2014 FIFA World Cup

Firefighters remove debris from the smoking site of an explosion in East Harlem on March 13, 2014. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

The Top 14 News Stories Of 2014

In a year where New York City welcomed a new mayor there have been a host of stories that have shaped the landscape of the Tri-State area, the country and the world over.


Nigel de Jong, left, and Ron Vlaar, right, of the Netherlands compete for the ball with Lionel Messi of Argentina during the World Cup semifinal match at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch - Pool/Getty Images)

Argentina Advances To Face Germany In Epic World Cup Final Matchup

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after the game finished in a 0-0 stalemate.


Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the World Cup semifinal against Brazil at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The Shocker Of All Shockers: Germany Annihilates Brazil In World Cup Semis

With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany. But nobody ever expected this.


A fan of the United States enjoys the atmosphere prior to the World Cup Round of 16 match against Belgium at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Silverman: Enough Already! Give Me Football — The Real Version Of The Sport

Despite the huge crowds that watched the World Cup games at public venues in major cities all over the land, we have not become a soccer-mad country.


Vincent Kompany of Belgium has his shot saved by Tim Howard of the United States during the World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Howard Heroic But USA’s World Cup Dream Dashed By Belgium

Kevin De Bruyne turned a heroic night for U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard into defeat on Tuesday with an extra-time goal and an assist that gave Belgium a 2-1 victory and a quarterfinal match against Lionel Messi and Argentina.


Angel di Maria of Argentina celebrates after scoring in extra time against Switzerland at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Argentina Finally Vanquishes Switzerland Late In Extra Time

Angel Di Maria scored in the 118th minute Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland after extra time and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.


Mesut Oezil of Germany scores his team's second goal during the World Cup Round of 16 against Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 30, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Germany Gets Major Scare From Algeria Before Moving On To Quarterfinals

Substitute Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil scored in extra time Monday to lead Germany over an aggressive Algeria 2-1 and into the World Cup quarterfinals.


Laurent Koscielny, left, and Raphael Varane of France celebrate after defeating Nigeria 2-0 during the World Cup Round of 16 match at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

France Dominates Nigeria En Route To World Cup Quarterfinals

Paul Pogba scored with a late header to finally break Nigeria’s stubborn resistance and Joseph Yobo added an own-goal as France won 2-0 to reach the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday.


U.S. forward Jozy Altidore tries to trap a pass during the international friendly match against Nigeria at EverBank Field on June 7, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Klinsmann: Altidore Definitely Available For USA’s Match Against Belgium

Jozy Altidore is available to play for the United States in Tuesday’s World Cup second-round game against Belgium, but it does not appear the forward is ready to return to the starting lineup.


The FC Harlem soccer club stresses the basics in practice. (Credit: CBS 2)

Potential American World Cup Stars Of Tomorrow Learn Craft At FC Harlem

While the eyes of the world have been on the World Cup, there’s a small soccer club in Harlem that’s not as concerned about who wins. For them, it’s about making sure kids get professional coaching to keep them competitive on and off the field.


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Top 7 Greatest Things About Playing Youth Soccer

Here are the top seven greatest things about playing youth soccer.


German players mob Thomas Mueller after he scored in the second half against Matt Besler, right, and the United States during their World Cup  Group G match at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

USA Struggles Against Mighty Germany, But Moves On To Knockout Stage

Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Friday as Germany defeated the United States 1-0 to win Group G ahead of the Americans, who also advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing.


(Photo Credit: Getty Images/Laurence Griffiths)

The World Cup Soccer Coach You Have To See To Believe

This year’s World Cup has provided some incredible games along with some unbelievable moments including the bite felt around the world.  There is one personality though who is winning the heart of soccer fans from […]


Ghana's players warm up during a training session at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia on June 25, 2014, on the eve of their World Cup Group G match against Portugal. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ghana President Flies $3 Million In Cash To Disgruntled World Cup Players

President John Dramani Mahama was forced to personally intervene in the latest bonus row to hit African football, which has seriously disrupted Ghana’s preparations for its decisive Group G game against Portugal on Thursday.


Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann speaks to his assistants during the US Men's National Team training at Arena Pernambuco on June 25, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Dyer: U.S.-Germany Is Simply A Monster Match For Soccer’s Place In This Country

Thursday match between the U.S. and Germany represents more than a chance for the Americans advance to the second round of the World Cup. The birth of a soccer nation — a true soccer nation — is on the line.