1. NFL Preseason Headlines Making Us Wish Real Football Would Get Here Already

    It was five o'clock in the morning on a Tuesday in July, so I did what millions of Americans do when they roll out of bed in the summer—I went searching for a football fix...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 day ago 67,120 reads 247 comments

  2. NBA's In-Season Tournament Idea Is So Good, Other Leagues Should Try It Too

    Adam Silver sure knows how to win an offseason. From the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling situation to the insane World Cup-rivaling frenzy surrounding NBA free agency, to ...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 7 days ago 86,024 reads 291 comments

  3. After Historic FIFA World Cup, Now Is the Time to Redefine American Soccer

    Was this the best World Cup ever? If you ask American soccer fans, it might have been. Without question, we witnessed the most exciting group stage in recent memory, topped by some amazing late-game dramatics in each of the knockout rounds...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 10 days ago 61,914 reads 407 comments

  4. Epic Germany-Brazil Blowout Will Never Be Matched Again, in Any Sport

    It's our dream, as writers, to chronicle history. Whenever a big event rolls around, those of us who have the privilege to cover such things get excited for what's to come...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 15 days ago 182,297 reads 719 comments

  5. Spotlight on Johnny Manziel Gets Brighter, and He Doesn't Seem to Care

    Johnny Manziel had his photo taken in a bathroom . He had a $20 bill in his hand. It was being rolled. Now the world is coming to an end. This is the life of any NFL celebrity...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 16 days ago 709,719 reads 763 comments

  6. World Cup 2014: The Art of the Penalty Kick Has Changed for the Better, or Worse

    For decades, teams have been playing extra time in major competitions like the World Cup in preparation for—one might say in hopes of—the match ending in penalty kicks...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 17 days ago 54,009 reads 181 comments

  7. There Are Plenty of Reasons for US Soccer Fans to Continue Watching World Cup

    The United States is out of the World Cup, but that doesn't mean the tournament is over. In fact, with eight teams remaining in the biggest global sporting event on the planet, it almost feels like the real World Cup is just beginning...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 22 days ago 70,025 reads 339 comments

  8. US Soccer Is Out of the World Cup and It Hurts, But It's Supposed to Hurt

    It hurts. The United States is out of the World Cup in the round of 16 yet again, and it just…hurts. My rocket-pop-clad seven-year-old cried when the final whistle blew...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 22 days ago 97,894 reads 617 comments

  9. For US Soccer to Knock out Belgium in World Cup, Tim Howard Has to Be Perfect

    For a goalkeeper, the World Cup knockout stage can be very simple. Stop every shot. Make every save. Win every match. For American keeper Tim Howard , advancing past Belgium in the round of 16 starts—well, stops—with him...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 23 days ago 29,278 reads 43 comments

  10. After Surviving World Cup Group of Death, the Sky Is the Limit for US Soccer

    In his first press conference after landing in Brazil, Jurgen Klinsmann refused to walk back his then-infamous comments about the United States having no chance to win the World Cup, ...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 27 days ago 103,622 reads 657 comments

  11. Win, Lose or Draw vs. Germany, Jurgen Klinsmann Has Proven His World Cup Worth

    The day before the World Cup began, I was asked a question during a radio interview about U.S. national team manager and technical director Jurgen Klinsmann ...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 29 days ago 36,136 reads 124 comments

  12. World Cup Ratings Show America Loves Big Events...And Yes, Soccer Too

    The ratings for the United States World Cup draw with Portugal were announced Monday with record-setting numbers. ESPN boasted that 18...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 30 days ago 45,269 reads 384 comments

  13. USA and Germany Both Advance with World Cup Draw, so Let the Conspiracy Begin

    "Hello, is Jogi there? It's Jurgen . I'd like to see if he wants to go to the park to kick the ball around for a bit...about 90 minutes or so. Tell him there's no need to bring a goal...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 97,101 reads 219 comments

  14. U.S. Soccer Shocked as Great World Cup Win Becomes Sickening Draw

    "Sickening." That's how Taylor Twellman and Ian Darke of ESPN described how the United States had three points ripped away in the fifth minute of stoppage time by Portugal ...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 111,808 reads 645 comments

  15. World Cup 2014: Plenty of Reasons for US Optimism Ahead of Portugal Game

    It can be easy to put too much pressure on any U.S. soccer team during international competitions, but this particular team at this particular time in the history of the sport in ...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 110,113 reads 508 comments

  16. US World Cup Attack May Be Trick to Stopping Portugal Star Cristiano Ronaldo

    "Ronaldo plus 10." That's the common knock on the Portuguese side in major competitions, and it's part of the reason why the country that boasts the best player on the planet over ...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 92,612 reads 276 comments

  17. US Soccer World Cup Victory over Ghana Was a Test of Survival in Group of Death

    In the closing moments of the thrilling, heart-pumping and gut-wrenching 2-1 victory over Ghana, Ian Darke of ESPN put the performance of the United States ever-so eloquently...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 155,240 reads 446 comments

  18. If You Missed the World Cup's First Weekend, You Missed a Lot

    For the diehards around the world, there is nothing better than the start of a World Cup. Four years of work, dedication, political wrangling and hastily constructed stadia are finally being put to use on the field in Brazil...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 21,287 reads 48 comments

  19. U.S. Soccer's Perceived Lack of World Cup Experience Should Not Factor vs. Ghana

    When asked about the inexperience of the U.S. men's national soccer team and how it could be the defining story of the 2014 World Cup for his side, Tim Howard tried to spin it into a positive...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 66,982 reads 175 comments

  20. Klinsmann Is Right: US Soccer Can't Win World Cup, and It's OK to Agree

    If you've watched a U.S. men's national team soccer match over the last dozen or so years, you surely know the popular refrain coming from the loyal travelers in the stands of every game around the world...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 59,913 reads 216 comments

  21. US Soccer, World Cup Dreams and Redefining the American Soccer Fan

    "Dad, why don't you wear your U.S. soccer shirt to the game this weekend," my seven-year-old soccer-playing daughter asked as I prepared to cover the United States men's national team in a warm-up match for the 2014 World Cup...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 53,051 reads 304 comments

  22. ESPN Hopes to Make Its Final World Cup a Memorable One in Brazil

    When Taylor Twellman heard how many ties Bob Ley was bringing to Brazil, he laughed. "Bob says 12 ties?" Twellman asked me while packing for Brazil to cover the 2014 FIFA World Cup...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 34,756 reads 56 comments

  23. World Cup 2014: The 5 Stars Who Must Shine Brightest for U.S. to Advance

    This is a simple concept—perhaps too simple given the stakes—but for the U.S. soccer team to have any chance to succeed in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, the best players are going to have play like they are the best players...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 52,561 reads 130 comments

  24. Michael Wilbon, Not Jurgen Klinsmann, Should Get out After His Nonsensical Rant

    Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser are two of the most important cogs in the vast ESPN machine. If it weren't for the success of Pardon the Interruption —ESPN's signature ...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 139,056 reads 677 comments

  25. Will California Chrome Winning the Triple Crown Help or Hurt Horse Racing?

    California Chrome is the latest in a storied line of thoroughbreds to enter the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the Triple Crown...

    Dan Levy Written by Dan Levy about 1 month ago 46,464 reads 100 comments