Mods, feel free to delete or merge but I thought the WC is a big enough event to warrant it's own thread. WC14 kicks off today at 4:00 pm EST with the host nation of Brazil taking on Croatia. USA's 1st match is against our kryptonite, Ghana, on Monday June 16 @ 6:00 pm EST. A few links for your reading enjoyment: SI's WC for Dummies: http://extramustard.si.com/2014/06/10/world-cup-idiots-guide/ ESPN's USA Team Preview: http://www.espnfc.com/story/1803775 The WC is kicking off while Brazil's infrastructure preparations are incomplete, the subway workers are striking (and currently clashing with police), and FIFA is dealing with backlash for both poor oversight of Brazil's preparations and the surprising-to-no-one allegations that Qatar bought and bribed their way to hosting the 2022 World Cup. Should be fun!