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Home > Soccer America Daily > Tuesday, June 14, 2011
[USA CONFIDENTIAL] Thanks to fortuitous scheduling, a possible "dream matchup" of the USA and Mexico in the Gold Cup knockout rounds is still on, but perhaps not at the final stage as has been anticipated. Heading into its Group C finale against Guadeloupe (0-2-0, 0 points) Tuesday in Kansas City ... Read the whole story
[SCOREBOARD] Jamaica beat Honduras, 1-0, Monday night before a sellout crowd of 25,000 at Red Bull Arena and won Group B at the Gold Cup. The San Jose Earthquakes' Ryan Johnson had the winning goal for the Reggae Boyz, while the Chicago Fire's Marco Pappa and Philadelphia Union's Carlos Ruiz ... Read the whole story
[TELEVISION WATCH] The Gold Cup is drawing twice as many viewers on the Univision networks for their coverage of the Concacaf championship as they did two years ago. Thursday's Mexico-Cuba drew 8 million viewers on Univision and put Univision ahead of all networks except ABC, which had Game 5 coverage ... Read the whole story
[MLS POWER RANKINGS: WEEK 13] Another Northwest thriller, several impressive away wins, and late-game scoring heroics marked a memorable week of MLS play. Here's how MLS teams rank, from best to worst, 13 weeks into the season. ... Read the whole story
[MLS ATTENDANCE] Attendance for 11 games in Week 13 exceeded the season average as Kansas City weclomed an overflow crowd for its first game at its new stadium and six other teams drew more 18,000 fans. For MLS attendance rankings ... Read the whole story
[SCOREBOARD] American trialist Sammy Ochoa, who has spent the last six seasons playing in Mexico for Tecos Estudiantes, scored to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy for their sixth win in six games in the MLS Reserve League. For all the action ... Read the whole story
[WOMEN'S WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN] German women's soccer got a scare Monday when star Birgit Prinz went down with an ankle injury and had to leave practice. Reports later in the day indicated that the injury would not prevent her from captaining the two-time defending champions at Women's World Cup they ... Read the whole story

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"I think they're still around, but they're not given a chance. Tactics have changed to 4-4-2 now and it's all about running around and launching into tackles. Even when you've got someone who's a good soccer player, can slow things down, scores goals and can prove decisive, if he doesn’t scrap for every ball and slide into tackles then he gets dropped. That's the difference. There are always playmakers around, but few coaches are willing to give them a go."-- Colombian great Carlos Valderrama upon being asked whether playmakers still exist in modern soccer. ( ...More

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