Wednesday, July 01, 2015

USA Women Are World Cup Finalists, Messi Elevates Argentina, Liverpool Sign Clyne, Bayern Nab Costa, Stoke Sign Shaqiri, Chelsea Catch Falcao



Hump Day, People! And what a Hump Day it is. The women representing the United States of America knocked off Germany last night (the Germans missed a penalty!) to advance to the Final of the 2015 World Cup. They will play the winner of England vs. Japan (tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Fox Sports 1). Let's hit the action...

USA 2 - 0 Germany: Three Things Learned
USA 2 - 0 Germany: Three Observations

England vs. Japan: Preview


Meanwhile, way, way down on the other side of planet, the final is set for Copa América. It'll be Chile vs. Argentina. Wow. We know what we'll be doing on the Fourth of July. Check the links to read all about how a certain Little Flea got all stuck in with Paraguay...

Argentina 6 - 1 Paraguay: Gabriele Marcotti in Concepción
Argentina 6 - 1 Paraguay: Three Observations
Argentina 6 - 1 Paraguay: Three Thoughts

Paulinho. What's the deal with that guy? He's only 25 and just left Spurs to play in China. David Hytner takes a look at the player we really never knew.


Serie A. What's the deal with that league? All of a sudden clubs are splashing the cash and making some pretty hefty signings. Jeff Horncastle takes a look at why the Italians are suddenly writing the big checks.


That'll do. Keep it tite.

Onward!!

-SSN

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chile Reach the Final, USA vs. Germany, Argentina vs. Paraguay, Arsenal Sign Cech

¡Vargas en fuego!

Hey now! What is up? Eduardo Vargas, that's what. Dude never scored any goals like this when he played for QPR. His brace was enough to send Chile past a defiant Peru and into the Copa América Final. The Chileans will face the winner of tonight's Argentina/Paraguay match. You have to feel a bit bad for Peru, though. Zambrano's red card was harsh and Vidal could have seen red for his face shove. Anywho, the hosts are through and it's time to review and preview...

Chile 2 - 1 Peru: Tim Vickery in Santiago
Chile 2 - 1 Peru: Three Thoughts

Olympic Stadium. Montreal. Photo by The Editor.

The United States vs. Germany. Women's World Cup Semi-Final. The Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It all goes down at 7:00 p.m. EDT on FOX. Check the rhyme:

USA vs. Germany: The Final Before the Final
USA vs. Germany: Preview

Is this question rhetorical? Is soccer in the US letting Hispanic talent slip through the cracks? Yes, yes it is.


'Tis Tuesday, and that means it's time for Marcotti's Musings. This week, Gab is gabbing about Sergio Ramos' situation, U-21 lessons, Marseille misery, Inter spending.

Major League Soccer Power Rankings? You got 'em! Here's a hint: Vancouver is #1.


And finally...great goal!

Onward!!

-SSN

Monday, June 29, 2015

Semi-Finals Set For Women's World Cup & Copa America

Carli celebrates...

Good Day! There were a slew of fine matches over the last few days in the two international tournaments we've been following and enjoying. Things really got rolling Friday night when the U.S. beat China (up in Canada) and Argentina edged Colombia (down in Chile) on penalties. Also in the semi-finals at the World Cup are England, Germany, and Japan. Also in the semi-finals at Copa América are Chile, Peru, and Paraguay. Let's begin with the women, shall we?

WORLD CUP

USA 1- 0 China: Jeff Carlisle in Ottawa
USA 1 - 0 China: Caitlin Murray in Ottawa
USA 1 - 0 China: Grant Wahl in Ottawa
Alexandra Topping and Louise Taylor: England's victory a 'game-changer'


COPA

Paraguay 1 - 1 Brazil (Paraguay win 4-3 on PKs) Tim Vickery at Estadio Municipal Alcaldesa Ester Roa Rebolledo 
Argentina 0 - 0 Colombia (Argentina win 5-4 on PKs): Gabriele Marcotti at Estadio Sausalito
Argentina 0 - 0 Colombia: Three Things We Learned

The first semi-final involves hosts Chile and their northern neighbors Peru this evening. Here's are Preview.


