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Ten World Cup players you need to know

Scouting Report Jun, 8, 2014
 Posted by Alex Labidou
Jul, 3, 2014

Scouting America: Julian Green

United States forward Julian Green struck gold with his first ever touch in a World Cup game, a stunning volley to get the U.S. back in the game against Belgium.

It only took one touch to electrify an entire fan base.

Julian Green's remarkable World Cup debut -- which saw him score just seconds after entering the round of 16 clash versus Belgium -- has got United States fans excited about the future.

It was the type of goal that only the utmost confidence ca...

 Posted by Alex Labidou
Jun, 25, 2014

Scouting America: Johnson and Yedlin

Jurgen Klinsmann and Joachim Low are set to meet in the final match of Group G and have thrown any notion of settling for a tie out the window. A draw would see both the United States and Germany through to the round of 16.

Jurgen Klinsmann called up five right-backs in the team's preliminary 30-man World Cup roster, but in true Klinsmann fashion, the United States manager made a bold call after finalizing his official 23-man team.

Fabian Johnson, who had thrived for the Stars and Stripes on the left side of the field...

Jun, 15, 2014

Campbell soups up Costa Rica's hopes

ESPN FC analysts Alexi Lalas, Roberto Martinez, and Michael Ballack think that Costa Rica proved a lot of people wrong with their play.

It was a result that few had really given much thought to. Group D was supposed to be a three-way race between England, Italy and Uruguay for the two round-of-16 berths, yet with a 3-1 victory over the South Americans, Costa Rica showed that they have other ideas. Despite having fallen behind and sh...

 Posted by Chris Atkins
Jun, 11, 2014

Bernard fills Brazil's wild-card role

Brazil midfielder Ramires admits the host nation are under pressure as they bid to win their sixth FIFA World Cup

"I am a more mature, focused and calm Bernard," Brazil's diminutive forward told reporters on Monday, referring to his feelings upon returning to the national side for a second major tournament. It is a year since the youngster emerged into the wider public consciousness, starring for Atletico Min...

Jun, 8, 2014

Ten World Cup players you need to know

The Men in Blazers stopped by Sports Center to give their countdown of the top five youngsters going to Brazil.

World Cups were traditionally about discovering players and unearthing talent but it's not quite like that anymore. The global football village has shrunk thanks to the Web and multi-channel TV. Most clubs don't even bother scouting at the World Cup because, frankly, if you plan on identifying talen...

 Posted by Chris Atkins
May, 29, 2014

Liverpool Can do better

Liverpool target Emre Can challenges Wayne Rooney for the ball during the Champions League group stages.
Liverpool target Emre Can challenges Wayne Rooney for the ball during the Champions League group stages.
Name: Emre Can
Age: 20
Club: Bayer Leverkusen
Position: Central midfield/left-back
Nationality: German/Turkish

Over the past few days, it would appear that Liverpool's proposed move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can has come grinding to a halt. Available for a buyout clause of just 12 mi...