like Ronaldo? There’s an app for that. As Argentina and Germany prepare for Sunday’s World Cup final, companies that produce soccer-related merchandise are already winning. The once-every-four-years consumer frenzy, dubbed by some as the “World Cup Effect,” drives the sale of everything from the traditional jerseys and cleats to unusual items such as team-endorsed windshield wiper fluid to Versace T-shirts and,...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581793482014-07-13T09:44:01.904-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-13T09:44:01.904-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58179348@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:44:01 MDT Kragthorpe: Germany will win, capping great World Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58176785-77/germany-cup-team-soccer.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58176785-77/germany-cup-team-soccer.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Germany will win, capping great World Cup</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-12T23:48:42.276-06:00">Updated Jul 12, 2014 11:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Germany’s offensive performance was so overwhelming in the semifinals that even some fans of the winning team were embarrassed by the score. Argentina’s defense delivered another shutout, leading to a victory via penalty kicks. After more than a month in Brazil, a highly entertaining World Cup will conclude Sunday with one of those classic matchups that fans of any traditional sport can appreciate. Offense vs. Defense. This is good stuff. Mix in Argentina’s Lionel Messi, the world’s best player...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58176785@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:48:42 MDT World Cup: Latin Americans reluctantly rally behind Argentina http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58173761-77/argentina-latin-soccer-brazil.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58173761-77/argentina-latin-soccer-brazil.html.csp">World Cup: Latin Americans reluctantly rally behind Argentina</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSHUA GOODMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T23:17:54.371-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 11:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Bogota, Colombia • With a reputation for arrogance and illusions of European-styled grandeur, Argentines have long been the objects of scorn and the butt of jokes across Latin America But for at least 90 minutes on Sunday, when Argentina takes on Germany in the World Cup final, most Latin Americans will put aside their irritation with their proud neighbors as they look to Lionel Messi and his teammates to salvage what’s left of the region’s soccer pride. A defeat for Argentina would be historic:...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581737612014-07-11T23:17:54.371-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-11T23:17:54.371-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58173761@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:17:54 MDT Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58169835-77/robots-robocup-size-soccer.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58169835-77/robots-robocup-size-soccer.html.csp">Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KATHY MATHESON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T15:47:02.267-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 03:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Philadelphia • When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month’s international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years. “It’s hard to predict what will happen in 2050, but we are on the right path,” said event co-founder Manuela Veloso, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon Univers...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581698352014-07-11T15:47:02.267-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-11T15:47:02.267-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58169835@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:47:02 MDT Argentina victory hands Adidas World Cup win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58170542-79/adidas-cup-argentina-germany.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58170542-79/adidas-cup-argentina-germany.html.csp">Argentina victory hands Adidas World Cup win</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Aaron Ricadela</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg News</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T17:03:30.14-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 05:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Frankfurt, Germany • Argentina’s World Cup victory over the Netherlands Wednesday puts the South American team one step away from soccer’s ultimate prize. For its uniform supplier, the championship has already been won, whatever the outcome of Sunday’s final in Rio de Janeiro. Argentina, sponsored by Adidas, triumphed on penalty kicks in Sao Paulo to eliminate a Dutch side outfitted by Nike of the United States. In the final, it will face fellow Adidas-backed team Germany, which defeated Nike-su...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58170542@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:03:30 MDT Brazil tries to come to grips with big World Cup loss http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58164770-77/brazil-cup-rio-fans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58164770-77/brazil-cup-rio-fans.html.csp">Brazil tries to come to grips with big World Cup loss</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated PRess</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T23:28:15.345-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 11:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Rio de Janeiro • Catastrophic. Suffering. A Historic Humiliation. Those were just some of the apocalyptic headlines Brazilian newspapers used online to describe the national soccer team’s stunning 7-1 drubbing by Germany in a World Cup semifinal match Tuesday. Tears smudged the faces of children painted in Brazil canary and green colors. Brazil coach Felipe Scolari buried his face in his hands. Fans at watch parties across the country wailed in anguish. In the hours after the shellacking seen by...