Rivalry Week! That's what is was last week in Major League Soccer. Apparently, it was a success! Oh, and here are Five Things We Learned in the stateside league over the weekend.


Gosh. We've gotta go. Until tomorrow.

Onward!!

-SSN

Friday, June 26, 2015

More Fun With Sepp, USA vs. China, Peru Advance, Argentina vs. Colombia

Well, Argentina play tonight, so, you know...

Woof! There goes another one! We've got loads of great stuff to get to today, so let's do it! Sadly, we'll have to begin with SPECTRE FIFA. Yes, good 'ol Sepp says, "Wait. Hold the phone. I didn't say I'd resign. I never said that." Asshole.

Back on the grass pitch, Peru advanced to the semifinals of Copa América on the back of a hat-trick from Paolo Guerrero. Tim Vickery was at the Estadio Germán Becker and filed this report.

Tonight? Argentina vs. Colombia! Check the rhyme:

Argentina vs. Colombia: Preview
Tim Vickery: Key Battles
Gabriele Marcotti: Questions for Pekerman

As for Copa América's Buttgate? Jara's club side Mainz ain't having it. They say he can piss off. Good for them. And remember when the U.S. beat Argentina at Copa América in 1995? We sure do. So do Wynalda and Alexi.

Over on the not-grass pitch, it's Quarterfinal time. The USA Women face the Chinese in the late game (7:30 p.m. EDT on FOX), and the Germans play the French in the early match. Here we go:

USA vs. China: Preview
Andrew Gibney: Four Key Battles

With these two international tournaments in motion, we've been neglecting Major League Soccer. According to this article, there is a big week coming up. Rivalry Week, in fact. Juicy!




And finally...Atlanta United FC? Really?

Onward!

-SSN

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chile Oust Uruguay, Liverpool Sign Firmino, Marcela Mora y Araujo on Messi, USA Gold Cup Squad

Sadly, the tactic employed was successful. Thankfully, he's been banned.
It was a bit chippy and feisty and finger-up-the-butty, but hosts Chile managed (thanks to a ridiculous red card on Cavani) to get past Uruguay and reach the semis of Copa América after a goal from QPR legend Mauricio Isla. Today's match is Bolivia vs. Peru. Here are a few pieces of note about last night's affair in Santiago:

Chile 1 - 0 Uruguay: Three Thoughts

If you want more Women's World Cup, you'll have to wait until tomorrow when France and Germany clash and the U.S. of A. face China. To hold you over until then, we offer Caitlin Murray's Power Rankings. Oh, and a great article by Laurent Dubois on just why the women are playing on turf.

SSN regulars will know that we love us some Marcela Mora y Araujo. She doesn't write much, but when she does she provides some great insight into what's up down in Argentina. Today, she's looking into the Messi enigma. Is Argentine gaffer Tata Martino partly to blame for Messi still not finding his best form in his national jersey?


The Diving German has announced his squad for the Gold Cup. Clint Dempsey's recent lack of discipline has not kept him out of the tournament. Here's the crew:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Liverpool have signed Firmino. That's a pretty big signing. Will he help save Rodgers's job? Phil McNulty is on the case. Inter signed Geoffrey Kondogbia. James Horncastle thinks it will not only benefit the Milan side, but Serie A as a whole. Other signings, almost-signings, rumors, rumours? Here you go:


Amy Lawrence writes this: After the travails of Micah Richards and Ashley Cole in Serie A, is it a coincidence that England’s best World Cup performance since 1966 was in 1990, during a period when more of the nation’s coveted talent played overseas? We shall read more of what she writes about that here.

And finally...Grant Wahl has a fascinating piece on the USWNT kit man who was fired in February. 

Onward!!

