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Home >Soccer America Daily > Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
[TAPE OF THE TAPE] Who will emerge as gold-medal winners in this rematch of 2011 Women's World Cup finalists? Thursday's Wembley final pits the USA's attack of Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe (11 goals in five games) against Japan's experienced defense that has allowed only two goals in ... Read the whole story
[OLYMPIC SPOTLIGHT] With his team under investigation by FIFA for the remarks players made critical of Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen in Monday's 4-3 loss to the USA in the Olympic women's soccer semifinals, Canada coach John Herdman said it was time to move on to Thursday's bronze-medal game against France ... Read the whole story
[BRAZIL-SOUTH KOREA] How good is Brazil's Olympic men's soccer team? Coach Mano Menezes began Tuesday's semifinal against South Korea without European-based stars Hulk and Alexandre Pato in the starting lineup. Highly rated Lucas Moura and Ganso didn't even play, but Brazil still cruised to a 3-0 win as it continued ... Read the whole story
[MEXICO-JAPAN] Mexico is assured of becoming the first Concacaf country to win an Olympic medal in men's soccer as it beat Japan, 3-1, in Tuesday's semifinals at Wembley Stadium, gaining revenge for its 2-0 loss to Japan in the bronze-medal game at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Read the whole story
[U.S. OPEN CUP] The Seattle Sounders will attempt to make history when they face Sporting Kansas City Wednesday in the final of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (TV: GolTV, live, 9 p.m. ET). The game marks the return of red-hot Eddie Johnson to Kansas City, where he enjoyed ... Read the whole story
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] A pair of former MLS Goalkeepers of the Year have changed clubs. The Montreal Impact acquired 31-year-old Troy Perkins from the Portland Timbers for 35-year-old Donovan Ricketts. Timbers interim head coach and general manager Gavin Wilkinson said Ricketts was "an upgrade," while Impact GM Nick De Santis said ... Read the whole story
[MLS ATTENDANCE] Seattle drew more than 60,000 fans -- the biggest crowd of the season -- for its 4-0 win over Los Angeles as MLS attendance surpassed the 4 million mark. Also in Week 22, New England had its biggest crowd of the season. For MLS team attendance rankings ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"We came up with the name 'Baby Horse' a while back when she first came on the team. Just so much talent. Obviously very raw, she was kind of wild. And now she's a beautiful stallion, I think."-- U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe on striker Alex Morgan, whose third Olympic goal was the game-winner in the USA's 4-3 triumph over Canada in the semifinals. (AP) ...More


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