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58164770@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:28:15 MDT Wednesday’s TV/radio sports programming http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58162380-77/espn-featherweights-france-junior.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58162380-77/espn-featherweights-france-junior.html.csp">Wednesday’s TV/radio sports programming</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T17:36:27.698-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 05:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Television Boxing • Junior featherweights, Diego De La Hoya (5-0-0) vs. Miguel Tamayo (14-8-2); featherweights, Joseph Diaz Jr. (11-0-0) vs. Ramiro Robles (11-1-1); junior middleweights, Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2) vs. Ed Paredes (35-3-1), 8 p.m., Fox Sports 1 Cycling • Tour de France, stage 5, Ypres, Belgium to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, France, 5:30 a.m., NBCSN MLB • Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 5 p.m., WGN • Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 6 p.m., ESPN Soccer • World Cup semifinals, Netherlands vs. Argent...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58162380@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:36:27 MDT Tuesday on TV: Soccer is back — and it's Brazil vs. Germany http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/tv/58161016-63/abc-brazil-games-pbs.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/tv/58161016-63/abc-brazil-games-pbs.html.csp">Tuesday on TV: Soccer is back — and it's Brazil vs. Germany</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T10:12:01.918-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 10:12AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Soccer fans have been going through a bit of withdrawl. After becoming accustomed to multiple World Cup games every day, once we hit the quarterfinals there were days when there were no games at all.But we get another soccer fix today with the first of the semifinals — Brazil vs. Germany (2 p.m., ESPN). It's a huge game, and you've got to wonder how Brazil will do without the injured Neymar.Elsewhere on TV ...Extreme Weight Loss (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A 413-pound chef tries to lose weight.America'...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58161016@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:12:01 MDT Kyle Goon: World Cup result shows how far U.S. still must go http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58151967-77/americans-cup-soccer-game.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58151967-77/americans-cup-soccer-game.html.csp">Kyle Goon: World Cup result shows how far U.S. still must go</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kyle Goon</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-05T23:15:29.526-06:00">Updated Jul 5, 2014 11:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The minute the final whistle blew, signaling the end of the World Cup for the U.S. Men’s National Team, soccer fans in the United States wearily exhaled. The thought that seemed to be on a lot of people’s minds: “We gave it a good shot.” International soccer has always been an uphill battle for Americans, against a variety of factors. Finishing among the top 16, in one context, is a great accomplishment on the beautiful game’s biggest stage. The 2014 edition of the USMNT offered plenty of memor...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58151967@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:15:29 MDT Utah played soccer before Brazil http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58134674-77/utah-soccer-team-lake.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58134674-77/utah-soccer-team-lake.html.csp">Utah played soccer before Brazil</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TOM WHARTON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-04T23:21:50.811-06:00">Updated Jul 4, 2014 11:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In the midst of World Cup fever, youth teams desperately trying to find a field where they can play and Real Salt Lake regularly selling out its stadium, soccer hardly seems an exotic foreign game these days. Perhaps it never was. Utah historian and longtime University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections researcher Roy Webb found that while historians have long ignored the sport in Utah, the game has been played here since late in the 19th century. “I found a curious thing as I started...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58134674@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:21:50 MDT Colombians recall ’94 murder of soccer player http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58144704-77/colombia-escobar-andres-crime.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58144704-77/colombia-escobar-andres-crime.html.csp">Colombians recall ’94 murder of soccer player</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-02T22:27:06.123-06:00">Updated Jul 2, 2014 10:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Bogota, Colombia • The murder 20 years ago Wednesday of a Colombian soccer player who had accidentally scored for the other side, helping eliminate his team from the World Cup, stands in stark contrast to the national squad’s celebrated success this time around. It also highlights how Colombia has changed. Colombia entered the 1994 World Cup among the favorites, led by star playmaker Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama and forward Faustino Asprilla. Then the unthinkable began to happen. The squad lost 3...