• CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 26: Fans watch USA play Germany in a World Cup soccer match on one of two large screens placed for fans in Grant Park on June 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers expected as many as 20,000 people to watch the game in the park. Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images

    The U.S. stayed close enough to the world’s No. 2 team to finish second in its group, allowing it to advance to meet the winner of Group H in the knockout round on July 1.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 26, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT
  • FIFA president Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in the Qatari capital Doha on November 9, 2013.

    Qatar is employing soccer to put a significant first chip in the Chinese wall that segregates its minority citizenry from its majority foreign labour and expatriate population.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 25, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT
  • BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 10: Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC on December 10, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

    Barcelona FC midfielder Xavi Hernández, who has spent his entire career with his hometown team, has been linked to a move to Major League Soccer's New York City Football Club. 

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 15, 2014, 10:52 AM EST
  • Real Madrid's Gareth Bale from Britain celebrates his hat-trick during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.

    Gareth Bale took first place in the global soccer poll after scoring his first hat trick for Real Madrid.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 03, 2013, 6:18 PM EST
  • This is an undated file image of Manchester United's former captain Bill Foulkes. Foulkes, who survived the 1958 Munich air disaster, died Monday, Nov. 25,. 2013 the club said. He was 81. Foulkes, who left a mining job to join United in 1950, went on to play 688 times after making his debut in 1952. Only Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton and Paul Scholes have played more times for the club.

    Bill Foulkes, a Manchester United defender who survived the 1958 Munich air crash that killed eight players, died Monday. He was 81.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 26, 2013, 11:45 AM EST
  • In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano Pope Francis is presented with a jersey reading his name during a meeting with FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter, left, at the Vatican Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. "We spoke the same language and it was language of football," Blatter said during a press conference following the meeting, ' It was really a meeting between two sportsmen and two football fans."

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter backed calls from the European Union urging Qatar to stop companies from abusing migrant workers involved in construction for the 2022 World Cup.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 22, 2013, 1:41 PM EST