Michael Bradley of the United States challenges Toni Kroos of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Obsessed With Stats: Is World Cup’s Player-Tracking Tech the Future of Sports?

American sports fans have an ever-growing obsession with statistics. Just look at the sabermetrics exemplified by the movie Moneyball, or the precise planning that goes into fantasy league rosters.


Divock Origi of Belgium shoots against Tim Howard of the United States during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Tim Howard Says He Was Randomly Drug-Tested Following 16-Save Performance Against Belgium

U.S. goalie Tim Howard received a drug test following his incredible 16-save performance in the loss to Belgium.


File photo of President Barack Obama on the phone. (credit: Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

Obama Calls Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard, Suggests Howard Shave His Beard

President Barack Obama rang up U.S. World Cup team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard this week to congratulate them on their athletic performances in the international tournament.


Soccer fans to immortalize U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard by renaming an airport in his honor. (credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Soccer Fans Petition White House to Rename Reagan National Airport for Tim Howard

Thousands of fans are pushing to reward Tim Howard’s heroic World Cup efforts by renaming an airport near the nation’s capital in his honor.


This guy, or thousands just like him, will be at the World Cup watch parties in D.C. (credit: Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Smithsonian Hosting World Cup Watch Party

The National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum are hosting an official World Cup watch party as the U.S. takes on Belgium.


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U.S. vs. Belgium World Cup TV Schedule

Television information for U.S. vs. Belgium in the World Cup Round of 16.


U.S. soccer fans will gather in droves at Freedom Plaza hoping to see Clint Dempsey and the U.S. advance in the World Cup. (credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Huge World Cup Viewing Party at Freedom Plaza for U.S. vs. Belgium

Sweaty soccer fans will converge in a sunbaked plaza in downtown Washington to watch the United States take on Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup.


Uruguay fans holds up a t-shirt of Luis Suarez ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

5 Things You Missed At The World Cup In Brazil: Week 4

The World Cup is still in motion and the USMNT is still alive in Brazil. Here are five things that you may have missed during the World Cup this past week.


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World Cup 2014 Is Facebook’s Most Talked-About Event Ever

Facebook announced Monday that its data editors have recorded 1 billion interactions about the 2014 World Cup since it began June 12.


Mark Geiger of the US whistles during a seminar for 2014 FIFA World Cup referees on April 10, 2014 at the home of FIFA in Zurich. (credit:  FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

NJ Man 1st US Referee In World Cup Knockout Rounds

Mark Geiger will become the first American to referee a knockout stage match at the World Cup.