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In a year when male U.S. national teams at all levels have disappointed, the U.S. women's World Cup team has become the last hope for international success this year for the U.S. soccer program.

The ladies will look to improve to 2-0 at the Women's World Cup today against Colombia, with a win securing passage to the knockout rounds.

Women's World Cup action is one of three key elements on today's soccer viewing menu. Copa America's second day kicks off with Colombia taking on Costa Rica.

Major League Soccer has five matches on the slate, with D.C. United taking on Philadelphia in the latest edition of their I-95 Derby.

If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's TV schedule is after the jump):

TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV

12 p.m. - ESPN/ESPN3.com/Galavision - USA vs. Colombia (Women's World Cup)

2:30 p.m. - Univision/YouTube - Colombia vs. Costa Rica (Copa America)

7 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

9 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - FC Dallas vs. Columbus Crew

10 p.m. - Galavision - Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire

10:30 p.m. - ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - San Jose Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls

11 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City


 

98 comments
  • Pitt Evertonian

    I stopped reading when someone in this thread actually said that Julie Foudy is the best. Facepalm.

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  • predicto

    Gimme Ian Darke anytime. Calm, witty, gives me time to watch without saying anything. And he doesn’t try to coach from the mike.

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  • aps

    U think so? I think he was slobbing off the team way to much considering he’s English. I expect it from Foudy but he was unbearable.

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  • soccerroo

    Good victory. Need to fix a few lapses but should still finish 1st in the group.

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  • Knowles

    Does anybody have a link to the youtube broadcast of colombia v. costa rica?

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  • predicto

    I wouldn’t say first in group is assured – it’s gonna be a tough match against Sweden. They are similar to the USA – stiff swarming defense, tall agressive, but they play a better passing game from the backs-mids-forward. USA is impatient in the attack. Sweden has frustrated the USA in past – should be a fun one.

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  • Elite Hunting

    You vastly overestimate Sweden. A good team but a decided underdog to the U.S. Additionally, it does NOT move the ball better than the Americans. Have you watched these games or are you just guessing?

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  • ex_sweeper

    In spite of Wambach’s scorers-block, the team with her on it is better than without her. We don’t have anyone else with the physical presence to contend with tall defenders and hold up the ball. The one I think needs to be sat out is Amy Rodriguez. It’s a shame – she’s probably our most creative forward, but that buys you nothing if your shots are wildly off target.

    Our midfield has to be better at keeping possession and cut out the lazy cross-field passes. Can you picture them against Japan right now? Ouch!

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  • Paul Thomas

    He’s got the “upper class twit of the year” thing going a bit, but honestly I think he exaggerates that angle some for American audiences. British chic and all that.

    Good announcer, though.

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  • NE Matt

    off topic – who is on the u-18 usa roster for the milk cup? we have games july 25 and 27th vs isreal and mexico and are defending champs if my memory serves, but so far i’ve heard next to nothing about it

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  • Paul Thomas

    Bench Rodriguez, start Morgan, bench Boxx and start Lindsay, would be my suggestion. How Alex Morgan is not starting for this team is beyond me.

    I’m pretty sure the name Rodriguez is Spanish for “female Robbie Findlay”.

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  • KNPonder

    Colombia could surprise some folks this upcoming World Cup cycle. They have been the first team out the past couple of times. They always seem to have a very good backline but have lacked the firepower. Now that they can put out a very legit striker combo (Falcao & Rodellega) they can cause problems for folks. The big “If” though is that midfield. They have looked good at times but they have a tendency to give the ball away way too much – especially against a young, under manned Costa Rica side.

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  • Dancy

    Comparing her to Gooch is incredibly insulting to Wambach. She was an elite talent for many years. The only thing they share in common is not defending well and being tall.

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  • Thorpinski

    Considering they use former players she’s not bad..the problem is that I feel like she is holding back on what she is really thinking

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  • Byron

    -1 …………………………………………………………………………………………………. ok, ok, +2

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  • Ryan

    Is Alex Morgan not going to practice? Why she wouldn’t start in front of Rodriguez is beyond me.

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  • UCanStudyBuzzed

    fosho…gotta watch my boy Pontius ball it up GO GAUCHOS!!

    would love to see him get a USMNT call-up…I see a bit of Dempsey in him to be honest…

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  • UCanStudyBuzzed

    AND btw i think that there isn’t the need for so much pessimism on this board regarding young american talent in MLS…My young MLS USMNT lineup:

    ——Agudelo-Sapong(in better form than Bunbury)
    Shea-McCarty-Kitchen-Pontius
    Loyd-John-Gonz(Ream)-?(maybe Franklin?)

    Besides the RB position I think that’s a fairly solid lineup of young players being developed in MLS that could potentially contribute to the USMNT. If we can get a few from this group to join our list of young talent developing overseas I don’t think we’ll have THAT shabby of a roster come 2014 (that is giving that RoboBob or his replacement give some of these guys some experience)

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  • Byron

    Hey,
    This is unfair. The women beating Colombia 3 -0 should get their own page and thread. Snub if you ask me.

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  • UCanStudyBuzzed

    I’d throw Luis Gil into that midfield in replace of McCarty and play a daimond with Kitchen defensive mid

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  • TJ

    Did anyone else catch Ian Darke’s comment about 40 seconds in the game? The “Colombians smuggling it away” comment? Smuggling, really Ian?

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  • martha

    —-vastly overated—your crazy—(teal best us forward prospect
    No soccer iq-mediocre his club would rather have old dero-maybe at d-very average—
    Yawn-maybe-too slow( umm did u watch gold cup)-low technical ability

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  • Elite Hunting

    Morgan herself admits that she plays better coming into the game and bringing an infusion of energy for 20-30 minutes. She is NOT a better long term player than Rodriguez, who you appear to have a real problem with. Which is inexplicable.

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  • UCanStudyBuzzed

    lol well I’d like you to show me a past young american MLS year better than this one…yes Agudelo is vastly overrated at this point but he’s only 18…Sapong is only 22 and he’s a rookie and is starting over Bunbury and playing pretty well, really like his hold up ability and dribbling skills…

    and i also forgot to mention Ike Opara…him and John paired in the back could be solid

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  • Sam

    I still like he women, but I wish the team reflected the diversity of the country better. All the players have haircuts like the coach.

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  • francois

    Steven Lenhart a potential Nats career?? That’s shocking, hustle will only get you so far.

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  • mbw

    Someone remind me: when was the last time Tim Ream went a full ninety minutes without letting someone run right past him?

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  • DingDong

    Would be interesting seeing a woman coach a men’s team. There is no reason one shouldn’t other than maybe some players’ egos. I suppose women referees are a more logicail first-step, but don’t tell Andy Gray I said that.

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