The USA entered the Olympics as the women's soccer favorite. By the semifinals, it was "ripe for the picking." Read the whole story
"No one knows what to say, and everyone just wishes they could turn into dust. But that's not how it works. We have another game. We still have another medal to compete for. It's obviously not the
type of medal we wanted."
-- Megan Rapinoe on the reaction of U.S. players after the national team's 1-0 loss to Canada in the Olympic semifinals that moved it into Thursday's bronze-medal game against Australia. (New York Times)
The U.S. goalkeeper will miss Thursday's bronze-medal game after suffering a hyper-extension of her right knee and bone contusion in the semifinal. Read the whole story
"I don't think his job is in jeopardy, which is quite surprising, to be honest, because we've had coaches in the past where we'd had one major loss or one major tournament loss and they were gone the
next day or the same bus ride home."
-- Former U.S. national team star Hope Solo on Vlatko Andonovski's job security following the USA's 1-0 loss to Canada in the Olympic women's soccer semifinals. The USA has won just one of five games at the Olympics after it entered the tournament with a 22-0-1 record under Andonovski. His two losses in 28 games match the total number of losses Tom Sermanni (record: 18-2-4) had when he was fired in 2014 and one more than Greg Ryan (45-1-9) had when he was fired after the 4-0 loss to Brazil in the 2007 Women's World Cup semifinals. (All of US: The U.S. Women's Soccer Show via Goal.com)
Besides the goal that came on a 75th minute penalty kick, the Canadians had one shot on target, long-range, straight to the keeper. Read the whole story
USL Championship Goals of the Week include a crafty finish from Charleston's Italian midfielder Claudio Repetto. Read the whole story
Last weekend: Gio Reyna and Lennard Maloney both scored for Borussia Dortmund while Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) started at right wing back. Read the whole story
Salzburg (Brenden Aaronson) vs. Brondby (Christian Cappis)
Cluj or Young Boys (Jordan Siebatcheu) vs. Ferencvaros (Henry Wingo) or Slavia Prague
Malme or Rangers vs. Olympiacos or Ludogorets
Crvena Zvezda or Sheriff vs. Dinamo Zagreb or Legia Warsaw
Monaco or Sparta Prague vs. Genk (Mark McKenzie) or Shakhtar Donetsk
Spartak Moscow or Benfica vs. PSV (Richy Ledezma) or Midtjylland
Dates: Playoffs: Aug. 17-18 and 24-25. Third qualifying round: Aug. 3-4 and 10.
MLS Goals of the Week include the Madagascar midfielder's acrobatic strike and a bending blast by Josef Martinez. Read the whole story
1. The USWNT needs introspection, the USMNT deserves
celebration and U.S. soccer is upside down By Steven Goff (Washington Post)
2. Football should consider eliminating heading, dementia expert says By Paul MacInnes (Guardian)
3. Former soccer phenom Marc Pelosi finds peace in Park City By Brendan Farrell (Park Record)
For many El Tri supporters, game day is an all-day event of costuming, food and mutual celebration of family, friends and fans. Read the whole story