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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, June 6, 2014
[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] Will Jurgen Klinsmann's tinkering continue? The USA plays its final game of its pre-World Cup series before heading to Brazil when it faces Nigeria Saturday at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida (live at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision). Here are three decisions Klinsmann must ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Ajax Amsterdam coach Frank de Boer and some of his players have priceless reactions when they're presented with what they're told are next season's jersey designs -- shirts with tulips, canal houses and a giant Lion face. Read the whole story
[BRAZIL 2014] Portugal coach Paulo Bento could not be more clear: Cristiano Ronaldo won't start Friday night against Mexico at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. He doesn't know when his injured star will start. But he'll be sure to let us all know when he does. Read the whole story
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] In a media conference call on Thursday, Jed Drake, ESPN's executive producer for the World Cup, said favorable kickoff times, extending into prime time on the East Coast, not to mention a growing soccer fan base, make it a foregone conclusion that television ratings should improve ... Read the whole story
[WORLD CUP 2014 COMMERCIALS] Brazilian Neymar stars and Jozy Altidore, Sydney Leroux, Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie and Bastian Schweinsteiger and a host of soccer stars join LeBron James, Lil Wayne and Serena Williams in cameos for "The Game Before The Game," a five-minute ad for Beats by Dre that ... Read the whole story
[PREVIEW: Week 14] The last weekend of MLS play prior to the World Cup break starts Friday in Houston, where both teams, Sporting KC and the host Dynamo, aren't adapting well to player absences. Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Mexican clubs have -- already -- started training for the 2014 Torneo Apertura that begins in July, so that means rosters are being finalized. On the move are Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez, the two senior Americans at Tijuana, and Jonathan Bornstein of relegated Atlante. Read the whole story
[SOCCER BUSINESS] The National Premier Soccer League has signed an agreement with Puma through the 2015 season to join the national amateur league's preferred vendor program. Read the whole story


What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati

"Someone once told me that in 2006, they described Jurgen as the CEO of Project German National Team. He oversaw all of it, everything. And that's what we wanted here. This isn't the proverbial sprint; it's a marathon. Actually, it's a couple of them." -- U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati on giving Klinsmann wide latitude in dictating the direction of the national team and American soccer as national team coach and technical director. (New York Times) ...More

What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann

"He came back, and he was playing in MLS and people say, 'Oh, he's playing well,' but what does that really mean? This is where MLS hurts him. He was playing at 70 percent, 80 percent, and he was still dominant. That doesn't help anyone. I watched the games. What was I supposed to say? That he was good? He was not good. Not then. No way. So he had to wait." -- Jurgen Klinsmann, in December 2013, on Landon Donovan after his return from sabbatical during the 2013 MLS season. (New York Times) ...More


Group B Preview: Challengers take aim at the reign of Spain

Defending World Cup champion Spain heads to Brazil aiming to repeat and continue an historic run of titles; it also won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and produced both finalists in the Champions League competition won last month by Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid. ...More


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