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Home > Soccer America Daily > Monday, June 9, 2008
Officially, American keeper Tim Howard earned Man of the Match honors for his superb work in a 0-0 tie with Argentina at the Meadowlands Sunday night, but truth be told he really rated nothing more than second-best. In just 45 minutes of work, Lionel Messi dazzled the sellout crowd and ... Read the whole story
[USA-ARGENTINA GRADES] Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney grades the U.S. players' performance in their 0-0 tie with Argentina on Sunday. Read the whole story
[MLS NAMES & NUMBERS] D.C. United, which started the season so poorly, notched its biggest win of the season. ... The Galaxy kept up its high-scoring ways against a Colorado team that showed up in L.A. without shorts. ... A referee reportedly checks the big-screen replay to make a call. ... Read the whole story
[GERMANY-POLAND REPORT CARD]Germany won its first European Championship game since its victory in the 1996 final when in its Group B opener it downed Poland, 2-0. German striker Lukas Podalski, who was born in Poland, scored in the 20th and 72nd minutes. Each was set up by Miroslav Klose, another ... Read the whole story
[SWITZERLAND-CZECH REP. REPORT CARD] Alexander Frei, Switzerland's captain and leading scorer, forced two saves from Czech keeper Petr Cech before suffering a first-half knee injury that takes him out of the tournament. Substitute Vaclav Sverkos latched on to a pass over the Swiss defense to volley low into the goal ... Read the whole story
[PORTUGAL-TURKEY REPORT CARD] Portugal showed that it is more than a one-man team in beating Turkey, 2-0, in their Group A opener in Geneva on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo was excellent for Portugal, but it was his supporting cast that did the damage. Brazilian-born Pepe (on a brilliant one-two with Nuno ... Read the whole story
[AUSTRIA-CROATIA REPORT CARD] After a fourth-minute penalty kick converted by Luka Modric, it looked like it would be a blowout for Croatia, but it had to hang on for a 1-0 win over host Austria that was scrappy but ultimately lacking in ideas. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy grades the players. Read the whole story
[EURO '08 PREVIEW] The Group of Death could be something less. Injuries are a major for concern for France, Italy and the Netherlands heading into the Group C openers on Monday in Switzerland. For a look at the Group C teams and their rosters ... Read the whole story

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