-SSN

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

USA Oust Colombia, England Defeat Norge, Cech to Arsenal, Parma Sadness, Goals of the Week


Come on in! The USA Women defeated the crap-talking about the USA not crap-talking Colombians 2 - 0 last night in Edmonton. The Yanks still looked disjointed but the defense was solid once again and they were able to sneak past the quick and slick Colombians. Gotta hand it to the South American side - they were a joy to watch at times. Gorgeous movement and passing. Anywho, the English also won thanks to a killer shot from Bronze. Here's the rest of your lot from the Great White North:

Women's World Cup: Monday's Day 17 Takeaways
USA 2 - 0 Colombia: Three Things We Learned
USA 2 - 0 Colombia: Three Things Learned
USA 2 - 0 Colombia: What We Learned
Norway 1 - 2 England: Louise Taylor in Ottawa

There is one match tonight: The Japanese vs. The Dutch.

Meanwhile, in what SSN staffers have dubbed the biggest transfer of the summer (at least in the Premier League) thus far, Petr "The Helmet" Cech looks certain to move across London from Chelsea to Arsenal. Here are the other rumors and rumours...


Man oh man oh man. SSN Regulars will know that we were big fans of the Parma sides of the late 90s. 1996-1997, in particular, was such a great  team. Gianluigi Buffon, Lilian Thuram, Enrico Chiesa, Hernán Crespo, Nestor Sensini, Dino Baggio, Mario Stanić...they were a fun side. And they should have won the title but for yet another dubious call in favor of Juventus. But, we digress. They're now in Serie D. As David Gendelman puts it, It is incredible that a Serie A team could go bankrupt so spectacularly twice in a little over 10 years. But in Italy the incredible has become the commonplace.





Smoggy in Santiago...

There are no matches in Copa América until tomorrow, so now would be the perfect time to look back at the tournament and pick 10 highlights. And who better to do that than Tim Vickery, who is taking it all in down in Chile.

Just how did the relationship between Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid turn ugly? El Sid takes a look.


And finally...Stevie G's got a billboard in L.A.

Onward!!

-SSN

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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Sids, Brazil Women Out, Brazil Men Through, Copa América Quarterfinals Set, USA vs. Colombia Tonight

Fiddy and Joe Hart?!
Hello Week! A very pleasant Monday to you. We'll begin with the Women's World Cup, where Australia shocked Brazil to advance to the Quarters. The United States face Colombia tonight (8 p.m. EDT on Fox Sports 1) to attempt to do the same. Should the U.S advance, they'll face China. Here's what we've got from up in Canada...

Women's World Cup Bracket: Round-of-16 Results After Sunday
Women's World Cup: What we learned on Day 16
Women's World Cup: Sunday's Day 16 Takeaways
Grant Wahl: Best XI So Far
England vs. Norway: Preview

United States vs. Colombia

OMG! It’s the Sids 2015! Our favorite scribe in Spain looks back at the year that was. ¡Excelente!

Way down in Chile, it's time to hit the reset button. It's been an OK tournament at best. Hopefully that'll change. Let's see. What have we learnedNeymar is officially out after Brazil accepted his ban, his team did just enough to advance without him (Tim Vickery calls that progress), and here are your quarterfinals...




West Ham are already back in training. They've got a new gaffer and the Europa League to think about. James Riach takes a gander at the East London outfit here.


That'll do for today, peeps.

Onward!!

-SSN

Friday, June 19, 2015

Day Off


Ooof! There goes another one. We're going to be brief today. The heat is simply too much to handle and everyone at SSN Headquarters is suffering from extreme lethargy. As you might expect, it's pretty much all Women's World Cup and Copa América. The usual transfer insanity continues, but no "big" moves have been announced. We'll be back on Monday to sort out the weekend results and prepare for USA vs. Colombia.

Onward!!

-SSN

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Brazil Lose the Match & Neymar Loses the Plot, USA Women Get Colombia, Dempsey Decision



Well, now. There was one match down in Chile last night, and the entire SSN Staff gathered at The Editor's house to catch the action on the television computer. Colombia defeated Brazil and once again the Brazilians showed their colors, acting like the sore losers they are. Neymar saw red after the final whistle and we're left to ponder the average Brazil side now looking quite disheveled. We'll get to the fallout, but first, let's let Scott Murray look back on almost 100 years of drama at Copa América. OK, now the fallout...

