In case anyone wants to discuss it, the USMNT is playing against 13th-ranked Bosnia-Herzegovina on ESPN2 right now. Bosnia leads 2-0 in the 40th minute. US still looking for their first shot on goal.
I'm not surprised this isn't a bigger story given US soccer fans are focused on the Gold Cup win and Holden's injury.
This kid (22 yrs old) is a nice player and probably would have been the starting striker for the Gold Cup. He scored a ton of goals in the Danish Superliga and 3 goals in 5 appearances at AZ Alkmaar last season. Link
The USMNT is in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semis, playing Honduras in Cowboys Stadium.
TV: Fox Soccer, 7PM EDT
Panama vs Mexico in the other semi at 10 PM.
With promotion to the lowest tier of the Nigerian Nationwide League Division on the line, two soccer clubs — Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine FC — needed to win their respective games by the largest possible goal difference. By halftime, each game was close: Plateau United led its game 7-0 against Akurba FC, while Police Machine led 6-0 over Bubayaro FC, according to the BBC. With officials keeping an eye on the scores around the league, the second half devolved into a farce. Police Machine scored 61 times in the second half to win 67-0, but Plateau United scored 72 goals in the 45-minute second half to earn promotion.
The astronomic scorelines prompted an immediate investigation by the Nigerian Football Federation, and a severe punishment was levied Monday. All players and coaches from each of the four clubs have been banned from the game for life, and each club faces a 10-year ban from playing in a domestic league. The NFF also recommended banning each of the match referees involved.
This is really too bad, because Police Machine FC is the best soccer team name ever.
The USMNT takes on El Salvador, second place team from Group B, in Baltimore.
Game time is listed as 4PM ET, but coverage starts at 3:30.
TV: Fox, Univision
Four changes to the roster: Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Alan Gordon and Eddie Johnson. Gonzalez has not yet reported, will be available if the US advances to the semis. Onyewu is out, due to concerns about an ankle injury suffered against Belize; Gomez is out due to a knee issue. Corey Ashe and Jack McInerney are also out.
Driving into work this morning I passed a billboard advertising an upcoming soccer match between Real Madrid and LA Galaxy scheduled for August 3rd out here in Phoenix (Venue: Univeristy of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Cardinals and Fiesta Bowl). The match is a first round matchup in a tournament that I've never heard of - the Guiness International Champions Cup. The field does appear to have quite a few of the biggest name clubs from Europe, bracket is below.
I'm just starting to get back into soccer so my knowledge is very limited so I seek advice. Will this match be worth attending, and will the tournament be hotly contested in general? One thing that I have been told is that when Euro clubs come here for friendlies and such, they typically don't bring their best eleven or are very substitution-happy. I'm not sure I'd be super interested in seeing an "exhibition match" where Madrid rested their A team against an overmatched MLS squad. I'd rather see an honest massacre.
What does the MGoSoccer community know about this tournament - as a budding soccer fan, should I go to the first match?
Rural Brazil, God Damn. Ref ejects soccer player, player tackles ref, ref stabs and kills player, player's family dismembers, beheads, and puts ref's head on a spike. WTF.
*Pictures and videos available on Buzzfead and Liveleak. But yeah, didn't feel confortable posting here.
Just under way, the USMNT opens the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Portland, OR vs Belize. Group C also has Cuba and Costa Rica.
Tuneup for the Gold Cup starting next week. Landon Donovan is back and starting.
The USWNT is about to take on S. Korea in NJ. Abby Wambach scored her 156th goal in the last game (4-1 win over S. Korea), and is two shy of Mia Hamm's record of 158.