Chasing the Game: America and the Quest for the World Cup

Chasing the Game: America and the Quest for the World Cup

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by Filip Bondy
     
 

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A tantalizing look at the prospects of the United States soccer team in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup in South AfricaSee more details below

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A tantalizing look at the prospects of the United States soccer team in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

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Library Journal
Well known New York Daily News columnist Bondy tackles American soccer, from the heights of a 1950 stunner over England to the depths of 2006, when the U.S. squad could barely get a shot on goal. Bondy treats readers to an inside view of the current American team that will chase after World Cup glory in South Africa this summer—like players Landon Donovan and Joey Altidore, goal tender Tim Howard, and coach Bob Bradley. Placing soccer within a social, economic, and sporting context, the author provides readers with a fast-paced, enjoyable read about the game and the quest. A remarkable account; essential for all fans of the game. Highly recommended.

Library Journal, 5/15/10
“A remarkable account; essential for all fans of the game. Highly recommended.”

New York Times, 5/11/10
“…chronicles the evolutionary fits and starts of soccer in America, from the grass roots to the fields of South Africa.”

Los Angeles Daily News and San Bernardino Sun, 5/11/10
“Bondy's insights are meaningful whether a reader only pays attention to soccer once every four years or is a devoted fan…an excellent primer for those who want to understand American soccer's place in the sport and the world before the tournament begins.”

The Bleacher Report, 5/11/10
“An excellent recap of the USNT qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.” 

Global Post, 5/11/10
“A useful primer for both knowledgeable fans and those who, after a four-year hiatus from soccer, want to catch up with our lads…Bondy provides a remarkably comprehensive modern history of American soccer and its World Cup experience… exceedingly well written.”

Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports, 5/13/10
“Highly recommended for soccer zealots.”

GQ, June 2010
“The odyssey of our national team, which is a lot weirder and more fascinating than you’d expect."

Barnes & Noble Review, 5/31/10
“Bondy entertainingly describes the highs and lows of soccer's beleaguered history in the U.S.”

Goal.com, 6/5/10

“A comprehensive look at the USA's journey in the sport in general, and the 2010 World Cup in particular.”

Washington Post Soccer Insider Blog, 4/21/10
“The outstanding columnist for the New York Daily News recounts the run-up to the World Cup and what lies ahead for the American squad.”

Global Post, 5/11/10
“Bondy provides a remarkably comprehensive modern history of American soccer and its World Cup experience…The book is exceedingly well written as it executes as complex a weave—back and forth in time—as any witnessed on a soccer field. But its greatest strengths are Bondy’s passion for the game—his Czech-born father raised him to prize soccer over all other games—and the fact that he witnessed most everything he writes about. He has covered every World Cup dating back to 1990 and has traveled to the remote outposts like Tegucigalpa and Port of Spain where the team earns its Cup qualification.”

San Bernardino Sun, 5/10/10
“Bondy's insights are meaningful whether a reader only pays attention to soccer once every four years or is a devoted fan…an excellent primer for those who want to understand American soccer's place in the sport and the world before the tournament begins.”

Bleacher Report, 5/11/10
“Whether you're rooting for the United States National Team or not, Filip Bondy's Chasing the Game is an excellent recap of the USNT qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.”

New York Times, 5/11/10
“The veteran journalist, a columnist who writes for The Daily News in New York, chronicles the evolutionary fits and starts of soccer in America, from the grass roots to the fields of South Africa.”

GQ, 6/1/10
“The odyssey of our national team, which is a lot weirder and more fascinating than you’d expect.”

Goal.com, 6/5/10
“A comprehensive look at the USA's journey in the sport in general, and the 2010 World Cup in particular… a valuable resource… Where Bondy excels…is in managing to put the campaign for 2010 into a historical context that goes back to the very first World Cup in 1930…Bondy doesn't report just the facts of the games, though. His careful observations about the way the USA soccer was marginalized and unsupported bolster a too oft-ignored truism—that the professional game in a country needs to be stable and successful in order for a national squad to consistently improve…
While it's a bit startling that the veteran sportswriter can fit so much about the journey of United States soccer into a tome that isn't of intimidating size, it's important that Bondy has produced it. Aristotle wrote, ‘If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development.’ Chasing the Game makes it simple for the USA fan, novice and experienced alike, to do just that.”

Chicago Sun Newspapers, 6/13/10
“An excellent behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. team.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/13/10
“…the columnist for the New York Daily News writes well, and is impressively steeped in the history and politics rolling around the spotted ball…”
 

The Washington Post Book World, 6/20/10
“Filip Bondy shows how the U.S. team may be able to make a run—with a little luck—deep into the tournament.”
 
BigSoccer.com, 6/19/10
“Excellent.”
 

BiblioBuffet
“[Bondy] does a nice job profiling the team’s players and their path to South Africa. The book’s real valuelies in how Bondy shows soccer’s slow, steady assimilation into an already crowded sports culture. It’s a reminder that every sport has an infancy period.”

Library Journal
Well known New York Daily News columnist Bondy tackles American soccer, from the heights of a 1950 stunner over England to the depths of 2006, when the U.S. squad could barely get a shot on goal. Bondy treats readers to an inside view of the current American team that will chase after World Cup glory in South Africa this summer—like players Landon Donovan and Joey Altidore, goal tender Tim Howard, and coach Bob Bradley. Placing soccer within a social, economic, and sporting context, the author provides readers with a fast-paced, enjoyable read about the game and the quest. A remarkable account; essential for all fans of the game. Highly recommended.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306819056
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
344
File size:
1 MB

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