Russell Lewis http://wfit.org en The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal http://wfit.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 38198 at http://wfit.org The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal A World Cup Surprise: Arias In The Heart Of The Amazon http://wfit.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 37699 at http://wfit.org U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle http://wfit.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 37524 at http://wfit.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://wfit.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 37377 at http://wfit.org With Win Over Ghana, U.S. Is Off On The Right Foot In Brazil http://wfit.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 00:12:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 37286 at http://wfit.org