Friday, June 12, 2015

Chile Win Copa América Opener, USA vs. Pia & Sweden, Euro 2016 Qualifying, Why Is Hope Solo Getting A Free Pass?

Damn! Pia's talking smack!
Good Grief! Another one bites the dust, eh? Friday is here, and although club footie is on hiatus, the international game is doing its best to keep us from getting too bored. Gore Arturo Vidal and Co. opened Copa América with a decisive victory over Ecuador last night, Norway snatched a draw from the Germans in the Women's World Cup, and there are a slew of Euro 2016 Qualifiers to check out this weekend. Let's get to it!

Chile 2 - 0 Ecuador: Report
Chile 2 - 0 Ecuador: Three Things

And here's a mega-preview with more info on the groups and upcoming action in Copa América. The only match today is Mexico vs. Bolivia.

In the Women's World Cup, Thailand won their first match ever, defeating Ivory Coast 3 - 2. Way to go! Hosts Canada and the Kiwis drew, China beat the Dutch, and as noted above, Norway used a delicious free kick to draw with Germany. Here are some Takeaways From Day Six, and here is What We Learned yesterday. Today? Well, it's only the USA facing former coach Pia Sundhage and her Sweden side. It'll be a doozy and it's on FOX at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Here's more about today's fun:

USA vs Sweden: Preview
USA vs. Sweden: Preview II

Not so fun? The way SPECTRE FIFA organized the Women's World Cup. Grant Wahl takes a look.

Transfer rumors? Transfer rumours? Oh, yeah. Whichever you prefer, we've got 'em:

It never ends, folks. One tournament is complete and it's time to try and qualify for the next. And the next big one for the powers that be and want to be in Europe takes place in France next summer. Here's your lot for the weekend:

Croatia vs. Italy: Preview

And finally...why is Hope Solo getting a free pass?



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