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581447042014-07-02T22:27:06.123-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-02T22:27:06.123-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58144704@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:27:06 MDT World Cup fans brave heat for U.S.-Belgium game watches http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58138318-77/game-fans-soccer-watch.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58138318-77/game-fans-soccer-watch.html.csp">World Cup fans brave heat for U.S.-Belgium game watches</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-02T17:19:05.554-06:00">Updated Jul 2, 2014 05:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">His right cheek painted with an American flag, Jon Watson sat sweating in the Texas heat. He didn’t mind the searing sun, the 90-plus degree temperatures or the lack of a breeze in Austin. He was here for a party with thousands of other American soccer fans set to watch the U.S. play Belgium in the World Cup, with the winner set to move on the quarterfinals of the biggest sporting event in the world. (After overtime, Belgium won 2-1.) “And I’m not even a soccer fan. I’m a tennis guy. I should be...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581383182014-07-02T17:19:05.554-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-02T17:19:05.554-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58138318@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:19:05 MDT Pac-12: Three Skyline grads among 24 honorees http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58133997-89/soccer-cross-field-football.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58133997-89/soccer-cross-field-football.html.csp">Pac-12: Three Skyline grads among 24 honorees</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T14:34:02.598-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 02:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Pac-12 Networks will showcase an outstanding male and female senior student-athlete from each school in a special program Tuesday at 8 p.m. MDT. The 24 Tom Hansen Conference Medal Winners come from a cross-section of sports and include three athletes from Skyline High School - Colorado runner Shalaya Kipp, Utah gymnast Mary Beth Lofgren and Utah tennis player Ben Tasevac.Here's the rest of the list:Arizona - Lawi Lalang, cross country/track and field; Margo Geer, swimming and diving.Arizona...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58133997@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:34:02 MDT Kragthorpe: Kyle Beckerman’s a World Cup discovery, on and off field http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58132229-77/beckerman-cup-kragthorpe-kyle.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58132229-77/beckerman-cup-kragthorpe-kyle.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Kyle Beckerman’s a World Cup discovery, on and off field</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T22:39:07.09-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 10:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The world suddenly is discovering Kyle Beckerman. After all these years in Major League Soccer, the Real Salt Lake midfielder is a phenomenon of the World Cup, receiving all kinds of attention from fans and a wide swath of the media. “It’s good to see him getting recognition,” said longtime RSL teammate Nick Rimando. Some of it even has to do with soccer. Beckerman will be featured again as a starting midfielder Tuesday, when the U.S. Men’s National Team faces Belgium in the World Cup’s round ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58132229@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:39:07 MDT Study: Utah has 7th most USMNT fans in America http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58129489-77/fans-lake-salt-usmnt.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58129489-77/fans-lake-salt-usmnt.html.csp">Study: Utah has 7th most USMNT fans in America</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brennan Smith</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-29T23:04:19.153-06:00">Updated Jun 29, 2014 11:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">If you want to find a fan of the U.S. Men’s National Team, look westward, and closely, at Utah. Salt Lake City has the seventh highest concentration of USMNT fans in the country, according to a study by customer management company Gigya. The study, determined by the amount of “likes” from each state on the U.S. Soccer Facebook page, found that four of the top 10 cities for U.S. Soccer fanhood are on the west coast. Salt Lake was preceded by Seattle, Portland, New York City, Houston, Columbus a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58129489@www.sltrib.com Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:04:19 MDT Rising levels of support buoy U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58130441-77/cup-support-american-game.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58130441-77/cup-support-american-game.html.csp">Rising levels of support buoy U.S.</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ronald Blum</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-29T23:05:02.929-06:00">Updated Jun 29, 2014 11:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sao Paulo • The last time the U.S. played in a World Cup in Brazil, just one American reporter was on hand, using vacation time and paying his own way. Sixty-four years later, about 100 credentialed U.S. media members are covering the tournament — and that doesn’t even include staffers from the networks broadcasting the games. Back home, millions of people are watching on giant screens or office computers, at bars and public gatherings. In their protected Brazilian bubble, U.S. players find out ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581304412014-06-29T23:05:02.929-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-29T23:05:02.929-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58130441@www.sltrib.com Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:05:02 MDT