Russell Lewis http://wvasfm.org en The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal http://wvasfm.org/post/one-american-field-todays-world-cup-semifinal The United States will have a presence at today's semifinal World Cup match between Brazil and Germany. It won't be the U.S. National Team on the field, but American referee Mark Geiger. FIFA selected Geiger to be on the officiating crew of the high-stakes match. It's the first time a U.S. referee has been used this late in a World Cup.<p>Earlier, Geiger made history when he officiated the knockout game between France and Nigeria on June 30. Before that, American referees had never been used beyond group play of the World Cup. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 51030 at http://wvasfm.org The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside http://wvasfm.org/post/want-eat-brazilian-food-world-cup-please-step-outside The stadiums of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are all different, constructed to reflect the region. Natal's arena has a wavy beach-dune style, while the stadium in Manaus looks like a woven basket.<p>Inside those stadiums, however, you'd never know you're in Brazil. Budweiser is an official beer seller, and Coke has the soda market cornered. Other menu items include hot dogs, cheeseburgers and turkey sandwiches. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 50917 at http://wvasfm.org Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers http://wvasfm.org/post/us-belgium-match-could-be-game-goalkeepers Win or go home. Do or die. Lose and you're done. Choose your sports cliche, and for the United States team, it's true. The U.S. takes on Belgium at 4 p.m. EDT today in Salvador, Brazil. It's the Americans' first game in the knockout stage. The victor moves on to the quarterfinals, and the loser books a flight home.<p>The scrappy U.S. team made it out of the "Group of Death" by beating World Cup nemesis Ghana, tying a tough Portugal team and losing to world No. 2-ranked Germany. Belgium, by contrast, had a far easier schedule in round-robin play. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:06:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 50683 at http://wvasfm.org U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers Weather, History Muddy The Field For U.S.-Germany Showdown http://wvasfm.org/post/weather-history-muddy-field-us-germany-showdown It's do or die (or tie) time for the United States today in the World Cup.<p>The U.S. team plays its final game in group play against world No. 2-ranked Germany at noon EDT in the Brazilian seaside city of Recife. The stakes couldn't be higher, and the intrigue is all here, folks.<p>Beat or tie Germany and the U.S. advances in the World Cup. If the U.S. loses, it still has a chance to move on — but the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/23/324908127/doing-the-math-how-the-u-s-can-advance-in-the-world-cup">scenarios</a> get messy, as Eyder Peralta outlined. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:36:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 50402 at http://wvasfm.org Weather, History Muddy The Field For U.S.-Germany Showdown A World Cup Surprise: Arias In The Heart Of The Amazon http://wvasfm.org/post/world-cup-surprise-arias-heart-amazon Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Of all the Brazilian cities staging games at the World Cup, none is more exotic than Manaus. It's nestled in the heart of the Amazon jungle. You can only get there by plane or boat - an unlikely place to host soccer games. And there's something else in Manaus that's unexpected - a centuries-old theater and opera house. NPR's Russell Lewis took a break from soccer and paid a visit.<p>RUSSELL LEWIS, BYLINE: The first thing you notice about the Teatro Amazonas is how lovely it is. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 50359 at http://wvasfm.org U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle http://wvasfm.org/post/us-vs-portugal-now-moment-show-american-mettle The World Cup round of 16 in Brazil is taking shape.<p>Already in: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Netherlands. The big question: Will the United States join that distinguished list today?<p>The U.S. soccer team has a tough matchup against Portugal. Win, and the Americans are in. Lose or tie, and the road gets a lot tougher with next Thursday's game against Germany.<p>The U.S. is playing in the so-called "Group of Death" paired with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Germany is No. 2 in the world. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:27:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 50156 at http://wvasfm.org U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle In Brazil, Predictions Of Doom And Gloom Give Way To Minor Annoyances http://wvasfm.org/post/brazil-predictions-doom-and-gloom-give-way-minor-annoyances Brazil's World Cup preparation endured some heavy criticism leading up to the games. Stadiums were still under construction, Internet connections were sketchy and transportation faced major challenges. A week into the tournament, NPR's Russell Lewis has traveled to three airports and three cities so far. He talks to Melissa Block about what has worked and what remains a challenge. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 49955 at http://wvasfm.org With Win Over Ghana, U.S. Is Off On The Right Foot In Brazil http://wvasfm.org/post/win-over-ghana-us-right-foot-brazil On Monday night, the U.S. soccer team accomplished a feat it failed to achieve in the past two World Cups: beat Ghana. With a 2-1 victory, the Americans position themselves well for the games to come. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:20:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 49856 at http://wvasfm.org Brazil's Opening Victory Gets A Raucous Reception http://wvasfm.org/post/brazils-opening-victory-gets-raucous-reception Brazil kicked off the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo with a convincing win over Croatia. NPR's Russell Lewis watched with fans at a samba school, and he tells Melissa Block about the celebrations. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 49817 at http://wvasfm.org U.S. To Face Ghana As 'Group Of Death' Play Begins http://wvasfm.org/post/us-face-ghana-group-death-play-begins It's day five of the World Cup in Brazil. But it's the most important day for the U.S. men's soccer team — it's game day.<p>Tonight at 6 p.m. ET, the U.S. opens World Cup play squaring off against Ghana in the seaside city of Natal. The tiny African country is not particularly a soccer powerhouse. But Ghana has vexed the U.S. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 49815 at http://wvasfm.org U.S. To Face Ghana As 'Group Of Death' Play Begins