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Home > Soccer America Daily > Saturday, July 12, 2014
[BRAZIL 2014] Germany enters Sunday's World Cup final brimming with confidence after its slaughter of Brazil in Belo Horizonte. German confidence, bordering on arrogance, is nothing new on the world stage, but Argentine caution? Even with Lionel Messi, the Argentines have shown a surprising unwillingness to venture out of their ... Read the whole story
[AWARDS] Four Germans and three Argentines are among the 10 players nominated for the adidas Golden Ball as the best player of the World Cup. The starting goalkeepers for both teams are among three players on the shortlist for adidas Golden Glove. Read the whole story
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] Even with the elimination of the USA after the round of 16, interest in the 2014 World Cup remains high. ESPN and Univision both attracted their two most-viewed World Cup semifinal audiences ever with Argentina-Netherlands (6.8 million viewers on ESPN and 5.4 million on Univision) and ... Read the whole story
[SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP] Before becoming a soccer star, Jurgen Klinsmann served as an apprentice at his family's Stuttgart-area bakery, which is still in business and commemorated Germany's win over Brazil the World Cup semifinals with some special cookies. Also featured in today's collection of World Cup tweets and memes is ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Heading into the final weekend of the World Cup, "Brick-by-Brick" Lego animation recaps many of the tournament's outstanding moments -- highlights and lowlights. The compilation reminds us that even England had some bright moments -- such as Wayne Rooney's first World Cup goal. And that ... Read the whole story
[MLS: Week 18] D.C. United opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 win at San Jose. Eddie Johnson and red-hot Luis Silva scored in the first 25 minutes, and goalkeeper Bill Hamid did the rest, making seven saves -- the last a ... Read the whole story
[NASL: Fall Week 1] After a five-week break for the World Cup, the NASL kicks off its fall season Saturday. Minnesota United FC, winner of the spring trophy, begins at the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. The Loons' spring title assures them of a berth in the NASL semifinals, so getting ready ... 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: Neymar

"Messi's history in the sport is so important, he has won a lot of trophies and I will be cheering for him. He is a friend, he is my teammate and I wish him luck." -- Neymar reveals he may be the only Brazilian pulling for an Argentina win in Sunday's World Cup final. Neymar is a teammate with Argentina's Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano at Barcelona. ( ...More

What They're Saying: Tim Ream

"Naturally, you can say, "Did I make the right decision?" but me being the type of person I am, it wasn't about a lack of commitment to the national team. It was a greater commitment to family. It was my first born, and one of those things I wasn't willing to miss. Unfortunately, it may have been my last chance to impress [Jurgen Klinsmann]. But you just put your head down and go at it again over the next few years." -- Bolton Wanderers defender Tim Ream, who says he turned down a call-up for the USA's match against Ukraine ...More

Tim Howard's advice for keepers, parents and coaches

In light of Tim Howard's extraordinary performance at the 2014 World Cup, where he set a World Cup record with 16 saves in the round of 16 overtime loss to Belgium and set the record for most U.S. national team appearances for a goalkeeper at 104, the Youth Soccer Insider republishes this 2012 interview. ...More

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