While soccer has been a global sensation for decades the sport has been overshadowed in North America by American football, baseball and basketball. Soccer in North America over the past couple decades however has found its place with the inception of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 1993. Since then soccer has become a sport of choice for many sports fans, filling up stadiums across the country.
With the start of MLS came a growing interest in the FIFA World Cup. This year the World Cup is being held in Russia a stark change in the international presents from earlier this year at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics where Russia was banned from participating.
The World Cup is broken up into eight groups (A-H) where each group competes with one another. Last Thursday kicked off the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup when Russia faced Saudi Arabia and shut out the Saudis 5-0. On Friday Uruguay beat Egypt 1-0, Iran beat Morocco 1-0 and Portugal and Spain tied 3-3. On Saturday France beat Australia 2-1, Argentina tied with Iceland 1-1, Denmark beat Peru 1-0, and Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0. On Sunday Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0, Mexico beat a heavily favored Germany 1-0, and Brazil tied with the Swiss 1-1. On Monday Sweden beat South Korea 1-0, Belgium shut out Panama 3-0, England beat Tunisia 2-1. On Tuesday Japan beat Columbia, 2-1 and as of this writing Senegal was beating Poland 1-0 at half-time. While the U.S. didnít make the cut this year there are plenty of teams to root for. Mexico will be facing South Korea this Saturday, while Argentina will face off with Croatia, and Brazil against Costa Rica.
In other sports the Colorado Rapids ended their slide last Wednesday night when they hosted the Chicago Fire SC. Colorado came out with two goals early but Chicago soon closed the gap and eventually tied the game. Although it wasnít a win for the Rapids, fans will take a tie over a loss any day. The Rapids are set to host the Minnesota United this Saturday evening at Dickís Sporting Goods Park.
The Colorado Rockies continue their slide from the top of the NL West falling to fourth place and six games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks, four games behind the L.A. Dodgers, and a game and a half behind the San Francisco Giants. Colorado currently holds a meager one game lead over the last place San Diego Padres.