There’s little doubt that social media has contributed to the rise of Soccer’s popularity in America. Take a look at how Twitter reacted when the U.S. scored its winning goal on Monday.

+ For many in the U.S., today is the day of the big match. From NBC News: Millions of U.S. Soccer Fans Are Cheering for Mexico.

+ One reason everyone is excited about this World Cup: There have been a ton of gooooooooals.

+ How does a soccer ball swerve? Let’s get some MIT folks to explain.

+ The beautiful game, and a whole lot of cheating.

+ How close have you been following the action? Test yourself by playing a round of the NYT’s Spot the Ball.