Russell Lewis http://kttz.org en The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal http://kttz.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 47504 at http://kttz.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://kttz.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 16:49:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 47375 at http://kttz.org Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside A World Cup Surprise: Arias In The Heart Of The Amazon http://kttz.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 46815 at http://kttz.org U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle http://kttz.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 46597 at http://kttz.org U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle With Win Over Ghana, U.S. Is Off On The Right Foot In Brazil http://kttz.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 46289 at http://kttz.org