Headline News: World Cup & Open Cup

The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to take on Ghana tonight at 6 p.m., and supporters of the red, white, and blue remain optimistic despite marching towards an uphill battle in the ‘Group of Death.’ This past weekend, the Boston Globe featured articles by Kevin Paul Dupont and Bob Ryan focusing on the current state of American soccer on a national and local level.

Dupont’s piece reflects on his summer spent covering Boston Astros of the American Soccer League in 1973, and the future of professional soccer in New England.

For years people have wondered why the United States is capable of producing world class athletes in every sport besides soccer. Ryan’s article takes a look at the structure of the USMNT, which features seven dual-citizens and explores the lack of interest in soccer, even as the sport has gained popularity in recent years.

One defender on the U.S. roster knows the Foxborough area better than most. Geoff Cameron of the English Premier League’s Stoke City hails from Attleborough, Mass., and is set to make his World Cup debut tonight. Check out John Powers’ piece in the Boston Globe detailing Cameron’s rise to prominence on soccer’s biggest stage.

Major League Soccer may be on a two-week hiatus while the World Cup rages on, but the Revolution squad is far from stagnant back in Foxborough. Brian O’Connell of ESPN Boston takes a quick look what the Revs have been up to as the team gears up for Wednesday’s Open Cup action against the Richmond Kickers in Virginia. O’Connell also catches up with Revolution forward Charlie Davies on his season outlook as he returns from a recent calf injury.