Soccer America Daily
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
  • From Mexico to Curacao: How the Gold Cup quarterfinalists stack up

    Once the USA finishes group play, it needs three more wins to lift the Gold Cup. Here's a look at the knockout-stage competition. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Pierluigi Collina

    "We acknowledged that saving a penalty by keeping two feet on the goalline until the taker kicks the ball makes the goalkeeper's job almost impossible. If something is written in the laws of the game it must be respected. It is not a matter of a small encroachment or big encroachment, it is a matter of encroachment, and this is what we can do by using technology."

    -- Pierluigi Collina, FIFA's head of referees, on VAR's enforcement of the new rule requiring goalkeepers to have one foot -- not two -- on the goal line when a penalty kick is taken. France won a game it would otherwise have tied and Scotland tied a game it would otherwise have won -- and advanced to the second round -- when penalty kicks were retaken and converted after Video Review. (BBC Sport)

  • Watch: Top 5 Women's World Cup goals from the round of 16

    Aurora Galli, Valerie Gauvin, Jenni Hermoso , Amandine Henry and Yui Hasegawa provide the top goals from the first round of the knockout stage. Read the whole story

  • Evening Edition: What's in the news ...

    1. Strong interest in the non-USA matches has contributed to the 16 percent increase in Fox Sports' Women’s World Cup viewership. Through Sunday's games,  the matches on Fox, FS1 and FS2 were averaging 1.07 million viewers, up from 927,000 viewers through the second day of the round of 16. The viewership for U.S. matches is down compared to 2015 because of the difference in kickoff times. The USA-Spain game averaged 3,349,000 viewers, of which 3,145,000 were TV viewers, down 32 percent from the TV viewers for USA-Colombia in the round of 16 four years ago.

    2. Fox Sports has taken the unusual step of deciding to air Thursday's U.S. press conference with Jill Ellis and Megan Rapinoe on FS2 (11 a.m. ET) from the Parc de Princes in Paris ahead of the much-anticipated USA-France game on Friday. The move reflects the interest in the match and Rapinoe's media power. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he'd invite the U.S. women -- win or lose -- to the White House in response to Rapinoe's comment that she said that she would not go to the White House if the USA wins the World Cup.

    3. Telemundo Deportes’ coverage of Monday's USA-Spain game averaged a total audience delivery of 740,000 viewers across Telemundo, NBCSN, which carried the game in Spanish, and the Telemundo and NBC streaming options, making it the most-watched weekday game ever on the Spanish-language network.