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

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

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

Tuesday, June 23
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


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!



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