Colombia 1 - 0 Brazil: Three Quick Takes
Colombia 1 - 0 Brazil: Three Thoughts

Way up at the other end of the planet, the Round of 16 for the Women's World Cup is set, eh? All times are Eastern Daylight:

Saturday, June 20
Ottawa
Germany (1B) vs. Sweden (3D), 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Edmonton
China (2A) vs. Cameroon (2C), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Sunday, June 21
Moncton
Brazil (1E) vs. Australia (2D), 1 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Montreal
France (1F) vs. South Korea (2E), 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Vancouver
Canada (1A) vs. Switzerland (3C), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Monday, June 22
Ottawa
Norway (2B) vs. England (2F), 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Edmonton
United States (1D) vs. Colombia (3F), 8 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Tuesday, June 23
Vancouver
Japan (1C) vs. Netherlands (3A), 10 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Women's World Cup: Wednesday's Day 12 Takeaways
Women’s World Cup — What we learned on Day 12

Barf.

Rafael van der Vaart. He always seemed like a funny dude. And he was a damn good player, too. Nick Ames takes a closer look at the Dutch star now that he's moved to Seville. Nick claims he is a shirt-out kind of player born into the wrong generation. A solid assessment.


Graham Parker's wondering (as are we) if U.S. Soccer will dare make an example of Clint Dempsey? Well, will you, U.S. Soccer? Hmmmm? I mean, he ripped up the ref's notebook, for fuck's sake! We've never seen that move before. Could he be (gasp!) suspended for the Gold Cup?


So, Gore Arturo Vidal had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 when he wrecked his Ferrari. He's still on the Chile squad, and Tim Vickery says that's all down to loyalty.

Here's a question: Are the World Cup and Olympics too expensive for their own good?

We out!

Onward!!

-SSN

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

USA Defeat Nigeria, Argentina Defeat Uruguay, Premier League Fixtures, More FIFA Fun, Vidal DUI

Si vas a manejar, no tomes, Arturo...

Hey now! Hump Day has arrived! And the U.S. Women have arrived in the next round of the World Cup as group winners. That's a good thing. Wouldn't want to have to face Brazil in New Brunswick! Let's get caught up.

Women’s World Cup — What we learned on Day 11
USA 1 - 0 Nigeria: Caitlin Murray in Vancouver
USA 1 - 0 Nigeria: Three Things We Learned
USA 1 - 0 Nigeria: Three Things We Learned II
USA at the Women's World Cup: What we learned from the group stage
Women's World Cup: Group E Previews
Women's World Cup: Group F Previews

Oh, dear. Gore Arturo Vidal wrecked his Ferrari. And the fuzz say he was under the influence of alcohol. Yikes.

Fixtures!! Can you believe we get rolling in the Premier League on August 8? Neither can we. Here is the complete list of 2014-2015 Premier League Fixtures. And here's what we've got on Day One:

8 August 2015: Arsenal v West Ham United, Bournemouth v Aston Villa, Chelsea v Swansea City, Everton v Watford, Leicester City v Sunderland Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United v Southampton, Norwich City v Crystal Palace, Stoke City v Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City.

U.S. Open Cup? Shit hit the fan in the match between Seattle and Portland. Seattle finished with seven dudes! Check it.


Copa América. Tonight it's Brazil vs. Colombia. Neymar vs. James. Yesterday, Sergio scored to help Argentina beat Uruguay, and Paraguay beat Jamaica. Tim Vickery thinks Argentine gaffer Martino's shrewd tactical tinkering helped Argentina pip Uruguay. He's correct.


Did you hear about those photos of Villa starlet Jack Grealish? Apparently he was passed out in the street in Tenerife. We didn't pay much attention because we don't really care. Marina Hyde agrees. We like it when Marina Hyde agrees with us.

More on the Croatian swastika fallout? Here.

Headline of the Day: Swiss investigating 53 cases of possible money laundering at Fifa

We out!

Onward!!

-SSN

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