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Home > Soccer America Daily > Friday, June 24, 2016
The USA finished with a 3-3-0 (W-L-T) record -- its best record in four trips to the Copa America. It recorded wins over Ecuador and Costa Rica, the two highest-ranked teams in the monthly FIFA rankings it has beaten in official championships during the Jurgen Klinsmann era. On the other ... Read the whole story
The story was the same for the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. Another New York opponent. Another 2-0 loss. This time, it was at home to New York City FC before 47,537 fans. The result dropped the Sounders' record to 5-9-1 -- with just 13 goals in 15 games -- and ... Read the whole story
The lasting image of the Copa Centenario won't be of Lionel Messi's free kick against the United States or his other four goals or four assists but of Messi sitting alone on the Argentina bench in tears. For the fourth time -- and third year in a row -- Messi ... Read the whole story
Bad luck seems to follow Gonzalo Higuain into the finals his goals have helped Argentina reach in three straight years, starting with the 2014 World Cup. On Sunday, before Chile prevailed in a shootout, he failed to convert a first-half breakaway. Read the whole story
The Argentina-Chile final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, drew 82,026 fans, pushing the average attendance for the 32 games at the Copa Centenario to 46,411 fans a game. That's higher than the average attendance for any confederation championship played in 2015 or 2016, though there are seven ... Read the whole story
Diego Valeri converted two penalty kicks, the second in stoppage time, and assisted on the third goal as the Portland Timbers came back from 2-0 down in the 63rd minute to beat the Houston Dynamo on Sunday. The win moved the Timbers into fifth place in the Western Conference, ahead ... Read the whole story
The USA finished the Copa America Centenario the same way it had started the tournament: shut out and beaten by Colombia. A better effort notwithstanding, the Americans lost the third-place match, 1-0, while again falling prey to superior guile and talent. Read the whole story
Antoine Griezmann scored two goals four minutes apart to lead host France to a 2-1 win over Ireland, which had led for almost an hour on a penalty kick by Robbie Brady. Also moving into the Euro 2016 quarterfinals were Germany and Belgium, easy winners over Slovakia and Hungary, respectively. Read the whole story


What They're Saying: Gerardo Martino

"The players have no reason to not continue trying. They do it with honesty and effort. And they do it well." -- Argentina coach Gerardo Martino after the shootout loss to Chile in the Copa Centenario final was followed by reports that Lionel Messi and numerous other players were retiring from international soccer. (Omnisport) ...More

What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann

"Every day you learn. You learn about every individual, about your group, about the chemistry, about so many little pieces every day is fascinating in our little world. Definitely, you see players coming through start to bloom; if it's a Bobby Wood, a [DeAndre] Yedlin, a John Brooks and others becoming stronger. It's fun to watch some older ones hanging in there like a Clint [Dempsey] and Jermaine Jones battling there and having a real impact on these teams still." -- Jurgen Klinsmann after the USA fell to Colombia, 1-0, in the third-place game at the Copa Centenario, summing up ...More


What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati

"Our base-line [for average attendance] was 30,000; 35,000 would've been great, and 40,000 beyond our wildest expectation. These are World Cup numbers for an event organized in seven months with 16 teams." -- U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati on the impact of Copa Centenario, which averaged more than 46,000 fans a game, on a possible 2026 World Cup bid. (ESPN FC) ...More


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