Russell Lewis http://wvxu.org en The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal http://wvxu.org/post/one-american-field-todays-world-cup-semifinal The United States will have a presence at today's semifinal World Cup match between Brazil and Germany. It won't be the U.S. National Team on the field, but American referee Mark Geiger. FIFA selected Geiger to be on the officiating crew of the high-stakes match. It's the first time a U.S. referee has been used this late in a World Cup.<p>Earlier, Geiger made history when he officiated the knockout game between France and Nigeria on June 30. Before that, American referees had never been used beyond group play of the World Cup. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 28925 at http://wvxu.org The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle http://wvxu.org/post/us-vs-portugal-now-moment-show-american-mettle The World Cup round of 16 in Brazil is taking shape.<p>Already in: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Netherlands. The big question: Will the United States join that distinguished list today?<p>The U.S. soccer team has a tough matchup against Portugal. Win, and the Americans are in. Lose or tie, and the road gets a lot tougher with next Thursday's game against Germany.<p>The U.S. is playing in the so-called "Group of Death" paired with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Germany is No. 2 in the world. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:27:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 28302 at http://wvxu.org U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle With Win Over Ghana, U.S. Is Off On The Right Foot In Brazil http://wvxu.org/post/win-over-ghana-us-right-foot-brazil On Monday night, the U.S. soccer team accomplished a feat it failed to achieve in the past two World Cups: beat Ghana. With a 2-1 victory, the Americans position themselves well for the games to come. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:20:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 28084 at http://wvxu.org U.S. To Face Ghana As 'Group Of Death' Play Begins http://wvxu.org/post/us-face-ghana-group-death-play-begins It's day five of the World Cup in Brazil. But it's the most important day for the U.S. men's soccer team — it's game day.<p>Tonight at 6 p.m. ET, the U.S. opens World Cup play squaring off against Ghana in the seaside city of Natal. The tiny African country is not particularly a soccer powerhouse. But Ghana has vexed the U.S. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 28055 at http://wvxu.org U.S. To Face Ghana As 'Group Of Death' Play Begins Minor Leaguer Takes Mature Strides To Become Better http://wvxu.org/post/minor-leaguer-takes-mature-strides-become-better Tyler Saladino is one of thousands of minor league baseball players hoping to make it to the major leagues. He plays in Alabama for the Birmingham Barons, the AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Last year, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/14/154929453/a-minor-leaguers-life-bats-games-and-a-nickname%20">NPR profiled Saladino</a>. But since then, maybe things have changed for the 23-year-old infielder.<p>One of the biggest changes this year is where the Barons and Saladino play. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:27:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 13702 at http://wvxu.org Minor Leaguer Takes Mature Strides To Become Better