World Cup

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Pittsburgh native Meghan Klingenberg played all 630 minutes of the World Cup Tourney in Canada this summer helping to lead the U.S. to its third Women’s World Cup championship in seven years. 

“I’m not sure there are really worlds to describe what winning a World Cup feels like,” said Klingenberg while on 90.5 WESA’s Essential Pittsburgh.  “I was just in awe of what we had accomplished because of how many years we had put into training.”

On the heals of that amazing finish Klingenberg and much of the rest of the championship team hit the road for a series of “friendly” matches with the Costa Rican team in cities across the United states including one in Pittsburgh.

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Rugby is an intense sport in which players team up to tackle a ball-carrier. It is similar to football, except play is constantly ongoing and players wear very little padding.

Like football, rugby necessitates doctors to be on hand during matches in case of injury, according to Sam Akhavan, who will be traveling to England next month for the Rugby World Cup as a team physician for the U.S. National Rugby Team.

Soccer fans have gathered in Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh this afternoon to watch the U.S. face off with the team from Belgium. Here's some of what we're seeing on social media:

U.S. Soccer's Greatest Upset

Jun 25, 2014
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On Thursday, the U.S. World Cup soccer team can advance to the round of 16 with either a win or tie against Germany. The United States has surpassed expectations; few thought they would escape the so-called “Group of Death” that also included Ghana and Portugal. As stacked as the odds have been against the United States in 2014, it is nothing compared to the odds faced by the U.S. team when Brazil last hosted the World Cup in 1950.

The U.S. team that year consisted entirely of semi-pro players who often held additional jobs- one player missed the tournament because he could not take time off of work. In their second game, they faced England, who were widely considered to be the world’s best team. But when the final whistle blew on June 29, 1950, it was the U.S. who had won, 1-0.

The Business of Soccer

Jun 24, 2014
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Arguably the biggest sporting event in the world is currently taking place down in Brazil. The World Cup draws big numbers of television viewers across the planet, making it a great opportunity for companies looking to get their brand in front of a global market. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of soccer.

“It’s a widely viewed sport. It has a cumulative audience, in the 2006 figures that we looked at, 26 billion people watched it over a course of a month, with an estimated 715 million people watching the final match, which is 1/9 of the entire world’s population. When we talk about those numbers, automatically that translates into television advertising, sports apparel sponsorship, infrastructure building in the host country, think about what's been built in Brazil alone, it’s just remarkable. So this really is big business.”

Is It Finally Soccer's Time in the Steel City?

Jun 23, 2014
Christopher Squier / 90.5 WESA

In case you haven’t heard, there is a rather large soccer tournament playing in Brazil that happens once every four years called the World Cup. And unlike baseball’s World Series: every country in the world is eligible to play, after making it through the qualifying rounds.

This year the United States has a good chance of advancing past the “Group of Death” and into the round of 16. Their actual odds are disputed among sites such as Bloomberg, World Soccer Talk and CBSDC. All three give the US team at least a 60 percent chance of advancing.