Friday, July 03, 2015

Chile vs. Argentina & USA vs. Japan

Hey, now! It's MEGA FINAL WEEKEND!!! The only part of the seat you need to buy is the edge! First up? Chile vs. Argentina. Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EDT on beIN Sport USA. Next up? USA vs. Japan. Sunday at 7:00 p.m. EDT on FOX. Let's get prepared!

Chile vs. Argentina: Preview
Chile vs. Argenina: Preview II

The last time...

USA vs. Japan: Preview
USA vs. Japan: Preview II
Jeff Carlisle: Six story lines to watch

Richard Williams says this today: Ángel Di María is Manchester United’s glorious nonconformist

Major League Soccer time. The Gold Cup is going to screw up a lot of rosters. Here's a Weekend Preview. Here's another.

That's really about it! Those two finals are what it is all about today! Enjoy!



Thursday, July 02, 2015

Brutal Own-Goal Ends England's Run

Heartbreak for England...

Oh, dear. Oh, dear. Oh, dear. The English Women were seconds away from extra time before this own goal by Laura Bassett sent Japan on to face the U.S. in Sunday's final. As they say...unlucky. Fallout? Go:

Japan 2 - 1 England: Louise Taylor in Edmonton
Japan 2 - 1 England: Mark Sampson's Interview
Joe Prince-Wright: England inspired a nation

Brazil. Not so good at the moment, eh? Why not? James Young thinks you need to look at the numbers.

That's it. Just a quickie today.



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.



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!



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?


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'


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.