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Home >Soccer America Daily > Thursday, July 10, 2014
[BRAZIL 2014] "Soccer is illogical," said Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella between semifinals this week. And who would disagree? From the madness of Tuesday's Mineirazo to Wednesday's utter futility in Sao Paulo, we saw soccer's extremes. Brazil-Germany finished 7-1 for the Germans, but it could have easily been, oh, 12-5. On ... Read the whole story
[U.S. OPEN CUP] The Seattle Sounders needed overtime to beat their archrival Portland Timbers, 3-1, after a dramatic goal by Darlington Nagbe had evened the score in stoppage time, while the Chicago Fire and FC Dallas burst the bubble of the remaining NASL teams, setting up an all-MLS semifinal in ... Read the whole story
[SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP] Pablo Zabaleta looked worse for wear after a collision with Dirk Kuyt that left him bloodied, but he still managed to sport a blue wig to celebrate Argentina's shootout win over the Netherlands. Kobe Bryant says Sunday's Argentina-Germany final will be great. For more reaction ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: World Cup] Daniel Nilsson's two-minute production reveals the excitement leading up to Brazil's semifinal game against Germany. It follows enthusiastic Brazilian fans to the Copacabana Beach FanFest, then quickly transforms into a gloomy and melancholy mood, the rain and dark clouds adding to the mournful atmosphere, and Brazilian ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Not all other soccer came to a standstill during the World Cup. The Europa League qualifying phase is underway and in a 5-0 win by Slovenia's Koper over Montenegro's FK Celik Niksic the goalkeeper’s effort on one goal was so awful it prompted game-fixing accusations. Read the whole story
[MLS ALL-STAR GAME] U.S. World Cup defender DeAndre Yedlin is among 20 Homegrown players named to the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game roster that will face the Portland Timbers U-23s at Providence Park in Portland. The game on Aug. 4 will take place two days before the AT&T; MLS All-Star ... Read the whole story
[DATEBOOK] Play begins in the group stage of the Concacaf Champions League Aug. 5. Five MLS clubs will take part in this season's competition though only one team -- the Montreal Impact -- will play in Week 1. Read the whole story
[BRAZIL 2014] The 2014 World Cup finished with 171 goals, tied for the most in tournament history along with the 1998 World Cup, the first 32-team final. The average of 2.67 goals per game still ranks only tied for 13th out of the 20 finals. After averaging 2.83 goals per ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying: Sergio Romero

''He is someone that helped me a lot when I arrived in the Netherlands, in a completely different country with different customs. I will be forever grateful to the coach for helping me out in a country that is so different from ours.'' -- Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero on Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who brought him to Europe to play for AZ in the Netherlands in 2007 and says he taught him how to stop penalties. Romero's two saves knocked the Netherlands out of the World Cup in the semifinal shootout. (AP) ...More

What They're Saying: Hillary Clinton

"I think he made some very shrewd decisions in his choice of who is on the team. But I think he proved to be a very effective coach, and his coaching brought out the best in the players that he chose, and it helped to finally, I think, put soccer … on the map in the United States. So I give him a lot of credit for that." -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton upon being asked to comment on the USA's German coach Jurgen Klinsmann in an interview with Germany's Spiegel Magazine. ...More


Dutch run out of ideas as Argentines advance

The Dutch came into the semifinal after going 120 scoreless minutes against Costa Rica and needing a shootout to advance. The Argentines mustered only one goal against Belgium in their 1-0 round of 16 win. ...More


Brazil Diary: National Tragedy? No. Massive Shame? Yes

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