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Home > Soccer America Daily > Tuesday, July 8, 2014
[PREVIEW: Brazil-Germany] Rarely has so much attention been placed on a referee in an important match. Mexican Marco Rodriguez is dubbed "Chiqui Dracula" for his resemblance to a Dracula character in Mexican TV and his penchant for disciplining players. After two consecutive Brazil matches marred by excessive fouling, Germany coach ... Read the whole story
[MLS: Week 17] Seattle kept its USA stars on the bench yet retained the top spot despite losing, and the rest of the top four also remained unchanged as more teams welcomed back their World Cup players. Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: MLS Goals of the Week] For the second straight week, an Erick Torres volley -- this time a flying, stoppage-time, game-winning strike -- is among the MLS AT&T; Goal of the Week nominees. Read the whole story
[WORLD CUP: Off the Post] Video of Neymar being wheeled urgently through a hospital hallway was filmed by a nurse who finished the clip by pointing the camera at herself, looking quite pleased with herself. She has been fired, according to reports in the Brazilian media. Here's the video. Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: World Cup] Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillesson being replaced by backup Tim Krul for the penalty shootout against Costa Rica has become the most famous substitution of the World Cup. Netherlands coach Luis Van Gaal decided that Krul would be the better keeper for the penalty kicks. And luckily ... Read the whole story
[OBITUARY] Alfredo Di Stefano, considered one of the greatest players in the history of soccer, died Monday at the age of 88. The Argentine has most often been associated with Real Madrid, the club at which he won five straight European Cup titles, scoring in each final. Read the whole story
[U.S. OPEN CUP] The Atlanta Silverbacks and Carolina RailHawks will look to make it three in a row over MLS opposition in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when the NASL clubs play the Chicago Fire and FC Dallas, respectively, in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Read the whole story
[TRANSFER WATCH: Americans Abroad] Jeb Brovsky, whom New York City FC acquired from the Montreal Impact as its second signing, will join Norwegian champion Stromsgodset on loan through December 2014 and then return to NYCFC as it prepares for its inaugural MLS season in 2015. Read the whole story

What They're Saying

"It was a good bit of fun, but I got a yellow for it. I was lucky I didn't get another yellow, or else I would have been in big trouble." -- Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer on taking a selfie after scoring against Chicago on Sunday. ( ...More

Dutch and Argentines well-balanced; For Germany, the Brazilian cauldron awaits

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Down to the final four, and things seem to have arranged themselves pretty much as expected. The cream of South America -- Brazil and Argentina -- against the best of Europe, Germany and the Netherlands. ...More

Brazil Diary: The 'Invisible Man' worries Selecao fans

Neymar's injury isn't the only topic that gets Brazilian fans riled up. Just mention Fred, the center forward who has scored only one goal in Brazil's first five games. ...More

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